This week’s music picks: Bid farewell to Joe Pug, plus Mitski, Scott Miller, Kings of Leon and more

Wednesday: Scott Miller, Bonnie Whitmore at Cactus Cafe. As leader of Knoxville, Tenn., rootsy rock band the V-Roys in the 1990s, Scott Miller rose to prominence in alternative-country music. He turned more toward acoustic arrangements when he went solo in the 2000s and on records with a new band, the Commonwealth. Throughout, though, his songwriting was always the focal point, a mix of wry humor and keen observations that draw from folk, country, blues and bluegrass. A fine local complement is opener Bonnie Whitmore, whose “Sad Girls” album was one of Austin’s better releases of 2016. $15-$20. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. — P.B.

Wednesday: Mitski at Mohawk outdoor. As she builds “Your Best American Girl” from a quiet confessional into a declaration of independence that soars on a swell of sound, so go the hopes of each of us who failed to find a place within the confines of Norman Rockwell’s white picket fence America. The sting of failure, reclaimed as triumph, is a glorious thing, and certainly worth experiencing live. Helado Negro and Jesika open. $16-$18. 6:30 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. — D.S.S.

Thursday: Joe Pug at Antone’s. We’re losing one of our best songwriters next month, but for good reason. When Joe Pug moves back to the Washington, D.C., area where he was raised, it’s because he and his wife are looking to raise a family near the grandparents. If you haven’t had a chance to see him play during his seven years here, that’s partly because he spends a lot of time on the road, often selling out mid-sized venues or opening tours for bands such as the Killers, whose singer Brandon Flowers is a major fan. When he came here from Chicago in 2010, Pug was a promising upstart with a couple of acclaimed EPs and a debut full-length; since then, he’s released two more albums, including 2015’s “Windfall,” one of the best singer-songwriter albums to come from Austin in this decade. Come out and wish him well — and arrive early for opening act Christina Cavazos, a 17-year-old whose tenure as an Austin artist is just getting started. $13-$15. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.


Getting into these shows will require finding tickets through resellers, as they sold out well in advance. Wednesday-Thursday: The XX at ACL Live. The British indie-pop trio is riding high on the recent release of its third album, “I See You.” Sampha opens. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. Thursday-Friday: Raul Malo at Saxon Pub. Fresh off a jampacked Waterloo Records in-store with his band the Mavericks, Malo returns for an pair of intimate solo shows at one of Austin’s best listening rooms. 8 p.m. Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.


Kings of Leon play the Austin360 Amphitheater on Tuesday. Tammy Perez for American-Statesman 2013




  • Sondre Lerche at Antone’s
  • Girl in a Coma at 3Ten
  • Texas Radio Live with South Austin Moonlighters, Rubilators at Guero’s
  • James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham & the Painted Redstarts, Hot Club of Cowtown at Continental Club
  • Christy Hays, Elsa Cross at Blackheart
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Hank Alrich & Andrew Hardin at Threadgill’s North