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Posted: 12:00 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014

Saturday music picks: Balkan Beat Box, League of Extraordinary Gz 

By Peter Blackstock and Deborah Sengupta Stith

Balkan Beat Box at Red 7. With roots in both New York City and Tel Aviv, Israel, the self-described “gypsy punk” outfit plays an exuberant mash up of klezmer, carnival and global dance sounds. Though the group’s official lineup includes only three core members, the touring ensemble knocks the roster up closer to 10 for a brash big band blowout. Austin’s mischievous musical meddlers the Minor Mishap Marching Band open. $15-$17. 9 p.m. 611 E. Seventh St. — D.S.S.

Also: It’s a double record release night for bluesy, rootsy acoustic singer-songwriters at Strange Brew, with Seth Walker celebrating his new disc “Sky Still Blue” at 7 p.m. followed by Ray Bonneville playing songs from his new “Easy Gone” at 9 p.m. … Round two for The Tipping Point, the new local music showcase co-produced by seminal hip-hop community site Okayplayer, brings rap supergroup the League of Extraordinary Gz to Empire. … Katchafire, a roots reggae band from New Zealand, stops by the North Door for a show with Maoli and Bum Lucky. … Golden Dawn Orchestra channels Sun Ra’s experimental jazz grooves and cosmic poetry at the Continental Club, with opener Buggaboo celebrating a record release. … 96.3 R&B, one of Austin’s newest radio stations, hosts classy soulstress Ledisi at ACL Live with the Robert Glasper Experiment. … Dutch house music DJ Fedde Le Grand is at Austin Music Hall. … Surf rock fave Donavon Frankenreiter is at the Belmont with local opener Ruby Jane. … ABGB presents a free night of first-rate local roots music with the Warren Hood Band. … Catch indie rock acts WiretreeFuture Clouds & Radar and Blynd Birds at Lamberts. … Soulful singer Miss Lavelle White is at the Saxon Pub.

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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