By Michael Corcoran
Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 17, 2013
Listen in on artists playing around town in our This Weekend in Austin Spotify playlist, updated weekly.
Steve Earle & the Dukes at the Paramount Theatre, Jason Isbelland the 400 Unit at the Belmont. This is known, to fans of exceptional Southern songcraft, as a quandary. If Americana was the Boston Red Sox, this is like Carl Yastrzemski and Big Papi signing autographs at the same time in different memorabilia shows in town. This is also a win-win situation. Earle has had a career like none other, like if Hank Williams sobered up in prison and ended up doing his best work as an older gentleman. Austin couple the Mastersons open the show, then play in the Dukes. Isbell spends so much time in Austin he can complain about MoPac, but we love having him, especially when he’s with his talented wife Amanda Shires. Isbell’s latest LP "Southeastern" displays his depth as a musical storyteller, a streetwise Lyle Lovett. Steve Earle: $35-$40 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. www.austintheatre.org. Jason Isbell: 9 p.m. $23 305 W. Sixth St. www.thebelmontaustin.com.
Also performing:Kid Cudi, Big Sean at Cedar Park CenterJ. Roddy Walston & the Business, Gringo Star at Stubb’sJose Feliciano at One World TheaterWaco Brothers, Churchwood at the Continental ClubScorpion Child, Leopold And His Fiction, Sweat Lodge at the North Door2nd Annual HAAM-O-Ween Bash with Soul Track Mind, Crooks at Antone’sNight Mothers with Alex Ruiz (Del Castillo) at One-2-One BarGut Bucket at BeerlandAFI, Touche Amore at the MohawkSalesman, Hereticks (EP release) at Hotel VegasHanni El Khatib, Bass Drum of Death at the ParishHoly Mountain’s First Birthday at Holy MountainThicker Than Thieves at Flamingo CantinaYoung Costello, Judivan Roots at Infest AustinJessie Ware, Mikky Ekko at Emo’s EastRoger Wallace at the White HorseInvincible Czars, Bee vs. Moth at the Sahara LoungeStephanie Bradley Band at Skylark LoungeGhost Box Orchestra, Deep Space at the Swan DiveHavilah Rand at Strange BrewJT Coldfire at Moontower Saloon
John Fogertyat ACL Live. Up there with Dylan, Smokey, Simon, Springsteen, Haggard and Prince as the greatest living American songwriter, Fogerty has an added dimension: He still rocks just about as hard as anyone out there. And his voice can still mess with the hairs on the back of your neck. No mere nostalgia act, his latest LP of duets, "Wrote a Song For Everyone," is one of the year’s most pleasing. 8 p.m. $61. 310 W. Second St. www.acl-live.com. Read more about John Fogerty here.
Also performing:Water Liars at Stubb’s (indoors)Aimee Bobruk at Strange BrewJ Cole, Wale at the Austin Music HallCrystal Antlers, the Zoltars at the MohawkJimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-a-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton at Antone’sJAB Fest with the Josh Abbott Band at Central Texas SpeedwayJimmy LaFave, Parker Milsap at Threadgill’sMount Kimbie, Jonwayne at Red 7Easy Tiger, the Sun Machine at the Spiderhouse BallroomJJ Grey & Mofro, Uncle Lucius at Stubb’sLost Bayou Ramblers at the Continental ClubOmar and the Howlers at Saxon PubTwo Hoots and a Holler, Dave Insley at the White HorseDeadeye at the Scoot InnCarper Family at the Austin String Band Festival at Camp Ben McCulloch
Titus Andronicusat Red 7. Here’s an old fashioned Maxwell’s Hoboken punk rock show, heavy on the rock. Named after a Shakespeare tragedy, TA is so dramatic they make moving from their home state of New Jersey to current Brooklyn neighborhood sound like it requires a stop through Ellis Island. Lone original member Patrick Stickles writes with verve, and 2012’s "Local Business" LP backs up the bluster. Midgetmen and the Low High open. $12-$14 9 p.m. 611 E. Seventh St. www.red7austin.com.
Also performing:Holly Hunt, Naw Dude at BeerlandDeep Space, the Rips at the MohawkAdam Torres, Tube Top 69, Devin James Fry at Holy MountainMatt the Electrician at Spicewood TavernMelanie Martinez at Stubb’sResentments at Saxon Pubthe Wagoneers, Heybale at the Continental ClubDay of Education at the North DoorUrban Achievers Brass Band, Tony Airoldi, Conjunto Los Pinkys at the White HorseRyan and the Relics at the Sahara LoungeAmanda Cevallos at One-2-OneFree In-store: Max Frost at Waterloo Records (5 p.m.).