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September music: a new Emo's, Austin talent, a few legends and that one big sweaty festival in Zilker Park

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Ruby Jane performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on Sunday Oct. 10, 2010.

With school back in session, football and that giant festival in Zilker Park, September already has plenty going on (and we can hope for some relief from the heat). For music, there's more than that one sweaty weekend in the park, of course, including the opening of the newest addition to the music scene, Emo's East, which starts off in true Austin fashion with the Butthole Surfers on Sunday.

One of the bigger shows of the month, soul legend Sade with John Legend, happens Wednesday at the Erwin Center, which also has hitmakers Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger together later this month (Sept. 22). Elsewhere, sleepy indie rock band Bon Iver performs to a sold-out crowd with singer songwriter Kathleen Edwards at the Long Center (Sept. 13) and Canadian house star Deadmau5 plays two nights at Austin Music Hall (Sept. 13 and 14).

ACL Live hosts Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion "Summer Love" Tour on Wednesday (see story, below) followed by Rodney Crowell (Friday), two nights of classic rockers Santana with Michael Franti (Monday and Sept. 14) and a string of "Austin City Limits" tapings, including Coldplay (Sept. 15), the Head and the Heart (Sept. 16), the Arcade Fire (Sept. 17), Gomez (Sept. 19) and Randy Newman (Sept. 19). Return to Forever snags the night (Sept. 13) in between those Santana shows. Other notable shows include Weird Al Yankovic, who returns with the Alpocalypse Tour (Sept. 24), and Blondie (Sept. 29).

Mohawk kicks things off tonight with Cursive frontman Tim Kasher, Aficionado and Milk Thistle, and a pair of indie rock duos, Japandroids and Bass Drum of Death, on Thursday. Next week it's the farewell show for New York-bound Monarchs with Frank Smith and Golden Calf (Sept. 15). Rapper Big Boi follows up his set at Austin City Limits Music Festival with another performance later that night (Sept. 16). The following night it's garage rock with Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin and the OBN III's followed by a late show with Young Buffalo, Grape St. and the Zoltars (Sept. 17). Austin's former chill wave representative Neon Indian comes back to town (Sept. 23), with an aftershow at Blazer Tag, which promises to be either really awesome or really annoying. If that doesn't satisfy your synth cravings, Mohawk's month wraps with electro/pop/dance band the Junior Boys and Egyptrixx a few days later (Sept. 27).

As always, Beerland has plenty of Austin talent on its schedule, with the Dikes of Holland (Thursday); Criaturas, Creationists, Creamers and Recide (Saturday); John Wesley Coleman III, Redondo Beat, Suede Uppers and the Shivery Shakes (Sept 13); Marriage, Ryan Rousseau and Bloody Knives (Sept. 16); and ELVIS, Kitchen's Floor, Fat History Month and the Nouns (Sept. 21).

If you are planning on hitting Zilker Park for ACL Fest (Sept. 16-18) but were thinking, "There aren't enough festivals. I wish there was one this weekend, too," you're in luck. Emo's hosts the second annual Wild Frontier Fest, a two-day affair featuring some of Austin's finest, including White Denim, Marmalakes, A Giant Dog and the Black and White Years, as well as imported talent such as Wavves and Japanese punk/cartoon monsters Peelander-Z (Saturday and Sunday). The following weekend Emo's hosts a run of ACL Fest aftershows, including Delta Spirit, J Roddy Watson and the Business, Futurebirds (Sept. 16), a Twin Shadow/Cut Copy DJ set, with Theophilus London (Sept. 17) and Death From Above 1979 (Sept. 18). After the fest dust settles, it's psych band Woodsman with Holy Wave and Straight Arrows (Sept. 20), and hardcore band Agnostic Front with the Bitter End, Mongoloid and Naysayer (Sept. 22). Also that week, locals TV Torso play with the Young and Sundress (Sept. 24).

After the Butthole Surfers inaugurate Emo's new bundle of joy, Emo's East has rapper J. Cole (Sept. 17), '80s prog rockers Queensryche (Sept. 26) and Mexican rock band Molotov with Austin's Este Vato (Sept. 29) rounding out the month over on East Riverside Drive.

