This week’s music picks: Rock and Restock Central Texas Food Bank with Tameca Jones

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Thursday. Emily Wolfe SAFE benefit at Stubb’s indoor. Wolfe took most of 2017 off to strategize and write new music for her debut full-length due out later this year, but she whet our appetites for more new tunes with last year’s single “Holy Roller,” a hard-driving blues rocker propelled by muscular guitar. This show is a benefit for the SAFE Alliance, a local nonprofit that serves survivors of sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse and domestic violence. One hundred percent of ticket sales go to SAFE. $20. 7:45 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. — D.S.S.

Tameca Jones performs at SXSW 2018. Erika Rich for American-Statesman

Thursday: Rock ‘n’ Restock at the Belmont. Austin’s queen of soul, Tameca Jones, puts on a spectacular show that’s worth the ticket price, but this benefit event for Central Texas Food Bank and the music patronage organization Black Fret also promises a special “super top secret headliner.” Opening the show is local band Shy Beast and DJ Mixer Rogers. $25. 6:30 p.m. doors. 301 W. Sixth St. — D.S.S.


Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Lanco at Austin360 Amphitheater

Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Texas KGB at One-2-One Bar


Residual Kid at Barracuda

Joel Guzman, David Grissom at Saxon Pub

Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club

Henry + the Invisibles at One 2 One

Ephraim Owens Experience, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery

Durawa, Tony Harrison at El Mercado Backstage

Shawn Pander at Townsend


Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit, Alien Ant Farm at HEB Center

Teddy Glass at Waterloo Records

James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

Warren Hood at ABGB

Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub

Eve Monsees, David Holt, Bill Carter at Antone’s

Texas Radio Live with Johnny Fury, Aaron Stephens at Guero’s

Chris Gage & Friends with Kim Deschamps at El Mercado Backstage


Lost ’80s Live with A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Men Without Hats more at HEB Center

Quebe Sisters at Paramount Theatre

McMercy Family Band at Antone’s

Terry Bozzio at One World Theatre

Unplugged at the Grove with Bob Schneider at Shady Grove

Armors, Sphynx, Kady Rain at Mohawk indoor

I (love) K-Pop at Empire

T. Hardy Morris at Beerland

Nathan Hamilton, Chris Beall at Townsend

Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery

Weekend music picks: Roky Erickson, Nakia and more

It’s a great weekend to take in some local faves.


Roky Erickson performs at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Vic Mathias Shores at SXSW on Saturday March 17, 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Friday: Roky Erickson at Barracuda. This gig is a warmup of sorts for the 71-year-old psych rock pioneer’s tour of the East Coast this fall. For this gig, the former 13th Floor Elevators singer leads a triple-threat bill at Austin’s garage rock haven. Also on the lineup for this one are soul-pop powerhouse the Reputations and rowdy bar rockers the Flesh Lights. $18. 9 p.m. doors. 611 E. Seventh St. — D.S.S.

Friday: Jeremy Nail album release at Cactus Cafe. Nail’s new record “Live Oak” follows “My Mountain,” which earned Nail our Austin360 Artist of the Month designation in May 2016. It picks up where that record left off, full of graceful, understated original songs that gradually work their way under your skin. That’s thanks in part to drummer/co-producer Pat Manske’s careful studio guidance and a solid musical cast that includes keyboard ace Bukka Allen.$12-$15. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. — P.B.

Friday-Saturday: Nakia and the Blues Grifters album release. Before local artist, Nakia caught national attention on the first season of the NBC singing competition, “The Voice,” his band, the Blues Grifters made a mark on the local club circuit with soulful takes on classic blues numbers. They had started to record some of their favorite tracks when Nakia put the project on extended hold to head to Hollywood. The new album is a collection of those lost recordings, finally brought to light. “I started the band as a way for me to cut loose and get lost in the blues, so I wanted this album to be a homage to the great blues artists who inspired me,” Nakia says. He performs at Waterloo Records at 5 p.m. on Friday (Free, 600 N. Lamar Blvd., and the Saxon Pub on Saturday. $10-$15. 8 p.m. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd.

Saturday: Rico Nasty at Stubb’s indoor. After a couple years steadily building buzz on the hip-hop underground, the 21-year-old rapper also known as Maria Kelly is about to break out. Her Atlantic records debut, “Nasty,” dropped this summer and it’s exactly as rugged and raw as the title implies. She calls her style “sugar trap,” but she wields the sweetness with a fury, performing with mosh pit-provoking punk rock intensity. Technically sold out. 9 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. — D.S.S.

Saturday: The Alarm at 3Ten. Formed by inspired young rockers who came of age in the midst of Britain’s mid-1970s punk uprising, Welsh band the Alarm took their home turf and eventually the U.S. by storm with their anthem-packed mid-’80s albums “Declaration” and “Strength.” Only frontman Mike Peters remains from those early glory days, but after surviving cancer (and creating the Love Hope Strength Foundation with Austinite and fellow cancer survivor James Chippendale), Peters has taken the Alarm back out on the road. This summer’s “Equals” marks the group’s first album of new material in eight years. Austin singer-songwriter Beaver Nelson opens. $29.50-$35. 8:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — P.B.



Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Deadly Apples at Austin360 Amphitheater

Sue Foley, Lou Ann Barton, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Monte Montgomery at Antone’s

Bob Schneider at Threadgill’s South

Water & Rust at Threadgill’s North

Red Fez pop-up with DJ Kurupt at the W

Lisa Morales, Deann Rene at One-2-One Bar

Red Young Quintet, TripTrio at Elephant Room

James Steinle, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Rosie Flores Revue at C-Boy’s

Rick Broussard at Sam’s Town Point

Damn Torpedoes (Tom Petty tribute) at El Mercado Backstage


BatFest with Ghostland Observatory, Roger Creager on the Congress Avenue Bridge

Austin Originals benefit with Bob Schneider at ACL Live

Streetlight Manifesto at Emo’s

Quix at Vulcan Gas Company

Kota the Friend at Empire

Casa Marianella benefit with Enemy One, Army at Barracuda

Up Around the Sun, Ken Waldman at Long Center Rollins Studio Theatre

Walker Lukens, Future Thieves at Antone’s

Dave Lory Remembers Jeff Buckley at Cactus Cafe

Saint Lo Gun, Sour Notes, Shivery Shakes at Mohawk indoor

Austin Bollywood Day at Mueller Amphitheater

Ted Roddy & the King Conjure Orchestra tribute to Elvis Presley at Continental Club

Rosie Flores at Threadgill’s North

Lavelle White at C-Boy’s

Arrows to Fire, Jelly Ellington & Paul Val, Latin at Heart at One-2-One Bar


Ryan Griffin, Hudson Moore at Stateside at the Paramount

Faster Pussycat at Texas Mist

Lavelle White, Tammy Lynn & Mike Miles at Antone’s

Freddie McGregor at Flamingo Cantina

Resentments, John Gaar, Roger Len Smith at Saxon Pub

Savage Poor, Drakes play Beatles at One-2-One Bar

Bill Carter at Hilton Cannon & Belle

This week’s music picks: Sound and Cinema’s summer finale

As summer winds down, we bid a favorite music series farewell til next year.

Erika Rich for American-Statesman

Wednesday: Sound & Cinema at the Long Center. The popular music and movies series co-presented by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse closes with the comedy crime flick, “O Brother Where Art Thou.” Local country band Rattlesnake Milk sets the stage for a film that rambles along on a rollicking soundtrack of country, folk and bluegrass. Music at 7:30 p.m., movie at sunset. 701 W. Riverside Drive. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Warren Hood at ABGB. Fiddler and bandleader Hood was typically low-key about his group celebrating its three-year anniversary of this popular weekly residency gig recently, suggesting residencies really start hitting their peak around year five. Hood knows the territory, having played many of them himself after being raised amid the long-running residences his late father Champ Hood held down here in the 1980s and ’90s. No need to wait till 2020, though: This is a great gig now, one of the best deals in town at a room that’s always lively with music, craft beer and house-made pizzas. Free. 6:30 p.m. 1305 W. Oltorf St. — P.B.


Kina Grannis, Imaginary Future at Antone’s

Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Lonelyland, Hoody & the Wolves at Saxon Pub

Shelley King at Hilton Cannon & Belle

Cari Hutson & Good Company at One-2-One Bar

Steel Monday with Geof

f Queen at Sam’s Town Point

Chris Gage at Donn’s Depot


Ninja Sex Party at ACL Live

Black Moth Super Rainbow, Stargazer Lilies, Air Credits at Mohawk outdoor

Hayes Carll at Saxon Pub

Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club

Ephraim Owens Experience, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery

Lindsay Beaver & the 24th Street Wailers, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s

Russell Haight Quintet, Sarah Sharp at Elephant Room

Henry + the Invisibles at One-2-One Bar

Al Dressen’s Super Swing Revue at Sam’s Town Point


Toto at Stubb’s outdoor

Givers, Naughty Palace at Antone’s

Claire Puckett, David Dondero at Cactus Cafe

James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

Brannen & Red Show, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery

Croy & the Boys, Golden Roses, Rock Step Revelators at White Horse

Elevaded, Signy, Black Basements at Mohawk indoor

Frosty Palms, Ryan Quiet, and Aaron Stephens at Hotel Vegas

Good Day Paradise album release at Come and Take It Live

Hot Texas Swing Band, Peggy Stern Trio at Parker Jazz Club

Seela at One-2-One Bar

Texas Radio Live with Joel Hoffman Band at Guero’s

Marcus Striplin, Greg Vanderpool at Townsend


Ben Nichols, Nate Hall at Mohawk outdoor

Kids in a New Groove Concert Club with David Ramirez at Barracuda

Unplugged at the Grove with Eric Tessmer at Shady Grove

Sunny Sweeney & Ward Davis, Tennessee Jet at Antone’s

Marfa Crush, Telecom, TC Superstar at Stubb’s indoor

Leg Day at Empire

Kuzu, Soft Healer, Dane Rousay Duo, DJ Gerard Cosloy at Sahara Lounge

In/Planes, Long River at Cactus Cafe

Emery at Come and Take It Live

Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery

Derailers at Broken Spoke

Fingerpistol at Highball

Buttersweet at Townsend

Weekend music picks: Big brass, hot jams with Brownout, Dispatch, more

Our top picks for live music in Austin this weekend.

