OUR TOP PICKS
Friday: Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Midland at Erwin Center. Nashville-via-Alabama band Little Big Town, whose 2017 album “The Breaker” was their third country chart-topper, is the headliner here, but for the Austin show, there’s extra focus on the two Texas-centric opening acts. Musgraves, born and raised in East Texas, lived in Austin for a short time before her career took off with two acclaimed solo albums in 2013 and 2015. Midland, formed in Wyoming and incubated in Los Angeles, moved to Dripping Springs shortly before the release of their recent breakthrough album “On the Rocks.” The single “Drinkin’ Problem” earned them two Grammy nominations; they didn’t win, but the annual Nashville Scene Country Music Critics’ Poll voted the song Best Single of 2017 and pegged the trio as country music’s best new act of last year. $30.50-$57.50. 7:30 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — P.B.
Friday: United: A Black History Month Celebration at Sahara Lounge. “The power of solidarity and community under one common groove” is the guiding mission for this party, the third annual United event organized by local house music aficionado DJ Shani. The lineup features four black female DJs. Alongside Shani spinning deep house, Afro house and boogie, DJ Kay Cali will drop hip-hop, funk and R&B, DJ I Wanna Be Her will spin old school hip-hop and funk and Chicago’s DJ Lady D will fly in to serve up Chicago House. “We maintain that our story did not begin with slavery, but with our families, traditions, cultures and music,” Shani says. $5-$10. 9 p.m. doors. 1413 Webberville Road. saharalounge.com. — D.S.S.
Saturday: Delbert McClinton at Paramount Theatre. At 77, Lubbock-born and Fort Worth-raised McClinton is now a revered elder statesman of what has come to be known as Americana music. His golden years have been some of his most productive: Since the turn of the century, he’s released six studio albums — including last year’s acclaimed “Prick of the Litter” — that have attracted younger fans who weren’t around for his run with several major labels in the 1970s and ’80s. In December, Texas A&M Press published “One of the Fortunate Few,” writer Diana Finlay Hendricks’ biography of McClinton. Red Young & His Hot Horns open. $28-$63. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. (McClinton and Hendricks also will appear at a book event for the biography on Sunday at 2 p.m. at BookPeople.) — P.B.
Saturday: Wild Child album release at Empire. Seven years spent charming audiences around the world with their indie-folk-pop has done nothing to diminish Wild Child’s love for their home state. “We owe all we have to everyone that has supported us since our humble beginning gigging around the state in our little red van back in 2011,” the band writes on their Facebook page. To give back to their local fans, they’ve made the release party for their new album free. “Expectations,” an ambitious platter that mixes lush indie pop, introspective folk and edgy orchestral rock, drops on Friday. The party is free (capacity permitting) but requires an RSVP. To guarantee entry, you can order a deluxe limited edition vinyl copy of the album on the RSVP page for the show. 7 p.m. doors. 606 E. Seventh St. wildchildsounds.com/shows. — D.S.S.
Saturday: Jerry David DeCicca album release at Beerland. Formerly of the Ohio indie band Black Swans, songwriter and record producer DeCicca moved to the Texas Hill Country a few years ago, and the rural geography seems to have influenced his music. His new album “Time the Teacher” is built on minimal guitar, piano and acoustic bass foundations, with DeCicca’s plainspoken vocals drifting serenely above them. London-based co-producers Jeb Loy Nichols and Benedic Lamdin added flourishes of choral voices and brass/wind instruments here and there, deepening the meditative moods of these 10 tracks. Spencer Dobbs opens. Free. 6 p.m. doors. 711 Red River St. beerlandtexas.com. — P.B.
Sunday: Lana del Rey, Kali Uchis at Erwin Center. The queen of impassive sob-pop and glamorous tragedy will be in town, and it is our professional obligation to inform you that at press time, tickets were still available. If you do decide to get your “Summer Sadness” on early, be sure to show up in time for opener Kali Uchis. The Colombian-American singer will entrance you with her simmering sugar soul. $39.50-$125. 8 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — D.S.S.
- Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan and George Rains at C-Boy’s
- Amanda Platt & the Honeycutters at El Mercado Backstage
- Devil Makes Three, Huntress, Holder of Hands at Emo’s
- RJD2 at Empire Garage
- Night Drive, Moving Panoramas, Emme at Empire Control Room
- Anderson East, J.S. Ondara at Parish
- Hovvdy album release, Molly Burch, Ama at Barracuda
- Quiet Company, Food Group, Shark Rider at Mohawk outdoor
- Ringo Deathstarr, Temple of Angels, Blushing, Muff at Hotel Vegas
- Jeff Plankenhorn Band, Cari Hutson & Good Company at One-2-One Bar
- Elias Haslanger Quintet, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room
- Coffee Sergeants at Cactus Cafe
- Damn Torpedoes, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub
- Croy & the Boys, Rattlesnake Milk, Dirt Legs at Cheer Up Charlie’s
- Eve & the Exiles at ABGB
- Bettencourt & Hamburger at Townsend
- Carlos Pinana at Long Center
- Bill Gaither & Gaither Vocal Band at Great Hills Baptist Church
- Phoebe Bridgers, Soccer Mommy at Antone’s (sold out)
- Hamilton Leithauser, Thor Harris, Jana Horn at Barracuda
- Lettuce, Motet at Stubb’s outdoor
- Super Creeps presents Bowie’s Berlin Years at the Townsend
- Mardi Gras Austin with Superfónicos, Austin Samba, Seu Jacinto at Speakeasy
- Ratchet Valentine’s Day party at Vulcan Gas Company
- Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-off at Hard Luck Lounge
- El Tule record release at Hotel Vegas
- Down to the Bone at One World Theatre
- Go Fever, Little Mazarn at ABGB
- Lou Ann Barton, Soul Man Sam, Redd Volkaert at Continental Club
- Van Wilks, Rebecca Loebe, Mandy Rowden at Saxon Pub
- Barbara Nesbitt, Ben Jones at Threadgill’s North
- Tomas Ramirez at Elephant Room
- David Benoit & Marc Antoine at One World Theatre
- Jeff Bryant record release at Empire
- Kimmie Rhodes & Bobby Earl Smith at Threadgill’s South
- House of Songs with Ali Holder, Chris Fullerton, Little Brave, more at Cactus Cafe
- Bill Carter at Hilton Cannon & Belle
- Carson McHone at Townsend
- Andy Frasco & the U.N., Wild Adriatic at Stubb’s indoor
- Dave Biller Trio, Lo Jinx Orchestra at Continental Gallery