Lee Ann Womack at One World Theatre. Most artists who work in the country genre end up getting sorted into either the mainstream pop world or the traditional roots camp, but Womack has keep a foot on both sides of that line for quite some time. To wit, the Country Music Association recently nominated her for female vocalist of the year, at the same time she was nominated for album and artist of the year at the Americana Music Awards. A Texas native who’s been based in Nashville since rising to prominence in the mid-late ’90s, Womack moved from MCA to Sugar Hill Records for last year’s acclaimed album “The Way I’m Livin’.” $30-$98. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.
Stargayzer Festival. The second annual celebration of LGBTQIA music and performance kicked off Thursday and continues through Saturday. Friday’s shows at the North Door includes performances by Bay Area improv punk pranksters Erase Errata and the grimy dance rap antics of Austin’s own Christeene. The party continues on Saturday at Cheer Up Charlie’s with Baltimore club artist TT the Artist and Queens-based rapper Dai Burger. $35 for three-day pass. stargayzerfest.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Canadian nuevo-flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook brings the tour for his “One World” album to the Paramount. … Heads will bang to South African band Seether on the outdoor stage at Stubb’s. … Jam it up at Scoot Inn with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, fronted by the former Black Crowes singer, plus Leftover Salmon. … Indie musician and author Kristin Hersh concludes a three-day Austin visit with a 5 p.m. Waterloo Records in-store. … Eclectic roots musician Peter Rowan headlines at Threadgill’s with alt-country singer Pauline Reese. … Fort Worth singer Luke Wade, an alum of NBC’s “The Voice,” plays the Parish with Drew Davis. … The band formerly prefaced by Dale Earnhardt now just goes by Jr. Jr., and in dropping the name of the NASCAR driver, they’ve adopted a sunnier sound. Catch them on the outdoor stage at the Mohawk, with local avant-jazz band the Grassy Knoll playing songs from their new “Electric Verdeland Vol. 1.” indoors afterward. … Other top local options include Bop English and Good Field at ABGB, Roger Wallace and the Carper Family at the White Horse, and a hot Latin triple bill at Empire with Peligrosa, Kiko Villamizar and Timberos del Norte.
Octopus Project at Mohawk outdoor. It’s been a very eventful autumn for Austin’s favorite art rockers. Their European tour included an appearance at a guitar festival in Galway, a performance on a boat in Paris and a set at Levitation France, an international arm of the Austin psychedelic festival in Angers. They wrapped up the tour with a quick swing through Houston and San Antonio before landing back home. Crooks on Tape opens. $15. 8 p.m. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Austin Mixtape, a website devoted to streaming local music, soft launched in April. They celebrate their official launch with a Sidewinder shindig headlined by indie rockers Quiet Company. … Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin is at Bass Concert Hall with Becky G. … Aer, a duo of reggae rap bros from suburban Boston, visits Emo’s. … It’s a $40 ticket, but British pop star Howard Jones is playing the intimate Cactus Cafe with his show “The Songs, the Piano & the Stories.” … Dream-country indie band Widowspeak brings the tour for its new album “All Yours” to Lamberts with local opener Reservations. … Electronic producer Alvin Risk plays Empire with Fyer. … Cali rockers Animal Liberation Orchestra, aka ALO, are at the Parish with Yojimbo. … Expect big crowds at Nutty Brown Cafe for the Eli Young Band with Chris Janson and Threadgill’s for Bob Schneider with Jane Ellen Bryant. … Hometown acts playing record-release shows include Ashley Monical at Saxon Pub, Empire Machines at Spider House Ballroom and Staci Gray at Strange Brew.
Polyphonic Spree at Emo’s. In their 15-year run, the Dallas choral rockers have shed their choir robes and reinvented themselves as “The Fragile Army” (and the greatest “Rocky Horror Picture Show” cover band in history). Now the band refocuses on “The Beginning Stages Of…,” their debut album recorded in two days in 2000. It was a rebellion against guitar rock and a statement of purpose for bandleader Tim DeLaughter, who was grieving a friend and former collaborator. By the time the band toured the album, their stage spectacle had eclipsed the original arrangements. For this show, the band will play the entire album in sequence. Calliope Musicals opens. $23-$25. 7 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Pop star Fantasia, who’s emerged as an excellent R&B singer since winning “American Idol” in 2004, plays Cedar Park Center with El Debarge. … East Coast band Lake Street Dive, one of the hottest acts in Americana music, visits the Parish with David Moss. … Swamp-rock great Tony Joe White plays the indoor stage at Stubb’s. … British rockers Bring Me the Horizon have shifted from thrashing metal to a more pop-oriented sound on their new album. They’re at the Austin Music Hall with Issues. … Oregon’s Red Fang will still be thrashing hard at the Mohawk outdoors. … At Threadgill’s, the Lost Austin Band features Gary P. Nunn, Bob Livingston and other longtime locals playing songs from the city’s 1970s cosmic-cowboy era. … Soul singer Miss Lavelle White holds court at 8 p.m. at Strange Brew, with New York singer-songwriter Dayna Kurtz preceding at 6 p.m. … The “Soul of a Musician” series at Iron Cactus North features Wild Seeds leader Michael Hall. … Local honky-tonkers Mike & the Moonpies play songs from their new disc “Mockingbird” at 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records
Ted Hawkins tribute album release at Waterloo Records. Hawkins, a folk-blues songman with a singular presence and style, left this mortal coil 20 years ago, but he left behind a treasure trove of material that more than a dozen artists have remade on “Cold and Bitter Tears,” a tribute disc due out this week on local label Eight 30 Records. Helping to celebrate the occasion are four Austin artists who took part: James McMurtry, Kevin Russell, Ramsay Midwood and Randy Weeks. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com. — P.B.
