Great free shows and some important punks in Austin music this week


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Friday: Jawbreaker, A Giant Dog, Lemuria at Statesman Skyline Theater. The influential 1990s indie-punk trio hadn’t played for more than two decades when they reunited for last September’s Riot Fest in Chicago. The band’s four albums — 1990’s “Unfun,” 1992’s “Bivouac,” 1994’s “24 Hour Revenge Therapy” and 1995’s “Dear You” — found them gradually ascending from indie to major-label ranks and significantly influencing the nascent emo sounds of bands such as Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World. Austin band A Giant Dog joins them on the bill, along with opening act Lemuria. $44. 6:30 p.m. 701 W. Riverside Drive. skylinetheater.com. — P.B.

Friday: Erika Wennerstrom, Jeff Plankenhorn at Threadgill’s South. A welcome new series of free shows in July is KUTX’s “Back to the Garden” held, naturally, in the outdoor beer garden of this quintessential Austin restaurant. Shinyribs kicked things off last week, and now there’s a terrific double bill featuring Heartless Bastards leader Erika Wennestrom, flying high off her first solo album released earlier this year, and slide guitar master Jeff Plankenhorn, also sporting a new record. (For a sneak preview, hit Waterloo Records at 5 p.m. for Wennestrom’s free in-store performance.) The series continues with Bruce Robison and Christy Hays on July 20 and Cotton Mather on July 27. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 301 W. Riverside Drive. threadgills.com. — P.B.

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Saturday: KUTX 98.9 FM birthday bash with Sarah Jaffe and Jamila Woods at Hogg Auditorium. The official fifth anniversary for the Austin NPR affiliate’s all-music channel was back in January, but the yearlong celebration continues. Texas artist Jaffe’s 2017 album, “Bad Boy,” is a hazy collection of synth-driven fever dreams that’s a stark departure from her early acoustic roots. With soulful rallying cries like “Blk Girl Soldier” and “Vry Blk,” Woods crafts revolution R&B that captures the urgency of the current moment. Together they make a powerful double bill. $35-$45. 7 p.m. 2300 Whitis Ave. cactuscafe.org. — D.S.S.

Sunday: Kimmie Rhodes & Bobby Earl Smith at Threadgill’s South. Gospel brunch is a weekly tradition at Threadgill’s, and at several other restaurants around town. This one’s special, though, because it features Rhodes, a songwriter with major credits plus a fascinating new memoir, “Radio Dreams,” co-written with her late hubsand Joe Gracey; and Smith, a charter member of Freda & the Firedogs with Marcia Ball and a key player in Austin’s music community for decades. We caught the duo up in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame in May; they’re a class act and a delightful pairing. Free. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 301 W. Riverside Drive. threadgills.com. — P.B.

Tuesday: Ume at Waterloo Records. Four years after their last album, “Monuments,” dropped, Austin’s hard rock outfit is back with a new collection, “Other Nature.” The band slowed down in 2015 after the couple at the core, Lauren and Eric Larsen, gave birth to a baby girl. For a period of time, the future of the group was up in the air, but Lauren Larson felt driven to write the deeply personal songs on the album while the baby slept. “I needed to recover and accept myself, let go of fear and let love in and these songs were the journey,” she says. Ume heads out on tour with the Sword later this month. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Blues on the Green with Wild Child, Los Coast at Zilker Park. “We really wouldn’t exist without this city,” Wild Child’s lead singer Kelsey Wilson said during an “Austin City Limits” taping last month. Austin shares the effusive love for the Central Texas crew who got their start playing ukulele-heavy shows at tiny Austin clubs like Holy Mountain before their 2013 album, “The Runaround” made them a slow burn sensation on the collegiate folk rock circuit. Over the years, their sound has evolved. These days, they indulge in rich instrumentation to create lush pop songs. Yet they maintain the emotional sincerity that resonates with so many fans. Staff writer Omar Gallaga reported the band’s “giddy energy — not always captured on the studio versions of its songs — crackled,” at the “ACL” taping. We expect the sparks will also fly in Zilker Park. Free, parking pass $15 + service fees. Music at 8 p.m. 2115 Lou Neff Road. kgsr.com — D.S.S.

