Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 30, 2014
Disclosure at Stubb’s. 2013 was a bang-up year for British brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence (ages 23 and 20). Working as the electronic music duo Disclosure, the Lawrences play a mix of deep house UK garage and funky grooves. They dropped their debut full-length "Settle" in June and six months later they’ve received nods from both the Brit Awards and the Grammys, the latter of which nominated the album for Best Dance/Electronica Album. $30 GA tickets technically sold out, $130 VIP tickets available. 7 p.m. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Sara Hickman at Cactus Cafe. An interesting aside in a dual interview between Hickman and fellow songwriter Darden Smith in the Austin Chronicle when the two artists simultaneously released albums last summer was the credit Hickman gives to Billy Bragg for opening her eyes toward using music for social causes. The two toured together when both were on Elektra Records in the late ’80s, and though they’re fairly far apart stylistically as singer-songwriters — Hickman’s music is much more pop-oriented — her career has indeed bent largely toward social and humanitarian causes of all kinds. She’ll play songs from last year’s "Shine" and no doubt many others from her dozen-plus albums. $15-$18. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org. – Peter Blackstock
Learning Secrets 10th anniversary at Red 7. The regular disco/house throwdown helmed by Ian Orth and Jeramy Neugent is turning 10 and to celebrate they’re bringing in Delorean, a band of buoyant indie poppers from the Basque region of Spain. $12. 9 p.m. 611 E. Seventh Street. transmissionevents.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Long Beach, Calif., R&B/reggae singer J. Boog plays with Panamanian hip-hop act Los Rakas at the North Door. … Instrumental guitar duo Strunz & Farah do two shows at One World Theatre. … For a fine night of honky-tonkin’ out on the town, take your pick between James Hand at the Continental Club, Mike Stinson at Fado’s "Country Fried Fridays" series and the Derailers at the Broken Spoke (or prep for South by Southwest and try to hit all three). Hard-boiled rootsy singer-songwriter Ramsay Midwood plays at midnight at the White Horse (and also on Saturday at ABGB). … William Harries Graham brings his "Proper Nang" teen scene to Strange Brew for a free "Strange Nang" show featuring Payton Nicole, Ariel Herrera & Joey Listrom, Painted Redstarts, Colin Brooks Huntley Band and Christiane Swenson.
Fred Frith at the North Door. On the heels of Bill Frisell’s stellar show at the new C-Boy’s Heart & Soul a couple weeks ago comes yet another world-class guitar improviser. Both players coax ingeniously creative sounds out of six strings, but where Frisell tends toward tasteful beauty, Frith pulls out all the stops with mind-boggling innovative techniques. A professor in the renowned music program at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., he makes a rare Austin appearance in this Epistrophy Arts show. $15-$20. 9:30 p.m. 502 Brushy St. ndvenue.com. – P.B.
Serafia Jane at Flamingo Cantina. The self-proclaimed "Soul Sister of Electronic Dance Music" boasts a four-and-a-half octave range, a jazzy sensibility and ample style and sass. The bill for this show also includes Mojo Queen and New Mystery Girl. 515. E Sixth St. flamingocantina.com — D.S.S.
Peggy Sue and Mandolin Orange at the Mohawk (inside). Though they’re labelmates on Yep Roc Records, these two acts are an ocean apart, literally. Peggy Sue hails from Brighton, England, and dips dual-female vocals deep into indie-rock sonic textures on their "Choir of Echoes," released this week. Mandolin Orange, from Chapel Hill, N.C., casts the vocal harmonies of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz in graceful, pastoral acoustic arrangements on their 2013 disc "This Side of Jordan." Mariners Children open. $5. 9:30 p.m. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. – P.B.
The Good Music Club second anniversary at Spider House Ballroom. Start your Saturday early with a matinee live taping celebrating the second anniversary of this fantastic curated music series. Wildly adventurous global disco funk outfit KP and the Boom Boom headlines a bill that also includes rap supercrew the League of Extraordinary Gz and conscious rapper Saul Paul. $5 4 p.m. 2906 Fruth St. spiderhousecafe.com — D.S.S.
Also: Wild Cub, a rising new wave act from Nashville plays Lamberts (technically sold out). … Arizona rockers the Maine play an acoustic show at Stubb’s. … Local alt-rockers Nelo celebrate their new album release at the Parish, while Vinyl Dharma celebrates the release of a new CD at Lucky Lounge. … Local country acts with considerable commercial potential set up shop down south: American Idol semifinalist Kendall Beard is at Moontower Saloon, while the Whiskey Sisters play the 10 p.m. slot at Strange Brew. … Or head west to catch a local country act who’s already realized his considerable commercial potential, as Grand Ole Opry member Hal Ketchum plays One World Theatre. … Mash-up masters the Hood Internet play Red 7. … Community radio station 91.7 KOOP throws a pajama party at the Spiderhouse at 8 p.m. to celebrate 19 years of eclectic programming, with music by Mitch Webb & the Swindles, the Ugly Beats and T-Bird & the Breaks. … Fans of the Doors may want to check out James Stanley & Cliff Eberhardt, who’ll play songs from their tribute disc "All Wood and Doors" at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
The Wagoneers at the Continental Club. They’re here pretty much every Sunday, preceding Redd Volkaert’s Heybale crew, but the reunited Wagoneers shouldn’t be taken for granted. Once Austin’s great young country hope, they seem revitalized in their second go-round, judging from the quality of the dozen songs they’ve recorded for a new album they’ll be issuing in April on their own label. $10. 7:30 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. – P.B.
Also: Father-and-son team Kevin and Dustin Welch team up as the Welch Boys for the first of three 4 p.m. Sunday shows in February at Strange Brew.