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Thursday music picks: Vampire Weekend, Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars

Peter Blackstock

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 23, 2014

Vampire Weekend, Wild Cub at Stubb’s BBQ. By now, you probably know all about Vampire Weekend, the New York indie-rockers who have played “Saturday Night Live” three time and whose last two albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. The news in this two-night stand at Stubb’s is opener Wild Cub, Nashville songwriter Keegan DeWitt’s red-hot band making its third visit to Austin in the last three months, after SXSW and a February appearance at Lamberts. They’ve also done the Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien late-night shows since the year began. If you can’t get a ticket, catch Wild Cub between the two shows at a Waterloo Records in-store at 5 p.m. April 25. Technically sold out. 7 p.m. 801 Red River St. — P.B.

Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars at Flamingo Cantina. It’s been over a decade since a group of musicians fleeing a civil war in Sierra Leone joined forces in the refugee camps of the Republic of Guinea to express their experience through song. Despite the group’s harrowing travails the music is surprisingly upbeat and unfalteringly life-affirming. $17 advance, $20 at the door. 515 E. Sixth St. — D.S.S.

Also: Sheryl Crow is the big headliner for the sold-out first night of Mack, Jack & McConaughey,” a two-day shindig to benefit children’s charities presented by Mack Brown, Jack Ingram (who will open for Crow) and Matthew McConaughey. … “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” 1980s hitmaker Bobby McFerrin is at Bass Concert Hall. … Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti is at Riverbend Centre. … Scottish rock band Mogwaiis at Emo’s with Majecture. … The Mohawk presents reunited English industrial metal act Godflesh at 7 p.m. on its outdoor stage, with Rusted Shut, Burnt Skulland the Pushmen playing indoors later. … Rising local band the Rocketboys are at West Sixth Street restaurant Winflo Osteria.