Austin is music. This rockin’ city boasts 50 percent more requests for adult guitar lessons than any other U.S. city on Thumbtack – and a has a healthy love of other kinds of music lessons as well. Every major act in the nation makes its way through town while even the Tiniest Bar in Texas hosts live, local music.
The only thing left to do, then, is get plugged in and make sure you don’t miss a beat. These 11 music insider Instagram accounts give you backstage access to Austin’s vibrant music scene.
Join the cool kids down on 7th and Red River. Indie, psych, hip hop, metal, rock, and blues all find a rotation on the three creekside stages here. Their feed is full of show pics, upcoming events, and artist shots. Get on down, pop a PBR, and check out live music tonight. Their visual productions are always in full force, too.
Peligrosa is a collective of DJs, producers, and visual artists remixing traditional Latin American music for a hip and modern sound. Their events are very Austin, very danceable, and very fun. Keep abreast of their shows, who’s playing this weekend, news on cameo DJ appearances from out of town, and what’s going down on with this super insider local scene.
For your hip hop and rap needs, ScoreMore party promoting is your new source. The young talent behind ScoreMore is responsible for the legendary IllMore SXSW parties and have an eye for emerging new masters. They were hosting the likes of J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar before they got signed. Get in the loop, stat.
Transmission Events has their fingers in everything music-related in Austin. From small local stages to Fun Fun Fun Fest and huge SXSW events they’re booking events and putting on shows.
Austin photographer Pooneh Ghana has behind the scenes access to the river of musicians that flow through town. Her candid shots of Cage the Elephant, Beach House, and the Foals will make your fan heart go pitter patter. Plus, she works the festival circuit, so you’ll get to see any shows you miss.
The new kid in town, this production company is being backed by all the industry insiders, so you know they’re putting out the goods. Follow along to learn of upcoming Central Texas shows featuring well-known acts like Dinosaur Jr. and The Lumineers.
Sure it’s only once a year, but the memories last a lifetime, mate. Keep up to date on the newest headliners and acts, ticket sales, and giveaways that are going down. You’ll also catch videos and shots from the years prior. It’s like your own little festival archive in your pocket.
The people behind Blues on the Green (free summer concert series in Zilker Park) are also responsible for freeing Austin’s airwaves with the best sounds around. Follow the KGSR feed to stay up-to-date on all things music and the live show happenings around town.
So much more than tasty ribs. Stubbs has a world famous outdoor stage behind their famous restaurant that blows up during festival season and features year-round talent that’s off the charts. It’s a true Austin experience where legends like Patty Griffin, Lauren Hill, and ZZ Top come out and rock. Side note, Stubb’s Gospel Brunch on Sundays is not to be missed.
All the music, all the time. The insta account of the City’s visitor bureau, they are up on everything sound-related that’s going down. You’ll get a heads up on free shows (we like that), major events, and cool local concerts as they’re happening. Tune in.
SXSW—or South by Southwest, to the uninitiated—is active year-round on Instagram. The indie music festival that’s changed the world (no, we’re not prone to hyperbole) only hits in March, but their feed is fresh with Austin music. Plug in and get ready.
It’s hard to sit still in a town like Austin. Get connected and get ready to go, there’s always something good cookin’ here.