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Friday music picks: De La Soul, Afghan Whigs

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

De La Soul at Fan Fest in Republic Square Park. In 1989, a trio of Long Island kids dropped “3 Feet High and Rising” an instant hip-hop classic that ushered in the “Daisy Age,” a new era of eclectic, conscious rap. Two years later they stomped down the daisies with “De La Soul is Dead,” launching a career trajectory that would find the group regularly redefining themselves while cranking out some of the smartest hip-hop in the game. Twenty-five years later, the group, with all three original members, is still going strong. This show is the Friday night capstone for the Formula One festivities in downtown Austin. Minor Mishap Marching Band and Devotchka open. Free. Fan Fest kicks off at 5 p.m. De La Soul plays at 10:45 p.m. austinfanfest.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

Also: Perhaps long-running alt-rockers the Afghan Whigs will play songs from their 1988 debut album “Big Top Halloween” when leader Greg Dulli and band pull into the Mohawk for a show on the outdoor stage withJoseph Arthur. … Jay Farrar is best-known for his work with Son Volt and Uncle Tupelo, but perhaps his work on the collaborative album “New Multitudes,” which set Woody Guthrie lyrics to fresh music, is most relevant to his visit to the folk haven Cactus Cafe, where he wraps up a two-night stand. … Hotel Vegas celebrates two years of providing a fertile proving ground for indie upstarts with Oakland punks Pookie & the Poodlez. … NYC rock ‘n’ soul band the Revivalists play Emo’s.