Poliça, Marijuana Deathsquads at Emo’s East. Two bands, five drummers: pound it! That’s how it’s going down at Emo’s, with a pair of artsy rock bands from Minneapolis unfazed by comparisons to Suicide and Portishead. The headliner, whose name means “policy” in Polish, grew out of Gayngs, the pillow-rock collective whose founder Ryan Olson and backup singer Channy Leaneagh started writing the songs that filled Poliça’s terrifica debut “Give You the Ghost.” New LP “Shulamith” puts them back on the road with the pot commandos, who also have a new record in “Oh My Sexy Lord.” Poliça have been covering Leslie Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me,” an anthem of teen defiance that fits with new work that struts the throw rug between lovely and uncomfortable with no apologies. Doors at 8 p.m. $18. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. www.emosaustin.com.
Also performing: Deadpan indie rockers the Zoltars celebrate the release of new LP “Walking Through the Dark” at Hotel Vegas … The F1 folks are reprising last year’s “Best of Texas Music” show at ACL Live, with Asleep at the Wheel, Robert Earl Keen, Rick Trevino, Carolyn Wonderland and more… Bringing a Latin-tinge to blues-based rock are Patricia Vonne, with her castanets, and Alex Ruiz and the Night Mothers at Strange Brew… Athens, Gee Ay glamrockers Of Montreal will sleep tonight on their cots in the back of the Mohawk … Critic’s choice What Made Milwaukee Famous headline an indie rock bill at the Continental Club … British Austinite Nic Armstrong and his band of Thieves pump the melodic rock at the Blackheart … New Austin soul sensation Latasha Lee and the Blackties turn the Sahara back into T.C.’s Lounge for the night … Moonshine rockers Whiskey Shivers romp on bluegrass at Antone’s … Young Oklahoma singer-songwriter Parker Millsap, poised to breakout like his friend John Fullbright, heals broken hearts at the Cactus Cafe … the two-steppers fave Dale Watson fills the dancefloor of the Broken Spoke … British dub-step DJ Flux Pavilion shakes the Austin Music Hall with wubba-wubba … ’60s hitmakers Bubble Puppy play “Hot Smoke and Sassafras” and others at the Saxon Pub… The Peligrosa hip-hop collective throws a Phridaze party at Empire Control Room… And let’s not forget the free Austin Fan Fest downtown, which gives the townfolk a chance to get in on all the F1 craziness this weekend.
Kate Nash at Mohawk. The outspoken 26-year-old Brit punkster came to prominence in the U.K. as a naughty-lyric singing 20-year-old with “Foundations.” The next year she won the Brit Award as best female artist for the LP “Made of Bricks.” Toughness remains a virtue on “Girl Talk,” her self-released third album, which is a many-splendored thing that throws such punk rockers as “Conventional Girl” and new single “Fri-end” in there with various throbbers and power pop. Nash’s nasal delivery may give an impression of brattiness, but she lives in the feminine highlands, where self-esteem is perfumed by an activist haze. La Sera Gal Pals open. Doors 8 p.m. $13. All ages. 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com.
Also performing: If you have to ask how much tickets are to see Sting at ACL Live, you can’t afford a new car … Beloved Austin punkers the Peenbeets play their first show in almost 12 years at Hole In the Wall … Is Mingo Fishtrap Austin’s most spicy party band? Find out at the Parish … Those crazy roots rockers the Beaumonts pillage the White Horse, which also features Speedy Sparks and John X. Reed in a Doug Sahm tribute … Surreal San Francisco songwriter and producer John Vanderslice comes to Holy Mountain … Vintage punk rockers Sons of Hercules never fail to leave the Legendary White Swan a pile of feathers … One-man band Homer Henderson plays the timely “Lee Harvey Was a Friend of Mine” and other warped garage country classics at Lost Well … Seattle’s Head and the Heart play the first of two nights at Stubb’s … OKC rapper Jabee lays claim to garage rock haven Beerland … Kanye West’s former touring DJ A-Trak spins at the Belmont with Austin’s rising turntablist Andrew Parsons opening and tix at a very F1 price of $50 … That voice! Jimmy LaFave is good to the last drop at Strange Brew … It’s a terrific night of electric guitar with Seth Walker, also an exceptional songwriter, and Austin’s blues godfather W.C. Clark at Saxon Pub … Vegatron has a CD release show at Spider House … And for those of you who miss Creed, there’s Red Wanting Blue at the Austin360 Amphitheater with Sick Puppies.
Head and the Heart at Stubb’s. With Saturday’s show long sold out, this is your best chance to see the pop/folk songsmiths from the Very Good Northwest, whose new album “Let’s Be Still” adds textures to the sound of the self-titled debut, while keeping it earnest and direct. Before they signed to Sub Pop, the band sold their debut in handmade denim sleeves, underlining the craftsmanship of songs that aren’t really Dylan, but aren’t really Mumford and Sons either. Richly melodic tunes don’t need the bombast if you’re paying attention in the first place. Opening are the Eastern Sea and Quiet Life. Doors at 8. $30- $32. 801 Red River St. www.stubbsaustin.com. (Note: H&H will make an in-store appearance at Waterloo Records at 5 p.m.)
