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Austin Music Source: Seven nights

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Austin 360

Tonight

Sunset and the White White Lights at the Mohawk.Tonight you can essentially stroll down Red River, pop into any flagship venue, and be treated to an excellent show, from the dreamy shoegaze pop of Beach House at Emo's to the new wave rock of Austin's Black and White Years at Stubb's to the you-know-what-to-the-wall anthemic punk of the Young at Beerland. But the Mohawk has the lineup to beat, with a stellar assemblage of local bands headed up by musical alchemist Bill Baird and Sunset, with support from the enchanting glam rock of the up-and-coming White White Lights. With the Morakestra and New Roman Times. 10 p.m. 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com. — Patrick Caldwell

Also recommended:Beach House at Emo's, the Young at Beerland, Dave Alvin at the Continental Club, the Winter Sounds and the Eastern Sea at the Hole in the Wall, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights at Antone's, the Black and White Years at Stubb's, David Holt, Tommy Shannon and Frosty at Saxon Pub

Friday

Day one of the Third annual Austin Psychfest at the Mohawk.The Jesus and Mary Chain are no fun, so curators the Black Angels snagged Denmark's Raveonettes, who create a trance with their harmonies shimmering in the shards of noise. Also on the bill are L.A.'s mind-blowing girl group Warpaint, of whom The New York Times wrote during SXSW: ‘First they hypnotize; then they get you dancing.' Indian Jewelry, Ringo Deathstarr and other bands with trippy names will keep the feedback coming. 8 p.m. $18- $20. 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com. — Michael Corcoran

Saturday

Roky Erickson and Okkervil River at the Paramount Theatre.In a nice bit of synchronicity the former 13th Floor Elevators front man and living legend will take to the stage at the Paramount just as the cream of the crop of today's psychedelic rock bands tear up the Mohawk a scant few blocks away. Sure, you could catch a few dozen of the artists so inspired by Erickson, or you could catch the real deal himself as he plays cuts from his striking, powerful ‘True Love Cast Out All Evil,' backed by the band that's running neck-and-neck with Spoon for the title of Austin's all-time best indie rock band. Erickson's South by Southwest shows were the stuff of miracles and tall tales, and his Paramount appearance shouldn't be any different. And you can always swing by Psych Fest afterward, and mix a bit of new with your old. 7 p.m. $30. 713 Congress Ave. www.austintheatre.org. — P.C.

Also recommended:Austin Psych Fest 3 at the Mohawk, Bone Thugs N Harmony at Emo's, Cruiserweight farewell show at Emo's, Hells Belles at the Continental Club, Dierks Bentley and the Travelin McCourys with Hayes Carll at the Parish, Sister 7 at Antone's

Sunday

ZZ Top at the new Backyard.This is one of the best Sundays of music in recent memory, but we give the nod to this show, more for the venue than the band. Will the new Backyard retain the warm feel of the original (pre-mall) or will it be a disaster like Two River Canyon Amphitheater? Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights open, so you've got that going for you, which is nice. 8 p.m. $49.50. 13472 Bee Cave Parkway. www.thebackyard.net. — M.C.

Also recommended:Sarah Jarosz at the Cactus Cafe, Junior Brown at the Continental, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Band at the Long Center, La Tampiquena at Momo's, River City Christianettes at Stubb's Gospel Brunch.

MondayTonight

Sunset and the White White Lights at the Mohawk.Tonight you can essentially stroll down Red River, pop into any flagship venue, and be treated to an excellent show, from the dreamy shoegaze pop of Beach House at Emo's to the new wave rock of Austin's Black and White Years at Stubb's to the you-know-what-to-the-wall anthemic punk of the Young at Beerland. But the Mohawk has the lineup to beat, with a stellar assemblage of local bands headed up by musical alchemist Bill Baird and Sunset, with support from the enchanting glam rock of the up-and-coming White White Lights. With the Morakestra and New Roman Times. 10 p.m. 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com. — Patrick Caldwell

Also recommended:Beach House at Emo's, the Young at Beerland, Dave Alvin at the Continental Club, the Winter Sounds and the Eastern Sea at the Hole in the Wall, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights at Antone's, the Black and White Years at Stubb's, David Holt, Tommy Shannon and Frosty at Saxon Pub

Friday

Day one of the Third annual Austin Psychfest at the Mohawk.The Jesus and Mary Chain are no fun, so curators the Black Angels snagged Denmark's Raveonettes, who create a trance with their harmonies shimmering in the shards of noise. Also on the bill are L.A.'s mind-blowing girl group Warpaint, of whom The New York Times wrote during SXSW: ‘First they hypnotize; then they get you dancing.' Indian Jewelry, Ringo Deathstarr and other bands with trippy names will keep the feedback coming. 8 p.m. $18- $20. 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com. — Michael Corcoran

Saturday

Roky Erickson and Okkervil River at the Paramount Theatre.In a nice bit of synchronicity the former 13th Floor Elevators front man and living legend will take to the stage at the Paramount just as the cream of the crop of today's psychedelic rock bands tear up the Mohawk a scant few blocks away. Sure, you could catch a few dozen of the artists so inspired by Erickson, or you could catch the real deal himself as he plays cuts from his striking, powerful ‘True Love Cast Out All Evil,' backed by the band that's running neck-and-neck with Spoon for the title of Austin's all-time best indie rock band. Erickson's South by Southwest shows were the stuff of miracles and tall tales, and his Paramount appearance shouldn't be any different. And you can always swing by Psych Fest afterward, and mix a bit of new with your old. 7 p.m. $30. 713 Congress Ave. www.austintheatre.org. — P.C.

