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The music is back: A guide to fall concerts in Austin

At long last, touring acts are on the road again this fall. Pent-up demand from the pandemic shutdown is bursting forth as restrictions have eased, creating an overflow of shows in local arenas, amphitheaters, music halls and clubs in the latter half of 2021. Our list gets an early start with some August events and continues through December, with more than 250 concerts in all.

An update about COVID-19 conditions in the area, as of Tuesday: Hospitalizations and cases of coronavirus are continuing to rise and recently reached levels likely to send Travis County back into the stricter Stage 4 guidelines, according to Austin Public Health officials, due to the highly contagious delta variant. Dr. Desmar Walkes, the Austin-Travis County health authority, said the majority of hospitalizations in Austin and Travis County are among those who have not been vaccinated.  

Aug. 5 

Lutrell at Mohawk

Jaime Wyatt & Jamie Lin Wilson at Stateside at the Paramount

Aug. 5-6 

David Gray at ACL Live

Aug. 6 

Greyson Chance at Parish

Aug. 7

Jay Wile, Mike Melinoe, Kendra Sells at Mohawk

Hank Williams Jr., Wyatt McCubbin, Django Walker at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Big live music shows are coming back in full force this fall in the Live Music Capital of the World, including Yola, clockwise from top left, Chvrches, Maroon 5, Japanese Breakfast and Khruangbin, as well as hometown hero Gary Clark Jr., center.

Aug 7 - 9

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Lucinda Williams at ACL Live. No Americana artist has had a more productive past decade than Isbell, whose 2020 release “Reunions” was his third straight studio album to top Billboard’s country, folk and rock charts. Having Williams, who’ll be inducted into the "Austin City Limits" Hall of Fame later this year, on the bill is a major bonus. $59.50-$89.50. — P.B.

More:Our 2018 interview with Jason Isbell

Aug. 10-11 

Mountain Goats at Mohawk (sold out)

Aug. 12

Alanis Morissette with Garbage, Liz Phair at Germania Insurance Amphitheater. Get ready to party like it’s 1995. This tour originally was timed to the 25th anniversary of Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” and pushed because of the pandemic. The cross-country jaunt is part of a larger celebration of the classic album which brought female fury to the airwaves in a way that reshaped rock & roll for a generation of young women. At the Grammy Awards earlier this year, the Broadway musical version of “Jagged Little Pill” took the trophy for best musical album. Keeping with the theme of female artists who made groundbreaking rock in the ‘90s, Morissette is joined by Garbage and Liz Phair on the tour. $75 and up. — D.S.S. 

Steve Earle & the Dukes, Mastersons at ACL Live

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lindsay Beaver & Brad Stivers at 04 Center

Aug. 13

Quebe Sisters at Stateside at the Paramount. The Dallas-based sibling trio has become one of Texas’ most prominent Western swing acts over the past two decades, releasing four studio albums since 2003. All three are fiddlers and singers, supported by an ace supporting cast of string players. $20-$35. — P.B.

Rise Against at Stubb’s

Rauw Alejandro at the Coliseum

Aug. 13-15

Widespread Panic at ACL Live

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians play the Paramount Theatre on Aug. 14.

Aug. 14

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians at Paramount Theatre. Given that all members of this band that originated in Dallas in the 1980s now live in the Austin area at least part-time (Brickell and guitarist Kenny Withrow, both living in Wimberley, are the most recent arrivals), it’s long overdue for them to have their own headlining show here. This will be the Paramount’s first regular-capacity music event since the onset of the pandemic. $25-$48.  — P.B.

More:Edie Brickell & New Bohemians' surprise resurgence is happening in Austin's backyard

Tune-Yards at Emo’s

Bob Schneider & Mitch Watkins at One World Theatre

Del Castillo, Lisa Morales Band, Dave Scher Trio at at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Lost Dog Street Band, Matt Heckler at 04 Center

Aug. 15

Black Crowes at Germania Insurance Amphitheater. Brothers Chris and Rich Robinson and their bandmates haven’t put out a new studio album in 12 years, but they’d been poised for a tour marking the 30th anniversary of their blockbuster 1990 debut “Shake Your Money Maker” until the pandemic struck. So it’s the 31st anniversary; that’ll be just fine for longtime fans who want to groove to “Hard to Handle” and “She Talks to Angels.” $24.75-$147.  — P.B.

Aug 17

The Story So Far at Mohawk

Aug. 18

Kesha, Betty Who at ACL Live. After excavating her emotional turmoil on the 2017 album “Rainbow” — her first release since a highly publicized legal battle with producer Dr. Luke — Kesha’s 2020 album “High Road” was a glitzy platter of party pop, notable for the misfit anthem and Big Freedia collab “Raising Hell.” Betty Who, an ebullient Australian with a catalog of synth-fueled singalongs, joins the bill for this glittery late-summer dance bash. $69-$79. — D.S.S. 

