Country stars, Lana del Ray, Wild Child and more music this week


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Friday: Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Midland at Erwin Center. Nashville-via-Alabama band Little Big Town, whose 2017 album “The Breaker” was their third country chart-topper, is the headliner here, but for the Austin show, there’s extra focus on the two Texas-centric opening acts. Musgraves, born and raised in East Texas, lived in Austin for a short time before her career took off with two acclaimed solo albums in 2013 and 2015. Midland, formed in Wyoming and incubated in Los Angeles, moved to Dripping Springs shortly before the release of their recent breakthrough album “On the Rocks.” The single “Drinkin’ Problem” earned them two Grammy nominations; they didn’t win, but the annual Nashville Scene Country Music Critics’ Poll voted the song Best Single of 2017 and pegged the trio as country music’s best new act of last year. $30.50-$57.50. 7:30 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — P.B.

Friday: United: A Black History Month Celebration at Sahara Lounge. “The power of solidarity and community under one common groove” is the guiding mission for this party, the third annual United event organized by local house music aficionado DJ Shani. The lineup features four black female DJs. Alongside Shani spinning deep house, Afro house and boogie, DJ Kay Cali will drop hip-hop, funk and R&B, DJ I Wanna Be Her will spin old school hip-hop and funk and Chicago’s DJ Lady D will fly in to serve up Chicago House. “We maintain that our story did not begin with slavery, but with our families, traditions, cultures and music,” Shani says. $5-$10. 9 p.m. doors. 1413 Webberville Road. saharalounge.com. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Delbert McClinton at Paramount Theatre. At 77, Lubbock-born and Fort Worth-raised McClinton is now a revered elder statesman of what has come to be known as Americana music. His golden years have been some of his most productive: Since the turn of the century, he’s released six studio albums — including last year’s acclaimed “Prick of the Litter” — that have attracted younger fans who weren’t around for his run with several major labels in the 1970s and ’80s. In December, Texas A&M Press published “One of the Fortunate Few,” writer Diana Finlay Hendricks’ biography of McClinton. Red Young & His Hot Horns open. $28-$63. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. (McClinton and Hendricks also will appear at a book event for the biography on Sunday at 2 p.m. at BookPeople.) — P.B.

Saturday: Wild Child album release at Empire. Seven years spent charming audiences around the world with their indie-folk-pop has done nothing to diminish Wild Child’s love for their home state. “We owe all we have to everyone that has supported us since our humble beginning gigging around the state in our little red van back in 2011,” the band writes on their Facebook page. To give back to their local fans, they’ve made the release party for their new album free. “Expectations,” an ambitious platter that mixes lush indie pop, introspective folk and edgy orchestral rock, drops on Friday. The party is free (capacity permitting) but requires an RSVP. To guarantee entry, you can order a deluxe limited edition vinyl copy of the album on the RSVP page for the show. 7 p.m. doors. 606 E. Seventh St. wildchildsounds.com/shows. — D.S.S.

Sunday: Lana del Rey, Kali Uchis at Erwin Center. The queen of impassive sob-pop and glamorous tragedy will be in town, and it is our professional obligation to inform you that at press time, tickets were still available. If you do decide to get your “Summer Sadness” on early, be sure to show up in time for opener Kali Uchis. The Colombian-American singer will entrance you with her simmering sugar soul. $39.50-$125. 8 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — D.S.S.

Tuesday: Erika Wennerstrom at ABGB. Known primarily for fronting Heartless Bastards, the indie-rock band that moved from Ohio to Austin a decade ago and got far enough to appear on “Austin City Limits,” Wennerstrom explores a different side of her artistry on “Sweet Unknown,” due in March on Partisan Records. She’s been playing quite a bit locally in the lead-up to the album’s release; a fine chance to catch her is this unusual early-evening Tuesday show at ABGB, where the music is free and the beer and pizza are always dependable draws. 7 p.m. 1305 W. Oltorf St. theabgb.com. — P.B.

Thursday: Eric Johnson at Paramount Theatre. The native Austinite guitar wizard has been quite active of late, following up 2016’s acoustic-oriented album “EJ” with an intriguing collection of covers and originals called “Collage” last fall. But his current tour is all about “Ah Via Musicom,” the 1990 landmark that was by far the best-selling record of his career. He’ll play that album in full, bringing back its rhythm section of drummer Tommy Taylor and bassist Kyle Brock for the special occasion. $20-$42. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Avenue. austintheatre.org. — P.B.

