Chris Thile goes ‘Live From Here’ at Bass Concert Hall this week


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Friday: Robyn Hitchcock at 3Ten. Exactly how this certifiable musical and lyrical genius escaped being a massive superstar still mystifies, as there are few creative minds on the planet who are his equal. Yes, he’s played the Erwin Center (opening for R.E.M. in 1989), but in the autumn of his years, he’s still a club act, and that’s the good fortune of those who go to see him. Last year’s self-titled album was the latest in a diverse and consistently intriguing catalog of a couple dozen records dating back to his late-1970s days leading England’s influential Soft Boys. He’ll play two sets for this rare seated 3Ten show. $21-$26. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com.

Saturday: “Live From Here” with Chris Thile at Bass Concert Hall. It’s already been a long, strange trip for mandolin master Thile as host of the show formerly known as “A Prairie Home Companion,” and he’s barely been on the job a year. Last month’s name change of the storied NPR show followed allegations of sexual harassment against former host Garrison Keillor, but in some ways a new name for the show makes sense regardless, as Thile is creating his own identity with the program. This live-from-Austin broadcast will include music from the renowned South Carolina roots duo Shovels & Rope and hip New York avant-jazz outfit Snarky Puppy, as well as comedy from Pete Homes of the HBO show “Crashing.” Note the afternoon start-time of 4:45 p.m. $54.50-$79.50. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.

Saturday: Mike & the Moonpies album release at Sam’s Town Point. Five albums into their run as one of Austin’s best country bands of the past decade, Mike Harmeier and his bandmates sound self-assured, revved-up and ready on “Steak Night at the Prairie Rose,” which features nine Harmeier originals plus a swingin’ take on fellow Austin songwriter Jonathan Terrell’s “The Last Time.” In keeping with the album’s title, they’re turning their record-release show into Steak Night at Sam’s Town Point: Buy a special $40 ticket that includes a catered steak dinner, or pay $20 general admission for music-only. Jason Eady plays in the middle slot, with Raised Right Men opening at 7 p.m. (arrive before 8:30 p.m. for steak dinner). 2115 Allred Drive. samstownpointatx.com.

Saturday: Fred Eaglesmith at Poodie’s Hilltop Roadhouse. A shorthand ballpark description of Eaglesmith might be that he’s the Canadian Robert Earl Keen, though with more than 20 albums to his name across four decades, he’s well earned the right to be taken on his own terms. The territory those two share as songwriters includes a sharp eye for narrative detail and character development. Those qualities are especially apparent on Eaglesmith’s latest release, 2017’s “Standard”; songs such as “Jenny Smith” and “Tom Turkey” tell vivid tales of backwoods hangers-on, while “Old Machine” echoes the sentiments of Guy Clark’s classic “Stuff That Works.” $15-$20. 10 p.m. 22308 Highway 71 West, Spicewood. poodies.net.

Tuesday: Margo Price at Emo’s. Perhaps the best thing about Nashville’s full-press counter to the mid-2010s regrettable bro-country wave is the gender balance: Alongside the rise of Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton has been impressive work from Margo Price, Kacey Musgraves and Nikki Lane. Price may well be the best of all: Her 2016 album “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter” on Jack White’s Third Man Records was a heralded debut that got her on “Saturday Night Live,” and last year’s “All American Made” attracted Willie Nelson as a duet partner on the track “Learning to Lose.” Paul Cauthen, formerly of Austin band Sons of Fathers, opens.

Thursday: They Might Be Giants at Stubb’s outdoor. They Might Be Giants like fun. This is why they titled their new album “I Like Fun.” Do you like fun, too? Then perhaps you should go see They Might Be Giants. Their shows are fun. John Flansburgh sings and plays guitar; John Linnell sings and plays accordion, keys and sax. They might even be more fun than the band Fun. They’ve been that way since the 1980s, when everyone flipped out over that cool video they had for their song “Ana Ng.” Just because they’re old fogeys now doesn’t mean they aren’t still fun. $25-$27. 8 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com.