All Time Low, the Maine, Grayscale at Stubb’s

Darden Smith at Stateside at the Paramount

Aug. 20

Megadeth, Lamb of God at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Blackstreet with Bobby Brown, Mase, Kool Moe Dee at H-E-B Center

Gary Allan, Wynn Williams at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Gary Clark Jr. plays the first ticketed concerts at Waterloo Park's new Moody Amphitheater on Aug. 20-21.

Aug. 20-21

Gary Clark Jr. at Waterloo Park. According to history compiled by the nonprofit Waterloo Greenway, the neighborhood around Waller Creek was once a thriving commercial district that hosted over 30 Black-owned businesses. Through years of discriminatory city policy including the 1928 Koch and Fowler Plan that created a “negro district” in East Austin and urban renewal efforts that displaced families through eminent domain in the ‘70s, that community was decimated. Could there be any better artist to open the city-center park as an inclusive space than the hometown hero who took home two Grammys in 2020 for “This Land,” a song that is explicitly about claiming space in the face of racism? $30 and up. (Aug. 21 sold out.) — D.S.S. 

Aug. 21

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Vallejo, Fea at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Limp Bizkit at Stubb’s (sold out)

Apocalyptica at Emo’s 

Il Divo at H-E-B Center

Aug. 22

Outlaw Country Music Festival with Willie Nelson & Family, Chris Stapleton, Ryan Bingham, Yola at Germania Insurance Amphitheater. After a few “welcome back” shows at his Luck Ranch in mid-July, Nelson is finally heading out “on the road again” with a tour that’s somewhat like a scaled-back version of his July 4th Picnic. Different artists are on the bill in other cities; the Austin lineup is hard to beat, with country superstar Stapleton, Oscar winner Bingham and recent Grammy best new artist nominee Yola. $107.50.  — P.B.

More:Our 2021 interview with Willie Nelson

Aug 25

Little Jesus at the Parish. The Mexico City five-piece plays hooky indie rock with a dance pop sensibility. They've toured extensively in Mexico and Latin America and were slated to appear at the ill-fated 2020 South by Southwest music festival supporting their 2019 release "Disco de Oro." Special guest Gus opens. $18. — D.S.S. 

Small Black at Antone’s 

Aug. 26-29

Hot Summer Nights in Red River Cultural District. This mid-year free-for-all presents four days of admission-free shows at Red River mainstays including Stubb's BBQ, Mohawk, Cheer Up Charlies, Elysium and Empire. Shows also will take place at the newly revamped Waterloo Park, new regional Mexican music venue Mala Vida and the Creek and the Cave, the comedy club that recently opened in the old Barracuda space on Seventh Street. Organizers promise "dozens of free performances featuring local and regional artists with a mix of both established and up-and-coming acts."  — D.S.S. 

Aug. 27

Shane Smith & the Saints at ACL Live

Small Town Murder at Emo’s 

Shinyribs album release at Paramount Theatre

Turkuaz at Mohawk

Aug. 28

Rod Wave at Stubb’s. Part of the post-J. Cole generation of confessional rap-singers, the Florida artist became a streaming kingpin on the strength of his melancholy story rhymes. His third studio album, “Soulfly,” which includes the lonely lament “Street Runner” and the haunting hymnal “Tombstone,” unseated Justin Bieber’s “Justice” at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart when it dropped in April. Sold out. — D.S.S.

Aug. 29

Armor for Sleep at the Parish

Aug. 30

Soul Asylum at ACL Live. A critics’-darling underground sensation in the 1980s that became a chart-topping band in the early ’90s, Soul Asylum has been through a lot of changes, and only singer Dave Pirner is left from the original lineup. But there’s still a great catalog of hits to draw from, as well as new music from the band’s 2020 album “Hurry Up and Wait.” Opening are Illinois rockers Local H and former Blake Babies frontwoman Juliana Hatfield. $35-$55. — P.B.

Sept. 1

New Found Glory, Simple Plan at Stubb’s

Sept. 2

Turnstile at Mohawk (sold out)

Sept. 3

Moon Taxi at Emo’s

Reckless Kelly at Paramount Theatre

Sept. 3-5

Urban Cultural Fest at Huston Tillotson University with Dru Hill, Ginuwine, Con Funk Shun, more

Sept. 4

Alan Parsons Project at Paramount Theatre

Sixteen Deluxe at 3Ten

Coheed and Cambria, the Used at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Future headlines the all-day JMBLYA event at Germania Insurance Amphitheater on Sept. 5.

