By Ben Dickerson
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Austin’s identity has always been directly tied to and defined by live music. If you’re looking to get out and take advantage of the sounds the city has to offer, here are four bands and artists to see in  November.

Aminé: Nov 2
Emo’s
2015 E Riverside Dr.

Every Aminé primer has to start with “Caroline,” his bouncy, infectious 2016 smash hit (which, impressively, blew up without any major co-signs or accompanying memes). But his showstopping performance of that song on The Tonight Show—which he closed with a scathing, emotional critique of President Trump—and his rich and varied debut album, Good for You, demonstrate that Aminé is much more than just one song. He’s a savvy producer (GFY was almost entirely self-produced and composed), a clever lyricist, a surprisingly great video director. Supported by Towkio. Advance tickets are $22. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the show starts at 8:00.

Syd: Nov 15
Emo’s
2015 E Riverside Dr.1

Syd made her first solo effort, this year’s Fin, as a side hustle, produced by herself and with her close friends. Her day-to-day is fronting The Internet, an LA-based soul-fusion band with three hooky, progressive full-lengths under their belts. Even so, Fin is one of the best things she’s ever done—a sultry and confident record, anchored by Syd’s soft, controlled alto. Its ballads (“Body,” “Smile More”) are effortless, comfortable in their intimacy, and its uptempo cuts (“All About Me”) are not triumphant as much as defiant; sly and unconcerned. Syd is a gifted singer, performer, and producer, and Fin suggests more good things are still to come. Advance tickets are $22.50. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the show starts at 8:00.

Hazel English: Nov 20
Stubb’s BBQ Indoors
801 Red River St.

Oakland-based Australian transplant Hazel English makes dreamy, elliptical indie-pop for the age of anxiety. English broke through on her 2016 single “I’m Fine,” a melancholy, introspective tune about self-negation, the powerlessness of depression, and the shame of not asking those you love for help. The song sounds like rain on a sunny day, or maybe the sun trying desperately to shine through the clouds. English’s songs are reflective, lilting, and altogether winsome, and they’ll hit you like a ton of bricks when you hear them played loud enough. Advance tickets are $12. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., and the show starts at 9:00 p.m.

Alex Lahey: Nov 30
Barracuda
611 E 7th St.

Two Australians in a row! What are the odds? Anyway, Alex Lahey’s first full album, I Love You Like a Brother, came out just this week, and it’s a blast, an absolute surge of power-chords and choruses. As a songwriter, Lahey deals mostly with twenty-something indie-rock/emo/pop-punk touchstones—romantic tangles, old friends, the urges toward and away from self-improvement—and does so with a self-aware wryness and a knack for the blunt. Past being considered and catchy-as-hell, Like a Brother is a straight-up great rock record, and there’s a good chance it rips live. Supported by Dude York and Molly Burch. Advance tickets are $12. Doors open at 9:00 p.m., and the show starts at 9:30.

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