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This week’s music picks: Swan Songs and Antone’s Foundation benefits, more

Peter Blackstock


Tuesday: Alvvays at Mohawk outdoor. Two and a half years after the Toronto dream pop outfit became the hottest thing at South by Southwest 2015, they’re back with another satisfying collection of incongruently upbeat melancholia. On “Antisocialites,” jangly riffs swirl into warm clouds of fuzzy nostalgia, while vocalist Molly Rankin splits the difference between bittersweet and beautiful to create the perfect sad songs for a sunny day. Nap Eyes opens. $17.50-$20. 6:30 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. — D.S.S.


Wednesday: Swan Songs Serenade with Ruthie Foster at Riverbend Centre. This annual event is the primary fundraiser for Swan Songs, a local nonprofit that arranges intimate concerts for terminally ill patients. There’s no charge to the patients; they request a style of music or a specific local performer, and Swan Songs arranges everything. The musical performer for this year’s Serenade, a gala affair that includes dinner, drinks and an auction, is Austin folk-blues-gospel great Ruthie Foster, a three-time Grammy nominee. $150-$200. 6 p.m. doors. 4214 N. Capital of Texas Highway. — P.B.

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Wednesday: Scott Miller & Bonnie Whitmore, Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub. Most any night at the Saxon will feature at least a couple of separately-ticketed shows by quality songwriters, but this one is particularly abundant in its offerings. Miller, a first-rate Virginia tunesmith with many albums on his own and with roots-rockers the V-Roys, teams up with Austin shining star Whitmore in the 11 p.m. slot ($12). Wilkins, a fine writer who’s a longtime fixture at the Saxon, plays at 9 p.m. ($10). And Monte Warden’s country-rock band the Wagoneers has just started a weekly 6 p.m. residency at the Saxon after finishing a long run of Sundays at the Continental Club ($5). 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.


Thursday: Clifford Antone Foundation with Booker T. Jones and Jackie Venson at Antone’s. With a dual-purpose mission to “honor the past/invest in the future,” the foundation named for the founder of Austin’s long-running blues haven is all about “making sure the city’s live music scene stays vibrant while also caring for the Austin area’s population of aging musicians,” as the Statesman’s Gary Dinges wrote last year when the foundation launched. Living-legend keyboardist and bandleader Jones, a lifetime-achievement Grammy recipient, headlines this benefit, with local rising star Venson opening. It’s a members-only event, with memberships available for $250 per quarter or $1,000 annually via 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.


Thursday: Waterloo Revival at the Belmont. George Birge and Cody Cooper grew up in Austin and began playing music here, but when they started getting serious about building a career, it was pretty clear that their pop-country style needed the kind of push they could more easily get in Nashville. They’ve been there for a couple of years now and have been gaining steam this summer with “What Guy Wouldn’t,” a song written by four Nashville pros that was released by the Show Dog Nashville label. They’re back for a homecoming show amid a national tour that has included a few dates opening for Toby Keith. $12-$15. 8 p.m. 305 W. Sixth St. — P.B.



  • Breaking Benjamin at Emo’s
  • John Bush Band at One-2-One Bar
  • Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Bob Cheevers at Hilton Cannon & Belle
  • Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe