The arrival of autumn brings, yes, more festivals, from the big kahuna of the Austin City Limits Music Festival to the longtime downtown institution Pecan Street Festival to the way-out-west Utopia Fest to the new-kid-on-the-block Sound on Sound. But it’s also probably the busiest time of the year for music in local arenas, theaters and clubs, with noteworthy shows overflowing calendars all the way up to the holidays. Here’s our long look ahead to the sounds of fall in Austin.
23: Alabama Shakes at Austin360 Amphitheater. Brittany Howard is one of the most fascinating lead singers in rock music today, largely because of her stunning range. One moment she’s belting out gospel with the soul fire of a southern preacher, the next she’s spinning her voice high in her head, coaxing out eerie noises, exploring "Sound and Color" in a way that transcends the boundaries of popular music, but remains broad in its appeal. Watching her channel spirits, transforming raw emotion into sound, is riveting. British soul singer/NPR favorite, Corinne Bailey Rae opens. — D.S.S.
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23: Kronos Quartet with Rhiannon Giddens at Bass Concert Hall’s McCullough Theater. The lineup of Bay Area-based Kronos has reshuffled over the decades since is 1973 founding, but its mission of adventurousness within the classical form has remained the same. Witness this team-up with Rhiannon Giddens, who won a Grammy with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and has proved even more broadly and deeply talented as a solo artist. — P.B.
23: Butch Walker at Mohawk outdoor
23: Classixx at the Parish (sold out)
24: Pachanga Presents the Mavericks at ACL Live. Pachanga mutated from a festival to a series of concerts this year, and they’ve been good ones. The return of Raul Malo’s still-vibrant left-of-center country band with Latin tinges is no exception. One of Austin’s favorite touring acts since the ’90s, the Mavericks have a sound that fits perfectly within our city’s renowned melting-pot musical culture. — P.B.
24: Donovan at Paramount
24: Cody Johnson at Stubb’s
24: Rocky Votolato at Parish
25: Cymbals Eat Guitars at Sidewinder
25: Glen Hansard at Stubb’s. Hansard hit it big with the Swell Season’s Oscar-winning "Falling Slowly" from his indie-film star-turn "Once," but he’d been slugging away brilliantly for years with the great Irish rock band the Frames. Neither of those chapters are necessarily in the past, but he’s opened new doors as an artist with two solo albums, plus the EP "Season on the Line" issued earlier this year. — P.B.
25: James Blake at ACL Live. Like Florence Welch, Blake’s music carries a British bleak mysticism. But while Welch stands on rocky cliffs, soaring over crashing waves, Blake’s haunted heartbreak tales creep through misty moors and mossy forests where his tormented melodies are set against a backdrop of darkness and drizzle. — D.S.S.
25: Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle at Paramount. Austinite Colvin and native Texan Earle worked with renowned producer Buddy Miller on this year’s duo album, finding common ground on tracks both old and new. The six original co-writes sound like neither artist’s typical solo work, but rather about what you might expect if you combined their respective aesthetics, with elements of both rough rambling and lyrical introspection. — P.B.
25: John Sebastian at One World Theatre
26: Alice in Chains at ACL Live
26: Lissie at Antone’s
27: Avatar at Sidewinder
27: Coheed and Cambria at Stubb’s
28: Okkervil River at Parish
28: YG at Emo’s
29: All ATX annual benefit concert at ACL Live. After theme-oriented shows in 2014 (British Invasion) and 2015 (psychedelic rock), All ATX is less specific this year, with 1970s hitmakers the Doobie Brothers topping a bill that also features top-drawing local Bob Schneider, former Austinite Doyle Bramhall II and an extended undercard of Austin acts. There’s newly honed focus in the advocacy group’s agenda, though: Instead of working toward a music factory, All ATX took findings from last year’s Austin Music Census as a cue to help shore up existing music-related nonprofits. As such, this year’s concert will benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, the SIMS Foundation, the Austin Music Foundation and Black Fret. — P.B.
