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Recommended music: Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Givers, Windsor for the Derby, Bill Callahan, The Octopus Project, Kat Edmonson, Del Castillo

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Austin 360

Thursday

Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights at Antone's. Imagine if Iggy grew up in the deep South and wanted to be an Allman Brother rather than a Rolling Stone and you've got an idea of the raw power of this Dallas boogie blues/rock band. Recently signed by Atlantic at a time when major labels aren't signing rock bands, J.T. and the Lights could use some fresher material than 'Gypsy Woman,' 'Slow Train' and the like, but when they kick into Hendrix, you might want to wear a headband so your face doesn't fly off. $10. 8 p.m. 213 W. Fifth St. www.antones.net. — Michael Corcoran

Also recommended: Crystal Antlers at the Mohawk, Phoenix at La Zona Rosa, Texas Independence Fest with the Bread at Red 7, the Gary at Stubb's, Amplified Heat at the Parish.

Friday

Givers at the Parish. If you could make a musical gumbo of everything hip in Louisiana, you might wind up with something like Lafayette's Givers, an ebullient mixture of the funky horn lines of New Orleans with the peppy Afropop appeal of zydeco. Stir in a healthy dash of indie appeal — courtesy of the samples of Will Henderson and the shiny, happy vocals of Tif Lamson and Taylor Guarisco — and you have yourself one addictive stew. With the Lemurs and the Laughing. $12. 7 p.m. 214 E. Sixth St. www.theparishaustin.com. — Patrick Caldwell

Also recommended: Frank Smith at the Mohawk, Tiny Tin Hearts at the Ghost Room, Alpha Rev at Antone's, Asleep at the Wheel holiday show at the Broken Spoke.

Saturday

Windsor for the Derby and ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead at the United States Art Authority. The annual holiday party put on by photographer, promoter and all-around man-about-town Aasim Syed has become one of Austin's most eagerly awaited annual scenester shindigs. Though he's taken his name off the bill — Syed didn't book the night single-handedly as he usually does — it bears his trademark good taste through and through, with expansive post-rock from the Secretly Canadian-signed Windsor for the Derby and a rare intimate turn from ... Trail of Dead. With the Black, International Waters and JC and Co. 8 p.m. 2908 Fruth St. — P.C.

Also recommended: Whitman at Stubb's, Maneja Beto and El Tule at the Beauty Bar, Take 6 at One World Theatre, Band of Heathens at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, Follow That Bird at Austin Moose Lodge No. 1735

Sunday

Bill Callahan at St. David's Episcopal Church. Whether playing under his own name or former moniker Smog, Bill Callahan's trademark synthesis of acoustic instrumentation and his own haunted, stark vocals make for a striking blend of folk rock. Laced with intimate lyrics and dark irony, he adopted a surprisingly thundering sound on this year's 'Sometimes I Wish I Were an Eagle,' a tour de force and one of the year's finest albums. With Lights. $12. 4 p.m. transmission.frontgatetickets.com. — P.C.

Also recommended: Pataphysics at Emo's, Gerard Cosloy's birthday with the Golden Boys at Beerland, Ricky Stein at Momo's, Jon Dee Graham at Continental Club Gallery, an evening with the music of Stephen Bruton at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.

Monday

The Octopus Project at the Mohawk. Endlessly dancable, charmingly whimsical indietronica outfit the Octopus Project got their start slightly before the dawn of this decade, and in that time they've helped soundtrack Austin just as thoroughly as any band not named Spoon. Their crashing synths, instantly memorable beats and seemingly bottomless giddiness have facilitated enough meet-cutes to fill entire pages of Craigslist missed connections. Few local bands are more deserving of an end-of-decade celebration. With All My Friends and Sunset. $10. 7 p.m. 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com. — P.C.

Also recommended: Dale Watson and His Lone Stars at the Continental Club, Bob Schneider at the Saxon Pub.

Tuesday

Kat Edmonson at Vino Vino. Smooth-as-silk jazz singer Kat Edmonson has come a long way since holding down open mike nights at the Elephant Room. The seductive, enchanting vocals on this year's 'Take Me to the Sky' have won her fans nationwide and soundtrack placement in Showtime's 'The United States of Tara.' But she still finds time to pop into wine bar Vino Vino for the occasional show. It's hard to say whether it's Edmonson that pairs well with wine or wine that pairs well with Edmonson. Free. 7 p.m. 4119 Guadalupe St. vinovinotx.wordpress.com. — P.C.

Also recommended: Attractive and Popular at the Mohawk, Horse the Band at Emo's, Clyde and Clem's Whiskey Business at the Hole in the Wall, Alejandro Escovedo at Continental Club, Glover Tango at Lamberts.

Wednesday

Del Castillo at Antone's. Del Castillo is one of those local bands that you sort of assume has been there forever — so well-woven is the fetching Latin rock into the heart and soul of the Austin music scene. The flamenco-influenced Mark and Rick del Castillo have played everything from sparse nights at Momo's to the Austin City Limits Festival in the just-shy-of-10-years since they kicked off the band. Austin respects a band that pays its dues, and few are more paid up than Del Castillo. $15. 7 p.m. 213 W. Fifth St. www.antones.net. — P.C.

Also recommended: The Asylum Street Spankers at Momo's, Jon Dee Graham and James McMurtry at Continental Club, Woven Bones at the Mohawk, Carolyn Wonderland at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.