Into kitschy spaces and trippy lightshows? You’ll wanna make sure to check in regularly on the varied events at Empire Control Room and Garage. With everything from first Fridays of the month with Body Rock ATX—one of the livest hip-hop parties in town—to concerts of all sorts on one of three stages (one of them is inside, another is a repurposed auto garage) on almost any given night of the week, its no wonder Empire has become one of the most popular live music spaces over the past few years. Come for the live music, and stay for the bonus DJ-fueled dance parties on the patio. Or just to bug out on the wild projections covering the indoor control room stage—it’s no wonder the venue just snagged the honor for Best Club Lighting at the annual Austin Music Awards.