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 less than $20. Have a suggestion? Is there a show we missed? Send a tweet to Cat at @crcardenas8.


  • Gin Blossoms
  • Where: Stubb's
  • When: Thursday 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $20

Recently voted by thousands as “The Most ’90s Band Of All Time,” the Gin Blossoms are best known for their song “Hey Jealousy.” The band formed in Arizona in 1989 and, shortly after, recorded their debut album, Dusted. Since then, the band has released four more albums and is planning another — their first in five years. If you’re feeling nostalgic, head out to the see the band and listen to the pop rock sounds that made them famous.


  • The Velvet Teen
  • Where: Holy Mountain
  • When: Friday 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $10

Originally a solo project, The Velvet Teen became an indie rock trio after frontman Judah Nagler began collaborating with friends. After the passing of the band’s co-founder and drummer, Logan Whitehurst, in 2006, the band took a break from the industry. Returning with their first full-length album in nine years, the band released Art is Illusory in June. Songs such as “Sonreo” and “Taken Over” feature experimental sounds and prove the band has once again redefined themselves.


  • Shane Smith & The Saints
  • Where: Parish
  • When: Saturday 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $12

After two years of managing shows and studio time, Texas-native Shane Smith debuted his first album, Coast, in 2013. Harmonies and fiddle melodies characterize songs such as the title track “We Were Too Young.” The album also features collaborations with country artist Aaron Watson and the Turnpike Troubadours.


  • Scott Hutchinson
  • Where: Mohawk
  • When: Saturday 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $15

Founding member and singer of Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit Scott Hutchinson released his debut solo album, Owl John, last August. The record is a departure from the upbeat vibes Frightened Rabbit fans have come to know and love. Instead, he broods on folksy ballads such “Stupid Boy” and “Songs About Roses.”