Kelly Clarkson, Chuck Prophet among big shows this week in Austin


OUR TOP PICKS

Friday: Bully at Emo’s. The New York Times recently published an in-depth package titled “Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled by Women.” The thesis was simple: In the current crop of garage rockers, the dudes can’t wave a grungey guitar at the ladies. Bully’s Alicia Bognanno wasn’t mentioned in the story, but she’s part of the same wave of post-riot-grrl rockers making thoughtful confessional songs backed by muscular riffs. Smut opens. $17-20. 8 p.m. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. (The band also will play a free in-store at Waterloo Records at 5 p.m.) — D.S.S.

Friday-Saturday: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express at Continental Club. With fewer touring acts out on the road in December, nightclubs often focus on holiday shows and local favorites. Leave it to the Continental to break that mold: Following last week’s two-night stand by Grammy-winner Dave Alvin, the club hits another home run this weekend with two nights of Bay Area rocker Chuck Prophet, one of the best live performers on the planet. He’ll play three times altogether, with a 10 p.m. set on Friday (the LeRoi Brothers play after) followed by Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and midnight (Mike Stinson opens the latter at 10:30 p.m.). $22. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.

Saturday: KOOP Radio 23rd birthday party at Spider House Ballroom. Over the past few decades, as commercial radio has steadily declined into bland homogeneity, Austin’s community radio station has remained a solid provider of weird and wonderful programming you can’t hear anywhere else. Our October Austin360 Artist of the Month, Tomar & the FCs, kicks the party off with searing soul. Then Bubble Puppy, a regional psych rock phenom who scored a top 20 hit with the 1969 track “Hot Smoke and Sassafras,” closes out the night. $20. 7:30 p.m. 2908 Fruth St. spiderhouse.com. — DSS

Sunday: Margaret Moser memorial at Antone’s. The death of music journalist and Austin Music Awards founder Margaret Moser from cancer on Aug. 25 brought an outpouring of sentiment from the local music community. Ever the event-planner, Moser arranged many of the details for this show herself before her death. Names of performers are being kept under wraps, but sharing musical-director duties will be Charlie Sexton, working things in between his busy schedule playing guitar with Bob Dylan, and Monte Warden, frontman of longtime Austin country band the Wagoneers and new pop-jazz trio the Dangerous Few. $20. 2 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.

Sunday: Radney Foster at Waterloo Records. It’s a special treat to hear the Del Rio native and longtime Nashville country star in such an intimate setting. Foster’s newest release, “For You to See the Stars,” is a CD-and-book package that includes a collection of short stories plus nine new songs (and a re-recorded version of his tune “Raining on Sunday,” which became a big hit for Keith Urban). Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com. — P.B.

Monday: Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever at Paramount Theatre. Rock around the Christmas tree as girl band pioneer and Rock ‘n’ Roll hall-of-famer Spector plays rollicking versions of classic and contemporary Christmas songs as well as hits from the Ronettes. $25-$55. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Mix 94.7’s Merry Mix Show with Kelly Clarkson at ACL Live. In 2013, Texas powerhouse singer Kelly Clarkson released an excellent contemporary Christmas album, “Wrapped in Red,” and this holiday season her Austin fans will have a chance to hear the songs live, courtesy of radio station Mix 94.7. Tickets are not cheap, but ACL Live is an intimate venue for Clarkson, who has played the Erwin Center. Rachel Platten and Secondhand Serenade open. $65-$105. 7:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — D.S.S.

Thursday: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar opening night at Palmer Events Center. The 42nd annual music-and-shopping tradition begins an 11-day run with music from the Watters at noon, Wendy Colonna at 3 p.m. and Dale Watson & His Lonestars at 7 p.m. The event features three musical acts daily through Christmas Eve, with highlights including Ruthie Foster, Shinyribs, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Marcia Ball. $8 (season pass $60); ages 12 and under free. 900 Barton Springs Road. armadillobazaar.com. — P.B.