Sept. 5

JMBLYA at Germania Insurance Amphitheater. The roving festival roams further afield than it has in the past with shows in Phoenix, the Bay Area and Mansfield, Mass. As always, the flagship event from Austin promotion powerhouse Scoremore Shows is youth-oriented. This year’s lineup features ATL heavy hitters Future and Gunna alongside 17-year-old Australian pop phenom the Kid Laroi. Lil Tecca, Flo Milli, Sofaygo and Phora round out a bill that is noticeably deficient in female artists. — D.S.S.

Sept. 8

City and Colour at Paramount Theatre

Kevin Gates at Stubb’s. After years thrilling audiences with hard-hitting gangsta rhymes and unfiltered street knowledge, the NOLA rapper closed out his latest mixtape “Only the Generals Part II” with “Fairy Tale,” an agonizingly vulnerable story about how being molested as a child has affected him as a man. On a recent episode of Mike Tyson’s podcast, “Hot Boxin’,” Gates said since he released the track, “Guys walk up to me in the gym, like bodybuilders, and just hug me and cry.” Using the platform he built as a vehicle for healing put him on “the right path,” he said. — D.S.S.

Courtney Marie Andrews at Antone’s

Sept. 9

Primus, the Sword at ACL Live

Rebelution at Waterloo Park

Umphrey’s McGee, Kalu & the Electric Joint at Stubb’s

Doom Flamingo at Mohawk

Sept. 10

Dayglow, Arlie at Stubb’s.Harmony House,” the latest from Austin wunderkind Sloan Struble, is a gloriously retro collection of upbeat therapy pop that includes the viral sensation “Close To You.” Inspired by the wacky soundtracks of ‘80s sitcoms and open-hearted energy of Mister Rogers, Struble invites the listener to shake off the darkness with feel-good singalongs. “I just want to make sure that the way that I use my platform uplifts people,” he told the Statesman in May. Sold out. — D.S.S.

More: Dayglow on '80s sitcoms, Mr. Rogers and making music that uplifts people

Dwight Yoakam at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Breland at Scoot Inn

Jukebox the Ghost at Mohawk

Marc Broussard, James Robinson at 04 Center

1964 the Tribute (Beatles) at One World Theatre

Sept. 11

Caamp at Stubb’s (sold out)

Residents at Empire Garage

Keiko Matsui at One World Theatre

Jackopierce at 3Ten

Andy Frasco at Antone’s

Sept. 11-12

Eastside Kings Festival at 12th & Chicon streets

Sept. 12

Pitbull, Iggy Azalea at Germania Insurance Amphitheater. Dale! The reggaeton don hits the road for the "I Feel Good" tour, his first North American outing in nearly two years, later this summer. He's bringing Australian hip-pop sensation Iggy Azalea along for the ride. For this show, Mr. Worldwide will play a mix of hits and fan favorites alongside selections from his forthcoming English album. $29.95 and up.  — D.S.S.

Glass Animals at Waterloo Park

Ellis Paul at 04 Center

Sept. 13

Herbie Hancock at Paramount Theatre. The celebrated jazz pianist is one of the last living masters of the genre-defining Blue Note era, when Hancock played with the likes of Miles Davis, Ron Carter and Donald Byrd. In the ‘80s, he scored a pop hit and became an MTV sensation with the funky synth bomb “Rockit,” and in the modern era, he’s logged collaborations with some of the greatest innovators who are pushing jazz forward, including Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington and Thundercat. While Hancock is healthy, he’s also 81, so jazz aficionados should go ahead and check this one off their bucket lists now. — D.S.S.

Dead South at Scoot Inn

Sept. 14

HAAM Day. The annual event benefiting the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians features live music all over town at venues both typical (clubs, restaurants) and atypical (grocery stores, bank lobbies). Look for a schedule of performers in early September. Admission’s free, but look for the HAAM volunteers with donation boxes to chip in and help local musicians get access to affordable health care. — P.B.

More:At 'epicenter' of coronavirus crisis, HAAM mobilizes to help Austin musicians

Sept. 15

Kings of Leon at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Big Thief at ACL Live

Austin guitarist Jimmie Vaughan opens for Eric Clapton at the Erwin Center on Sept. 15.

Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan at Erwin Center. Guitar great Clapton is an obvious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, though during the pandemic he gained a degree of infamy by joining Van Morrison on an anti-lockdown song. Perhaps a better reason to go to this show is to see hometown hero Vaughan play the biggest room in town. This ain’t no C-Boy’s. $55-$295. — P.B.

