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Austin Music Source: Seven nights

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Tonight

Quiet Company at Stubb's. Ship yourself off to any given Quiet Company show and you'll likely see the soaring pop quartet looking dapper in formal attire, and appropriately so — though always fun and peppy, they craft hook-heavy melodies with a precision that borders on businesslike. If the band takes one thing and one thing only seriously — and that's a legitimate possibility — it's pleasing the crowd, from the crescendo-loaded 'On Modern Men' to the amiable sunshine stroll of 'Seal My Fate.' 9 p.m. $8. 801 Red River St. www.stubbsaustin.com. — Patrick Caldwell

Also recommended: Fiery Furnaces at the Parish, Jonathan Richman at the Continental Club, Ultra8201 fourth anniversary party with New Roman Times at the Ghost Room.

Friday

Girls, the Magic Kids at the Parish. San Francisco duo Girls has a great name to Google, unless you want to find quick info on the flipflopgaze band. With catchy, dreamy songs that sound like Elvis Costello and the Beach Boys paying tribute to Dinosaur Jr., Chris Owens and Chet 'JR' White are onto something that might make them as big as MGMT. $14 214 E. Sixth St. — Michael Corcoran

Also recommended: Yo La Tengo and Times New Viking at Antone's, Asylum Street Spankers at the Cactus, Pong at Red 7, Dex Romweber, Exene Cervenka at Emo's.

Saturday

Sneak View No. 1 with White White Lights and the Sour Notes at the Independent. Zebra Militia and Exponential Records clearly know how to throw a proper East Side party. In addition to video art and a late-night dance party that goes until 4 a.m. (BYOB after 2), they have two of the finest and fiercest up-and-coming local bands, with a dose of do-it-yourself glam from White White Lights and sterling, prolific pop rockers the Sour Notes. With Busby, NickNack and Mexicans With Guns. 9 p.m. $6. 501 Interstate 35. haustinindependent.com — P.C.

Also recommended: Moonlight Towers at the Mohawk, ATX DIY-Fest at the Broken Neck, Foot Patrol at Antone's, Eyes Burn Electric at the Parish, Todd Snider at the Cactus Café, the Travelin' McCourys at the One World Theatre.

Sunday

Warren Hood and the Hoodlums at Momo's. Neck and neck with Dennis Ludiker, who replaced him in the South Austin Jug Band, as the best damn fiddler in town, the Berklee-trained Hood is a marvel of musicianship. And his great band includes Johnny Gimble's granddaughter Emily on piano and vocals. This is the kind of weekly event that keeps Austin Austin. $7 9:30 p.m. 618 W. Sixth St. www.momosclub.com. — M.C.

Also recommended: Gidon the Mighty Warrior and Blacklisted Individuals at the Parish, Heybale! at the Continental Club.

Monday

Muchos Backflips at the Beauty Bar. 'Experimental' scarcely serves to do justice to Muchos Backflips, who never met a genre they couldn't integrate into their expansive, impossible-to-categorize sound. With Kris Lindahl and Jason Amador on the tenor and alto sax, respectively, they're at times psychedelic, at times heavy and sludgy and at times — like on the catchy 'Funky Lady' — ska-inspired. You might not like every sound you'll hear, but you'll also never be bored — and on a Monday night, there's something to be said for that. With Real Book Fake Book and the Burly Boys. 10 p.m. Free. 617 E. Seventh St. www.myspace.com/beautybaraustin. — P.C.

Also recommended: Little Elmore Reed Blues Band at T.C.'s Lounge, Dale Watson and His Lone Stars at the Continental Club, DJ Mel and Prince Klassen at Nasty's, Bob Schneider's Lonelyland at the Saxon Pub, Wheatfield at the Cactus Café.

Tuesday

Corey Smith at Antone's. The Athens, Ga., singer-songwriter's new album 'Keeping Up With the Joneses' mixes rich storytelling and melodic deftness over a backing sound that's not country, not rock, but somewhere cozily in between. With a growing cult audience, he's been compared to Dave Matthews, but for a local reference, think of Seth Walker without the T-Bone Walker guitar. $15 9 p.m. 213 W. Fifth St. www.antones.net. — M.C.

Also recommended: the Residents at Stubb's; New Found Glory at Emo's; Jesse Woods at Parish; Waylon Payne at Saxon Pub; Coffee Sergeants at the Carousel; Kris Kimura at the Elephant Room.

Wednesday

Sondre Lerche at the Parish. Norwegian singer-songwriter Lerche has no time for cynicism — a deft spinner of pop songs with a heart-on-his-sleeve earnestness, his musical world is one of buoyant bridges and sunny choruses. Last year's 'Heartbeat Radio' was an overlooked gem with lush production and a nice rebound from his underachieving soundtrack to 2007's sappy — literally, on the pancake-spotlighting movie poster — 'Dan In Real Life.' With JBM. 8 p.m. $17. 214 E. Sixth St. www.theparishaustin.com. — P.C.

Also recommended: the Texas Sapphires at Waterloo Records, Akina Adderley and the Vintage Playboys at Momo's, Matt the Electrician at Flipnotics, Jonathan Terrell at the Beauty Bar, Ephraim Owens Quartet at the Elephant Room.