29: Eternal Life: A Jeff Buckley Tribute featuring Ruby & the Reckless and more at Spider House Ballroom
29: Monkees at Paramount
29: Skid Row at Grizzly Hall
29: Balmorhea at Empire
29: Lumineers, Borns at Austin360 Amphitheater
5: Boy & Bear, Cobi at Parish
5: Gnash at Grizzly Hall
5: Sip Sip and Hard Proof at Empire. Small combos have their merits, but a massive ensemble that moves as one brings an energy level, an excitement and a wall of sound that can’t be matched. This bill matches two of Austin’s tightest big bands, Afrobeat ensemble Hard Proof and electro jazz/hip-hop outfit Sip Sip. The latter kicks off a month-long Sip-tober residency at the club with this gig. — D.S.S.
7: Yellowcard Final World Tour at Scoot Inn
7: MC Chris at Sidewinder
7-8: Heaven or Hotel Vegas: Hot Burrito Dream Pop Weekend with Cosmonauts, Part Time, Ringo Deathstarr, more
8: Bill Ball II at Sidewinder. For the second year in a row, indie oddballs Big Bill host a fall homecoming for the misfits of Austin’s underground rock and punk scenes. The lineup includes heavy noise outfit Xetas, comic punks Basketball Shorts and ferocious guitar pop trio Que Pasa. — D.S.S.
5: Steve Poltz at Strange Brew
8: Slayer at ACL Live. Zilker Park isn’t rocking hard enough? The thrash metal titans and two-time Fun Fun Fun Fest headliners blast in for their annual autumn pillage of Austin. Anthrax and Death Angel open. — D.S.S.
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11: Failure at Mohawk
12: Glen Phillips at One World Theatre
12: Rachael Yamagata at Antone’s
13: Sevendust at Empire
13: Elvis Costello at ACL Live
13: Echo & the Bunnymen at Stubb’s. "Bring on the Dancing Horses" for a throwback Thursday to remember. With frontman Ian McCulloch and original guitarist Will Sergeant back at the helm, early dates on the tour have earned the indie rock pioneers solid reviews. — D.S.S.
13: Chicano Batman at Empire
13: Yonatan Gat at Barracuda
13: Temper Trap at Emo’s
13: Lori McKenna at One World Theatre. Nashville got hip to the New England songwriter when Faith Hill covered several of her songs, but she was already well established in folk circles, and she’s continued a fruitful career as a recording and touring artist. — P.B.
14: Insane Clown Posse at Empire
14: Opeth at Emo’s
14-15: Dandy Warhols at Scoot Inn
15: The Dear Hunter at Mohawk outdoors. Though this tour is billed as "The Final Act," the prog-rock band’s "Act" series has one more installment. Frontman Casey Crezenzo, however, mysteriously hints it won’t be an album. This tour will focus heavily on "Act V" with some material from earlier albums. — D.S.S.
15: Jerry Jeff Walker at ACL Live
15: The Faint at Emo’s
16: Toby Keith at Austin360 Amphitheater
16: Heart at ACL Live
16: Majid Jordan at Emo’s. ‘Tis the season for frosty Canadian R&B, and if you can’t wait for/afford the Weeknd’s Formula One post-race appearance, check out this smooth Toronto duo who are signed to Drake’s OVO label. — D.S.S.
16: Aoife O’Donovan, Willie Watson at Texas Union Theater
17: Disturbed at ACL Live
18: Pharcyde at Grizzly Hall
18: Lydia Loveless at Antone’s. Alt-country siren Loveless and her band lit up several venues during SXSW last spring, building on previous promising releases with strong new material that surfaced in August on the Bloodshot Records album "Real." She seems poised for a big breakthrough, with a documentary film from director Gorman Bechard screening in select markets and festivals this fall. — PB
18: Hiss Golden Messenger, Phil Cook at Parish
19: Neon Indian at Mohawk
19: Griz at Emo’s
20: Araabmusik at Empire
20: AJJ at Mohawk
20: Buddy Guy at ACL Live. Perhaps the greatest still-living legend of Chicago blues seems to play Austin around once a year. He turned 80 this summer, so it would seem wise to catch him while you have the chance; but if you do, you may well be pleasantly surprised at how energetic his performances still are.
