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Thursday music picks: Drive-By Truckers, Austin Psych Fest preview

Peter Blackstock

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 30, 2014

Drive-By Truckers at Stubb’s. Ultimately, the Drive-By Truckers comes down to the tension and tangle between raconteur frontman Patterson Hood and ultra-cool guitarist Mike Cooley. Both contribute songs to the Truckers’ repertoire, though not always in equal measure. On the new “English Oceans,” Cooley’s value is increasingly apparent to a band that has at times seemed more like a vehicle for Hood’s grand Southern culture statements. Before the show, they’ll stop by Waterloo Records for a 5:30 p.m. in-store performance. Oklahoma singer-songwriter JD McPherson, whose debut album “Signs & Signifiers” was released by Rounder, opens the Stubb’s show, which is on the outdoor stage. $20-23. 8 p.m. 801 Red River St. — P.B.

Austin Psych Fest preview shows. Ready to reverb? Austin Psych Fest kicks off at Carson Creek Ranch on May 2, but the party starts early with a pair of preview shows. The Mohawk features Seattle psych-soul act Night Beats and Canadian act Elephant Stone who mix elements of traditional Indian music into indie rock. Meanwhile over at Red 7 San Francisco retro rockers the Flamin’ Groovies share a bill with L.A. psych rockers the Warlocks. Both shows $12 adv., $15 door. Mohawk: 912 Red River St. Red 7: 611 E. 7th St.

Also: OUTsider presents MayDayGayDay, a spring coming out party with plenty of artsy madness and a dance extravaganza with Total Unicorn at Cheer Up Charlie’s. … After ambient artist Tycho promptly sold out one night at the Parish, promoters added this second date with California indie rockers Gardens & Villa. … Mainstream country act Billy Currington brings the tour for his new album “We Are Tonight” to ACL Live with Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice. … World Music company Wobeon presents an evening of global electronic fusion with Brahma Beats Projectand Peligrosa’s Manolo Black. … Blues singer, sex activist, cancer survivor and generally interesting character Candye Kaneplays the Continental Club. … Blazing blues guitarist Carolyn Wonderland plays KGSR’s free “Unplugged at the Grove” weekly show at Shady Grove. … Blues harmonica great Paul Oscher begins a month of Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul. … Swedish metal band Ghost is at Emo’s with King Dude.