This week’s music picks: Birthday bashes, Southern Culture smashes and more
Monday: Nancy Coplin’s 70th birthday at Antone’s. A longtime fixture in the Austin music industry whose credits include decades of booking paying shows for local players at the airport, Coplin is celebrating 70 years on the planet with an early show at the home of the blues. Performers’ names aren’t listed on the site, but Coplin is so well-connected to the scene that it seems likely some of the city’s top talent will be on hand. The $25 ticket price ($100 VIP) benefits Housing Oppportunities for Musicians & Entertainers, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and Pinetop Assistance League. 6:30 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.
Monday: Mystery Monday at El Mercado Backstage. Also celebrating a birthday today is up-and-coming Austin singer-songwriter Jaimee Harris, who’ll be the special guest this week at Christine Albert’s weekly Mystery Monday show at one of Austin’s classic Tex-Mex restaurants (which added a great showcase room for music a couple of years ago). They’ll have a ringer sitting in: Jeff Plankenhorn, who, like Harris, has a new record due out this spring. Free (priority seating for dinner guests). Dinner seating begins at 5:30 p.m.; music runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 1302 S. First St. elmercadorestaurant.com. — P.B.
Tuesday through April 7: Southern Culture on the Skids at Continental Club. SCOTS is coming, so the Lonestar Roundup must not be far behind. The annual hot-rod convention at the Travis County Expo Center is April 6-7, but North Carolina’s rip-roaring trailer-trash trio always gets into town early, playing five straight nights at the South Congress nightspot closely associated with the roundup. They received the ultimate musician’s tribute when Weird Al Yankovic parodied one of their songs a few years ago, but you don’t need Al to have plenty of laughs and a rockin’ good time at a Southern Culture show. $15-$20. Midnight. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.
Wednesday: Texas Radio Live with Ray Prim, Western Youth at Guero’s. Sun Radio’s weekly live-on-the-air show from the oak garden at this South Congress restaurant does a fine job of surveying the broad range of music rising up out of Austin, and this double bill is a great example. Soulful singer-songwriter Ray Prim, one of our Austin360 Artists of the Month last year, leads a band that brings out the richness of his melodies and rhythms. Western Youth mines more of a roots-rock vein, drawing upon country influences but cranking things up with plenty of frenetic electric energy. $10 suggested donation. 6 to 8 p.m. sunradio.com/trl. — P.B.
Thursday: Rostam, Sam Buck at 3Ten. In his post-Vampire Weekend life, singer and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij seems to have found his groove. The songs on his buoyant solo debut “Half-Light” shimmer with euphoric synth lines that defined his work with the college rock faves, but the solo material has a much deeper emotional core. There’s still witty lyricism aplenty, but a lot more heart. On the leg of his tour he recently wrapped, he performed with a string quartet and a drummer, and reports from the shows sound lovely and sublime. $18.50-$20. 9 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — D.S.S.
- Jonathan Terrell & Josh T. Pearson, Steel Monday with Dave Biller at Sam’s Town Point
- Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
- Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
- Ginny Marie at Blackheart
- Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe
- Rain (Beatles tribute) at ACL Live
- 3Teeth, HO99O9 at Barracuda
- Lindi Ortega at Stubb’s indoor
- Bluebonnets, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s
- Donut Musik at Townsend
- Kelley Mickwee, Dan Dyer, David Grissom at Saxon Pub
- W.C. Clark at Sam’s Town Point
- Quinn XCII at Emo’s (sold out)
- Wood & Wire at Waterloo Records
- Fastball, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers at 3Ten
- Movements, Can’t Swim at Barracuda
- Giulia Millanta, Jason Blum at One-2-One Bar
- Brannen & Red Show, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery
- Matt Hubbard Trio, Cheatin’ Hearts at C-Boy’s
- Peterson Brothers at Blackheart
- Eve Monsees, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
- Bermuda Triangle (Brittany Howard, Becca Mancari, Jesse Lafser), Liz Cooper & the Stampede at Antone’s (sold out)
- Mat Kearney, Andrew Belle at Stubb’s outdoor
- Turnover, Mannequin Pussy, Summer Salt at Mohawk outdoor
- Black Tiger Sex Machine at Empire Control Room
- Penguin Prison, Slomo Drags at Parish
- Red Shahan at Mohawk indoor
- Timber Timbre at Barracuda
- Neighbor Lady at Sidewinder
- Honk!TX presents Brass Band Blitz 6 at Barrel O’ Fun
- Lew Card at Cactus Cafe
- Black Pumas, Los Coast at C-Boy’s