Four under-$20 shows to see in Austin this weekend

Cat Cardenas

Editor’s note: In this recurring column, writer Cat Cardenas rounds up four artists who are performing over the weekend for under $20.

Have a suggestion? Is there a show we missed? Send a tweet to Cat at @crcardenas8 and let us know how you plan to spend your weekend.


Who: Ex Hex

  • Where: Red7
  • When: Friday 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $12 

After touring with King Tuff, performing on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and releasing their debut album, Ex Hex quickly became a band worth our attention. “Rips,” released last October, was one of those rare albums Pitchfork doesn’t rip to shreds — in fact, the site named “Rips” Best New Album of 2014. With songs such as “Waterfall” and “Don’t Wanna Lose,” Ex Hex combines the retro feel of the Runaways with the modern recklessness of Courtney Barnett.


  • Who: Corey Dargle
  • Where: The North Door
  • When: Friday 10 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

If your Spotify playlists are starting to get stale, check out Corey Dargle. For the musically adventurous, he guarantees something unexpected. From his deadpan lyrics to his transitions from Andrew Bird-esque strings to electronic sounds, Dargle is almost guaranteed to catch you off guard. Dargle released his fourth album, “OK It’s Not OK,” this January. Though the album comes five years after his last release, his music is packed with as much spontaneity and emotion as ever.



  • Who: Matt the Electrician
  • Where: The Roost
  • When: Saturday 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $10

​​While you anxiously await the release of the new Mumford & Sons album, get your folk fix from Matt the Electrician. Even after releasing nine albums, Matt’s creativity has yet to run out. On “It’s a Beacon It’s a Bell,” sweet melodies of banjo and guitar offset Matt’s raw and simple vocals. His music is sincere and joyful, so, if you’re in the mood for an easygoing evening, he’s your guy.


  • Who: Bop English
  • Where: Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que
  • When: 2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free 

James Petralli of Austin band White Denim will release his first solo album, “Constant Bop,” under the name Bop English next week. The 10-song album is largely made up of songs Petralli had been working on over the past four years with White Denim. Bop English experiments with different styles from jazz to pop to rock, resulting in a sound that will remind you of an upbeat version of The Black Keys.


Check back next Friday for more recommendations — and have a great weekend.