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Weekend music picks: Poliça, Kate Nash, The Head and the Heart

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Michael Corcoran

Editor’s note: This article was originally published November 14, 2013

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Poliça, Marijuana Deathsquads at Emo’s East. Two bands, five drummers: pound it! That’s how it’s going down at Emo’s, with a pair of artsy rock bands from Minneapolis unfazed by comparisons to Suicide and Portishead. The headliner, whose name means “policy” in Polish, grew out of Gayngs, the pillow-rock collective whose founder Ryan Olson and backup singer Channy Leaneagh started writing the songs that filled Poliça’s terrifica debut “Give You the Ghost.” New LP “Shulamith” puts them back on the road with the pot commandos, who also have a new record in “Oh My Sexy Lord.” Poliça have been covering Leslie Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me,” an anthem of teen defiance that fits with new work that struts the throw rug between lovely and uncomfortable with no apologies. Doors at 8 p.m. $18. 2015 E. Riverside Drive.

Also performing: Deadpan indie rockers the Zoltars celebrate the release of new LP “Walking Through the Dark” at Hotel Vegas … The F1 folks are reprising last year’s “Best of Texas Music” show atACL Live, with Asleep at the Wheel, Robert Earl Keen, Rick Trevino, Carolyn Wonderland and more… Bringing a Latin-tinge to blues-based rock are Patricia Vonne, with her castanets, andAlex Ruiz and the Night Mothers at Strange Brew… Athens, Gee Ay glamrockers Of Montreal will sleep tonight on their cots in the back of the Mohawk … Critic’s choice What Made Milwaukee Famous headline an indie rock bill at the Continental Club … British Austinite Nic Armstrong and his band of Thieves pump the melodic rock at the Blackheart … New Austin soul sensationLatasha Lee and the Blackties turn the Sahara back into T.C.’s Lounge for the night … Moonshine rockers Whiskey Shivers romp on bluegrass at Antone’s … Young Oklahoma singer-songwriterParker Millsap, poised to breakout like his friend John Fullbright, heals broken hearts at the Cactus Cafe … the two-steppers fave Dale Watson fills the dancefloor of the Broken Spoke … British dub-step DJ Flux Pavilion shakes the Austin Music Hall with wubba-wubba … ’60s hitmakers Bubble Puppy play “Hot Smoke and Sassafras” and others at the Saxon Pub… The Peligrosa hip-hop collective throws a Phridaze party at Empire Control Room… And let’s not forget the free Austin Fan Fest downtown, which gives the townfolk a chance to get in on all the F1 craziness this weekend.


Kate Nash at Mohawk. The outspoken 26-year-old Brit punkster came to prominence in the U.K. as a naughty-lyric singing 20-year-old with “Foundations.” The next year she won the Brit Award as best female artist for the LP “Made of Bricks.” Toughness remains a virtue on “Girl Talk,” her self-released third album, which is a many-splendored thing that throws such punk rockers as “Conventional Girl” and new single “Fri-end” in there with various throbbers and power pop. Nash’s nasal delivery may give an impression of brattiness, but she lives in the feminine highlands, where self-esteem is perfumed by an activist haze. La Sera Gal Pals open. Doors 8 p.m. $13. All ages. 912 Red River St.

Also performing: If you have to ask how much tickets are to see Sting at ACL Live, you can’t afford a new car … Beloved Austin punkers the Peenbeets play their first show in almost 12 years at Hole In the Wall … Is Mingo Fishtrap Austin’s most spicy party band? Find out at the Parish … Those crazy roots rockers the Beaumonts pillage the White Horse, which also features Speedy Sparks and John X. Reed in a Doug Sahm tribute … Surreal San Francisco songwriter and producer John Vanderslice comes to Holy Mountain … Vintage punk rockers Sons of Hercules never fail to leave the Legendary White Swan a pile of feathers … One-man band Homer Henderson plays the timely “Lee Harvey Was a Friend of Mine” and other warped garage country classics at Lost Well … Seattle’s Head and the Heart play the first of two nights at Stubb’s … OKC rapper Jabee lays claim to garage rock haven Beerland … Kanye West’s former touring DJ A-Trak spins at the Belmont with Austin’s rising turntablist Andrew Parsons opening and tix at a very F1 price of $50 … That voice! Jimmy LaFave is good to the last drop at Strange Brew … It’s a terrific night of electric guitar with Seth Walker, also an exceptional songwriter, and Austin’s blues godfather W.C. Clark at Saxon PubVegatron has a CD release show at Spider House … And for those of you who miss Creed, there’sRed Wanting Blue at the Austin360 Amphitheater with Sick Puppies.


Head and the Heart at Stubb’s. With Saturday’s show long sold out, this is your best chance to see the pop/folk songsmiths from the Very Good Northwest, whose new album “Let’s Be Still” adds textures to the sound of the self-titled debut, while keeping it earnest and direct. Before they signed to Sub Pop, the band sold their debut in handmade denim sleeves, underlining the craftsmanship of songs that aren’t really Dylan, but aren’t really Mumford and Sons either. Richly melodic tunes don’t need the bombast if you’re paying attention in the first place. Opening are the Eastern Sea and Quiet Life. Doors at 8. $30- $32. 801 Red River St. (Note: H&H will make an in-store appearance at Waterloo Records at 5 p.m.)

Also performing: St. Matthews Episcopal Church continues its intimate “Soul of a Musician” series at Spicewood Tavern with Adoniram Lipton of Slowtrain … Willie Nelson is playing tiny, historicGruene Hall, but that show’s been sold out since someone had the idea to book it … AWOLNATION will “Sail” into ACL Live for an F1 afterparty hosted by Red Bull, of course … Transplanted New Yorkers Olivia rock Hole In the Wall… B3 groove kings Dupree play a no cover show at the Continental Gallery … downstairs, it’s Bale and the Wags — that’s Heybale! and the Wagoneers — at theContinental Club.