Also: Alt-metal band Korn plays its 1994 debut album in its entirety on the outdoor stage at Stubb’s with openers Suicide Silence and Islander. … Los Angeles soul band the Internet, featuring members of the Odd Future hip-hop collective, visits the Parish.
Mac DeMarco at Stubb’s. The Canadian indie-rocker’s afternoon ACL Fest set last year found him alternating between easy banter with the crowd and flexing his formidable guitar skills. He’s been on a rapid rise since he released his debut full-length “Rock ‘n’ Roll Night Club” in 2012. He’s sold out shows at the Mohawk and the Scoot Inn, and now he’s graduated to the outdoor stage Stubb’s. (He’s sticking around for a 1 p.m. performance Wednesday at Waterloo Records.) $25-$28. 7 p.m. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Playing inside at Stubb’s after DeMarco are Richmond, Va., singer-songwriter Natalie Prass, touring behind her self-titled Columbia Records debut, and Nashville band Promised Land Sound. … Three original members, including frontman Ali Campbell, recently rebooted the British reggae band UB40, who play the Long Center. … Pennsylvania indie-rockers the Districts play the Parish with Sun Club. … Former Follow For Now frontman David Ryan Harris stops in at Empire. … Austin native Will Sexton has spent more time in Tennessee since marrying Memphis bassist Amy LaVere, but the two are back at Strange Brew with their Motel Mirrors project featuring guitarist John Paul Keith. … Singer-songwriters Sunny Sweeney & Brennen Leigh continue a string of third-Tuesday collaborative shows at the Saxon Pub.
Jackson Browne with Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams at Bass Concert Hall. Any visit from Browne, one of the quintessential troubadours of rock’s classic era, means a concert for which the bar for songwriting it set pretty high. He’ll no doubt play some of his best-known ’70s tunes, but last year’s “Standing in the Breach” showed Browne remains committed to dovetailing the personal and the political with new material. Equally significant on this bill, however, is the opening duo: Campbell, an ace instrumentalist with the likes of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, stepped out front with vocalist Williams on an impressive self-titled album released in June. $46.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. 2300 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org. — P.B.
Also: Still roadrunning after all these years, living-legend rocker Jonathan Richman sets up shop with longtime drummer Tommy Larkins on the Mohawk’s outdoor stage. … Portland, Ore., indie band Blitzen Trapper, whose eighth album “All Across this Land” came out Oct. 2, plays the Parish with fellow Portland band the Domestics. … Go international with the Long Center’s “Spirit of India” show featuring the Bollywood Masala Orchestra & Dancers, or with Venezuelan band Los Amigos Invisibles, which brings its “Gozadera Acustica” tour to Emo’s. … California country songwriter Ry Bradley is in town for a couple of shows, playing ABGB on Wednesday and Lucky Lounge on Thursday.
My Morning Jacket at Austin Music Hall. “We try to create a different environment for each album, because whether you like it or not, you’re a product of your environment,” My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan said in a recent phone interview about “The Waterfall,” the band’s seventh studio album. Recorded at a studio overlooking the coast in Northern California, the album not surprisingly sounds influenced by the natural beauty of those surroundings. It’s their first album in four years; leader Jim James made a solo album and took part in a Woody Guthrie tribute in between, and Hallahan joined the Spanish Gold trio with Austin’s Adrian Quesada. Thursday’s show opens a two-night stand at the Music Hall with the Fruit Bats. $46. 8 p.m. 208 Nueces St. musichallaustin.com. — P.B.
Also: Fans of Americana singer-songwriters may have a tough time choosing between Loudon Wainwright III at One World Theatre, John Fullbright at the Paramount, Chris Knight at Strange Brew and Noah Gunderson at the Parish with Whitehorse. … Head on back to 1980 as ABGB celebrates the 35th anniversary of “Urban Cowboy,” even as a new series based on the John Travolta movie has been filming around town. Local singers including Lucas Hudgins, Doug Strahan, Josh Buckley, Lew Card and host Billy Broome will revisit the soundtrack’s hits with a house band. … If that’s not enough of an ’80s vibe for you, Cedar Park presents a positively Reaganomic triple bill of Rick Springfield, Loverboy and the Romantics. … Irish roots-rock band Stephen Young & the Union visits Hole in the Wall with West Coast jammers Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons. … Local postpunk band Spray Paint plays a release party for its new album “Dopers” at Hotel Vegas.