The arrival of fall means the Austin City Limits Music Festival is around the corner, yes. But there’s a whole lot more to hear in town over the next few months, from long-awaited shows at the major arenas and concert halls to great up-and-coming acts in the clubs. Our fall music guide features more than 250 events, with highlights for some of the most notable shows.
22: TajMo (Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band) at ACL Live
22: Flatlanders, Dan Penn at Paramount. Last year’s rare appearance at the Paramount’s sister venue Stateside by Southern songwriting legend Penn, on his 75th birthday, was one of 2016’s best live shows. Now here’s a bar-raising encore: He’ll open for Austin country-folk greats the Flatlanders, featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. $25-$55. 8 p.m. — P.B.
22: Balmorhea at State Theater
22: Dark Star Orchestra at Stubb’s outdoor
22: Lee Fields & the Expressions at Mohawk outdoor
22: Overcoats at Antone’s
22: Krewella at Emo’s
22: Gary Nicholson & Lee Roy Parnell at Cactus Cafe
22: Leroy Sanchez at Parish
23: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Hard Working Americans at ACL Live (sold out)
23: Roger McGuinn at Paramount. Now 75, Byrds founder McGuinn is an elder statesman of rock’s golden age, and he’s especially important for mixing in folk and country influences and helping to lay some of the foundational stones for what became Americana. He’s played rooms large and small in Austin over the decades, but the century-old Paramount is fitting for such a historically important figure. $20-$40. 8 p.m. — P.B.
23: Moon Taxi, Los Coast at Emo’s
23: Descendents at Stubb’s outdoor. The influential punk band released their first new music in 12 years, 2016’s “Hypercaffium Spazzinate,” more than 30 years after their debut album, “Milo Goes to College,” dropped in 1982. These days, the band members are scattered across the country, and they wrote the album remotely over a three-year period, taking their time to develop a tightly wound collection of hard-driving, lyrically incisive blasts of blistering noise. Riverboat Gamblers open. $30 advance. 7 p.m. doors. — D.S.S.
23: Electric Guest at Mohawk outdoor
23: Cigarettes After Sex at the Parish (sold out)
23: Matt Wertz, Dustin Ransom at Stateside at the Paramount
23-24: Fall Pecan Street Festival. The biannual art and music festival takes over Sixth Street for its 37th fall edition. The event features free music on several stages, and the lineup includes Louisiana act Royal Teeth and rising blues artist Jackie Venson, back from a couple summer stints supporting Gary Clark Jr. on tour. The Peligrosa DJ collective, who are celebrating 10 years fusing hip-hop funk and Latin sounds this fall, will make an appearance alongside local acts such as Moving Panoramas, Kay Odyssey and Kiko Villamizar. Free. Full schedule at pecanstreetfestival.org. — D.S.S.
24: Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull at Erwin Center
24: Boz Scaggs at ACL Live
24: Draco Rosa at Paramount
24: Spanish Brass at UT Bates Recital Hall
24: Venom Inc at Come and Take It Live
25: 2Chainz at Emo’s (sold out)
25: Raekwon, Magna Carda, Sertified at Antone’s
26: MisterWives, Smallpools, Vinyl Theatre at Emo’s
26: Zola Jesus at North Door. “Okovi,” the latest from Nicole Hummel, the 28-year-old industrial electropop artist known as Zola Jesus, reverberates with an ache of unease. She wrote it while trying to pull herself out of a deep depression, and it unfolds as a breathless tumble through an ominous soundscape, alternately agonizing and cathartically beautiful. $15. 8 p.m. doors. — D.S.S.
