Saturday music picks: Joan Jett, Duran Duran, Psychedelic Furs
Joan Jett at Fan Fest in Republic Square Park. More than 30 years since she established her “Bad Reputation” as one of the pioneering women of rock ‘n’ roll, Joan Jett is still rocking hard. Her newest release, “Unvarnished,” finds her contemplating life in the Internet age and growing up with the same guitar driven fury that propelled her to international stardom. In any case, Jett’s a savvy performer who’s likely to dig into her back catalog, so expect an evening of “Dirty Deeds” done dirt cheap and love that hurts. Free. Fan Fest kicks off at noon. Joan Jett plays at 10:15 p.m. austinfanfest.com. — D.S.S. (Read our interview with Jett, published earlier this week, online.)
Also: If the queen of “I Love Rock and Roll” isn’t 1980s-centric enough for you, head over to ACL Live for Duran Duran, or seek out the Psychedelic Furs at Emo’s with the Lemonheads and My Jerusalem. … Cleveland’s soulful street rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony stop by the Mohawk. … Not only are the original members of soul band Ernie Sky & the K-Tels getting back together for a rare reunion show since their 1980s heyday, they’ll also have the Mighty Big Horns with them for their show up north at the Roost. … Keep your Halloween costume on and take in the wacky antics of gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello at Stubb’s. … Willie Watson, a founding member of Old Crow Medicine show, brings the tour for his new solo album “Folk Singer Vol. 1” to the Cactus Cafe. … Tennis, a husband-wife duo with a knack for ridiculously catchy indie pop, are at Red 7. … Los Angeles jam band Particle rocks the Parish with Dimitri’s Ascent. … Rapidly rising indie rockers A Giant Dog headline night two of Hotel Vegas’ anniversary bash. … The French Legation Museum hosts a fundraising dance with live music from Jean-Pierre & the Zydeco Angels and Cher La-Bas.