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October music: ACL Fest, aftershows and a whole lot more in Austin clubs

Chad Swiatecki
The Austin City Limits Music Festival will transform Zilker Park into a wonderland of music for three days this month, Oct. 12-14.

While October’s concert calendar is dominated by Austin City Limits Music Festival – Oct. 12-14 at Zilker Park – and the expected 70,000-plus fans each day, many of the fest’s big names will visit Austin clubs for aftershows. One of the most tempting of those is ’90s rockers Afghan Whigs’ ongoing reunion, which visits Antone’s (with Centro-matic) on Oct. 13. Black Lips perform there on Oct. 11 with Not in the Face and A Giant Dog, and Allen Stone does an ACL aftershow there on Oct 12.

Elsewhere on Antone’s October calendar, Lost Bayou Ramblers play Friday, New Monsoon plays Oct. 18, Dirty Dozen Brass Band are on Oct. 20, rediscovered Detroit folk rocker Rodriguez comes in Oct. 21, Bob Schneider does his pretty much monthly appearance on Oct. 25 and the Dirty River Boys play Oct. 27.

Austin Music Hall’s relaunch under new management continues with a pair of ACL Fest aftershows – DJ superstar Bassnectar on Oct. 12 and indie rockers the Weeknd on Oct. 13 – and a visit from French house music heavies Justice on Oct. 30.

Emo’s East will bump loud and heavy with a pair of ACL aftershows, both headlined by Canadians: dance rockers Metric with Polica (Oct. 12) and Crystal Castles (Oct. 13). The Riverside concert hot spot also gets visits from Circa Survive (Tuesday), Hatebreed (Wednesday), Boys Like Girls, (Friday), Grimes (Saturday), AWOLnation with Imagine Dragons (Oct. 18), Reverend Horton Heat (Oct. 20), Gwar (Oct. 25) and Kendrick Lamar (Oct. 27).

Emo’s sister venue the Beauty Ballroom plays host to indie dance weirdo Dan Deacon on Oct. 11, and a pair of ACL-related shows (Big K.R.I.T. with Slim Thug on Oct. 12 and Roots drummer Questlove pulling DJ duty on Oct. 13). Also in October: Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA on Oct. 15, metal mainstays Saint Vitus on Oct. 18, world music phenom K’Naan on Oct. 26 and White Ghost Shivers’ Dia De Los Muertos Halloween Ball on Oct. 27.

Threadgill’s serves as home base for local radio station KGSR every fall during ACL Fest with an always impressive lineup of festival talent stopping by for up-close mornings sets. This year features Asleep at the Wheel, First Aid Kit, the Wheeler Brothers, Patterson Hood, Ben Howard and LP (Oct. 12), while the Dunwells, the Eastern Sea, Patrick Watson, the Whigs and Michael Kiwanuka play on Oct.13.

Other October highlights at Threadgills: the Gourds (Oct. 6), Bob Schneider’s birthday bash (Oct. 12), Soulhat with Patrice Pike (Oct. 19), Jimmy LaFave (Oct. 20), Seth Walker and Eric Tessmer (Oct. 26) and Bubble Puppy with Moonlight Towers (Oct. 27).

Stubb’s plays home to one of the stronger slates of ACL club shows, with visits from Gary Clark Jr. (Oct. 10), Alabama Shakes (Oct. 11), the Shins (Oct. 12) and the Civil Wars (Oct. 13). The club’s outdoor schedule also features Ryan Bingham (Thursday and Friday), Matt and Kim (Oct. 20), the Cult (Oct. 24), Galactic (Oct. 27), Temper Trap (Oct. 28) and Alanis Morissette (Oct. 30).

Stubb’s inside stage schedule is highlighted by Lord Huron (Wednesday), Driver Friendly (Saturday), Meiko (Sunday), the Soul Rebels (Oct. 11), He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister (Oct. 13), Jeff the Brotherhood (Oct. 22) and the Sheepdogs (Oct. 24).

