Weekend picks: Summer fun at Float Fest, DJ Shadow and Matthew Sweet
OUR TOP PICKS
Friday-Saturday: Matthew Sweet, Tommy Keene at 3Ten. What seems sure to be the power-pop double-bill of the summer features headliner Sweet, whose early-’90s album “Girlfriend” remains a classic of the genre, plus a terrific opener in Keene, who’s made more than a dozen records for major and indie labels since the 1980s. Sweet is touring behind his ambitious new double-LP “Tomorrow Forever,” which he’ll also plug at a free 5 p.m. Friday in-store appearance at Waterloo Records. $29.50-$35. 8:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.
WARNING: This video contains course language
Friday: DJ Shadow at Emo’s. An early innovator in sample-based composition, Shadow set the template for modern artists who mine dusty vinyl to mash up sounds and create elaborate concept albums. He also was one of the first artists to experiment with sophisticated visual samples, embellishing his stage shows with accompanying video production. But don’t get it twisted, the OG is still in the game. His politically charged Run the Jewels collaboration, “Nobody Speak,” was one of the hardest hitting singles of 2016. Monofono and Soundfounder open. $28.50-$30. 8 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — D.S.S.
Saturday: Sphynx album release at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Our favorite lamé-sporting, fabulously mustachioed glam funk champs sweep in from the Western leg of their U.S. tour to celebrate the release of their new album, “Golden Garden,” with a sweaty throwdown. They’re in town for a couple weeks before they take off again, this time heading East to spread their glitzy trash pop and Freddie-Mercury-meets-Phil-Collins vibes across the land. White Walls, Ooni and DJ Ramesh also will perform. $5. 9 p.m. 900 Red River St. cheerupcharlies.com — D.S.S.
Saturday: Antone’s 42nd Anniversary Closing Night with Eddie Shaw at Antone’s. One of the last surviving members of Howlin’ Wolf’s band, Chicago saxophonist Shaw played Antone’s in the early days with the Wolf Gang after their leader’s mid-1970s passing. He’s fixing to retire to Las Vegas, but Austin’s home of the blues has lured him here for one last show, which brings the club’s three-week celebration of its 42nd anniversary to a close. Also on the bill are Carl Weathersby and Little Freddie King. $15-$17. 9 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.
PHOTOS: Float Fest 2016 in pictures
Saturday-Sunday: Float Fest in San Marcos. Modern music, river activities and outdoor camping converge at this annual weekend bash along the San Marcos River just east of San Marcos. This year’s impressive headlining roster includes Zedd, Weezer, Cage the Elephant, MGMT and Passion Pit; also on the bill are Mac Miller, Girl Talk, Snakehips, Neon Indian, Moon Taxi, Wild Child, Sweet Spirit, Mike Jones, Lil Flip, Ume, Walker Lukens, Los Coast, Heartbyrne, Kind of Nothing, A-Town GetDown, Blunt Force and Resonant Frequency. $65-$170. Music starts at 2 p.m. each day. — P.B.
Sunday: Steve Dean benefit at Saengerrunde Hall. A longtime supporter of Austin music, Dean is battling brain cancer. An impressive lineup of roots musicians have signed on to support him at this all-day fundraiser, including Billy Bacon & Joe King Carrasco, the Paladins, Redd Volkaert, the LeRoi Brothers with Eve Monsees, Susanna Van Tassel, Ted Roddy, Shaun Young & the Three Ringers and the Casa Loma Playboys. Come early for a sale featuring items from Dean’s extensive collection of music memorabilia and vintage clothing. $20 suggested donation. Sale begins at 9 a.m.; music starts at 1 p.m. 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. — P.B.
Joe Ely at Cactus Cafe
Lou Ann Barton at C-Boy’s
Music Under the Star with Tameca Jones, Los Coast at Bullock Museum
Dirty Heads, Soja at Statesman Skyline Theater
Dave Koz & Larry Graham at One World Theatre
Delta Rae, Liz Longley at Parish
Charley Crockett, Dylan Bishop, Blues Specialists at Continental Club
Little Freddie King, Alan Haynes & Jake Andrews at Antone’s
Milligan Vaughan Project CD release at One-2-One Bar
Guy Forsyth, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub
Harvest Thieves, Croy & the Boys at Threadgill’s South
Eve & the Exiles at ABGB
Party Wolfe album release, Light Wheel at Mohawk indoor
Dr. Joe & His Band of Legends, Porterdavis at Townsend
Suzi Stern quintet, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room
Sophia Johnson at Evangeline Cafe
Iron & Wine, Joan Shelley at Paramount Theatre
Killer Queen at ACL Live
Illenium, William Black, Prismo at Emo’s (sold out)
Naughty Professor at Parish
Cave Singers at Sidewinder
Whiskey Shivers album release, Deer, Sour Bridges at Mohawk outdoor
Sherry album release, Halfways, Megafauna at Mohawk indoor
Microsessions with Ty Richards, Beth//James, Brian Pounds, Bonnie Montgomery at Music Lab St. Elmo
Latin at Heart, W.C. Clark, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel at Saxon Pub
Bluebonnets at One-2-One Bar
Rosie Flores, Jason James at White Horse
Ghost Wolves, Reputations at ABGB
Ruby & the Reckless, Stephanie Hunt at Radio Coffee & Beer
Rubilators at Sam’s Town Point
Coma in Algiers, Vampyre, Coniferous, Bloody Knives at Barracuda
Jeannette Harris, Pamela Hart at One World Theatre
Miss Lavelle White at Antone’s
Jon Dee Graham & the Lo Jinx Orchestra, Dave Biller Trio at Continental Gallery
Wagoneers at C-Boy’s
James Hand at Little Longhorn Saloon
Sleeptalk, War Stories at Sidewinder