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Austin music picks: 7 nights of shows, Feb. 14-20

Peter Blackstock
Cibo Matto is Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori.


Bright Light Social Hour and the Tontons at Stubb’s outside. Bombastic rockers Bright Light Social Hour have been keeping a low profile since they shook down the city with a pair of electrifying Austin City Limits Music Festival performances. Holed up in a house on Lake Travis, they’ve been working on their second album which has been three years in coming. After they shower Austin with funky Southern love they’ll hit the road on a nine city pre-South by Southwest jaunt. Meanwhile, Houston indie rockers The Tontons have a new album set to drop on Tuesday, a gorgeously detailed collection that comfortably shifts between dreamy shoegaze and subdued psychedelia with hints of soul and twists of twang thrown in for good measure. $17.50-$20. 8 p.m. 801 Red River St. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

Hayes Carll at the Roost. It’s been awhile since Americana singer-songwriter Hayes Carll has put out an album – three years as of this week, in fact. But he promises to be playing songs from an upcoming release, along with favorites from his four previous discs. Expect one of those selections to be “Stomp and Holler,” the opening track on his last album, which just turned up on the new Todd Snider project Hard Working Americans. This north end appearance follows packed-house dates at Saxon Pub, Cactus Cafe and Strange Brew earlier in the week; adding value to the Roost show is opening act Dylan LeBlanc, an evocative singer-songwriter from Muscle Shoals, Ala. $25. 9 p.m. 2113 Wells Branch Pkwy. — Peter Blackstock

South Austin Moonlighters CD release at Saxon Pub. A southside collective of songwriters modeled loosely on the template established by Saxon supergroup the Resentments a decade ago, the Moonlighters take a big step with “Burn & Shine,” their first studio album (following a live disc recorded at the Saxon in 2012). Former members of Mother Truckers, Stonehoney and Monte Montgomery’s touring band collaborate on an eclectic mix of rock, soul, funk, blues, country and more; whereas the previous live disc was highlighted by covers, they’re now bringing their own material to the fore. $10. 9 p.m. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.

Also: Bob Schneider gigs may be ever-present around town, but his Valentine’s show at ACL Live is a cut above the usual: He’s backed by the Moonlight Orchestra (which includes the Tosca Strings), and a slew of special guests includes visiting singer-songwriters Sarah Jaffe and Charlie Mars. … Music blog Side One Track One throws a carefully curated, fully free Valentine’s Bash at Holy Mountain with Harvest Theives, Featherface and Genuine Leather. …Take your pick of Hancocks: Flatlanders songwriter extraordinaire Butch Hancock is at Strange Brew, while the White Horse presents Bloodshot Records act Wayne Hancock along with labelmate Rosie Flores. … Massachusetts lo-fi forerunners Sebadoh are at Red 7 with Octagrape and Phantom Lakes. … the North Door presents a superbad garage rock power bill with Denton’s Bad Sports and Austin’s Bad Lovers … Pop-folk singer-songwriter Dana Falconberry, who has a collaboration with Spoon drummer Jim Eno coming in April, is at Swan Dive.


MapJam in East Austin. The physical manifestation of KUTX’s Austin Music Map, this daylong event presents a rollicking musical tour of East Austin that traverses a broad range of genres while dropping in on shiny new spaces, public gathering places and iconic haunts. The Carper Family kicks things off with brunch-time bluegrass and brews. Latasha Lee slips in with simmering afternoon soul. Hard Proof and Money Chicha rock the amphitheater at Pan Am park with blasts of afrobeat and Latin grooves. Magna Carda and Body Rock take things out with a hip-hop throwdown at the Historic Scoot Inn. In between there are indie rock interludes and NOLA style brassy grooves. Catch one or two shows or hop on your bike and make it an all-day magical musical adventure. Free. Noon to midnight. Hops & Grain Brewery, Tillery Park, Delta Millworks, Pan Am Park, Scoot Inn. Full schedule: — D.S.S.

Billy Joe Shaver at White Horse. In perhaps his most enduring song, Billy Joe Shaver avows that he will “Live Forever,” and who are we to doubt him? Approaching 75, the original honky tonk hero (as his website brags, without exaggeration) has persevered through decades of professional and personal trials and tribulations. Today he stands as a vital link between old and new generations of Texas country: Though his familiar territory is the roadhouse circuit, he should also be perfectly at home amid the hip east side environs of the White Horse. $10. 10:30 p.m. 500 Comal St. — P.B.

Also: Celebrate the Mardi Gras season at ACL Live with Bourbon Street institution the Rebirth Brass Band plus the New Orleans Suspects and Minor Mishap Marching Band (with special Louisiana food items available as well). … Recently reunited Chicago rappers the Cool Kids drop by Hotel Vegas with DJ Chuck Inglish. … Memphis garage-punk band the Oblivians, touring behind their first record in 16 years, play the Mohawk’s outside stage with Spray Paint and Hex Dispensers. … Gina Chavez celebrates the release of her Latin folk-pop album “Up.Rooted” at Stateside at the Paramount. … Country-folk singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix plays her annual birthday show at the Cactus Cafe. … the Glenn Miller Orchestra brings classic big-band sounds to Strange Brew for shows at 7 and 9:15 p.m..


