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This week in Austin music: Big Freedia, Mandolin Orange and a tribute to Dolly

Deborah Sengupta Stith, dsengupta@statesman.com
Big Freedia will headline Emo’s on Saturday. [AMERICAN-STATESMAN FILE]

Here’s what’s happening in the Live Music Capital of the World this week.

OUR TOP PICKS

Friday: Hikes record release at Barracuda. The latest from Austin’s emotionally rich four-piece is called “Mahal Kita,” which means “I love you” in Tagalog, the mother tongue for the band’s Filipinx frontwoman, Nay Wilkins. With a thematic core centered around trauma recovery, it’s an introspective release loaded with pastoral pop meditations featuring dreamy vocals floating above lilting guitars, gentle rhythms and lovely melodic swells that occasionally break into technically mind-boggling instrumental passages. Hikes collaborators Kraken Quartet, who are featured on the album, and Christelle Bofale open. $12. 9 p.m. doors. 611 E Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Terry Allen & the Panhandle Mystery Band at Paramount Theatre. Traditions come and go. Annual midwinter shows at marquee Austin venues by Willie Nelson and Alejandro Escovedo have taken a pause this time around, but we’re very glad to see Lubbock legend Allen returning for his fourth straight January show at the Paramount. What started in 2017 and 2018 as retrospective performances has evolved into a vehicle for new material. Last year, Allen premiered a not-yet-recorded batch of songs to much acclaim, and now all that stuff is on “Just Like Moby Dick,” due out next week. Its radiance is due in large part to Allen’s latest lineup of the Panhandle Mystery Band, an accomplished crew that includes dual bandleaders Charlie Sexton and Lloyd Maines; ace rhythm section Glenn Fukunaga and Davis McLarty; and sweet-soul singer Shannon McNally. $20-$42. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.

Saturday: Big Freedia at Emo’s. Still shaking off the post-holiday doldrums? The NOLA “sissy bounce” queen’s latest jam, “Louder” (an Icona Pop collab), is the ultimate motivational body-rocker to help you kick 2020 into high gear with straight boss vibes. So round up your unruly girl gang and go put your “hands on the ground, azz in the air,” and let it all hang out. Gulf Coast soul powerhouse the Suffers and Me Nd Adam open. $25-$27. 8:30 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Cup of Ambition: A Dolly Parton Birthday Bash at Barracuda. A benefit for homeless assistance nonprofit Front Steps, the second edition of this event, organized by KUTX’s Diedre Gott, has a lot to live up to after a gloriously enchanting and entertaining debut last year. But the lineup suggests it may be just as good this time around, with more than 20 artists on-board to sing Dolly classics with house band the Steep Cats. They include Wild Child’s Kelsey Wilson; Sweet Spirit’s Sabrina Ellis; Go Fever’s Acey Monaro and Ben Burdick; Moving Panoramas’ Leslie Sisson and Cara Tillman; My Jerusalem’s Jeff Klein; and soulful singer Tameca Jones. $15. 8 p.m. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com. — P.B.

Wednesday: Juliana Hatfield at 3Ten. After breaking through in the 1980s with the alt-rock/pop trio Blake Babies (whose members included the current president of Rounder Records), Hatfield emerged as an accomplished solo act in the 1990s with radio hits such as “My Sister.” She’s issued nearly 20 records since, including an impressive run in the last three years that has included two new discs of original material plus two fascinating cover collections. The latest, issued in November, features songs by the Police, but we’re more impressed with her 2018 set of Olivia Newton-John tunes, which feels like a perfect match of formative influence with next-generation artist. Emily Davis & the Murder Police open. $25-$30. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.

Thursday: Mandolin Orange at ACL Live. A decade ago when I lived in the North Carolina Triangle, this husband-wife team of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz were aspiring upstarts who made beautiful music with fiddle, mandolin, guitar and lovely vocal harmonies. It seemed like an uphill battle, trying to bring such subtly engaging sounds to a mass audience. But by the time I’d moved to Austin in 2014, they’d started playing small-club gigs here. With each successive record, the venues grew bigger, and festivals grew hip to them as well. “Tides of a Teardrop,” released earlier this year, broke open the floodgates, and now this little band that could is headlining the city’s marquee downtown venue. Kate Rhudy opens. $24.50-$39.50. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.

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Friday

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at ACL Live

Dar Williams at One World Theatre

Andrew Cyrille Quartet with Bill Frisell at UT McCullough Theatre

Spafford, Iceman Special at Antone’s

Flyjack CD release, Eimaral Sol at Continental Club

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan, Rosie Flores at C-Boy’s

Beth James, Siobhan O’Brien at Townsend

Alesia Lani, M3cca at Stubb’s indoor

Richard Parker Triad with High Noon & the Old Souls at Empire

White Ghost Shivers, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Little Mazarn at Cloud Tree Studios

Ringo Deathstarr, New Strangers, Rei Clone, Nevil at Hotel Vegas

Tomas Ramirez, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room

Bubble Puppy at El Mercado Backstage

Dirty Honey, Amazons at Parish

Nakia at Threadgill’s

Duane Mark album release, Clyde & Clem’s Whiskey Business at Hole in the Wall

Dreamgirl, Decasa, Sleep Well at Mohawk indoor

She Sir, Wildfires, Early Stages at Far Out Lounge

Weldon Henson, David Touchton, Merles at White Horse

Grimefest Austin with Svdden Death at the Venue ATX

Copa Kings at Highball

Christy Hays at Vista Brewing

Sydney Wright at Cenote Windsor Park

Saturday

Koe Wetzel, Ray Wylie Hubbard at ACL Live

No Limit, Master P, Silkk the Shocker, Mystikal, Mia X, Fiend, more at H-E-B Center

Paul Cauthen, Scott H. Biram at Antone’s (sold out)

Ocean Blue, Motorcade at 3Ten (sold out)

Homage to Rumi, Atash 20th anniversary show at the George Washington Carver Museum

Sean McConnell, Garrison Starr, My Sister My Brother at 04 Center

Louden Swain at North Door

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan, Lavelle White at C-Boy’s

Ramsay Midwood, Churchwood, Mother Neff, John X Reed at Continental Club

Matt Gilmour Band, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel, Zane Williams, George Ensle at Saxon Pub

XTC tribute benefit for SIMS Foundation with Matt the Electrician, Darin & Trish Murphy, Stephen Doster, Rich Brotherton, more at El Mercado Backstage

Janis Joplin Birthday Party with Cari Hutson & Good Company, Bubble Puppy, Torino Black at One-2-One Bar

Superfonicos, Atlas Maior, Cross Record, Eric Osbourne, Hidden Ritual at Hotel Vegas

Jeff Hortillosa, Ben Ballinger, Scott Collins at Radio

Dale Watson at Broken Spoke

Joe Jacksons, Hong Kong Wigs at ABGB

Ray Prim at Oskar Blues Brewery

Towrs, B.R. Lively at Stubb’s indoor

Midcentury, Kalijah, Dayeater, Automatic Weekend at Parish

Chaparral, Them Duquaines, Dave Insley at White Horse

Rochelle & the Sidewinders at Geraldine’s

Pearl Snaps at Mercer Street Dancehall

Sunday

Paul Cauthen, Sam Houston & Blk Odyssey at Antone’s (sold out)

Tuck & Patti at One World Theatre

Maddi Ryan, Resentments, Ulla at Saxon Pub

Run River North, New Dialogue at Stubb’s indoor

Mike Stinson at ABGB

Robby record release, TV’s Daniel, Lolita Lynne, Peach Almanac at Cheer Up Charlies

Willie Pipkin, Heybale, Jimmie Dreams at Continental Club

John Vincent III, Ramzel, Austin Basham at Empire Control Room

Mike & the Burnalls, Dale Watson at C-Boy’s

The Deer in-store at End of an Ear

Women of Western Swing, Soul Twist at Sam’s Town Point

Kym Warner at Cosmic

Kenny Williams at Geraldine’s

Tish Hinojosa at Gruene Hall

Monday

Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Earl Poole Ball, Chris Gage at El Mercado Backstage

Steel Monday with Gary Newcomb at Sam’s Town Point

Madam Radar, Sahara Smith at One-2-One Bar

Lonelyland at Saxon Pub

Crystal Finger, Andrea Magee’s Girl Jam at C-Boy’s

Christina Cavazos at Geraldine’s

Oscar Ornelas at Stay Gold

Chris Gage at Donn’s Depot

Bluegrass Night at Radio

Tuesday

Tool at Erwin Center

Sue Foley, David Grissom at Saxon Pub

Lindsay Beaver, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s

Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club

Henri Herbert, 8-½ Souvenirs at C-Boy’s

Barbara Nesbitt, Matt Giles Band at One-2-One Bar

Warren Hood at Cosmic

Curtis McMurtry at Geraldine’s

Daniel Dufour at Stay Gold

Doster & Elskes at Gruene Hall

Wednesday

Hi How Are You Day with Cage The Elephant, White Denim, Jason Falkner, more at ACL Live

Queensryche, John 5, Eve to Adam at Emo’s

Carrie Rodriguez Laboratorio with Jaime Ospina at Cactus Cafe

Altamesa, Berkshire Hounds, John X Reed at C-Boy’s

Mike Buck & Friends, Jake Andrews, Bill Carter at Antone’s

Kevin McKinney, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

Trube Farrell & Snizz, Matt Hubbard Trio, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet at Continental Gallery

Brian Scartocci, Bobby Earl, Leeann Atherton at Saxon Pub

Warren Hood at ABGB

Miniature Tigers at Empire Control Room

Motenko at Stay Gold

Wake Party, Magic Rockers of Texas, Dinner With Matt Gilchrist at Mohawk indoor

Shawnee Kilgore, Chris Taylor at Threadgill’s

John Inmon at El Mercado Backstage

Thursday

Roddy Ricch at Emo’s

Robert Ellis at Stateside at the Paramount

Supersuckers, Sabbath Crow at Empire

Mando Saenz at Townsend

Andrea Magee, Amanda Darnell, Patrice Pike, Love & Chaos at Saxon Pub

Brook & the Bluff, Stephen Day at Stubb’s indoor

Tender Things, Nuevo, Suzanna Choffel at C-Boy’s

Monte Warden & The Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery

Casper Rawls with Glenn Fukunaga, Dony Wynn & Bukka Allen at Continental Club

Empire Sextet, Mitch Watkins Trio at Elephant Room

Crescent Soul Revue, Guitar Grady at Sam’s Town Point

Derailers, Western Express at Broken Spoke

Kenny Williams, Ryan Davis Trio at Parker Jazz Club

JD Clark, Pearl Snap Playboys, Saddle Sores at White Horse

Poly Action, Boonesboro at Whip In

Marbin at One-2-One Bar