Riverboat Gamblers at Sidewinder (outside). Because it wouldn’t be Free Week without a rowdy, beer-soaked throw down hosted by the Gamblers, Transmission Events tacked this sure-to-be-packed showcase on as an epic closer. Sweet Talk, who’s driving release “Double Perfect” was one of the year’s best garage rock albums, and Austin music lifers Midgetmen round out the bill. Free. Doors at 7 p.m. 715 Red River St. thesidewinderaustin.com. — D.S.S.
More Free Week: Get your fill of no-frills rock ‘n’ roll with Ex Hex and Flesh Lights at the Mohawk outside; The Dan Ryan and Black Balsam play inside. … Empire Control Room hosts a night of electronic music with Sub Culture, Retrograde and Trouble in the Streets.
Also: Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Jewel performs for the 100th anniversary of the Settlement Home at the Long Center. … Roots-rock singer-songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan, an Ohio native who moved to New York and then Nashville and toured as guitarist with Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, brings the tour for his “Telling Stories to the Wall” EP to Strange Brew.
Dave Rawlings Machine at Paramount. Few performers have meant more to Americana music in the past 20 years than Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. So when Welch took a long break between records from 2003 to 2011, a 2009 release that put Rawlings’ name front and center was a welcome arrival. A second Dave Rawlings Machine record, “Nashville Obsolete,” came out last fall, and it’s a fascinating journey, with three songs clocking in past six minutes (including the 11-minute epic “The Trip”). Welch rides shotgun both on record and onstage when the Machine rolls into town for what’s likely to be an extensive performance, with no opener scheduled. $33. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.
Free Week: The Mohawk outside moves from shoe-gazey pop from Moving Panoramas and Ringo Deathstarr to psychedelic sounds from Christian Bland & the Revelators and the totally tripped out art jazz antics of Golden Dawn Arkestra. Indoors the club features Indian Jewelry and Isaiah the Mosaic. … 101X presents a cross-genre power bill with Marmalakes, Riders Against the Storm, Sour Notes, Ruby Jane, Hello Wheels and more at Empire. … Do512 presents the Watters, Modern Medicine and more at the Scoot Inn. … Ringo Deathstarr slides over to Sidewinder to close out a gig with Boyfrndz, Megafauna, My Education, Residual Kid and Think No Think. … Celebrate the release of Haydn Vitera’s new EP “Tequila Rock” at Stubb’s. … Free For Y’all features electro-dub outfit Holiday Moutain, Americana artist Shinyribs and Aaron Behrens Midnight Stroll at Fair Market. — D.S.S.
Also: The fourth annual Alejandro Escovedo Musical Experience concert at ACL Live focuses on the influence of Leonard Cohen in Escovedo’s work, with Cohen tour veterans Julie Christensen and Mitch Watkins joining in along with saxophonist Elias Haslanger’s jazz quintet. … Elvis Presley would have been 80 this weekend, and the Continental Club is marking the occasion with its 30th annual “Tribute to The King.” Performers include Ted Roddy & the King Conjure Orchestra and Shaun Young & the New Blue Moon Boys. … Dallas soul man Bobby Patterson plays Antone’s with his backing band the Disciples, a nine-piece group that includes Derek O’Brien on guitar. … Townsend co-owner Kathy Valentine celebrates her birthday by playing the bar’s back room with her band the Bluebonnets. … It’s a busy night at Strange Brew, with a 9 p.m. show by English rocker Arthur Brown following a 7 p.m. show with percussionist and singer-songwriter Mike Meadows plus guests including Amy Cook.
Free Week: Matthew Logan Vasquez at the Mohawk. In 2015, popular indie rock band Delta Spirit took a break and frontman Vasquez returned home to Austin with his wife in time for the birth of their first child. Late in the year he released the “Austin EP,” a poignant collection of slowly unfolding poetic reflections and muscular stabs at psychedelic fuzz. His new full-length is due out later this year. The Nine Mile Records show also features Sweet Spirit, Sounds del Mar, A. Sinclair, Tinnarose, Lowin, Abram Shook, Ben Ballinger and Modrag. Free. 7 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. —D.S.S.
More Free Week:Austin360 Artist of the Month Harvest Thieves celebrate the release of their new album at Scoot Inn with Leo Rondeau, Star Parks and Greg Loftus. … Popular rockers Quiet Company and Calliope Musicals play Empire. … Darkwave outfit Knifight and electro crew GOBI are outside at Sidewinder while a very promising bill of dreamy electropop featuring Technicolor Hearts, Orthy and Stilleto Feels plays inside. … Flamingo Cantina hosts Barrio Bash VI with Los Callejeros de San Antonio, Kiko Villamizar and Afrofreque. … At Lamberts Shivery Shakes and Sour Notes play variations on indie pop. … Over at the Swan Dive the Blind Pets play with Wildcat Apollo, and the party starts early at Fair Market’s Free For Y’all, which presents Bird Peterson, Body Rock ATX, Toddy B and more in an all-day affair with visuals and performance art that kicks off at noon.
Also: Still soulful well into her 80s, Miss Lavelle White takes her show south to Strange Brew. … In a perfectly mismatched bill, Afropop band Bamako Airlines and Americana artist Carson McHone play ABGB. … This is Austin, Not That Great Fest, a massive punk blowout kicks off three days of night shows at Spider House and day gigs at Hotel Vegas. … The resurrected Antone’s connects to its Muddy Waters roots with Paul Oscher & His All-Star Austin Blues Band.
Jim Lauderdale at Strange Brew. It’s awfully hard to keep up with country songwriter Lauderdale’s prolific career. Even as evaporating sales have led some artists to record less, Lauderdale has released eight albums in the past five years, including 2015’s two-volume, 26-song “Soul Searching” recorded half in Memphis and half in his hometown of Nashville. Perhaps best known as the host of the annual Americana Music Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium, Lauderdale has become one of the genre’s most active and enduring creative forces. $25-$30. 8 p.m. 5326 Manchaca Road. strangebrewloungeside.com.
Lost Bayou Ramblers, the Americans at Continental Club. Last seen on this stage a few weeks ago when they teamed with the Pogues’ Spider Stacy to reimagine the Irish band’s repertoire with a Cajun twist, the Ramblers return to put their own music in the spotlight. Joining them is Los Angeles band the Americans, whose profile will rise considerably this spring when they’re featured prominently in the upcoming PBS program “American Epic” along with the likes of Willie Nelson, Alabama Shakes, Nas and Elton John. $8. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com.
Free Week, Day Seven: Multi-band bills at the Mohawk include American Sharks outside and Bee Caves inside. … Additional action along Red River includes My Jerusalem, Boyfrndz, Lowin and more at Empire Control Room & Garage; Ghost Bunny, Hooka Hey and more on Sidewinder’s two stages; and Purple, OBN IIIs, Broken Gold and Hidden Ritual indoors at Stubb’s. … Rainey Street free shows include the Mrs. Glass residency at Blackheart and Dilia at Geraldine’s. … West-of-Congress options include the Bellfuries at the Belmont with DJ Chorizo Funk, and Holiday Mountain at Lamberts with Technicolor Hearts . … Kick up dust at the White Horse with Leo Rondeau, Rosie & the Ramblers and Candler Wilkinson. … Head south for a six-band bill at One-2-One Bar including I Am the Albatross and Coattails, or catch the return of Canadian country upstart Whitney Rose‘s Thursday happy-hour gig at the Continental Club.