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Friday-Saturday

Tameca Jones at C-Boy’s

Friday

Violent Femmes, Echo & the Bunnymen at ACL Live

Bun B, Buddieroe, Sobe Lash, Bee Starr, Johnny Nicholas at Antone’s

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Shamir at Stubb’s outdoor

Matches, Forever Starts Today, Fragile Rock at 3Ten

Comethazine at Empire

Sweet Spirit, Donkeys, Mean Jolene, Buxton, Talkies at Barracuda

Rochelle & the Sidewinders, Ray Prim, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Spindrift, Jesika Von Rabbit, Millbrook Estates at Hotel Vegas

Sharks in the Deep End, Charlie Belle at Stubb’s indoor

Hector Ward & the Big Time, Flyjack at Mohawk indoor

JD Clark, Roger Wallace, Missy Beth & the Morning Afters at White Horse

Jai Malano at Geraldine’s

Guy Forsyth at Threadgill’s North

Jason Robert Blum at Townsend

Saturday

Iron & Wine midwives benefit at Paramount Theatre

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis at Broken Spoke

Big Bill Morganfield & Paul Oscher at Antone’s

Lee Brice, Shea Abshier & the Nighthowlers, Tom O’Connor at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Fixx at 3Ten

Deafheaven, Drab Majesty, Uniform at Mohawk outdoor

Daedelus at Empire

Nichole Wagner CD release at Townsend

Thomas Csorba, Willy McGee at Stubb’s indoor

C.W. Stoneking, John Schooley, Summer Salt, Hot Flash Heat Wave at Barracuda

El Tule at Hotel Vegas

W.C. Clark, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel at Saxon Pub

Soul Man Sam, Garrett Lebeau at Continental Club

Ray Prim at Geraldine’s

Tom Meny, Grace Pettis, Roger Blevins Jr. at Threadgill’s North

Tomas Ramirez at Elephant Room

South Austin Moonlighters, Reverent Few at One-2-One Bar

Altamesa, Marijuana Sweet Tooth at ABGB

Sunday

Langhorne Slim & the Lost at Last Band, Harvest Thieves at Antone’s

PT Bank, Mondegreens, Golden Lights at Hotel Vegas

Resentments, John Gaar, Lost Austin Band at Saxon Pub

Lo Jinx Supper Club, Purgatory Players at El Mercado Backstage

Savage Poor, Lost Cosmos at One-2-One Bar

Rich Harney Trio at Elephant Room

Monday

Smashing Pumpkins, Metric at Erwin Center

Danny Duncan at Come and Take It Live

Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Bill Kirchen, Phil Hurley at El Mercado Backstage

Alvin Crow, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Dylan Bishop Band, Blue Monday Band at Antone’s

Beat Root Revival at Saxon Pub

Arielle LaGuette at Geraldine’s

Geoff Queen at Sam’s Town Point

Tuesday

Alice Spencer at Townsend

Jake Andrews, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s

Mike Stinson at Continental Club

Curtis McMurtry at Continental Gallery

Durawa, Diana Cheatman at El Mercado Backstage

Henry + the Invisibles, Soundfounder at One-2-One Bar

Wilson Marks at Lamberts

Wednesday

Three Doors Down, Collective Soul, Soul Asylum at HEB Center

Beach Fossils, Temple of Angels at Mohawk outdoor

Julianna Barwick, Mary Lattimore, Silent Land Time Machine at Barracuda

Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

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

Barbara Nesbitt, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub

Warren Hood at ABGB

Shawnee Kilgore, Jana Pochop at Townsend

Adrian Ruiz Quintet, Jitterbug Vipers at Elephant Room

Texas Radio Live with Robynn Shayne, Mamahawk at Guero’s

Chris Gage & Friends with Van Wilks at El Mercado Backstage

RocknRoll HiFives at Waterloo Records

Thursday

Tyler Childers, Wooks at Scoot Inn (sold out)

Unplugged at the Grove with Asleep at the Wheel at Shady Grove

Will Hoge at 3Ten

Michael Fracasso at Cactus Cafe

Spits, Trouble Boys, Mujeres Podridas, Muther at Barracuda

Daniel Francis Doyle, Slaughterstein, Jana Horn at Hotel Vegas

Colin Gilmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery

Jason Eady, Love & Chaos at Saxon Pub

Aaron McDonnell at Geraldine’s

Sheree Shugaree Smith & Cold Sweat, Aaron Stephens, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s



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