Cilantro Boombox, Against Me!, Son Volt and more play Austin this week

Friday: Cilantro Boombox at Waterloo Records. The eight-man crew has a fantastic knack for layering brassy blasts and funky bass lines onto rich polyrhythms to create booty-moving experiences. Their new eight-song release “Shine”captures the rollicking vibe of their Afro-Latin-reggae-funk mashups, but do yourself a favor and catch it live. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N Lamar Blvd. — D.S.S.

Friday: Against Me! At the Mohawk outdoor. On the band’s 2014 album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” lead singer Laura Jane Grace explored the process of rebirth as she transitioned into a woman. The 2016 followup, “Shape Shift With Me,” tackles love and relationships. The tightly wound collection is written from a trans woman’s perspective, but the songs, with anarchic fury, capture the emotional turbulence that marks all heartbreak and loss. Lemuria and Mobina Galore open. $25. 7 p.m. 912 Red River St. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Son Volt, Johnny Irion at Scoot Inn. Few living musicians are more responsible for the collision of underground rock ’n’ roll with old-school country than Jay Farrar. From his early work with Jeff Tweedy in Uncle Tupelo through more than two decades fronting Son Volt, as well as issuing occasional solo records, Farrar has continued to make music that’s deeply rooted and forward-looking at the same time. The new Son Volt record, “Notes of Blue,” draws more from Farrar’s interest in blues music, and the current touring lineup features an Austin-grounded rhythm section in bassist Andrew Duplantis and drummer Mark Patterson. Arrive early for Johnny Irion, who’s taking a detour from making records with his longtime partner Sarah Lee Guthrie for a solo album to be released soon. $20. 7 p.m. 1308 E. Fourth St. — P.B.

Saturday: Joe Eddy Hines benefit at Saxon Pub. A longtime fixture in the Austin music scene who played with Alejandro Escovedo for many years, guitarist Joe Eddy Hines is fighting cancer. A bunch of his friends have rallied to help with this benefit, including the Remissions, a band of cancer survivors including guitarists Bradley Kopp and John Rey Reed, bassist Jimmy Pettit and drummer Ian Bailey. Others taking part include Van Wilks and Eric Larson & Peacemaker. $20. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.

Sunday: Christina Cavazos EP release at Lemon Lounge. Just 17 and a junior at the Austin School for Performing and Visual Arts, Cavazos follows up last year’s five-song debut with a seven-song set that suggests she’s not just a future name to watch, but a captivating singer-songwriter who has already arrived. Working with producer Louie Lino plus a backing crew that includes South Austin Moonlighters rhythm section Lonnie Trevino Jr. and Phil Bass, Cavazos casts dreamy spells with her clear, high voice drifting above smartly low-key arrangements that allow the compelling melodies of her original tunes to shine. $12. 8:30 p.m. 908 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

Tuesday: John Aielli “Eklektikos” 50th Anniversary Concert at Hogg Auditorium. It’s not just any DJ whose off-the-cuff musings inspire a Twitter account with an unprintable handle. KUT/KUTX’s John Aielli has won over Austinites with his quirky taste and charm across five decades, and the celebration of that anniversary is bringing out a smorgasbord of his favorite local acts. Bob Schneider, Hayes Carll, Shinyribs, Carrie Rodriguez, Nakia and Wood & Wire’s Tony Kamel will perform, with Graham Reynolds leading a house band and “Greater Tuna” star Jaston Williams serving as master of ceremonies. $35-$50. 7 p.m. 2300 Whitis Ave. — P.B.

Wednesday: Larry Monroe Memorial at Guero’s. Sun Radio’s popular weekly “Texas Radio Live” broadcast from the outdoor oak garden at Guero’s got started under the watchful eye of Monroe, who left a long career at KUT and helped Sun Radio become a prime source for Americana music in Central Texas. Since Monroe’s death in 2014, many of the musicians he loved the most have gathered for this annual celebration of his life. This year, that includes Butch Hancock, Sarah Brown, Tex Thomas, Brennen Leigh, Bobby Earl Smith, Gurf Morlix, John Inmon, and Durawa with Chris Alcaraz and Will Knaak. $5 suggested donation. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 1412 S. Congress Ave. — P.B.

