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Sunday music picks: Nikki Lane, Xavier Rudd

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

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

Nikki Lane at Stubb’s. Lane’s New West Records debut “All or Nothin’” is the latest credit for white-hot producer Dan Auerbach, the Black Keys mastermind who’s helmed big records for Ray LaMontagne, Valerie June and Psych Fest fave Bombino in the past year. “All or Nothin’” is a big step up for Lane, a South Carolina native now living in Nashville who showed early promise on an independent LP. This feels a little like the late-’90s breakout of Neko Case; Lane is brimming with vocal character and a cool, confident style, even if the record is mostly co-written material. Auerbach’s writing has a heavy presence, possibly too much so; the lone Lane solo original, “Wild One,” is a standout that suggests we need to hear more of it the next time around. $12-$14. 9:30 p.m. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — Peter Blackstock

Also: Australian multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd is at Emo’s. … Former American Music Club leader Mark Eitzel brings his solo show to Cactus Cafe. … Top local singer-songwriters in action include Slaid Cleaves at Stateside at the Paramount, Eliza Gilkyson at Strange Brew and Shinyribs leader Kevin Russell, who plays the “Soul of a Musician” series at Spicewood Tavern. … Catch the reunited Wagoneers at 7:30 p.m. and honky-tonkers Heybale at 10 p.m. at the Continental Club, or head upstairs to the Continental Gallery for Jon Dee Graham at 8:30 p.m. … Erstwhile Orange Mothers Ethan Azarian and Jeff Johnston team up at the Mohawk with Some Say Leland. … Instrumental virtuosos California Guitar Trio play at One World Theatre.