26: Deerhoof, Thor & Friends at Antone’s
26: Golden Hornet presents Graham Reynolds’ “Water Music” at the Townsend
27: Arcade Fire at Erwin Center. The sprawling art-rock outfit from Montreal has a new album, “Everything Now,” the long-anticipated follow-up to 2013’s “Reflektor,” that dropped in July. The band is known for supplementing their stage shows with strong visual elements. On the “Reflektor” tour, giant bobble head figures representing then-president Obama and then-governor Rick Perry roamed the stage, making it likely that we’ll see some sort of reference to the current administration. Last time, the band asked attendees to wear costumes or formal wear and fans complied, giving the show a celebratory feeling of misfit prom. After blowback over a “dress code” requesting “hip and trendy” club wear for their release party in Brooklyn this summer, the band has said you can “wear whatever you want to any show.” Wolf Parade opens. $26-$75. 7:30 p.m. — D.S.S.
27: Chris Isaak at Paramount
27: RAC at Mohawk
27: Lany at Emo’s
27: Lily Hiatt at Cactus Cafe
27: Jay Som at Sidewinder
27: Wine Down with Magna Carda, Tomar & the FCs at 3Ten
28: Gov’t Mule at ACL Live
28: Radney Foster at Stateside at the Paramount. A native of Del Rio, Foster migrated to Nashville and first rose to prominence in the 1980s with the duo Foster & Lloyd before issuing a string of acclaimed solo records. Along the way he became an oft-covered songwriter as well, with the Dixie Chicks among those who took his tunes to greater heights. This show celebrates the release of a dual album and book project, “For You to See the Stars.” $22-$32. 8 p.m. — P.B.
28: Nina Diaz at Stubb’s indoor
29 and Oct. 2: Father John Misty, Weyes Blood at Bass Concert Hall
29: Matchbox Twenty, Matt Nathanson at HEB Center
29: Dwight Yoakam at Nutty Brown Amphitheater
29: Big Thief at Mohawk
29: Pinegrove at Barracuda (sold out)
29: Lonnie Smith Trio, Ike Stubblefield Trio at Antone’s
29: Darden Smith at 3Ten
29: Black Pistol Fire at Emo’s
29: Branches and Lunice at Vulcan Gas Company
29: Dada 25th anniversary at Sidewinder
29-30: Kaleo, ZZ Ward, Wilder at ACL Live
30: Lauryn Hill, Nas at Austin360 Amphitheater. Here’s a solid bet for fans of lyrically fierce ’90s hip-hop. Over the past decade Hill’s performances have been notoriously inconsistent and frequently tardy. The last time we caught her, in the final moments of the final Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2015, she was brilliant, transcendent. Her set had a hard curfew of 10 p.m. and she actually started a couple minutes early. The last time she played Austin, when her “Diaspora Calling” tour hit ACL Live last fall, she was reportedly good, but late to hit the stage. Fans who caught recent performances from Hill in Atlanta and in Pittsburgh fared worse. Nas, who headlined Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2014, is, and has always been, “half-man, half amazing.” Chronixx opens. $31.50-$131.50. 7 p.m. — D.S.S.
30: Pvris, Lights, Party Nails at Emo’s
30: A.J. Croce at Stateside at the Paramount
30: Cribs, Paws at Antone’s
30: Paul Kelly, Jess Cornelius at 3Ten. Arguably Australia’s most respected and accomplished singer-songwriter since the 1980s, Kelly released a new record over the summer titled “Life Is Fine” that, against all odds, became his first-ever album to top the Australian charts. He’s generally flown a bit more under-the-radar in the States, but those who find their way to his music tend to end up followers for life. $20-$25. 8:30 p.m. — P.B.
30: Trippy Turtle at Empire
30: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard at Mohawk
30: Max Frost at Belmont
30: The Dig at Barracuda
30-Oct. 1: War on Drugs at Stubb’s outdoor (first night sold out). It’s a tough call as to whether Adam Granduciel’s band War on Drugs has done better than alumnus Kurt Vile (who has a sold-out show in November at ACL Live with Courtney Barnett). Both have continued to make fascinating rock music, with War on Drugs pushing toward the epic emotionalism of the Waterboys and Springsteen on their fourth album, “A Deeper Understanding.” Land of Talk opens. $36-$38. 7 p.m. doors. — P.B.