Thursday: Hotel Vegas & Volstead 6 Year Anniversary Party. South by what? Start your free music binge early as East Austin’s favorite grimy rock dive reminds us our city churns out some of the most vital underground noise in the world year round. The club celebrates six years of incubating Austin garage sounds with the scene’s first breakout, A Giant Dog. The rowdy rockers, who scored a major label deal with Merge last year, headline a bill that also includes Flesh Lights and Big Bill on the main stage. Meanwhile top DJs King Louie,Orion and Ulovei spin over at Volstead. 5 p.m. 1502 E. Sixth St. — D.S.S.



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

A Live One (Phish Tribute) and Cream Cheese Accident (String Cheese Incident tribute) at One-2-One Bar

Loretta Lynn at Gruene Hall (sold out)


Shinyribs record release, Jimbo Mathus at Antone’s

Bebe Rexha, Daniel Skye, Spencer Ludwig at Emo’s

Body Rock ATX: Tribute to the Dirty South

Lady Lamb, James Stevens at Stubb’s indoor

Love Inks, Deep Time at Barracuda

Annabelle Chairlegs, Goldbloom, Soaked, Sour Notes at Hotel Vegas

Jimmy LaFave at El Mercado Backstage

Arrows to Fire, Bluebonnets at 3Ten

Wagoneers, Dylan Bishop at Continental Club

Magic Rockers of Texas (EP Release), Booher, MCG, more at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Lil Debbie, 1Ton, more at Swan Dive

Continental Drift, Flydirt at Sahara Lounge

Oscar Ornelas plays the Grateful Dead at the Scoot Inn

James Polk’s CenterPeace at Elephant Room

R. Kelly at Bass Concert Hall


Daya, Frankie at Emo’s

Donavon Frankenreiter, Grant-Lee Phillips at Antone’s

Cherubs, US Weekly, USA/Mexico, Total Abuse at Barracuda

Savoy at Empire Garage

Eilen Jewell, Bill Kirchen at Continental Club

Gurf Morlix CD release at El Mercado Backstage

Sick of it All, Murphy’s Law at Sidewinder

Biscuit at One World Theatre

Blue Water Highway, Elijah Ford at Stubb’s indoor

Austin Lounge Lizards at Cactus Cafe

Star Parks, Talkies at ABGB

Mayeux & Broussard, Elijah Ford, Miro at Lamberts


Four Bitchin’ Babes at One World Theatre

Heybale CD release at Continental Club

Eternal Champion, Sumerlands, Venomous Maximus at Barracuda

Doug Strahan & the Good Neighbors at ABGB

Timberos Del Norte at One-2-One Bar


Townes Van Zandt Birthday Tribute with Butch Hancock at Cactus Cafe

Raging Fyah at Flamingo Cantina

Apostles of Manchaca at One-2-One Bar

Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Mystery Monday with Christine Albert at El Mercado Backstage

Sahara Swingtet, Charlie Christians at Sahara Lounge


Kathy Mattea at One World Theatre

Senses Fail, Counterparts, Movements at Mohawk outdoor

Alina Baraz, Iamnobodi at Antone’s (sold out)

Hayes Carll, David Grissom at Saxon Pub

James McMurtry, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery

Uncle Lucius, Toni Price at Continental Club

Moon Hooch at Stubb’s indoor

Jon Blondell Quintet at Elephant Room


Brian Jonestown Massacre at Mohawk outdoor

Connie Jo Kirk & Russell Jackson at Townsend

Go Fever, Star Parks, Glass Grapes, Willie Chapel, Summer Swells at Hotel Vegas

Hikes, Honey & Salt, Gold Fronts, Toast Party at Empire

James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham & the Painted Redstarts at Continental Club

Wrenfro at One-2-One Bar

Bonnie Whitmore, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery

Walt Wilkins, Bill Kirchen at Saxon Pub

Jonathan Terrell, Sophia Johnson at White Horse

Warren Hood at ABGB

Chris Gage & friends at El Mercado Backstage


Reputations, Mean Jolene at Hotel Vegas

Menzingers, Rozwell Kid, Jeff Rosenstock at Barracuda

Dorothy, Georgia Flood at Stubb’s indoor

Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery

Emily Gimble, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s

Two Hoots & a Holler at Highball

Alvin Crow at Little Longhorn Saloon

John Inmon, Seela Big Band, Eric Bettencourt at One-2-One Bar

Erik Hokkanen at Radio Coffee & Beer

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