Lucinda Williams at Hogg Auditorium. Late-career artistic resurgences by accomplished artists are infrequent if not unprecedented, but with Lucinda Williams it’s getting ridiculous. Not one to rest on the laurels of the Grammys she won in the 1990s, Williams pressed on in the 2000s with a series of adventurous albums for the now-shuttered Lost Highway label. She’s been even better on her own Highway 20 label since then, following 2014’s Americana Music Association Album of the Year “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone” with February’s ambitious two-disc tour de force “The Ghosts of Highway 20.” We thought Williams was a late bloomer when she won her first Grammy at 40, but her output since passing 60 has so far been astonishing and inspirational. $55. 8 p.m. 2300 Whitis Ave. cactuscafe.org. — P.B.
Also: If you didn’t get a ticket for the Austin City Limits taping of eclectic roots musician Rhiannon Giddens at ACL Live, it’s being livestreamed on the show’s YouTube channel. … Swedish heavy metal band Ghost plays Emo’s with Tribulation. … Austin changes, but some traditions endure. Celebrate Blue Monday at Antone’s. … It’s Bluegrass Night with local pickers every Monday at Radio Coffee & Beer.
Tom Paxton at One World Theatre. Whether it’s folk icons like Pete Seeger or country legends like Merle Haggard, we’re losing many of the touchstones of 20th century American music with each passing year. Paxton isn’t quite of that stature, but he was part of the vanguard of the 1960s folk revival, and most of the biggest names from that heyday recorded his songs. He got a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2009, and at 78, he’s still touring and recording, with last year’s Redemption Road” taking him into the modern age of Kickstarter-funded albums. $20-$98. 8 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.
Also: Montreal indie-folk band Half Moon Run, touring behind its new Glassnote Records album “Sun Leads Me On,” plays the Parish with Jesse Mac Cormack. … Fable Records continues its new weekly residency with some of the local label’s artists playing at El Mercado Backstage. … Top roots options include James McMurtry at the Continental Gallery, Bonnie Whitmore at Saxon Pub and Suzanna Choffel at Geraldine’s. … If you didn’t catch Lucinda Williams’ weekend shows at Gruene Hall or her Monday appearance in Austin, one more chance comes when she opens for Neil Young & Promise of the Real(that’s Willie Nelson’s kids) at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels.
Chvrches at Stubb’s outside. Scottish synth pop pixies Chvrches must really love Austin. This is their third stop through our fair city in the less than six months since they shut down day one of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 with a glorious set of “triumphantly thorny kiltcore.” Is Austin on shimmery synth overload, yet? Nope. After Wednesday’s show promptly sold out, promoters added a second show on Thursday and that one sold out, too. Dreamy chill pop outfit Alvvays opens. $130 VIP tickets remain. 7 p.m. doors. 901 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Check the secondary market if you must see the ACL Live show by American music treasure Bonnie Raitt, whose concert with opening act California Honeydrops sold out quickly. There’s also lots of action at the venue’s new street-level club, 3Ten, with Ben Ballinger playing the free Wine Down series from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a late show with Bay Area indie-rockers Vetiver plus Tall Tales & the Silver Lining. … Virginia alt-pop trio Parachute plays the Parish with Jon McLaughlin. … Kansas City blues-rocker Samantha Fish brings the tour for her new Ruf Records release “Wild Heart” to Scoot Inn. … California R&B outfit Tommy Castro & the Painkillers visit One World Theatre. … Sun Radio’s weekly “Texas Radio Live” series at Guero’s Oak Garden features Jeff Plankenhorn and Emilie Clepper. … Singer-songwriter Juliana Sheffield and others play the latest installment of the Microsessions series at the Vortex. … Other top local options include Eve & the Exiles late with the Tommy Shannon Blues Band early at Antone’s, James McMurtry and Mike Stinson late with Folk Uke early at the Continental Club, and Harvest Thieves wrapping up a monthlong residency at White Horse with Mayeux & Broussard.
Levitation Kickoff Shows at Mohawk, Barracuda, Empire. The festival formerly known as Austin Psych Fest starts Friday, April 29, but there’s no need to wait for the weekend to indulge in reverb-laced guitars, swirly grooves and mind-expanding visuals. The fest hosts a trio of two-stage kickoff shindigs with Golden Dawn and Ringo Deathstarr at Empire, Chelsea Wolfe and Pinkish Black at Mohawk and Quintron and Miss Pussycat at Barracuda. $15/show (in advance) Doors at 5:30 p.m. at Empire, 6 p.m. at Mohawk, 8 p.m. at Barracuda. Check levitation-austin.com for more details. — D.S.S.
Also: Pop-jazz entertainer and actor Harry Connick Jr. brings the tour for his new album “That Would Be Me” to ACL Live. … For a smoother shade of jazz, head to One World Theatre, where long-running West Coast outfit the Yellowjackets play shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. … Virginia alt-country songwriter Scott Miller stops in at Saxon Pub. … Soulful swamp-blues great Tony Joe White plays the Continental Club. … Dallas indie artist Sarah Jaffe plays KGSR’s “Unplugged at the Grove” series at Shady Grove. … Local pop-soul singer-songwriter Drew Davis plays an EP release show at Cactus Cafe with Ray Prim & Mexican Chocolate. … Other top local options include Jai Malano and Los Coast at C-Boy’s, Bukka Allen and Redd Volkaert at Strange Brew, and Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at the Continental Gallery.