For those looking for musical star power and an evening of nostalgia, 80s rocker-turned-90s pop star Belinda Carlisle might be just the ticket.
For those looking for something a little less safe, there’s always the psychedelic cumbia-meets-americana of Making Movies or a raging metal bill headlined by Viking headbangers Amon Amarth.
In other words, it’s a diverse week for live music in San Antonio. Let’s dive deeper.
Wednesday, November 9
Igor & Elvis red
German-born, Ukrainian-raised singer Igor Yuzov studied in the Soviet Union and left for the United States as soon as possible with his self-proclaimed “folk ‘n’ roll” band, Limpopo. In 1993, the band won a TV talent show star search, boosting its popularity. A 1995 dream involving Elvis Presley prompted Yuzov to increase the rock component and change the band’s name to Red Elvises. Great street performances on the Santa Monica boardwalk built on the troupe’s kitsch charm. The band’s boisterous live sets always get the audience moving with infectious grooves and a healthy dose of humor. $12-$50, 8:30 p.m., Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com. —Danny Cervantes
Thursday, November 10
Belinda Carlisle rose to prominence as the lead singer of ’80s “girl band” The Go-Go’s, then also went on to strike gold with a solo career that followed. While the Go-Gos came to the periphery of the punk scene, Carlisle had fully embraced pop by the time she released her first solo album. Belinda in 1986. His solo hits “Mad About You” and “Heaven is a Place on Earth” became radio staples during this era. This show should include tunes from both sides of Carlisle’s career, as she’s performed a handful of Go-Go tunes at previous stops on this tour. $36.50-$74.50, 7:30 p.m., Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Circle Auditorium, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org. —Mike McMahan
Friday November 11
Turnstile, postal mail, fugitive
If you’re going to attend a multi-band bill, it’s always a treat when the acts aren’t too similar. That might be a high bar to cross given the way the tours are organized, but up-and-coming East Coast hardcore band Turnstile have embraced variety by taking 90s indie darlings Snail Mail on the road for his last tour. Turnstile have enjoyed a winning streak any band would envy, having been rewarded for their incredible 2021 outing glow on and land as an opener with My Chemical Romance and the upcoming Green Day and Blink-182 tour. But make no mistake: they’re the real deal and have gotten this far the old-fashioned way. And if they want to mix up their own tour bill, more power to them. $50 and up, 7 p.m., Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com. —MM
Rock act Making Movies blends a diverse sound drawing from roots of cumbia, psychedelia and Americana – but makes it all work together. This diversity can be explained by the fact that the members of the group are from Panama, Mexico and the United States. The group is a big proponent of Latinx activism and has collaborated with salsa legend Rubén Blades, also used to mixing music and politics. Steve Berlin of Los Lobos produced three of Making Movies’ albums, adding to his Latin rock credentials. $16-$18, 7 p.m., Vibes Underground, 1223 E. Houston St., (210) 255-3833, therockboxsa.com. —Brianna Espinoza
Sunday November 13
Ginger root, Vicky Farewell
Ginger Root is multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter Cameron Lew’s aggressive soul-elevating solo-recording project, creating soundscapes driven by bouncy beats and vaporous lyrics. The band’s latest EP Nisemono is built on the concept of Ginger Root featured after a fictional Japanese pop star leaves before an appearance on a late-night show. Opener Vicky Farewell will create a laid-back vibe with her sweet, downtempo soul. $18, 8 p.m., Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – CC
Monday November 14
Amon Amarth, carcass, obituary, decapitation of cattle
With a JRR Tolkien-inspired band name and lyrics steeped in Viking history, Sweden’s Amon Amarth creates an epic sound that’s appropriate. Its breathy riffs and singalong choruses seem constructed to serve as a soundtrack for raiders rowing a longship. Riding high on his new album The Great Heathen ArmyAmon Amarth has also put together a tour package that acts as a sampler of some of the best death metal genres – including Carcass’ fierce but melodic take on the genre, Obituary’s old-school down-and-dirty approach and Cattle Decapitation’s environmentally conscious death grind. $49.50-$159.50, 6:30 p.m., Aztec Theater, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com. – BE
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