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Austin 360

TONIGHT

Zookeeper at Stubb's (inside). Chris Simpson has always made interesting music, from his mid-'90s emo cult band Mineral through the Gloria Record and now with Zookeeper, which pretends to be a solo project yet has about four musicians on every song. Such newer cuts as 'Mama Jean' and 'Hey Boxer/ Kid Gloves' are artful, yet accessible, as Simpson isn't afraid of nice melodies. With the Boxing Lesson and New Roman Times. 10 p.m. $5, 801 Red River St. www.stubbsaustin.com. — Michael Corcoran

Also recommended: Matthew Ryan at the Cactus Cafe, Golden Bear at Beauty Bar, Fastball at the Continental Club, Uncle Lucius, Dertybird at Antone's, Carrots at Beerland.

FRIDAY

An Evening of the Music of Stephen Bruton at the Saxon Pub. Some of Bruton's favorite Austin players, including the amazing rhythm section of drummer Brannen Temple and bassist Yoggie Musgrave, will play songs written by the late, great one, who's finally getting national recognition as the music supervisor for 'Crazy Heart.' Let's hope singer Malford Milligan is learning some songs from the movie soundtrack. 9 p.m. $15 1320 South Lamar Blvd. www.thesaxonpub.com. — M.C.

Also recommended: Balmorhea, Damien Jurado at Central Presbyterian Church, the Gourds at the Cactus Cafe, Shawn Colvin at One World, Strange Boys at Emo's, Gary P. Nunn at the Broken Spoke, Gov't Mule at Stubb's.

SATURDAY

Soundtrack of Our Lives at Emo's. For those of you who missed out on Turbonegro at Emo's last year, you have another chance to see an overweight Scandanavian band that out-rocks all the kids. Following the opening one-two punch of 'Infra Riot' and 'Sister Surround,' the band's 2002 album 'Behind the Music' remains a modern garage rock classic, though the beauty of singer Ebbot Luneberg is that he squeezes sweet psychedelia out of his voice. With Nico Vega and My Education. 703 Red River St. www.emosaustin.com. — M.C.

Also recommended: the Derailers at Broken Spoke, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Shurman at Antone's, L.A.X. at the Mohawk.

SUNDAY

Tony Campise fundraiser at Antone's. Austin sax great Campise suffered major brain damage after a fall outside a Corpus Christi hotel room in October 2009 and is recovering in a skilled nursing facility. Currently slated to appear are the Monster Big Band, Baker's Dozen, the James Polk Sextet, John Mills Times Ten, Butch Miles Jazz Express and the Tony Campise Big Band. Appearances are also promised from guest vocalists Ray Benson, Kat Edmonson, Rick Trevino, Mandy Lauderdale and Mr. Fabulous. Donations will be accepted at the door. 7 p.m. www.antones.net. — Patrick Caldwell

Also recommended: Evelyn Erickson's 86th birthday bash at Jovita's, D.R.I. at Emo's, Major, Major, Major at Club 1808, Look Mexico, Papermoons at Red 7, Jon Dee Graham at Continental Club Gallery, River City Christianettes at Stubb's Gospel Brunch.

MONDAY

Nick Oliveri, Pure Luck at Emo's. Let's hope Oliveri has gotten his act together after being fired from Queens of the Stone Age five or six years ago by his former best friend Josh Homme. Pure Luck is a new country outfit featuring Jeff Pinkus of Honky and the Butthole Surfers. Should be an interesting way to spend a Monday. 9 p.m. $10. 603 Red River St. www.emosaustin.com. — M.C.

Also recommended: Elsinore, Erin Ivey at the Ghost Room, Dale Watson at the Continental Club, Matt the Electrician, Nelo at Saxon Pub.

TUESDAY

Chip Taylor at the Cactus Cafe. Taylor's autobiographical new album 'Yonkers, NY' contains two versions of each song — a long one and a short one. The long ones are better because Taylor tells great stories about his unique life. But the short ones would be better for the students who never go to the Cactus. $12. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. — M.C.

Also recommended: Erik Hokkanen at Flipnotics, Laura Veirs at the Mohawk, EZ Action at the Beauty Bar.

WEDNESDAY

Akron/Family at the Parish. Too young to have experienced the Fugs? You get a second chance with these wacked-out Brooklyn folkies who know how to jam and also how to kill 'em softly, so they're actually a lot better than the 1960s Greenwich Village musical anarchists. 'Don't be afraid, you're already dead' from 'Love Is Simple' is one of the best lines ever heard at SXSW. Cali's Warpaint opens. 8 p.m. $15 214 E. Sixth St. www.theparishaustin.com — M.C.

Also recommended: A Giant Dog, Golden Boys at Trailer Space Records, Killswitch Engage at Stubb's, Amy Cook at Lamberts.