Record release shows
Bill Carter, “Innocent Victims & Evil Companions,” Saturday at Saxon Pub. A roots/blues songwriter and guitarist whose career took off in the 1980s when the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan covered his songs, Carter is back with a triumphant 14-song set that boasts some of Austin’s best musicians, from guitarists Charlie Sexton and Denny Freeman to the Tosca String Quartet. $10. 10 p.m. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. thesaxonpub.com.
Terri Hendrix, “Love You Strong,” Saturday at Strange Brew. The first installment of Hendrix’s ambitious “Project 5” plan for 2016 came out earlier this month, but this is the official local release show. Working with her longtime producer Lloyd Maines, Hendrix touches on personal, social and political themes in songs that mostly bend toward country-folk instrumentation. The next steps in her yearlong project will include explorations of gospel, blues and electronica, along with a book. $15-$20. 7 p.m. 5326 Manchaca Road. strangebrewloungeside.com.
Coattails, self-titled, Saturday at Mohawk indoor. Heavy blues-rock with a touch of psychedelic energy marks “Pauline,” the first single from this local outfit’s latest album. $7-$9. 8 p.m. doors, with openers Lowin, Levees and Surly Gates. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com.
Austin Instrumental Music Festival at Empire. Austin has such a reputation as a songwriter’s mecca that the significant presence of instrumental acts here can sometimes be overlooked. Last year’s inaugural AIM Fest sought to put a spotlight on those performers, and it went well enough to warrant a return engagement
this year. Performances on Empire’s indoor and outdoor stages begin in the afternoon and continue until midnight, featuring the likes of Scale the Summit, Tia Carrera, Verisimilitude, Satalights and A Is Red. $15-$25. 3 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. aimfest.com.
Blues Bash for Council on At-Risk Youth at Rattle Inn. This fifth annual fundraiser benefits a local organization that helps students improve their grades, attendance and citizenship while decreasing crime and delinquency. Hometown favorites Guy Forsyth, the Peterson Brothers and Leeann Atherton will perform; admission includes hors d’ouevres and a chance to bid on silent auction items. $20. 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 610 Nueces St. cary4kids.org.
Also: It was about two years ago that the beloved coffeehouse venue Flipnotics closed after more than 20 years of hosting intimate musical events. Many of the regulars will gather at ABGB for the Flipnotics Reunion Spectacular. … Pop singer Rachel Platten, touring behind her top-5 major-label debut album “Wildfire,” plays Emo’s with Eric Hutchinson. … Celtic-rockers the Dropkick Murphys play a sold-out show on the outoor stage at Stubb’s. … St. Louis alt-country standard-bearers the Bottle Rockets, whose new Bloodshot Records album “South Broadway Athletic Club” is one of their best since the band’s mid-’90s heyday, play a 7 p.m. show at the Continental Club. … Chicago blues transplant Carl Weathersby plays Antone’s, with a late set by the Keller Brothers. … Soulful singer Miss Lavelle White is at the Townsend. … The Parish thumps to the bass-heavy grooves of Psymbionic. … Top country-roots locals in action include Micky & the Motorcars and No Dry County at Scoot Inn, Jimmy LaFave at El Mercado Backstage and Alvin Crow at the Broken Spoke. … Other hometown options include Jon Dee Graham with William Harries Graham & the Painted Redstarts at Strange Brew, White Ghost Shivers at White Horse and Kalu James with Ben Ballinger at Stay Gold, and a four-act bill at Sidewinder with Jaimee Harris, Married with Sea Monsters, Brian Patterson and Carry Illinois.