1: Wilco at Bass Concert Hall. Exactly what kind of mojo landed Wilco, the Flaming Lips and the War on Drugs in town on the same night a week before ACL Fest is a mystery, but for die-hard indie-rockers, it’s a sensory overload. Jeff Tweedy’s band, once notorious for frequent lineup changes, has found stability over the past decade thanks to a crew that backs up his ever-changing musical interests with sympathetic yet dynamic instrumentalism. Bob Schneider opens. $42.50-$79.50. 7:30 p.m. — P.B.
1: Flaming Lips, Mac DeMarco at ACL Live (sold out)
1 SZA at Emo’s (sold out)
1: Early November, Movielife at Mohawk
2: Mac DeMarco at Stubb’s outdoor
3: Natalia Lafourcade at Emo’s. A Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner, Lafourcade is one of the top pop singers in Mexico. Her new album, “Musas,” is a collection of covers and original music created in tribute to the great songwriters of Latin America, artists like Agustín Lara, Margarita Lecuona and Roberto Cantoral. She told Billboard that she felt compelled to “investigate the history of our music and the folklore of our culture.” She says the process has made her music richer. $36. — D.S.S.
3: Widowspeak at Sidewinder
3: Andrew W.K. at Mohawk
3, 5: Kali Uchis at Come and Take It Live (sold out)
4: Lila Downs, Lisa Morales at Paramount
4: Léon at Parish
5: Ryan Adams at ACL Live (sold out)
5: Black Angels, Roky Erickson at Emo’s
5: Jim Lauderdale at 3Ten. So much considered the face of Americana music that he’s hosted the annual Americana Music Awards show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for more than a decade, Lauderdale is almost ridiculously prolific. He’s released 11 records since 2010, including the new “London Southern” and last year’s “This Changes Everything,” which he recorded at Austin’s Arlyn Studios with some local ringers. $25-$30. 7:30 p.m. — P.B.
5: Whitney, Kweku Collins at Antone’s (sold out)
5: Slander at Vulcan Gas Company
6: Chelsea Wolfe at Paramount
6: Polish Ambassador at Mohawk
6: Run the Jewels at Stubb’s outdoor
6: Joseph at Antone’s
6: Alison Wonderland at Emo’s
6: Benjamin Booker at Parish. On his new album, “Witness,” Booker maintains the same anarchic, punk approach to gut-bucket blues that won him fans with his self-titled debut three years ago, but he’s matured as a songwriter. Vulnerability creeps in as the music downshifts into confessional gospel and wistful folk. $18. 10 p.m. doors. — D.S.S.
7: Portugal the Man, Lido at Stubb’s outdoor
7: Thundercat at Scoot Inn
7: Bonobo at Emo’s
7: Badbadnotgood at Mohawk
7: Rufus du Sol at Vulcan Gas Company
7: Missio, Zeale at Antone’s
7: Pachanga presents Jesse & Joy at ACL Live
7: Sales at Sidewinder
9: Pete Yorn at Parish.A standout at last year’s ACL Fest, Yorn arrives for a headlining show of his own between the fest’s two ACL weekends at Sixth Street’s premier venue. Yorn’s an interesting career study, with fine rock-pop singer-songwriter records that never quite made him a star yet attracted the likes of Scarlett Johansson for a duo recording project. He’s playing solo acoustic on this tour, with no opener. $30. 8 p.m. — P.B.
9: Matt Pond PA at Sidewinder
9-10: Vulfpeck at Emo’s
11: Harry Styles, Muna at ACL Live (sold out)
11: Waller Creek Conservancy Benefit with Oh Wonder at Stubb’s outdoor
11: Crystal Castles at Emo’s
11: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge at Cactus Cafe
11: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at Antone’s. These are important years for Lukas Nelson. His profile heightened from recent touring in Neil Young’s band, the son of Austin legend Willie Nelson just released a self-titled record with his rock band that might finally break them through to another level. On top of that, there’s a family album coming soon that features collaborations with his dad and younger brother Micah. Liz Cooper & the Stampede open this official ACL Fest late-night show. $22-$25. 8 p.m. — P.B.