Saturday-Sunday: Dispatch at Stubb’s outdoor. Not many jam-bands this century have been more successful than Dispatch, a trio that began in Vermont in the 1990s. After disappearing for most of the previous decade (save for the occasional reunion show), they’ve returned with a vengeance in the 2010s, issuing a slew of albums and EPs including this fall’s upcoming “America, Location 13” on the heels of a summerlong biweekly release of tracks from it. Nahko and Medicine for the People open. $46-51. Doors at 6 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. 801 Red River St. — P.B.

Brownout in the Statesman Studio. Reshma Kirpalani/American-Statesman

Saturday: Brownout at Scoot Inn. Austin Vida presents an evening of fantastic Latin music at the historic East Austin venue. The bill is helmed by Austin’s fiercest instrumental attack squad, Brownout, who followed up a solid 2017 collection of originals with “Fear of a Brown Planet,” a brilliant take on the Public Enemy classic, this spring. Also on the roster are Chicago’s powerhouse quintet Dos Santos, Houston’s percussive electronica outfit Gio Chamba and Bang Data. $17. 6:30 p.m. doors. 1308 E. Fourth St. — D.S.S.

Sunday: Anthony Da Costa, Raina Rose at Radio Coffee & Beer. Da Costa’s move to Nashville a couple of years ago was a loss to the local music community but a good move for Da Costa, who’s been touring with renowned folk singer Aoife O’Donovan. He comes back to visit with some regularity, as he’s still tied into a tight-knit group of fellow musicians here, including Raina Rose, who opens this show. Free. 8 p.m. 4204 Manchaca Road. — P.B.

Sunday: Willie Green Project at Sahara Lounge. Drummer Willie Green is part of a rising generation of jazz artists from the city that gave birth to the genre. The NOLA-based artist grew up performing gospel music as a child in his father’s church. While attending Loyola university he studied and performed with some of the Crescent City’s finest band leaders. Now he has gathered his own ensemble of like-minded players to create engrossing contemporary compositions. Robert & the Golden Vibez opens. 7 p.m. 1413 Webberville Road. — D.S.S.



Ski Mask the Slump God at Empire

Vacationer, Sego at Antone’s

DJ Mel at the Scoot Inn (early set)

Jarren Benton, Kato on the Track at Barracuda

Hard Proof 10th anniversary at Continental Club

Rival Waves album release, Darkbird, Midcentury, James Junius at Empire

Selfless Lovers album release at Stubb’s indoors

ATLiens, Eliminate at Vulcan Gas Company

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains, Rosie Flores Revue at C-Boy’s

Jonathan Terrell, Altamesa, Rattlesnake Milk, Roger Wallace at White Horse

Jon Dee Graham, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Sanco Loop, Rooney Pitchford at Cactus Cafe

Sun June at Waterloo Records

Zissou Bellaforte EP release at Hole in the Wall

Yacht Rock Hoot Night at Hotel Vegas

Brass in Pocket at Threadgill’s South

Sigala at Parish

Scrapelli at Radio Coffee & Beer


Poster Children at Barracuda

South San Gabriel at Mohawk indoor

Charlie Mars, Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel at Saxon Pub

Jack LNDN at Empire

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s

Chief White Lightning, Deals at ABGB

El Tule, Grupo Fuerza Musical, DJ Mega Bass at Hotel Vegas

DJ Mel’s Rock the Casbah at 3Ten

Kev Bev record release at Threadgill’s South

Blistering Speeds album release, Midgetmen at Townsend

Tish Hinojosa at Threadgill’s North

Giulia Millanta at One-2-One Bar

Emily Gimble, Lost Counts at Continental Gallery

Alvin Crow at Broken Spoke

Tenor Madness at Elephant Room

Classic Albums Live play Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” at Empire

