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This week’s music picks: Jimmy LaFave tribute, Julien Baker, Steve Earle

Peter Blackstock


Monday: Jimmy LaFave Tribute with Eliza Gilkyson and friends at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Gilkyson has played the annual holiday shopping event many times, but this year is different: She’ll lead a cast of locals paying tribute to LaFave, who died of cancer in May. LaFave’s Night Tribe bandmates John Inmon, Glenn Schuetz and Bobby Kallus will take part along with fiddler Warren Hood, with singers including Gilkyson, Slaid Cleaves, Michael Fracasso, Ray Bonneville, Christine Albert, Jaimee Harris, Betty Soo and Grace Pettis. The show begins at 7 p.m., following sets earlier in the day by MilkDrive at 3 p.m. and Warren Hood at noon. An $8 ticket is good for all day. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.


Monday: Julien Baker, Half Waif, Adam Torres at Emo’s. A member of the Memphis band Forrister, Baker issued a solo debut in 2015 that caught the ear of prominent indie label Matador Records, which released her follow-up “Turn Out the Lights” this fall. At 22, she’s one of the most arresting new American artists to arrive in years, a writer of deeply emotional material set against graceful, minimalist guitar and piano arrangements. Brooklyn’s Half Waif and Austin singer-songwriter Adam Torres open. $18. 7 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. — P.B.


Tuesday: Steve Earle & the Dukes, Mastersons at Paramount Theatre. Following up an appearance at Willie Nelson’s picnic this summer and a two-night stand at the Continental Club last December, native Texan troubadour Earle returns for a theater show with his band the Dukes, which includes former Austinites Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Masterson. The two of them, who record and tour as the Mastersons, will open the show as well. $22-$42. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. — P.B.



  • Carolyn Wonderland, Marcia Ball, Guy Forsyth, Shelley King at Threadgill’s South
  • Sarah Fox & Joel Guzman Christmas Miracles CD release at One-2-One Bar
  • Agnostic Front, Confused, Force Fed at Sidewinder
  • Dale Watson & His Lonestars, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Swingtime Quintet, Kathryn Legendre, Texas Tycoons at White Horse
  • Mystery Monday with Christine Albert & Chris Gage at El Mercado Backstage
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Blue Monday Band at Antone’s
  • Steel Monday with George Carver at Sam’s Town Point



  • Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays at Long Center Rollins Studio Theater (sold out)
  • Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Marcia Ball & Pianorama, Emily Gimble, Suzanna Choffel at Palmer Events Center
  • Eve & the Exiles, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • Chris Gage & Friends Christmas Extravaganza at El Mercado Backstage
  • James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham, Hot Club of Cowtown at Continental Club
  • Michael Fracasso, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery
  • Croy & the Boys, Jake Penrod, Thrift Set Orchestra at White Horse
  • Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Suzanna Choffel at Geraldine’s
  • Carson McHone, Warm Sugar, Matt Gilchrest at Hole in the Wall
  • Mau Mau Chaplains at Flamingo Cantina
  • Matt Hubbard Trio, David Young at C-Boy’s