Counting Crows at Waterloo Park

Khai Dreams at Antone’s

Sept. 15-19

Khruangbin at Stubb’s. Serving up an enthralling mix of psychedelic funk, spacious dub and global soul, the Houston trio has become an unlikely international sensation and the most famous of several H-Town bands that highlight the rich multiculturalism that defines America’s most diverse city. Sold out. — D.S.S.

Sept. 16

Anna Nalick at One World Theatre

Sept. 17

Lil Baby, Lil Durk at Germania Insurance Amphitheater. Lil Baby is arguably the hottest rapper hailing from the pyrotechnic playground that is the Atlanta trap scene right now. His latest release, “The Voice of the Heroes,” a collab joint with tour special guest Lil Durk, topped the Billboard charts when it dropped in June, propelled by the easy chemistry between the two young superstars who are still on the rise. $39.50 and up. — D.S.S.

Wood Brothers at Paramount Theatre

Bully at Mohawk 

Sylvan Esso, Samia at Waterloo Park  

Sept. 18

Korn, Staind at Germania Insurance Amphitheater 

Paul Oakenfold at Empire Garage

Far East Equinox at Sahara Lounge. Austin’s costumed crusaders of artful jazz funk, Golden Dawn Arkestra, celebrate the shifting seasons with a stellar bill of Austin acts that includes TC Superstar, Superfonicos, Minor Mishap Marching Band, Sailor Poon and more. Admission price TBA. — D.S.S.

Molly Burch at Mohawk

Tinashe at Emo's

Sept. 19

Lucy Dacus, Bachelor at Scoot Inn. We've followed Virginia-born singer-songwriter Dacus since she took the BMI stage at ACL Fest in 2016. With a wide-open voice and even wider and more open vulnerability, her new album "Home Video" is the kind of fan-pleasing record that makes you go, "OMG same," blending her pop chops with tear-jerking balladry on songs that make you remember all your teenage MySpace confessions. Sold out. — E.W.

Wishbone Ash at One World Theatre

Earth Wind and Fire at ACL Live 

Jake Miller at Parish

Sept. 20

Terror at Empire 

Michael Buble at Erwin Center

Sept. 23

Monkees at Stubb’s. Hey hey, they’re still the Monkees, though singer Davy Jones and bassist Peter Tork are no longer with us. Guitarist Michael Nesmith and drummer Mickey Dolenz, the surviving members of the TV sitcom band that became a pop sensation in the 1960s, will bring out the hits for what’s being billed as a “Farewell Tour.” $47.50-$147.50. — P.B.

Dinosaur Jr. at ACL Live

Wild Rivers at Mohawk

Gary Numan at Emo’s

Weathers at Empire Garage

I Am Kawehi at 3Ten

Sept. 24

Brothers Osborne, Travis Denning at Stubb’s

Blu DeTiger at Empire Control Room (sold out)

JMSN at Scoot Inn

Spyro Gyra at One World Theatre

Sept. 25

Snarky Puppy at ACL Live

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals at One World Theatre

Sept. 25-26

Old 97's at 3Ten. The Dallas alt-country rockers have been at it for more than a quarter-century and still have the same four original members. Last year, they released their 12th album, titled, naturally, “Twelfth.” $33-$35. — P.B.

Sept. 26

Dear Boy at Mohawk inside

Lewis del Mar, Mobley at Parish

Thrice, Jim Ward at Stubb’s

Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone at One World Theatre

Rodrigo y Gabriela play ACL Live on Sept. 26.

Rodrigo y Gabriela at ACL Live. Formed in Ireland but now based in Mexico City, the eclectic guitar duo of Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero mixes elements of instrumental flamenco with acoustic-based rock and metal. Their most recent album, “Mettavolution,” came out in 2019 on ATO Records and won a Grammy for best contemporary instrumental album. $39-$63. — P.B.

Sept. 27

Maroon 5 at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Tech N9ne, Rittz, more at Emo’s

Sept. 28

311, Iration at Waterloo Park

Front Bottoms, Oso Oso, Sydney Sprague at Stubb’s

Sept. 29

Rickie Lee Jones at 04 Center. We caught Jones in one of the first events at this South Lamar church space that began booking concerts shortly before the pandemic began. Jones confessed onstage that she wasn’t sure how the gig would go when she first saw the place, but she ended up having a fine time and put on a magnificent show, reaching back in her catalog for big hits such as “Chuck E.’s in Love” and mixing in newer material, too. $38-$68.  — P.B.