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20: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at One World Theatre
20: Suzy Bogguss at Strange Brew
21: Yuna at Grizzly Hall. Growing up in Malaysia, Yunalis Mat Zara’ai says her biggest influences were rockers like Coldplay and Fiona Apple. But on her 2016 release, "Chapters," one of the best R&B albums of the year, her silky soprano spirals into smoky laments that ache with Sade-esque sensuality. — D.S.S.
21: Quantic at Empire
21: Cherub at Stubb’s
21: Matthew Ryan at Cactus Cafe
21: Preoccupations (f.k.a. Viet Cong) at Mohawk
21: Robert Randolph & the Family band at Antone’s
21: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at ACL Live
22: Texas Revolution Fest with Hatebreed at Empire
22: Balance & Composure at Mohawk
22: Kongos, Joy Formidable at Emo’s
21-22: Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival at Scoot Inn
23: Fantastic Negrito at Stubb’s indoor. The band’s first full-length, "The Last Days of Oakland," builds on the gut-bucket, grumbling blues vibe established by frontman Xavier Dphrepaulezz on their self-titled debut EP. On this album, elements of gospel, swing and rock ’n’ roll enhance the raw emotion and outline the righteous indignation in Dphrepaulezz’ modern take on black roots music. — D.S.S.
23: Troy Sivan at ACL Live
23: Danny Brown at Emo’s
25-30: Reverend Horton Heat 6-night stand at Continental Club. The Continental has been known to give solid-drawing road acts extended residencies, most notably Southern Culture on the Skids during the city’s annual hot rod roundup. But six full nights of long-running Dallas rockabilly revivalist Reverend Horton Heat might set a new bar for South Congress’ most historic and vital music destination. — P.B.
25: Aida Cuevas and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles at Long Center
25: Kikagaku Moyo at Hotel Vegas
25: Elle King at Stubb’s
27: El Ten Eleven at Mohawk
27: Jayhawks, Folk Uke at Scoot Inn. Trends in musical styles and formats have come and gone over the Jayhawks’ three-decade run, and Gary Louris and his bandmates have kept churning out memorable records of rootsy pop music through it all, including this year’s "Paging Mr. Proust." Opening is Austin duo Folk Uke, whose joyously catchy but not-fit-for-family-newspapers tune from their new EP won them new fans when it was featured on Netflix’s show "Orange is the New Black." — P.B.
27: Rebelution at Stubb’s
28: Johnnyswim at Emo’s
28: Earl Klugh at One World Theatre
28: Of Montreal at Mohawk
28-29: The Head and the Heart at Stubb’s. The Seattle/Virginia indie-folk-pop sextet, a highlight of ACL Fest in 2014, moved from Sub Pop to Warner Bros. for "Signs of Light," released in September. The first night sold out quickly, but an added second show still has tickets available. British singer-songwriter Declan McKenna opens both nights. — P.B.
29-30: B-Boy City at North Door. The moves are tougher and the tricks are trickier, but in the modern era, breakdancing is one of the less celebrated elements of hip-hop culture. Go down in the trenches and watch passionate dance crews engage in high stakes battles at one of the biggest competitions in the Southwest. — D.S.S.
29: Beats Antique at Emo’s
29: Zombie Ball with Morris Day & the Time at ACL Live. Appropriately enough, proper attire for this year’s undead spectacular will include ruffled blouses and amply sequined smoking jackets as the Purple One’s old cohorts Morris Day and crew headline. Houston’s typhoon of Gulf Coast soul, the Suffers, open. — D.S.S.
29: Kishi Bashi at Mohawk
30-31: Dicks Farewell Show at Grizzly Hall (first night sold out)
30: King at the Parish. The trio sends tightly woven harmonies cascading over chilled-out grooves in songs that mix the futuristic sensibility of today’s alt-R&B with the sass and swagger of girl groups past. — D.S.S.
