This summer was extremely challenging for me. I was faced with the horror of almost being completely broke, trying with little luck to find a job in addition to the twelve hours a week I get as an office assistant at St. Edward’s. Coincidentally enough, this summer also (surprisingly) happened to be a relatively dry season for shows in Austin, thereby allowing me to be devoid of envy at those who got to see a new band every other day. Aside from the New Pornographers and LCD Soundsystem, there were very few shows that made me wish I still received a paycheck from the grocery store that I (begrudgingly) worked at during the school year.

Thankfully, starting in late August, the next few months are shaping up to be filled with great shows almost weekly. If things start to pick up again money wise (hopefully being back in school will give me less of an impulse to spend), I plan to attend all these shows in some form or another, whether for this blog, for PopMatters, or for any other writing gig I may come across in that time.

Budos Band: August 21; Mohawk

Hot Hot Heat: August 27; Emo’s

Titus Andronicus: September 1; Emo’s

The Tallest Man on Earth: September 18; Antone’s

The Pixies: September 21-22; Austin Music Hall

Drive-By Truckers: September 24; Stubb’s

The Drums: September 25; ND

Field Music: September 29; Emo’s

Austin City Limits/Aftershows or The National in Houston or Dallas: October 8-10

The Thermals/Cymbals Eat Guitars: October 23; Red 7

Jonsi: October 26; Austin Music Hall

Interpol: October 28; Stubb’s

Fun Fun Fun Fest; November 6-7; Waterloo Park

And these are only the shows that have been announced as of right now. There are sure to be a ton of great shows in the next few months that you can spend your hard earned money on.

-Ryan

(Image: The Thermals via their MySpace page)

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