Recommended music: KMFDM, The Great Curve, Built to Spill & Dinosaur Jr., Art Brut, Dirty Projectors, Islands, The Pogues
KMFDM at Emo's. Industrial dance music is like swing or polka or acoustic blues. Someone, somewhere will always be into it. The fact that this 25-year-old German outfit has just released its 16th album ('Blitz') and is probably guaranteed a strong, leather-and-lace-clad draw at this show as proof. With Angelspit and Chant Project. Doors at 9 p.m. $20. 603 Red River St. www.emosaustin.com.
— Joe Gross
Also recommended: Colbie Caillat at Stubb's; Indian Jewelry at Club Deville; Golden Boys at Lovejoys; Toubab Krewe at Flamingo Cantina; Monarchs at the Mohawk
The Great Curve at Beerland. This is the new act from some guys who used to be in the Austin avant-garde rock band Steers, which was a force of nature back in 2005 or so. Check out www.myspace.com/thegreat curvetx for some intriguing, almost-progressive rock and a manifesto. I love bands with manifestoes. With the Murdocks and more. 9 p.m. Free. Yes, free. 711 Red River St. www.beerlandtexas.com
Also recommended: Glenn Tillbrook at the Saxon Pub; Kelly Willis at Threadgill's; Daniel Francis Doyle at Club 1808; The Black Heart Procession at the Mohawk; The Bravery at Emo's; Quiet Company at the Parish; Dustin Welch at Antone's
Built to Spill & Dinosaur Jr. at Stubb's. Veteran Boise, Idaho-based rockers Built to Spill, who bridge the gap between Neil Young and indie rock, are back with 'There Is No Enemy,' the follow-up to 2006's 'You In Reverse.' Perhaps their most energized outing since the release of 'Perfect from Now On' and 'Keep It Like a Secret' in the late '90s, 'Enemy' delivers everything fans have come to expect, including Doug Martsch's nasally vocals and soaring guitar licks. With Dinosaur Jr., Lou Barlow & the Missing Men and Disco Doom. $25. 7 p.m. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com —Peter Mongillo
Also recommended: Wild America at Trailer Space (7 p.m.); Follow That Bird! Record release at the United States Art Authority; The Midgetmen at Stubb's; White Denim (CD release), Brazos at the Mohawk; Future of the Left at the Beauty Bar; Michelle Shocked at the Cactus Cafe; James Hand at the Ghost Room
Art Brut at the Mohawk. After a slightly baffling tenure on EMI, this English/German outfit is back on an indie label for their new album 'Art Brut vs. Satan,' produced by, of all people, Frank Black of the Pixies. Fun and gritty and danceable and shout-along though it is, Lucifer wins. 8 p.m. $12 advance, $14 door. 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com
Also recommended: The Tragically Hip at La Zona Rosa; Underground Railroad to Candy Land at Beerland; Gods Revolver at Red 7; Big Red Marbles at the Beauty Bar (early show, 6:15 p.m.) Nic Walker/La La Quarry at the Salvage Vanguard Theater; Cold As Ghost at the Red Eyed Fly
Dirty Projectors at Antone's. Dave Longstreth and Co. have been riding high on the release of their breakthrough album 'Bitte Orca' earlier this year. 'Orca' blends experimental vocal styles and untraditional song structure with a rock sensibility to create a wholly original sound. Highlights include 'Useful Chamber .' With Givers. $15. 8 p.m. Antone's. 213 W. Fifth St. www.antones.net—P.M.
Also recommended: Strike Anywhere at Emo's; Dale Watson & his Lone Stars at the Continental Club; Kate Voegele at Stubb's
Islands at Mohawk. After leaving the band before the recording of its last album, former Islands and Unicorns member Jamie Thompson has rejoined Nick Diamonds for 'Vapours,' the latest effort from genre-bending Montreal pop rockers. Fans will probably appreciate the fact that 'Vapours' is closer to the band's first outing, 'Return to the Sea,' than to the somewhat bloated and over-produced 'Arm's Way.' With Jemina Pearl (of Be Your Own Pet) and Tot Y Moi. $12. 7 p.m. 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com
Also recommended: Wine and Revolution at Red 7; Warren G at Emo's
The Pogues at Stubb's. The greatest part-Irish music/part-rock band that ever existed or, quite frankly, will ever exist . This is a full-on reunion show, featuring the band as it existed from 1986 on, including singer Shane McGowan, winner of the Holy-Cow-He's-Still-Alive!?! sweepstakes since, well, about 1986. I'll be the one singing along to 'Thousands Are Sailing' and 'Body of an American.' Oh, who am I kidding? I'll be singing along to all of them. So will you. With Justin Townes Earle. Doors at 7 p.m. $45 to $48. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — J.G.
Also recommended: Brother Ali at Emo's; The Black and White Years at the Mohawk; Jello Biafra at Red 7; Digital Leather at Beerland; Dubkids at Flamingo Cantina