Friday music picks: Bassnectar, B.O.B., Balmorhea
Bassnectar at Austin Music Hall. Bay Area DJ and producer Lorin Ashton — a.k.a. Bassnectar — is a master of arranging electronic music for optimal emotional impact. His latest, “Noise vs. Beauty,” is a cyclone of sound, by turns chaotic, ecstatic and crunk. With a philosophy that emphasizes the transformative power of dance and an epic visual show, expect one of the most life-affirming, post-modern raves of the season. $38. 8 p.m. doors. 208 Nueces St. musichallaustin.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Also: T.I. protege B.O.B. (Bobby Ray), one of the most interesting radio rappers in the game, plays Stubb’s. … The James Hunter Six, fronted by the Grammy-nominated English rock and soul singer, plays the Parish withEmily Elbert. … Southern country-folk troubadour Scott Miller, also known for fronting alt-country band the V-Roys, is at Strange Brew. … Long-running California roots-rock band the Mother Hips begins a two-night stand at the Continental Club. … Celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, with DJ Orion and friends at Frank. … Rob Lowe and Michael Muller of adventurous instrumental band Balmorhea play a rare duo show to celebrate the reissue of their 2007 debut album at Central Presbyterian Church with Aisha Burns opening. … Hear soul and R&B songs from the Stax and Motown glory days at the Cactus Cafe rendered by local acts including BettySoo, Abra Moore, Charlie Faye, Guy Forsyth, Barbara Nesbitt, Kalu James, Walter Tragert, Courtney Sanchez, Finley Sexton and William Harries Graham. … Other locals in action include the Warren Hood Band at the Saxon Pub, Gary P. Nunn at the Broken Spoke and the Happen-Ins indoors at the Mohawk with Nic Armstrong & the Thieves and Jonas Wilson.