OUR TOP PICKS

Friday: Joy Williams at 3Ten. A winner of four Grammys as half of the duo Civil Wars, Williams released the solo album “Venus” in 2015 before taking some time off and having a second child. A new record, “Front Porch,” is due next year; she’s given a sneak peek with recent live videos of two tracks. Former Austinite Anthony Da Costa returns to town to open the show. $22-$25. 8:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.

Saturday: The Midnight Hour at Come and Take It Live. Hip-hop super producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad and composer Adrian Younge have been collaborated several times over the last five years, most notably on the soundtrack for Netflix’s “Luke Cage.” Earlier this year, they dropped their first album, “The Midnight Hour,” a rich and atmospheric collection of sultry R&B and smoky basement jazz. $20-$45. 8 p.m. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. comeandtakeitproductions.com. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Amine at Emo’s. The Ethiopian-American Portland rapper logged a massive hit with his commercial debut single “Caroline” last year, and he’s followed up with two solid full-lengths. The new album, “OnePointFive,” opens with the confessional track “Dr. Whoever,” a nuanced take on sex and love that proves vulnerability is sometimes an artist’s greatest strength. Buddy and Kayo Genesis open. $25-$27. 7 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Monday: Bill Leissner book fundraiser at Esther’s Follies. Fascinating memories from a long-gone Austin have surfaced in recent months on photographer Leissner’s private Facebook group page over the past year. (There’s the shot of a baby Shakey Graves, for one.) Waterloo Press soon will publish many of them in “Austin Icons of the Eighties,” for which this event is a fundraiser. Musicians Jesse Sublett, Monte Warden, Gretchen Phillips, Larry Seaman, Randy Franklin, Bob Livingston and Eric Hisaw will perform; others will deliver readings and monologues, with Esther’s Follies co-founder Shannon Sedwick as emcee. No cover; donations will be accepted, and a silent auction will be held. 7 p.m. 525 E. Sixth St. esthersfollies.com. — P.B.

Tuesday: Shinyribs at Waterloo Records. Holiday records often seem like trifles or toss-offs, but there’s enough on "The Kringle Tingle" from Kevin Russell’s genre-defying outfit to transcend the season. That’s partly because of two really solid Russell originals: “Santa Comes to Atlanta” is a pedal steel-tinged beauty that’s more overtly country than anything the band has done to date, while “Christmas Time in Bossier City,” written with Dan Nugent, swings bittersweetly to gorgeous vocal and instrumental support from the Tijuana Trainwreck Horns and the Shiny Soul Sisters. Russell exercises the same muscle that produced the Gourds’ “Gin & Juice” reinvention on “Don’t Go Chasing Santa Claus,” a yuletide fresh take on TLC’s mid-’90s pop smash “Waterfalls.” Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com. — P.B.

Wednesday: 6lack at ACL Live. “East Atlanta Love Letter,” the newest album from ATL crooner 6lack (pronounce it black), is a moody meditation on heartbreak and loss that slow flows through a series of cavernous trap grooves, occasionally augmented by wistful piano or swells of strings. Summer Walker and Deante Hitchcock open. $30-$35. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — D.S.S.

Thursday: Regrettes at Antone’s. With 18-year-old Lydia Night out front and 21-year-olds Genessa Gariano and Drew Thomsen on guitar and drums, the Regrettes have lit a spark in their Los Angeles home base with smart, sharp punk-pop songs. A second record for Warner Bros. is due early next year; meantime, they recently released the politically charged tune “Poor Boy” in response to the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings. Welles and Micky James open. $15-$17. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.

ALSO PLAYING

Friday

John Butler Trio, Dustin Thomas at Paramount Theatre

Ian Moore’s Family Christmas at Stateside at the Paramount

Oh Hellos Christmas Extravaganza at Emo’s

Colter Wall, Josh Morningstar at Scoot Inn

Colter Wall at Waterloo Records

Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas with Bobby Caldwell, Marion Meadows at One World Theatre

Weeks, Okey Dokey at Antone’s

Helio Sequence at Barracuda

Joe King Carrasco, Patricia Vonne, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Tomar & the FCs, Robert Kraft Trio, Rosie Flores Revue at C-Boy’s

Matt the Electrician, Peter Mulvey at Cactus Cafe

Hype for the Holidays with Holy Wave, Pnthn, Why Bonnie, Reputations at Mohawk outdoor

SIMS Foundation benefit with Mamahawk, Bleached Roses, Mean Jolene, Carry Illinois, Lola Tried at Hotel Vegas

Yung Pinch at Empire Garage

Body Rock ATX with Riders Against the Storm, DJ Chorizo Funk at Empire Control Room

Magic Rockers of Texas, Ghost Wolves, Star Parks, Slomo Drags, Oysters at Hole in the Wall

