Steve Earle & the Dukes at the Paramount Theatre, Jason Isbell and 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 Center; J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Gringo Star at Stubb’s; Jose Feliciano at One World Theater; Waco Brothers, Churchwood at the Continental Club: Scorpion Child, Leopold And His Fiction, Sweat Lodge at the North Door; 2nd Annual HAAM-O-Ween Bash with Soul Track Mind, Crooks at Antone’s; Night Mothers with Alex Ruiz (Del Castillo) at One-2-One Bar; Gut Bucket at Beerland; AFI, Touche Amore at the Mohawk; Salesman, Hereticks (EP release) at Hotel Vegas; Hanni El Khatib, Bass Drum of Death at the Parish; Holy Mountain’s First Birthday at Holy Mountain; Thicker Than Thieves at Flamingo Cantina; Young Costello, Judivan Roots at Infest Austin; Jessie Ware, Mikky Ekko at Emo’s East; Roger Wallace at the White Horse; Invincible Czars, Bee vs. Moth at the Sahara Lounge; Stephanie Bradley Band at Skylark Lounge; Ghost Box Orchestra, Deep Space at the Swan Dive; Havilah Rand at Strange Brew; JT Coldfire at Moontower Saloon.
John Fogerty at 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.
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Also performing: Water Liars at Stubb’s (indoors); Aimee Bobruk at Strange Brew; J Cole, Wale at the Austin Music Hall; Crystal Antlers, the Zoltars at the Mohawk; Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-a-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton at Antone’s; JAB Fest with the Josh Abbott Band at Central Texas Speedway; Jimmy LaFave, Parker Milsap at Threadgill’s; Mount Kimbie, Jonwayne at Red 7; Easy Tiger, the Sun Machine at the Spiderhouse Ballroom; JJ Grey & Mofro, Uncle Lucius at Stubb’s; Lost Bayou Ramblers at the Continental Club; Omar and the Howlers at Saxon Pub; Two Hoots and a Holler, Dave Insley at the White Horse; Deadeye at the Scoot Inn; Carper Family at the Austin String Band Festival at Camp Ben McCulloch.
Titus Andronicus at Red 7. Here’s an old fashioned Mawell’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 Beerland; Deep Space, the Rips at the Mohawk; Adam Torres, Tube Top 69, Devin James Fry at Holy Mountain; Matt the Electrician at Spicewood Tavern; Melanie Martinez at Stubb’s; Resentments at Saxon Pub; the Wagoneers, Heybale at the Continental Club; Day of Education at the North Door; Urban Achievers Brass Band, Tony Airoldi, Conjunto Los Pinkys at the White Horse; Ryan and the Relics at the Sahara Lounge; Amanda Cevallos at One-2-One. Free In-store: Max Frost at Waterloo Records (5 p.m.).
Langhorne Slim and the Law at the Parish. Yeah, I know this week’s top shows list is a bit roots-rockish, but maybe that’s a way to get back from ACL Fest to the style of music the Austin scene was built on. The man from Langhorne, Penn., has long been heralded a great live act, with his Woody G. does “Ooh La La” vibe, but now that Mumford & Sons and Avett Brothers stole his schtick, Slim’s gotta have reclamation on the brain. Watch “The Way We Move” on YouTube and $15 seems a bargain. Johnny Fritz opens. 8 p.m. 214 E. Sixth St. www.theparishaustin.com.
Also performing: Dale Watson & his Lone Stars at the Continental Club; The Hems at the Cactus; Druncken Spellling Bea at the Mohawk; Rock and Roll Karaoke at Beerland; Old Five and Dimers, Robobilly at the Hole in the Wall; Rosie & the Ramblers, Rollfast Ramblers at the White Horse; James Robinson at Continental Gallery; Jennifer Ellen Cook at One-2-One; Wig Wam Bam! Mondays at Hotel Vegas; Bob Schneider at Saxon Pub; Hot Nut Riveters, McKinney, Scalzo & Sexton at Strange Brew
Wicked Wisdom at Red 7. Yes, this is the metal band fronted by Jada Pinkett Smith that caused a stir — both for and against — by playing the second stage of Ozzfest in 2005. Some go into thrash because they’re broke and disenfranchised, others because they’re tired of being known only as a wife and mother. Whatever, WW is a passion pit for Mrs. Will Smith and if she wasn’t committed, she wouldn’t be out on the road. And she usually has Fish from Fishbone on drums. With Walking Papers, Better Left Unsaid, Brand New Machine. $17 10 p.m. 611 E. Seventh St. www.red7austin.com.
Also performing: They Might Be Giants, Moon Hooch at Stubb’s; Ghosts Along the Brazos at One-2-One; Mighty Mountain, Casual Strangers, Obscured by Echoes at the Mohawk; Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots & A Holler at Antone’s; Alejandro Escovedo, Amanda Cevallos at the Continental Club; Hot Command, Lex Land at the Belmont; Love Leighs, Sour Bridges at the White Horse; Amy LaVere at Saxon Pub; Black Cadillac, Ash Gray at the Sahara Lounge; Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery.
Ramsay Midwood at the White Horse. The day J.J. Cale died I went looking to see if Midwood had a gig in town, but since he almost never does I listened to his obscure gem “Shoot Out At the OK Chinese Restaurant” instead. Like Cale, Midwood has a light touch on a heavy groove. His stew of strange vegetables is not for everyone, but when you “get” Midwood, it’s like being picked up hitchhiking and you’re along for the ride. RM’s at 10 p.m. and then it’s the great Leo Rondeau at midnight. 500 Comal St. www.thewhitehorseaustin.com.
Also performing: Graham Reynolds with Redd Volkaert: The Marfa Tryptych Preview at the Long Center Rollins Studio Theater; the Happen-Ins, Mayeux & Broussard at the Sahara Lounge; Grooms at the Mohawk; Atlas Genius, Family of the Year at Stubb’s; White Mystery, Gal Pals at Hotel Vegas; Noise Blowout Extravaganza at Chain Drive; Hey Marseilles, You Me & Apollo at Lambert’s; Death Angel, 3 Inches of Blood, Battlecross at the Dirty Dog Bar; James McMurtry at the Continental Club; American Aquarium, Cody Canada & The Departed at Antone’s; Howlin’ Brothers, Wood & Wire at the Cactus; Carson Brock at Threadgill’s; Walt Wilkins at Saxon Pub.
Free In-store: Aisha Burns at Waterloo Records 5 p.m.
Holy Ghost! at Emo’s East. The Brooklyn synth-dance duo (Pizza Shop Boys?) brings their smart disco ideas to town, along with the new album “Dynamics,” out just six weeks. Former label and touring mates of LCD Soundsystem, Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel are much more focused on the robotic groove patterns. No need for Daft Punk to play at their house. $17. 9 p.m. 201 E. Riverside Drive. www.emosaustin.com.
Also performing: Barenaked Ladies, Whitehorse at ACL Live; Carbon Leaf, Andrew Duhon at the Parish; Matt the Electrician, Miles Zuniga at Strange Brew; Mean Jeans, Audacity at Beerland; Patrice Pike, Nelo at Saxon Pub; Finch, Dance Gavin Dance at Red 7; Disfigured at Infest Austin; Austin Lucas, Mockingbird Loyals at Holy Mountain; Tameca Jones, Dan Dyer at Continental Gallery; Indireto (Brazil), Muchos Backflips, White Powder at the Lost Well; Dawn and Hawkes at Lambert’s; The Rough Riders Halloween show at the Hole in the Wall; Sarah & The Tallboys at the Continental Club; Them Duqaines at the White Horse; Ken Navarro at One World Theater.