7 Nights: Music picks for Nov. 8-14


Gov’t Mule at Stubb’s. Warren Haynes and his kicking Mule are my jam (band) because they know classic rock like Dale Watson knows a shortcut to Ginny’s Little Longhorn. When Robbie Krieger joined them onstage for a couple shows on the West Coast last week, the Mule did an hour of songs by the Doors. They’ve also recreated full albums by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Who and the Rolling Stones. But here they’re expected to stick mainly to their own serpentine playbook, with the new LP “Shout!” fresh in their minds. Opening are Vintage Trouble, the big hit of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, whose singer Ty Taylor moves like Jagger’s heroes and sounds born in an uptown hurricane. Lucky we live in Austin where we always get a second chance. Doors at 7 p.m. $25. 801 Red River St. www.stubbsaustin.com

Also performing: Denton is known for the jazz program at North Texas State, but the town north of Dallas is also big enough to have given flight to the Eli Young Band, the mainstream country group that is to jazz what shag carpet is to milk. Josh Grider opens at ACL Live … The melodic songwriting of Rick Smith (ex-Girls) sets the Mooks apart from the majority of garage rock bands leaping at the end of their last song. The newish Austin quartet plays the venerable Carousel Lounge with New Mystery Girl and Go Wows… Filling a void on Sixth Street, the Dirty Dog Bar has been booking hard rock acts loud enough to move the milling freeloaders down the block. Tonight it’s A New Revolution, Boy Hits Car, the Armiger, Inch of Dark, Killing in Apathy and Beard the LionChristopher the Conquered needed an excuse to get out of De Moines, Iowa, for a few weeks, which takes them to the Hole in the Wall… Afro-jazz/funk instrumental band Golden Dawn Arkestra fills the Sahara Lounge with maximum molecules of sound… No way we’re not going to tell you about Peter Case at the Cactus Café. Your key still works, Mr. Plimsoul.


Bernhoft and Sivert Høyem at the Parish. Welcome to tonight’s episode of “Norway’s Got Talent.” A pair of guys who know where you go for Chinese in Oslo have broken from their rock bands to go solo with impressive results. You may have seen Bernhoft on Conan or Ellen recently. He’s the R&B singer with the uncommitted mohawk who loops tracks to harmonize and jam with himself to the amusement of millions of YouTube clickers. Høyem is more of a somber moodmeister, with an eerie guitar and a voice goin’ with Cohen, Leonard. These boys are going to entertain, as any talented Norwegian would. 9 p.m. $16-$18. E. Sixth St. www.theparishaustin.com.

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Also performing: Mysterious singer Jazz Mills, who used to be in a band with Todd from “Breaking Bad,” is back at Strange Brew after maternity leave with a terrific “Little Baby” video and a new EP … Veteran Nashville songsmith Kevin Welch and son Dustin Welch trade tunes and stories at the Cactus Café KMFDM brings its original industrial sound to Elysium Men headline a crazy lineup at Cheer Up Charlie’s Foot Patrol brings a funk fetish to the Carousel LoungeMC Yogi and Shakey Graves give a Wanderlust Festival primer at C3’s newish venue Brazos Hall … Bassist George Porter Jr. of the Meters shares the stage with A Live One at Antone’s … Then there’s the West African music of Zoumountchi at the Sahara Lounge.


Harry Connick Jr. at Bass Concert Hall. Crooner, actor, bandleader, Katrina hero, “American Idol” judge. A mega-star who has never lost his Nawlins charm. After Harry met the public on the soundtrack of 1989’s “When Harry Met Sally,” he became an endearing and enduring entertainer. We’ve even forgiven him for that mid-‘90s “funk” tour, where he seemed as annoyingly out of place as Steve Zahn in “Treme.” Connick comes to town with a horn-laden Big Band and no set list, though he’s sure to throw in some numbers from new LP “Every Man Should Know.” 8 p.m. $49.50- $125. 2300 Robert Dedman Drive. www.texasperformingarts.org.

Also performing: Another nod to Wanderlust, where “Chair People” are replaced with fans spreading yoga mats, finds cellist Ben Sollee at Brazos Hall … The Spicewood Tavern’s “Soul of a Musician” series features the lovely and haunting Dana Falconberry … And the Hole in the Wall continues its Kansas kinship with Middle Twin … As always, Sunday belongs to the Resentments at the Saxon Pub and Heybale!, with the Wagoneers opening, at the Continental Club.


