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Posted: 8:38 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013

This Week's Playlist: September in Austin 

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Norah Jones headlines Petty Fest a benefit for Sweet Relief at the Mohawk on Sept. 25 that celebrates the music of Tom Petty.

By Deborah Sengupta Stith

And just like that the city is back in full swing. Yes, it's 110 degrees and to step outside is to slip into an excruciating slow dance with certain death but this month's club calendar is chock full of reasons to brave the heat. Peter Mongillo has the full run down in his September music preview, and This Week's Playlist: September in Austin offers a fairly comprehensive audio preview.   

Two big benefits to keep on your calendar are the annual HAAM Benefit Day at music venues throughout the city on September 24 and Petty Fest, an all-star celebration of the music of Tom Petty at the Mohawk on September 25. The latter event features Norah Jones, Jason Isbell, Doyle Bramhall II and many, many more. 

A few other highlights include Tegan and Sara (Sept. 13), Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Sept. 4) and Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite (Sept. 11) playing gut-bucket blues at Stubb's. Also at Stubb's is a killer double bill with Blondie and X (Sept. 26) and San Marcos cult faves Blue October (Sept. 27).

Over at the Mohawk they're hosting everything from Canadian electro act Austra (Sept. 13) to Japanese punk artists Peelander-Z (Sept. 28).

A few great small club shows for lovers of Latin sounds stand out on the calendar. Excellent Mexico-city based mash-up master Mexican Institute of Sound plays Hotel Vegas on Friday (Sept. 6) and Antone's hosts Brazil Day Austin on Sept. 7 . On Sept. 14 the North American Chicha Summit celebrating Chicha, a psychedelic take on cumbia that came out of Peru in the '60s and '70s comes to Flamingo Cantina. The bands on the roster are Brooklyn's Chica Libre, Tuscon's Chicha Dust and Austin Money Chicha featuring members of Grupo Fantasma. Cafe Tacvba plays ACL Live on Sept. 7. 

Hip-hop heads might want to check on Texas legends the Geto Boys  (Sept. 13), controversial young upstart Chief Keef (Sept. 18) or smooth velour-toned soul slinger Mayer Hawthorne (Sept. 25) at Emo's. Icy Canadian hip-hop superstar the Weeknd plays the Cedar Park Center on  Sept. 23.

If you really can't stand the heat, Lyle Lovett is likely too keep it cool with a 2-night stint at  ACL Live (Sept. 10 and 12), The Weary Boys who broke up in 2007 reunite for a night at Antone's  (Sept. 28) and The Parish has a full roster of indoor shows including excellent funk orchestra Orgone (Sept. 19).   

Read more in Pete Mongillo's September music preview, and listen in on This Week's Playlist: September in Austin. 

Deborah Sengupta Stith

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Deborah Sengupta Stith is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman.

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