Lite + Brite: 26 Batty Austin Events 9/1

Hello, what’s up, and welcome to the Lite + Brite newsletter.

Today’s newsletter may be later, more succinct, and/or less intelligible than usual because I (Leila) lost my driver’s license at LAX last night, which means I’ve lost about ten hours of my life to bureaucracy. That’s ten hours that might have otherwise gone to this newsletter!

Having somehow made it home, I’m looking forward to some of the musical events going down this weekend. Austin is celebrating Beyonce’s birthday at Cheer Up’s, Sahara Lounge, and Vacancy Brewing. You could go on a full Beyonce birthday bar crawl! In non-Beyonce music, there’s also a festival celebrating Afrobeat, a grown-up prom, a futurefunk/vaporwave party (Brian tells me these are two separate genres, not to be conflated), an indie karaoke night, real rave at a secret venue, and a Shrek rave at an obvious venue. Plus all sorts of non-musical events that you can scroll down to read about; I’m not going to describe them here because 1) that is redundant and 2) I have to go take a nap.

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Let’s do fun stuff!

—Leila + Brian


Our next No Lights No Lycra will be on Thursday, September 14, with tunes from guest DJ Phildoesit! You can listen to a playlist of music from our last edition here or scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for a track listing.

No Humans Allowed began the first of a series of cosmic journeys into the stars this week. Each week will cover a different slice of kitschy synth music about space, and this week covered cosmic disco, a mostly European genre of space-themed music from the 70s through the early 80s. Expect many bleeps, some bloops, and lots of lyrics about starships and aliens. Listen to Cosmic Journey on the KPISS archives, or scroll down for the full tracklist + art. NHA is live every Wednesday at 6pm CT on

What is No Lights No Lycra?
Austin’s twice-monthly, judgment-free, substance-free, high-impact dance thing in the dark. It’s a DJ night that’s not at the club, a workout that’s not at the gym, a personal meditation that’s anything but silent. It’s produced by us, your kindly L+B overlords, and usually one or the other of us is on the hook for DJ duties. Read more about us in the Austin Chronicle. You can listen the kind of music we play over on Brian’s Mixcloud.


Friday 9/1

  • Shrek Rave at Empire Garage
    “Cool is dead!” “Who cares!” chant Shrek ravers
  • Freq System at a secret location
    Freqs gathering for a dance party in a last minute locale
  • The Bat at ColdTowne
    Comedy in the dark! This newsletter caters to all kinds of dark stuff
  • Night Birds at the Cathedral
    “Unique immersive ballet experience surrounded by local art”
  • Texas Foremothers Friday at Texas Keepers Cider
    Celebrate Ann Richards’ bday w/the history of women in TX politics
  • Interchange at Freddo
    A mingling of live music, DJ, art + vendors
  • The Front Festival Film Showcase at Laguna Gloria
    Films by Texas based women + LGBTQ+ folks
  • Mothertree at the Vortex
    “Newly devised dance theatre” about the wisdom of trees
  • GalaxyCon at the Austin Convention Center
    “Festival of fandom” w/cosplay, meet + greets, panels, + more

Saturday 9/2

Sunday 9/3

  • Crown and Club at the Violet Crown
    Swap film posters + watch a Japanese flick about women’s prisons
  • The Front Festival After Party at the Line Hotel
    Curated art show + poolside DJs to close out the Front Fest
  • Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale at Zilker Botanical Garden
    Buy + see succulent buddies from as far away as New Mexico
  • GalaxyCon at the Austin Convention Center
    “Festival of fandom” w/cosplay, meet + greets, panels, + more

Monday 9/4

  • Free Day of Yoga at various Austin studios
    Free yoga classes for every level of experience across town
  • Raptor Day at Pioneer Farms
    Celebrate birds of prey (not those creepy guys from Jurassic Park)
  • TXRD Home Game Screening at Spiderhouse Ballroom
    Watch a Netflix show about TX roller derby w/the skaters + Q+A