More:Rickie Lee Jones has a glowing night at new South Austin venue

KISS, David Lee Roth at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Quinn XCII, Chelsea Cutler at Waterloo Park

Struts at Emo’s

Sept. 29-30

Waxahatchee, Katy Kirby at Mohawk (sold out). Katie Crutchfield put out one of 2020's best albums with the country-blues platter “Saint Cloud.” The new songs amble through intimate stories and places that you can tell hold great personal significance for the Alabama-bred songwriter. True to her best work, there’s at least one turn of phrase on each track you wouldn’t mind stealing for yourself, maybe as a tattoo in a place only you can typically see. Sold out. — E.W. 

More:Waxahatchee’s ‘Saint Cloud’ is a map for a lost summer

Oct 1-3 and 8-10

Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park. Headliners for this year’s event include legacy acts George Strait and Stevie Nicks alongside chart-topping young upstarts Billie Eilish and DaBaby, pop superstar Miley Cyrus and dancefloor destroyers Rüfüs du Soul. The stacked lineup also includes Megan Thee Stallion, Black Pumas, Doja Cat and St. Vincent. It is clearly a winning mix, as tickets to this year’s fest sold out in record time. Verified resale tickets available at — D.S.S.

More:ACL Fest 2021 lineup: George Strait, Stevie Nicks, Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus, DaBaby, more

Oct. 1

Tower of Power at Paramount Theatre

Chromeo (DJ set) at Empire Garage

Oct. 2

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Peterson Brothers at Paramount Theatre

Oct. 4

Big Freedia at Mohawk. Take that, Monday. Start your week with the Queen of NOLA Bounce and let that “Azz Everywhere” energy keep you shaking for days. Too Many Zooz, a self-described “brass house” trio from NYC, opens. $25. — D.S.S.

Oct. 5

Algiers at Empire

Raul Malo plays Oct. 6 at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre.

Raul Malo at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre. Malo has played Austin often with his band the Mavericks, who taped a memorable no-audience episode of “Austin City Limits” here last year during the height of the pandemic. He’s made several fine records under his own name, as well; expect more of that material at this show on the southwestern edge of town. $30-$150. — P.B.

More:Our 2020 interview with Raul Malo

Watsky at Empire

Oct. 6

California Guitar Trio at One World Theatre

Bob Mould Band at Mohawk. The acclaimed 1980s Minneapolis trio Hüsker Dü was the launch pad of this alt-punk rocker’s career, but that turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg for an artist who’s remained one of rock’s most vibrant musicians for decades. Having the ace rhythm section of drummer Jon Wurster and bassist Jason Narducy makes him even better. $25. — P.B.

Oct. 8

Torres at 3Ten

Oct. 12

Emotional Oranges at Come and Take It Live. The L.A. duo’s latest collection “The Juicebox” is a sizzle reel of smooth R&B and West Coast funk, with features from Vince Staples, Becky G and Yendry. This is probably your last chance to catch them in such an intimate room. Irish singer and rapper Biig Piig opens. $25 and up.   — D.S.S.

Madison Cunningham at Antone’s

Oct. 13

Shovels & Rope at 04 Center

Ledisi at Paramount Theatre

Sleigh Bells, Kill Birds at Mohawk

Hellogoodbye at Parish

Ben Sollee at 3Ten. Hailing from Kentucky, cellist Sollee has had a fascinating career, making records under his own name while also taking part in collaborations with adventurous bluegrass couple Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck as well as indie artists Jim James and Daniel Martin Moore. Between 2009 and 2014, he did many solo tours with his cello on a bicycle, eventually tallying 5,000 miles across the country. $20-$23. — P.B.

Oct. 14

Keb’ Mo’ at Paramount Theatre

Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing at Mohawk

The Brook & the Bluff at Antone’s

Oct. 15

Cheap Trick at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre. “You’re on top of the world and you can’t get any higher,” Cheap Trick sang in 1978, back when they were. The surprise is that the Illinois rockers have survived well into the 21st century, releasing their 20th album, “In Another World,” earlier this year. $45-$200. — P.B.

Dan Deacon at Mohawk

Mat Kearney at ACL Live

Lone Bellow at 04 Center

Acoustic Alchemy at One World Theatre

Mavis Staples is scheduled for the Gasparilla Music Fest in February in Tampa.

Oct. 16

NF at at Germania Insurance Amphitheater 

Mavis Staples at Paramount Theatre. If you need any more evidence that the soul music legend is a national treasure, watch Questlove’s jaw-droppingly good documentary “Summer of Soul.” The film chronicles the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, and in a breathtaking scene, a young Staples joins her hero, gospel legend Mahalia Jackson, to sing "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," dedicated to the recently assassinated civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It’s one of the purest soul music testimonies ever recorded, made all the more stunning when you consider it was captured at the beginning of Staples’ storied career. — D.S.S.

