Four under-$20 shows in Austin March 7-March 9

Cat Cardenas

Editor’s note: In this recurring column, writer Cat Cardenas will round up four artists who are performing over the weekend for under $20. Have a suggestion? Send a tweet to @crcardenas8.

Who: Technicolor Hearts

Where: Cheer Up Charlies

When: Friday 11 p.m.

Cost: $5

Although the drum  machines and synthezisers in Austi-based band Technicolor Hearts’ music might give you flashbacks about your mom’s favorite ’80s songs, the psych pop band’s music is nothing like that. Far away from any ’80s one-hit wonder, Technicolor Hearts features dreamy vocals that counteract the heavy synthesizer. 

After teasing their latest EP Now We’re Here with the video for their song “Who You Are,” the band has continued to develop their psychedelic style. Head down to Cheer Up Charlies and celebrate the release of Technicolor Heart’s EP on Friday. 

Similar Artists — Bjork 

Technicolor Hearts — “Who You Are”

Who: Wild Child

Where: Mohawk

When: Saturday 8 p.m.

Cost: $15

When you listen to Wild Child’s song “Crazy Bird,” the band name comes off as a misnomer. While they aren’t exactly wild, the indie pop band creates a feel-good sound with their jazzy piano chords and upbeat whistling. Kelsey Wilson’s vocals are sweet, but the band’s blending of heavier string and brass instruments rounds it out. 

Although they haven’t released an album since 2013, their last album The Runaround earned them the title of “Best Indie Band” from the Austin Chronicle.

Similar Artists — The Lumineers, The Oh Hellos 

Wild Child — “Crazy Bird”

Who: Young Tongue

Where: Empire Control Room (Garage)

When: Saturday 10:15 p.m.

Cost: $5

The five-piece, Austin-based band Young Tongue released their debut album Death Rattle last November. The band, formerly known as The Baker Family, underwent a makeover with the release of their new album. The husband and wife duo traded out their folk style for alternative rock, and a name change followed. 

If you and your friends can never decide on what makes for good music, Young Tongue has songs that will appeal to almost everyone’s tastes. Their songs “Horse and Whales” and “Caveshare” showcase the band’s biting punk chords that balance out the lead singer’s smooth indie harmonies. 

Similar Artists — Beach House, The Neighborhood

Young Tongue — Cat Calls

Who: Joe Pug

Where: Waterloo

When: Sunday 5 p.m. 

Cost: FREE

After a four year break from music and some much needed soul-searching, folk artist Joe Pug returns with a new album. Though Windfall won’t be released until March 10th, but Pug will preview his album at Waterloo Records on Sunday. 

Pug returns to the music scene completely rejuvenated. His song “If Still it Can’t be Found” features Pat Sansone of Wilco. The song, like most of the others on the album, is reflective of his hiatus from the music scene. The simple chord progressions and thoughtful lyrics allow listeners to travel with Pug on his emotional journey. 

Similar Artists — Joe Purdy, Alexi Murdoch

Joe Pug — “If Still It Can’t Be Found”