Tuesday 9/5

  • One Page Salon at Radio Coffee + Beer
    Hear local writers read their works

Wednesday 9/6

  • Open House at the Texas Immersive Institute
    “Learn about immersive projects” + meet the folks who make them

Thursday 9/7

  • Stories on the Lawn at the Neill-Cochran House Museum
    Comedians + storytellers w/Moth-style stories inspired by Grandma Moses
  • Intro to Knife Carving at Buzz Mill Coffee
    Carve out some time in your calendar for this useful event

No Humans Allowed 162
Cosmic Journey

«COSMIC JOURNEY» begins a multipart exploration of space themed synthesized music, beginning with cosmic disco, with emphasis on the 70s space kitsch. Float through the galaxy through experimental Moog masters, high tech krautrock, + spacey disco.

Stream Cosmic Journey

Louise Huebner – Introduction – Gods
Eroc – Der Prophet
Zerrin Özer – Son Bir Defa (Arsenii Edit)
Claude Perraudin – Evasion
Bernard Estardy – Bacchanales Estardiennes
Disco Dream & the Androids – Dream Machine (Automan Edit)
Unit 9 – Omicron
Mort Garson – I’ve Been over the Rainbow
Robin Trower – I’m Out to Get You
John Forde – Atlantis
Mistral – Spaceship 109
Sandii – Zoot Kook
Snob – Message from the Stars
Phantomband – Loading Zone
Frédéric Mercier – Spirit
Joel Vandroogenbroeck & F. Voelxen – Cascades
Alex Cima – Disconcerto

Brian Blackout’s award-winningdodgy European news coverage receivingweekly robots-themed radio show on internet station Machine vibes 4 machines. Songs for robots, androids, mandroids, cyborgs, AIs, cylons, skinjobs, roombas, wifi routers, smart devices, anything colored Bondi blue, and virtual assistants. Humans not required. Broadcasts live every Wednesday at 6pm CT on, with over 150 episodes now streamable in the archives on topics like and Beach SimulationsRoomba dance partiesundersea adventures + Cyber Texas.

No Lights No Lycra ATX 153
w/Brian Blackout

August 10th at West China Tea House

Listen to No Lights No Lycra 153

Gemma – As Ever (Mr Twin Sister Remix)
John Carroll Kirby – P64 by My Side
Lucifer’s Friend – Stardancer (In Flagranti Edit)
Todd Terje – Swing Star part 2
Róisín Murphy – Simulation
Rudy Norman – Back to the Streets (Flying Mojito Bros Refrito)
The Doobie Brothers – Long Train Runnin’
Eddie Kendricks – Goin’ up in Smoke
Tony Joe White – I Get Off on It (Flying Mojito Bros Refrito)
Carly Simon – Tranquillo (Melt My Heart) (Young Pulse Rework)
Talking Heads – Girlfriend Is Better (Bit Funk Edit)
B Beat Girls – For the Same Man
The Dare – Girls
Justin Timberlake – My Love (DFA Remix)
Lauer – Make It Stay (Gerd Janson Remix)
Goldfrapp – Strict Machine
Chicks on Speed – Glamour Girl
Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)
Young Galaxy – Body
Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun (Trailmix Remix)
The Outfield – Your Love (Discotech Remix)
The Killers – Somebody Told Me
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Head On
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark
INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
Home – All at Once


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How do we choose which events to feature?

Honestly, it’s pretty random. We might include anything in Austin that we, personally, would conceivably want to go to, generally excluding normal concerts, comedy shows, and movie showtimes because there are many other good resources for finding those. (We especially recommend Showlist for live music, The Darker Side of Austin for goth and metal stuff, and the 60+ Weirdest Things in Austin for exactly what it sounds like). This list is by no means exhaustive; it’s just stuff that caught our eye this week. If you have an event that you want us to consider including, send it over.

Who are we?

We make this newsletter. We put on No Lights No Lycra every second and fourth Thursday of the month. We do some other stuff here and there. We love going out to creative events in Austin, and we want you to join us. Visit us at, and support us on Patreon if you like what we do.