Austin music this week: Lauryn Hill, Nas and Wilco among big shows

12:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 Music
Lauryn Hill is at Austin360 Amphitheater on Saturday. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman 2016

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Saturday: Lauryn Hill, Nas at Austin360 Amphitheater. Here’s a solid bet for fans of lyrically fierce ’90s hip-hop. Over the past decade Hill’s performances have been notoriously inconsistent and frequently tardy. The last time we caught her, in the final moments of the final Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2015, she was brilliant, transcendent. Her set had a hard curfew of 10 p.m. and she actually started a couple minutes early. The last time she played Austin, when her “Diaspora Calling” tour hit ACL Live last fall, she was reportedly good, but late to hit the stage. Fans who caught recent performances from Hill in Atlanta and in Pittsburgh fared worse. Nas, who headlined Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2014, is, and has always been, “half-man, half amazing.” Chronixx opens. $31.50-$131.50. 7 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Paul Kelly, Jess Cornelius at 3Ten. Arguably Australia’s most respected and accomplished singer-songwriter since the 1980s, Kelly released a new record over the summer titled “Life Is Fine” that, against all odds, became his first-ever album to top the Australian charts. He’s generally flown a bit more under-the-radar in the States, but those who find their way to his music tend to end up followers for life. $20-$25. 8:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.

Saturday-Sunday: War on Drugs at Stubb’s outdoor (first night sold out). It’s a tough call as to whether Adam Granduciel’s band War on Drugs has done better than alumnus Kurt Vile (who has a sold-out show in November at ACL Live with Courtney Barnett). Both have continued to make fascinating rock music, with War on Drugs pushing toward the epic emotionalism of the Waterboys and Springsteen on their fourth album, “A Deeper Understanding.” Land of Talk opens. $36-$38. 7 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — P.B.

READ MORE: Review of the War on Drugs’ 2015 “Austin City Limits” taping

Sunday: Wilco at Bass Concert Hall. Exactly what kind of mojo landed Wilco, the Flaming Lips and the War on Drugs in town on the same night a week before ACL Fest is a mystery, but for die-hard indie-rockers, it’s a sensory overload. Jeff Tweedy’s band, once notorious for frequent lineup changes, has found stability over the past decade thanks to a crew that backs up his ever-changing musical interests with sympathetic yet dynamic instrumentalism. Bob Schneider opens. $42.50-$79.50. 7:30 p.m. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org. — P.B.

Tuesday: Natalia Lafourcade at Emo’s. A Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner, Lafourcade is one of the top pop singers in Mexico. Her new album, “Musas,” is a collection of covers and original music created in tribute to the great songwriters of Latin America, artists like Agustín Lara, Margarita Lecuona and Roberto Cantoral. She told Billboard that she felt compelled to “investigate the history of our music and the folklore of our culture.” She says the process has made her music richer. $36. 7 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — D.S.S.

PHOTOS: Natalia Lafourcade at ACL Live in 2016

Thursday: ACL Fest Late Night Shows. It’s ACL Fest pre-party night! The big show with Ryan Adams at Stubb’s is sold out, as is the small show with Whitney at Antone’s, but at publication time there were still tickets available to the Emo’s show with psych rock godfather Roky Erickson and the heirs to his sound, the Black Angels. You can check out DJ duo Slander at Vulcan Gas Company or indie rockers Twin Limb at Stubb’s indoors. Check c3concerts.com/latenight for ticket details and show times. — D.S.S.

Thursday: Jim Lauderdale at 3Ten. So much considered the face of Americana music that he’s hosted the annual Americana Music Awards show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for more than a decade, Lauderdale is almost ridiculously prolific. He’s released 11 records since 2010, including the new “London Southern” and last year’s “This Changes Everything,” which he recorded at Austin’s Arlyn Studios with some local ringers. $25-$30. 7:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.

