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Austin Music Source: Seven nights

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Austin 360

TONIGHT

Motion City Soundtrack at Emo's. This Twin Cities pop punk band has been around forever (since 1997, actually), but their muscular, brand new album 'My Dinosaur Life,' with the catchy single 'Her Words Destroyed My Planet,' could be the best one yet. With Set Your Goals and the Providence. 9 p.m. $17. 603 Red River St. www.emosaustin.com.

— Michael Corcoran

Also recommended: Frank Smith at the Continental Club, Kalu James, Chief Rival at Emo's (inside), Jesse Dayton at the Broken Spoke, Ringo Deathstarr at the Mohawk.

FRIDAY

The English Beat at Emo's. Dave Wakeling was a white guy mixing afrobeat influences with catchy pop music long before the boys in Vampire Weekend were even born. The British ska pioneer founded the Beat — known as the English Beat — in 1978 and released a string of hooky singles. Though he's not touring with the original lineup, Wakeling's backing band today is nothing to sneeze at, and his distinctive voice should bring all of the English Beat's much-loved classics to life. With Fishbone and Outlaw Nation. 7 p.m. $18. 603 Red River St. www.emosaustin.com. — Patrick Caldwell

Also recommended: Ume at the Highball, Reckless Kelly, the Trishas at Antone's, Red Leaves at the Parish, Anita Baker at the Austin Music Hall, El Tule at Flamingo Cantina, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at La Zona Rosa.

SATURDAY

Pocket FishRmen at the Hole in the Wall. It's an incredible night on the club scene all over town, but this rare show by the band that owned the Hole in the '90s is where I'll be. The Pocketboys are goofy fun, but above all they know how to blast hair all over those walls. Joe Doerr's Churchwood, Lonesome Heroes and Ethan Azarian are also on the bill. $3, are you kidding me? 10 p.m. 2538 Guadalupe St. www.holeinthewallaustin.com — M.C.

Also recommended: White Denim at Antone's, Girl in a Coma at Red 7, Flametrick Subs at Beerland, Foot Patrol at the Independent, KRS-One at the Scoot Inn, Kat Edmonson at the Elephant Room, Terri Hendrix at the Cactus.

SUNDAY

Guy Forsyth's St. Valentine Love and Lust Revue at Lamberts. Musically inclined couples have plenty of options for simultaneously getting their romance and their rock on Saturday night, but none is classier than the pairing of Lambert's urban barbecue and the love songs of omnipresent Austin troubadour Guy Forsyth. 8:30 p.m. $15. 401 W. Second St. www.lambertsaustin.com. — P.C.

Also recommended: Screaming Females at Emo's, A Faulty Chromosome at Red 7, Warren Hood and the Hoodlums at Momo's, Hayes Carll at the Saxon Pub, A Faulty Chromosome at Club 1808.

MONDAY

We Wanna Help Will Sexton at Antone's. There's only one show in town this night. After suffering a stroke in December, Austin's child Will Sexton has been sidelined from his frantic performing schedule. Pitching in to help pay bills, both medical and living, are Patty Griffin, Roky Erickson, Victoria Williams, Terry Allen, Eliza Gilkyson, Abra Moore and many more. With older brother Charlie Sexton as musical director, this promises to be an amazing night. 7 p.m. $25. 213 W. Fifth St. www.antones.net. — M.C.

TUESDAY

Hard Proof Afrobeat at Momo's. The scene-conscious may recognize three of Hard Proof Afrobeat's players — Jason Frey, Derek Phelps and Joe Woullard — as the latest horn section backing Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears. But when they're not laying down infectious lines for Austin's hard-performing soul man, they're bringing their fire to this consistently groovy funk 10-piece. 8 p.m. $5. With La Guerrilla, Frederico 7 and the Hashashins. 618 W. Sixth St. www.momosclub.com. — P.C.

Also recommended: The Dust Bowl Dreamers at Trailer Space Records, Darren Hoff and the Hard Times at Beerland, Clyde and Clem's Whisky Business at the Hole in the Wall, Mike Doughty at Cactus Cafe, Mudphonic at the Continental Club, Nic Armstrong at the Ghost Room

WEDNESDAY

Mike Doughty at the Cactus Cafe. The former Soul Coughing frontman is a mesmerizing solo performer, reaching into a deep bag of melancholy. He'll wrap up his two-night stand at Griff's Place with songs from his latest, 'Happy Man, Sad Man,' as well as throughout his career. 8:30 p.m. $20. 2247 Guadalupe St. www.utexas.edu/txunion/ae/cactus. — M.C.

Also recommended: Stone River Boys at the Continental, D-Madness, Bavu Blakes at the Parish, A Giant Dog at Emo's, Dale Watson at the Broken Spoke.