12: Tove Lo at Emo’s
12: James Vincent McMorrow at Scoot Inn
12: Foster the People, Cherry Glazerr at Stubb’s outdoor
12: Muna, Keeper at the Parish
12: Car Seat Headrest at Mohawk
13: Spoon at Stubb’s outdoor. Austin’s biggest indie-rock band ever (maybe simply its biggest band ever) takes a break between ACL Fest big-stage weekend performances for an official late-night show that serves fans not heading to Zilker this year. Another lineup change before the release of “Hot Thoughts” earlier this year has returned the band to majority-Austinite status. Fellow ACL-Fester Mondo Cozmo, the stage name of Philly indie-rocker Josh Ostrander, opens. $28. 8 p.m. — P.B.
13: Nick Hakim at Antone’s
13: Louis the Child at Emo’s
13: Tank & the Bangas at Stubb’s indoor (sold out)
13: KMFDM at Mohawk
13: Drums and Tuba at Threadgill’s
14: First Aid Kit, Jade Bird at Stubb’s outdoor
14: Songhoy Blues at Antone’s. Formed in exile in Bamako after radical fundamentalists took over their region of Northern Mali, the band has killer chops and they play like rock stars. But it’s the magnanimous joy lead singer Aliou Touré and his crew radiate while they sing and dance that reinforces every notion we have about the incredible, life-affirming power of music. $20-$23.10 p.m. — D.S.S.
READ MORE: Review of Songhoy Blues at SXSW 2015
14: Yellow Claw at Emo’s
15: Radical Face at Central Presbyterian Church
16: Breaking Benjamin at Emo’s
17: Alvvays at Mohawk outdoor. Two and a half years after the Toronto dream pop outfit became the hottest thing at South by Southwest 2015, they’re back with another satisfying collection of incongruently upbeat melancholia. On “Antisocialites,” jangly riffs swirl into warm clouds of fuzzy nostalgia, while vocalist Molly Rankin splits the difference between bittersweet and beautiful to create the perfect sad songs for a sunny day. Nap Eyes opens. $17.50-$20. 6:30 p.m. doors. — D.S.S.
17: Avey Tare at Barracuda
18: Robbie Fulks at Cactus Cafe
18: Moses Sumney at Parish
19: King Crimson at Bass Concert Hall
19: Robert Cray Band at Paramount
19: Booker T. Jones at Antone’s
19: Macklemore at Emo’s (sold out)
19: Joan Osborne at One World Theatre
19: J.D. McPherson, Nikki Lane at Scoot Inn
19: Subdudes at 3Ten
19: Rich Chigga at Vulcan Gas Company
20: Del McCoury Band at Paramount. Tough break for those who longed to hear Del’s soaring bluegrass tenor at Old Settler’s Fest earlier this year, as the family patriarch was stricken with an ailment that made his voice nearly dysfunctional. He grinned through it, though, and turned over most of the vocal work to the more-than-capable band featuring his kids Rob and Ronnie McCoury. If Del’s in full voice this time around, it’ll be special. $25-$42. 8 p.m. — P.B.
20: Rhett & Link at Emo’s (sold out)
20: Wild Child, Matthew Logan Vasquez at Scoot Inn
20: Jon Pardi, Midland, Runaway June at Stubb’s outdoor
20: MadeinTyo at Empire
20: Protomartyr at Barracuda
20: Book of Love at 3Ten
21-22: Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder at Circuit of the Americas. If you’re a fan of glitzy pop spectacles, but not fast cars, here’s the bad news: There are no single-day general admission tickets to Justin Timberlake’s Saturday concert as part of the Formula 1 race. If you want to see superstar pop crooner JT in a rare Austin appearance, the cheapest single-day bleacher seat costs as much as a three-day pass and you aren’t likely to get a good stage view from there. The good news? That three-day pass also includes the Sunday night closing performance from R&B legend and all-around national treasure Stevie Wonder. Three-day G.A. pass $175, Sunday G.A. pass $109. Times and other details at circuitoftheamericas.com. — D.S.S.