Andy Pickett, Mamalarky, Hyah at Electric Church


Savage Poor at One-2-One Bar

Chris Beall, Resentments, John Gaar at Saxon Pub

Brett Benton, Lavelle White, James Bullard at Antone’s

Willie Green Project, Robert & the Golden Vibez at Sahara Lounge

Helsott, Sicosis, Dark Visions of Terror at Come and Take It Live

Lo Jinx Supper Club, Purgatory Players at El Mercado Backstage

Derk O’Brien at Hilton Cannon & Belle

Lil Ugly Mane, the Teeta at Barracuda

Freedom Night with Ufulu Child at the Gatsby

Brother Roscoe, Luke Redfield, Haydon Hoodoo at Hole in the Wall

Trace of Lime, Wrongbird at Hotel Vegas

Roy Heinrich & the Pickups, 3 Chord Rodeo at Sam’s Town Point

This week’s music picks: Blues on the Green finale, Ben Ballinger

Wednesday: Blues on the Green with Oh Hellos, Bidi Bidi Banda at Zilker Park. Have we already reached the end of the road for this year’s Blues on the Green run? The popular KGSR-sponsored series, which draws thousands to Zilker Park every few weeks during the summer months, has tapped a bit of an underdog for its final headlining spot: The Oh Hellos are a San Marcos folk-rock outfit led by siblings Tyler and Maggie Heath whose new album, “Eurus,” is their sixth since forming in 2011. Opening act Bidi Bidi Banda, featuring Stephanie Bergara, is well-known locally for its lively Selena tribute performances. Free, parking pass $15 + service fees. Music starts at 8 p.m. 2115 Lou Neff Road.

Thursday: Ben Ballinger EP release at Cactus Cafe. One of Austin’s most promising young rock ’n’ roll singer songwriters over the past decade, Ballinger left town about a year ago, moving back to his home turf in the Pacific Northwest. It appears he missed the action here, as he’s now returned, aiming to complete a record he was working on when he left. In the meantime, he’s mined his archives to rescue a 2013 set recorded live at the Cactus, which he’s releasing as an EP. He’ll celebrate at the scene of the crime. Carson McHone opens. $10. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St.

G-Eazy plays Thursday at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman



  • Lonelyland, Hoody & the Wolves at Saxon Pub
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Cat Jaguar, Naked Tungs, Hi Fi Kid at Mohawk indoor
  • Steel Monday with George Carver at Sam’s Town Point
  • Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe


  • Durawa, Los Texmaniacs at El Mercado Backstage
  • Ephraim Owens Experience, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery
  • Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club
  • Youth & Canvas, Banisters, Finite Fidelity at Mohawk indoor
  • He Is We, Why Bonnie, Tough on Fridays at Stubb’s indoor
  • Jon Blondell Quintet at Elephant Room
  • Henry + the Invisibles at One-2-One Bar
  • Tuesday-Wednesday
  • Erasure at ACL Live (sold out)


  • Jump on It with Plies at Travis County Expo Center
  • Ha Ha Tonka at Mohawk indoor
  • James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club
  • Austin Meade, Tom Gillam & the Kozmic Messengers at Stubb’s indoor
  • Texas Radio Live with Booher, Roxy Roca at Guero’s
  • Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • James Hand at Threadgill’s North
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Wagoneers at Saxon Pub
  • Seela at One-2-One Bar
  • Snizz & Friends, Matt Hubbard, Cheatin’ Hearts at C-Boy’s


  • G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, more at Austin360 Amphitheater
  • Bass Physics, Eliot Lipp at Empire
  • Lee Roy Parnell at Saxon Pub
  • Super Thief record release at Cheer Up Charlie’s
  • Austin Meade, Tom Gillam & the Kozmic Messengers at Stubb’s indoor
  • Unplugged at the Grove with Tomar & the FCs at Shady Grove
  • Interrobang Brass Band, Red Young & His Hot Horns at Antone’s
  • Erik Hokkanen at Threadgill’s
  • Anna Larson, Nichole Wagner at Townsend
  • Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery
  • Josh Ward at Mavericks Dance Hall
  • These Fine Moments at One-2-One Bar

Weekend music picks: Celebrate Austin’s 179th birthday with a free bash

Music and family-friendly fun at Austin’s birthday bash, plus a benefit for a local guitar slinger and more.


Friday-Saturday: Ian Moore’s 50th birthday celebration at Antone’s. A native Austinite who moved to the Northwest two decades ago, Moore has made a point to keep strong ties with his hometown. So it’s no surprise that he’s returning to mark a major-milestone birthday at the blues club that helped shape his musical identity as a youth. Moore’s own music has tended more toward rock than blues, especially his new EP “Toronto,” a six-song blast of energy and exuberance that highlights his guitar playing. Local blues guitar mainstay Eric Tessmer opens both nights. $20-$22. 9 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

Saturday: Omar Apollo at Barracuda. The young singer-songwriter from Indiana was a wayward college dropout when he started releasing soulful bedroom pop on Soundcloud roughly a year ago. With Spanglish ballads that layer lovesick lyricism dripping with heart-on-sleeve sincerity over sunny meandering guitars, he rapidly started racking streams in the tens of thousands. He’s been remixing the songs for a larger release and this debut U.S. tour will probably be your last chance to catch him in such an intimate venue. $13-$15. Doors at 9 p.m. 611 E. Seventh St. — D.S.S.

Night Drive at ACL Fest 2015. (Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman)

Saturday: Austin’s Birthday Bash at Republic Square. Back in 1839, the first plots of land in Austin were auctioned under a group of oak trees in a space that would eventually become Republic Square. Celebrate our city’s 179th birthday and the grand re-opening of the park with an all-day, family-friendly bash that includes sets from Night Drive, Los Coast, Patricia Vonne, Chulita Vinyl Club and more. Free and open to the public. The party kicks off with the Farmer’s Market at 9 a.m. and runs to 10 p.m. 422 Guadalupe St. — D.S.S.