More:Our review of Mavis Staples at SXSW 2019

Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz are Watchhouse, formerly Mandolin Orange. They play at Stubb's on Oct. 16.

Watchhouse at Stubb’s. North Carolina singer-songwriters Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz took a risk earlier this year when they announced they were changing their name to Watchhouse after more than a decade of performing and recording as Mandolin Orange. Last time through town, they sold out ACL Live and recorded a live album there. This time, they’ll focus on tracks from an adventurous self-titled album due in August that they made with Josh Kaufman, who has worked with the National and Taylor Swift. $30-$130. — P.B.

Ludacris at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Oct. 17

Anderson East at Mohawk

Alec Benjamin at Emo’s

Chase Atlantic at Empire Garage

Oct. 18

Middle Kids at Mohawk

Arlo Parks at Parish. Before the pandemic, the young British pop-smith was poised to be one of the biggest breakouts of South by Southwest 2020. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter spent her high school years listening to emo music and studying poets like Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath, which inspired a literary approach to her music. She creates vivid word pictures that ache with honesty as she reflects on love, rejection and the daunting challenges facing her “Super Sad Generation.” Her 2021 release “Collapsed in Sunbeams” is a sublime collection of exquisite pop. Sold out. — D.S.S.

Tennis, Twain at Stubb’s

Oct. 19

Bad Religion, Alkaline Trio, War on Women at Stubb’s

California Honeydrops at Empire Garage

MC Lars, Mega Ran, MC Frontalot, Schaffer the Darklord at Empire Control Room

Des Rocs at Antone’s

City Morgue at Come and Take It Live

Oct. 20

Sierra Ferrell at Stateside at the Paramount

Oct. 21

Psychedelic Furs at Emo’s. You could sense back in the 1980s that although the Furs’ sound and style was very much of its new wave era, some of the songs were so good that they’d stand the test of time. That’s definitely true for “The Ghost in You,” which got new life through inclusion in the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” and “Love My Way,” which was used in the 2017 Oscar-nominated film “Call Me By My Name.” Last year, they released “Made of Rain,” their first album of new material in 29 years. Royston Langdon opens. $35-38. — P.B.

Quicksand at Mohawk

Needtobreathe, Switchfoot at Waterloo Park

Men I Trust at Scoot Inn

Oct. 22

Soccer Mommy at Emo’s

Mt. Joy at ACL Live

Victor Wooten Band at One World Theatre

Watkins Family Hour at 04 Center. Siblings Sara and Sean Watkins have been playing music all their lives, starting as pre-teens in the string band Nickel Creek with mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile. They started doing “Watkins Family Hour” shows at a Los Angeles club in 2002, and it took on a life of its own, eventually leading to a 2015 self-titled album. Last year they followed it up with “Brother Sister.” $26-$54. — P.B.

Oct. 23

Styx, Monte Montgomery at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Ruston Kelly at Mohawk

Hamilton Leithauser, Kevin Morby at Stubb’s

Mo Lowda & the Humble at Antone’s 

“I Still Miss Liberty Lunch” Reunion at Far Out Lounge. A similar event in 2016 drew a huge crowd to ABGB, so large that the owners of the late, great downtown venue (which was demolished in 2019) sought out a spot with more room this time around. The sprawling outdoor grounds of the Far Out seem a good fit for the casual Lunch vibe, and many acts who played there in the club’s heyday have signed on for this event, including the Tail Gators, LeRoi Brothers, Kathy McCarty, Larry Seaman, Shoulders, Dharma Bums, Dumptruck, Wayouts, Pressure, the Uranium Savages, Extreme Heat and Wild Seeds. Ticket price TBA. — P.B.

More:2016 Liberty Lunch reunion brings back old times

Oct. 24

Mt. Joy, Briston Maroney at Stubb’s

Stephen Lynch at Emo’s

Firefall at One World Theatre

Sean McConnell at 04 Center

Warish at Mohawk indoor

Oct. 25

Idles, Gustaf at Stubb’s

Oct. 27

Julien Baker, Dehd at Stubb’s. Tennessee indie-rocker Baker blew us away in 2017 at Emo's with searing songs about addiction, God and sexuality. She had to bow out of a Paramount Theatre date with collaborator Lucy Dacus a couple years ago. Since then, she's put out the excellent album "Little Oblivions," and you're gonna want to catch her this time. $22-$122.  — E.W.

Stephen Day at Antone’s

Alejandro Escovedo will be inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame on Oct. 28.

