Weekend music picks: Bet on a Giant Dog to win the Derby in the City of the Lone Star Jam


Jeremy Nail at Strange Brew. Our Austin360 Artist of the Month for May is playing a record-release show for his new album “My Mountain,” which was produced by Alejandro Escovedo. Backing him are renowned local musicians Chris Masterson on guitar, Eleanor Whitmore on violin, Bobby Daniel on bass and Chris Searles on drums. Check out our feature story on mystatesman.com and in Friday’s American-Statesman print edition. $10-$15. 10 p.m. 5326 Manchaca Road. strangebrewloungeside.com. — P.B.

Sturgill Simpson performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Saturday October 10, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Sturgill Simpson performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Saturday October 10, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Also: The debut album from local throwback girl-group Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, which teams Faye with singers Betty Soo and Akina Adderley, won’t be out until June 10, but they’re holding an early local release party at the Townsend. … Barrier-busting country star Sturgill Simpson plays the second of two sold-out nights at ACL Live. … “3001: A Laced Odyssey,” the gritty and visceral full-length debut from Flatbush Zombies, is one of the year’s strongest hip-hop releases. The NYC crew plays Stubb’s outside with A$AP Twelvyy and Remy Banks. … Dance-floor-burning duo Los Master Plus from Guadalajara, Mexico, extend the Cinco de Mayo fiesta into the weekend at Empire. … Ukulele wunderkind Jake Shimabukuro does shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at One World Theatre. … Sisters Leah and Chloe Smith lead Rising Appalachia, a rootsy group drawing influences both from their namesake mountains and the Louisiana bayou. They’re at the Parish with Arouna Diarra. … Chicago experimentalists Tortoise headline an outdoor show at the Mohawk with Chris Brokaw of Codeine. … Britta Phillips, of Luna and Dean & Britta, plays songs from her solo debut “Luck or Magic” at a free 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records. … Canadian soul-blues performer Matt Andersen brings the tour for his new album “Honest Man” to the Cactus Cafe. … New East Riverside venue Grizzly Hall dons its full metal jacket with Turbid North, Whore of Bethlehem, Of the Sun, Burial Wrath and Sigil. … The new “KUTX Live at Mueller” series features free music from the Octopus Project and kid-friendly act Jarebear at Mueller Lake Park. … Other top local options include Carson McHone and Jonathan Terrell at ABGB, the W.C. Clark Blues Revue at El Mercado Backstage and Alpha Rev at Threadgill’s with Tameca Jones.


Lone Star Jam in Southeast Austin. For die-hard fans of Texas-tinged red dirt rockin’ country, the Lone Star Jam is a weekend-long party that’s hard to beat. This year the event moves from the LBJ Lawn on the University of Texas campus to a field in southeast Austin which might be a better fit, considering a cold tallboy in hand is the Lone Star Jam accessory of choice. Top names include Turnpike Troubadours and the Randy Rogers Band. The Lone Star Jam is presented by Young Texans Against Cancer, which supports cancer research and charities in Texas. $40 1-day, $70 2-day. Gates at noon Saturday and Sunday. 5901 E. Oltorf St. lonestarjam.com. — D.S.S.

A Giant Dog record release at Barracuda. Exorcise a lifetime of rock ’n’ roll regrets and create some new ones as these stalwarts of Austin’s grimy garage rock scene celebrate the major label release of their new album “Pile,” which just dropped on Merge. (You can stream it on Bandcamp now.) The band hits the road next week for a six-week run spreading their sleazy bar room bruisers around the country. Check out our feature story on the band at mystatesman.com and in Thursday’s American-Statesman print edition. Fellow scene heavies Dikes of Holland, Flesh Lights and Golden Boys open. $9.43-$30.53 advance (some options include album). 10 p.m. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Also: Indiana roots-rockers Houndmouth, who turned heads with recent shows at the Austin City Limits Music Fest and South by Southwest, headline Derby in the City with local Americana band Jamestown Revival. Also playing the show, which runs from 1:30 to 9 p.m. in the Austin American-Statesman “bat lot” and features a live screening of the Kentucky Derby, are the Wind + the Wave, the Gents and Hello Wheels. … A quarter-century after they introduced their flamenco-fusion to the world, Gipsy Kings are still going strong. They play ACL Live. … The Anderson Ponty Band, featuring songs from the Yes catalog sung by the band’s Jon Anderson with jazz violinist Jean Luc Ponty, performs at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at One World Theatre. … Also booked for two shows is guit-steel master Junior Brown at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Continental Club. … Jamaican dancehall-inspired Midwestern sibling act Wild Belle plays a sold-out show at the Parish. … Iowa singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore visits Sidewinder with Josiah and Ben Ballinger. … Nashville songsmith Peter Bradley Adams is at Cactus Cafe. … Pecan Street Festival presents an impressive lineup of locals on three free stages along Sixth Street. Saturday highlights include hard rockers Ume, rapper Zeale and full band hip-hop powerhouse Sip Sip. … Top local roots-music outfits in action include Mike & the Moonpies at Stateside at the Paramount, Ramsay Midwood and Clay McClinton at Threadgill’s, the Derailers at C-Boy’s, and Mike Stinson at Little Longhorn Saloon.


Danny Barnes at Waterloo Records. It’s been about 20 years since Barnes led the Austin trio Bad Livers to national renown with an intriguing collision of old-time traditionalism and punk-inspired adventurousness. A phenomenal banjo player, Barnes moved to the Pacific Northwest in the late 1990s, but he’s kept strong ties to the area, including occasionally touring as a member of Robert Earl Keen’s band. He’s also released a string of fascinating solo records, and last year he was awarded the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. He’ll perform songs from his new “Got Myself Together (Ten Years Later)” at this in-store (5 p.m., free, 600 N. Lamar Blvd.), and also on Wednesday at Cactus Cafe ($18-20, 8:30 p.m., 2247 Guadalupe St). dannybarnes.com. — P.B.

Also: Fantastic local music offerings at Pecan Street continue with sets from sweeping indie rock outfit Hives, folk-rockers the Gents and Latin rock OGs Vallejo. … Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix is at Erwin Center. … Nashville troubadour Rod Picott plays at 8 p.m. at Strange Brew, following a 6 p.m. set by local favorite Jimmy LaFave. … Catch roots revivalists Two Hoots & a Holler at 3:30 p.m. at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul.

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