This week’s music picks: Catch Dengue Fever, be here with Nao and more

Wednesday: Dengue Fever, Red Baraat, Hard Proof at Mohawk outdoor. This oddball bill of obscure musical mashups spotlights the wonderful richness of American multiculturalism. L.A.’s Dengue Fever blends Cambodian pop music with psych rock. Brooklyn’s Red Baraat slams Indian Bhangra, hip-hop and NOLA brass into an epic Bollywood party mix, and local crew Hard Proof mixes Afrobeat with jazz and funk. $16. 6:30 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Nao at Antone’s. The British singer-songwriter calls her style “wonky funk.” She mixes a throwback R&B sound with futuristic electropop and when she played ACL Fest last year, she hosted a sizzling dance party that converted a curious crowd into serious fans. $16-$18. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — D.S.S.

Wednesday-Thursday: Bill Frisell at Continental Club. Speaking about the spontaneity of live performance vs. the discipline of practice, world-class guitarist Frisell shared some insight when we spoke with him during a South by Southwest appearance to promote a new documentary film about his music. “When you’re really doing the gig, there’s so much more intensity happening,” he said. “It doesn’t always work out that you get it, but you have to deal with it. When you’re practicing, it’s a few steps removed from what the actual music is.” The Continental offers a chance to catch the master up-close in a trio format with drummer Gerald Cleaver (in place of originally-announced Kenny Wollesen) and bassist Tony Scherr. $33. 8 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. — P.B.

READ MORE: Our SXSW interview with Frisell and filmmaker Emma Franz

Thursday: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Brownout at Scoot Inn. Everyone already knew that jazz-funk master Denson was one of the great saxophonists of his era, so it was no surprise that the Rolling Stones brought him aboard as a member of their touring ensemble after the death of their longtime Texas sax man Bobby Keys in 2014. When not out with the Stones, he still tours occasionally with his renowned Tiny Universe ensemble. A great opener at the Scoot is Austin’s own Latin-jazz-funk big band Brownout. $25. 8 p.m. 1308 E. Fourth St. — P.B.



Bob Mould is at 3Ten on Tuesday. TINA PHAN/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2014



  • Little Dragon, Goldlink, Kronika at Stubb’s
  • Tech N9ne at Emo’s
  • Wrenfro, Matt McCormack & the Valley Below EP release at One-2-One Bar
  • Texas Radio Live with Beaver Nelson, Beth/James at Guero’s
  • Graham Weber, M. Lockwood Porter at Cactus Cafe
  • Matt the Electrician at Townsend
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Malia Grace at Geraldine’s
  • Jack Ingram, Brennen Leigh at Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery (Dripping Springs)


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