Austin Music Source: Seven nights
In Austin, there's something cool going on every night of the week.
Benefits for the family of Esme Barrera. Love Collector, Foreign Mothers, Kingdom of Suicide Lovers, Neighbor, Ichi Ni San Shi, Follow That Bird and Eric Static come together to celebrate the life of Esme Barrera and raise money for her family. 7 p.m. $5-$10. The Scoot Inn, 1308 E. Fourth St. www.scoot-inn.com. Friday's benefit features more bands in keeping with Barrera's tastes, and they're all worth seeing, including Quin Galavis, Flesh Lights, Literature, Les Rav, Wino Vino, Cruddy, Crooked Bangs and The Gospel Truth. 5 p.m. $5-$10. Club 1808, 1808 E. 12th St. www.myspace.com/club1808atx.
— Peter Mongillo and Joe Gross
Also playing:Cop Warmth, Breathing Problem, Feck, White Dog at Beerland; Dana Falconberry, Marmalakes, Sleepgood at Mohawk; Benefit for Ruby Jane with Ray Benson, Dale Watson, Bob Schneider and Cowboy and Indian at Antone's.
Scarface at the Mohawk. One of Houston's hip-hop visionaries and one of the best rappers who ever lived. Every rap nerd has their favorite Scarface album — mine remains "The Fix" (2002), one of the most underrated hip-hop records of the decade — but all of his records yield rewards. 7 p.m. $20. 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com.
Also playing:Neil Hamburger at ND; Tempo Tantrums, Toxic Fuse at Trailer Space; Amplified Heat, Sons of Hercules at Beerland; the Sweethearts, Viet Ruse at Flamingo Cantina; Balmorhea, Peter & the Wolf at the Parish; That Damned Band CD release at the Broken Neck; Sphynx at Trinity Hall; The Alice Rose at the Swan Dive; the Sweet Nuthin at Frank; Guns of Navarone at Lamberts.
The Young at the Mohawk."Voyagers of Legend," the debut from the Young (who are set to release their next album on Matador) is Austin indie rock at its finest. Standout song "Bird in the Bush" finds lead singer Hans Zimmerman questioning his future against restrained guitar fuzz. With Balaclavas and Holy Wave. $7. 9 p.m. 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com.
Also playing: The Act Rights, Party Lines, Bang Bang Theodores at Beerland; Reverend Horton Heat, Not in the Face, Whiskey Shivers at Antone's; Star(expletive), Painted Palms, Alexico at the Mohawk; Shrapnel, Headcrusher, Course of Ruin at Red 7; Wu-Tang Clan at Emo's East; Deadman at Saxon Pub.
All Rise: A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. at ND.An evening of funk and hip-hop with Bavu Blakes, Da'Shade, Riders Against the Storm and DJ Chorizo Funk. 8 p.m. $5. 501 IH-35.
Also playing: Benefit for Chris Gray with James McMurtry, the Gourds at the Continental Club (1 p.m. doors); Rad Company at the Legendary White Swan; Ola Podrida at the Mohawk; No Idea January Sunday Series with Serpentine, Lucas Gorham at Skinny's Ballroom.
Dale Watson at the Continental Club. Country singer-songwriter Dale Watson's latest is "The Sun Sessions," a tribute to the artists who made their names in the storied Memphis studio. $7. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. www.continentalclub.com/Austin.html.
Also playing:Lonelyland at Saxon Pub; AVICII at Austin Music Hall.
Rise Against at the Austin Music Hall.Can't really recommend the room, in which sound goes to echo and die, but the headliner can deliver muscular, anthemic rootsy punk. With A Day to Remember and the Menzingers. 6 p.m. $38.50. 208 Nueces St. www.austin musichall.com.
Also playing: The Asteroid Shop, Boy + Kite at the Mohawk; Church Shoes, Well Dressed Thieves at Beerland; Langhorne Slim and the Law, Rayland Baxter, Beau Jennings at Stubb's; Lonesome Heroes at the 29th St. Ballroom.
These Are Words at Beerland.Austin garage rock punctuated by frontman Corey Anderson's distorted guitar and off-kilter vocals. $5. 9 p.m. 711 Red River St. www.beerlandtexas.com.
Also playing: Jon Dee Graham, James McMurtry at the Continental Club; Walt Wilkins, Mark Allan Atwood at Saxon Pub; Hayden Karchmer (EP Release), My Woman's Angry, Nano Whitman at the Hole in the Wall; Silver Foxes at Skinny's Ballroom.