This Summer at Stubbs

Big Head Todd and The Monsters,

Friday May 30 TBA (probably 9 pm)

Big Head Todd and The Monsters are touring to promote their new release “All the Love You Need”. The Colorado band has been recording together since 1989 after attending Columbine High School. Their sound has been distinctly bittersweet but the new release is grittier, more punkish. Some of their big sellers in the past include “Sister Sweetly” (“Bittersweet”), “Live at the Fillmore” and Hillary Clinton’s campaign song for the 2008 presidential race (“Blue Sky”).

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Wednesday June 4 TBA (probably 9 pm)

Sharon Jones and the ever popular Dap-Kings have come up with an incredible album “100 Days and 100 Nights”. The Dap-Kings, as many know, are the house band for Daptone Recordings. Jones is perfect in style and sound for the retro 60’s rhythm and blues sound. Is it possible to sound any better live? Also check out “Dap-Dippin’ With…” and “Naturally” from 2006.


Friday June 6 TBA (probably 9 pm)

Hey playgirls (and guys) – Ladytron is coming to town with their funky electronic sound. Robo-pop and Austin? We’ll see how it goes. Reminds me a little bit of Devo with cute girls. Search out “Destroy Everything You Touch”, “International Dateline” (from “Witching Hour”) and “Playgirl” (“Commodore Rock”).

Loretta Lynn

Friday June 13 TBA (probably 9 pm)

Whether you know her from the Dukes of Hazard, 70’s country, or as the “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, Loretta Lynn was one of the original honky tonk girls of the 50s. Now into her 70s, Lynn is touring to promote her new album “Van Lear Rose”. The album is produced by Jack White (of White Stripes fame) and is a retelling of Johnny Cash’s music. Check out “Miss Being Mrs” and “Portland, Oregon”. Memorable and gorgeous. A rich new sound for the legend of Loretta Lynn.

Rilo Kiley

Monday June 16 TBA (probably 9 pm)

For those not in the know, Rilo Kiley is a band, not a girl. But there is a girl in the band and a very pretty one at that. A little bit of country and a little bit of rock and roll. Worth mentioning: “The Good That Won’t Come Out” (from “The Execution of All Things”) and “The Moneymaker” (“Under the Blacklight”).

Robert Earl Keen

Friday June 20 TBA (probably 9 pm)

Storyteller, songsmith, and proud Texan Robert Earl Keen will grace the stage at Stubbs between platefuls of barbeque and fried pickles. The reformed Aggie has been singing professionally since 1984 (or thereabouts) always adds a  healthy dose of humor into his songs. Keen is the founder of the annual “Texas Uprising” concert series. Many fans say that the 2004 “Bigger Piece of the Sky” is his best recording to date. Of note: “Corpus Christie Bay” and “Blow You Away”.

Thievery Corporation

Tuesday June 24 TBA (probably 9 pm)

Theivery Corporation will be bringing their stylish sound for the new millennium to Austin. Sitars? This has to be a first for Stubbs. Good music and good barbeque are always an easy match however and Theivery Corporation is sure to please. Typical Theivery Corporation: “Lebanese Blonde” (“The Mirror Conspiracy”), “A Gentle Dissolve” and “Doors of Perception” (“The Cosmic Game”).

Stubbs isn’t the kind of venue that you have to dress up to go to. It is very Austin Casual. The amphitheater has a slope to it and unless you have to be close to the stage at every show you attend, this is the place to hang out at the back of the crowd. The concessions, bathrooms and entrance/exit are in the back. The staff at Stubbs is pretty serious about their camera policy: camera phones and small cameras like “Elfs” are fine but nothing with a removable flash or lens is allowed inside. Parking can be tricky in this area – be sure not to leave any valuables peeking out to tempt anyone to break into your car.

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