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Friday: Ray Prim album release at North Door. Soulful singer-songwriter Prim, our Austin360 Artist of the Month for September, celebrates the release of his new album “To Whom It May Concern” with an extended version of his big band. More string players, electric guitarist Andre Moran and some guest vocalists will join Prim’s core six-piece support crew. One of those guest singers might be Suzanna Choffel, who appears on the album and opens this show. $20-$25. 7 p.m. 502 Brushy St. ndvenue.com. – P.B.

Friday-Saturday: Mexican Independence Day celebrations. On Friday, Austin’s Peligrosa DJ crew turns their monthly pan-Latin dance party into a (day-early) Diez y Seis de Septiembre fiesta. Special guests Siete Catorce from Mexicali and Nurry Dog from Monterrey will be in the casa for the event. $5-$10. (9 p.m. doors. 606 E. Seventh St.) Then, on Saturday, local crew El Tule takes over Hotel Vegas, where they plan “on swinging nalga-shaking Cumbia ‘til they kick us out.” $7. 9 p.m. doors. 1502 E. Sixth St. texashotelvegas.com. — D.S.S.

Friday-Saturday: Sonic Transmissions Festival. The self-proclaimed “pioneering improvisational music festival without boundaries” presents a diverse cross-section of experimental sounds. Featured artists include jazz multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, Norwegian jazz bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and cumbia group Carmelo Torres y Los Toscos. On Friday, the fest presents a Psychedelic Bogotá Cumbia Dance Party with acts from Colombia and NYC at Kick Butt Coffee. On Saturday, the party moves to East Austin and the sounds morph to free jazz with a theme of “classic meets new wave.” After a free (donations accepted) day party at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, the festival closes with an evening jam at the historic Victory Grill. Night parties $15-$20. Friday: 8 p.m. doors. 5775 Airport Blvd. Saturday:2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 1104 and 1106 E. 11th St. sonictransmissions.com. — D.S.S.

Saturday: LeRoi Brothers “Check This Action” reissue party at C-Boy’s. Fixtures on the local scene for more than 30 years, the LeRois first lit up the town in the early 1980s, with twin guitarists Don Leady and Steve Doerr leading a charge propelled by drummer Mike Buck. “Check This Action” was an attention-getting debut on local label Amazing Records that helped earn the band a deal with MCA. Various members came and went over the years, and a different lineup still plays regularly at Antone’s and elsewhere today. But the original trio will reunite for this show celebrating a fine new Jungle Records reissue of “Check This Action” that adds six bonus tracks (including the “Moon Twist” EP). Leady’s subsequent band, the Tail Gators, open. $10. 10 p.m. 2008 S. Congress Ave. cboys.com. — P.B.

Sunday: Zac Brown Band, Darrell Scott at Austin360 Amphitheater. There may well have been no bigger country act over the last decade than the Zac Brown Band, whose new Dave Cobb-produced album “Welcome Home” follows four straight platinum records. Their jam-band/Southern-rock/country-folk crossover sound may have followed the massive success of Dave Matthews, but the three-time Grammy-winning Georgians soon left their own mark. A smart addition to the bill is Darrell Scott, a fine singer-songwriter who’s penned smashes for the Dixie Chicks and Brad Paisley as well as playing in Robert Plant’s Band of Joy. Caroline Jones opens. $39.75-$82.75. 8 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — P.B.

RELATED: Review of Zac Brown Band’s Aug. 3 “Austin City Limits” taping

Monday: The Church at 3Ten. One of Australia’s most enchanting rock/pop bands since they formed in 1980, the Church briefly hit the big time in the late ’80s with the radio/MTV hit “Under the Milky Way,” then gradually faded from the spotlight. They’ve kept making records all along, releasing more than 20 studio albums through 2014’s “Further/Deeper.” Original members Steve Kilbey and Peter Koppes are still aboard, with Ian Haug of Powderfinger now in place of co-founder Marty Willson-Piper. Sub Pop Records veterans Helio Sequence of Oregon open. $44-$45. 7 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.

Monday: Tears of Silver house concert. This secret-location touring show features an indie supergroup of sorts, combining the talents of Ken Stringfellow (Posies, Big Star), Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev), Grasshopper (Mercury Rev) and Jesse Chandler (Midlake, Mercury Rev). They’ll play songs from their respective catalogs as well as new material they’ve written together. The location will be revealed to ticket buyers the day before the show. $20-$100. 7 p.m. tearsofsilveraustin.eventbrite.com. — P.B.

