The Austin Music Scene is much like an eclectic group of carnies and street performers. Each type of band has its own colorful clique, and here I have only covered what I perceive to be a handful. While these aren’t genres (I’m not a music snob, and if it’s not indie rock I don’t really know what genre it fits into), this is my interpretation of the menagerie of different types of bands in Austin.
Each quirky group tends to stick to certain venues in Austin, but that’s not to say you won’t find the unexpected in some places. When waiting for your favorite band to play at a typical bar, it’s often common to have your ears raked by the discord of some emerging new band, from an emerging new genre.
Everyone here is in a band. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you can either stop discerning about what tastes you like, or just stay in on the weekends. Austin might be the Live Music Capital of the World, but that might be because everyone and their Uncle Byron owns a guitar pick and a crappy amp. There is no reason to hate all the music that pulses through Austin. I just think there’s such a hilarious mixing pot of them that you might want to consider looking up the bands before you go see them play. Otherwise it might be like catching karaoke.