Oct. 28

"Austin City Limits" Hall of Fame induction ceremony at ACL Live. Created in 2014, this honorary entity (there’s no actual physical hall of fame) has welcomed a few new acts each year who have had a significant impact on the “Austin City Limits” TV series since its mid-1970s origins. This year’s inductees are Wilco, Alejandro Escovedo and Lucinda Williams. When the show date gets nearer, special guests will be announced. $100-$300. — P.B.

More:Austin City Limits Hall of Fame to add Wilco, Alejandro Escovedo, Lucinda Williams

Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, more at Germania Insurance Amphitheater 

Oct. 28-31

Levitation. This year’s installation of the homegrown indie festival once known as Austin Psych Fest features a diverse set of boundary-pushing artists, including funk innovator Thundercat, expressive indie rocker Japanese Breakfast and Tuareg outfit Tinariwen, who brought the desert blues of Mali to the Western world. Also on the bill for the Halloween weekend throwdown are psychedelic soul outfit Chicano Batman, experimental musician Yves Tumor, indie rockers Cloud Nothings, metal heavies Red Fang and host band the Black Angels. The festival is structured as a series of individually ticketed club shows in the Red River Cultural District and East Austin. — D.S.S.

Oct 29

Arturo Sandoval at One World Theatre

Oct. 30

JJ Grey & Mofro, Black Joe Lewis at ACL Live

Damien Escobar at One World Theatre

Shallou at Scoot Inn

Oct. 30-31

Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell at Antone’s

Oct. 31

Angels and Airwaves at ACL Live

Supersuckers at 3Ten

Nov. 2

TV Girl at Mohawk

Nov. 3-4

Porter Robinson, Jai Wolf at ACL Live

Nov. 4

Christopher Cross at Paramount Theatre. The Austin singer-songwriter was about to embark on a tour in 2020 celebrating the 40th anniversary of his Grammy-sweeping debut album when the pandemic hit. Much worse: Cross contracted COVID-19 early on, and that triggered a rare condition called Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which affected his mobility. He’s recovered enough to resume the tour, which will conclude with this homecoming date. $25-$75. — P.B.

Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Yola at Erwin Center

Nov. 4-6

String Cheese Incident at Stubb’s

Nov. 5

Lauren Daigle at Erwin Center

Larry Carlton at One World Theatre

Jason Moran & the Harlem Hellfighters at UT McCullough Theatre

Peter Case at 04 Center. Fellow songwriters thought highly enough of Case’s music that a 2006 tribute album featured three discs of his songs rendered by nearly 50 artists, including Americana heavyweights such as John Prine and Dave Alvin. He’s released more than a dozen albums since his T Bone Burnett-produced 1986 debut, including this year’s “The Midnight Broadcast.” $25-$28. — P.B.

Nov. 6

Chris Botti at Paramount Theatre

A Giant Dog at Parish

Okey Dokey at Antone’s

Nov. 6-7

Robert Cray at One World Theatre

Nov. 7

Walk the Moon at Stubb’s. We've never not enjoyed a show from these ACL Fest alums, whose anthemic power-pop goes far beyond instant wedding reception standard "Shut Up and Dance." Bring your highest energy and/or glitter. $38-$138. — E.W.

Tame Impala at Erwin Center (rescheduled from Aug. 14)

Nov. 9

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at ACL Live. Being Willie Nelson’s son no doubt helped Lukas get started with music, but he’s forged his own path over the past decade, becoming one of Americana music’s most accomplished singer-songwriters. He taped “Austin City Limits” in this room a few years back; now he and his longtime band are touring behind an acclaimed new album, “A Few Stars Apart.” $30-$35. — P.B.

More:Our 2021 interview with Lukas Nelson

Nov. 9-10

Luna at 3Ten

Nov. 10

Alexander 23 at Parish

Chvrches plays ACL Live Nov. 10-12.

Nov. 10-12

Chvrches at ACL Live. The Scottish synth-pop trio has a new album, “Screen Violence,” due Aug. 27, and the lead track, “Good Girls,” is a fiery feminist manifesto that skewers the cultural critics who continue to negotiate with problematic men. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry has always been an outspoken voice against casual sexism in the music industry, an unapologetic luminary who harnesses the transformative power of pop to make a sweaty dance jam an act of liberation. — D.S.S. 

