Live Music in San Antonio This Week: Coheed and Cambria, Gary P. Nunn, Alesana and More | Live music in San Antonio this week | San Antonio
It’s a scorching summer in San Antonio – and we’re only talking about the temperatures. As evidenced by this week’s glut of varied shows, it’s a hot time to catch some live music.
Don’t believe us? Keep reading and you will see.
Wednesday July 13
Soul singer Bonner Rhae performs originals and covers, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. Yes, that means you’re in for a night of slow, country-tinged music from the Houston-based performer who got her started performing at church. $7-$40, 8 p.m., Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com. —Brianna Espinoza
Thursday July 14
Although they emerged from Mexico as part of the Avanzada Regia movement nearly three decades ago, Inspector are still going strong with a mix of ska and ’60s rock ‘n’ roll spirit. group in 2009 even included a cover of “Our House”, the ska classic from Madness. Elefante takes more of an alt-rock approach and had their first taste of opening stardom for Shakira and Maná in the 2000s. $45-$70, 9 p.m., The Rock Box, 1223 E. Houston St., (210) 255-3833, therockboxsa.com. —Mike McMahan
Note that there is no mention of Beach Boys or Trump fundraisers in relation to this show. It’s because we’re talking about a different Mike Love. And, yes, we’re sure he gets it all the time. This Mike Love is from Hawaii, where there are beaches as well as boys. But rather than surf rock, it focuses on acoustic guitar music which, while rooted in reggae, draws from genres ranging from flamenco to soul to classic rock. Appropriate to his style and general vibe, Love is active in the fight for animal rights and environmental reform. $15-$70, 8:30 p.m., Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com. —MM
friday july 15
lion of paradise
Alternative rock star Paradise Lion, founded in Alamo City, brings a diversity of influences to his sound. Citing artists such as the Beatles, Rush, Metallica and Stevie Ray Vaughan as inspirations, the sextet released the EP souls of heaven earlier this year. “Pink Hair Girl,” the band’s most recent single, evokes an anthemic take on Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl.” $10-$15, 7:15 p.m., The Rock Box, 1223 E. Houston St., (210) 255-3833, therockboxsa.com. —Danny Cervantes
These shouto boys from North Carolina carry on the legacy of their 2000s with serious songs about lost love. These days, the band is leaning more towards a post-hardcore sound, but expect the high-pitched vocals and pop hooks that older emo fans are likely to eat. $25-$30, 7 p.m., Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – BE
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16
Gary P. Nunn is considered a pioneer of the progressive country scene that began in Austin in the early 1970s, and he carried the torch for decades, releasing acclaimed albums on his own label. The singer-songwriter has seen trends come and go, sharing stages with many big names while cementing his own legacy as such. $25, Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 9 p.m., Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road, (877) 856-0806, gruenehall.com. —Enrique Bonilla
Saturday July 16
Coheed and Cambria, Alkaline Trio, Mothica
Cult rockers Coheed and Cambria – creators of some of the longest-running album tracks in history – are on tour in support of their most adventurous LP in years, Vaxis – Act II: A Window of the Awakened Mind. The band turned heads two decades ago by creating a sound inspired by post-hardcore and progressive rock, two genres that previously seemed diametrically opposed. Since then, frontman Claudio Sanchez has devoted most of the band’s material to the development of Amory Wars, a star warslong saga that inspires the band’s lyrics, sung in their signature high-pitched vocal style. $46-$146, 6:30 p.m., Whitewater Amphitheater, 11860 FM 306, New Braunfels, (830) 964-3800, whitewaterrocks.com. —MM
After 12 years leading beloved Uncle Lucius, Kevin Galloway embarked on a solo career when the Austin-based band called it quits in 2018. His aptly named solo debut Change introduced fans to his own Americana sound, which infuses soulful elements with a southern accent. It’s lively enough to put on a boot, but reserved enough to enjoy over a glass of bourbon. This show celebrates the release of Galloway’s latest album, Used Starlight. $15-$70, 9 p.m., Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com. —EB
Love Jumper Horse
While the band’s name suggests forward momentum, Horse Jumper of Love’s brand of indie-rock is so slow it seems almost fatal. While their brand of slowcore-influenced rock isn’t for everyone, fans of the genre can appreciate its absorbing, almost hypnotic approach. $13, 7 p.m., Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – BE
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