Patty Griffin at the Paramount. It's a bit of a shame that Griffin won't be performing the songs from her new gospel album 'Downtown Church' in an actual downtown church, as Austin has at least two church-by-day, music-venue-by-night locations that would have served perfectly. But the majestic, atmospheric space of the Paramount Theatre should pair nicely with the material, as Griffin teams up with Jack Ingram, Scott Miller and students from Grounded in Music for a benefit for the local nonprofit organization. 7 p.m. The show is technically sold out. 713 Congress Ave. www.austintheatre.org. — Patrick Caldwell
Also recommended: Pataphysics at Beerland, Shapes Stars Make at the Mohawk, Nelo at Antone's, T-Bird and the Breaks at Momo's, Morakestra at Stubb's, City and Colour at the Central Presbyterian Church.
Matthew and the Arrogant Sea at the Parish. For all of Austin's many musical splendors, there's a slight twinge of jealousy at work every time a great artist — the Eli Young Band, Midlake, originally the Riverboat Gamblers — erupts out of the fertile Denton scene and we can't claim them as our own. Matthew and the Arrogant Sea, masters of stripped-down minimalist folk, are just such an outfit, six strapping lads with a command of harmonies and a whimsical aesthetic. With Legs Against Arms and Danny Malone. 8 p.m. $8. 214 E. Sixth St. www.theparishaustin.com. — P.C.
Also recommended: Stereo is a Lie at the Beauty Bar, Scott Biram at the Continental Club, Moth Fight at the Monarch Event Center, the Happen-Ins at Scoot Inn, the Scabs at Antone's, Jimmy LaFave at the Cactus Caf?, Scary Kids Scaring Kids at Emo's.
The Cribs at the Parish. Smiths alumnus Johnny Marr collects musical projects the way some people do stamps or coins — having served as a member of Modest Mouse, the The, Johnny Marr and the Healers, (briefly) the Pretenders and the Electronic, among others. He adds another notch to his bedpost with the Cribs, the English rock trio he turned into a quartet after joining up in 2008. Their anthemic, head-banging, fist-pumping blue collar stomp pairs well with Marr's meaty guitar lines and should make for an evening of unabashed rock 'n' roll. With Adam Green and the Dead Trees. 8 p.m. $18. 214 E. Sixth St. www.theparishaustin.com. — P.C.
Also recommended: the Gary at Trailer Space Records, Lonesome Heroes at the Ghost Room, the Ugly Beats at Stubb's, Aesop Rock at the Mohawk, Lou Ann Barton at the Continental Club.
Dickie Lee Erwin at Flipnotics. The former Killbilly banjo slayer has matured into a fine country songwriter, as evidenced by new album 'Swan.' Can't quite shake the sideman's voice, but such new tunes as 'I Remember That' and 'Time Alone' show great depth of spirit. With La Fenice. 8 p.m. Free. 1601 Barton Springs Road. http://flipnotics.com. — Michael Corcoran
Also recommended: Clay Nightingale at the Hole in the Wall, Help Austin Help Haiti at the Austin Music Hall, Warren Hood and the Hoodlums at Momo's, Jon Dee Graham at the Continental Club Gallery.
Anvil at Emo's. Proving that truth is not only stranger than fiction but also funnier, sleeper hit film 'Anvil: The Story of Anvil' gave 'This Is Spinal Tap' a run for its money, following has-been Canadian heavy metal band Anvil as they struggled with deadbeat club owners, thin crowds and widespread record label disinterest. It's a story that has a happy ending (or middle?), as the film's success has given the band a second lease on life. The show features a screening of the film, one of 2009's best, followed by a performance from the band. With Broken Teeth. 7 p.m. $15. 603 Red River St. www.emosaustin.com. — P.C.
Also recommended: Sahara Smith at the Saxon Pub, Bruce James Soultet at the Continental Club Gallery, Before Dawn at the Beauty Bar, Jonathan Richman at the Cactus Caf?.
Nic Armstrong at the Ghost Room. 2005's 'The Greatest White Liar' didn't make Austin's one-man British Invasion a star, but you can be sure he got some good songs out of it. And Armstrong's gift of putting melody to the blues should serve his solo stuff well. 9 p.m. 304 W. Fourth St. theghostroom.com. — M.C.
Also recommended: the Bread at the Hole in the Wall, KUT World Music Night at Momo's, Mike and the Moonpies at the Hole in the Wall, Jonathan Richman at the Cactus Caf?.
Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard at Antone's. Son Volt front man Jay Farrar touched on songs from 'One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur,' his Jack Kerouac-inspired collaborative album (and soundtrack for the film of the same name) with Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, when he played Antone's in November. This time, Gibbard will be there live and in person, so the dark, melancholic Americana songs will have the breathing room they so richly justify. With Will Johnson. 8 p.m. $25. 213 W. Fifth St. www.antones.net. — P.C.
Also recommended: WinoVino at the Scoot Inn, Corrina Corrina at the Mohawk, the Texas Eastside Kings at Central Market South, Monte Montgomery at the Saxon Pub, Jonathan Richman at the Continental Club, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quartet at the McCullough Theatre.