Recommended music: Bowling for Soup, Aesop Rock, Vic Chesnutt Band, Soulhat, Quiet Company, Alejandro Escovedo, Jay Reatard
Bowling for Soup and the Riddlin' Kids at Emo's. You might as well call Emo's the DeLorean — or the TARDIS — tonight, as the club takes you back to the very recent past of midway through this decade, when sugary pop-punk quartet Bowling for Soup hit their peak. They'll be joined by Austin's own reunited and sorely missed Riddlin' Kids, who called it quits back in 2005. Nostalgia is unlikely to ever sound giddier. With Smile Smile and Cruiserweight. $12. 9 p.m. 603 Red River St. www.emosaustin.com. — Patrick Caldwell
Also recommended: Brownout at Lambert's, Jesse Dayton at the Broken Spoke, Eric Tessmer at Antone's, Cry Blood Apache at Mixx, Golden Boys at Trailer Space
Aesop Rock at the Mohawk. Ian Matthias Bavitz, better known as Aesop Rock, was at the forefront of the alternative and underground hip-hop acts that emerged in the late '90s and early part of this decade. His lyrics might be abstract — and wholly subjective — but they're fired off with extraordinary passion, making him one of hip-hop's most striking live performers. With Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. $20. 9 p.m. 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com. — P.C.
Also recommended: KISS at the Erwin Center, Hug at Headhunters, Patricia Vonne at the Continental Club, Raul Malo at Antone's, Matt the Electrician at the Ghost Room
Vic Chesnutt Band at Central Presbyterian Church. Folk rock singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt gets around. With 17 albums in 19 years and a lengthy stint with Widespread Panic under his belt, he's a tireless and prolific artist. His fiercely personal 2009 album "At the Cut" features an all-star lineup of players, including members of Fugazi and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who will be joining him on-stage Saturday evening. $15. 8 p.m. 200 E. Eighth St. transmission.frontgatetickets.com. (Interview, page 12) — P.C.
Also recommended: KGSR 19th Anniversary with the Gourds, Bob Schneider and Roseanne Cash at the Texas Union Ballroom, Erin Ivey at the Independent, Mother Hips at Emo's, Vallejo at Antone's, Flametrick Subs at Beerland
ARC of the Capital Area benefit with Soulhat at Antone's. If you ever drove a car at 5 p.m. through the Austin area between 1994 and 2005, there's a pretty good chance you've heard Soulhat. 93.7 KLBJ's Johnny Walker used to spin the group's "Bonecrusher" every Friday, unofficially kicking off the weekend. Years later they're still one of Austin's most hard-rocking bands, even if they play only occasionally. Sunday they'll be anchoring an astonishing 12-hour benefit that runs until midnight. With Lil Cap'n Travis and Topaz and Mudphonic. Noon. 213 W. Fifth St. www.antones.net. — P.C.
Also recommended: Jon Pettis benefit with Follow That Bird, Frank Smith and the Eastern Sea at the Hole in the Wall
Quiet Company at the Parish. Austin four-piece Quiet Company play the kind of tight, piano-led power pop that makes for a stunningly catchy, memorable listen. Besides, how many local bands have the good sense to feature not one, but two glockenspiel players? Not near enough. With Frank and Derol and Windsor Drive. $10, $14 under 21. 7 p.m. 214 E. Sixth St. www.theparishroom.com. — P.C.
Also recommended: Matt the Electrician at the Saxon Pub, Dale Watson at the Continental Club, Baroness and Iron Age at Emo's
Alejandro Escovedo at the Continental Club. Alejandro Escovedo's career has taken him to every corner of the globe, into the pages of every music magazine with any cachet and onto TV screens morning, noon and night. But it's at the loose and swinging Continental Club where he's always been at his best, and with his 'Sessions on South Congress' residency at the club winding down, there's never been a better time and place to catch one of Austin's greatest musical treasures. With Grady. $10. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. wwww.continentalclub.com. — P.C.
Also recommended: 311 at the Austin Music Hall, One Hundred Days at the Beauty Bar
Jay Reatard at Emo's. Don't let Jay Reatard scare you. Sure, he plays loud, sloppy, spazzy garage punk that makes him sound like the sort of hooligan who might slash your tires for kicks. But all that abrasiveness obscures a surprisingly poppy and fun songwriting sensibility. With Harlem and Shanghai River. $10. 9 p.m. 603 Red River St. www.emosaustin.com. — P.C.
Also recommended: Jon Dee Graham and James McMurtry at the Continental Club, Kimya Dawson at the Mohawk, Graham Weber at the Cactus CafÃ©, Guy Forsyth and Carolyn Wonderland at the One World Theater