A guide to February's live music
During Valentine's month, there's plenty to love about lineups at Austin venues
With one month of 2012 already behind us and one more to go until Austin turns into a giant spring break destination, February doesn't have much in the way of big festivals, but there is still plenty going on for fans of almost any type of music.
Emo's East hosts post-hardcore band D.R.U.G.S. with Hit the Lights, Like Moths to a Flame and Sparks the Rescue (Friday), Houston rappers Z-Ro and Trae the Truth (Feb. 11), Finnish metal band Children of Bodom with Eluveitie, Revocation and Threat Signal (Feb. 21) and Boston/Irish punks Dropkick Murphys (Feb. 29).
The new Beauty Ballroom starts out the month with local folkies Wild Child, rock band the Couch and the Baker Family (Friday). The following week it's Austin-based singer-songwriter Ben Kweller (Feb. 10) followed by YOB, Eagleclaw and Skycrawler (Feb. 11). Rapper Yelawolf has a new album, "Radioactive" (Feb. 17). California ska-punks Voodoo Glow Skulls close out the month with Authority Zero (Feb. 26).
Nelo takes over Mondays for two weeks at the Saxon Pub (Monday and Feb. 13) until Lonelyland returns (Feb. 20 and 27). Tuesdays, it's Bruce Hughes and Alpha Rev; Thursdays belong to Matt the Electrician. Guy Forsyth plays this Friday (Feb. 3), Brothers of the Castle (members of Del Castillo) play the next (Feb. 10). Later in the month, Nakia celebrates his birthday (Feb. 17).
King Kahn and the Shrines bring their crazy brand of garage/psych rock to the Mohawk Saturday with the Jacuzzi Boys and American Sharks. The following week Austin-based Megafauna plays with Netherfriends and Shivery Shakes (Feb. 7), followed by Speak, Marmalakes and Roky Moon & Bolt (outdoor stage) and Calm Blue Sea, Follow That Bird, the Sour Notes, Buston and Technicolor Hearts (indoor stage) on Feb. 9. Then it's the Lemonheads performing their album "It's A Shame About Ray" (Feb. 11), Wiretree (Feb. 17) and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks with Nurse and TV Torso (Feb. 22). Austin-based bands fill the final days of the months: Coma in Algiers with Dikes of Holland (Feb. 23), Elvis, the Nouns (Feb. 26), A Giant Dog, Lola Cola and Kay Leotard (Feb. 28).
ACL Live celebrates its first birthday this month with a lineup that includes country star Keith Urban (Feb. 10), Martin Sexton (Feb. 11), a special PBS taping of Chris Isaak (Feb. 13) and Valentine's Day with Bob Schneider and the Moonlight Orchestra (Feb. 14). Trombone Shorty and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Feb. 16), Loretta Lynn (Feb. 17) and Tommy Emmanuel (Feb. 20) round out the month.
Miles Zuniga returns to the Cactus Cafe with material from his 2011 solo album, "These Ghosts Have Bones" (Thursday). He's followed by MilkDrive (Friday and two nights of Joe Ely (Saturday and Sunday). After that Kinky Friedman arrives with his "Southern Discomfort Tour," where he'll sing and do a book reading (Feb. 9). Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty will also read from his new book, "The Book of Drugs," between songs during an early and a late show (Feb. 14). Other highlights include an evening with Jimmy LaFave, Gretchen Peters and John Fullbright (Feb. 18), Over the Rhine (Feb. 19), Graham Weber (Feb. 23) and Dan Dyer (Feb. 25).
Cory Morrow kicks off the month at Antone's with former Austinite Suzanna Choffel on Friday. Saturday it's Junior Brown and Bill Kirchen with the Dell Vipers. Then it's Cody Canada and the Departed (Feb. 9), Carolyn Wonderland (early show Feb. 10) and the Minor Mishap Marching Band's night of "Balkan vs. Bollywood" (late show Feb. 10). A few days later, Eric Johnson, Jimmie Vaughan, Omar Dykes and many others come together to celebrate Billy Maddox's birthday (Feb. 15). David Byrne fans, rejoice: members of Moving Matter, the Trim and Jabarvy will take part in a Talking Heads hoot night (Feb. 18). At the end of the month, Ruthie Foster celebrates the release of her new CD, "Let It Burn" (Feb. 24) and Gomez sticks around for two nights (Feb. 27 and 28).
Austin-based rock band the Soldier Thread celebrates the release of their new EP at Stubb's inside (Feb. 11). Singer-songwriter Anya Maria (Feb. 17), Andy Grammar (Feb. 19) and Quiet Company (Feb. 24) also appear.
Over at the Continental Club, Frank Smith, who just released a new album, "Before You Were Born," plays Thursday with the Frank Mustard Project and Oh No Oh My. Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys continue to play Tuesday nights with the Coveters. Jon Dee Graham plays Wednesdays.
Country musician Robert Ellis, who released one of the more talked about albums of 2011, plays Friday at the Paramount Theatre. At the Long Center for the Performing Arts, American Idol-turned big-time pop-star Kelly Clarkson (Feb. 8) and Puscifer, the music/comedy troupe led by Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan (Feb. 23) both perform. German band leader Max Raabe and the Palast Orchestra come to the Bass Concert Hall (Feb. 26). Rap star Drake lights up the Erwin Center with Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky (Feb. 27).
On Thursday, the ND gets psychedelic with Indian Jewelry, Holy Wave and Hundred Visions. The club will have performances by Ringo Deathstarr (Feb. 12) and Salesman (Feb. 18). At Beerland, highlights include the Zoltars, These Are Words, Black Gum and Modfather (Thursday), Gospel Truth, Cause for Applause, Crooked Bangs, Foreign Mothers, and the Wolf (Friday) and Spray Paint, Nazi Gold, Same Sack, Cruddy and Marriage (Feb. 10).
This weekend, Hotel Vegas has Pong, Talmadge d'amour and Bipolar Gentlemen (Friday) and Hardproof Afrobeat, Roxy Roca Eastside Soul Night (Saturday). The next week Zapata plays with the Peacemakers, Nick Gibey and the Sentimentals (Feb. 9) and Eureka the Butcher (Marcel Lopez-Rodriguez, a multi-instrumentalist who plays drums for El Paso's Zechs Marquise, and percussion for the Mars Volta) performs with BoomBaptists, Lo Phi, Kinder, Butcher Bear and DJ Boozwa (Feb. 24).
And finally, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth is at St. David's Episcopal Church on Feb. 11.