Friday’s music picks: Leon Bridges, T Bird & the Breaks

Leon Bridges performs during the "A Celebration Of Music In Film" concert at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Leon Bridges performs during “A Celebration Of Music In Film” at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Leon Bridges at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul. “It’s like, damn, every year since I started playing guitar, something better happens,” Leon Bridges told his hometown paper Fort Worth Weekly last month in discussing his rise from open-mic upstart to Texas music’s new it-kid. When the 25-year-old classic soul singer and songwriter recorded a few songs with Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of Austin band White Denim last year, he could not have imagined that two of the tracks would soon attract more than a million listens on SoundCloud in just three months. White Denim’s management also took on Bridges as a client, and soon he had a record deal with Columbia for a debut due out later this year. If each year has been better than the last, 2015 is shaping up to be a major Bridges breakout. Catch him at the intimate C-Boy’s, where he’ll play two nights, before he’s off to significantly larger venues. $12. 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2008 S. Congress Ave. cboysheartnsoul.com. — P.B.

Also: Funky soul rockers T Bird & the Breaks celebrate the release of their new CD “Harmonizm” with fiddle prodigy Ruby Jane at the Continental Club. … Expect a tight house as afrobeat ensemble Hard Proof helps celebrate the opening of cozy eastside music lounge Stay Gold. … Minimalist blues eccentric Willis Earl Beal plays Holy Mountain. … Extravagant theatrical ensemble Golden Dawn Arkestra plays Hotel Vegas with funk enthusiasts Roxy Roca. … Musicians collective Austin Blood Alliance kicks of two-day extravaganza of D.I.Y. metal and punk at Spider House Ballroom. … Take your pick of heavy-rock quadruple bills along the Red River axis with Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, Aeon and Tribulation on Mohawk’s outdoor stage, or Cult of Youth, Hive Mind, Future Blondes and Future Death at Red 7. … New Orleans soul-blues rocker Eric Lindell teams with guitarist Anson Funderburgh at Empire Control Room, with local singer Suzanna Choffel also on the bill. … Americana great Jimmie Dale Gilmore plays an 8 p.m. show at Strange Brew, which also features a 10 p.m. show of younger acts with the Painted Redstarts, Grace Park and Amy Sue Berlin. … Get a blast of roots rock up north at the Roost with Band of Heathens, or on the south side at ABGB with the Bluebonnets and New Mystery Girl. … If in fact meat is murder, then there’s delicious irony in Smiths tribute band the Smites playing a gig at Lamberts BBQ.

Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and austin360.com. Twitter: @Blackstock360

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