Friday music picks: Mobb Deep at the Parish, Mavericks at ACL Live
Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 10, 2014
Mobb Deep at the Parish. It’s been 20 years since NYC rappers Havoc and Prodigy unleashed a barrage of grimy street rhymes on the hip-hop underground. With a brutal style that elevated the duo to titans of the East Coast hardcore scene, they traded blows with Snoop and ‘Pac during the East-West beef years, scrapped with fellow New Yorkers Jay-Z and 50 Cent (before patching things up with the latter and joining the G-Unit camp in the mid-aughts) and dropped a few hip-hop classics along the way. In 2012 the group engaged in an internal Internet beef that left fans thinking Mobb Deep was defunct, but this year they staged a full force comeback, slaughtering a series of South by Southwest gigs last month and releasing a new album at the beginning of April. $20. 9 p.m. 214 E. Sixth St. parishaustin.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Mavericks at ACL Live. It came as somewhat of a surprise when the Mavericks’ 2013 release “In Time,” their first album in 10 years, reached No. 8 on the Billboard country charts. Only 1994’s “What a Crying Shame” had gone higher, to No. 6. Apparently, ardent fans of the left-of-center, dance-driven country band led by extraordinary Cuban-American singer Raul Malo had eagerly awaited their return. Malo made a handful of terrific solo records during their decade apart, but there’s an extra spark when he reconvenes with original members Robert Reynolds and Paul Deakin. Newer additions Eddie Perez and Jerry Dale McFadden are also part of the lineup for this tour. Technically sold out. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — Peter Blackstock
Also: Bay City gospel group the Jones Family Singers plays a 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records for their new disc “The Spirit Speaks.” They’ll also do a full album-release show on Sunday at Threadgill’s South at 5 p.m. … Arcade Fire touring member Sarah Neufeld is staying in town a day after the band’s Austin concert to play a solo show at Lamberts with opening act Reservations. … The Cactus Cafe presents an intriguing collaboration between genre-bending musicians as Oliver Rajamani welcomes steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar into his Texas Gypsy Fire ensemble. … Long-running jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra is at One World Theatre. … Latin rock bands Vallejo and Del Castillo team up on the north end at the Roost. … Local jazz legend James Polk is at the Elephant Room with his Centerpeace ensemble. … California ska/punk outfit Mad Caddies crashes Red 7.