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Weekend music picks

Peter Blackstock

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


Black and White Years CD release at the Parish. It’s been more than three years since art-pop outfit and self-proclaimed “fantasy quintet” the Black and White Years put out a full-length release. The title track off their newest effort “Strange Figurines” is a lush synthesizer symphony with ample shimmer and a catchy electronic groove. White Walls and Isaiah the Mosaic open. $10 in advance, $12 door. 214 E. Sixth St.

— Deborah Sengupta Stith

“Walking Woody’s Road” at One World Theatre. Longtime Austinite but native Oklahoman Jimmy LaFave teams with three other highly regarded local singer-songwriters – Eliza Gilkyson, Slaid Cleaves and Sam Baker – in paying tribute to Okie legend Woody Guthrie with songs and stories. $20-$60. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (two shows). 7701 Bee Cave Road.

— Peter Blackstock

Also playing: Local garage rock sensation the Heartless Bastards, who were busy working on a new album in the fall, play the Continental Club; longtime Orange Mothers bandmates Ethan Azarian and Jeff Johnston reconvene for an acoustic show at the Cactus Cafe; eclectic Americana purveyors the South Austin Moonlighters are at Strange Brew; experimental electronic act Total Unicorn celebrates a vinyl release at the North Door — warning: (incentive?) you will see unicorn heads.


KUTX birthday bash at Bass Concert Hall. KUTX, the all-music sister station to our local public radio affiliate, celebrates a year of curating “the Austin Music Experience” with genre-defying singer-songwriter extraordinaire Neko Case. Her 2013 release “The Worse Thing Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You” was a dark and complicated stew of emotions, a cathartic release that came at the end of difficult period of her life that was marked by the loss of her grandmother and both of her parents. The songs are stark and achingly beautiful. Case fans looking forward to the live experience were crushed during the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. The first weekend, her set was pummelled by sound bleed from Atoms For Peace, and the second weekend, it was canceled by rain. Iron & Wine, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down open. $39.50-$59.50 (might be sold out by press time). 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. — D.S.S.

Brentmas at Carousel Lounge. If Dec. 25 can be Christmas, then Jan. 25 can be Brentmas, right? That must’ve been the reasoning of the late South by Southwest creative director Brent Grulke, who coined the word when he was young to mark his birthday. His friends in the Wannabes have taken it upon themselves to celebrate Brentmas annually since Grulke’s death; for this second go-round, they’re joined by the Pedaljets from Lawrence, Kan., plus local bands the Rite Flyers, Austerity Measures and My Luck. No cover. 9 p.m. 111o E. 52nd St. – P.B.

The Blasters at Continental Club. Though Dave Alvin tends to be too busy with his own career to tour with the Blasters these days, his brother Phil Alvin is still out front singing with the current touring lineup, which automatically makes it worthwhile. If you must hear the Alvins together, you’ll get a chance in June, when Yep Roc Records releases “Common Ground: Davie & Phil Alvin Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy.” Rosie Flores and Screwball open. 9 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. – P.B.

Also playing: Psych rockers the Boxing Lesson, who dropped their first full-length in five years in 2013, celebrate the album’s vinyl release at the Mohawk; Okkervil River guitarist Lauren Gurgiolo leads abstract rock posse the Dialtones at the Belmont; Minneapolis folk-pop songwriter Mason Jennings brings the tour for his new album “Always Been” to the Parish with opener Lily Kershaw; circa-1970 chart-topping hitmakers Blood, Sweat & Tears visit One World Theatre; Bill Carter & the Blame make their full-band debut at One-2-One Bar; Bob Schneider plays the new north end venue the Roost (in Wells Branch).


Amy LaVere with Will Sexton at One-2-One Bar. Memphis upright bassist and singer LaVere has played much bigger stages than this – including ACL Fest – not to mention having scored some pretty cool minor film roles, such as portraying Wanda Jackson in “Walk the Line.” Her most recent record, 2013’s “Motel Mirrors,” is a collaboration with fellow Memphis roots-rocker John Paul Keith, but lately she’s been touring with Austin’s Will Sexton on guitar. $8. 9:30 p.m. 1509 S. Lamar Blvd. #600. – P.B.

Brownout! at the W. Transmission Events has launched a new free music series called Living Room Live at the W, and the instrumental funk powerhouse Brownout! kicks things off. The W invites Austinites to experience its stylish Records Room, a cozy lounge with fireside seating, and promises $4 domestic beer specials. We suspect the club’s “innovative libations” will set you back considerably more. Free. Doors at 7 p.m. 200 Lavaca St. — D.S.S.

Also playing: Jazz guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan at One World; Houston honky-tonker Mike Stinson at Ginny’s Little Longhorn.