Live Music in San Antonio This Week: Modest Mouse, Miss May I, Ryan Bingham and More | Live music in San Antonio this week | San Antonio
Musical legends are coming to San Antonio this week. No, we’re not kidding about that.
Legendary Texas country artist Robert Earl Keen performs a three-night adventure at Floore’s Country Store as part of his farewell to the stage. Legendary Los Angeles punk band the Circle Jerks will make their debut in Paper Tiger. And legendary indie-rock band Modest Mouse are set to take the stage at the Tech Port Center.
As expected, performances from Keen and the Circle Jerks are complete, and we’ll see how things go with Modest Mouse. The good news for those who haven’t booked tickets is that Wet Leg, alt-country troubadour Ryan Bingham and former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr are also stopping here this week.
Tuesday August 30
The term “buzz band” hasn’t seen much use since the late 90s or early 2000s, but it probably applies to British Wet Leg newcomers, both because they’re the subject of a certain buzz and that their sound draws from bands that were once considered trendy: Elastica, Pavement, the Breeders and the Strokes. While the female duo’s self-titled 2022 LP topped many UK charts, they have yet to explode in the US. $35-$127, 8 p.m., Aztec Theater, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com. —Mike McMahan
The devil wears Prada, get out of the way, last wish
Christian metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada continue to lap the road after the explosion of the mid-2000s kids scene that fueled their rise. For this tour, the band will play both their 2010 Zombie EP and its sequel ZII full. With an 11-year gap between releases, fans should expect a taste of the band’s nostalgia and modern sound all in one night. The Devil Wears Prada’s latest album, Color Decay, is due out next month, so previews of this material are also likely. $23-$26, 7:30 p.m., Vibes Underground, 1223 E. Houston St., (210) 255-3833, facebook.com/vibesunderground. —Brianna Espinoza
Wednesday August 31
The New Respects, ToLoveAndRescue
Nashville indie-meets-rock ‘n’ roll band The New Respects hit the road in support of an album, a few EPs and a string of singles. Although the songs have a broad and pop appeal, the energy suggests this could be a fun band to listen to live. $17.50-$50, 7:30 p.m., Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com. – BE
Thursday to Sunday, September 1 to 4
Robert Earl Keen
It’s no surprise these shows are sold out and have been for months, considering this is legendary Texas country artist Robert Earl Keen’s farewell to performing live. The man is retiring, and by all accounts. Which means Floore’s shows are the end. You know that line from his most famous song? “The road drags on and the party never ends? Apparently he was lying. The class action line starts here. Sold, Thursday 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 7:30 p.m., John T. Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Road, (210) 695-8827, liveatfloores.com. —MM
Friday, September 2
Circle Jerks, 7 seconds, negative approach
The Southern California Circle Jerks represent hardcore punk at its rowdiest and finest, and the group deserves considerable credit for helping to create the genre. Even if some young punks don’t recognize the name, they surely know the band’s logo: a cute punk with a shaved head that appears on countless t-shirts, stickers and leather jackets. Openers 7 Seconds and Negative Approach also represent key bands from the golden age of hardcore. Even if this one is sold out, it might be worth working on your punk credibility by figuring out how to get on the guest list. Sold out, 8 p.m., Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – BE
Saturday September 3
Motion City Soundtrack
Minneapolis-based Motion City Soundtrack burst onto the scene when the Warped Tour was in full force, and its mix of emo, pop, and punk seems to epitomize that era. The band’s eerie songs helped make them a staple on the outdoor festival roster. Fast forward and the band are celebrating the 17th anniversary of their Commit This to Memory album with this tour. It’s time to see how well they’ve aged. $30-$90, 8 p.m., Aztec Theater, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com. – BE
Modest mouse, the cribs
Portland-based indie-rock actor Modest Mouse is heading to Saytown to support his 2021 release The Golden Coffin. Despite numerous line-up changes, the band formed by singer Isaac Brock in 1992 continues to exploit an accessible sound fusing punk influences with broader aspirations that include pop, prog and atmospheric sounds. Proof that the approach still works, it remains a headliner on the music festival circuit. Former guitarist – and ex-Smiths and Cribs member – Johnny Marr is reportedly collaborating with the band again on an upcoming EP. $28.50-$157.50, 7:30 p.m., Tech Port Center + Arena, 3331 General Hudnell Dr., (210) 600-3699, techportcenter.com. —Danny Cervantes
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 3-4.
Former ranch hand and rodeo rider from the Land of Enchantment, Ryan Bingham got his break when he won an Oscar for co-writing ‘The Weary Kind’ for Jeff Bridges’ film mad heart. However, he did not rest on this laurel. The singer-songwriter has won critical acclaim for his gritty and unusual approach to alternative country. His career has also put him in front of the camera, including a role on Paramount Network’s Contemporary Western drama. Yellowstone. $45, 8:30 p.m., Whitewater Amphitheater, 11860 FM306, (830) 964-3800, whitewaterrocks.com. —Enrique Bonilla
Sunday September 4
miss could i
Metalcore act Miss May I achieved underground success in 2007 when most of its members were still in high school, and it continued to stick to its guns even though many acts in the genre folded or have evolved. The band have pushed their sound and are constantly hitting the road, supporting top artists like Gwar and Hatebreed and headlining their own tours. Even though Miss May I has evolved in a more pop direction over time, her signature sound remains a hallmark of melodic metalcore that emphasizes technical musicality. $25-$30, 7 p.m., The Rock Box, 1223 E. Houston St., (210) 677-9453, therockboxsa.com. —EB
Tuesday, September 6
The career of legendary British guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr spans decades of collaboration with a variety of groundbreaking musical acts. Marr is perhaps most famous for the overpowering, boisterous opening riff to “This Charming Man” from his time as lead guitarist and second most recognizable member of The Smiths. But since then he has worked with The The, Electronic and Modest Mouse. More recently, he collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the music for the James Bond film No Time to Die. Live, expect to hear a sample of his work over the past four decades. $35, 7 p.m., Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – CC
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