This week’s music picks: JMSN, Punch Brothers, Laboratorio and more

Tuesday: JMSN at Empire. The singer-songwriter from Detroit has been on a slow burn rise since his 2012 debut “Priscilla” caught the ears of Kendrick Lamar and landed him on “Good Kid/M.A.A.D City” doing vocal spots on several tracks including “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” On his latest, “Whatever Makes You Happy,” released late last month, he burns red hot, offering a potent antidote to the chilly vibe that’s become R&B’s sound du jour. $15. 9:30 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Punch Brothers at ACL Live. World-class mandolinist Chris Thile finally got a day job — replacing public radio icon Garrison Keillor as host of “A Prairie Home Companion” — but it’s not like he was going to just call an end to his life as a touring musician. The adventurous Punch Brothers, launched after his formative band Nickel Creek went on hiatus, start at the edges of bluegrass and push out toward classical realms and beyond. $30-$39.50. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — P.B.

Wednesday: Laboratorio with Carrie Rodriguez at Cactus Cafe. Last month’s debut of this new series, aimed at “pushing the boundaries of Latin music, creating culturally blended music for a culturally blended world,” was a joy to behold. Rodriguez and her Laboratorio cast — keyboardist Michael Ramos, bassist Roscoe Beck and percussionist Alex Marrero — are some of Austin’s finest musicians in any genre, and they’ll welcome a different guest artist each month. This time, it’s Gina Chavez, whose progressive approach to Latin sounds make her a perfect fit for the process. $20. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. — P.B.

READ MORE: Interview with Carrie Rodriguez about Laboratorio



  • Lonelyland, Bruce Salmon at Saxon Pub
  • Cory Reinisch, Ricky Espinosa at Blackheart Bar
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Blue Monday Band at Antone’s
  • Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe
  • Mystery Monday with Christine Albert and Bill Hearne at El Mercado Backstage
  • Temple Cov at One-2-One Bar

Robert Randolph & the Family Band play Tuesday at Antone’s.




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