Dave & Phil Alvin play the Continental Club. Photo by Jeff Fasano

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.