Saxon Pub welcomes Eric Tessmer (Friday), Extreme Heat’s 30 anniversary (Saturday), Guy Forsyth (Oct. 19) and Oz Noy (Oct. 20). Those weekend shows are in addition to weekly residencies by the Resentments (Sundays), Lonelyland (Mondays), Bruce Hughes (Tuesday), Walt Wilkins (Wednesdays) and Patrice Pike (Thursdays, except Oct. 18).

La Zona Rosa gets some ACL Fest late-night love with shows from Band of Skulls (Oct. 11), Trampled by Turtles (Oct. 12) and Thievery Corporation (Oct. 13), while ’90s pop-rockers Garbage plays Oct. 10 with Screaming Females. Other highlights: Sleigh Bells on Oct. 17 and Motion City Soundtrack on Oct. 29.

For big names on a small stage, look to a pair of ACL aftershows at the Belmont with pop rockers Delta Spirit on Oct. 12 and Kimbra on Oct. 13. Indie rockers Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. also stop by Friday.

Want one of the month’s weirder and more eclectic lineups of singer-songwriters? Look to the Parish, which boasts Ween’s Aaron Freeman on Friday, Fleet Foxes offshoot Father John Misty on Oct. 12, ’80s survivor Thomas Dolby on Oct. 24 and Austin’s own Roky Erickson on Oct. 27. Other October highlights include Menomena (Wednesday), the Devil Makes Three (Oct. 13) and Here We Go Magic (Oct. 17).

A trio of ACL aftershows featuring Laura Marling (Oct. 11), Kishi Bashi (Oct. 12) and Willis Earle Beale (Oct. 13) take top billing at Lamberts, which also hosts Emily Wolfe on Saturday.

Merchandise, one of the most talked-about indie punk bands these days, makes a visit to Red 7 with the Young on Wednesday. The Seventh Street haven also plays host to Flobots (Saturday), Big Business (Oct. 9), Skeleton Witch (Oct. 19), Woods (Oct. 24), Andrew Jackson Jihad (Oct. 25), Crocodiles (Oct. 26), Buck 65 (Oct. 27) and Mike Watt and the Missingmen (Oct. 30).

Next door at the newly opened Holy Mountain, visits by Moon Duo (Oct. 13) and My Jerusalem (Oct. 19) are the top shows of the month.

At Transmission Entertainment headquarters the Mohawk, a pair of (technically sold out) shows by instrumental noise rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Oct. 9 and 10) top an October slate that also includes Dinosaur Jr. (Thursday), Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA (Friday), Big Freedia (Saturday), Those Darlins (Sunday), the Melvins Lite (Oct. 19) and Matthew Dear (Oct. 24).

One of only a small handful of fall U.S. tour dates from R&B megastar Erykah Badu comes on Oct. 11 at ACL Live, which also features Pat Metheny (Thursday), Melissa Etheridge (Oct. 12), Prince Royce (Oct. 13), Mac Miller (Oct. 16), Norah Jones (Oct. 19), Todd Snider with Jason Isbell (Oct. 26), and Soundsystem featuring Dirty Vegas (Oct. 31).

Local listening room the Cactus Café gets two nights from Drive-by Truckers member Patterson Hood with the Downtown Rumblers (Oct. 10 and 11). Also there in October: Centro-matic’s Will Johnson with Anders Parker (Thursday), John Fullbright (Oct. 12), Kinky Friedman and Jesse Dayton (Oct. 19) and Shemekia Copeland (Oct. 26).

At beloved punk dive Beerland, local punks A Giant Dog release their newest single and share the stage with Turbo Fruits on Friday. Also there in October; Criaturas (Oct. 11), Amplified Heat (Oct. 12), Foreign Mothers (Oct. 19) and the OBN III’s record release show (Oct. 26).

Austin pop rock workhorse Ben Kweller takes to a smaller than usual stage Thursday at the Continental Club. Also at the South Congress hot spot: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express (Oct. 12 and 13) and Poi Dog Pondering (Oct. 25-27).

The Beach Boys (or, if you prefer, Mike Love and the Hired Guns) headline the Firefest with Sons Of Fathers and the Brad Dunn Band on Saturday at the Backyard at Bee Cave. ZZ Top’s La Grange Fest (with Cody Canada & the Departed, among others) also comes to the outdoor spot, on Oct. 27.