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Recommended music: Moth Fight, The Wailers, Bright Light Social Hour, Church of the Friendly Ghost, Leo Rondeau, Michael Kingcaid, Adam Franklin and Bolts of Melody

Patrick Caldwell

Thursday

Moth Fight at Emo's. The Red River Street-devouring madness that is Free Week continues this weekend, with starving college kids (who have an excuse) mixing it up with the rest of us cheapskates (who don't) in hitting up eight venues to scope out Austin's best bands sans cover. Emo's has a tough bill to beat in their inside room, with a punchy experimental pop from an array of up-and-coming locals, notably our own Moth Fight, who mix up traditional instrumentation with everything from synths to short-circuited toys. With Yellow Fever, Haunting Oboe Music and the Eastern Sea. 9 p.m. Free. 603 Red River St. www.emosaustin.com.

Also recommended: Hacienda at Red 7, Sounds Under Radio at the Parish, Jesse Dayton at the Broken Spoke , Ian McLagan at Lucky Lounge, 100 Monkeys at Waterloo Records, Bruce James Soultet at Continental Club, Brazos at the Mohawk.

Friday

The Wailers at Antone's. The Wailers have come a long way from the legendary band that recorded the hits with which so many fraternity brothers are so deeply familiar. Former front man Bob Marley is no longer with us, of course, and drummer Carlie Barrett died in 1987. But the band's heart and soul - and one of the world's grooviest bassists - Aston `Family Man' Barrett remains, and today alongside vocalist Elan Atias he leads the venerable roots rock reggae outfit. They continue to tour and never fail to put on celebratory, optimistically inclined shows heavy on the afrobeat. Chances of a contact high are favorable. With Will Johnson. 8 p.m. $22. 213 W. Fifth St. www.antones.net.

Also recommended: Candi and the Strangers at Club de Ville, the Laughing at the Mohawk, the Lower Class Brats at Red 7, Jesse Woods at Stubb's, Literature at the Natrix Natrix House, Ume and Follow That Bird! at Emo's, L.A.X. at the Parish, Mobley at the Ghost Room

Saturday

Bright Light Social Hour at the Parish. The four scrappy rockers of the Bright Light Social Hour came, then saw, then conquered the stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, fending off challenges from hundreds of bands from around the world for the opportunity. In retrospect, that they galloped over other entrants in Dell's annual Sound and the Jury battle of the bands is no surprise - melding deep-funk grooves with touches of psychedelia and clever, occasionally Spanish, lyricism, few in Austin can command a live crowd better. With the Frontier Brothers, MoTel Aviv, Dertybird and DJ Billy Q. 8 p.m. Free. 214 E. Sixth St. www.theparishaustin.com.

Also recommended: Missions and T-Bird and the Breaks at the Mohawk, Scrappy Jud Newcomb at the Whip-In, Leatherbag at Stubb's, Jesse Dayton at the Continental Club, Glover Gill and Tosca String Quartet at Esquina Tango, Bang Bang Theodores at Beerland, Paper Shapes at Red 7, the Laughing at Beauty Bar, Horse + Donkey at the Hole in the Wall, Soulhat at Antone's.

Sunday

Church of the Friendly Ghost at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. Constantly experimental, free jazz enthused, endlessly creative community organization Church of the Friendly Ghost doesn't generally put on traditional shows. But their outside-the-box approach to performance art always mean you get something interesting for your suggested donation. Sunday night is no exception, as the Austin Cobra Group assembles an ensemble of players for an experiment in semi-improvisational playing. Meanwhile, Alex Keller's bass piece `Eustress' is guaranteed to end with Keller destroying his guitar - in fact, he'll be wearing safety gear. Far out. 8:30 p.m. $5. 2803 Manor Road. www.salvagevanguard.org.

Also recommended: Jon Dee Graham and Eliza Gilkyson at the Continental Club Gallery, Dale Watson at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, A Giant Dog at Emo's, Warren Hood and the Hoodlums at Momo's, Cruddy at the Parlor

Monday

Leo Rondeau at the Hole in the Wall. Hailing from North Dakota, Rondeau sounds like a man out of a time - a singer with a singular southern drawl delivering prickly country ballads heavy on the banjo. He's a little Townes and a little Hank Williams and a little Tom Waits, but all his own man as he whips together traditional country and herky-jerky bluegrass rhythms. His 2009 album `Down at the End of the Bar' was an unsung delight with an easy charm perfectly suited for the Monday night residency at the Hole in the Wall. With Woodsboss. 10 p.m. Free. 2538 Guadalupe St. www.theholeinthewallaustin.com.

Also recommended: Jonathan Horne at Austin Moose Lodge No. 1735, Chris Gage at Donn's Depot

Tuesday

Michael Kingcaid at the Mohawk. Michael Kingcaid is one of those local cats - you know the ones, you see them all over this town - who just seems to have an endless amount of time. You probably know him as the front man of the reliably hooky pop rock locals What Made Milwaukee Famous. He recently joined electric dance rockers the Lemurs. And now he's also pursuing his own solo stuff, with a more acoustic, folk-driven sound that has a relaxed appeal all its own. With Motts. 5 p.m. Free. 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com.

Also recommended: Toni Price at the Continental Club, Boombox at Lucky Lounge, the Bread at the Hole in the Wall, Nic Armstrong at the Ghost Room, Ray Wilie Hubbard at Waterloo Records (5 p.m.).

Wednesday

Adam Franklin and Bolts of Melody and My Education at Emo's. Balmorhea doesn't have the local market cornered on powerfully cinematic, sweeping instrumental rock bands. Ever-fluctuating octet My Education debuted even earlier, in 1999, and across 10 years, five full-length albums and several guest appearances has forged a thundering sound pairing waves of guitar drones with melodic strings. Their expansive sonic landscapes make for compelling listening that ought to pair nicely with the headliner, sleepy shoegaze maestro Adam Franklin and Bolts of Melody. With Ringo Deathstarr. 9 p.m. $10. 603 Red River St. www.emosaustin.com.

Also recommended: Jon Dee Graham and James McMurtry at the Continental Club, Funk Dirty at the Red Eyed Fly.