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Friday music picks: Bad Lovers, Bobby Bare Jr. and Ramsay Midwood

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 8, 2014

Bad Lovers tour kickoff at Hotel Vegas. “Wild Times,” the October 2013 release from Austin four-piece Bad Lovers, is a Lone Star-soaked ramble through the best and worst of times, a standout package of reckless bar room rock. It conjures a freewheeling 2 a.m. stumble through the streets of East Austin, swaying on the shoulders of friends, ripe with ever present hints of impending regret. Drop by the band’s home base for a proper send off as they head out for a couple dates out east. 9 p.m. 1502 East Sixth St. texashotelvegas.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

Bobby Bare Jr. and Ramsay Midwood at Continental Club. There’s inevitably a bit of humor in Bobby Bare Jr.’s work, given that his godfather was the late songwriter/author/humorist Shel Silverstein (for whom Bares Jr. and Sr. assembled a teriffic two-disc tribute a few years ago). On Bare Jr.’s new Bloodshot Records disc “Undefeated,” he enlisted Austin wisecracker Hayes Carll to help write the clever “My Baby Took My Baby Away.” Bare Jr. is at his best, though, when the jokes are leavened with a touch of pathos, as on the new tracks “If She Cared” and “Blame Everybody (But Yourself).” Austin groover Ramsay Midwood’s bluesy country-folk rambles make for an ideal lead-in. $10. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — Peter Blackstock

Also: Local singer-songwriters Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt celebrate next week’s release of their new Red House Records duo album “For Keeps” at the Cactus Cafe. … Also due out next week is “Lighght,” the new disc from experimental violinist Kishi Bashi, who’s at the Mohawk’s outdoor stage with Plume Giant. … Preview Pachanga Fest with colorful Venezuelan band La Vida Bohéme and a Peligrosadance party at Empire. … LCD Soundsystem tribute act All My Friends plays the Belmont. … Call it family association night: Bill Chambers, father of noted Australian singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers, teams up with Bruce and Charlie Robison’s sister Robyn Ludwickfor a duo gig at Strange Brew. … Other notable rootsy singer-songwriter options include Charlie Marsat the Saxon Pub and Mike Stinsonat ABGB. … Jazz guitarist Lee Ritenouris at One World Theatre. … Hole in the Wall features Texas/New Mexico rockabilly act the Footnoteswith local favesChurchwoodclosing and Shouldersopening. … The Roost gives its Monday blues happy-hour mainstay W.C. Clarka prime-time Friday slot with Alpha Rev and John Lockhart. … The Elephant Room features top-shelf local jazz with the Elias Haslanger Quintet.