Slacker Magazine is offering a free alternative for beloved Austinites during the ACL weekend with “I Wasn’t There: A Slacker’s Refuge from ACL Fest.” Eight brilliant Texas bands will be performing at the pre-ACL weekend party at Frontier Bar. The venue will be providing complimentary spirits from 7 p.m. until they run out, in addition to the most eclectic local bill Austin’s seen in months.
The music will kick off at 8 p.m. with progressive/punk rock band Honey and Salt, followed by indie-rock band Boy + Kite. Boy + Kite released their debut full-length and a perfect summer album, Go Fly, in July 2011, infused with lead male and female vocals and uplifting guitar progressions and chords. Since the release of Go Fly, the band has opened for Toadies and made KUT’s top 10 charts.
Following Boy + Kite is punk/lo-fi/indie band Classy Nude. Classy Nude released a tape for their summer 2012 tour, Original Chapalo, earlier this July–a mastered compilation of their eclectic style and boundless versatility and without a doubt worth a gem worth catching. At 10 p.m. The night will be shifting from punk/indie to ThinkNoThink’s blues-rock style that highlights a more revolutionary approach to music.
The vastness in genre continues with instrumental post-rock band My Education. This last July, the band had their latest release, a series of remixes from their previous album Sunrise. The band brings an array of instruments to the stage, including violas and cellos, bass, guitars, drums and tambourine.
At 11:45, upbeat pop-rock/dance band Borrisokane will be taking things to an entirely different level. Their Disaster Face EP is a collection of moving percussion, titillating guitar chords and plucking, and the perfect contrast between the electronic keyboard and darkly-tinged lyrics. The dance-rock continues with The Sweet Nuthin. Their live-recorded self-titled debut EP gives a perfect idea of their upcoming stage performance–energy driven and full of soul.
Closing out the night with a bang full of pure, raw rock ‘n’ roll at 1 a.m. is Nic Armstrong (and Special Guests). Hailing from the UK, Armstrong has supported bands on stage such as Oasis, The Pretenders, The Raveonettes and The Braver, and performed at South by Southwest, Coachella and Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Frontier Bar is located at 2421 Webberville Rd. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts at 8 p.m. Admission is free for ages 21 and up, and $10 for under 21. RSVP through Do512 here to enter to win one of four tabs that can be redeemed at the event. Click on the here to check out the Facebook event page.