No need to wait till early October in Zilker Park to catch some of this fall’s buzz-heavy tours that are coming to Austin. Two major indie acts just landed at different venues here a couple of days from each other: Liz Phair, who’s at the Mohawk on Sept. 27, and the Decemberists, who’ll play Bass Concert Hall on Sept. 29.
One of the top-selling indie bands since the turn of the century, the Decemberists released “I’ll Be Your Girl,” their eighth album, in March. Tickets, $35.50-$55.50, go on sale Friday, May 18, via the Texas Performing Arts website. The band’s last Austin appearance was at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October 2015.
Phair is touring in support of a new 25th-anniversary box set edition of “Exile in Guyville,” which came out in March on Matador Records with previously unreleased demo recordings. The original album launched Phair to stardom when it came out in the summer of 1993. Tickets, $30-$35, go on sale Friday, May 18, via the Mohawk website. Phair’s last Austin show was in 2016 opening for Smashing Pumpkins at Bass Concert Hall.