Seven nights In Austin
There's something cool going on every night of the week.
Easy Star All-Stars at Flamingo Cantina. This NYC-based reggae band's cool cover concept is spelled out in the title of latest album ‘Lonely Hearts Dub Band.' Hitting the scene with albums dubbing up Pink Floyd and Radiohead, they do rock steady versions of classic rock, which can only be fun. With Hub City Stompers, the Bandulus and Proper Villain Soundsystem. 9 p.m. $15. 515 E. Sixth Street. Michael Corcoran
Also recommended: Charlie Mars at Shady Grove, Teenager at Beerland, Jesse Dayton at the Broken Spoke, New Roman Times at Lamberts, Owl City at Stubb's, Old Settler's Music Festival (through Sunday).
101X Homegrown Live with the Lemurs and the Frontier Brothers at the Parish. So there's a practical reason the Frontier Brothers split their time between Austin and Fort Worth, but why worry about that when it's more fun to speculate? One possible theory: They rock so hard that one city just can't safely contain them. From the dizzy, driving glam-punk of ‘You Should Start A Band' to the wistful horn-accentuated pop of ‘Space Punk Starlet,' the Frontier Brothers are one of the snappiest, most addictive bands you'll find in Austin or the Metroplex, and they're celebrating the release of their can't-miss new EP. Ever-reliable dance rockers the Lemurs headline. With the Bright Light Social Hour. 8 p.m. $8. 214 E. Sixth St. www.theparishaustin.com. — Patrick Caldwell
Also recommended:Easy Star All-Stars at the Austin Reggae Festival, Carrie Rodriguez at the Cactus Cafe, The Happen-Ins at Waterloo Records, Sixth Annual Busby Foundation Crawfish Boil with Charlie and Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis at Stubb's, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone at Emo's, Brownout and Pong at Antone's, Robert Earl Keen at the Nutty Brown Cafe
High On Fire, Priestess, Black Cobra at Emo's. Here's a bill that was tested with great results at the most recent SXSW. Melted metal from the Bay Area, High On Fire, led by singer/ guitarist Matt Pike, isn't content with pumping out the same old sludge. The trio's fifth studio LP ‘Snakes for the Divine' has a Garden of Eden reptile love theme that's out of this world. 9 p.m. $15. 603 Red River St. www.emosaustin.com. — M.C.
Also recommended: Maneja Beto at Mohawk, Acid Mothers Temple at Emo's (inside), Monahans and the Low Lows at the Ghost Room, Carrie Rodriguez at the Cactus, Heartless Bastards, Hacienda, Leatherbag at Antone's, Igor and Red Elvises at the Continental, Jonny Burke at Momo's, Ugly Beats at Beerland.
Los Texas Wranglers at Mi Casa Cantina.Dig if you will, a picture: it's Sunday afternoon, you had a late night getting into shenanigans, and you could really use some good food and some good music as the weekend winds down. Fortunately, Mi Casa Cantina has just the ticket, with a free four-hour show by Austin's best Tejano band — but you don't have to take my word for it. They walked home with the Austin Music Award for best Latin traditional band just last month, and drummer Julian Fernandez took drummer of the year — a real feat for a town that likes its rock band drummers. 3 p.m. Free. 503 E. Sixth St. www.tamalestore.com. — P.C.
Also recommended:JWarren Hood and the Hoodlums at Momo's, the Bells of Joy gospel brunch at Stubb's, the El Paso Heist at Red 7, Hector Ward and the Big Time and the Jeff Lofton Quartet at Scholz Garten/
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars at Waterloo Records. Here's a free show worth parking 10 blocks away. This reggae-tinged band from West Africa formed in refugee camps in the aftermath of a bloody civil war. For their new album ‘Rise & Shine,' they moved to New Orleans and holed up with producer Steve Berlin for a few months, enlisting such local luminaries as Troy ‘Trombone Shorty' Andrews, Bonerama and Washboard Chaz to give some Crescent City flavor to their lyrics of rising above. 5 p.m. Free. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. www.waterloorecords.com. — M.C.
Also recommended: Les Claypool at Stubb's, Mike Mordecai Jazz Jam at the Elephant Room, Woodsboss at the Hole in the Wall, Dale Watson at the Continental.
The Willowz at Emo's. It's 4/20, and there are signs of that all over the music listings — hello, suspiciously perfectly timed visit by Slightly Stoopid and Del Tha Funky Homosapien. But the real highlight is a show from Anaheim's the Willowz, a dependably funky garage rock quartet with a reliable sense of a good hook. They even have a high-profile admirer in director Michel Gondry, who directed the video for ‘I Wonder' and who put their songs on the soundtracks to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' and ‘The Science of Sleep.' With Cowabunga Babes and Valley of the Mariner. 9 p.m. $10. 603 Red River St. www.emosaustin.com. — P.C.
Also recommended:Wild America at Trailer Space Records, 4/20fest with When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth at Club 1808, Mike and the Moonpies at the Mohawk, Ocote Soul Sounds at Lambert's, Slightly Stoopid with Del Tha Funky Homosapien at Stubb's, , Health Alliance for Austin Musicians Corporate Battle of the Bands, Steamroller at the Mean Eyed Cat
Sunny Sweeney at the Saxon Pub. Now that Sweeney has moved from Austin to Music City USA, where she's signed to Republic Nashville, we don't see her play live much anymore. But since it's been three years since her ‘Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame' LP, the East Texas native should have a slew of new material to ‘audience-test.' See, that's what they call performing when you're signed to a major label in Nashville, but Sunny has the goofy swagger to bury the term. 9 p.m. $10. 1320 South Lamar Blvd. www.thesaxonpub.com. — M.C.
Also recommended: George Clinton at Stubb's, Devin the Dude at Emo's, Stop the Truck at Flamingo Cantina, James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham at the Continental.
Updated 4/16/10: This story originally listed Jam 4 Justice on Sunday, April 18. It has been corrected to reflect that the event will actually take place on April 25.