Monday-Wednesday: J.D. McPherson at Continental Club. On two albums with Rounder Records, rising Tulsa, Okla., star McPherson has dug deep into the roots of classic 1950s rock ’n’ roll, which makes this three-night stand a perfect fit tor the old-school-cool aesthetic of the Continental. McPherson plays at 10 p.m. each night, with Dylan Bishop, Barfield and Whitney Rose following at midnight on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. $22. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com.
Tuesday: Lydia Loveless at Antone’s. Alt-country siren Loveless and her band lit up several venues during SXSW last spring, building on previous promising releases with strong new material that surfaced in August on the Bloodshot Records album “Real.” She seems poised for a big breakthrough, with a documentary film from director Gorman Bechard screening in select markets and festivals this fall. Will Courtney & the Wild Bunch open. $15. 8:30 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com.
Thursday: Buddy Guy at ACL Live. Perhaps the greatest still-living legend of Chicago blues seems to play Austin around once a year. He turned 80 this summer, so it would seem wise to catch him while you have the chance; but if you do, you may well be pleasantly surprised at how energetic his performances still are. $39-$62. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com.
Chicago metal band Disturbed brings the tour for its latest album “Immortalized” to ACL Live with Nothing More.
Local rock duo Freerunner wraps up three days of record-release events with a show at Empire.
Hometown roots-music lifers Steve Doerr & Casper Rawls team up at Evangeline.
New York electronica experimentalist Nicolas Jaar brings the tour for his just-released album “Sirens” to Emo’s.
Two of the North Carolina Triangle’s top indie-Americana acts, Hiss Golden Messenger and Phil Cook, share a bill at the Parish.
SoCal hip-hop survivors Pharcyde visit Grizzly Hall.
The Apostles of Manchaca play the songs of Prince at Strange Brew.
Acclaimed local singer-songwriters Graham Weber and Jonathan Terrell team up at Stay Gold.
Detroit soul-funk dance outfit Griz brings its “Good Will Prevail” tour to Emo’s with Haywyre
cq and Louis Futon.
East Coast singer-songwriter Liz Longley brings the tour for her new Sugar Hill Records album “Weightless” to 3Ten with Iowa’s Max Jury opening.
Denton electronica band Neon Indian is at the Mohawk with local opener Orthy.
Hometown roots-rocker Elijah Ford plays songs from his new album “As You Were” at a 5 p.m. Waterloo Records in-store.
Will Taylor & Strings Attached celebrate a year of Wednesdays at El Mercado with guests Gurf Morlix, Leeann Atherton, Betty Soo, Alyse Black and Rick Del Castillo.
Sun Radio’s weekly “Texas Radio Live” series at Guero’s features longtime locals Johnny Nicholas and Jon Emery.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, who took Austin songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles” to the pop top 10 in 1971, visits One World Theatre
Hip-hop DJ AraabMuzik, aka Abraham Orellana, grooves at Empire with local opener Sip Sip.
Phoenix indie folk-punkers AJJ play the Mohawk with Diners and Chris Farren.
New York pop singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson and eclectic Nashville Americana group Humming House are at the Mohawk.
Longtime Nashville country presence Suzy Bogguss stops in at Strange Brew.
Brooklyn, N.Y., trios Highly Suspect and Slothrust join forces at the Parish.
Singer-songwriter Matt the Electricion is the guest of this month’s “Unplugged on Front Porch” series at All Saints’ Episcopal Church.