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Friday music picks: Dag Savage, Bill Frisell

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 22, 2014

Dag Savage at the North Door. Between the lush beats and expert cuts from producer Exile and the furious barrage of unforgiving wordplay from rapper Johaz, the West Coast duo Dag Savage threw down an unforgettable set on the Okayplayer showcase at South by Southwest 2014. It was a riveting, stalk the front of the stage with both hands held high kind of performance. Take heed old school heads still pining for Rawkus Records’ hip-hop heyday, this Dirty Science crew is carrying the torch forward for the next generation. $10-$12. 10 p.m. 502 Brushy St. ndvenue.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

Bill Frisell at the Continental Club. When the extraordinarily gifted guitarist Bill Frisell helped Continental owner Steve Wertheimer open his new C-Boy’s Heart & Soul bar with a bang back in January, Wertheimer promised that Frisell would be back in May with a band. Indeed he is, playing Friday and Saturday with a lineup that includes ace multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz. Frisell is known primarily as a jazz musician, but his graceful playing pulls from almost all reaches of American music. $33. 8 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — Peter Blackstock

Also: The East Side is abuzz with alt-country album-release shows. Collin Herring celebrates impressive new disc “Some Knives” at the Scoot Inn, and Seattle transplant Zoe Muth marks next Tuesday’s release of her Signature Sounds disc “World of Strangers” at the White Horse. … Trailer Space Records hosts a 7 p.m. dual record-release show for Austin’s Sic Pop and Houston’s Silver Blueberry. … Stephen Marley’s new album, which explores hip-hop’s reggae roots, doesn’t drop til this summer, but Marley, who bears a striking resemblance to his father Bob, will preview songs at the Mohawk. … New music scene ‘zine True Sincerity debuts at Cheer Up Charlie’s with a show featuring Telenovella and Borrisokane. … It’s a hip-shaking showdown at two East Side haunts as the Sahara Lounge hosts the massive hip-hop, cumbia band Cinco Doce alongside La Vida Buena while salsa-cumbia-reggae act El Tule squares off against Peligrosa DJ Orion at Hotel Vegas. … Seventh Street is a haven for quality hip-hop and soul as Rhymesayers artist Blueprint performs at Holy Mountain with Count Bass D while Latasha Lee and Riders Against the Storm play across the street at Empire. … California EDM artist Seven Lions brings his dreamy take on dubstep to Republic Live. … Rising Austin bands in action tonight Uncle Lucius, the Crooks and Lew Card at the Belmont, and the Nightowls with KP & the Boom Boom indoors at Stubb’s. … ABGB goes for old-school Austin rock ’n’ roll with theLeRoi Brothers. … Other roots-based locals in action include Cornell Hurd at the Broken Spoke, Jon Dee Graham at Maria’s Taco Xpress and Micky & the Motorcars at the Roost.