- By Deborah Sengupta Stith American-Statesman Staff
OUR TOP PICKS
Friday: Gorilla vs Bear presents Nite Jewel, Geneva Jacuzzi, Harriet Brown at the Sidewinder. Dallas-based music blog Gorilla vs. Bear has a solid track record for identifying what’s next in music, and their summer parties are always a fine opportunity to check out soon-to-be hot new artists. The lush and loungey throwback jams of R&B pop singer Ramona Gonzalez, aka Nite Jewel, lead an electro-centric bill that also includes the experimental art pop of Geneva Jacuzzi and the weirdo, post-Prince synth funk grooves of Harriet Brown. $15. 8 p.m. 715 Red River St. — D.S.S.
Friday: Red Fez Pop Up at the W. For a good stretch of the early aughts, Matt Luckie’s loosely Arabian nights-themed hookah/cocktail bar, the Red Fez, was the place to be for Austin hip-hop fans. On Sunday nights, DJ Kurupt, aka Sid Sharda, helmed one of the hottest dance parties in town. Each week, a diverse and well-dressed crowd showed up to see and be seen and bump and grind the night away. For one night only, you can relive the magic and madness as the W Austin’s Rewind presents a pop-up tribute. DJ Kurupt will return to the decks alongside DJ Manny, and the evening will also feature a set from world music outfit Atash. The event is free, but fancy (and pricey) bottle service is available. 5 p.m. — D.S.S.
Saturday: Waxahatchee at Mohawk. With her wistful indie folk, singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield deftly walks the line between raw vulnerability and quiet power. Her new album is her most autobiographical to date, tracing the story of her life as a songwriter and a woman in the world. Palehound and Outerspaces open. $15-$17. 8 p.m. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com — D.S.S.
Tuesday: Keeper at Geraldine’s. Last year’s excellent EP “Corners” was a departure from the throwback R&B vibes that defined the synth soul trio’s early work. The newer work conjured a dark and brooding dreamscape defined by ominous atmospherics. The entrancing vocal harmonies and moody grooves provide a fine opportunity to while away a steamy Tuesday night. Free. 9:30 p.m. 605 Davis St. geraldinesaustin.com — D.S.S.
Wednesday: Bryson Tiller at Statesman Skyline Theater. The Louisville, Ky., R&B singer became a sudden sensation in 2015 with the release of his debut album “Trapsoul.” He surprise-released the follow-up album “True to Self” in late spring, then announced dates for a summer tour with H.E.R. and Metro Boomin’. $39.50-$49.50. 7 p.m. 701 W. Riverside Dr. skylinetheater.com — D.S.S.
Thursday: Milligan Vaughan Project at Waterloo Records. For many Austinites, the electric blues rock of Stevie Ray Vaughan is our city’s signature sound. This project, featuring Storyville frontman Malford Milligan and SRV’s nephew Tyrone Vaughan (brother Jimmie Vaughan’s son), brings back the gravel, gutsy guitar and glory in a fresh new package. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com — D.S.S.
Ivan Garcia y su Son Tejano, Plan Sonidero at Flamingo Cantina
Tobin Sprout, Elf Power at Barracuda
Body Rock ATX: Ladies First: A Tribute to the Divas of Music
She Sir (album release), Rose Selavy, Wildfires at the Mohawk
Belcurve, Magic Rockers of Texas at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
The Zoltars, the Hermits (tour kickoff), Alexalone, Why Bonnie, More Eaze at Cheer Up Charlies
Jai Malano at Geraldine’s
Trouble in the Streets at One 2 One
Raphina, Kendra Christel at Stay Gold
White Ghost Shivers at the Continental Club
Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, Judah & the Lion at Austin360 Amphitheater
Doom Side of the Moon with members of the Sword, Brownout and more at Emo’s
Crystal Garden at 3Ten
MCA Day Beastie Boys Tribute with the Portal, Mindz of a Different Kind at ABGB
TM88 at Empire Control Room
Okey Dokey at Stubb’s
Sue Foley, Lou Ann Barton at Continental Club
Sing Kumba at Flamingo Cantina
Kelly Hafner at Geraldine’s
2 Chainz at Emo’s
Michael Hale Trio at Stay Gold
Salsa Sundays with Timberos del Nortes at One 2 One
Ben Cina at Geraldine’s
Temple Cov with Brannen Temple, Kirk Covington at One 2 One
The Jungle Rockers at C-Boys Heart and Soul
In the Valley Below at Stubb’s inside
Ruby Fray (tour kickoff), the Sour Notes, Kay Odyssey at Cheer Up Charlie’s
Warren Hood at ABGB
David Diers at One 2 One
Authority Zero and the Super Villains at Stubb’s inside
Candi and the Muthaload at Geraldine’s
Livingston Taylor at One World Theatre
South San Gabriel at the Mohawk inside
Austin Meade at Stubb’s inside
Aaron Stephens at Geraldine’s