Kirk Franklin at ACL Live. Gospel music has always been an integral soundtrack for black social justice movements in America, and the title track for Franklin’s 2015 release “Losing My Religion” is an incisive spoken word piece that grapples with big issues — violence, poverty, gay rights, wage inequality. It sets the tone for an album that directly addresses the ills plaguing our society over sound beds that run the gamut from contemporary gospel to hip-hop, R&B and New Orleans jazz. Through it all, Franklin delivers a resounding message of uplift through praise. $39.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — D.S.S.
Body Rock ATX’s annual Prince Birthday Bash at Empire Control Room. Where better to release your lingering grief over the loss of a musical genius? Hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm and DJ Chorizo Funk’s monthly happening is equal parts sweaty dance party and call to spiritual awakening. As such, it’s the best place in Austin to sweat out your sorrows and revel in the enduring Purple Light. $5-$7. 9 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Wistful Boston indie rockers Speedy Ortiz , breakouts at SXSW and Fun Fun Fun Fest last year, play Barracuda. … Scottish DJ/composer Hudson Mohawke brings his textured electronica to Kingdom. … Leon Larregui, frontman of the Mexican band Zoé, brings his solo project to Emo’s. … Fresh off a fantastic Blues on the Green performance, Mike Flanigin brings his trio to C-Boys for a two-night stand with Jimmie Vaughan. … Hotel Vegas hosts a rowdy rock throwdown headlined by the Fleshlights. … Chevy Metal, the “dirt rock” cover band helmed by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, headlines the Republic of Texas Biker Rally mainstage at the Travis County Expo Center. If you travel on four wheels or just prefer to stay in town, the Lost Well hosts an evening of metal covers with Stargazer, Tia Carrera and more. … Gospel-inflected folk duo Birds of Chicago plays Strange Brew. … Austin roots musician Jeff Plankenhorn plays songs from his new disc “SoulSlide” in a 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records. … Also at 5 p.m., local acts Charlie Faye & the Fayettes and Michael Fracasso team up for a dual record-release show at the Continental Gallery.
Boston, Dennis DeYoung at Statesman Skyline Theater. It gets tricky with classic-rock acts sometimes. Boston guitarist and studio mastermind Tom Scholz lost distinctive lead vocalist Brad Delp to suicide in 2007, but finding singer Tommy DeCarlo via a MySpace tribute track was a stranger-than-fiction story that helped the band continue. It’s sort of the opposite with opener Dennis DeYoung, who’ll sing some of the songs he made famous in the 1970s with Styx (even as Styx proper continues to exist with a different lead vocalist). It all goes down at the new Statesman Skyline Theater, which makes its debut as an outdoor music venue in front of the Long Center. $49.50-$154. 7 p.m. 701 W. Riverside Drive. skylinetheater.com. — P.B.
Also: Austin360’s June Artist of the Month, Megafauna, celebrates the release of “Welcome Home,” an ambitious new platter that smoothly segues from grungey metal to complex prog rock at Empire. The solid support bill includes Blockhead, Migrant Kids, Young Tongue and many more. … Bas, the first signee to J. Cole’s Dreamville Records label, is making waves with an excellent new album “Too High to Riot.” He plays the Parish. … Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson brings his Brotherhood to the Scoot Inn. … Hard rock shredder and Kentucky Fried Chicken haberdasher Buckethead plays Emo’s. … Sun Radio’s Saturday Night Concert Series continues with Dawn & Hawkes at Hill Country Galleria Amphitheater. … Catch up on Ben Snakepit’s adventures in Manor at the book release party for Snakepit Comics V. 7 at Beerland headlined by Hex Dispensers. … It’s a homecoming gig for Ian Moore & the Lossy Coils at 3Ten at ACL Live. … Radio Coffee & Beer celebrates its second anniversary with music from the Deer, White Denim’s James Petralli, Raina Rose and more. … A few solid local music options include Zettajoule at Stubb’s indoors, Warren Hood and Belle Sounds at the Saxon Pub, Jeff Plankenhorn and Gary Nicholson at Cactus Cafe, and Jimmy LaFave at Strange Brew.
Andra Day taping of “Austin City Limits.” Fans of the fast-rising R&B singer, whose 2015 album “Cheers to the Fall” was one of last year’s most auspicious debut records, may have been chagrined when the singer dropped off the bill of last month’s Leon Bridges show at Stubb’s on short notice. Fortunate ones may have gotten tickets to this taping at ACL Live through the show’s lottery drawing, but even those who didn’t are in luck, as ACL has green-lighted live-streaming for this episode. Go to the program’s YouTube channel at 8 p.m. to catch the full performance in real time. — P.B.
Second Sunday Sock Hop 10-year anniversary at Stay Gold. It’s been a decade since a crew of dusty-fingered vinyl enthusiasts launched this sweaty mashup of vintage R&B, girl groups and garage rock. The dance floor-baiting dynamos have club-hopped through several Austin neighborhoods. At one point they even tried doing Saturdays. But now they’re ready to take the party back to the original concept: a free Eastside shindig where folks can really get out and shake their stuff. Free. 9 p.m. 1910 E Cesar Chavez St. staygoldaustin.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Beerland hosts the Austin edition of the International Noise Conference with Laundry Room Squelchers and a mess of other loud bands, some with unprintable names. .. Local folk-pop outfit Lovely Sparrows brings their lush instrumentation to the Mohawk inside. … Austin rock ’n’ roll lifer Patrice Pike plays the Soul of a Musician series at Iron Cactus North … Americana bands Stovetop Rangers and High Plains Jamboree play a free early evening ramble at eastside dive Hard Luck Lounge. … The Lost Austin Band plays songs of the 1970s cosmic-cowboy era in an afternoon show at Chicken Run Studios in South Austin.]]