Nov. 11-13

Dr. Dog at Stubb’s

Nov. 11

Monte Montgomery at One World Theatre

Colony House at Parish

Larkin Poe at Mohawk

Mutlu, Julia Bhatt, Deer Fellow at 04 Center

Nov. 11-12

Goose at Scoot Inn

Nov. 12

Chloe Moriondo at Antone’s

Boney James at One World Theatre

Nov. 13

BoDeans at One World Theatre

Nov. 14

Tommy Emmanuel at Paramount Theatre. Let people talk about Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page as guitar gods, but if you’ve ever seen Australian acoustic master Emmanuel play, you know there’s no comparison. His eclectic style ranges from pop and rock to country and jazz, all driven by lightning-quick fretwork that has to be witnessed to be believed. He’s been making records since the 1970s, the most recent being 2019’s “Heart Songs” with John Knowles. $29.50-$59.50. — P.B.

JP Saxe at Scoot Inn

San Holo at Stubb’s

Riders in the Sky at One World Theatre

Nov. 16

Amigo the Devil at Scoot Inn

Nov. 17

Misterwives at Emo’s

Nov. 18

Iris DeMent, Ana Egge at 04 Center

Nov. 18-19

Drive-by Truckers at Scoot Inn. One of the great American rock bands of the 21st century, the Truckers began in the 1990s but took off like a rocket with 2001’s epic “Southern Rock Opera” and then added a young Jason Isbell to their mix for several years. Primary songwriter Patterson Hood hasn’t flinched from sociopolitical topics on recent records such as “The Unraveling” and “The New OK,” both issued last year. $25. — P.B.

Noah Gunderson at 3Ten

Nov. 19

Planet Booty at Empire Control Room 

Benny the Butcher at Empire Garage

Adam Melchor at Antone’s

Midnight at Emo’s 

Parquet Courts at Stubb’s

Ricky Skaggs at One World Theatre

Clark Beckham at 04 Center

Nov. 19-20

Kronos Quartet at UT McCullough Theatre

Nov. 20

Cory Wong & the Wongnotes at Mohawk. The live version of his popular YouTube variety show finds ace electric guitarist Cory Wong, backed by an 11-piece big band with a six-piece horn section. Wong was recently nominated for a Grammy alongside "Tonight Show" bandleader Jon Batiste for the new age album “Meditations,” but quiet contemplation is not on the menu for this show, which should be an exuberant, funky throwdown. $25. — D.S.S.

Coin at Emo’s 

Nov. 21

Crowder at ACL Live

Chris Lane, Tyler Rich, Lily Rose at Stubb’s

Nov. 27

CloZee at Scoot Inn

Postmodern Jukebox at Paramount Theatre

Peter White Christmas at One World Theatre

Nov. 28

Purity Ring at ACL Live

Hot Mulligan at Empire Garage

Nov. 30

Citizen at Empire Garage

Dec. 2

Three Dog Night at Paramount Theatre

Strunz & Farah at One World Theatre

Dec. 3

Guess Who at One World Theatre

Dec. 3-4

Jayhawks at 3Ten. After 10 years with singing and songwriting shared between Gary Louris and founder Mark Olson, the Jayhawks persevered after Olson’s mid-’90s departure and moved from alt-country into a more pop-oriented direction. Some remarkable records followed with a lineup that eventually coalesced around co-founding bassist Marc Perlman, drummer Tim O’Reagan and keyboardist Karen Grotberg. Their latest, “XOXO,” came out last year. Former Austin duo the Mastersons open. $37-$38. — P.B.

Dec. 4

Happy Fits at Empire Control Room 

Dec. 5

Garden at Mohawk

Lindsey Buckingham plays the Paramount Theatre on Dec. 8.

Dec. 8

Lindsey Buckingham at Paramount Theatre. Rumors have circulated that Buckingham, a key member of Fleetwood Mac’s mega-selling 1970s years, might be rejoining the group after an ugly split a few years back. For now, he’s back on tour under his own name, with a stop at the historic downtown venue where he delivered a stellar performance in 2018. $35-$225. — P.B.

More:Our review of Lindsey Buckingham's 2019 Paramount show

Dec. 9

Darrell Scott at 04 Center

Suzy Bogguss at One World Theatre

Dec. 11

Jeff Rosenstock at Mohawk

Dawes at Stubb’s

Dec. 12

Association at One World Theatre

Dec. 14

Beach Bunny at Mohawk (sold out)

Pink Sweat$ at Emo's

Dec. 18

Roosevelt at Empire Control Room

The Aces head to Scoot Inn on Dec. 19.

Dec. 19

The Aces at Scoot Inn. “It’s kind of a sisterhood. It’s something that’s so strongly a part of our lives and who we are as people," Cristal Ramirez of this Utah pop-rock outfit says. The band's been playing together since elementary school; when they play earworms like "Stuck" live, you can tell. $20-$70. — E.W.

More:Our interview with the Aces at ACL Fest 2019