Body Rock ATX launch at Empire. How hot is this monthly hip-hop throwdown? Rumor has it when the club reached capacity for the last stand at Sahara Lounge in February, folks were actually trying to climb the fence to get in. While we’ll miss the quirkiness (and the not-downtowness) of the Eastside dive, clearly they reached a critical mass of bodies needing to rock. For the Empire debut, Chorizo Funk and Riders Against the Storm will be joined by DJ Mel. Free with RSVP. Doors at 9 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com.
Also: Once religious, now secular reggae artist Matisyahu plays an acoustic set at Stubb’s inside. … Old-school Texas guitar hero Barbara Lynn plays Friday and and Saturday C-Boy’s. … Also opening a two-night stand is rootsy Michigan band Greensky Bluegrass, visiting the Parish with Rayland Baxter opening. … English Trance band Above & Beyond plays a sold-out show at Austin Music Hall with 16 Bit Lolitas. … Emo’s plays host to an “annoying use of the letter H” tour featuring psych band Shpongle and DJ/producer Phutureprimitive. … Local record-release shows include the Happen-Ins on the Mohawk’s outdoor stage to top a six-band bill, and Technicolor Hearts at Cheer Up Charlie’s as part of an eight-band lineup. … Top Americana options include Reckless Kelly doing two shows at Strange Brew,Carolyn Wonderland rocking the One-2-One Bar and Brennen Leigh playing for free at ABGB.