The Week in Cool: Free Week 2013 Edition
The first few weeks of the new year are jam-packed with chances to see some of Austin’s best musicians performing together, all for free. We’re doing our part to keep that spirit alive in 2013 by co-hosting a show with our friends at Austin Writes Music on Friday, Jan. 4, at Swan Dive on Red River. The lineup features local powerhouses The Baker Family, The Couch, and Your Friendly Ghost, as well as The Collection, an orchestral folk group out of North Carolina. The show is totally free and will include a silent auction benefiting The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, with items from the Alamo Drafthouse and Austin photographers Pooneh Ghana and Katherine Squier. This is guaranteed to be the best possible way to celebrate the first Friday of 2013, so come on out and bring your pals!
Oh, and there are plenty of other cool things worth checking out in the days ahead. Here are a few highlights of the shows we’d recommend — including set times where available — for anyone who wants to live Free Week(s) to the fullest. We’ll have even more highlights for you in Part 2 next week.
Thursday, Jan. 3
Hydra Melody / Megafauna / O Conqueror/ The Baker Family/ Featherface
8pm–2am • Holy Mountain, 617 E. 7th St.
8:30pm - Featherface
9:30 - The Baker Family
10:30 - O Conqueror
11:30 - Megafauna
12:30am - Hydra Melody
Politics / Digital Antique / My Education / Magnet School / Oh Look Out / Beat Imprint DJ set
8pm–2am • Beauty Ballroom, 2105 E. Riverside
9pm - Oh Look Out
9:45 - Magnet School
10:45 - My Education (w/Beat Imprint)
11:45 - Digital Antique
12:45am - Politics
Driver Friendly / Tallhart (Acoustic)
9pm–Midnight • Stubb’s Indoors, 801 Red River
10pm - Driver Friendly
11pm - Tallhart
SuperLiteBike / Growl / Gorgeous Hands / Bipolar Bears / The Nouns
9pm–2am • The Parish, 214 E. 6th St.
9pm - The Nouns
9:45 - Biopolar Bears
10:30 - The Gorgeous Hands
11:15 - Growl
12:15am - SuperLiteBike
Friday, Jan. 4
CoolinAustin & Austin Writes Music Present: The Collection / The Baker Family / Your Friendly Ghost / The Couch
8:30pm–2am • Swan Dive, 615 Red River
9:30pm - The Collection
10:30 - The Baker Family
11:30 - Your Friendly Ghost
12:30 - The Couch
With a silent auction benefitting The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
Saturday, Jan. 5
SHMU / Royal Forest / Sour Notes / Gorgeous Hands / Preservation / Boxing Lesson / Plastic Habit / Three Leaf / Coast of Nebraska
3pm–2am • Cheer Up Charlie’s, 1104 E. 6th St.
6:30pm – Coast of Nebraska
7:20 – Three Leaf
8:10 – Plastic Habit
9 – Boxing Lesson
9:50 – Preservation
10:40 – Gorgeous Hands
11:30 – Sour Notes
12:20am – Royal Forest
1:10am – SHMU
Marmalakes / Whiskey Shivers / Cartright / Little Lo
8pm–Midnight • Mohawk (Outside), 900 Red River St.
8pm - Little Lo
9 – Cartright
10 – Whiskey Shivers
11 – Marmalakes
Sphynx / Native America / Ghostbunny / Waldo and The Naturals / Lomelda
8pm–2am • Mohawk (Inside), 900 Red River St.
8:30pm – Lomelda
9:30 – Waldo and The Naturals
10:30 – Ghostbunny
11:30 – Native America
12:30am – Sphynx
Soul Track Mind / Hard Proof Afrobeat / Larry g(EE)
8:30pm–12:30am • Antone’s, 213 W. 5th Street
9:30pm – Larry g(EE)
10:30 – Hard Proof Afrobeat
11:30 – Soul Track Mind
Vitera / Vallejo / Patricia Vonne / La Division del Norte
9pm–1am • Stubb’s Indoors, 801 Red River
9pm – La Division del Norte
10pm – Patricia Vonne
11pm – Vallejo
Midnight – Vitera
Whitman / Stereo is a Lie / The Baker Family / Antiques
9pm–2am • Frank, 407 Colorado St.
Lost Soul Revue / Think No Think / Bumping Uglies / Kinky Machine/ DJ Chorizo Funk
9pm–2am • The ND, East 5th at Brushy Street
Sunday, Jan. 6
Beats, Rhymes, and Free Week: League of Extraoridinary G’z / SiP SiP / The Triggermen / p-TEK / Space Camp Death Squad / Secret Levels
9pm–2am • Red 7, 611 E. 7th St.
Monday, Jan. 7
Fatback Circus / Muchos Backflips / Chris Holland / Sour Bridges / Serafia Jane / The Skyliners / T Jarrod Quartet
7pm • Club De Ville, 900 Red River St.
7:30pm – T Jarrod Quartet
8:15 – The Skyliners
9 – Serafia Jane
10 – Fatback Circus
11 – Sour Bridges
Midnight – Muchos Backflips
1am – Chris Holland
Make sure to tune in next week for the second batch of Free Week highlights!