Music Shows Happening in San Antonio This Week That You Should Have Tickets To (11/1-11/7)

Wed 11/1
Renee Fleming

Bringing Classical music to a new generation, singer Renée Fleming is an American opera singer and soprano who is best known for singing Richard Strauss, Mozart, Handel, bel canto, lieder, French opera and chansons and jazz. In 2010 though, Fleming stepped into the indie world releasing the album Dark Hope which included covers of Arcade Fire and Death Cab For Cutie which she didn’t sing all operatically if you were wondering (though that might be kind of cool to hear). For a taste of something outside of your comfort zone of indie rock, metal or whatever shows you frequent, broaden your horizons and musical pallet by watching Fleming sing from an impressive classical catalog that garnered her a National Medal of Arts. $54.50-$149.50, 7:30pm, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, (210) 223-8624, – Chris Conde

Thu 11/2
Iron and Wine

“Naked As We Came” and a lot of Iron and Wine’s catalog represented a time in the early-to-mid 2000s when “indie” music was beginning to become more and more popular creating a shift in the singer-songwriter aesthetic. Artists like Iron and Wine, Jose Gonzalez, Joanna Newsom, and Sufjan Stevens (when he wasn’t writing full on orchestrations) approached songwriting with simply an instrument and a melody, allowing audiences to focus on the timber of these artists’ voices and how they interacted with their instruments. $40.25, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, – CC

Fri 11/3
Moving Units

Los Angeles outfit Moving Units, which has now been doing its thing for 15 years, operates in a pretty unique sonic space. The band’s music is generally described as post-punk or dance-punk, both of which are accurate to a point (the former perhaps more than the latter), but Moving Units’ sound also encompasses elements of industrial and progressive rock, indie rock, and pop. In the final analysis though, it’s hard to parse these seemingly disparate elements, as the band has reached a point where its sound is best described in terms of itself, rather than with referential signposts. In the live setting, above all else, Moving Units is a gem, boasting a propulsive, dance-party-for-the-apocalypse atmosphere. $12-$15, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., – James Courtney

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Oscar Moreno
Sat 11/4
Granite Hands + More

Here’s a stacked local bill of four acts keeping the dystopian dream of alternative rock alive in their own ways. Granite Hands, for starters, is an instrumental math-rock outfit that incorporates elements of jazz fusion, progressive rock, and psychedelic rock into its satisfyingly knotty music. Cliffside of the Pinkeyed Sky, aside from boasting one of the best band names in town, impressed us with the summer release of its Spacetime EP, which presents a trippy and experimental progressive rock sound. The other two bands on this swell bill are Donella Drive and Celeste’al Descent, which play funky/punk-y alt-rock with a pop digestibility and straightforward, KISS FM-ready alternative respectively. A quick Bandcamp search for any of these bands will help you get familiar with their overlapping but distinct sounds before Saturday’s show. $5, 9pm, Hi-Tones, 621 E. Dewey Pl., (210) 785-8777, – JC

Sat 11/4
Toad the Wet Sprocket

The 1990s nostalgia boom is still in full bloom, and San Antonio, of all places, sure ain’t mad at it. With that in mind, we think you’ll want to check out Toad the Wet Sprocket’s upcoming SA show. The stalwart, easy-going alternative rock crew notched a slew of hits in the 1990s, including “Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want,” “Something’s Always Wrong,” and “Fall Down,” and has been newly active, after extended hiatus in the aughts, as recently as 2013 with the release of its sixth album New Constellation. With not much in the way of new music to offer, fans from back in the day can rest assured that they’ll be treated to all of their favorites from yesteryear at this weekend’s rare performance. $40-$45, 8pm, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830, – JC

click to enlarge JABARI JACOBS
Jabari Jacobs
Sat 11/4

When Lizzo released her 2016 EP Coconut Oil, it felt like the entire music world paused and was like “wait — what — who is this?” It’d been a long time since a new artist was able to transcend the underground R&B world to the bleeding edge of pop whilst keeping her personality and lovable character at the forefront of her music. With songs about loving yourself (“Scuse Me”) and a hilarious track about misplacing your phone after a night out with the girls (“Phone”), it was a breath of fresh air to see a #thicc R&B chick bring it as hard as, dare I say, Beyonce (Fight me). Lizzo is the truth, and she’s coming to San Antonio to remind us that queens come in all shapes and sizes. With Doja Cat, $18, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., – CC

Sat 11/4
Sub:Rosa Unscene Records Dance Party

Brewing beneath the surface of San Antonio’s bustling live music scene is one of Texas’ busiest techno music labels Unscene Records. Founded by DJ and recording artist Enrique Cortazar, Unscene has been releasing top-notch minimal house and techno since 2014 and is about to release its second vinyl release (and 43rd digital release) hosting an impressive roster of international recordings artists. For fans of the Detroit sound, Unscene offers a deep catalog of warm, soulful minimal techno for the most discerning dancer. Sub:Rosa will feature Djs ISA, Enrique Cortazar, and Dallas party maker Dozal (Loopy) and is the first daytime party for the crew, taking place on the Ventura’s riverwalk patio. For future events, “Sub: Rosa will be hosted in a variety of different venues throughout the city, from bars to secret locations. All providing a unique experience of sound and space,” Cortazar told the Current. Free, 2-8pm, Ventura, 1011 Avenue B, (210) 802-6940, – JJ Lopez

Mon 11/6
Soulfly Does NailBomb
Fun fact, especially for all you Deftones fans out there: The name Soulfly was actually taken from the Deftones track “Headup” off of Deftones’ 1997 album Around The Fur. If you go back and listen, Max Cavalera, who lent his vocals on the song, is definitely screaming “soul fly” in the chorus (The more you know!). Anyway, Cavalera and his brother Igor Cavalera started the thrash/groove metal band Sepultura which rose to fame through the 90s. Max Cavalera eventually wound up leaving the band (his brother a few years later too) to start Soulfly in 1997, which has more of a nu-metal flare to it, contrast to the thrash roots of Sepultura. However, on this particular tour, Cavalera and the dudes in Soulfly will be performing as Nailbomb, an early side project of Cavelera’s pre-Soulfly, and will be playing through their only album Point Blank all the way through. With Harms Way, Noisem, Lody Kong, $25-$30, 6pm, The Rock Box, 1223 E. Houston St., (210) 677-9453, – CC
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