Also performing: St. Matthews Episcopal Church continues its intimate “Soul of a Musician” series at Spicewood Tavern with Adoniram Lipton of Slowtrain … Willie Nelson is playing tiny, historic Gruene Hall, but that show’s been sold out since someone had the idea to book it … AWOLNATION will “Sail” into ACL Live for an F1 afterparty hosted by Red Bull, of course … Transplanted New Yorkers Olivia rock Hole In the Wall… B3 groove kings Dupree play a no cover show at the Continental Gallery … downstairs, it’s Bale and the Wags — that’s Heybale! and the Wagoneers — at the Continental Club.
Honoring Miss Lavelle White at Antone’s. The Austin Blues Society is recognizing 84-year-old Austin blues queen Miss Lavelle, who made all those great records like “Stop These Teardrops” on Duke/ Peacock in the late ’50s and early ’60s. A native of Louisiana who began her career in Houston, White didn’t release her first album until 1994 on Antone’s Records. She was 65. She’s expected to sing a couple songs with the John Gaar Band and will receive a lifetime achievement award. 8 p.m. $5. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. www.antonesnightclub.com.
Also performing: Nashville’s Moon Taxi will present its unofficial tribute to Kings of Leon (just kidding) at Stubb’s indoors, with Quiet Company opening … Bastrop blues prodigies the Peterson Brothers play a free happy hour set (6:30 p.m.) followed by Dale Watson at the Continental Club … Junkyard Mongrels do their killbilly thing at the Hole in the Wall.
Canceled: Jesus Adrian Romero at ACL Live.
Destroyer at the Belmont. This is Dan Bejar of the New Pornographers solo. Or, to be more accurate, this is Destroyer solo. New Porn is the side project of the brilliant and unorthodox Vancouver singer-songwriter who started Destroyer in 1995 and released the debut LP “We’ll Build Them a Golden Bridge” the next year, in the midst of “lo-fi” identification. The career-making album, at least in the minds of critics, was 2001’s “Streethawk: A Seduction.” Destroyer’s upcoming EP “Five Spanish Songs” finds Bejar singing tunes written by Madrid-based Antonio Luque and played on a flamenco guitar. Spanish techno is doubtful this night. Opening is Austin’s Golden Boy, John Wesley Coleman, a like-minded musical drifter. $15- $18. 305 W. Sixth St. www.thebelmontaustin.com.
Also performing: I would say that Jimmie Vaughan is putting on a blues guitar clinic at the Continental Club, but some folks would show up with their axes and notebooks. J.V.’s playing in a manner that could teach you something, that’s all … Mississippi’s Water Liars play haunting duo-tunes from their Fat Possum records at Stubb’s indoors … Hard rockers Sykosis are at Dirty Dog … You can’t beat seriously talented stringsmith Erik Hokkanen at Flipnotics.
Red Molly at the Cactus Cafe. The touted Americana trio known for its Roches-like harmonies tapped former Austinite Molly Venter last year to replace popular Carolann Solebello on guitar and vocals. The result is heard on the new album “Light In the Sky,” which gives RedHeads a new flavor to adore. The Mollies will play two 45-minute sets. 8 p.m. $18- $20. 2247 Guadalupe St. on the University of Texas campus.
Also appearing: Philly club sound comes to Empire Control Room via Diplo discovery Swizzymack … Help the Tennessee tunesmith Bob Cheevers, who now lives in Austin, celebrate recently turning 70 at Strange Brew. (Footnote: that was him singing the theme to the “Love American Style” TV show in 1969) … Bluesman Johnny Nicholas comes in from Fredericksburg to play for you at the Saxon Pub at 6 p.m … ’90s band Jackyl, who always put some Southern rock in their hair metal, play Antone’s. Everyone gets excited when they do “The C.J. Cregg.” … The Limosines, an electronica duo from SF, play Stubb’s inside with Mona … Garage/psych-loving Texans now living in Seattle, Night Beats pay homage to the Seeds, Elevators et al at Red 7.
Dwight Yoakam at ACL Live. It’s been 30 years since the king of L.A. twang dropped onto the national country scene like it was a honky tonk jukebox and he was the needle on a Lefty Frizzell record. Only, it wasn’t a honky tonk jukebox. It was the Ronnie Milsap Dinner Theater in Branson, Mo., and Yoakam was cast as a bit of a rebel. It was a role he relished — so long as Nashville kept playing his singles — and in the ’80s and ’90s, nobody made better records. Read “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere,” former Statesman music critic Don McLeese’s essential book on Yoakam, for more details. 8 p.m. $39-$59. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. www.acl-live.com
Also performing: As the Irish band in steerage in the movie “Titanic,” Gaelic Storm became successful before they got good. You should see them now. A couple members live in Austin, so this show at the Belmont is a homecoming of sorts … Guitar nerds will want to check out Steve Vai at the Paramount … Ed Kowalczyk of Live brings his “I Alone” tour to One World Theatre … Atlanta band Dead Confederate, featuring Hardy Morris of Diamond Rugs, conjures Neil Young as a Southern Man at Red 7 … British dub step trailblazer Rusko will drop the bottom out of Emo’s East, with Roni Size opening.