If Queensryche isn't edgy enough, Red 7 has Cough with Bridge Farmers, Burials and Boars (Sept. 12), the Obits with Hex Dispensers, Broken Gold and Ghost Knife (Sept. 16) and a tribute to the "Big Four" metal bands (Sept. 24). The venue is also one of five clubs, along with Cheer Up Charlies, Beauty Bar, the Scoot Inn and Club Deville, participating in the Ditch the Fest Fest (Sept. 17), which offers a mostly local alternative to ACL Fest (the schedule for that event hasn't been released yet, but the lineup includes Pong, Dana Falconberry, Mother Falcon and the Eastern Sea).

Most of the big shows at Stubb's this month are ACL Fest after-shows, with Manu Chao (Sept. 16), Bright Eyes and Kurt Vile and the Violators (Sept. 17), Phosphorescent (Sept. 17), and Iron and Wine and My Morning Jacket's Jim James (Sept. 18). Singer-songwriters Rocky Voltolato and Matt Pond PA make an appearance later in the month (Sept. 30).

As usual, Momo's is home to performances by a rotating cast of regulars, including fiddle phenom Ruby Jane (Thursday and Sept. 15) and Warren Hood and the Goods (Sunday). Classic rock takes center stage with a Black Crowes and Tom Petty Tribute (Saturday). Newish Austin Americana band Cowboy and Indian, whose members include former T-Bird and the Breaks member Jazz Mills and actor/musician Jesse Plemons (aka Landry from "Friday Night Lights") make an appearance as well (Sept. 16, they'll also be playing ACL Fest).

Antone's has a big month, starting with Austin '60s pop band the Carrots, who play with local psych rock band Shapes Have Fangs, Curtis James and Grape St. and the Rings Band (Saturday). Local country heroes Reckless Kelly celebrate the release of their new CD, "Good Luck and True Love" (Sept. 13). The North Mississippi All-Stars kick off Antone's ACL Fest weekend (Sept. 15) followed by Austin's latest national attention grabber, Gary Clark Jr. (Sept. 16), and buzzy Americana group the Head and the Heart with Moondoggies (Sept. 17). Clark and the Head and the Heart also play ACL Fest. Hanson, '90s teeny-poppers who were discovered at SXSW, play the following week (Sept. 22).

Fans of the Police might want to pay a visit to the Nutty Brown Cafe, where Will Taylor's Strings Attached offer their interpretations of Sting and company's hits (Saturday). Later in the month country rules, with Kevin Fowler and Curtis Grimes (Sept. 21) and Jack Ingram and Whiskey Myers (Sept. 28). Local rockers Alpha Rev play Sept. 30.

And about that big sweaty festival ... our coverage continues at austin360.com/acl.

pmongillo@statesman.com

More than music

Other events happening this month (more at austin360.com):

Austin Pride 2011, Saturday. A celebration of Austin’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer community, with a 5K run, parade, festival and more. Full schedule and tickets: austinpride.org.

Women’s Race, Saturday. Two-person teams compete in an obstacle course described as “beginner friendly.” Includes costume and watercraft contests. Cedar Park YMCA, 204 E. Little Elm Trail. Schedule and registration: www.terrafirma

racing.com.

“Rappahannock County,” Sept. 21-22. New music theater piece about life during the Civil War. McCullough Theatre, UT campus www.texasperformingarts.com.

“Samuel Barber: American Romantic,” Sept. 23-25. Conspirare honors the American composer. www.conspirare.org.

East Meets West: Anne Akiko Meyers, Bion Tsang and Michelle Schumann, Sept. 23-24. Austin Chamber Music Center, www.austinchambermusic.org.

Pecan Street Festival, Sept. 24-25. Music, food and more at free festival on Sixth Street. www.oldpecanstreetfestival.com.

“El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa,” Sept. 25-Jan. 22. Blanton Museum of Art, www.blantonmuseum.org.

“The Mozart Project,” Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Ballet Austin, www.balletaustin.org.

Austin Marathon Relay, Sept. 25. Five-person relay. Details, schedule and registration: www.austinmarathonrelay.com.

Got Guts? Sunday. 5K and gluten-free food fair. Registration, schedule and information: www.GotGuts5K.org.

­— From staff reports