21: Thievery Corporation at Stubb’s outdoor
21: 6Lack at Emo’s
21: Hal Ketchum, Travis Linville at Stateside at the Paramount
21: Turnover at Barracuda
21: Azealia Banks at Empire
21: Maria Muldaur at Cactus Cafe
21: L.A. Witch at Sidewinder
22: Elvis Costello at Paramount. The indie music lifer, known for sharp songcraft loaded with melodic flourishes and witticisms, plays a benefit show to raise startup money for the new Musician Treatment Foundation. Orthopedic surgeon and UT grad Alton Barron is launching the nonprofit to provide restorative care to uninsured and underinsured musicians dealing with injuries related to the repetitive stress of performing. Costello, who will perform solo, says the evening will feature a mix of his classic hits and newer material. $75-$300. 7:30 p.m. — D.S.S.
22: Primus at ACL Live
22: Ricky Skaggs at One World Theatre
22: Consider the Source at Sidewinder
22: Atlas Genius, Magic Giant, Half the Animal at Antone’s
22: Jen Kirkman at the North Door
22: Worriers at Sidewinder
22-23: Wheeler Walker at Stubb’s indoor (first night sold out)
23: Mewithoutyou at Mohawk
24: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band at Erwin Center. This one’s personal, for those of us who scored tickets near the front for Seger’s 1983 Erwin Center concert only to have our senior prom scheduled on the same night. (Probably made the wrong choice.) The pride of Detroit played the arena again in ’86 but hasn’t been there since, which should make this a long-awaited big event even for those who didn’t miss a golden opportunity way back when. Nancy Wilson of Heart opens. $45-$120. 7:30 p.m. — P.B.
24: Afghan Whigs, Har Mar Superstar at Mohawk
24: Durand Jones & the Indications, Tomar & the FCs at Antone’s
24: Public Access TV at Stubb’s indoor
25: Post Malone at Stubb’s outdoor (sold out)
25: Joyce Manor, Wavves at Emo’s
25: Quinn XCII at Empire
25: Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at ACL Live. The fourth class of inductees into this honorary circle are the Neville Brothers, Rosanne Cash and Roy Orbison. Host Chris Isaak ringleads a smorgasbord of talent paying tribute to them, including Raul Malo, Ry Cooder, Neko Case, Brandi Carlile and Trombone Shorty. $50-$300. 7:30 p.m. — P.B.
25: Jr Jr at Mohawk
25: Slow Magic at Empire
26: Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart, Brent Cobb at Austin360 Amphitheater
26: Nick Murphy (Chet Faker) at ACL Live.
26: Daniel Caesar at Come and Take It Live
26: Blues Traveler 30th anniversary at Emo’s
26: Jimmy Webb at One World Theatre. When legendary songwriter Webb played in Austin last year, he paid special tribute to his close friend Glen Campbell, who was in the final stages of Alzheimer’s. Now that Campbell’s gone, Webb will no doubt revisit some of their great collaborations, but he may also cast a wider net over his own fascinating career, the early part of which is detailed in his new memoir “Cake in the Rain.” $25-$65. 8 p.m. — P.B.
26: Cowboy Mouth, Disparrows at Antone’s
26: K?D at Vulcan Gas Company
26-27: English Beat at 3Ten
27: Halsey at Erwin Center
27: Judah & the Lion at Stubb’s outdoor
27: Johnnyswim at Emo’s
27: Lisa Fischer at One World Theatre
28: Chicano Batman, Khruangbin at Emo’s. In the midst of the chaos and divisive madness of 2017, the L.A. four-piece Chicano Batman steps in with their latest release, “Freedom Is Free,” to achieve the impossible. Using a mixture of loopy funk grooves, lazy afternoon psychedelia and spirit-stirring, gospel harmonies, they somehow reignite the hopeful idealism of the summer of love. They are the retro-suited superheroes we need right now. Houston’s Khruangbin, who blend psych rock with ‘60s Thai funk, open. $20-$23. 7 p.m. doors. — D.S.S.
