Tuesday’s music picks: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bronze Radio Return

Ladysmith Black Mambazo plays the Long Center. Photo courtesy of the Long Center
Ladysmith Black Mambazo plays the Long Center. Photo courtesy of the Long Center

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sweet Honey in the Rock at Long Center. Thirty years after Paul Simon’s “Graceland” introduced the most successful singing group in South Africa to the world, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, led by founder Joseph Shabalala, is still going strong. The group is known for its tight a cappella harmonies, as is opener Sweet Honey in the Rock, a contemporary ensemble of female singers celebrating African-American culture. $29-$59. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 7:30 p.m. — D.S.S.

Also: Connecticut indie band Bronze Radio Return brings the tour for its new album “Light Me Up” toe the Parish. … Foxygen touring drummer Diane Coffee plays songs from the new solo album “Everybody’s a Good Dog” on the Mohawk’s indoor stage. … Guitarist Kevin McKinney heads up an Allman Brothers tribute night at Strange Brew with singers including Malford Milligan and Kacy Crowley. … Catch first-class folk and jazz at the Continental Gallery with James McMurtry early and Ephraim Owens late.

SXSW: Wynonna Judd, Jake Bugg to play Americana Music Association/Pandora show

Wynonna Judd performs at City Winery Chicago on January 28, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
Wynonna Judd performs at City Winery Chicago on January 28, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)

The Americana Music Association and Pandora have an official South by Southwest day party and showcase scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at the Gatsby. Wynonna Judd, who played the fest last year, will be back with her band the Big Noise will play the night showcase, which is headlined by Jack Ingram. Emerging UK artist Jake Bugg headlines the day party. Both events are open to SXSW badge and wristband holders.

Day Party Lineup:

The Strumbellas | 2 pm
The Cactus Blossoms | 3 pm
Lydia Loveless | 4 pm
Jake Bugg | 5 pm
Nightly Showcase Lineup:
Margo Price | 8 pm
Sam Outlaw | 9 pm
Wynonna & The Big Noise | 10 pm
Hayes Carll | 11 pm
Asleep At The Wheel | 12 am
Jack Ingram | 1 am

SXSW: Free Waterloo Records shows include Peaches, Børns, the Heavy, Casey Veggies

Peaches performs at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas on Friday November 6, 2015, at at Auditorium Shores. Erika Rich for American-Statesman
Peaches performs at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas on Friday November 6, 2015, at at Auditorium Shores.
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Waterloo Records has released the full lineup for their South by Southwest day parties. The free shows in their parking lot are perennial favorite events and a great way for locals to catch some of the SXSW action. The impressive lineup includes appearances from lady-part loving electropop star Peaches, British rock ‘n’ roll outfit the Heavy, explosive folk rockers Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Odd Future alum Casey veggies. 90s rockers Soul Asylum, ubiquitous beach pop star Børns and acclaimed desert blues guitarist from Niger, Bombino.

 

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Best of Austin Music: February 2016

In January, we introduced a new roundup of monthly highlights in Austin music, from local records to touring shows to favorite songs and more. Here’s a Leap Day special, looking back at the best from the previous 28 days in February.

BEST NEW SONGS/VIDEOS

A Giant Dog, “Sex and Drugs.” Sabrina Ellis breaks our hearts (manages our expectations?) in this raucous, chrome-plated bar room bruiser which has us chomping at the bit for the band’s Merge Records debut, coming in May. — D.S.S.

Greyhounds, “Devil’s Eyes.” From the forthcoming album “Change of Pace” (due out April 1), this tune digs deeply into a dark soul groove, leavened by a humorous video (which premiered on Austin360.com) shot at fitting locations around Austin. — P.B.

Riders Against the Storm, “RE:Fresh.” The entire “RE:Mixtape” RAS released this month is excellent. Consider our appetites officially whetted for the new album due out in August. On this remix of Liane La Havas’ “Green and Gold,” the husband/wife team spins a quiet and beautiful song about love and dreams that reverberates with so much heart. “We have a myriad of sides to us. There is a quiet reflective, vulnerable side,” Qi Dada Ras says, “We’re happy to let people see more of that.” — D.S.S.

Da’Shade Moonbeam, “Girl Song.” Speaking of hip-hop love songs, can’t get enough of this little ditty and the accompanying video that finds the always lyrical Da’Shade Moonbeam looking for love at Austin Books & Comics.  — D.S.S.

Also check out our favorite Austin entries into NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest. 