ALSO PLAYING

Friday

Wolf Parade, Charly Bliss at Mohawk outdoor

Matthew Logan Vasquez, Go Fever, Magic Rockers of Texas at Antone’s

Griffin House at Cactus Cafe

Lettermen at One World Theatre

Papa Mali & Friends, Eve & the Exiles at One-2-One Bar

Possessed By Paul James, Ghost Wolves at Beerland

Li’l Cap’n Travis, Dumptruck at Sam’s Town Point

Good Field at Waterloo Records

Don Harvey & A Is Red, Jeremy Nail at Townsend

Nakia’s Voices in the Round, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Elias Haslanger Quintet, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room

Bamako Airlines, Atash, Kupira Marimba at Sahara Lounge

Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash at Broken Spoke

A-Town Getdown at ABGB

Saturday

Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Phil Collen at ACL Live

Rhett Miller, Matthew Ryan at Antone’s

Big Boi, Cool Kids at Empire

Marty Willson-Piper, Krista Van Liew at Barracuda

Drew Fish Band, Tyler Dial at Stubb’s indoor

DK the Drummer and Sucre at 3Ten

Alan Doyle, Donovan Woods at Cactus Cafe

Los Coast, Ray Prim, Cornell Hurd Band at Continental Club

W.C. Clark, Wink Keziah at Saxon Pub

Bidi Bidi Banda, Boca Abajo at One-2-One Bar

Big Bill, Daniel Francis Doyle, Infinites, Major Grizz, Talkies at Hotel Vegas

Deadeye at Parish

Darkbird, Belcurve at ABGB

Sunday

Gary Dixon life celebration with Les Debauches, Texacala Jones, Stabbies, Black Cat 88, Rosie Flores, mor at Hole in the Wall

Acoustic Guitar Project with David Hamburger, Resentments at Saxon Pub

Wilson Marks Trio, Ginny Thornton at Radio Coffee & Beer

Lavelle White, Elijah Zane at Antone’s

Derek O’Brien at Hilton Cannon & Belle

Hilary York, Imperial Starlighters, Barnyard Stompers at C-Boy’s

Kevin Lovejoy Trio at Elephant Room

Bells of Joy at Threadgill’s

Monday

Jonathan Terrell & Josh T. Pearson, Steel Monday with Rose Sinclair at Sam’s Town Point

Johnny Bergin & Quique Gomez, Lonelyland, Brian Pounds at Saxon Pub

Propaganda, Joseph Solomon at Stubb’s indoor

Marlars, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Apostles of Manchaca, Shawn Amos at One-2-One Bar

Bill Carter at Hilton Cannon & Belle

Chris Gage at Donn’s Depot

Beth/James at Geraldine’s

Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe

Tuesday

Lauv at Parish

Tessa Violet & Secret Midnight Press, Give Me Motion at Stubb’s indoor

Devon Gilfillian, Watters at Mohawk indoor

Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club

Brannen Tample, Curtis McMurtry at Continental Gallery

Donut Musik at Townsend

Blxpltn, Ajai, Conrad Keely at Hotel Vegas

Charlie Belle at Geraldine’s

Wednesday

Declan McKenna, Chappell Roan at Stubb’s indoor (sold out)

Texas Radio Live with Erika Wennerstrom, Jesse Ebaugh & the Tender Things at Guero’s

The Wind + the Wave at 3Ten

Devvon Terrell with Kayla Brianna, Kid Quill, Trouble in the Streets at Barracuda

Eve & the Exiles, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s

Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham, Tom Ben Lindley with Alvin Crow at Continental Club

Giulia Millanta, Michael Fracasso at One-2-One Bar

Travis Linville at Cactus Cafe

John Inmon at Threadgill’s North

Warren Hood at ABGB

Shelley King at Hilton Cannon & Belle

Thursday

Walk the Moon, Company of Thieves at ACL Live

A Giant Dog, Fools record release, Xetas at Beerland

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels at One World Theatre

Thomas Csorba, Brody Price, Rooney Pitchford at Cactus Cafe

Ceschi Ramos, Factor Chandelier at Sidewinder

Soul Man Sam, Teddy & the Talltops at Antone’s

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

Dale Watson & His Lonestars at Highball

Jimmie Dreams, Koolerators at Sam’s Town Point

Dave Scher, Patrice Pike, Love & Chaos at Saxon Pub

Star Parks, Meanswell, Red on Yellow, Rusty Dusty at Barracuda

Booher, Skyline, North by North, Teenage Cavegirl at Hotel Vegas

Speedy Sparks & the Koolerators, Michael Hale Trio at Lamberts

Jason Robert Blum & guests at Townsend



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