28: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists at Mohawk
28: Will Hoge, Dan Layus at Antone’s
28: Bleached at Barracuda
28: Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass at Stubb’s outdoor
29: Echosmith at Emo’s
29: Trashcan Sinatras at 3Ten
29: Jonathan Butler at One World Theatre
30: Andy Roddick Foundation presents Jake Owen at ACL Live
31: LCD Soundsystem at Austin360 Amphitheater
31: Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band at ACL Live
31: Son Little, Jade Bird at Antone’s
31: The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die at Sidewinder
31: Flying Lotus in 3D at Emo’s. Will it be strange? Oh certainly, pushing the boundaries of electronic composition is what he does. Will it be spooky? His last album was called “You’re Dead.” Is it a good place for my friends and me to dress up and pretend we’re going on some sort of an interstellar journey to a mystical otherworld? The best. $30-$35. 8 p.m. doors. — D.S.S.
1: Third Eye Blind at Stubb’s outdoor
2: Amine, Towkio at Emo’s. With his hooky love song “Caroline” building heat, the Ethiopian-American rapper from Portland drew solid crowds at South by Southwest 2017, where his energetic performances lived up to the hype. Over the summer he dropped his debut album “Good For You,” XXL magazine tagged him as part of this year’s rap freshman class and now he has new ditty “Spice Girl” burning up the charts. If you want to catch him on the come up, the moment is now. $22. Towkio from Chance the Rapper’s Savemoney crew opens. 7 p.m. doors. — D.S.S.
2-3: Ween at Stubb’s outdoor (second night sold out)
3: Sarah Jarosz at Paramount
3: Lizzo at Emo’s. Do not go to this show. Unless you want to shake your body silly while screaming at the top of your lungs as your heart expands with such joy you feel like your chest might explode. The sassy rapper/singer sounds “Good As Hell” on tape, but seeing her perform live with her body-positive Big Girl dance crew is a next level feel-good experience, one that absolutely should not be missed. $18. — D.S.S.
3: Vintage Trouble at Scoot Inn
3: Guess Who at One World Theatre
3: Toad the Wet Sprocket at 3Ten
3: Hippocampus at Mohawk
3: Ema + the Blow at Barracuda
3: Gryffin at Empire
4: That Carolina Sound at Cactus Cafe. If you don’t know the band name, you might well know the participants, especially if you were a fan of the Austin/Carolina country-jazz trio Uncle Walt’s Band. The sole surviving member, David Ball, teams with Austin violinist Warren Hood — son of Uncle Walt fiddler Champ Hood — and Warren’s cousin Marshall for a night that promises to bring back fond memories of the late, great Walter Hyatt. $20-$25. 8 p.m. — P.B.
4: Wizard U at Emo’s
4: Saint Motel at the Mohawk
4: Noah Gunderson at Antone’s
4: Poppy at Stubb’s indoor (sold out)
5: Everclear “So Much for the Afterglow” 20th anniversary
5: Matisyahu, Common Kings, Orphan at Stubb’s outdoor
6: Michael McDonald, Marc Cohn at ACL Live
7: The Jesus and Mary Chain at Emo’s
8: Help Clifford Help Kids with Los Lobos at ACL Live. Any visit from the East Los Angeles roots-rockers, who mix country, folk, Latin, jazz and more into their unique Americana sound, is welcome. This one’s special, though: It’s the annual fundraiser named for the late Clifford Antone, founder of Antone’s nightclub, and benefiting American YouthWorks. $29-$39. 9 p.m. — P.B.
8: Iris DeMent, Pieta Brown at Cactus Cafe
8: Bret Michaels at One World Theatre
9: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott at Cactus Cafe
9: Ekali at Vulcan Gas Company
9: Stanley Jordan at One World Theatre
9: Bad Suns at Mohawk
10: Old Crow Medicine Show at Bass Concert Hall. You knew it had to happen someday. The string-band dudes responsible for unearthing the long-lost “Basement Tapes”-era Dylan throwaway “Wagon Wheel” and turning it into a 21st-century omnipresent roots anthem are returning to the Dylan well. On this tour, they’ll perform Dylan’s iconic 1966 double-album “Blonde on Blonde” in its entirety. (And, it’s a safe bet, “Wagon Wheel” too.) $35-$45. 8 p.m.— P.B.
