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Weekend music picks: Bright Light Social Hour, Hayes Carll, MapJam

Peter Blackstock

Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 13, 2014


Bright Light Social Hour and the Tontons at Stubb’s outside. Bombastic rockers Bright Light Social Hour have been keeping a low profile since they shook down the city with a pair of electrifying Austin City Limits Music Festival performances. Holed up in a house on Lake Travis, they’ve been working on their second album which has been three years in coming. After they shower Austin with funky Southern love they’ll hit the road on a nine city pre-South by Southwest jaunt. Meanwhile, Houston indie rockers The Tontons have a new album set to drop on Tuesday, a gorgeously detailed collection that comfortably shifts between dreamy shoegaze and subdued psychedelia with hints of soul and twists of twang thrown in for good measure. $17.50-$20. 8 p.m. 801 Red River St. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

Hayes Carll at the Roost. It’s been awhile since Americana singer-songwriter Hayes Carll has put out an album – three years as of this week, in fact. But he promises to be playing songs from an upcoming release, along with favorites from his four previous discs. Expect one of those selections to be “Stomp and Holler,” the opening track on his last album, which just turned up on the new Todd Snider project Hard Working Americans. This north end appearance follows packed-house dates at Saxon Pub, Cactus Cafe and Strange Brew earlier in the week; adding value to the Roost show is opening act Dylan LeBlanc, an evocative singer-songwriter from Muscle Shoals, Ala. $25. 9 p.m. 2113 Wells Branch Pkwy. — Peter Blackstock

South Austin Moonlighters CD release at Saxon Pub. A southside collective of songwriters modeled loosely on the template established by Saxon supergroup the Resentments a decade ago, the Moonlighters take a big step with “Burn & Shine,” their first studio album (following a live disc recorded at the Saxon in 2012). Former members of Mother Truckers, Stonehoney and Monte Montgomery’s touring band collaborate on an eclectic mix of rock, soul, funk, blues, country and more; whereas the previous live disc was highlighted by covers, they’re now bringing their own material to the fore. $10. 9 p.m. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.

Also: Bob Schneider gigs may be ever-present around town, but his Valentine’s show at ACL Live is a cut above the usual: He’s backed by the Moonlight Orchestra (which includes the Tosca Strings), and a slew of special guests includes visiting singer-songwriters Sarah Jaffe and Charlie Mars. … Music blog Side One Track One throws a carefully curated, fully free Valentine’s Bash at Holy Mountain with Harvest Theives, Featherface and Genuine Leather. …Take your pick of Hancocks: Flatlanders songwriter extraordinaire Butch Hancock is at Strange Brew, while the White Horse presents Bloodshot Records act Wayne Hancock along with labelmate Rosie Flores. … Massachusetts lo-fi forerunners Sebadoh are at Red 7 with Octagrape and Phantom Lakes. … the North Door presents a superbad garage rock power bill with Denton’s Bad Sports and Austin’s Bad Lovers … Pop-folk singer-songwriter Dana Falconberry, who has a collaboration with Spoon drummer Jim Eno coming in April, is at Swan Dive.


MapJam in East Austin. The physical manifestation of KUTX’s Austin Music Map, this daylong event presents a rollicking musical tour of East Austin that traverses a broad range of genres while dropping in on shiny new spaces, public gathering places and iconic haunts. The Carper Family kicks things off with brunch-time bluegrass and brews. Latasha Lee slips in with simmering afternoon soul. Hard Proof and Money Chicha rock the amphitheater at Pan Am park with blasts of afrobeat and Latin grooves. Magna Carda and Body Rock take things out with a hip-hop throwdown at the Historic Scoot Inn. In between there are indie rock interludes and NOLA style brassy grooves. Catch one or two shows or hop on your bike and make it an all-day magical musical adventure. Free. Noon to midnight. Hops & Grain Brewery, Tillery Park, Delta Millworks, Pan Am Park, Scoot Inn. Full schedule: — D.S.S.

Billy Joe Shaver at White Horse. In perhaps his most enduring song, Billy Joe Shaver avows that he will “Live Forever,” and who are we to doubt him? Approaching 75, the original honky tonk hero (as his website brags, without exaggeration) has persevered through decades of professional and personal trials and tribulations. Today he stands as a vital link between old and new generations of Texas country: Though his familiar territory is the roadhouse circuit, he should also be perfectly at home amid the hip east side environs of the White Horse. $10. 10:30 p.m. 500 Comal St. — P.B.

Also: Celebrate the Mardi Gras season at ACL Live with Bourbon Street institution the Rebirth Brass Band plus the New Orleans Suspects and Minor Mishap Marching Band (with special Louisiana food items available as well). … Recently reunited Chicago rappers the Cool Kids drop by Hotel Vegas with DJ Chuck Inglish. … Memphis garage-punk band the Oblivians, touring behind their first record in 16 years, play the Mohawk’s outside stage with Spray Paint and Hex Dispensers. … Gina Chavez celebrates the release of her Latin folk-pop album “Up.Rooted” at Stateside at the Paramount. … Country-folk singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix plays her annual birthday show at the Cactus Cafe. … the Glenn Miller Orchestra brings classic big-band sounds to Strange Brew for shows at 7 and 9:15 p.m..


Iris DeMent at Cactus Cafe. “Sing the Delta,” released in 2012, was the first album of original material in 16 years for Iris DeMent — a drought that seemed hard to imagine after she emerged as one of the finest country-folk voices of the ’90s with three spectacular albums. The new disc is a welcome return to form, even as some of her oldest songs continue to cut the deepest. Of “Our Town,” the third song she ever wrote, DeMent remembers, “That song came so fast to me, I had to catch up to it to write it all down. It was like somebody walked into that room and went, ‘There you have it, Iris’ — I knew that I had my calling. I wanted God or the spirit to give me a calling, and I got it that day. It was there, and I’ve never doubted it.” DeMent performs at the Cactus on Friday and Sunday. $35-$40; technically sold out. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. — P.B.

Also: If you’re into pedal and lap steel, check out the Austin Steel Guitar Co-op Jam at 290 West Bar & Grill, which runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with featured player Herb Steiner. … The Sahara Lounge presents a Turn Texas Blue benefit starting at 5 p.m., with sets from many local artists including John Wesley Coleman and Ralph White.