Live Music in San Antonio This Week: Luke Bryan, Grupo Duelo, A Giant Dog and More | Live music in San Antonio this week | San Antonio
Summer in San Antonio ends with a bang, not a whimper, at least as far as live music is concerned.
This week, fans can choose from a pair of solid underground rock gigs, a performance by country superstar Luke Bryan, and performances by two Latin artists meant to get audience members dancing.
Thursday August 25
Death bells, smirks, war stories
Formed in 2015, Death Bells have become a powerful underground force by mixing garage rock with post-punk. The duo’s latest album Between here and everywhere, perfectly captures this mix. The well-traveled act began their musical journey in Sydney, Australia, but moved to Los Angeles, even managing to release a live album recorded in Bombay Beach on the Salton Sea. $14-$17, 7 p.m., Paper Tiger, 2410 N St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. —Enrique Bonilla
Luke Bryan, Riley Green, Mitchell Tenpenny
One of the most celebrated country artists of the 2000s, Luke Bryan racked up prestigious awards, including the Academy of Country Music Award for Album of the Decade – the first release to land this honor. Initially a songwriter for some of Nashville’s biggest bands, the singer has become a modern country icon. Openers Riley Green and Mitchell Tenpenny both specialize in a similar brand of American country-pop. $40.75-$950, 7 p.m., AT&T Center, 1 AT&T Center Parkway, (210) 444-5000, attcenter.com. —EB
Saturday August 27
During the 90s, Dimas Lopez performed his first duet with Oscar Ivan Treviño at a restaurant in Roma, Texas, laying the groundwork for the two to form the internationally acclaimed group Norteño and Tejano Grupo Duelo. With influences from Mexico and Texas, Duelo’s loyal fan base has propelled a career that includes 17 studio albums, the most recent of which is infectious and danceable from 2021. Cumbias Para Bailar. $54.45-$245 8 p.m., Majestic Theater, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com. —Danny Cervantes
Los Huracanes del Norte
Some musical artists like to leave it all to the fans, letting listeners scour their massive catalogs to separate the wheat from the chaff. These folks have nothing on Los Huracanes del Norte, the long-running Norteño act that released an astounding 900 songs. Granted, the band formed in 1969 as Los Cuatro del Norte, so they had time to work on tracks rather than dropping them all on Soundcloud over a weekend. Los Huracanes continue to draw crowds based on hits such as “Nomas Por Tu Culpa” and “Vole Muy Alto”. $53-$128, 8 p.m., Aztec Theater, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com. —MM
A giant dog, think not think
Self-described performers of songs “by, for, and about losers, freaks, and outcasts,” Austin indie rockers A Giant Dog deliver a heady cocktail of glam, punk, and garage rock. Formed in 2008, the rowdy band got a boost a few years later when Spoon frontman Britt Daniel took them on tour with his own band. Acclaimed indie label Merge then signed A Giant Dog and put Spoon producer Mike McCarthy on the mixing desk for its 2016 release. Pile. In 2019, the band released a full cover of Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible album. $15-$18, 8 p.m., Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – CC
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