10: Toadies, Local H at Stubb’s outdoor
10: Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen with John Jorgensen at Cactus Cafe
10: Penny & Sparrow at Paramount
10: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Flow Tribe at Antone’s
10: John Mark McMillan at Scoot Inn
10: Crywolf at Vulcan Gas Company
10: Crystal Gayle at One World Theatre
11: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile at ACL Live (sold out)
11: Galactic, North Mississippi Allstars at Stubb’s outdoor
11: Noam Pikelny at Stateside at the Paramount
11: Lil Peep at the Parish
11: Bro Safari at Vulcan Gas Company
12: Colter Wall at Cactus Cafe (sold out)
12: Cults at Antone’s
12: Herman’s Hermits at One World Theatre
13: Cindy Wilson, Olivia Jean at 3Ten
13: Rural Alberta Advantage at Barracuda
14: Shannon McNally at Cactus Cafe
14: Shy Girls at Sidewinder
15: Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie at Bass Concert Hall. Earlier this year, Austin got visits from both Fleetwood Mac namesake Mick Fleetwood, doing a featured interview at South By Southwest, and singer Stevie Nicks, who played the Erwin Center. Now two more Mac veterans arrive in tandem, supporting the intriguing “Buckingham McVie” duo album they released in June. $49.75-$105.75. 8 p.m. — P.B.
15: Syd at Emo’s. After cutting her teeth doing DJ and production work in Odd Future, Syd tha Kyd reinvented herself as a vocalist, leading the neo-soul band the Internet. Her new solo work builds on that sound, with hazy love songs that are rich with smoky sensuality. $22.50-$25. — D.S.S.
15-16: Alt-J, Marian Hill at ACL Live
15-16: Tegan & Sara at Paramount (sold out)
16: The Front Bottoms at Emo’s
16-17: Los Lonely Boys at Antone’s
17: Tori Amos, Scars on 45 at ACL Live (sold out)
17: Ray Wylie Hubbard Birthday Bash at Paramount
17: Ottmar Liebert at One World Theatre
17: Wild Child at Scoot Inn
17: Kip Moore at Stubb’s outdoor
17: Peter Case at Cactus Cafe
17: Floozies at Emo’s
17: Troyboi at Empire
18: Shane Smith & the Saints, Flatland Cavalry at Scoot Inn
18: Blue October, Missio at Stubb’s outdoor
18: Rodeo Austin BBQ Auction with Neal McCoy at ACL Live
18: Ani DiFranco at Emo’s. Released in June, “Binary” was the Buffalo singer-songwriter and ultimate DIY-er DiFranco’s 20th solo album, not counting many live records, collaborations and compilation appearances. She’s done it all her way, independently, ever since she sported a cassette release during an extended visit to Austin in 1991 that found her playing to small but appreciative crowds at venues such as Cactus Cafe and the Continental Club. The rest of the world would soon tune in. $27. 8 p.m. — P.B.
18: Deer Tick at the Mohawk
19: Gladys Knight at Paramount
19: The Maine at Emo’s
19: Eddie Palmieri at One World Theatre
19: Mandolin Orange at Antone’s. It’s remarkable just how many Austin venues this fast-rising North Carolina acoustic duo has played since their first visit here in 2013: Cactus, Continental, Mohawk, Stubb’s, Parish, the late Holy Mountain. (Not to mention many of the biggest special events: SXSW, ACL Fest, Old Settler’s.) The new Antone’s becomes another notch in their Austin-centric belt, and if it’s anything like recent visits, the place will be packed. $18-$20. 8 p.m. — P.B.
