Thursday music picks: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgar
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin at the Continental Club. The cover of Dave and Phil Alvin’s first-ever duo record — and their first collaboration since the heyday of their pioneering roots-rock band the Blasters in the early-mid 1980s — is a beautiful bit of history: The preteen siblings are standing on rocks in a California riverbed, blissfully unaware of what the future might hold. They’ve navigated a lot of high water and low bridges since then, and at times it seemed unlikely they’d make music together again. Phil’s recent serious illness while on tour in Europe brought them closer, and they bonded on “Common Ground,” an album of songs by country-blues legend Big Bill Broonzy. Local rockabilly stalwarts Two Hoots & a Holler close out the night. $23. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. (The Alvin brothers also play live on-air at 2:30 p.m. on KUTX.)— P.B.
Also: If you wish to double up on classic old-school blues riffs, head out to One World Theatre before the Continental show for an 8 p.m. show by John Mayall, whose seminal Bluesbreakers band was a proving ground for many of rock’s great guitarists. … Feisty Cali rapper Lil Debbie, who used to run with Kreayshawn in the White Girl Mob, plays Empire. … Trent Reznor storms the Austin360 Amphitheater with Nine Inch Nails. The band is supported by Seattle grunge greats Soundgarden, whose reunion was a big splash at South by Southwest this year, and Dillinger Escape Plan. … Boston indie pop band Air Traffic Controlleris at Holy Mountain with Tragic Thrills and Hello Caller. … Birmingham, Alabama, “tubatronica” band Eclectic Tuba plays the indoor stage at the Mohawk with Ruby Jane. … Philly electronica act KiloWatts is at the Parish with Skytree. … Rising young rock and pop talent takes over the indoor stage at Stubb’s with Hunter Sharpe, Painted Redstarts and Girl Pilot.