BEST SHOWS

A-list: Jason Isbell performs at ACL Live on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro For American-Statesman
Jason Isbell performs at ACL Live on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro/For American-Statesman

Feb. 6: Yo La Tengo at Hogg Auditorium. Guitarist Ira Kaplan, drummer Georgia Hubley and bassist James McNew, with guitarist Dave Schramm joining them this time, delivered a magical acoustic set centered on last year’s album “Stuff Like That There,” a sequel of sorts to their 1990 benchmark “Fakebook.” — P.B.

Feb. 11-12: Jason Isbell at ACL Live. A few days before he picked up two Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Isbell showed Austin audiences on consecutive nights why he won them. He and his ace band, sparked by fiddler Amanda Shires, aren’t about glitter and glitz; they just get onstage and play Isbell’s songs, which are the best being written in American music today.  — P.B.

Feb. 20: Siren Sound Temple at Barracuda. Real talk. It’s 2016, and I have mixed feelings about thematically arranging a show around female-fronted bands. Aren’t they just bands at this point? However, this bill brought together an incredible group from soon to be stars A Giant Dog to emerging art punk outfit Sailor Poon. Magna Carda, Mama K and the Shades and Moving Panoramas did turns on a power bill that reminded us the extent to which Austin women are leading the music scene right now.   — D.S.S.

Also: Carly Rae Jepsen at ACL Live; Ameripolitan Music Awards at the Paramount; Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association Hall of Fame Awards at ACL Live.

BEST NEW ALBUMS

Magna Carda performs at The Mohawk during Free Week on January 6, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Erika Rich for American-Statesman
Magna Carda performs at The Mohawk during Free Week on January 6, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
Erika Rich/ For American-Statesman

“Willie Nelson, “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin.” Harkening back to his classic “Stardust” album in general vibe, this set of songs by the iconic 20th-century sibling songwriters George and Ira Gershwin once again shows that Willis is not so much a country star as he is simply an American music treasture. — P.B.

Mama K & the Shades, “Honey Made.” We’ll formally introduce this stanky groove collective as our March Artist of the Month later this week and we’re happy to report Austin’s not sleeping on the 10 piece soul powerhouse. Their CD release party Saturday night at One-2-One was sold out with a line at the door. They also sold out of every copy of this sizzling platter of love and funk they brought to the show. Though the band has only been together since 2014, they play like they’ve been touring for years. The process of putting this album together was driven by the devastating loss of their saxophonist, David McKnight. Amazingly, “Honey Made” doesn’t dwell in despair. Instead, it’s an exuberant celebration of life that soars with promise.  — D.S.S.

Magna Carda, “CirQlation.” This instrumental hip-hop outfit and our Austin360 February Artist of the Month is getting better all the time. Magna Carda’s debut full-length is an an ambitious, but cohesive, platter loaded with smooth segues between moody jazz and blues, wistful neosoul love songs and classic hip-hop party hooks. It also packs the firepower the band needs to ride their slow-burn rise to the next level.— D.S.S.

Also: Terri Hendrix, “Love You Strong” (Feb. 5); Riders Against the Storm, “RE:Mixtape” (Feb. 12); Carrie Rodriguez & the Sacred Hearts, “Lola”  (Feb. 19); Sam Riggs, “Breathless” (Feb. 19); Bill Carter, “Innocent Victims & Evil Companions” (Feb. 26); Golden Dawn Arkestra, “Stargazer” (Feb. 26).

Are you an Austin artist with new music we should hear and/or videos we should see? Hit us up at musicsource@statesman.com.

Screengrab from A Giant Dog's "Sex and Drugs"
Screengrab from A Giant Dog’s “Sex and Drugs”

SXSW: Coheed and Cambria, Wolfmother to play free Auditorium Shores show

Coheed and Cambria performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Friday Oct. 2, 2009. Jay Janner/American-Statesman
Coheed and Cambria performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Friday Oct. 2, 2009. Jay Janner/American-Statesman

South by Southwest has announced the second big Auditorium Shores show for this year’s festival. Post-hardcore band Coheed and Cambria will headline with support from Australian band Wolfmother. Tijuana Panther and Beach Slang will also perform at the show on Friday, March 18.

The show is free and open to the public with a SXSW Guest Pass.

Saturday’s Auditorium Shores show, a day-long Latin music extravaganza with Intocable, Grupo Fantasma and more was announced last week.

Def Leppard to play Austin360 Amphitheater in August

Robb D. Cohen / Special to the Atlanta Journal Constitution
Robb D. Cohen / Special to the Atlanta Journal Constitution

If you’re looking for a hot night of hard rock the Austin360 Amphitheater has you covered (with sugar) this summer. Hair metal heavies Def Leppard are set to play the big stage with Tesla and REO Speedwagon on August 19.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 4 at noon. Tickets are $25-$125 and will be available online at ticketmaster.com, Austin360Amphitheater.com, all ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1.800.745.3000.