Also recommended:Austin Psych Fest 3 at the Mohawk, Bone Thugs N Harmony at Emo's, Cruiserweight farewell show at Emo's, Hells Belles at the Continental Club, Dierks Bentley and the Travelin McCourys with Hayes Carll at the Parish, Sister 7 at Antone's

Sunday

ZZ Top at the new Backyard.This is one of the best Sundays of music in recent memory, but we give the nod to this show, more for the venue than the band. Will the new Backyard retain the warm feel of the original (pre-mall) or will it be a disaster like Two River Canyon Amphitheater? Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights open, so you've got that going for you, which is nice. 8 p.m. $49.50. 13472 Bee Cave Parkway. www.thebackyard.net. — M.C.

Also recommended:Sarah Jarosz at the Cactus Cafe, Junior Brown at the Continental, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Band at the Long Center, La Tampiquena at Momo's, River City Christianettes at Stubb's Gospel Brunch.

Monday

The Tosca String Quartet at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.The Tosca String Quartet just may be the MVPs of the Austin music scene. When you need some muscular, passionately played strings, you can always count on the foursome to bring their A-game, whether backing Voxtrot on their debut full-length, enlivening Richard Linklater's film ‘Waking Life,' providing a backing for Allen Ginsberg's ‘Howl' or popping up live or recorded with a litany of artists ranging from the Arcade Fire to Ray Benson. They'll debut new compositions by Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski, among others — including a new piece by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, who will perform alongside the quartet. 7 and 9:45 p.m. 320 E. Sixth St. $18. www.originalalamo.com. — P.C.

Also recommended:Django Walker at Momo's, Dale Watson and his Lone Stars at the Continental Club, Overkill at Emo's, Bob Schneider and Lonelyland at Saxon Pub

Tuesday

Tony Joe White at the Cactus Cafe.It's not often you get to see and hear a legend this close, so get it while you can. If the Louisiana soul rocker had only written and recorded "Polk Salad Annie," one of the top 10 singles of all time, that would be enough. But he also wrote "Rainy Night in Georgia" for Brook Benton and ‘Steamy Windows' for Tina Turner. Tina's longtime drummer Jack Bruno will back TJW. 8 p.m. $20. 24th and Guadalupe Sts. www.utexas.edu/txunion/ae/cactus. — M.C.

Also recommended:Erik Hokkanen at Flipnotics, Megafaun at Emo's, Ocote Soul Sounds at Lambert's, Brannen Temple's Underground at Elephant Room, Toubab Krewe at Stubb's.

Wednesday

Yann Tiersen at the Mohawk.Tiersen was virtually unknown outside of his native France until his whimsical, evocative score for ‘Amelie' earned global attention and accolades. Those expecting his live performance to mirror his charmingly minimalist scores will likely be disappointed — Tiersen's lately all but banished such signature instruments as the piano and accordion from his sets — but those who go in with an open mind should find plenty to love in his thoughtful, spare, folk-influenced compositions. Tiersen's not exactly a regular around these parts, so don't miss the chance to watch the magically enjoyable classically trained musician in his element. With Typhoon. 8 p.m. $17. 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com. — P.C.

Also recommended:Alpha Rev at Waterloo Records, Awesome Color at Emo's, Coheed and Cambria at Stubb's, Jon Dee Graham and James McMurtry at the Continental Club, Soul Track Mind at T.C.'s Lounge

The Tosca String Quartet at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.The Tosca String Quartet just may be the MVPs of the Austin music scene. When you need some muscular, passionately played strings, you can always count on the foursome to bring their A-game, whether backing Voxtrot on their debut full-length, enlivening Richard Linklater's film ‘Waking Life,' providing a backing for Allen Ginsberg's ‘Howl' or popping up live or recorded with a litany of artists ranging from the Arcade Fire to Ray Benson. They'll debut new compositions by Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski, among others — including a new piece by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, who will perform alongside the quartet. 7 and 9:45 p.m. 320 E. Sixth St. $18. www.originalalamo.com. — P.C.

Also recommended:Django Walker at Momo's, Dale Watson and his Lone Stars at the Continental Club, Overkill at Emo's, Bob Schneider and Lonelyland at Saxon Pub

Tuesday

Tony Joe White at the Cactus Cafe.It's not often you get to see and hear a legend this close, so get it while you can. If the Louisiana soul rocker had only written and recorded "Polk Salad Annie," one of the top 10 singles of all time, that would be enough. But he also wrote "Rainy Night in Georgia" for Brook Benton and ‘Steamy Windows' for Tina Turner. Tina's longtime drummer Jack Bruno will back TJW. 8 p.m. $20. 24th and Guadalupe Sts. www.utexas.edu/txunion/ae/cactus. — M.C.

Also recommended:Erik Hokkanen at Flipnotics, Megafaun at Emo's, Ocote Soul Sounds at Lambert's, Brannen Temple's Underground at Elephant Room, Toubab Krewe at Stubb's.

Wednesday

Yann Tiersen at the Mohawk.Tiersen was virtually unknown outside of his native France until his whimsical, evocative score for ‘Amelie' earned global attention and accolades. Those expecting his live performance to mirror his charmingly minimalist scores will likely be disappointed — Tiersen's lately all but banished such signature instruments as the piano and accordion from his sets — but those who go in with an open mind should find plenty to love in his thoughtful, spare, folk-influenced compositions. Tiersen's not exactly a regular around these parts, so don't miss the chance to watch the magically enjoyable classically trained musician in his element. With Typhoon. 8 p.m. $17. 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com. — P.C.

Also recommended:Alpha Rev at Waterloo Records, Awesome Color at Emo's, Coheed and Cambria at Stubb's, Jon Dee Graham and James McMurtry at the Continental Club, Soul Track Mind at T.C.'s Lounge