Motion City Soundtrack at Emo’s East. There’s only one real reason Emo’s shouldn’t drop the now unnecessary East from its name: to put in distance from emo bands who killed the kind of real punk music that Emo’s was built on. This veteran Minneapolis band continues to tour on the fact that most of the U.S. considers Green Day to be trailblazers. But at least the Motion City five can knock a hole in the night while telling you “Everything Is Allright.” Relient K is a co-headliner and Driver Friendly opens. 7 p.m. $20-$23. www.emosaustin.com

Also performing: Warming up for his “ACL” taping Nov. 25 is Dale Watson at the Continental Club… The Chariot swings lo and heavy at Red 7… Monday means Bob Schneider at Saxon Pub, Jitterbug Vipers at Elephant Room, Rock and Roll Karaoke at Beerland, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell and Christine Albert at El Mercado South, Little Elmore Reed Blues Band at Legendary White Swan and Wig Wam Bam! Mondays with DJ Sara O at Hotel Vegas. Don’t even have to look those up… Sahara Lounge goes country with Chris King and the Liberators.


Janelle Monae at ACL Live. This Atlanta soul/pop singer doesn’t need the science fiction shtick anymore: brilliant new guest-laden LP “The Electric Lady” knocks her into the stratosphere. Her guest vocals on fun.’s monster hit “We Are Young” brought Monae to the mainstream, but the new LP keeps her cool, especially “Dance Apocalyptic,” which could be the most infective urban rock number since “Hey Ya” by her pals Outkast. 8 p.m. $39-$59. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. www.acl-live.com.

Also performing: Portland’s Blitzen Trapper is back in town to push latest Vagrant release “VII,” with Alialujah Choir at the Parish Tele Novella, featuring Jason and Matt from Voxtrot, play Hotel Vegas … One of Pink’s former collaborators Butch Walker brings his hard songs to Lambert’s …the great, sad Rickie Lee Jones returns to One World TheaterMeganaut, First Pilot, All the Elements rock the Mohawk.

Free in-store: Zoltars at Waterloo Records (5 p.m).


Mike Doughty at the Belmont. This former Soul Coughing frontman has had quite an interesting life (his memoir “The Book of Drugs” came out last year) and career, but it turns out heroin is easier to kick than the Soul Coughing reference. That he’s come full circle is apparent in his latest album, which features 13 re-recordings of the material best-loved by his cult audience. His biggest regret is probably not writing the theme to “The Sopranos,” but deep-voiced MD’s a cool mix of the Michaels Stipe and Ness. Moon Hooch opens. 8 p.m. $22- $25. 305 W. Sixth St. www.thebelmontaustin.com.

Also performing: Still pumping those Jamaican riddims are the Mau Mau Chaplains at the Flamingo Cantina … The Golden Boys and Church Shoes toss Hotel Vegas with trained noise … James McMurtry and Jon Dee Graham know where they’re going to be every Wednesday night. And Jon Dee knows where his kid William will be: opening the show with his Painted Redshirts … Gourds fans feeling an emptiness since “The Last Stomp” might want to check out Jimmy Smith’s new band with Claude Bernard, the Hard Pans at Antone’s. James Hyland and the Joint Chiefs confuse the swing dancers with their mystic roots music at White Horse … Respected Red Dirt songwriter is not a contradiction in terms when you’re talking about Walt Wilkins, who’s at Saxon Pub every Wednesday … Bay Area avant-gardener Henry Kaiser is playing at the Owl (1522 E. 12th St.) with Austin-based double bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and others … for more graceful musical weirdness, there’s Grace Park and the Deer at Cheer Up Charlie’s.


Skyrocket at the Belmont. Why buy the cow when milk’s $3.62 a gallon? Why get married and hire ‘70s cover band Skyrocket to play your wedding for the price of a used Altima when you can plop down $10 and hear Johnny Goudie, Darin and Trish Murphy and the rest of the gang sing “Brown-Eyed Girl” and “Come On Eileen” on West Sixth? Believe me, it’s cheaper this way. 8:30 p.m. 305 W. Sixth St. www.thebelmontaustin.com.

Austin Fan Fest downtown: More a diversion for townfolk than a major festival, the Circuit of Americas organizers have taken a page from Aquafest’s old booking scheme and assembled a six-stage lineup that mixes oldies (Berlin, Lou Gramm) with local mainstays (Ian Moore, Vallejo, Alpha Rev and Guy Forsyth), a smattering of rising stars (Tje Austin, Clairey Browne), Latino acts (Kingz One, Stefani Montiel) and cover bands (Suede, Danger Cakes, Hell’s Belles) over the next four days. Stroller alert: It’s FREE! Unlike it’s edgy predecessor, “Fan Fan Fan Fest” does not feature a taco cannon, we’re afraid, and apparently the Chalupa Catapult didn’t test so well. 5 p.m. to midnight. www.austinfanfest.com

Also performing: For starters, you have those Americana pioneers Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at One World Theater and former the Anniversary singer Josh Berwanger’s new band at Holy Mountain…. Country music revivalists Mike & the Moonpies will get the dancers out at the Continental Club, while Matt the Electrician unveils precise songcraft at the Cactus Café, Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers roll out the roots rock at Lambert’s and Hailer brings the sound of Sydney, Australia, to the Hole in theWall, with Daylight Titans also on the bill.

Road trip! Pink is at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

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