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This week’s music picks: American Aquarium, Omar Souleyman, Texas Gentlemen and more

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

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Monday: American Aquarium, Matthew Ryan at Stubb’s indoor. American Aquarium bandleader BJ Barham recently found himself in an unusual position: Just as the long-struggling North Carolina alt-country group finally became a solid national draw, his backing crew decided to depart. He’s re-stocked the lineup with three Texans, including Austinites Joey Bybee (drums) and Shane Boeker (guitar). They held their first full rehearsals in Austin a few weeks ago, shortly after Barham completed an incredible solo U.S. tour: He played at least one show in all 48 contiguous states in less than two months. Opener Matthew Ryan, a first-rate rock singer-songwriter since his 1990s tenure with A&M Records, opens. $16-$18. 8 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — P.B.

READ MORE: BJ Barham’s summer tour was the vacation of a lifetime

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Monday: Omar Souleyman at Empire. Brought into the international indie music consciousness by Icelandic legend Björk, Syrian wedding singer Souleyman might just be the most unlikely electronic music star in the Western world. His third album “To Syria, With Love” dropped on Diplo’s Mad Decent label earlier this year. Predictably, the move to Major Lazer’s homebase has infused his traditional dabke sounds with more skittery electronics than ever, even as his mournful lyrics ache for his broken homeland. Atash & the Azmaris opens. $17-$22. 6 p.m. doors. 606 E. 7th St. empireatx.com. —D.S.S.

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Wednesday: Texas Gentlemen at Waterloo Records. Dallas band the Texas Gentlemen caught some people by surprise this summer when they opened for Dawes at a free Bud Light Series show in the American-Statesman warehouse. Their set of largely cover tunes featured some great choices, including Tom Waits’ “Ol’ 55,” and a singer whose voice was a dead ringer for Willie Nelson’s. Their debut album “TX Jelly,” due Sept. 15 on New West Records, will focus on their original material. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com. — P.B.

ALSO PLAYING

Monday

Tuesday

  • Black Sabbitch at Stubb’s indoor
  • Beat Root Revival at Saxon Pub
  • Durawa, Linda Gail Lewis at El Mercado Backstage
  • Mike Stinson, Toni Price at Continental Club
  • Lex Land at Geraldine’s

Wednesday

Thursday