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Thursday music picks: Kawehi, !!!, Amanda Shires

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 23, 2014

Kawehi at Empire Patio. She’s standing on a gravel road in the middle of a cornfield, strumming a ukulele … while pressing buttons, keys and pedals to fashion a chorus of loops on her laptop. That’s the video for “Telescope,” an original song by this Hawaiian solo artist now based in Kansas. Kawehi has become a YouTube sensation largely for her inventive treatment of covers by everyone from Michael Jackson to Nirvana; a version of the latter’s “Heart Shaped Box” went viral in March, a few days before she played an under-the-radar midday gig during South by Southwest to about 20 people at a small Sixth Street bar. The effects and interpretations are the attention-getter, but Kawehi’s own songs and the pure charm of her singing serve notice that she’s more than just the latest online novelty. Miggy Milla opens. $10-$15. 9 p.m. 604 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com.

Also: Renowned as violinist in the 400 Unit with her husband Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires also has issued several records of her own songs, which she’ll perform at the Cactus Cafe. … The always-excited yet hard-to-pronounce rock band !!! is at Red 7 with Wild Moccasins. … Holy Mountain presents North Carolina funk party-starters Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band with Spoonfed Tribe. … Arizona slide guitar wunderkind Bob Log III plays indoors at the Mohawk. … Atlanta electronica outfit Modern Measure plays the indoor stage at Stubb’s with Blunt Force. … Americana fans have a full sampler of choices, with Shinyribs playing KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove series at Shady Grove, blues-rock guitarist Chris Duarte at the Roost, outlaw country stalwart Jesse Dayton at Broken Spoke, honky-tonker Mike Stinson at the Continental Club with Ramsay Midwood and Grady, and blues harmonica ace Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul.