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This week’s music picks: Austin Music Awards, Ben Sollee, Cupcakke, more

Peter Blackstock


Tuesday: Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native, Mipso at Antone’s. One of America’s most fascinating musicians of the 21st century, Sollee has trekked cross-country with his cello on solo bicycle tours. He’s also made records with banjo greats Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, as well as an activist record with fellow Kentuckian Jim James of My Morning Jacket. Last year’s album with Kentucky Native explores his home state’s bluegrass roots, while pushing the genre forward into new directions. Opening act Mipso, from North Carolina, has released a couple of folk/bluegrass/Americana records produced by Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange. $16-$18. 7 p.m. 305 E. Sixth St. — P.B.


Wednesday: Austin Music Awards at ACL Live. Moving the annual awards show out of South by Southwest’s time-window was probably long overdue, as the event had tended to get lost amid the mid-March maelstrom in recent years. Its first year unattached to SXSW since 1986 (before SXSW existed!) will feature marquee visiting guests Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, Alejandro Escovedo and John Fullbright; local favorites including the Black Angels, Third Root, Riders Against the Storm and David Ramirez; and a first-class house band led by Charlie Sexton. A “very special surprise guest” also is promised. Proceeds benefit the SIMS Foundation. $35-$150. 7:55 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — P.B.


Wednesday: Cupcakke at Come and Take It Live. Her unflinchingly explicit sex rhymes made the 20-year-old rapper from Chicago an internet breakout and a gay club sensation. On her new album “Ephorize,” she goes deeper, tackling tough topics such as LGBT issues and her own struggle with her self-esteem. Still, lose your prudishness before you step in the building: Raunchy revelry is her calling card and this show will be rich with filthy, often hilarious, debauchery. $20-$45. 7 p.m. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. — D.S.S.


Thursday: Cuco at Mohawk outdoor. With glasses, an unkempt mop of curls and quiet, self-deprecating charm, the 19-year-old Chicano crooner from L.A. seems like an unlikely heartthrob, but the artist also known as Omar Banos has won legions of fans with his dreamy swirls of heart-on-sleeve pop. Vaguely psychedelic and drenched in sincerity, he makes solid electropop for the uncynical lover in all of us. $17 (advance). 7 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. — D.S.S.


Thursday: Sue Foley record release show at Antone’s. A native of eastern Canada who moved to Austin in her 20s and released several albums on Antone’s Records in the 1990s, Foley moved away for many years but recently has been back in town on a regular basis. “The Ice Queen” is her first new record in six years, and it’s full of Austin talent: B3 organ ace Mike Flanigin produced a cast that includes Charlie Sexton, Jimmie Vaughan, George Rains, J.J. Johnson and Chris Layton, with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons also turning up on the track “Fool’s Gold.” It’s a magnificant collection of deep blues that spotlights Foley’s spirited singing and guitar playing. Vaughan will join her at Austin’s home of the blues for this kickoff of release events (she’ll play an acoustic show at Cactus Cafe on March 2 and an in-store at Waterloo Records on March 4). $20. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.



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