This weekend’s music picks are brought to you by the letter ‘J.’
Friday: Jawbreaker, A Giant Dog, Lemuria at Statesman Skyline Theater. The influential 1990s indie-punk trio hadn’t played for more than two decades when they reunited for last September’s Riot Fest in Chicago. The band’s four albums — 1990’s “Unfun,” 1992’s “Bivouac,” 1994’s “24 Hour Revenge Therapy” and 1995’s “Dear You” — found them gradually ascending from indie to major-label ranks and significantly influencing the nascent emo sounds of bands such as Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World. Austin band A Giant Dog joins them on the bill, along with opening act Lemuria. $44. 6:30 p.m. 701 W. Riverside Drive. skylinetheater.com. — P.B.
Friday: Erika Wennerstrom, Jeff Plankenhorn at Threadgill’s South. A welcome new series of free shows in July is KUTX’s “Back to the Garden” held, naturally, in the outdoor beer garden of this quintessential Austin restaurant. Shinyribs kicked things off last week, and now there’s a terrific double bill featuring Heartless Bastards leader Erika Wennestrom, flying high off her first solo album released earlier this year, and slide guitar master Jeff Plankenhorn, also sporting a new record. (For a sneak preview, hit Waterloo Records at 5 p.m. for Wennestrom’s free in-store performance.) The series continues with Bruce Robison and Christy Hays on July 20 and Cotton Mather on July 27. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 301 W. Riverside Drive. threadgills.com. — P.B.
Saturday: KUTX 98.9 FM birthday bash with Sarah Jaffe and Jamila Woods at Hogg Auditorium. The official fifth anniversary for the Austin NPR affiliate’s all-music channel was back in January, but the yearlong celebration continues. Texas artist Jaffe’s 2017 album, “Bad Boy,” is a hazy collection of synth-driven fever dreams that’s a stark departure from her early acoustic roots. With soulful rallying cries like “Blk Girl Soldier” and “Vry Blk,” Woods crafts revolution R&B that captures the urgency of the current moment. Together they make a powerful double bill. $35-$45. 7 p.m. 2300 Whitis Ave. cactuscafe.org. — D.S.S.
Sunday: Kimmie Rhodes & Bobby Earl Smith at Threadgill’s South. Gospel brunch is a weekly tradition at Threadgill’s, and at several other restaurants around town. This one’s special, though, because it features Rhodes, a songwriter with major credits plus a fascinating new memoir, “Radio Dreams,” co-written with her late hubsand Joe Gracey; and Smith, a charter member of Freda & the Firedogs with Marcia Ball and a key player in Austin’s music community for decades. We caught the duo up in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame in May; they’re a class act and a delightful pairing. Free. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 301 W. Riverside Drive. threadgills.com. — P.B.