Fun Fun Fun Fest Nites. If you’ve picked up your FFF pass early (and let’s hope so, after last year’s trainwreck!), it’s good for free admission to Thursday shows at a bunch of downtown venues. First-night highlights include shows at the Mohawk both outdoors (Converge, Nothing, Creepoid, Cult Leader) and inside (Commoners, Illustrations, Empty Vessels); on both stages at Sidewinder (King Kahn & BBQ Show plus Bad Lover outside, Kid Trails and Otis the Destroyer inside); a double-up at Cheer Up Charlie’s with Golden Dawn Arkestra and Corduroi & Selva Oscura outside and Soundfounder and Keeper inside; and a Parish five-band bill with Slow Magic, Giraffage, Daktyl, Roger Sellers’ Bayonne and Sloom. Details at individual venue websites and at funfunfunfest.com.
Also: Brothers Dave & Phil Alvin made one of the coolest roots-rock records of 2014 with “Common Ground,” a collection of Big Bill Broonzy songs, and followed it up a few weeks ago with “Lost Time” on Yep Roc Records. Catch them at the Continental Club with backing band the Guilty Men. … Come early to the Continental for the first happy-hour show by new weekly residency act Whitney Rose, a Canadian country songstress with a fine Raul Malo-produced album who’s setting up shop in Austin for a couple of months. … He’ll always be Jim Croce’s son, but A.J. Croce has long since made a name for himself as a jazz-tinged singer-songwriter, with nine albums to his credit in career that began more than two decades ago. He’s at One World Theatre. … Eclectic Christian-music singer-songwriter Josh Garrels brings the tour for his new album “Home” to Emo’s. … Nashville sibling band the Vespers (two sisters plus two brothers) are touring behind their Southern folk-pop album titled, naturally, “Sisters and Brothers.” Catch them at Cactus Cafe. … It’s a big night for local indie acts at Stay Gold with Abram Shook, Jacob Jaeger, Taylor & the Wild Now and Emily Wolfe plus Nashville band the Jag. … Hey, you got ukulele in my folk music! Find out whether it tastes terrific or terrible when Folk Uke, the duo of Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie, plays Strange Brew.