Monday: Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe. Recovery from December’s sudden closure of busy local coffeehouse venue Strange Brew continues steadily. Residencies for important local acts such as Durawa and Wrenfro were picked up quickly El Mercado Backstage and One-2-One Bar, respectively. Now comes the entirely logical relocation of Kacy Crowley’s Sunday open mic series: She’s bringing it to the Cactus, which had a long tradition of open mics under past management before KUT/KUTX took over the University of Texas Student Union venue. Manager Matt Munoz said he’d wanted to wait “until we found something special” to bring back the open mics. Rescuing Crowley’s popular series fits that bill nicely. Free. 7:30 p.m. performers sign-up, 8 p.m. show. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org. — P.B.
Tuesday-Saturday: Southern Culture on the Skids at Continental Club. It must be hot-roddin’ time again. Whenever the annual Lonestar Round Up car show pulls into the Travis County Expo Center, as it does next weekend, North Carolina’s reigning trailer-trash rockers arrive early for a five-day stand at the city’s coolest car-culture-centric nightclub. Different opening acts will be featured each night, but we especially like Tuesday’s kickoff lineup, with hometown roots favorites Uncle Lucius on the bill and Continental grand dame Toni Price kicking things off in her 7 p.m. happy-hour slot. The main show starts at 9 p.m. with $15 admission. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.
Thursday: Darden Smith album release in-store at Waterloo Records. When Darden Smith puts a band together to make a record, like he did for his new “Everything,” he doesn’t mess around. Holed up at Arlyn Studios last month, he brought aboard a cast full of aces: bassist Roscoe Beck (Leonard Cohen), drummer JJ Johnson (Tedeschi Trucks Band), keyboardist Michael Ramos (Patty Griffin), guitarist Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan) and multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield (too many to mention). It’s a testament to the respect in-demand musicians have for Smith that they all answered the call. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com. (Smith plays a full record-release show on Saturday at Stateside at the Paramount.) — P.B.
MondayMystery Monday with Christine Albert, Michael O’Connor and Kym Warner at El Mercado Backstage Lonelyland, Brian Pounds at Saxon Pub Mother Vibe, Swell Fellas at the Mohawk inside Bison Machine, Crypt Trip, Destroyer of Light, White Dog at Hotel Vegas Chris Gage at Donn’s Depot Gents at Geraldine’s
TuesdayAllah-Las, Babe Rainbow at Mohawk outdoor Modern Baseball, Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band at Emo’s Strand of Oaks, Mount Moriah at Stubb’s indoor Strand of Oaks in-store at Waterloo Records (5 p.m.) The Nothing Song presents the Diamond Center, River Jones & Lorelei Linklater at Cheer Up Charlie’s Hippie Sabotage at Vulcan Gas Company Sunny Sweeney & Brennen Leigh at Saxon Pub Antone’s Big Trio, Bluebonnets at Antone’s Randy Weeks at Continental Gallery Kem Watts CD release at One-2-One Bar Paper Moonshiners with Oliver Steck & Stanley Smith at Elephant Room
WednesdayWhy?, Eskimeaux at Mohawk outdoor Generationals at Empire Control Room Fortunate Youth at Parish Middleman Burr at Stateside at the Paramount Transit Method, Oro Cassini, Aaron Clift Experiment at Sidewinder Gary Nicholson, Jeff Plankenhorn at Cactus Cafe Matt the Electrician at Townsend Croy & the Boys at White Horse Texas Radio Live with Tahoma, Wheelwrights at Guero’s Oak Garden Barbara Nesbitt at Threadgill’s North
ThursdayEuphoria Fest pre-party with Auto Body, Manic Focus, Resonant Frequency at Carson Creek Ranch Passenger, Paper Kites at Stubb’s outdoor Robbie Fulks at Cactus Cafe Of Montreal, Christina Schneider’s Jepeto Solutions at Mohawk outdoor Orwells, Walters at Emo’s Jarabe De Palo at Empire Chris Berardo Acoustic Trio at Threadgill’s South Carl Weathersby, Red Young & His Hot Horns at Antone’s Merle Haggard birthday tribute with Lucas Hudgins & friends at ABGB Police tribute with Will Taylor & Strings Attached at the Townsend Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery Michael Hale Organ Trio, Emily Gimble, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s Jaimee Harris, Nellie Clay at One-2-One Bar Jackie Venson at Geraldine’s ]]