Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 16, 2014
Sylvan Esso at Emo’s. Amelia Meath was in a folk trio of women called Mountain Man that formed during their college days in Vermont. Nick Sanborn was a sideman with an indie-folk outfit of bearded dudes who looked like mountain men but called themselves Megafaun. They met on tour in Milwaukee and both ended up moving to Durham, N.C., where they started a new duo called Sylvan Esso that steered toward electronic pop. Their debut album, released in May, immediately drew attention from influential curators such as NPR and hit No. 38 on the Billboard pop charts in its first week. Initially booked at the Parish, this show has moved to the notably larger Emo’s. Dana Bouy opens. $13. 7 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — P.B.
Also: Southern-rock singer and guitarist Edwin McCain, who recorded an acoustic album here called "The Austin Sessions" a decade ago, returns for a show at One World Theatre. … St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church resumes its "Soul of a Musician" series at Spicewood Tavern with a 7:30 p.m. performance by pop singer-songwriter Sara Hickman. … Longtime local country outfit the Wagoneers play most Sundays at 7:30 p.m. at the Continental Club, but this week’s show will be "unplugged" with two acoustic guitars and an upright bass. … Other Americana options throughout the day include singer-songwriterShake Russell at 3 p.m. at the Saxon Pub, the Carper Family at 4 p.m. at ABGB, and Warren Hood & the Brewbirds at 8 p.m. at Strange Brew.