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Benefit concert for SXSW director leads fall offerings

Peter Mongillo
Alejandro Escovedo will perform with the True Believers at Grulkefest: A Celebration of Brent 1961-2012 Saturday at ACL Live.

The month in music kicks off with Grulkefest: A Celebration of Brent 1961-2012. Doctors' Mob, Fastball, Glass Eye, the Reivers, Sixteen Deluxe, True Believers, the Wannabes, Wild Seeds and others will come together at ACL Live this weekend to pay tribute to longtime South by Southwest creative director Brent Grulke, who died of a heart attack in August. All proceeds will go to the Graham Grulke Education Fund, which was set up to benefit Grulke's young son (Saturday).

Other shows this month at ACL Live include Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (Sept. 9); Tony Bennett (Sept. 12); Fiona Apple (Sept. 20); John Legend (Sept. 21); the Go-Go's (Sept. 25); and Steve Miller Band (Sept. 30).

Hole in the Wall hosts two days of Texas roots music during the Lone Star Roots Review. East Cameron Folkcore, Mrs. Glass, Sons of Fathers, Shakey Graves and the Austin Steamers are among the acts performing during the two-day festival (Friday and Saturday). Also this month, the White White Lights (Sept. 14) and Frank Smith (Sept. 22) perform.

The mid-'90s lineup of Robert Pollard's Guided by Voices — the one that yielded "Bee Thousand" — released two albums this year. Guided by Voices plays Emo's East with the Detective (Sept. 25). Also at the East Riverside Drive venue: Neon Indian with Auto Body and Tiger Waves (Sept. 15); Adam Ant and the Good with the Mad and the Lovely Posse (Sept. 19); Psychedelic Furs with My Education and the Boxing Lesson (Sept. 23); Atmosphere with DJ Just Nine, I Self Divine and Carnage (Sept. 25); and Dark Star Orchestra (Sept. 28).

Around the corner at Beauty Ballroom, it's Tacks, the Boy Disaster with Belaire, Good Field and JC & Co (Friday); Mayer Hawthorne DJ set (Saturday); Dam Funk with Applied Pressure (Sept. 14); Minor Mishap Marching Band (Sept. 15); Action Bronson with Applied Pressure and Dubb Sick (Sept. 21); Fishbone (Sept. 24); and Supersuckers with Not in the Face (Sept. 30).

New York indie rock band Yeasayer continue their quest to mine the annals of pop with "Fragrant World"; the band leans closer to the dance club on album No. 3. Yeasayer plays Thursday at Stubb's. Other acts at the Red River club this month include Matisyahu with the Dirty Heads (tonight); Pujol (Friday); Blondie and Devo (Sept. 18); Beach House and the Walkmen (Sept. 20); Citizen Cope (Sept. 21 and 22); Ben Folds Five (Sept. 24); and the Bright Light Social Hour with Hard Proof (Sept. 29).

In addition to Baths, a plethora of Austin-based acts, including Deep Time, the Sour Notes and the Preservation, are set to perform at this year's Wild Frontier Fest, which takes place at the Mohawk on Saturday. Other shows this month: Turquoise Jeep and Neiliyo (Thursday); Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti with Bodyguard and Moon Diagrams (Friday); Twin Shadow and Nikki the Dove (Sept 14 and 15, first night is sold out); the Couch, Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun and the Sour Notes (Sept. 18); Boy + Kite, Mirror Travel (formerly Follow That Bird) and Asteroid Shop (Sept. 27); and Balmorhea, Sleep Good and Jesse Woods (Sept 28).

Shows happening at Beerland this month include Ugly Beats with Mullens and Spastic Shakes (Saturday); Crooked Bangs with the Shivas and Foreign Mothers (Sept. 11); the Quin Galavis Band with Aaron Blount and Home + Holt (Sept. 13); Lower Class Brats (a benefit for Nick Curran, Sept. 22); Dikes of Holland, Slug Guts, Creationists and the Well (Sept. 25); and the Zoltars, Bloody Knives, Boone Graham, Gonzo Sirens, Mad Maude and the Hatters (Sept. 29).

At the Cactus Cafe, it's Rebecca Loebe (Wednesday); Darden Smith (Saturday); Emily Wolf (Sept. 10 and 17); and Joe Ely (Sept. 20 and 21).

It's rare that a band can reunite after 20 years and continue to release great-sounding records; Mission of Burma is one of those rarities. They're playing Antone's with the Gary (Sept. 15).

Elsewhere in the month, several musicians, including Not in the Face and Mike Flanigin, will take part in a Who hoot night (Sept. 12). Also at Clifford's club this month: Marcia Ball (Sept. 14); An Evening with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Sept. 20); the Weary Boys with Miguel Garcia and the Vaquetones, and Wood and Wire (Sept. 21); and Christy Hays record release party with Jonathan Terrell and the Heartache Tycoons (Sept. 26).

At the Continental Club, Jon Dee Graham and the Fighting Cocks continue a Wednesday residency. The Preservation (Sept. 6); Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns (Sept. 14); and Patricia Vonne (Sept. 21) also play.

"Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film" screens at the Paramount with a performance by Bill Callahan on Sept. 14. Guy Forsyth performs Sept. 22.

Ricky Scaggs (Sept. 9); Shawn Colvin (Sept. 14); Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio (Sept. 20); and Jerry Jeff Walker (Sept. 30) perform at the One World Theatre. Conor Oberst (Sept. 25) and John Prine (Sept. 29) play Bass Concert Hall.

Shows at Hotel Vegas include Tia Carrera, Ape Machine and Chase Frank (Sept. 9) and T Bird and the Breaks (Sept. 20).

The Black and White Years and Waldo and the Naturals (album release, Sept. 7); Band of Heathens with Whitman (Saturday); and Jackie Greene with Ruston Kelly (Sept. 30) happen at the Parish.

At Red 7 this month: T.S.O.L., Flash Boys and El Pathos (Wednesday); Akron/Family with Smoke and Feathers (Thursday); the Heavy, the Silent Comedy (Sept. 13); American Sharks, Flesh Lights, La Migra and Sweat Lodge (Sept. 27); and Slick Rick, RAS, Milli Mars and DJ Notion (Sept. 28).

The Resentments (Sundays), Lonelyland (Mondays) and Bruce Hughes (Tuesdays) are among the continuing residencies this month at the Saxon Pub. Johnny Nicholas (Sept. 14) and the Trishas (Sept. 28) also play.

Blues on the Green ended last month, but KGSR's Unplugged at the Grove continues with Cody and Willy Braun of Reckless Kelly (Sept 6); Whiskey Shivers (Sept. 13); and Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights (Sept. 20).

KVET's free Texas music series at the Nutty Brown Cafe this month includes Whiskey Myers (Wednesday); Charlie Robison (Sept. 12); Bart Crow (Sept. 19); and Cody Canada and the Departed (Sept. 26).

Train plays Whitewater Amphitheater (Sept. 16). At the Backyard, shows include Passion Pit (Sept. 15); Pretty Lights (Sept. 21); and Animal Collective with Micachu and the Shapes (Sept. 28). Finally, Austin jazz trumpeter Jeff Lofton honors Miles Davis at the Scottish Rite Theater (Sept. 29).

Contact Peter Mongillo at 445-3696