OUR TOP PICKS
Friday-Saturday: 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. $37.50. 7 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — P.B.
Saturday: Questlove DJ Set at Empire. Ahmir Khalib Thompson, the drummer and musical director for one of the greatest bands in America, the mighty Roots crew, is legendary for his encyclopedic musical knowledge and impeccable taste. He’s down to spin a three-hour set, so expect deep cuts and booty shakers aplenty. $17-$25. Doors at 9 p.m. 604 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com. — D.S.S.
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Saturday-Sunday: 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. 7 p.m. 502 Brushy St. ndvenue.com. — D.S.S.
Sunday: Chris Porter & Mitchell Vandenburg Memorial at Continental Gallery. The loss of singer-songwriter Porter and bassist Vandenburg last week in a North Carolina crash while their band was on tour has hit many in the local music community hard. Some of those who knew and played with the two musicians will gather to play songs in their memory as part of the weekly Lo Jinx Orchestra show with hosts William Harries Graham and Jon Dee Graham, the latter of whom played guitar and contributed artwork to one of Porter’s recent albums. $10. 8 p.m. 1313 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.
Sunday: 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. Nick Hakim opens. $15. 7 p.m. doors. 214 E. Sixth St. theparishaustin.com. — D.S.S.
MORE WEEKEND EVENTS
Johnnyswim, Dan Layus at Emo’s
Autograf, Goldroom at Vulcan Gas Company
Earl Klugh at One World Theatre
Of Montreal, Teen at Mohawk
Black Lillies, the O’s at Threadgill’s
Major Major Major album release, Ghost Wolves, Soaked, Magic Rockers of Texas at Cheer Up Charlie’s
Austin Lounge Lizards at Cactus Cafe
Bill Kirchen & Austin DeLone at El Mercado Backstage
Sue Foley, Mike Flanigin & Chris Layton at C-Boy’s
Reverend Horton Heat with El Vez (Friday), Deke Dickerson (Saturday-Sunday) at Continental Club
English Beat, River City Royals at 3Ten
Beats Antique, Thriftworks, Holiday Mountain at Emo’s
Kishi Bashi, Laura Gibson at Mohawk outdoor
Futuristic at Parish
Croy & the Boys album release, Ramsay Midwood, Rattlesnake Milk at Hotel Vegas
Carolyn Wonderland Band, Nakia & the Blues Grifters at Antone’s
Darden Smith at Cactus Cafe
East Cameron Folkcore, The Eastern Sea, Belcurve at Barracuda
‘Get Ghost’ Glow in the Dark Party with DJ Shani, Aquaman Chill at 234 W. Second St.
Nina Diaz at Waterloo Records
The Fray, American Authors at ACL Live
Ringo Deathstarr, UVH, Crooked Bangs, Xetas at Barracuda
Bobby Whitlock & Coco Carmel at Saxon Pub
Soul of a Musician series with Jane Ellen Bryant at Iron Cactus North]]