Justin Sherburn has one of those jobs that doesn’t really exist until you carve it out for yourself: He writes and performs live soundtracks for art projects. Whether it’s a vintage film, or a puppet drama, Sherburn and his band have found a niche in Austin and elsewhere, cranking out lyrical melodies, propulsive beats and maybe a touch of tango.
His ensemble, Montopolis, is named after the neighborhood he calls home. The band has the usual guitar and bass but also a couple of violins and a viola. Sherburn, who’s probably best known for playing with indie rock band Okkervil River, usually plays the piano and guitar. Occasionally, his projects, like the ones he’s done for Trouble Puppet Theater, might add a xylophone or a saw.
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Blanton Museum’s “Third Thursday”
What: Free museum admission and special activities including yoga in the gallery, “Beat the Rush” concert and gallery talks
When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; “Beat the Rush” concert at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Information: 471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org