Sunday: Benefit for Omar Kent Dykes at Antone’s. Transplants from Hattiesburg, Miss., in the 1970s, Omar & the Howlers quickly became one of Austin’s liveliest and most successful blues-rock bands, releasing more than a dozen albums and touring internationally. Dykes, the band’s singer and guitar slinger and a distinctive, imposing frontman, hasn’t been able to play shows for more than a year because of a rare skin disease. Members of the Howlers will rally to help him on this Sunday afternoon, with guests including Marcia Ball, the LeRoi Brothers and Casper Rawls. $15-$20. 2 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.



Coheed & Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Story So Far at Austin360 Amphitheater

Kabah, JNS at ACL Live

Jim Lauderdale at Threadgill’s North

Dave Koz & Friends at One World Theatre

Gorilla Vs Bear presents Sales, No Vacation at Mohawk outdoor

Kevin Galloway album release at Continental Club (also 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records)

Slomo Drags album release, Sometimes a Legend at Mohawk indoor

Nightowls, Tameca Jones, Jai Malano, Aaron Stephens at Scoot Inn

Nicolay & the Hot at Nights, Wes Haynes Band at Stubb’s indoor

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains, Rosie Flores Revue at C-Boy’s

South Austin Moonlighters, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Will Courtney, Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders at Sam’s Town Point

Body Rock ATX at Empire

Lost Cosmos, Van Wilks at One-2-One Bar

James Polk’s CenterPeace at Elephant Room


JerryFest with Deadeye at Threadgill’s World Headquarters


311, Offspring at Austin360 Amphitheater

Jeff Williams’ Freelance Orchestra at ACL Live

Randy Rogers Band, Jon Wolfe, Kody West at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Alkaline Trio, Together Pangea, Ogikubo Station at Emo’s

Chingo Bling at Stateside at the Paramount

Nora En Pure at Vulcan Gas Company

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains, Kathy & the Kilowatts at C-Boy’s

Christian Bland & the Revelators, Leather Girls, Stacks, Mean Jolene at Hotel Vegas

Graham Wilkinson, Ray Prim, Paul Oscher at Continental Club

Charlie Mars, Guy Forsyth at Saxon Pub

Ramsay Midwood at Sam’s Town Point

Wild Moccasins at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Roni Size at Empire

Graham Weber, Ali Holder at Cactus Cafe

Tomas Ramirez at Elephant Room

Tyler Hilton, Corey Balsamo at Stubb’s indoor

Bodega, Big Bill, Chronophage at Mohawk indoor


Lil B, Keyboard Kid, Pnthn at Mohawk outdoor

Resentments, John Gaar at Saxon Pub

Savage Poor at One-2-One Bar

Rosie Flores at ABGB

Lo Jinx Supper Club, Purgatory Players at El Mercado Backstage

This week’s music picks: Sound & Cinema, Imagine Dragons, more

Wednesday: Sound & Cinema with Go Fever and “Mean Girls” at Long Center Lawn. The next-to-last installment of this popular music-and-film summer series features the best band of the bunch. Go Fever, fronted by Australian transplant Acey Monaro, plays engaging and infectious indie-pop that should serve as a good lead-in to Tina Fey’s 2004 comedy “Mean Girls.” Free. 6 p.m. gates, 7:30 p.m. music; movie follows. 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Thursday: Imagine Dragons, Grace VanderWaal at Austin360 Amphitheater. Not many contemporary rock bands are bigger than Imagine Dragons, the Las Vegas outfit with three straight platinum-selling albums since 2012’s “Night Visions” produced the Grammy-winning single “Radioactive.” But a big part of the draw here is VanderWaal, who won NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” show in 2016 when she was 12. Now 14, she released her debut album, aptly titled “Just the Beginning,” last November shortly after charming big crowds at ACL Fest. $35-$142.50. 7 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.

Peter Frampton teams with the Steve Miller Band at ACL Live on Monday. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman



  • Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton at ACL Live
  • Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Carolyn Wonderland at El Mercado Backstage
  • Dale Watson, Sea Monks, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Dylan Bishop Band, Blue Monday Band at Antone’s
  • Chuck Fleming & the Sadlands, Kathryn Legendre, Texas Tycoons at White Horse
  • T. Jarrod Bonta & Bracken Hale at Sam’s Town Point
  • Chris Gage at Donn’s Depot
  • Arielle LaGuette at Geraldine’s
  • Datura at Stay Gold


  • Phish at Austin360 Amphitheater
  • Beach House, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat at ACL Live (sold out)
  • Durawa with Joe King Carrasco at El Mercado Backstage
  • Ephraim Owens, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery
  • Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club
  • Jake Andrews, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s
  • Brian Pounds Trio, David Grissom at Saxon Pub
  • Ryan Howard Trio, Sarah Sharp at Elephant Room
  • Curtis Lee at One-2-One Bar


  • Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Nothing More, Bad Wolves at Austin360 Amphitheater
  • James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club
  • Texas Radio Live with Belle Sounds, Brian Pounds at Guero’s
  • Jessica Risker, Caroline Says at Cheer Up Charlie’s
  • Zac Clark, Bob Oxblood at Stubb’s indoor
  • Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • Caroline Says, Jessica Risker at Cheer Up Charlie’s
  • Altamesa, Loteria, Lo Country at Hotel Vegas
  • Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Shawnee Kilgore, Jon Dee Graham at Townsend
  • Seela at One-2-One Bar


This week’s music picks: Suffers, BJ Barham, Hot Summer Nights

Monday: The Suffers at Waterloo Records. With an intro by rapper Paul Wall, a smoky interlude featuring Bun B. and the gut-wrenching track “After the Storm,” which uses slow burning love as a salve for any residual ache from Hurricane Harvey, “Everything Here,” the new release from the Gulf Coast powerhouse, feels like a love letter to Houston, the band’s hometown. It also showcases the band’s versatility as they move easily from simmering soul to jazzy variations to funky dance numbers with Latin flair. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: BJ Barham of American Aquarium at Waterloo Records. Southern roots-rock band American Aquarium isn’t playing Austin proper on this tour — catch them at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels on Friday — but band leader Barham accommodated our city with this late-added solo in-store. He’ll likely focus on songs from the band’s acclaimed new album “Things Change,” on which he regrouped with a new backing crew that includes a couple of Austinites. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.

Thursday: Hot Summer Nights kickoff. The summer edition of Free Week returns to the Red River Cultural District as clubs throw open their doors for four nights of no cover shows. Highlights from night one include Houston electro groove duo Gio Chamba with local indie pop standouts Migrant Kids and cumbia band Como Las Movies at Stubb’s, sunny psychedelia from Holy Wave and Annabelle Chairlegs at Barracuda, muscular riffs from Emily Wolfe and Quiet Company at the Mohawk and a sweaty dance party with Cilantro Boombox at Empire. Free. Check for complete listings. — D.S.S.

Jeff Beck plays ACL Live on Thursday. Jay Janner/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2011



  • Animal Collective, Lonnie Holley at Paramount Theatre
  • Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Dylan Bishop Band, Blue Monday Band at Antone’s
  • Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Bill Kirchen, Marty Muse & Mary Reynolds at El Mercado Backstage
  • Polarizado, Big Destiny at Hotel Vegas
  • Arielle LaGuette at Geraldine’s


  • Quicksand, Glassjaw, Spotlights at Mohawk outdoor
  • Sleeping With Sirens, Rocket Summer, Kulick at 3Ten
  • Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club
  • Curtis McMurtry at Continental Gallery
  • Alice Spencer at Townsend
  • Batty Jr., Animals in the Attic, Bright House at Hotel Vegas
  • Mourn, Chastity at Barracuda
  • Jake Andrews, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s
  • Durawa, Eric Bettencourt at El Mercado Backstage


  • Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Soccer Mommy at Mohawk outdoor
  • Boy Pablo, Vonne at Parish
  • Sound & Cinema with Huggy & the Feel Goodz and “Grease” at Long Center Lawn
  • Wine Down with Grace Pettis Band at 3Ten
  • Texas Radio Live with Sour Notes, Mason Lively at Guero’s Oak Garden
  • Brannen & Red Show, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery
  • Eve Monsees & Band, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • Shawnee Kilgore, Ray Prim at Townsend
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Mike Stinson at Broken Spoke
  • John Inmon at Threadgill’s North
  • The Body, Lingua Ignota, Expander at Barracuda
  • Semihelix, Girling, Silver Bars, Sharks in the Deep End at Hotel Vegas


  • Jeff Beck at ACL Live
  • English Beat, Ghost Town Steppas at Scoot Inn
  • Maria Muldaur at One World Theatre
  • Unplugged at the Grove with Roger Creager at Shady Grove
  • La Santa Cecilia, Tiarra Girls, Lesly Reynaga at Antone’s
  • Giulia Millanta at One-2-One Bar
  • Chaparral, Rosie & the Ramblers, Saddle Sores at White Horse
  • Aaron McDonnell at Geraldine’s
  • Mountain Natives, Emily Grace Clark, Love & Chaos at Saxon Pub
  • School of Rock AllStars at 3Ten

Weekend music picks: Rock out by the river at Float Fest, plus Sam Smith


Hot tunes for hot times in the city.

Friday-Thursday: Dan Stuart’s Tour of Austin. As leader of 1980s L.A. rock band Green on Red, Stuart played frequently in Austin and even lived here for a short while. He’s called Mexico home for the past eight years, but while visiting family in Tucson this summer, he carved out a week for a “tour of Austin” to celebrate the release of his new CD “The Unfortunate Demise of Marlowe Billings” and an accompanying novel. He’ll be at Waterloo Records on Friday (5 p.m., free); at Opal Divine’s Austin Grill on Saturday with Mike McCoy’s Tontine and the Eric Hisaw Band (8 p.m., $10); at Antone’s Record Shop on Sunday (3 p.m., free); at Kick Butt Coffee on Monday (7 p.m., free) and Carousel Lounge on Tuesday (9 p.m., free), both with Hisaw’s band; sitting in with Jon Dee Graham’s band at the Continental Club on Wednesday (9:45 p.m., $8); and joining Graham upstairs at the Continental Gallery on Thursday (10:30 p.m., $5). See individual venue websites for more details. — P.B.

