Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 20, 2014
As always, hear this weekend’s music picks on our Spotify playlist: This weekend in Austin.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Paramount Theatre. If you can’t go to Preservation Hall, let the band bring it to you. While this over-sized outfit named for its long history with the New Orleans venue is renowned for jazz traditionalism, they’ve also taken part in some intriguing collaborations. An album and tour with bluegrass greats the Del McCoury Band explored some fascinating overlap, while a 2010 project found them bringing in the likes of Tom Waits and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James as guest vocalists. James also produced the band’s latest record, 2013’s "That’s It!" – which focuses on original material. $42-$57. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. – Peter Blackstock
East 35 CD release at Empire Control Room. The gritty, streetwise rap duo East 35 consists of rappers Bigg John and Young Gift, who have been representing the Dirty South sound in the ATX for ages. In October they dropped a hard-hitting, heavily blunted, Tito’s-soaked video for the new single "Look At It." If the rest of the album goes half as hard, we can be confident the party will be slow, loud and bangin’. $7-$10. 9 p.m. 607 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com. – Deborah Sengupta Stith
Also: Three local acts have EP release parties: Hard-rock band Not in the Face celebrates its new "Brass Tacks" disc, helmed by big-time producers GGGarth Richardson and Bob Ezrin, at Holy Mountain with the Happen-Ins and We Were Wolves; smooth soul-pop outfit the Ben Baxter Band unveils "Give Me Love" at the Belmont with Ben Cina and Ruby Jane; and White Walls brings forth its latest disc at Cheer Up Charlie’s. … Improvised music fest No Idea Festivalcelebrates experimental music in Mexico with an afternoon event at Mexic-Arte, then holds an evening program at the Museum of Human Achievement. … Touring alternative-rock shows include Dr. Dog with Saint Rich at Stubb’s outside, and an acoustic show by Sea Wolf’s Alex Brown Church at Lambert’s with opener Derek Evans. … The Continental Club welcomes back Southern California rockabilly greats Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, with openers The Far West. … Canadian classic-rockers Guess Who play the One World Theatre.
Nakia Birthday Bash at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Soulful singer Nakia made a national name for himself in 2011 by rising to the semifinals in the first season of NBC’s "The Voice" as part of Cee-Lo Green’s team. His 2013 release "Drown in the Crimson Tide" found him churning out a rich Motown-oriented blend of rock ‘n’ soul. Nakia is not scheduled to sing at the party (although it’s hard to believe he won’t bust out a tune or two), but Riders Against the Storm, XBRMNT, Mom Jeans, Sampler & Son and Big Bill will all play. Nakia is slated for a two-hour DJ set at the end of the night. The party will help break in Cheer Up Charlie’s new Red River digs, as the club just reopened in the old Club DeVille space at the beginning of the week. $5. 900 Red River St. 8 p.m. See the club’s Facebook page for details. – D.S.S.
Also: Shearwater, whose late 2013 album "Fellow Travelers" was a fascinating exploration of songs by bands that they’ve toured with over the years, is at the North Door with Jesca Hoop, whose song "Our Only Sun" is the leadoff track on Shearwater’s record. … Also with close ties to the Shearwater camp is Hospital Ships, fronted by former Shearwater sideman Jordan Geiger; they’re at the Cactus Cafe with North Carolina indie act Des Ark. … 101X hits the Eastside for a Homegrown Live party with Shivery Shakes and Major Major at Hotel Vegas … Young Texans Against Cancer brings in Austin’s top one-man band Shakey Graves for a 4 p.m. set during the Spice For Life Chili Cookoff at Stubb’s, which runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. … New north-end haven the Roost plants its flag firmly in Texas singer-songwriter turf this weekend, following up a Friday James McMurtry show with Saturday’s appearance by Ray Wylie Hubbard. … Detroit indie-pop quartet Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is at Emo’s with Chad Valley. … Northeast singer-songwriter Martin Sexton is at the Belmont with the Brothers McCann. … The eclectic and oversized Golden Dawn Arkestra brings its uproarious costumes to the Continental Club, with Dan Dyer opening. … Brass House presents Birdlegg & the Texas Tight Fit Blues Band with an early show by the Pete Rodriguez Trio.
Eleanor Friedberger and Sweet Spirit at Cactus Cafe. Two albums into a solo career with Merge Records after rising to attention with her brother in Fiery Furnaces, Eleanor Friedberger is making music that’s less challenging but more palatable as a solo artist. Her latest, "Personal Record," isn’t entirely a solo affair: Expatriate Brit singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding co-wrote all of the songs, and the sound isn’t that far off from the smart pop he’s been delivering for years. $12. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org. – P.B.
G-Eazy at the Scoot Inn. Here’s the thing, Oakland rapper G-Eazy is not a particularly great lyricist. Much of his subject matter covers the usual mainstream tropes: life in the rap game, his prowess with the ladies, smoking weed, etc. Where his music excels is in the production. Lush, dreamy grooves swirl around soulful hooks creating an aura of romance and melodic bliss. Rockie Fresh, Tory Lanez and KYLE open. $20. 1308 E. Fourth Street. Scoremoreshows.com. – D.S.S.
Also: Let’s hope you’re a rich girl (or guy) if you want to go see Daryl Hall & John Oates at ACL Live, because getting tickets to the sold-out show will be a bitch. … On the other hand, the answer is Yes if you simply want to hear songs from the 1970s, as Jon Anderson sings art-rock classics at One World Theatre. … Spicewood Tavern’s "Soul of a Musician" series features local rising star Dana Falconberry. … New York improv percussionist and composer Adam Rudolph teams with local players for a Go: Organic Orchestra performance at Salvage Vanguard Theater.