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Friday

Matchbox Twenty, Matt Nathanson at HEB Center

Dwight Yoakam at Nutty Brown Amphitheater

Black Pistol Fire, Possessed By Paul James, Migrant Kids at Emo’s

Big Thief, My Golden Calf at Mohawk outdoor

Monk Parker album release, Adam Torres, Thor & Friends at Mohawk indoor

Pinegrove, Florist, Lomelda at Barracuda (sold out)

Lonnie Smith Trio, Ike Stubblefield Trio at Antone’s

Darden Smith at 3Ten

Branches, Lunice at Vulcan Gas Company

Dada, Brian Whelan at Sidewinder

Griffin House at Cactus Cafe

Whitey Johnson, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Joe King Carrasco at Threadgill’s South

Bubble Puppy at El Mercado Backstage

Otis the Destroyer EP release, Slomo Drags, Honeyrude, Dr. Joe at Hotel Vegas

Royal Knaves EP release at Come and Take It Live

Sour Bridges, Watters, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Harvest Thieves, Paul Nipper at ABGB

Carson McHone, Devin Jake at White Horse

Leo Rondeau, Altamesa at Sam’s Town Point

Kelley Mickwee at Geraldine’s

Wendy Colonna, Leeann Atherton at One-2-One Bar

Adrian Ruiz Quintet, TripTrio with Lissa Hattersley at Elephant Room

Friday-Saturday

Kaleo, ZZ Ward, Wilder at ACL Live (night one sold out)

Friday and Monday

Father John Misty, Weyes Blood at Bass Concert Hall (night one sold out)

RELATED: Review of Father John Misty’s “Austin City Limits” taping in August

Saturday

Pvris, Lights, Party Nails at Emo’s

A.J. Croce at Stateside at the Paramount

Cribs, Paws at Antone’s

Trippy Turtle at Empire

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Sailor Poon at Mohawk outdoor

Josh T. Pearson, Jonathan Terrell at Cactus Cafe

Beat Root Revival, W.C. Clark at Saxon Pub

Max Frost at Belmont

The Dig at Barracuda

Whitney Rose, Aaron McDonnell at White Horse

Jason Roberts at Broken Spoke

Latin at Heart, Alex Ruiz at Threadgill’s South

Broken Things, Lance Keltner at El Mercado Backstage

Pleasant Grove, American Werewolf Academy at ABGB

Lost Counts, Michael Fracasso at Continental Gallery

Cornell Hurd Band at Driskill Bar

Sunday

Flaming Lips, Mac DeMarco at ACL Live (sold out)

SZA, Smino, Ravyn Lenae at Emo’s (sold out)

BoDeans acoustic at Texas Union Theater

Early November, Movielife, Heart Attack Man at Mohawk outdoor

Soul of a Musician series with Jaimee Harris, Bonnie Whitmore at Iron Cactus North

Hilary York, Aimee Bobruk, Mike Stinson at C-Boy’s

Kevin Lovejoy Trio at Lamberts

Lavelle White, Ulrich Ellison at Antone’s

Monday

Shakey Graves Harvey benefit at Geraldine’s

Mac DeMarco at Stubb’s outdoor

Whitney Rose, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Pears, Russian Girlfriends, Big Ups, Sniper 66 at Barracuda

Temple Cov at One-2-One Bar

Scott Yoder, Bad Lovers, Sister Rays at Hotel Vegas

Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Mike Stinson, Jack Saunders at El Mercado Backstage

Blue Monday with Gary Nicholson at Antone’s

Tuesday

Widowspeak, Clearance at Sidewinder

Andrew W.K., Fiona Silver, Otis the Destroyer at Mohawk outdoor

James McMurtry, Ephraim Owens at Continental Gallery

Paul Overstreet, David Grissom at Saxon Pub

Peacemakers, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s

Martin Savage Gang, Shady & the Vamp, Trouble Boys, Damak at Hotel Vegas

Tuesday and Thursday

Kali Uchis at Come and Take It Live (Thursday sold out)

Wednesday

Lila Downs, Lisa Morales at Paramount

Léon, Wrabel at Parish

Ray Prim & Mexican Chocolate at Geraldine’s

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

South Austin Moonlighters, Scott Evans Band at One-2-One Bar

Albert & Gage at El Mercado

Warren Hood at ABGB

Joe Jacksons at Threadgill’s South

Courtneys, Zoltars at Mohawk indoor

Thursday

Har Mar Superstar, Barfield at Continental Club

Papadosio, Phutureprimitive, Drrtywulvz at Mohawk outdoor

Vagabon, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Caroline Says at Barracuda

Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few, Graham Weber at Continental Gallery

Dan Dyer at Geraldine’s

Speedy Sparks at Lamberts

Emily Gimble, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s

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