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Saturday music picks: The Tipping Point, Noah Gundersen

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 18, 2014

The Tipping Point at Empire Control Room. The original hip-hop community site Okayplayer.com, founded by the Roots over 15 years ago, co-produces this monthly showcase of Central Texas artists on the verge of a break. April’s installment is hosted by Austin’s first couple of hip-hop and recent Austin Music Awards Band of the Year winners Riders Against the Storm. Headliners include Sip Sip, an electronic groove collective with over a dozen members who cite everyone from Leonard Cohen to Earth, Wind and Fire as influences, brutal truth slinger Queen Deelah and grimy street bangers East 35. $5 9 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com — D.S.S.

Noah Gundersen at Cactus Cafe. Sometimes South by Southwest appearances just whet the appetite for catching a rising star in a more satisfying full-show experience a little later. Seattle singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen makes a quick return after last month’s visit to promote his auspicious debut album “Ledges,” which isn’t a typical first record: The 24-year-old Gundersen had already released three EPs of exquisitely arranged yet deeply emotional material, and a couple of his YouTube videos have topped 100,000 views. He’s doing two shows at the Cactus; catch him in small rooms while you can, which won’t be long. $15. 8 and 10:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org. — P.B.

Also: Local psych rock titans the Black Angels play a free in-store at Waterloo Records for Record Store Day; meanwhile Austin’s newest vinyl outpost and Austin Psych Fest headquarters RVRB Recordscelebrates a grand opening at 2404 E. Seventh St. … Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, whose 2013 album “Cheater’s Game” was all that is right about country music, have a new one coming next month called “Our Year”; they’re at the Belmont with the Warren Hood Band. … Conscious reggae artist Everton Blender previews his reggae fest headline set with a show at Flamingo Cantina. … The Hard Pans, the other Gourds meat, celebrate the release of their first record at Sam’s Town Point with Ramsay Midwood. … Jazz horn player Ephraim Owens plays with his quintet at the Elephant Room. … Nine-piece soul revelers the Nightowls play KDRP’s Saturday Night Concert Series at Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor amphitheater. … Classic honky-tonk options include James Hand at Ginny’s and the Derailers at the Broken Spoke.