Iris DeMent at Cactus Cafe. “Sing the Delta,” released in 2012, was the first album of original material in 16 years for Iris DeMent — a drought that seemed hard to imagine after she emerged as one of the finest country-folk voices of the ’90s with three spectacular albums. The new disc is a welcome return to form, even as some of her oldest songs continue to cut the deepest. Of “Our Town,” the third song she ever wrote, DeMent remembers, “That song came so fast to me, I had to catch up to it to write it all down. It was like somebody walked into that room and went, ‘There you have it, Iris’ — I knew that I had my calling. I wanted God or the spirit to give me a calling, and I got it that day. It was there, and I’ve never doubted it.” DeMent performs at the Cactus on Friday and Sunday. $35-$40; technically sold out. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. — P.B.

Also: If you’re into pedal and lap steel, check out the Austin Steel Guitar Co-op Jam at 290 West Bar & Grill, which runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with featured player Herb Steiner. … The Sahara Lounge presents a Turn Texas Blue benefit starting at 5 p.m., with sets from many local artists including John Wesley Coleman and Ralph White.


Neutral Milk Hotel at ACL Live and Lord Huron at Emo’s. So much for Monday and Tuesday being slow nights for live music; they’re on fire this week, at least for the indie crowd. The lucky ones got tickets to ACL Live’s two-night stand by Neutral Milk Hotel, touring again with the lineup that produced their classic 1998 album “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” No small bonus is opening act Elf Power, part of the same Elephant 6 collective from Athens, Ga., that spawned Neutral Milk Hotel. Those without tickets for that show might still be able to get some for Los Angeles indie-folk band Lord Huron and openers Superhumanoids, who play Monday and Tuesday at Emo’s (in a show that was originally booked at the Parish). ACL Live: Technically sold out. 301 Willie Nelson Blvd. Emo’s: $17. 9 p.m. 2015 E. Riverside Drive, — P.B.


Ameripolitan Awards at Wyndham Garden Hotel. After an item on our Austin Music Source blog last month about the new Ameripolitan Music organization, founder Dale Watson wrote in to correct our characterization of the genre he hopes to bring into focus with this new term. “It’s original music with prominent roots influence,” he clarified, citing Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard as torchbearers. “As opposed to Americana that is original music with prominent folk and rock influence.” A fine line, perhaps, but if you want to learn how to draw it, check out this first annual awards show, with performances by Johnny Bush, James Hand, the Derailers, Ray Benson, James Intveld, Whitey Morgan, Rosie Flores, Wayne Hancock, W.S. Holland, Heybale, Dale Watson, Dawn Sears, Big Sandy and others. Technically sold out. 8 p.m. 3401 S. Interstate 35. — P.B.

Also: Former Austinite Danny Barnes — who is, perhaps, Banjopolitan: original music with a prominent five-string old-timey/punk/bluegrass/gospel/metal influence — returns from the Northwest for a show at the Saxon Pub.


Cibo Matto at the Mohawk (outside). The dance-pop duo Cibo Matto was an unlikely mid-’90s success story: Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda were Japanese women living in New York with an Italian band name and a debut album full of songs about food. If it seemed a short-lived gimmick at first, the picture grew more complex when Sean Lennon ended up in the band a couple of years later. Cibo Matto ultimately didn’t last much past the new millennium, but Hatori and Honda reconvened the group (minus Lennon) in 2011 to play a benefit for victims of the Japanese tsunami, and the reunion stuck. Last week they released “Hotel Valentine,” their first new record in 15 years. $20. 6:30 p.m. 912 Red River St. — P.B.

Also: Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny brings his latest ensemble, the Unity Group, to ACL Live. … Epistrophy Arts and Pushermania present Kahil El Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, featuring Ernest Khabeer Dawkins and Hamiet Bluiett, at the North Door. … Southern-rock band Houndmouth visits the Parish with Willie Watson.


Imagine Dragons at Erwin Center. Few bands are hotter right now than Las Vegas arena-rockers Imagine Dragons, who followed their appearance at the Grammys — where they won in the Best Rock Performance category — by playing “Saturday Night Live” on Feb. 1. Their songs tend toward anthemic, relentless and bombastic, characteristics clearly appreciated by the 1.7 million Americans who bought their debut album “Night Visions.” The Naked & Famous and Nico Vega open. $29.50-$42.50. 7 p.m. 1701 Red River St. — P.B.

Also: Brooklyn-via-Denton outfit Snarky Puppy, also Grammy-winners last month (for Best R&B Performance with Lalah Hathaway), is at Holy Mountain with Banda Magda. … Touring blues-rock guitar hero Jonny Lang is at ACL Live, while hometown blues-rock guitar heroine Carolyn Wonderland is at the Roost. … Take your pick of CD release parties by local rockin’ country upstarts: Cody Jasper celebrates his self-titled debut at the Continental Club, and Clay McClinton unveils his new disc “Bitin’ at the Bit” at the Cactus Cafe.