30: The Fray at ACL Live
31: She Wants Revenge at Mohawk
1: Evanescence at ACL Live
1: English Beat at 3Ten
1: Pet Shop Boys at the Long Center. In 2014, the last time they were in town, the Pet Shop Boys supplemented their music with an immersive, Tron-like visual spectacular. Yes, they made the audience sit politely through their new music, but the electropop duo slipped in enough enduring hits like "Money" and "West End Girls" to keep the crowd from getting restless. — D.S.S.
2: Gaelic Storm at One World Theatre
2: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Death From Above at Stubb’s
3: Ingrid Michaelson Hell No Tour at Stubb’s
3: Gavin DeGraw & Andy Grammer at ACL Live
4: Machinedrum at Grizzly Hall
4: Mary Chapin Carpenter at Paramount
4: Guess Who at One World Theatre
4: Jamestown Revival at Emo’s. It’s a big year for the energetic local indie-folk duo of Zach Chance and Jonathan Clay. They played Willie Nelson’s Picnic in July and are set to release "The Education of a Wandering Man," their second album for Republic Records, in October. —P.B.
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4: Peelander-Z at Spiderhouse
4-5: Adele at Erwin Center (sold out)
5: Lettuce at Emo’s
5: Andy Mineo with Social Club at Empire
6: Sia at the Erwin Center
6-7: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox at ACL Live
7: Lindsey Stirling at Bass Concert Hall
8: Bonnie Raitt at ACL Live
9: Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams at Cactus Cafe. A welcome spark opening for Jackson Browne last year at Bass Concert Hall, ace instrumentalist Campbell and soulful vocalist Williams return for a much more intimate UT campus appearance. — P.B.
9: Rusted Root, Devon Allman Band at Parish
9: Buckwheat Zydeco at Antone’s
10: The King Khan and BBQ Show at Barracuda
10: The Clifford Antone Foundation benefit with Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball at ACL Live
10: Sweater Beats at Grizzly Hall
11: Aaron Neville Duo at Paramount
11: Dweezil Zappa at ACL Live
11: Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift at 3Ten. Find the version of British legend Hitchcock and Australian ingenue Swift singing the Psychedelic Furs’ "The Ghost in You" at a Nashville record store on YouTube, and you’ll be hard-pressed not to want to see them together in person. This tour syncs up with the release of their new collaborative 7-inch "Love is a Drag." It’s listed as a Hitchcock headlining show with Swift as the opener, but expect a good deal of collaboration. — P.B.
11: Doyle Bramhall II at Parish
11: Kaleo at Emo’s (sold out)
11: Wet at Antone’s
12: Peter Hook & the Light at Mohawk (sold out)
12: Azizi Gibson at Empire. Rapidly rising rapper Azizi Gibson was born in Germany and raised in Thailand and he’s signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label. The combination of the two gives him a worldly outlook and lush production with a cutting-edge, avant-garde jazz aesthetic. — D.S.S.
12: Galactic at Emo’s
12: Ray Wylie Hubbard’s Birthday Bash at Paramount. Yeah, Ray Wylie does these every year, but turning 70 is kind of a big deal. He reflected upon those years in his recent book, "A Life, Well, Lived," and he’s still living it up, with last year’s "The Ruffian’s Misfortune" rivaling the outlaw-country pioneer’s best work. — P.B.
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13: Trash Talk at Barracuda
13: Copeland at Mohawk
13: Jon Bellion at Emo’s
14: PWR BTTM at Mohawk indoor. The glitzy drag queen garage rock outfit that won our hearts (and probably a few renegade fashion awards) during SXSW 2016 returns to deliver their incongruously straightforward love songs with fabulous flamboyance. — D.S.S.
