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Friday picks: Les Nubians, Mack, Jack & McConaughey, Vampire Weekend

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 24, 2014

Les Nubians at Empire Control Room. “Afropean” sister duo Hélène and Célia Faussart split their early lives between France and the Republic of Chad. Singing in French they developed a distinctive sound that blended elements of neo-soul and R&B with hints of traditional African sounds. During the early aughts they were sought after hip-hop collaborators appearing on albums by Talib Kweli, Guru and the (pre-Fergie) Black Eyed Peas. In 2011, they released the album “Nu Revolution” an ambitious platter that celebrates the broad spirit of cultural cross-collaboration in the post-Internet age. $15-$20. 8 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com — Deborah Sengupta Stith

Mack, Jack & McConaughey Night Two at ACL Live. The previous night’s kickoff with Sheryl Crow may be the higher-profile concert of this two-night fundraiser for a variety of children’s charities hosted by singer-songwriter Jack Ingram, former UT football coach Mack Brown and actor Matthew McConaughey, but Friday’s is actually the more intriguing show. Ingram will be joined by major Americana singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett and Buddy Miller; lesser-known but equally worthy talents Lori McKenna, Scott Miller and Jon Randall; country hitmakers Little Big Town; and several others including Allen Shamblin, Blu Sanders, Bobby Pinson, Butch Walker, Jessi Alexander and Liz Rose. $19-$69. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — Peter Blackstock

Also:Wild Cub plays an in-store at Waterloo at 5 p.m., before their sold-out show opening for Vampire Weekend at Stubb’s. It’s also worth stopping by Stubb’s indoor stage after the show to catch Gulf Coast soul slingers the Suffers from Houston. … Also sold out is English rock band Bastille at Emo’s with To Kill a King. … Local power-poppers Fastball, hitmakers in the late ’90s and still occasionally reuniting for a show or recording, are at Strange Brew. … Toronto DJ duo Zed’s Deadand Alabama electronic rock fusion act Boombox headline Euphoria Festat Carson Creek Ranch (see story, this section). … Wielding well-timed nostalgia for the days of perestroika, Missouri rockers Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin play Holy Mountain. … DJ RJ, who hosts Reggae Evolution on KAZI 88.7, digs into his salsa and merengue records for a Latin Passion dance party at Mexita’s. … Eclectic Cuban American outfit Hector Ward & the Big Time are at Threadgill’s South. … The White Horse lineup includes roots-rock singer-songwriter Ramsay Midwood.