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Friday music picks: Mustered Courage, Sphynx

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 7, 2014

Mustered Courage at Lamberts. In the midst of their first American tour, a two-month jaunt that will conclude at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual convention in North Carolina, this Australian quartet is getting its first chance to see the land where their bluegrass sound originated. They’ve gotten the drift pretty well from Down Under, though, judging from the close high harmonies and lightning-quick banjo and mandolin runs on their new disc “Powerlines.” $8-$10. 9:30 p.m. 401 W. Second St. lambertsaustin.com. — Peter Blackstock

Sphynx, Sip Sip, Electric Attitude at Holy Mountain. With an impressive collection of wildly patterned skinny jeans, glitzy electronic grooves and vamped up dance moves, local glam pop trio Sphynx knows how to keep a party hot. The band hits the road next week and will be out of town until their Austin City Limits Music Festival appearance in October, so drop by to wish them well. Excellent Houston funk-rockers Electric Attitude open. $6. 9 p.m. doors. 617 E. Seventh St. holymountainaustin.com —Deborah Sengupta Stith

Also:Walter Salas-Humara, leader of the long-running rock band the Silos, has a new solo album out called “Curve and Shake.” He’ll do tunes from that record as well as Silos songs at ABGB, joined by local band theWild Seeds (whose frontman, Michael Hall, was in a one-off side-project called the Setters with Salas-Humara a couple decades ago). … Electronica outfit Play By Numbers celebrates the release of its new album “Somersault” at the North Door with Royal Forest and Migrant Kids. … Top-notch ATX rappers including Kydd Jones, LNS Crew and Reggie Coby join together to raise money for the Weird City Hip Hop Festival at Empire. … British metalcore band Asking Alexandria leads a stacked bill of domestic heavy rockers including Chiodos and Bless the Fall at ACL Live. … Austin Reggae celebrates 52 years of Jamaican independence with a party featuring Toronto-based reggae queen Tasha T at Club 1808. … Deadeye, an Austin all-star Grateful Dead tribute band, kicks off a two-night “Jerryfest” celebration at Threadgill’s South.Ray Benson and Katie Holmes of Asleep at the Wheel and Gordy Quist of Band of Heathens are special guests on Friday, with members of Wood & Wire joining in on Saturday. … The brothers Vallejo (and crew) have been rocking Austin clubs for close to two decades. They head down to Stubb’s with fellow scene lifer MC Overlord. … More locals in action: Indie rock/rap/soul outfit Digital Wild spends the night at Red 7, and rock and soul act the Ben Baxter Band is at the Belmont with Tucker Jameson and hip-hoppers Magna Carda.