Saturday music picks: One Republic, Michael Jackson birthday bash
One Republic at Austin360 Amphitheater. Confounding their early critics, this band of Colorado Springs rockers has spent the last seven years parlaying reasonable success with formulaic, radio-ready jams into international stardom. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. The band’s most recent effort “Native” might not win any originality awards, but it’s loaded with enough sweeping melodies and soaring choruses to move the masses at an arena rock revival. Christina Perri and Jamie Scott open. $25-$75. 7 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com —D.S.S.
Michael Jackson birthday bash at Spiderhouse Ballroom. Welcome back students. Looking for a great campus-area party to celebrate the last weekend before classes begin? The folks from Body Rock ATX are ready to make you sweat to classics from the King of Pop. Austin’s first lady of vintage wax, DJ Mahealani joins party hosts Chorizo Funk and Riders Against the Storm for a moon-walking “Thriller” of a late summer throwdown. 21 and up. $5. 2906 Fruth St. bodyrockatx.tumblr.com. —D.S.S.
Also: Justin Furstenfeld’s debut solo album is due out in September, but he headlines Bat Fest in the Austin American-Statesman parking lot with Blue October. A Flock of Seagulls and Dharma Kingsfeaturing the attorney who rocks (really) are also playing. … Acclaimed Americana trio Nickel Creek starts a two-night stand at ACL Live with Sarah Jarosz. … Mandolin master Ricky Skaggs is over at One World Theater. … Red Bull Sound Select gets psychedelic with Seattle garage rockers Night Beats at Hotel Vegas. … Also arriving on the bus from Seattle, hardcore punk outfit Iron Lung plays Holy Mountain. … Riverboat Gamblers frontman Mike Wiebe celebrates the release of a new 7 inch “Anger House” with his side project Ghost Knife at Trailer Space. … Grungey noise rockers Spray Paint also have a new 7 inch out. They play Beerland. … This month’s installment of $3 Shows at Swan Dive features Semi-Helix, Other Lovers and Auroravore. … Sun Ra enthusiasts Golden Dawn Arkestracelebrate an EP release at the Mohawk. … Two great local bills: folk rockers Tinnarose are joined by A. Sinclair and Sweet Spirit inside at Stubb’s and 101X’s Homegrown Live features Borrisokane,Major Major Major and Pageantry at the Scoot Inn.