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Best of the week: Music, Sept. 20-26

By Peter Mongillo - American-Statesman Staff



Friday

Ra Ra Riot at Emo’s East. Electronic dance pop group Ra Ra Riot, who formed at school in Syracuse, recently released its third album, “Beta Love,” which combines Prince-ly pop with touches of indie rock and strings. With Caveman. 8 p.m. $18. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com.

Also playing: Between the Buried and Me, the Faceless, the Contortionist and the Safety Fire at Mohawk; Hundred Visions, Daniel Francis Doyle and Bastketball Shorts at Hotel Vegas; Cowboy Mouth, Honey Island Swamp Band and Dr. Zog at Antone’s; Miss Leslie and Her Juke-Jointers album release at the White Horse; White Ghost Shivers at the Continental Club.

Saturday

The Rides at ACL Live. Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg, who recently released an album, “Can’t Get Enough,” explore the history of the blues. With Beth Hart. 6:30 p.m. $39-$73.50. 210 W. Second St. acl-live.com.

Also playing: The Black and White Years, Air Review, Pageantry and Royal Forest at the Scoot Inn; Maggie Koerner, Erin Miley and Grace London at Stubb’s; Jess Klein at Strange Brew; Glenn Tilbrook at the Saxon Pub; Adam Hood and Jason Eady at the Continental Club.

Sunday

Josh Rouse at the Cactus Cafe. Nebraska-born, Spain-based singer-songwriter Josh Rouse, who recently released “The Happiness Waltz,” brings his hushed style to the Cactus Cafe (this show is the first of two nights). 8 p.m. $28. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org.

Also playing: Urban Achievers Brass Band and Toy Hearts at the White Horse; Manhattan Transfer at the One World Theatre; Heybale and the Wagoneers at the Continental Club; the Resentments at the Saxon Pub; Travis Garland and Eddie Gomez at Stubb’s.

Monday

The Weeknd at the Cedar Park Center. Toronto-based R&B act the Weeknd originally gained an audience by anonymously releasing mixtapes; he has since developed a more public persona with endorsements from Drake and others, plus official album releases. With Banks. 7:30 p.m. $35-$45. 2100 Avenue of the Stars. cedarparkcenter.com.

Also playing:Destruction Unit, Gospel Truth and UKIAH DRAG and Impalers at Hotel Vegas; Bob Schneider at the Continental Club; Youth Code, Night Sins and Future Blondes at Mohawk; Snarky Puppy and Progress at the Parish.

Tuesday

HAAM Benefit Day. Tuesday is the annual fundraiser for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Businesses throughout town host live music and donate 5 percent of the day’s proceeds to help provide low-cost health care for Austin musicians. The shows start as early as 6 a.m. at Whole Foods and go into late night at various clubs. This year includes the new ALL ATX concert at ACL Live. Ray Benson, Eric Johnson, Christopher Cross, Monte Montgomery, Charlie and Will Sexton, and many more perform as part of HAAM Benefit Day; KLRU will tape the event for later broadcast. 6:30 p.m. $25-$75. 310 W. Second St. acl-live.com. Other HAAM day shows include Wes Coleman, Church Shoes and more at Hotel Vegas; KP and the Boom Boom, Roxy Roca and more at Holy Mountain; and the Rocketboys, Frank Smith and the Peterson Brothers Band at Wooldridge Square Park (SXSWfm showcase). Go to myhaam.org for the complete schedule.

Wednesday

Mayer Hawthorne at Emo’s East. Michigan-born, Los Angeles-based retro soul act recently released a new album, “Where Does This Door Go,” recalling the music of Earth, Wind and Fire and similar groups. With Superhumanoids. $18. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com.

Also playing: Petty Fest Austin benefiting Sweet Relief with Norah Jones, Doyle Bramhall II, Jakob Dylan and more at Mohawk (technically sold-out); Mayeaux and Broussard and Leo Rondeau at the White Horse; Ashes of Babylon at the Flamingo Cantina; Earl Poole Ball at Strange Brew; Huerta Culture at the Continental Club.

Thursday

Blondie at Stubb’s. Debbie Harry and company, who formed in New York in the mid-1970s, bring their hits — as well as new music they’re giving out with a ticket purchase — back to Austin. With X. 7 p.m. $45. 811 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com.

Also playing: A Day to Remember at the Cedar Park Center; the Steve Miller Band at ACL Live; Brownout at Frank; Terry Malts at Mohawk; Nicky Romero, Vicetone and Toddy B at Emo’s East; Miles Zuniga at Strangebrew.

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