Friday: The Chamanas at Spider House Ballroom. The pop outfit from El Paso/Ciudad Juarez celebrates the release of “NEA II,” a deluxe edition of their 2017 album, “NEA,” with five new tracks, including their first songs in English. One of the songs, “If You Build It, We Will Break It” is a protest against the Southern border wall featuring Jim Ward of At The Drive In. 9 p.m. 2908 Fruth St. — D.S.S.

Sam Smith performs in concert at the Frank Erwin Center.

Saturday: Sam Smith at Erwin Center. It’s no small challenge to follow up the kind of smash British singer Smith had with his 2014 debut “In the Lonely Hour,” which won four Grammys. Even the minor controversy surrounding the similarity of the smash hit “Stay With Me” to Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” seems sweetly sentimental now; Smith was quick to credit Petty retroactively, and now it’s a bond between them that lives on. But Smith seems determined to move forward from that early peak: He won a 2016 Oscar for his song “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond film “Spectre,” and last fall his second album, “The Thrill of It All,” quickly topped the charts. $40.25-$125. 8 p.m. 1701 Red River St. — P.B.

RELATED: Review of Sam Smith at ACL Fest in 2014

Saturday: Magna Carda homecoming show at the Parish. If the city’s been feeling a little short on cool hip-hop instrumentals and wicked rhymes lately, it might be because this live band hip-hop crew has been putting in hard road time over the last few months. They swing into town off an East Coast stint and head out west at the beginning of August. This show packs extra ATX hip-hop heat with Kydd Jones, M3cca and Troy Bishop filling out the bill. $7 (advance), 214 E. Sixth St. — D.S.S.

RELATED: Magna Carda: Beats, rhymes and a band

Saturday: C.J. Chenier, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram at Antone’s. Austin’s home of the blues is in the home stretch of its monthlong 43rd-anniversary celebration. This might be the best night of the bunch, serving both tradition and youth: Louisiana zydeco master Chenier is the son of Clifton Chenier, who helped open the club’s original location back in 1975, while Ingram is a heralded 19-year-old blues guitarist from Mississippi. $18-$20. 10 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

Killer Mike, left, and El-P of Run The Jewels are part of this weekend’s Float Fest lineup. Jay Janner/American-Statesman

Saturday-Sunday: Float Fest at Cool River Ranch in San Marcos. Ride the river, then rock out at this festival that combines two favorite Central Texas summer activities. Saturday’s entertainment includes rappers Lil Wayne and Run the Jewels, ’90s indie rockers Modest Mouse and dancefloor dominator Bassnectar. On Sunday, Tame Impala, Cold War Kids and Snoop Dogg perform. $99 1-day, $159 2-day. $20-$40 tubing. Music starts at 2 p.m. 601 Dupuy Ranch Road, Martindale, TX 78655

RELATED: Glass Animals cancel tour, Float Fest show after drummer’s accident



Montopolis presents the Legend of Big Bend at Paramount Theatre

Los Texmaniacs with Flaco Jimenez & Augie Meyers, Roy Head at Antone’s

Back to the Garden with Bruce Robison, Christy Hays at Threadgill’s South

Kevin Galloway at Cactus Cafe

Palisades, Letters From Fire, Savage Hands at Parish

Texas Gentlemen, Rosie Flores Revue at C-Boy’s

John “Papa” Gros, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Peterson Brothers, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Dale Watson at Broken Spoke

Bourgeois Mystics, Atash, Ex Romantica, 80H Project CD release at One 2 One

TV Girl, Infinity Crush, Get a Life, Futurebirds, Harvest Thieves, Parker Gispert at Barracuda

Wendy Colonna at Threadgill’s North

Mayeux & Broussard, Jim Stringer, Lucas Hudgins at White Horse

Madisons, Lazy Dancers at Stay Gold

Ray Charles tribute with Will Taylor & Strings Attached at Townsend

Fleetmac Wood at Empire

Kirk Covington, TripTrio at Elephant Room


Counting Crows, Live at Austin360 Amphitheater

Lake Street Dive, Rad Trads at ACL Live

Neurosis, Converge, Birds in Row at Emo’s

Ume, Otis the Destroyer, Glaze at Mohawk outdoor

Chely Wright at Cactus Cafe

Belle Sounds CD release, Sanco Loop, Brandon Aguilar Band at One-2-One Bar

Stephen Clair, Michael Zapruter at El Mercado Backstage

PR Newman, Ben Ballinger at ABGB

Arrows to Fire, Bluebonnets at 3Ten

Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent, Dickie Lee Erwin, Lee Ann Atherton at Saxon Pub

