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Untapped Cities - The Eclectic Austin Music Scene

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.

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If you are male and moving to Austin, remember to pack a mustache comb, some wax, and a lot of confidence. Bike knowledge, level of taco addiction, and density of sleeve tattoos all factor into overall coolness, but none more so than facial hair pride. If you can’t seem to cultivate luscious locks and easily sculpt them into dueling cyclones, go weird. Have conviction about that nearly invisible blonde grit stash because here, nothing determines social acceptability more than the sparkle in your eye that affirms, “I was born to have facial hair and share it with the world.”

Once you’ve embraced your itchy push broom, it is only a matter of time before the stash gets a name and possibly a spot on that sleeve you couldn’t quite afford to finish. The years spent grooming and growing only add to your popularity as you surpass a Mr. Pringles level of thickness and ascend Austin’s invisible ladder. Due to the hoards arriving daily, the longer someone’s been in Austin, the cooler people think they are. Living on top feels magical, but unfortunately this young transient city won’t admire you forever. So go out somewhere classy for a tenth Beardaversary, prepared to bid that decade long love affair farewell. Either that or watch it slowly evolve into a hairy security blanket that won’t fetch any free PBRs that aren’t already empty.

To discover work of this artist’s work, visit Jackie Evangelisti Art. And, for more on Austin, check out Untapped Cities’ Austin Spotlight.