Seven nights In Austin
Hamell On Trial at the ND at 501 Studios. Relive the glory days of the Electric Lounge with the one-man Clash who signs his name Ed. Ann Coulter fans are not allowed within a 100-foot radius of the former Independent when left-leaning Hamell's right hand gets blurry. Through the years, through a near-death car accident and fatherhood, former Austinite Hamell's onslaught has barely let up, and 2008's 'The Terrorism of Everyday Life' says it all in the title. Opening is Matt the Electrician, who'd better play Journey's 'Faithfully' or I'm just going to bite my pillow. 10 p.m. $15. 501 N. Interstate 35. www.ndvenue.com. - Michael Corcoran
Also recommended: Ruby James CD release at the Continental, Bob Mould at the Cactus, Ray Wylie Hubbard at the Shady Grove, Phoenix at Stubb's (way sold out), Jesse Dayton and Tony Harrison at the Broken Spoke.
Van Morrison at Bass Concert Hall. Well, here's take two - Morrison got us all excited back when he was scheduled to play Bass in January, but canceled, citing that ever-present source of trouble for musicians, 'exhaustion.' That was mere weeks after Morrison weathered rumors of an illegitimate child by tour manager Gigi Lee. Fortunately, the idiosyncratic Irish treasure is feeling more up to things now and will bring his classic catalog to audiences at long last. Anybody want to take bets on the over-under that he'll play 'Moondance'? 8 p.m. $85-$350. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. www.texasperformingarts.com. - Patrick Caldwell
Also recommended: KVRX presents 'Lights Out!' at Seaholm Power Plant, Owen Pallett and the Great Nostalgic at the Mohawk, Mono and Balmorhea at Emo's, Zeale at the Beauty Bar, the Dead Weather at Stubb's (technically sold out), the Scabs at Antone's, Leo Kotke at the Paramount Theatre.
First Look Festival at the New Backyard at Bee Cave. Here's a great chance to check out Tim O'Connor's new, bigger baby, with alleged parking galore. Such acts as Carolyn Wonderland, Gary P. Nunn, Walt Wilkins, Dan Dyer, W.C. Clark and on and on, will keep the music going from noon to midnight, but the biggest draw will be the 38-acre venue, still billing itself as 'three songs from downtown,' though in today's traffic those songs are from 'Hot Buttered Soul.' Tix are $25, but $10 off by using the promo code 'twolawnmowers.' 13472 Bee Cave Parkway. www.thebackyard.net. - M.C.
Also recommended: Those Darlins at the Continental, Nashville P at Red Eyed Fly, Dr. Dog and Deer Tick at Emo's, Jimmy LaFave at the Cactus, Minor Mishap Marching Band at Ruta Maya, Norah Jones at Stubb's (sold out), Foot Patrol at Antone's.
Norah Jones at Stubb's. Even on record, where she's free to augment her tracks with as many sonic layers as possible, Norah Jones has had difficulty evading that 'Snorah' Jones label. So it's been especially challenging for her to be engaging and energetic. But if any album could help her shake off the cobwebs live, it's last year's 'The Fall,' a rightfully acclaimed piece of work that finds Jones in fine, genre-bending form. With Sasha Dobson. 6 p.m. $41.50. 801 Red River St. www.stubbsaustin.com. - P.C.
Also recommended: The Tallest Man on Earth at Stubb's, Junior Brown and Tanya Rae at the Continental Club, Darren Hoff and the Hard Times at Momo's.
David Garza at the Cactus Cafe. This free residency finds the former Twang Twang frontman proudly showing where he came from - a 150-capacity room on the campus that has become the center of controversy. Garza doesn't just play music, he is music, and so the flow of songs feels right - even the ones what would otherwise make you groan. 8 p.m. - M.C.
Also recommended: Crystal Bell at the Continental Gallery, Dale Watson at the Continental, Dustin Welch, Django Walker at Momo's, Crash Kings at Emo's.
Cage the Elephant at La Zona Rosa. Cage the Elephant is - like the Kings of Leon - one of those snappy, exciting all-American rock bands that inexplicably has a vastly more fervent fanbase in the United Kingdom. Their 2009 self-titled debut was a refreshing blast of head-banging guitar grooves and sweltering vocals courtesy consummate front man Matt Schultz. It might not have made them famous stateside - although single 'Ain't No Rest for the Wicked' performed respectably on the Billboard charts - but they are slowly building a reputation for raucous, fist-pumping live shows. With Morning Teleportation and Autovaughn. 8 p.m. $15. 612 W. Fourth St. www.lazonarosa.com.
Also recommended: These United States at Emo's, Alejandro Escovedo at the Continental Club.
Toots and the Maytals at La Zona Rosa. Almost 30 years ago, my girlfriend left me for a British roadie for these reggae pioneers, but just to show that music comes before tramps who snored and had disgusting habits like cracking their gum, I never stopped loving the music of Toots Hibbert. 2004's 'True Love' CD of collaborations was a terrific reminder that 1973's 'Funky Kingston' was one of the greatest reggae albums ever. You know, she wasn't even close to being as hot as she thought she was. 9 p.m. $22. 612 W. Fourth St. www.lazonarosa.com. - M.C.
Also recommended: Alexisonfire, La Dispute at Emo's, Ray Bonneville at Flipnotics, the Business at Emo's (inside), Jon Dee Graham at the Continental.