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'Casual Victim Pile' CD Release at Beerland. You've had your chance to listen to Matador Records' snapshot of the Beerland scene circa 2009, but here's the main event — a sure-to-be-riotous celebration of Austin rock 'n' roll featuring all but two of the compilation's bands. It's the first of three nights of beer-soaked celebration, with a strong bill that's sure to pack Beerland to the rafters. With Follow That Bird, Dikes of Holland, Kingdom of Suicide Lovers, Distant Seconds and the Persimmons. 10 p.m. $5. 711 Red River St. — Patrick Caldwell

Also recommended: Justin Townes Earle at Stubb's, Mount Righteous at the Scoot Inn, Honeybrowne at Antone's, the Coveters at the Continental Club


Joseph Arthur at the Cactus Cafe. 'El Prolifico' released four EPs and his eighth studio album in 2008, but you can do that when, as the Ohio native Arthur, you're a recovering alcoholic and all of a sudden the days are four times as long. Since this gig is without his somewhat sloppy Lonely Astronauts band, we can hope for more songs from his great 2000 album 'Come To Where I'm From.' Arthur returns to the Cactus on Saturday. 8:30 p.m. $20. 2247 Guadalupe St.

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Also recommended: Jerry Jeff Walker at the One World Theater, Moonlight Towers at the Hole In the Wall, Graham Wilkinson, Drew Smith's Lonely Choir at the Continental Club, Alec Ounsworth at Emo's, Casual Victim Pile bands at Beerland.


The Gary CD release at the Scoot Inn. The Gary is primed to have a very big 2010. After releasing a sensational EP of blue-collar, irony-free rock with 2009's 'Chub,' the Austin trio returns with the charging, nine-song debut album 'Logan.' It's an impressive first album that builds on all the strengths that made 'Chub' so headbang-worthy, and the band celebrates its release on CD — it's been available digitally since December — at the appropriately straightforward charm of the Scoot Inn. 9 p.m. $5. 1308 E. Fourth St. — P.C.

Also recommended: Casual Victim Pile bands at Beerland, I Luv Video 25th Anniversary with the Diagonals, Ghost Knife at the United States Art Authority, Bowerbirds at the Mohawk, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Stubb's.


Bells of Joy at Stubb's. Austin's greatest gospel group, whose 1951 single 'Let's Talk About Jesus' was cited by Ray Charles as the inspiration for 'I Got a Woman,' no longer has the great A.C. Littlefield on vocals, but it can still wreck a house. Two seatings at this Gospel Brunch are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call 480-8341, ext 4, for reservations. 801 Red River St. — M.C.

Also recommended: Jalapeno Charlie benefit at the Continental Club, McLemore Avenue at Ruta Maya, Brenned Leigh at Threadgill's South.


Frank Turner at Emo's inside. The United Kingdom's Frank Turner is a proud member of the folk-punk tradition pioneered by the Pogues and synonomous with acts like the Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly — with whom he'll be touring later this year. In his home country he's a sensation, but his blend of acoustic songwriting and punk energy have never been as big in the United States. That might change if he continues to embrace the hard-driving, harder rock sound of last year's 'Poetry of the Dead.' With Possessed by Paul James and Broken Gold. 7 p.m. $10. 603 Red River St. — P.C.

Also recommended: Devildriver at Emo's outside, Mammoth Grinder at the Parlor, Richard Henry at the Beauty Bar, Tim Easton at the Cactus Cafe, Dale Watson and His Lone Stars at the Continental Club.


Milkdrive, Kym Warner at Saxon Pub. Warner's the mandolin flash from the Greencards, while Milkdrive is 60 percent of the South Austin Jug Band, with Noah Jefferies on guitar. The musical possibilities — from bluegrass to jazz — are astounding. $10 10 p.m. 1320 South Lamar Blvd. — M.C.

Also recommended: Reckless Kelly at Waterloo Records, Boombox ATX at Lucky Lounge, Some Say Leland at the Cactus, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Club Gallery.


Super Lite Bike at the Mohawk. The Mohawk offers a uniquely Austin triple bill Wednesday evening, with headliners Super Lite Bike bringing the guitar-saturated, hook-heavy progressive rock. Bouncy, groovy and eclectic, they offer plenty of evidence — if anyone needed it — that rock can be intriguingly experimental and accessible at the same time. With the nautically themed indie pop of Mermaid Blonde and the spiky post-punk of Perfect Pants. 10 p.m. $6, younger than 21 $8. 912 Red River St. — P.C.

Also recommended: Air Traffic Controllers at Trailer Space Records, Speak at Waterloo Records, Jonathan Terrell at the Beauty Bar, Jon Dee Graham at the Continental Club.