Flight of the Conchords to play Bass in July

Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman
Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman

After announcing plans to reunite at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island last week, a press release announcing a full summer tour from Flight of the Conchords is now floating the Internets.

The comedy rock duo will be at Bass Concert Hall on July 9. Tickets to the show go on sale Friday, March 4 at noon. They will sell out fast.

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KGSR SXSW broadcasts include Avett Brothers, Jake Bugg, Lucius, Soul Asylum

The Avett Brothers perform at the 2014 Austin City Limits music festival on Sat., Oct. 4, 2014 at Zilker Park in Austin, TX. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman
The Avett Brothers perform at the 2014 Austin City Limits music festival on Sat., Oct. 4, 2014 at Zilker Park in Austin, TX.
Ashley Landis for American-Statesman

Radio station KGSR 93.3 FM announced the lineup for their popular morning South by Southwest broadcasts today and it includes a few good surprises. Most notably wistful folk rockers Avett Brothers and rapidly rising young British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg will perform.

The broadcasts, hosted by KGSR personalities Andy Langer and Emily McIntosh, run 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 16- Friday March 18 and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 19 at the W Austin. The broadcasts are open to the public with a $5 suggested donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and South Texas.

KGSR has a strong track record for selecting emerging talent and over the years the broadcasts have become a hot ticket, with fans lining up very early in the morning to get in to some of the shows. ““Every year, there are a handful of artists who wonder aloud why they’re up so early,” Langer says. “And then as soon as they walk into the ballroom and see the huge crowd, of real music fans, you can see the grumpiness turn to surprise and excitement. ”

Wednesday, 3/16 6-10am

The Avett Brothers ●  Bob Schneider ●  Jamestown Revival ●  Ra Ra Riot ●  Cloves ● Wild Belle ● My bubba

 Thursday, 3/17 6-10am

Chvrches ● Lukas Graham ● Lucius ● Lissie ● Declan McKenna● The Strumbellas ● Sarah Jarosz ● Aurora ● Tor Miller

 Friday, 3/18 6-10am

Hayes Carll  ● Aubrie Sellers ● Jack Garratt ● The Wild Feathers ● Jake Bugg ●Charlie Mars ● Banners ● Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones● Los Coast

Saturday, 3/19 8am-Noon

X Ambassadors  ● Soul Asylum ● BØRNS ●  White Denim ● Kaleo ● Barns Courtney ● The Record Company ● Joseph

All acts are subject to change.

Monday’s music picks: Yacht, Hunter Valentine

Roger Sellers performs as Bayonne at Sidewinder with Yacht. 2015 photo by Erika Rich for American-Statesman
Roger Sellers performs as Bayonne at Sidewinder with Yacht. 2015 photo by Erika Rich for American-Statesman

Yacht, Bayonne, Orthy at Sidewinder. Start your week with a fantastic night of progressive electronic music courtesy of Red Bull Sound Select. Stylish pop outfit Yacht, who will be back for South by Southwest next month, headline. It’s also one of the last non-SXSW Austin dates for Bayonne a.k.a. Roger Sellers, who hits the road in late March on an extensive spring tour that will put him out of town until Levitation. $3 with RSVP. 7 p.m. doors. 715 Red River St. redbullsoundselect.com. — D.S.S.

Also: Canadian indie-rockers Hunter Valentine play indoors at Stubb’s with Emily Wolfe. … Record-release shows include Jared Leibowich of the Zoltars playing a 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records and Robin Wymer doing songs from a new EP at North Door. … Jaimee Harris concludes a month of Mondays at Cactus Cafe with opener Tahoma. … Singer-songwriters Greg Loftus and Cory Reinisch team up at Stay Gold. … Instrumentalist and SXSW co-founder Louis Meyers sits in with Christine Albert and Bill Kirchen for Mystery Monday at El Mercado Backstage. … Other weekly shows of note include Blue Monday at Antone’s, Jonesin’ with Georgia Bramhall at C-Boy’s, Beth & James at Geraldine’s and Adrian Ruiz hosting the Elephant Room’s jazz jam.

With new EP out, Charli XCX is back on the SXSW schedule

Charli XCX perfoms at Emo's at on October 17, 2014. Erika Rich/For American-Statesman Erika Rich for Austin American-Statesman
Charli XCX perfoms at Emo’s at on October 17, 2014. Erika Rich for Austin American-Statesman

Remember when our favorite pop punk cheerleader Charli XCX was on the official South by Southwest Music schedule and then she wasn’t? Well, she’s back! Just in time for the drop of her sultry new EP “Vroom Vroom” produced with Swedish electro/synth producer Sophie which hit the internets on Friday.