TX Tunes: July 2023

by Gracie Watt on July 3, 2023 in Entertainment, Music,

Local Texas Bands Releasing New Music, Bands From Out of Town Coming to Your City on Tour – We Have It All for You in This Month’s Texas Tunes


#1 Slightly Stoopid

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Slightly Stoopid is stopping through Irving on July 23 to perform at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory with Sublime with Rome and special guests Atmosphere and The Movement. They also have tour dates for July 21 in The Woodlands at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and July 22 in Austin at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater.

“We couldn’t be more excited for the Summertime 2023 tour,” says Miles Doughty of Slightly Stoopid. “We haven’t toured with Sublime since the early years of Stoopid and we are really excited to be back with our brothers on what we like to call the ultimate summer band camp. We’re stoked to debut some new songs and play new venues and cities we haven’t hit for a while. And most importantly we can’t wait to be playing music for all of you this summer… between the on-stage collabs and the backstage hangs it’s gonna be insane! The Stoopidheads are what fuels Slightly Stoopid. Should be an epic summer of madness!!!”

#2 Grant Gilbert

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Texas-raised singer/songwriter Grant Gilbert is country music without the twang. His classic rock sound mixed with Texas roots separates his music from the rest. Grant is gearing up for multiple music releases in 2023 and beyond – all while touring continuously throughout Texas and the surrounding regions. You can catch him in Fort Worth at the Magnolia Motor Lounge on July 14, in Salado at Johnny’s Steaks & Bar-Be-Que on July 15, and in Graford, Texas, at  PK Ice House on July 22. 

“I was going into the studio to cut a handful of songs but it felt like we were missing a song that you could turn on and have a drink to. We pushed our studio time back, dug in, and wrote songs every single day for a couple of weeks. ‘Six Pack State of Mind’ was one of the songs we wrote during that time period and it really stood out for me. A six-pack is a lot more fun when you aren’t by yourself, so it just made sense to have Josh Abbott jump on it with us. I’m super proud of how it turned out and can’t wait to see people come out to shows and sing along to it and forget about the real world for 90 minutes,” Gilbert said. 


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Rising noise pop outfit FEEBLE LITTLE HORSE will be coming to town performing songs off their new album Girl with Fish. After reissuing their debut album Hayday on legendary label Saddle Creek, the band are back with their best work yet, an album they never thought they’d make. They’ll be performing at Mohawk on July 12. This will be their first show in Austin.

On the heels of incredible singles “Tin Man,” “Steamroller,” and “Pocket,” the band were profiled by Pitchfork for their Rising series. Full of wildly unpredictable songs that are a reflection of the joys that come with making music with your best friends, the new album is a document of four people trusting their instincts and most importantly each other.

#4 Cub Sport

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Australian-based band Cub Sport have captivated an avid following with their vulnerable, yet self-confident, output of progressive indie-pop. Comprising Tim Nelson, Sam Netterfield, Zoe Davis and Dan Puusaari, the self-managed and self-released act are renowned for their electrifying live performances. They performed on July 1 at Club Dada in Dallas.

“Songs About It”, the irrepressible new single from Cub Sport’s forthcoming fifth album Jesus At The Gay Bar, cuts to the heart of the latest incarnation of the beloved Brisbane four-piece. A piece of euphoric, starry-eyed piano house, “Songs About It” is about getting stuck in a moment of hedonistic, split-second joy and memorializing it in the form of pure pop. In a sense, it speaks to the sparkling highs of the Cub Sport catalog, which has always sought to capture love and beauty in song form. Few Cub Sport songs, though, have manifested like this: with a winking, 90s-referencing piano riff and roiling, infectious sub-bass, “Songs About It” charts new territory for the band, the track’s classic-sounding rhythm managing to say just as much as its lyrics.

#5 Sparta

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Sparta, the El Paso band featuring Jim Ward, has announced they’ll be heading on tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their critically acclaimed debut album Wiretap Scars. They’ll be heading to Austin on July 26 and Houston on July 27.

Joining Sparta on tour are Geoff Rickly (Thursday) and zeta as support! This marks Sparta’s first tour of 2023 and a follow up to their fall 2022 tour supporting The Get Up Kids. Featuring fan-favorites “Air,” and “Cut Your Ribbon,” Wiretap Scars was released in August 2002. At the time Sparta was Ward, Matt Miller, Paul Hinojos, and Tony Hajjar. The 4 formed Sparta following the break of their former band, the post-hardcore At the Drive-In. 


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Gracie Watt is a regular contributor to Texas Lifestyle Magazine and a graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin, with a degree in Journalism. Watt is also a Lifestyle Producer at NBC-affiliate KXAN’s Studio 512. When she’s not writing, Watt enjoys singing, playing the guitar and doing volunteer work.