14: Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman as ARW: An Evening of Yes Music at ACL Live
14: Mon LaFerte at Mohawk
15: Jesu/Sun Kil Moon at Mohawk
15 Yeasayer at Emo’s
15: Marc Cohn at Paramount
16: Dan Penn at Stateside at the Paramount. It’s telling that agent Zach Ernst recently declared this show to be "my favorite booking ever at the Paramount/State Theatres" in a Facebook post. A living legend of American roots music from his work as a songwriter and producer in Memphis and Muscle Shoals, Ala., Penn co-wrote soulful standards such as "Dark End of the Street" and "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man." Both albums and shows under his own name have been few and far between, so this is indeed a coup. — P.B.
17: Alan Parsons Live Project at Paramount
17: Marc Broussard, Reed Turner at ACL LIve
17: Warpaint at Emo’s
17: Khruangbin at Parish
17: Switchfoot, Relient K at Stubb’s
17: John Fullbright at Cactus Cafe
18: Ottmar Liebert at One World Theatre
18-19: Grouplove at Stubb’s outdoor. The Los Angeles crew born in an artist commune in Crete has a new collection of upbeat pop songs that shimmer with buoyant energy. Odds are pretty good, everyone who shows up will leave the club smiling. — D.S.S.
18-19: Dumpstaphunk at Antone’s
18-20: Punk rock Olympics at Spiderhouse
19: BBQ Auction & Concert with Tracy Lawrence at ACL Live
19: Festival of Praise at Erwin Center
19: Eric Johnson at Paramount. Long considered by many to be Austin’s premier electric guitarist — even in the 1980s when he and Stevie Ray Vaughan were the city’s twin-engine burners of prog-rock and blues — Johnson has taken an intriguing turn toward acoustic guitar and piano on his new album "EJ," due in early October. He’ll play both guitar and keyboards in this solo performance at the century-old downtown landmark. — P.B.
19-20: Darlingside at Cactus Cafe
21: Mac Miller at Emo’s
25: Red Fang at Mohawk
25: Valentino Khan at Vulcan Gas Company
26: Helmet at Mohawk
27: MLH Caravan featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill at ACL Live. Yes, she has consistency problems, particularly when it comes to punctuality, and for complicated legal reasons, you’re not going to hear the original versions of most of your favorite songs from "Miseducation," but in her Fun Fun Fun Fest show and "Austin City Limits" taping last year, Hill was a demanding but vibrant band leader who put in inspired and moving performances. — D.S.S.
29: Henry Rollins at Paramount
30: Jai Wolf at Vulcan Gas Company
1: The Wood Brothers at Emo’s
2: Metalachi at Stubb’s indoors. It’s almost the holidays, and nothing says Christmas spirit like Mariachi covers of heavy metal songs, right? — D.S.S.
2: Yelawolf at Empire
3: Keb’ Mo’ at Paramount
3: Two Tongues at Mohawk
4-5: Gary Clark Jr. solo at Paramount. Austin’s guitar hero comes home for a pair of intimate solo performances. After warming up the show in Austin, he’ll take it on the road to Carnegie Hall in NYC. — D.S.S.
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6: Dolly Parton at Erwin Center. She’s a living legend, but Dolly also has continued to make quality music well beyond her 1970s country radio heyday. At 70, she topped the country charts with her new album "Pure and Simple," which provides the title for this tour that will no doubt include many of her classic hits as well. — P.B.
7: David Bromberg at One World Theatre
9: Amanda Shires at Cactus Cafe. Thankfully, Shires hasn’t let her prominent "day job" playing fiddle with husband Jason Isbell keep her from continuing to put out solo records. The latest, "My Piece of Land," shows she’s well deserving of her own spotlight. —P.B.
9: Al Jarreau at One World Theatre
10: Animals As Leaders at Mohawk
14: Nils Lofgren at One World Theatre. It’s not often we get members of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band coming to town for solo gigs. Lofgren has a long history on his own, with more than two dozen albums under his own name and with his early ’70s band Grin. — P.B.
16: Niykee Heaton at Emo’s
17: Flosstradamus at Emo’s