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Weekend music picks: New grunge, old psych rock and a tribute to Margaret Moser

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Friday:  Bully at Emo’s.  The New York Times recently published an in-depth package titled “Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled by Women.” The thesis was simple: In the current crop of garage rockers, the dudes can’t wave a grungey guitar at the ladies. Bully’s Alicia Bognanno wasn’t mentioned in the story, but she’s part of the same wave of post-riot-grrl rockers making thoughtful confessional songs backed by muscular riffs. Smut opens. $17-20. 8 p.m. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. (The band also will play a free in-store at Waterloo Records at 5 p.m.) — D.S.S.


Friday-Saturday: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express at Continental Club. With fewer touring acts out on the road in December, nightclubs often focus on holiday shows and local favorites. Leave it to the Continental to break that mold: Following last week’s two-night stand by Grammy-winner Dave Alvin, the club hits another home run this weekend with two nights of Bay Area rocker Chuck Prophet, one of the best live performers on the planet. He’ll play three times altogether, with a 10 p.m. set on Friday (the LeRoi Brothers play after) followed by Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and midnight (Mike Stinson opens the latter at 10:30 p.m.). $22. 1315 S. Congress Ave. — P.B.


Saturday:  KOOP Radio 23rd birthday party at Spider House Ballroom.  Over the past few decades, as commercial radio has steadily declined into bland homogeneity, Austin’s community radio station has remained a solid provider of weird and wonderful programming you can’t hear anywhere else.  Our October Austin360 Artist of the Month, Tomar & the FCs, kicks the party off with searing soul. Then Bubble Puppy, a regional psych rock phenom who scored a top 20 hit with the 1969 track “Hot Smoke and Sassafras,” closes out the night. $20. 7:30 p.m. 2908 Fruth St. — DSS

Sunday: Margaret Moser memorial at Antone’s. The death of music journalist and Austin Music Awards founder Margaret Moser from cancer on Aug. 25 brought an outpouring of sentiment from the local music community. Ever the event-planner, Moser arranged many of the details for this show herself before her death. Names of performers are being kept under wraps, but sharing musical-director duties will be Charlie Sexton, working things in between his busy schedule playing guitar with Bob Dylan, and Monte Warden, frontman of longtime Austin country band the Wagoneers and new pop-jazz trio the Dangerous Few. $20. 2 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

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Sunday:  Radney Foster at Waterloo Records.  It’s a special treat to hear the Del Rio native and longtime Nashville country star in such an intimate setting. Foster’s newest release, “For You to See the Stars,” is a CD-and-book package that includes a collection of short stories plus nine new songs (and a re-recorded version of his tune “Raining on Sunday,” which became a big hit for Keith Urban). Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.



Grizfolk, Unlikely Candidates, Walker Lukens at Empire

Wye Oak at 3Ten

Chris Fullerton at Townsend

Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas with Bobby Caldwell & Marion Meadows at One World Theatre

Bill Bill record release, Annabelle Chairlegs, Infinites, Pollen Rx at Hotel Vegas

Roast & Toast the Holidays with Carolyn Wonderland & Guy Forsyth at One-2-One Bar

Ray Bonneville, Gurf Morlix at El Mercado Backstage

South Austin Moonlighters, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Carson McHone, Little Mikey & the Soda Jerks at ABGB

The Slackers (playing “Wasted Days”) at Flamingo Cantina

Tomar & the FCs at C-Boy’s

Elias Haslanger Quintet, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room

Rubilators, Michael Ubaldini at Hole in the Wall

Royal Forest, Good Field, Dan Ryan, Linen Closet at Sidewinder

Brandon Luedtke, Graham Weber, Willie Carlisle at Cactus Cafe

Betty Soo at Threadgill’s North

White Label Analog at Stubb’s


Black Fret Ball at Paramount Theatre

A Charlie Brown Christmas with Austin Chamber Music Center at Stateside at the Paramount

Drums, Hoops, Duncan Fellows at Emo’s

Sango at the Parish

Wanda Jackson at C-Boy’s

John Hartford tribute with Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman at Cactus Cafe

Lou Ann Barton at Antone’s

KJ Sawka at Empire

Swass 6 at Barracuda

Communion, Crypt Trip, Glassing at Hotel Vegas

Blitzens, Churchwood, Transgressors at Carousel Lounge

Yawpers, Scott H. Biram at Mohawk indoor

Van Wilks, David Grissom, Staehely Brothers at Saxon Pub

Ugly Beats, Peachfuzz, DJ Sue at ABGB

Altercation Records Frost Giant Ball at Lost Well

Alex Ruiz at El Mercado Backstage

Russel Taine Jr., Vagabond Band, James Junius, Erica Michelle at Townsend


Timothy B. Schmit at One World Theatre


Randy Newman at Paramount Theatre

Gustafer Yellowgold at Spider House Ballroom

Kids in a New Groove benefit at Beerland

10th annual Flak Christmas Record Swap with Rite Flyers, Wannabes, Mike Nicolai, Utley3, Tontine, more at Carousel Lounge

Prayers, War of Icaza at Mohawk indoor

Soul of a Musician series with Dawn & Hawkes at Iron Cactus North

Hilary York, Aimee Bobruk, Dale Watson at C-Boy’s

Dialtones, A. Sinclair at Cheer Up Charlies

Willie Pipkin & Friends, Heybale, Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew at Continental Club

Interrobang Brass Band at Stay Gold