Jake Penrod, Bobby Marlar, Dave Insley at White Horse

Little Jack Melody, Shibboleth at Townsend

Jon Dee Graham & William Harries Graham at Threadgill’s North

Charlie Belle at Geraldine’s

Tomar & the FCs at Continental Club

Texas Gentlemen at C-Boy’s

Lonesome Hero, Harvest Thieves, Longriver, Jeremy Pinnell at Sam’s Town Point

Pinata Protest, Cunto, Hickoids, Dress Up at Empire

Hikes, Kraken Quartet, Honey & Salt, Dude Elsberry, Salsa at Barracuda

JD Clark, Ripe, Crocodile Tears, Poly Action at Hotel Vegas


Cody Canada & the Departed, Bottle Rockets at Antone’s

Resentments, John Gaar, Denim at Saxon Pub

Carson McHone, Jeremy Pinnell at Radio Coffee & Beer

Hilary York, Imperial Starlighters, Dale Watson at C-Boy’s

Marked Men, Wiccans at Barracuda

Carry Illinois, DD Dagger, Stretch Panic, Cat Jaguar at Hotel Vegas

Savage Poor at One-2-One Bar

This week’s music picks: Wild Child at Blues on the Green, Ume, more

Tuesday: Ume at Waterloo Records. Four years after their last album, “Monuments,” dropped, Austin’s hard rock outfit is back with a new collection, “Other Nature.” The band slowed down in 2015 after the couple at the core, Lauren and Eric Larsen, gave birth to a baby girl. For a period of time, the future of the group was up in the air, but Lauren Larson felt driven to write the deeply personal songs on the album while the baby slept. “I needed to recover and accept myself, let go of fear and let love in and these songs were the journey,” she says. Ume heads out on tour with the Sword later this month. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Blues on the Green with Wild Child, Los Coast at Zilker Park. “We really wouldn’t exist without this city,” Wild Child’s lead singer Kelsey Wilson said during an “Austin City Limits” taping last month. Austin shares the effusive love for the Central Texas crew who got their start playing ukulele-heavy shows at tiny Austin clubs like Holy Mountain before their 2013 album, “The Runaround” made them a slow burn sensation on the collegiate folk rock circuit. Over the years, their sound has evolved. These days, they indulge in rich instrumentation to create lush pop songs. Yet they maintain the emotional sincerity that resonates with so many fans. Staff writer Omar Gallaga reported the band’s “giddy energy — not always captured on the studio versions of its songs — crackled,” at the “ACL” taping. We expect the sparks will also fly in Zilker Park. Free, parking pass $15 + service fees. Music at 8 p.m. 2115 Lou Neff Road. — D.S.S.

Billy Corgan brings Smashing Pumpkins to the Erwin Center on Monday. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman 2013



  • Smashing Pumpkins, Metric at Erwin Center
  • Danny Duncan at Come and Take It Live
  • Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Bill Kirchen, Phil Hurley at El Mercado Backstage
  • Alvin Crow, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Dylan Bishop Band, Blue Monday Band at Antone’s
  • Beat Root Revival at Saxon Pub
  • Arielle LaGuette at Geraldine’s
  • Geoff Queen at Sam’s Town Point


  • Alice Spencer at Townsend
  • Jake Andrews, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s
  • Mike Stinson at Continental Club
  • Curtis McMurtry at Continental Gallery
  • Durawa, Diana Cheatman at El Mercado Backstage
  • Henry + the Invisibles, Soundfounder at One-2-One Bar
  • Wilson Marks at Lamberts


  • Three Doors Down, Collective Soul, Soul Asylum at HEB Center
  • Beach Fossils, Temple of Angels at Mohawk outdoor
  • Julianna Barwick, Mary Lattimore, Silent Land Time Machine at Barracuda
  • Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club
  • Eve Monsees & Band, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • Barbara Nesbitt, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Ben Ballinger at Stay Gold
  • Shawnee Kilgore, Jana Pochop at Townsend
  • Adrian Ruiz Quintet, Jitterbug Vipers at Elephant Room
  • Texas Radio Live with Robynn Shayne, Mamahawk at Guero’s
  • Chris Gage & Friends with Van Wilks at El Mercado Backstage
  • RocknRoll HiFives at Waterloo Records


  • Tyler Childers, Wooks at Scoot Inn (sold out)
  • Unplugged at the Grove with Asleep at the Wheel at Shady Grove
  • Will Hoge at 3Ten
  • Eliza Gilkyson at Waterloo Records
  • Michael Fracasso at Cactus Cafe
  • Spits, Trouble Boys, Mujeres Podridas, Muther at Barracuda
  • Daniel Francis Doyle, Slaughterstein, Jana Horn at Hotel Vegas
  • Colin Gilmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery
  • Jason Eady, Love & Chaos at Saxon Pub
  • Aaron McDonnell at Geraldine’s
  • Sheree Shugaree Smith & Cold Sweat, Aaron Stephens, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s