Friday music picks: Laura Marling, Mandolin Orange

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Laura Marling. Photo by Deborah Cannon.
Laura Marling.  Photo by Deborah Cannon.

Laura Marling. Photo by Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman

Laura Marling at Central Presbyterian Church. British folk-singer and NPR darling Laura Marling had a strong showing at South by Southwest this year, supporting her new album “Short Movie,” a chilly collection of tales of love and loss. On the new album, backed by a three-piece rock band, she’s moved away from sparse acoustics toward a bolder, more muscular sound. But for this show, booked to coincide with her appearance at the “Austin City Limits” hall of fame concert, she’s playing solo. Expect darkly angelic cadences to reverberate through the historic sanctuary. $24. 200 E. Eighth St. — D.S.S.

Also: North Carolina acoustic duo Mandolin Orange has played Austin several times in the past couple years, and they have a new album out, “Such Jubilee,” on this show indoors at Stubb’s with Josh Oliver. They’ll be back this fall for the Austin City Limits Music Fest. … Grammy-winning Panamanian ska-rockers Los Rabanes stop by Flamingo Cantina. … One World Theatre presents smooth-jazz group theRippingtons. … Indie trio Brother/Ghost celebrates the release of its new record “Buried” at Holy Mountain. … KGSR’s Fan Fare Friday at Threadgill’s South seeks donations of electric fans or cash for Family Eldercare and includes live music at 10 p.m. from Charlie Mars and Dana Falconberry. … Soul and blues singer Miss Lavelle White plays downtown jazz venue the Brass House for the first time. … Gear up for Father’s Day with two shows at the Cactus Cafe by father-son teams Butch & Rory Hancock and Jimmie Dale & Colin Gilmore. … Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen’s punk juggernaut A Giant Dog plays ABGB. … Solstice Fest ramps up with pre-parties downtown and on the eastside including an EP release for dance rockers Wonder(expletive) at Swan Dive. … Hole in the Wall has a hot five-band bill for its 41st anniversary with Pocket FishRmen, the Stabbies, Christy Hays & Caliche, Folk Uke and the Hardpans. … Singer-songwriter Kathy McCarty works out new material in an 11 p.m. gig at Kick Butt Coffee on Airport Boulevard.

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