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Tuesday music picks: Steve Poltz, Peter Murphy

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 28, 2014

Steve Poltz at Strange Brew. Like Todd Snider, San Diego songwriter Steve Poltz has made a name for himself as much with humor as with music. Case in point: In a recent post on his active and frequently hilarious website blog, he noted that 1980s Genesis offshoot Mike & the Mechanics had asked him to open some shows next year because, as his agent put it, “they think you’re funny.” Poltz proceeded to give a litany of suggestions on how he might bring comic relief to his performance on their tour. And yet, while Poltz first gained attention for his wit with the mid-’90s duo the Rugburns, he made his mint writing a simple pop song, Jewel’s massive breakthrough hit “You Were Meant for Me.” He makes frequent visits to Austin — he has a co-write on the Mastersons’ new record — and on this stop he’ll do a two-night stand at Strange Brew. $15. 7:15 p.m. Tuesday (with Johnny Goudie) and 10 p.m. Wednesday. 5326 Manchaca Road. strangebrewloungeside.com. — P.B.

Also: Comedian-turned-bluegrass banjo star Steve Martin plays a sold-out show at the Long Center, joined by singer Edie Brickell and North Carolina band the Steep Canyon Rangers. … Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy brings the tour for his new solo album “Lion” to the Belmont. … Eclectic Nebraska rockers 311 are at ACL Live with Full Service opening. … Back from an extensive tour,Alejandro Escovedo returns to his Tuesday night home base at the Continental Club, while his recent tour opener, BettySoo, plays upstairs at the Continental Gallery … Erik Hokkanen’s Flipnotic’s residency has relocated to Austin Alehouse.