ALSO PLAYING

Friday-Saturday

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

Amanda Platt & the Honeycutters at El Mercado Backstage

Friday

Devil Makes Three, Huntress, Holder of Hands at Emo’s

RJD2 at Empire Garage

Night Drive, Moving Panoramas, Emme at Empire Control Room

Anderson East, J.S. Ondara at Parish

Hovvdy album release, Molly Burch, Ama at Barracuda

Quiet Company, Food Group, Shark Rider at Mohawk outdoor

Ringo Deathstarr, Temple of Angels, Blushing, Muff at Hotel Vegas

Jeff Plankenhorn Band, Cari Hutson & Good Company at One-2-One Bar

Elias Haslanger Quintet, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room

Coffee Sergeants at Cactus Cafe

Damn Torpedoes, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Croy & the Boys, Rattlesnake Milk, Dirt Legs at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Eve & the Exiles at ABGB

Bettencourt & Hamburger at Townsend

Saturday

Carlos Pinana at Long Center

Bill Gaither & Gaither Vocal Band at Great Hills Baptist Church

Phoebe Bridgers at Antone’s (sold out)

Hamilton Leithauser, Thor Harris, Jana Horn at Barracuda

Lettuce, Motet at Stubb’s outdoor

Super Creeps presents Bowie’s Berlin Years at the Townsend

Mardi Gras Austin with Superfónicos, Austin Samba, Seu Jacinto at Speakeasy

Ratchet Valentine’s Day party at Vulcan Gas Company

Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-off at Hard Luck Lounge

El Tule record release at Hotel Vegas

Down to the Bone at One World Theatre

Go Fever, Little Mazarn at ABGB

Lou Ann Barton, Soul Man Sam, Redd Volkaert at Continental Club

Van Wilks, Rebecca Loebe, Mandy Rowden at Saxon Pub

Tomas Ramirez at Elephant Room

Sunday

David Benoit & Marc Antoine at One World Theatre

Jeff Bryant record release at Empire

House of Songs with Ali Holder, Chris Fullerton, Little Brave, more at Cactus Cafe

Bill Carter at Hilton Cannon & Belle

Carson McHone at Townsend

Andy Frasco & the U.N., Wild Adriatic at Stubb’s indoor

Dave Biller Trio, Lo Jinx Orchestra at Continental Gallery

Monday

Tito Larriva at Continental Club

Jonathan Terrell & Josh T. Pearson, Steel Mondays with Geoff Queen at Sam’s Town Point

Mood Mondays with Christy Hays, Betty Soo, Kristina Bozwell at Hole in the Wall

Lonelyland, Brian Pounds at Saxon Pub

Magic Rockers of Texas, Mussel, Gasoline Boots at Hotel Vegas

Duncan Fellows, Peyote Coyote, Poly Action at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Jonesin’, Presto Chango at C-Boy’s

Ruby Jane Trio at Geraldine’s

Wendy Colonna at Hilton Cannon & Belle

Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe

Tuesday

Pedro the Lion, Marie/Lepanto at Mohawk outdoor

Marie/Lepanto at Waterloo Records

Jimmie Vaughan at Antone’s

Erika Wennerstrom at ABGB

McCallum Chamber Guitar Ensemble, Status Loco, Frisk at Stubb’s indoor

Uncle Lucius at Continental Club

AMA, Sophies, Bitter Heart Society, Jean Caffeine at Hotel Vegas

Jazz Jam with Daniel Dufour Trio at Stay Gold

Wednesday

Bob Schneider & the Moonlight Orchestra at ACL Live

Albert & Gage French Valentine’s show at El Mercado Backstage

Willie Watson at Cactus Cafe

Nightowls play the music of Al Green at 3Ten

Heartbyrne at Antone’s

Nakia at Townsend

Peterson Brothers, Tomar Williams & Friends at Stubb’s indoor

Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub

Jonathan Terrell at Continental Club

Warren Hood at ABGB

Thursday

St. Paul & the Broken Bones at ACL Live

Benefit for Mark Goodwin with Bobby Mack, Carolyn Wonderland, Damn Torpedoes, Ernie Durawa, Eve Monsees and more at Antone’s

Dylan LeBlanc, Pollies at 3Ten

Yung Pinch at Empire

A Giant Dog, Trouble Boys at Beerland

Swimming With Bears, Wild Now at Stubb’s indoor

Christy Hays Band, Colin Gilmore, Matthew Michael & Christine Marie at Hole in the Wall

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

Texas KGB, Patrice Pike at Saxon Pub

Brian Kremer Quintet at Stay Gold



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