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Seven nights In Austin

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Gipsy Kings at the Backyard. Spain-by-way-of-France rumba flamenca masters the Gipsy Kings have a nonthreatening spiciness, a groovy Latin sexiness you can still take home to Mom. That mass appeal has helped them become the best-selling French musical group of all time, and make them an ideal choice to hold down the third show at the relocated Backyard, where their fiery acoustic guitar can mingle with the summertime Hill Country air. 7 p.m. $30-$55. 13472 Bee Cave Parkway.

— Patrick Caldwell

Also recommended: Centro-matic and Matthew and the Arrogant Sea at the Parish, Nelo at Antone's, Tim Curry Trio at the Victory Grill.


Rockabilly Revival Fest at Nutty Brown Cafe. The first of two nights features Asleep at the Wheel (when you think of rockabilly ... ), the Blasters, Lee Rocker, Wayne Hancock and Two Tons of Steel. Two-day tickets (which includes Jerry Lee Lewis on Saturday) are $80, but for Friday only they're $40. 7 p.m. 12225 W. U.S. 290.

— Michael Corcoran

Also recommended: Grupo Fantasma and Charanga Cakewalk at Antone's, Graham Parker at the Cactus Cafe, Ben Folds at Stubb's, Shearwater and Wye Oak at the Parish, Brave Combo at Threadgill's, Flyjack and Akina Adderley at the Ghost Room, the Black and White Years and Quiet Company (EP release) at Encore, Texas Metalfest at Red 7.


The Midgetmen 8th anniversary at the Mohawk. For eight years the Midgetmen have churned out Austin's very best in sloppy late-'80s, early-'90s rock, with all the gleeful energy of Dinosaur Jr. at their most frenetic and Pavement at their most loose-limbed and lo-fi. And across all eight years they've shown lots of love for the scene that nurtured them, a tradition that continues tonight with a bevy of brilliant Austin bands and a heaping helping of free PBR. With Ringo Deathstarr, the Gary, the Mercers, the Sour Notes and others. 9 p.m. $5-$7. 912 Red River St.

— P.C.

Also recommended: the Bright Light Social Hour at Emo's, Texas Metalfest at Red 7, Blue October at Stubb's, Alpha Rev at La Zona Rosa, the Greencards at Threadgill's, Honky, Jesse Dayton at Red Eyed Fly.


The Happen-ins at Club 1808. Sean Faires' post-Dedringers outfit goes back to the '60s when white kids discovered the blues and put their own pop spin on it. The sound's a little retro, a bit garagey, but unique at the same time. Free. 5 p.m. 1808 E. 12th St.

— M.C.

Also recommended: Ramblin' Jack Elliott at the Cactus Cafe, Junior Brown at the Continental Club, Jon Dee Graham and Freedy Johnston at the Continental Gallery.


Bob Schneider and Lonelyland at the Saxon Pub. Schneider's held down the Monday night residency at the Saxon Pub for a long while, which makes it easy to forget that a show from the city's favorite man of many hats is always a reliably solid way to spend your evening. Despite his ubiquity, Austin evidently doesn't take Schneider for granted — he took home musician of the year, and Lonelyland received band of the year, at March's Austin Music Awards. 8:30 p.m. $10. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd.

— P.C.

Also recommended: Django Walker at Momo's, Little Elmore Reed Blues Band at T.C.'s Lounge, Austin Blues Society jam at Antone's.


Alejandro Escovedo at the Continental Club. Escovedo woodshedded the songs from upcoming album 'Street Songs of Love' (June release) at the Continental five months ago. Now, having recorded them with producer Tony Visconti, Escovedo and his stellar band are back to strut. 'Street Songs' is, after a couple listens, even better than 'Real Animal.' 10 p.m. $10. 1315 S. Congress Ave.

— M.C.

Also recommended: Cannibal Corpse at Emo's, Ephraim Owens at Continental Club Gallery, Album Leaf at the Parish, Erik Hokkanen at Flipnotics.


Woven Bones at Beerland. Carrie Underwood might be the hot ticket in town Wednesday night, but the hip kids will be at Beerland to see 'Casual Victim Pile' alumni Woven Bones celebrate the release of their debut album, 'In and Out and Back Again,' which drops on Chicago's HoZac Records May 18. Austin's mavens of sludge rock stretch their muscles on the record, which has a surprisingly accessible charm, courtesy of the spiraling guitar and psychedelic drawl of Andy Burr. With Jacuzzi Boys and OBN IIIs. 10 p.m. 711 Red River St.

— P.C.

Also recommended: Carrie Underwood at the Frank Erwin Center, Golden Bear at the Mohawk inside, From the Mind of Adi with the Hi-Tones at the Mohawk outside, Chevelle at Stubb's.