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Posted: 12:00 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014

Friday music picks: Trae tha Truth, Old 97's, Magna Carda 

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The Old 97's play Gruene Hall on Friday night.
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Magna Carda plays the Swan Dive Friday.

By Peter Blackstock and Deborah Sengupta Stith

Trae tha Truth, Lil Bibby at Empire Control RoomHouston street hero Trae tha Truth has been having a great run. In 2013 the rapper logged a successful tour with Lil Wayne and T.I., dropped the rugged mixtape “I Am King” on T.I.’s Grand Hustle label and saw his hilarious Internet cartoon series “Adventures of Trae the Truth” picked up by Marlon Wayons. As 2014 rolled in, Clear Channel infiltrated Houston’s urban airwaves with a new hip-hop station, ending the rapper’s long exile from hometown radio following a 2009 feud with station KBXX 97.9 “The Box.” With a new full-length on the way, 2014 could be the year that elevates the rapper’s profile from regional standout to international superstar. $20. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com — Deborah Sengupta Stith

Old 97’s at Gruene Hall. True, it’s a bit of a haul down to Greater New Braunfels, but the storied country dance hall is a great setting to see a band that has built quite a Texas history of its own. Still with the same four members they started out with 20 years ago, Dallas torch-bearing twang-rockers the Old 97’s have now persevered even beyond Austin roots mainstays the Gourds. They’re even still making career strides, moving from New West Records to the impressive ATO stable for their new disc “Most Messed Up,” which comes out April 29. $20. 8 p.m. 1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels. gruenehall.com. — Peter Blackstock

Magna Carda at the Swan Dive. Live band hip-hop act Magna Carda has been making waves in 2014 and for good reason. No, the band’s not the Roots (yet), but guided by beatmaster Dougie Do they create intriguing sound beds for whip smart emcee Megz Kelli to work her rhyme-craft . $5. 9:30 p.m. 615 Red River. swandiveaustin.com — D.S.S.

Also: Jamaican conscious reggae up-and-comers Rootz Underground play Flamingo Cantina. … Singer-songwriter-fiddler Carrie Rodriguez wasn’t at Old Settler’s last weekend with Jeff Bridges (whose band she has played in), but she will be at the Cactus this weekend for her own show. … Classically trained vocalist and accomplished jazz and R&B artist Lalah Hathaway stops by One World Theatre with “Idol” champ Ruben Studdard. … Aaron Neville’s son Ivan did a stint in Austin after Hurricane Katrina, and thankfully he still brings his NOLA outfit Dumpstaphunk, who are set to rock Emo’s, through town on the regular. … Hotel Vegas hosts a night of R&B, rock and African folk sounds with the Happen-InsRoxy Roca and Kalu James. … Frequent DJ Jazzy Jeff collaborator Eric Roberson is at the Brass House.

Peter Blackstock

About Peter Blackstock

Peter Blackstock is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman. A UT grad who grew up in Austin, he worked at the Statesman in high school and college before moving to Seattle and co-founding the alt-country magazine No Depression in the '90s.

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Deborah Sengupta Stith

About Deborah Sengupta Stith

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

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