21: Mayhem at the Mohawk
24: Hayes Carll at Paramount
24: Galantis, Him at Stubb’s outdoor
24: Audien at Vulcan Gas Company
25: Beto & the Fairlanes at One World Theatre
26: Riders in the Sky at One World Theatre
30: Alex Lahey at Barracuda
30: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at Paramount
30: Kim Waters at One World Theatre
1: Dream Theater at Bass Concert Hall
1: Snails at Emo’s
1: Fastball at Antone’s
2: Dead & Company at Erwin Center
3: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox at ACL Live
3: Petula Clark at One World Theatre
5: Lady Gaga at Erwin Center. Sometimes Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta allows her agit-prop shenanigans to overshadow her artistry. Remember the time she had a performance artist vomit paint on her during SXSW? But beneath the spectacle, and also because of it, the avant-pop provocateur is one of the most powerful performers of her generation. Her new tour is a carefully choreographed audio visual adventure that clocks in at over two hours, and despite the fact that she’s performing in the country’s largest arenas, early reports say the show is rich with warmth, intimacy and heart. $48-$228. 7 p.m. — D.S.S.
5: SonReal at Parish
6: Giraffage at Vulcan Gas Company
6: Neighbourhood at Emo’s
7: Poptone at Mohawk
7: Wood Brothers, Sean McConnell at Paramount
7: Ian Moore at Stateside at the Paramount
8: Bully at Emo’s. The New York Times recently published an in-depth package titled “Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled by Women.” The thesis was simple: In the current crop of garage rockers, the dudes can’t wave a grungey guitar at the ladies. Bully’s Alicia Bognanno wasn’t mentioned in the story, but she’s part of the same wave of post-riot-grrl rockers making thoughtful confessional songs backed by muscular riffs. Smut opens. $17. 8 p.m. — D.S.S.
8: Norman Brown with Bobby Caldwell & Marion Meadows at One World Theatre
9: Drums at Emo’s
9-10: Timothy B. Schmit at One World Theatre
10: Margaret Moser Memorial with hosts Charlie Sexton & Monte Warden and guests at Antone’s
12: Tommy Emmanuel at Paramount
13: Annie Moses Band at One World Theatre
15: Metz, Cherubs at Mohawk
16: Gary Numan at Mohawk
16: Keiko Matsui, Euge Groove at One World Theatre
16: Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis Holiday Shindig at Paramount
18: Julien Baker at Emo’s
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Headliners: Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, the XX
When and where: Oct. 6-8, 13-15 at Zilker Park
New this year: Festival organizers have expanded the layout of the festival grounds and added a second entrance on Barton Springs Road. They’ve also shifted stage locations to improve crowd flow and sound bleed and added a second food court and an additional merch shop as well as a wine experience and a silent disco.
Information: At press time, $255 three-day passes to weekend two and $100 one-day tickets to Friday and Sunday of both weekends are available. aclfestival.com
SOUND ON SOUND FEST
Headliners: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Iggy Pop, Grizzly Bear, the Shins, Blood Orange
When and where: Nov. 10-12 at Sherwood Forest Faire in McDade.
New this year: Festival organizers have moved the big stage into the Renaissance Festival village that hosts the main festival grounds (it was in a parking lot last year) to create a more immersive experience. They’ve improved the camping area and added a DJ stage plus more costumed characters to make the event feel more medieval. Following last year’s shuttle problems, they have outsourced shuttle services to a professional shuttle company.
Information: Three-day passes $189 + tax and fees; one-day passes $89 + tax and fees. Parking pass $20 one-day; $55 weekend. Shuttle pass $20 one-day; $60 weekend. Multiple camping options available beginning at $75 for three days.
‘AUSTIN CITY LIMITS’ TV TAPINGS
Oct. 12: Herbie Hancock
Oct. 14: Run the Jewels
Oct. 23: Chris Stapleton
Oct. 29: Shinyribs
Nov. 1: LCD Soundsystem
Where: ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd.
Tickets: Free, by email lottery; check acltv.com about a week before each show for giveaway details.