going places: austin

texas band ume shares their must-see spots.

by melissa giannini

We have a serious band crush on


-- crashing drums, psyche-tinged vocals, and scorching, head-banging guitar shredding -- what's not to love? So while we were in town for this year's South By Southwest festival, we asked the Austin trio's frontwoman Lauren Larson to take us on a tour of her can't-miss local spots.

She'll be hitting the road herself this month

in support of Ume's sophomore full-length, Monuments, out now on Dangerbird Records.

Ume's Guide to Austin

Veracruz Taco House,

E. 6th Street and Waller St.

"This little trailer hidden off of E. 6th Street is our go-to spot for the best tacos in town, and it’s open until 3 a.m.!  The vegetarian migas taco is a must-try when in Austin."

Feather's Boutique,

1700 S Congress Ave.

"This adorable vintage boutique combines the classics from the '60s-'90s with the latest trends. Half of my show wardrobe comes from here. They also have a killer selection of rare concert tees. I still want that Sabbath shirt!"

The Blackheart,

86 Rainey St.

"This stylish bar inside an old house on Rainey Street has the best whiskey selection and playlist in town. They also host local bands for free most nights of the week. If you’re feeling wild, try a Thin Lizzy."

End of an Ear Records, 

2209 S 1st St.

"While most people know about Waterloo Records, locals love the vinyl selection at this independent record store. Catch a national act playing next to you on the floor while getting lost in the stacks of records and cassettes."

Las Cruxes,

913 E Cesar Chavez St

"This shop is a treasure trove bringing together the work of local artists and designers with vintage rarities. It's an art gallery, fashion boutique, and record store all in one! You will fall in love with something here."

Cheer Up Charlie's,

900 Red River St.

"A very fun, friendly place to catch a local band and experience Austin nightlife. Their new location on Red River will definitely lead to more foot-traffic, but this place stays true to supporting locals."

W3ll People, 

215 S Lamar Blvd. (Suite B)

"This shop sells all-natural, organic, and local makeup and beauty products. Everything is eco-friendly and toxin-free. I love the Altruist mineral foundation and Universalist color stick."

Midnight Cowboy 

313 E 6th St.

Ume’s Lauren Larson (right) demonstrates the best way to get around Austin during SXSW -- hopping on the back of a friend’s rented golf cart!

Tacos from Veracruz Taco House

Ume playing one of six showcases during this year’s SXSW festival.