Record releases, Lyle Lovett and more live music this week

Aug 24, 2017
Alesia Lani celebrates the release of her new album at the Mohawk on Friday. Contributed by the KeyzStreet Band


Friday: Jenni Finlay Promotions’ 11th anniversary at Threadgill’s South. Finlay, daughter of the late songwriting mentor Kent Finlay of San Marcos, manages Austin troubadour James McMurtry, so it’s no surprise to see both him and his son Curtis McMurtry on this bill. The most intriguing name here, though, is somewhat lesser known: Chris Fullerton, who plays at 10 p.m., is celebrating the release of his album “Epilepsy Blues,” one of the best local records of 2017 so far. Also on the bill are Kinky Friedman, Emily Herring and Hymn River Suite. $18. 7 p.m. 301 W. Riverside Drive. — P.B.

Friday: Alesia Lani at the Mohawk indoors. Austin’s smoothest purveyor of sultry bedroom grooves celebrates the release of her new full-length, “Resilient,” the follow-up to her excellent 2015 release “First Impression.” Her next wave neo soul crew, Jon Keyz and the Keyzstreet band, knows how to smoke a set. They’ll be ready to put some fire in your Friday night and set your weekend off right. $10. 9 p.m. 912 Red River St. — D.S.S.

Saturday: A Giant Dog release party at Hotel Vegas. “Toy,” AGD’s sophomore release on Merge Records, explodes with the anarchic energy that made Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen’s glam punk hooligans Austin’s top dive bar destroyers. But it’s not all grit and grime. The album is locked and loaded with flashy hooks and top-of-the-lung sing-alongs. For the past two years, this crew has maintained a brutal tour schedule, building a fan base across the country. Fans at home have been wondering when they’ll break out onto a much bigger stage. The answer? Any minute now. Arrive early; they moved a load of tickets in presale, and this will sell out. $15. 7 p.m. doors. 1502 E. Sixth St. — D.S.S.

Saturday-Sunday: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at ACL Live. When the Texas songwriter and his edge-of-forever American-roots ensemble did two nights at this venue last summer, Lovett’s tone leaned less on the wry witticisms for which he’s renowned and more toward a reflective appreciation for a long life in music with his bandmates. He’s not had a new album since 2012’s “Release Me,” so don’t expect big changes in the set list; but there’s still no contemporary touring act that combines musicianship and material with quite the same degree of class and grace. $49-$99 (first night sold out). 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — P.B.

Wednesday: Mobley at 3Ten. This is your last chance to catch our August Austin360 Artist of the Month before he hits the road on a cross-country jaunt that puts him out of town till he hits the big stage at Austin City Limits Fest later this fall. It’s also a free happy hour show with wine tastings and bites. So come groove along to some of the catchiest post-genre pop our city has to offer. Free. 5 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: LeRoi Brothers, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s. Hump day at Antone’s has been reliably one of the best nights of the week at the home of the blues since the club reopened a year and a half ago. The bulletproof anchor is an early-show residency with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bassist Tommy Shannon’s outfit, now with the added bonus of a set by storied blues-rock songwriter Bill Carter (who has a new self-titled album out). The late show features a rotating cast of Antone’s favorites, and this week’s choice is a timely one: Jungle Records recently put out a deluxe reissue of “Check This Action,” with six tracks added to the original dozen on the band’s classic 1983 LP. Admission is $10 for the 6:30 p.m. early show; get in free for the LeRois’ 10 p.m. set as part of a monthlong celebration of the 30th birthday of Antone’s Record Shop. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.



Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s


Michael Franti & Spearhead at Stubb’s outdoor

Cody Johnson, Muscadine Bloodline at ACL Live

Carolyn Wonderland, Bill Carter & the Blame, Carl Weathersby at Antone’s

Body Rock ATX 7th Annual Tribute to Michael Jackson at the North Door

Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light album release, Carson McHone, Noah & the Megafauna at Sidewinder

Moebius, Bubble Puppy, Crypt Trip, Sun Machine at Barracuda

Beat Root Revival at El Mercado Backstage

Brett Young at Nutty Brown Amphitheater

Tomar & the FCs, Sister 7, Leeann Atherton at One-2-One Bar

Jai Malano, Los Coast, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Lost Counts, Robert Kraft Trio at Continental Gallery

Big Sugar with Hail Marley at Flamingo Cantina

Flyjack, Nic Armstrong & the Thieves, Beth Lee & the Breakups, Law By the Gun at Blackheart

Minor Mishap, Atash at Sahara Lounge


Simple Plan, Set It Off at Emo’s

Lisa Lisa, Betty Who, Cupcakke, Mykki Blanco at Austin Pride Fest at Fiesta Gardens

Josh Abbott Band, Kyle Park at Nutty Brown Amphitheater

Micky & the Motorcars at Antone’s

Dawn & Hawkes at Cactus Cafe

Halfways, Twain at Radio Coffee & Beer

W.C. Clark at Saxon Pub

Hard Proof, Superfonicos at Threadgill’s South

Danny B. Harvey, Annie Marie Lewis, Heybale at White Horse

Chili Cold Blood, Blood Pumps at ABGB

Soul Supporters at Sam’s Town Point

Plini, David Miaim at Come and Take It Live

Sarah Jane Hargis & Justin Bernard Williams at Townsend


Big Sugar, Lavelle White at Antone’s

Jon Dee Graham & the Lo Jinx Orchestra, Dave Biller at Continental Gallery

Resentments, John Gaar at Saxon Pub

Mike & the Moonpies at C-Boy’s

Jim Stringer & the AM Band at White Horse

Kinky Curly Coily Fest with Chakeeta B., Fort Never, D Madness at Empire


Tje Austin Band, Blue Monday Band

Lonelyland, Damn Torpedoes at Saxon Pub at Antone’s

Jackie Venson at Geraldine’s

Two Hoots & a Holler, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Flying Chimichanga Brothers, Ali Holder at Blackheart

Swing Time Trio, Kathryn Legendre, Lisa Kettyle at White Horse

Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe


City & Colour, Marlon Williams at Stubb’s outdoor

Durawa with Alex Ruiz at El Mercado Backstage

Jonathan Terrell at Threadgill’s North

Lindsay Beaver, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s

Guitar Legs, Toni Price at Continental Club

Doug Strahan, Mike Schoenfeld at Blackheart

Keeper at Geraldine’s


Sylvan Esso, Flock of Dimes at Stubb’s (general admission sold out)

Carrie Rodriguez at Long Center Rollins Studio Theatre

Carry Illinois at Cheer Up Charlies

Jaimee Harris, Jacob Metcalf at One-2-One Bar

Inter Arma, Brain Tentacles, Expander at Mohawk indoor

Wild Reeds at Sidewinder

Trouble Boys, Muther, Sass at Hotel Vegas

James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

Walt Wilkins, Johnny Nicholas, Drakes at Saxon Pub

Vacation, Basketball Shorts at Beerland

Warren Hood at ABGB


Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan at ACL Live

GBH, Casualties, Kinetic Dischord at Mohawk outdoor

Pulkingham Layne album release at Cactus Cafe

Bond Twins EP release, Magic Rockers of Texas, Slomo Drags at Mohawk indoor

Guy Forsyth Blues Band, Red Young & His Hot Horns at Antone’s

Peterson Brothers at 3Ten

Emily Gimble, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s

Blaze Bayley at Come and Take It Live

May Company, Kay Odyssey, Nymphs, Drag Me Over the Rainbow at Sidewinder

Deadeye at ABGB

The Petersen Brothers at 3Ten

Free Latin Summer series with Esso Afrojam at Flamingo Cantina