Tuesday: She Factory at the Townsend. Austinite, and former Go-Go, Kathy Valentine was inspired to start this series “to highlight the talent and artistic endeavors of women and bring together the communities of women in the arts and businesses.” The first installment, “The Song Pool,” puts a spotlight on female musicians with a top-notch roster of singer-songwriters including Ruthie Foster, Suzanna Choffel, Carolyn Wonderland, Nina Diaz, Patricia Vonne and Jane Ellen Bryant. Free. 8 p.m. 718 Congress Ave. thetownsendaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: The final Austin Mic Exchange at Spiderhouse. Five years ago Leah Manners, host of KOOP Radio’s “Hip-hop Hooray,” and rapper Adam Protextor launched a weekly hip-hop open mic event at Spiderhouse Ballroom. Their aim was to create a space for young emcees on the local hip-hop scene to develop and connect with like-minded artists. The event rapidly grew into a vibrant creative scene. Through their run, they hosted over 300 shows, events they say were marked by, “dopeness, rhymes, community and building something bigger than ourselves.” But now, while they still intend to host events under the AMX banner, they are retiring the weekly event. The final installment is slated to be be a blowout bash with over two dozen artists who have graced the stage stopping by to spit features. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. 21 and older free, $3 for 18 to 20. 8 p.m. doors. 2908 Fruth St. spiderhouse.com. — D.S.S.

READ MORE: Austin Mic Exchange builds community in local hip-hop scene

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Friday

Shakey Graves, Parker Millsap at ACL Live

Quicksand, No Joy at the Mohawk outside

Japanese Breakfast at Barracuda

Ben Ottewell at Sidewinder

Walter Wolfman Washington, Lavelle White at Continental Club

Stephen Kellogg, Emily Hearn at Stateside at the Paramount

Bob Livingston’s Cowboys & Indians, Sacred Cowgirls at Scottish Rite Theater

O’s, Barbara Nesbitt, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

John Wesley Coleman III at ABGB

Green Jelly at Elysium

Verite at Stubb’s inside

Austin Music Video Festival with Lance Herbstrong, more at Empire

Kabaka Pyramid at Flamingo

Extreme Heat, John Inmon at One-2-One Bar

White Ghost Shivers, Soul Supporters at White Horse

Saturday

Jonny Lang at ACL Live

Kevin Morby at Mohawk

Goldlink at Come and Take It Live (sold out)

Broncho at Barracuda

Kaki King at the Long Center Rollins Theater

Bob Schneider, Tomar & the FCs at Threadgill’s South

Junior Brown, Redd Volkaert at Continental Club

Big Bill, Shivery Shakes at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Mark Farina at Empire Control Room

A Town Get Down at the Parish

Lowin, Belcurve, Keeper, Cari Q at Cactus Cafe

Toronto Black Croy & the Boys at White Horse

Karaoke Underground at Indian Roller

Beto & the Fairlanes at Elephant Room

George Strait tribute benefit for SIMS Foundation at ABGB

Hank Williams birthday celebration with James Hand at Saxon Pub

Sunday

Ben Folds at Stubb’s outdoor

Open Mic Eagle, Sammus at Barracuda

Record Company at Emo’s

Frances Luke Accord at Cactus Cafe

Mitch Watkins Trio at Elephant Room

MC Magic at Come and Take It Live

Hilary York, Aimee Bobruk at C-Boy’s

Soul of a Musician series with Sarah Sharp at Iron Cactus North

Monday

Brockhampton at Come and Take It Live

Sun Seeker at Barracuda

Dale Watson, Celine Lee at Continental Club

Carry Illinois tour kick off at Barrel o’ Fun

Sharon Bourbonnais at Driskill Lobby Bar

Tuesday

Two Door Cinema Club, Circa Waves at ACL Live

Swervedriver at 3Ten

Bleachers, Tove Styrke at Emo’s

Together Pangaea at Stubb’s indoor

Sunny Sweeney, David Grissom at Saxon Pub

Mike Stinson, Toni Price at Continental Club

James McMurtry, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery

Wednesday

Depeche Mode, Warpaint at Austin360 Amphitheater

Steve Winwood at ACL Live

Tenacious D at Stubb’s outdoor

Tom Russell at Cactus Cafe

UtopiaFest pre-party with Toubab Krewe at Empire

Frankie Rose at Barracuda

Accidentals, Dawn & Hawkes at 3Ten

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Texas Radio Live with Bill Kirchen, Albert & Gage at Guero’s

Chris Berardo, Will Knaak at Saxon Pub

Loteria at Hotel Vegas

Thursday

Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Granger Smith at Austin360 Amphitheater

Balmorhea, Will Johnson at Stateside at the Paramount

Cafe Tacvba at ACL Live

Jon Bellion, Dizzy Wright at Stubb’s

Banks at Emo’s

Storm Large, Le Bonheur at UT McCullough Theater

James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harris Graham, Hot Club of Cowtown at Continental Club

Tje Austin, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s

Alex Cameron at Sidewinder (in-store at Waterloo at 5 p.m.)

Sphynx at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Warlocks at Barracuda

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



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