Friday music picks: King Khan, Black Lips, Stargayzer Fest
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather forecast and the potential for dangerous gusts of soggy tumbleweeds, the King Khan show has been moved from Ghost Town to Red 7.
King Khan, Black Lips at Ghost Town. Back in 2009, Khan stashed his homies the Black Lips at his home in Germany after the Georgia punks were forced to abandon an Indian tour and flee the country after an unfortunate bout of onstage obscenities. During their stay the Khan and the Lips formed the oddball psychedelic gospel group the Almighty Defenders. It’s unclear whether Khan and crew will dig into the Defenders catalog at this show, but it seems like the unorthodox setting of a Texas ghost town just outside Austin would be the perfect environment to make offerings to the gods of guitar fuzz and wayward souls. $25. 7 p.m. 14219 Littig Road, Manor. transmissionevents.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Stargayzer Fest at Pine Street Station, the North Door. The inaugural three-day LGBTQ musical bonanza kicks off with a solid bill that caters to fans of electronic music and dance club bangers. Fridays headliners include L.A.-based DJ and producer Kingdom and Toronto-based synth pop act Trust, a collaborative project between Maya Postepski of Austra and Robert Alfons. Local artist Christeene, who spent the summer kicking it with Boy George and blowing up in Europe, also will make a triumphant homecoming at the fest. 4 p.m. $42.23, $88.58 for a three-day pass. 1101 E. Fifth St. stargayzerfest.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Stones Throw records founder and champion crate digger Peanut Butter Wolf plays the outdoor stage at the Mohawk and local rockers Megafauna are inside. … New Orleans institution the Rebirth Brass Bandmashes up traditional second line sounds with funk, jazz and hip hop at Emo’s. … Also hailing from Louisiana is swamp-rock great Tony Joe White, who plays the Continental Club with Ted Roddy. … Two hometown acts celebrate the release of new EPs: nine-piece soul group the Nightowls, on the indoor stage at Stubb’s with Water & Rust opening, and acoustic quartet Lost & Nameless, at Cactus Cafe on the UT campus. (Read out story from earlier this week about the Nightowls at austin360.com.) … Local soul sensations Latasha Lee & the Black Ties play Lambert’s. … Masterful country songwriter and singer Junior Brown twangs the many strings of his guit-steel at Threadgill’s. … Australian electro producer J-Trick plays a free show at Republic Live. … Garage duo Ghost Wolves bring their primal thump and strum rock ’n’ roll to ABGB. … North Carolina metal groupAlesana is at Dirty Dog Bar with Baltimore band Megosh. … AJ Vallejo’s Perfect Nation performs Prince hits at the Roost.