In addition to the Olympics and presidential bickering, August brings live music, and plenty of it. There are record releases (Billy Joe Shaver, These Mad Dogs of Glory), classic rock legends (Crosby, Stills and Nash), Austin-based groups (Flesh Lights, Bobby Jealousy, the Young, Zeale) and touring acts (Aesop Rock, Sarah Jaffe, Ghostface Killah). And then there's DJ Pauly D. Read on.
New York indie rock band the Dirty Projectors, led by Dave Longstreth, earned massive praise with their 2009 album, "Bitte Orca," which combined sounds from disparate worlds in service of addictive, weird music. On their latest, "Swing Low Magellan," Longstreth smooths out some of the rough edges to deliver another impressive album, maybe their best. The Dirty Projectors play Emo's East with Wye Oak (Thursday). Other shows next month at Emo's East include Relient K with hellogoodbye, William Beckett and House of Heroes (Sunday); Hank 3 (Aug. 11); and Lightning Bolt with Zorch and Kokomo (Aug. 29).
Austin's Quiet Company have forged their own path to success with high-reaching, deeply introspective pop. They play Stubb's (inside) with the Tontons and Bobby Jealousy (Aug. 30). Also next month: the Clouds are Ghosts with Equals, Love Hate Affair and Rescue Mission (Aug. 11); Bad Veins with Stagnant Pools (Aug. 18); Saints of Valory with Canvas Waiting and Michelle Armstrong (Aug. 24).
At Beauty Ballroom, Juicy J performs with Chevy Woods (Aug. 11); Ghostface Killah with Sheek Louch (Aug. 18); and Pete Rock (Aug. 25).
Jennifer Moore and Adam Jones work together as Austin-based duo Deep Time, formerly Yellow Fever. On their most recent album, "Deep Time" (Hardly Art), they make spooky pop that comes alive with a variety of bouncy percussion and Moore's strangely hypnotic vocal flow. Deep Time play Mohawk with Hidden Ritual and Black Gum (Aug. 24). Other shows at Mohawk next month include MC Chris with Powerglove and Richie Branson (Friday); Good Field with Black Books, Sleep Good and Boy + Kite (Saturday); Little Brave with Joanna Barbera and Les Rav (Aug. 9); Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, Edison and Dark Time Sunshine (Aug. 11); and Zeale with Whiskey Shivers and Gabe Hascall (Aug. 21).
At ACL Live, it's Vince Gill (Aug. 11); Crosby, Stills and Nash (Aug. 18); and Chris Isaak (Aug. 26).
Spoon frontman Britt Daniel's new band, Divine Fits, which includes Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks) and Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs/Wolf Parade), release "A Thing Called Divine Fits" on Aug. 28. They make their debut with the Young at Beerland (Wednesday). Other shows at Beerland this month include Lola Cola with Church Shoes (Aug. 10); Flesh Lights, Wymyns Prysyn and Crisis Hotlines (Aug. 15); Bloody Knives and Dead Space (Aug. 22); and Amplified Heat, Motel Ball Band, Reds 100 and Power Chief (Aug. 24).
The Cactus Cafe hosts Ghosts Along the Brazos (Friday), Jimmy LaFave (Saturday), Vanessa Lively (Aug. 9), Right or Happy (aka the Reivers/Zeitgeist, Aug. 11) and Y La Bamba (Aug. 22).
Joe Ely brings together David Grissom, Jimmy Pettit, Bobby Keys and Davis McLarty for a night of music at Antone's (Aug. 18). Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison continue their Tuesday residency. Billy Joe Shaver performs with Them Duqaines and Mike Stinson (Saturday); Roy Head plays with Larry Lange and His Lonely Knights and the Sweet Nuthin' (Aug. 9). Other shows include Lindsey Buckingham (Aug. 22), Austin's Uncle Lucius celebrating the release of their new album with Not in the Face (Aug. 25), and Crooks with the Couch and Frank Smith (Aug. 31).
At the Continental Club, James McMurtry continues his Wednesday residency. Bobby Jealousy, the Ripe and the Ugly Beats (Aug. 17), and Pocket FishRmen, American People and Meat Purveyors (Aug. 25) also perform.
Austin's These Mad Dogs of Glory release their new album with the Sweet Nuthin' and the Dalles at Hotel Vegas (Saturday). Buzzy indie folk artist Tallest Man on Earth plays the Paramount Theatre (Aug. 28). At One World Theatre, Lorrie Morgan (Saturday), Kasey Chambers (Aug. 16) and John Mayall (Aug. 17) perform.
Denton-based singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe, who followed her rootsy 2010 album, "Suburban Nature," with drum machines and synthesizers on "The Body Wins," plays the Parish (Thursday). Austin singer-songwriter Shakey Graves plays a Wednesday residency through Aug. 22. Other August shows at the Parish: Langhorne Slim (Aug. 14); What Made Milwaukee Famous (Aug. 23); and the Young, Belaire and Sleep Good (Aug. 26).
DJ Jonathan Toubin, who was nearly crushed to death in a Portland hotel room last year, returns with his Soul Clap party with the Crackpipes at Red 7 (Saturday). Smoke and Feathers, Holiday, the Sideshow Tragedy, Wildcat and Bang Bang Theodores also play (Aug. 10). Other shows include Night Beats, Fungi Girls, Cheap Curls and Holy Wave (Aug. 15); and Shonen Knife, Gal Pals and Bobby Jealousy (Aug. 16).
Language, Little Brave, Randall Shreve and the Sideshow perform at the ND (Saturday). Next week it's Gobi, Dead Love Club, Knifight, Night Drive and Politics (Aug. 10). At the Saxon Pub, Lonelyland continues its Monday residency, except for Aug. 13, when Shovels and Rope sit in.
KGSR's Unplugged at the Grove continues with Cari Hutson (Aug. 2), the Trishas (Aug. 9), Ray Wylie Hubbard (Aug. 16), Nakia (Aug. 23) and Hot Club of Cowtown (Aug. 30). Blues on the Green continues with the BoDeans with Sahara Smith (Wednesday) and Quiet Company, the Eastern Sea and Wild Child (Aug. 8).
"Jersey Shore" fans will want to head to the Nutty Brown Cafe for DJ Pauly D (Friday). Michael Myers Band (Aug. 17), Aaron Watson with Josh Ward (Aug. 29) and Corey Smith (Aug. 31) also perform.
Willie Nelson and Paula Nelson play the Backyard (Aug. 25). Slightly out of town, at the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, shows include Girl Talk (Saturday) and the Spazmatics (Aug. 17). The annual Dia De Los Toadies festival happens Aug. 31-Sept. 1.
Contact Peter Mongillo at 445-3696