Friday’s music picks: Vintage Trouble, Grupo Fantasma

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Vintage Trouble tapes "Austin City Limits" at ACL Live on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at ACL Live. (Photo by Scott Newton Courtesy of KLRU-TV)
Vintage Trouble tapes "Austin City Limits" at ACL Live on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at ACL Live. (Photo by Scott Newton Courtesy of KLRU-TV)

Vintage Trouble at a recent “Austin City Limits” taping. Photo by Scott Newton, courtesy of KLRU-TV

Vintage Trouble at Emo’s. Los Angeles outfit Vintage Trouble puts the rhythm and the blues back in R&B and the searing soul back in rock ’n’ roll. With a barrage of high-voltage guitar licks, hard driving beats and 9,000-watt charisma from their madly dancing dynamo of a frontman, they have an arsenal loaded to blow up any spot, but their secret weapon is love. The heart they pour into creating a memorable experience with their fans makes them one of the top live acts in the country. Latasha Lee opens. $18. 8 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Grupo Fantasma CD release at Mohawk outdoor. (UPDATE: This event has been postponed to Nov. 12) Grupo bassist and co-founder Greg Gonzalez jokes that this gig is the band’s quinceañera. On a drunken whim 15 years ago, a group of friends from Laredo formed the cumbia outfit that would grow into one of the finest Latin music ensembles in the world. So feel free to don your sequined finery to celebrate. Also, pick up a copy of their new album “Problemas,” produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin. With Making Movies and DJ Chorizo Funk. $20. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Also: Get an early jump on Halloween happenings at Empire with “Dumpsta-Bone Funk-A-Ween,” pairing Ivan Neville’s NOLA jammers Dumpstaphunk with SoCal’s fearlessly funky Fishbone plus opener Shinobi Ninja. … Big Cat, the new local supergroup led by singer Malford Milligan, celebrates the release of its new CD with a free 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records. Milligan also performs later at the Saxon Pub. … Guess who’s in town tonight? That’s not a question, it’s a statement: Canadian classic-rockers the Guess Who are at One World Theatre, with the founding rhythm section but Derek Sharp in place of original vocalist Burton Cummings. … Find out whether punk-rocker Nobunny, a.k.a. Justin Champlin, will remain fully clothed when he performs at Sidewinder with Atlanta trio the Coathangers and Birth Defects. … Texas Monthly senior editor Michael Hall reconvenes the Wild Seeds at Hole in the Wall with Wheel and TV White. … Local roots-music options include Jason Roberts at the Broken Spoke, Mingo Fishtrap and the Boss Street Brass Band at One-2-One Bar and South Austin Moonlighters at Cactus Cafe.


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