RELATED: See the full schedule for this year’s Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

ALSO PLAYING

Friday

Grizfolk, Unlikely Candidates, Walker Lukens at Empire

Wye Oak at 3Ten

Chris Fullerton at Townsend

Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas with Bobby Caldwell & Marion Meadows at One World Theatre

Bill Bill record release, Annabelle Chairlegs, Infinites, Pollen Rx at Hotel Vegas

Roast & Toast the Holidays with Carolyn Wonderland & Guy Forsyth at One-2-One Bar

Ray Bonneville, Gurf Morlix at El Mercado Backstage

South Austin Moonlighters, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Carson McHone, Little Mikey & the Soda Jerks at ABGB

The Slackers (playing “Wasted Days”) at Flamingo Cantina

Tomar & the FCs at C-Boy’s

Elias Haslanger Quintet, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room

Rubilators, Michael Ubaldini at Hole in the Wall

Royal Forest, Good Field, Dan Ryan, Linen Closet at Sidewinder

Brandon Luedtke, Graham Weber, Willie Carlisle at Cactus Cafe

Betty Soo at Threadgill’s North

White Label Analog at Stubb’s

Saturday

Black Fret Ball at Paramount Theatre

A Charlie Brown Christmas with Austin Chamber Music Center at Stateside at the Paramount

Drums, Hoops, Duncan Fellows at Emo’s

Sango at the Parish

Wanda Jackson at C-Boy’s

John Hartford tribute with Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman at Cactus Cafe

Lou Ann Barton at Antone’s

KJ Sawka at Empire

Swass 6 at Barracuda

Communion, Crypt Trip, Glassing at Hotel Vegas

Blitzens, Churchwood, Transgressors at Carousel Lounge

Yawpers, Scott H. Biram at Mohawk indoor

Van Wilks, David Grissom, Staehely Brothers at Saxon Pub

Ugly Beats, Peachfuzz, DJ Sue at ABGB

Altercation Records Frost Giant Ball at Lost Well

Alex Ruiz at El Mercado Backstage

Russel Taine Jr., Vagabond Band, James Junius, Erica Michelle at Townsend

Saturday-Sunday

Timothy B. Schmit at One World Theatre

Sunday

Randy Newman at Paramount Theatre

Gustafer Yellowgold at Spider House Ballroom

Kids in a New Groove benefit at Beerland

10th annual Flak Christmas Record Swap with Rite Flyers, Wannabes, Mike Nicolai, Utley3, Tontine, more at Carousel Lounge

Prayers, War of Icaza at Mohawk indoor

Soul of a Musician series with Dawn & Hawkes at Iron Cactus North

Hilary York, Aimee Bobruk, Dale Watson at C-Boy’s

Dialtones, A. Sinclair at Cheer Up Charlies

Willie Pipkin & Friends, Heybale, Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew at Continental Club

Interrobang Brass Band at Stay Gold

Monday

Conspirare Christmas with Carrie Rodriguez at Long Center

Kalu & the Electric Joint at Waterloo Records

Erin Jaimes, Blue Monday Band at Antone’s

Texas Tycoons at White Horse

Texas KGB, Cari Hutson & Good Company at One-2-One Bar

Shelley King at Hilton Cannon & Belle

Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe

Tuesday

Tommy Emmanuel at Paramount Theatre

Sunny Sweeney & Brennen Leigh, David Grissom at Saxon Pub

Donut Musik at Townsend

Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club

James McMurtry, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery

John Evans Band, Bad Bolts, Chris King at Volstead Lounge

Kate Priestley Duo at Geraldine’s

Jazz Jam with Daniel Dufour Trio at Stay Gold

Wednesday

Kelly Clarkson, Rachel Platten, Secondhand Serenade at ACL Live

Pokey LaFarge, Easy Leaves at Antone’s

Annie Moses Band at One World Theatre

Texas Radio Live with Dr. Joe, Full Service at Guero’s

Jeff Plankenhorn, Atash at One-2-One Bar

James McMurtry, Ramsay Midwood at Continental Club

Michael Fracasso, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery

Suzanna Choffel at Geraldine’s

Carson McHone, Leo Rondeau at Cactus Cafe

Jaimee Harris, Walt Wilkins, Johnny Nicholas at Saxon Pub

Barbara Nesbitt at Threadgill’s North

Matt Hubbard Trio, David Young at C-Boy’s

Mau Mau Chaplains at Flamingo Cantina

Redd Volkaert at Hilton Cannon & Belle

Thursday

San Holo, Just a Gent, Droeloe at Emo’s

Full Service Christmas Show, Oh Antonio & His Imaginary Friends at Stubb’s indoor

Sanco Loop, Margaret Chavez at Cactus Cafe

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

Brian Kremer Christmas Show at Townsend

Bruce Saunders Holiday Quintet at Elephant Room

Derailers at Broken Spoke



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