Wednesday’s music picks: Nels Cline & Julian Lage, Mastodon

Julian Lage (left) and Nels Cline. Photo by Justin Camerer
Julian Lage (left) and Nels Cline. Photo by Justin Camerer

Nels Cline & Julian Lage at Cactus Cafe. Yes, Wilco was just here for two nights at Stubb’s. But a return visit by guitarist Nels Cline promises an entirely different kind of sonic adventure. Twentysomething guitarist Julian Lage is known for pushing the boundaries of acoustic jazz, from 2010’s Grammy-nominated “Sounding Point” to his 2013 collaboration with pianist Fred Hersch on “Free Flying.” And when Cline gets involved, the one thing certain is that the sonic avenues traveled will be filled with adventure. $18-$20. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org.

Also: Get an early start on Halloween when Roky Erickson performs his 1981 album “The Evil One” in its entirety at the second annual “Celebration of a Family Curse” concert at the American Legion’s Charles Johnson House, 404 Atlanta St., with the Hounds of Baskerville, Scott H. Biram and the Gorlons. … All mayhem will be aloud when metal crashers Mastodon pull into Austin Music Hall with Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity. … Canadian singing foursome the Tenors bring the tour for their new album “Under One Sky” to ACL Live. … Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, who went solo with last year’s “Hesitant Alien,” visits Emo’s. …. Eighties British rockers the Cult have hung around like, well, a cult. Catch them outdoors at Stubb’s. … Newer to the British rock scene is Django Django, who just felt like one Django wasn’t enough. Catch their tour for the new album “Born Under Saturn” on the Mohawk’s outdoor stage with opener Wild Belle. … Violinist Taylor Davis plays a sold-out show at the Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre. … Sun Radio’s weekly Texas Radio Live broadcast at Guero’s features roots-rocker Linda Gail Lewis (Jerry Lee’s sister) plus Ted Roddy. … Top local options include the Jimmy Smith System at Hole in the Wall, Michael Fracasso at Stella San Jac and Will Taylor & Strings Attached at Teller’s.

Author: Peter Blackstock

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

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