Drug Church, Seattle’s New Gods, Vampyre at Mohawk indoor

South Austin Moonlighters, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

James Polk’s CenterPeace, Paper Moonshiners at Elephant Room

Altamesa, Rattlesnake Milk, Carrie Fussell at Sam’s Town Point

Jason Roberts at Broken Spoke

Walt Wilkins at Threadgill’s North

Saturday

“Night Lights” Trail of Lights preview party with Brownout, Interrobang at Zilker Park

Austin Chamber Music Center’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Stateside at the Paramount (3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)

Radney Foster, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel at Saxon Pub

Tango Night with GloverTango final performance at Esquina Tango Austin

Ray Bonneville, Gurf Morlix at El Mercado Backstage

McMercy Family Band, Lonesome Heroes at Cactus Cafe

Stephen Doster at Threadgill’s North

Bernhoft & the Fashion Bruises, Moorea Masa & the Mood at Antone’s

Ho Ho Hoedown HAAM benefit with Ramsay Midwood, Esther Rose, Croy & the Boys, Los Coast at Sam’s Town Point

Ayokay at Barracuda

Neil Hamburger at Parish

Tomar & the FCs, Kathy & the Kilowatts at C-Boy’s

Harvest Thieves, Jacob Jaeger, Big Cedar Fever at White Horse

Danny Malone, Born Again Virgins at Radio Coffee & Beer

Rod Melancon & Friends at Cosmic Coffee & Beer

Larry Seaman at One-2-One Bar

Tomas Ramirez at Elephant Room

Sunday

Light the World Christmas Concert with Amy Grant at ACL Live

Radney Foster, Sam Baker at Saxon Pub

Young Voices of Austin presents “Moments of Wonder” at Stateside at the Paramount

Jazz Mills & Corey Baum, Emily Gimble, Rattlesnake Milk at Cosmic Coffee & Beer

Wrecks, Deal Casino at Stubb’s indoor

Hilary York, Imperial Starlighters, Dale Watson at C-Boy’s

Wilson Marks Trio, Alice Spencer at Radio Coffee & Beer

Savage Poor, Zen Archer album release at One-2-One Bar

Soul of a Musician series with Nathan Hamilton at Threadgill’s North

Jake Andrews, Lavelle White, Mike Keller at Antone’s

Jazz Brunch with Michael Hale Trio at Geraldine’s

Monday

Conspirare Christmas with Ruthie Foster, Matt Alber at Long Center

A Very She and Him Christmas at ACL Live

Trail of Lights Grand opening with Tameca Jones, Tiarra Girls, Big Wy’s Brass Band, more at Zilker Park

Bedouine, Sun June at UT McCullough Theatre

Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Mike Stinson, Jack Saunders at El Mercado Backstage

Lonelyland, Hoody & the Wolves at Saxon Pub

Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Pollen RX, Black Basements, Fuzz Queen at Hotel Vegas

Bonnie Whitmore’s Tragic Mondays at Stay Gold

Geoff Queen at Sam’s Town Point

Derrick Davis Trio at Geraldine’s

Tuesday

Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays Part Deux at Long Center Rollins Studio Theatre

Garden, Leif, Machine Girl at Mohawk outdoor

Sue Foley Trio, David Grissom at Saxon Pub

Ephraim Owens, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery

Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club

Magic Sword, Crystal Ghost at Stubb’s indoor

Lindsay Beaver, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s

Lauren Sanderson, Sizzy Rocket at Barracuda

Margaret Wright, Adam Johnson at Volstead

Deep Fried Brass Tuesdays with Big Wy’s Brass Band, Blumoon at Empire

Jeff Crosby & the Refugees at Townsend

Bob Wills Night with Al Dressen’s Super Swing Revue at Sam’s Town Point

Wednesday

Eli Young Band at Paramount Theatre

Glorietta at Waterloo Records

JD McPherson at Scoot Inn

James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

Belle Sounds at Geraldine’s

Seela, Kate Howard at One-2-One Bar

Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub

Matthew Robinson & the Jelly Kings, Eve Monsees & Friends at Antone’s

Zeta, Grivo, Mean Girls at Mohawk indoor

Warren Hood at ABGB

Megan Lacey, Kris Schultz & Friends at Townsend

Thursday

Generation Axe with Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, Tosin Abasi at ACL Live

Roadshow Christmas with Matthew West, Building 429, Plumb, Josh Wilson, Leanna Crawford at HEB Center

Allen Munde & Billy Bright at Cactus Cafe

Black Pistol Fire, Blackillac, Emily Wolfe at Scoot Inn

Jmsn, August 08 at Parish

Travis Thompson at Empire

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar opening day with Dale Watson, Kalu & the Electric Joint, Greyhounds at Palmer Events Center

Jelly’s Christmas Jam benefit for SIMS Foundation with Reverent Few, Aaron Stephens, Texas KGB, more at One-2-One Bar

Erik Hokkanen at Radio Coffee & Beer

Kalu James, Beat Root Revival at C-Boy’s

Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery

Derailers at Broken Spoke

Billy Harvey at Townsend

Nite Jewel, Memory Keepers at Barracuda

T. Rex Hoot Night at Hotel Vegas