Music this week: Hall and Oates bring the big brass, Vince Staples’ rugged rap, Florence’s grandiose pop


Vince Staples at the Parish. Without reading too much into the fact that Staples, who headlined the NPR Music showcase at Stubb’s among several SXSW shows, has not sold out the Parish, it’s worth noting the 22-year-old Long Beach, Calif., native has a stage presence that some might find abrasive. The brutal, unflinching observations about race, power and culture that make him one of the most powerful voices of his generation bleed from his rhymes into his stage banter. Awkward moments be damned, Staples keeps it real. And in this very weird moment in American history, real talk is vital. $18. 7 p.m. 214 E. Sixth St. — D.S.S.

Bebel Gilberto at One World Theatre. She splits her time between Brazil and New York these days, but Gilberto is best known for bringing the bossa nova sounds of her native Rio de Janeiro to the rest of the world as she followed in the footsteps of her renowned guitarist father Joao Gilberto. The past couple of years have brought a resurgence in Bebel’s career, as the title track to her 2014 album “Tudo” was nominated for Best Brazilian Song at the Latin Grammys. $20-$98. 7 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road. — P.B.

Also: DJ/Producer and ambient atmospheric wizard Four Tet plays Vulcan Gas Company. … Nashville-by-way-of-Texas singer-songwriter Bonnie Bishop brings the tour for her new Dave Cobb-produced album “Ain’t Who I Was,” which finds her turning more toward soul from her country roots, to Cactus Cafe. … Virginia shoegazers Wild Nothing play the outdoor stage at the Mohawk, which features Swimming With Bears indoors. … Will Sexton is the special guest of Christine Albert and the Mystery Monday gang at El Mercado Backstage. … Other top local options include Lonelyland at the Saxon Pub, Kalu James at Geraldine’s and Sweet Gary Newcomb at Hole in the Wall with Golden Lights.


Trombone Shorty performs at ACL Fest 2014. Jay Janner/American-Statesman
Trombone Shorty performs at ACL Fest 2014. Jay Janner/American-Statesman

Hall & Oates, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Austin360 Amphitheatre. Browsing through a novel website recently that recaps every Billboard No. 1 song of the past 50-odd years, the frequency with which Hall & Oates popped into the loop from the mid-’70s through the mid-’80s reminded just what a pop juggernaut these guys were in their prime. Sure, the immediate pop punch of “Rich Girl” and “Kiss on My List” were shoe-ins, but at one point the duo was so dominant that even their not-very-good songs topped the charts. (“Maneater,” really?) Some of their most lasting hits were comparatively lesser chart performers, including the early gems “She’s Gone” and “Sara Smile.” And if their legacy often gets mixed up with Seals & Crofts and England Dan & John Ford Coley, the ampersanded bands joining on this tour suggest a deeper soul connection: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are one of the hottest and most respected R&B bands of the past decade, while Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue bring forth brass attacks that’ll lift spirits right from the start. $25-$125. 7 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. — P.B.

Also: It’s no longer “Sweater Weather” in Austin, but we’ll still welcome the Neighborhood to the outdoor stage at Stubb’s. … JMSN, an underground R&B singer on a slow-burn rise, plays the Parish. … Minneapolis rockers Motion City Soundtrack remind us “Everything Is Alright” at Emo’s. … Jody Kneiser & Kelly Smith of Tennessee Americana band Glossary play the Cactus Cafe with Bonnie Whitmore. … East Bay rapper Iamsu headlines outdoors at the Mohawk, which also features an indoor acoustic show with Philadelphia band Good Old War. … Red River District club Barracuda gets into the country act with a new Tuesday residency called “This Ain’t No Armadillo,” featuring host band Croy & the Boys and a different guest each week, starting with Roger Wallace.


Leon Bridges at Stubb’s outdoor. Audiences eagerly await the next steps for Fort Worth soul phenom Bridges, whose 2015 debut album “Coming Home” garnered a Grammy nomination and made him a seemingly instant international sensation. He has a cameo on the new Macklemore & Ryan Lewis album, but whether that suggests a turn toward hip-hop in his own work remains to be seen. In the meantime, he’s taking a well-deserved victory-lap behind “Coming Home,” bringing this two-night stand to town with opening act Solo Woods. Both nights are technically sold out. 6 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. — P.B.

Also: Classic-rock hits rules on the southern edges of town. “Don’t Stop Believin’” Journey teams up with “China Grove” Doobie Brothers and “We Just Disagree” Dave Mason down east at Austin 360 Amphitheatre, and “Missing You” John Waite stops in out west at One World Theatre … Dreamy rocker and former “American Idol” contestant David Cook plays the Parish. … Try two-stepping to a twangin’ twofer of Two Hoots & a Holler and Two Tons of Steel as Sun Radio presents its weekly Texas Music Live broadcast at Guero’s. … Top early-evening options include Floyd Domino & Redd Volkaert at Evangeline Cafe, the Tommy Shannon Blues Band at Antone’s and Warren Hood at ABGB.


Florence + the Machine, Grimes at Austin360 Amphitheatre. In an interview before her magnificent closing set at last year’s ACL Fest, singer Florence Welch said her father refers to her artistic power as “bleak magic,” the pulsing dark energy of cold waves crashing onto jagged, rocky cliffs, furious and unrelenting. She weaves her personal pain into grandiose gothic pop littered with mythic imagery that ties it to the universal ache that haunts us all. Opener Grimes spins a similar sorcery from her electro pop palette. $30.50-$90.50. 7:30 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. — D.S.S.

Also: If you miss Dave Mason’s opening set at Austin360 Amphitheater on Wednesday, he has his own headlining show at One World Theatre. … New-soul star Mayer Hawthorne brings the tour for his new album “Man About Town” to Emo’s with Gabriel Garzon Montano. … Brit-rockers Coasts sweep into the Parish with Knox Hamilton and Symmetry. … Catch rootsy Austin rocker John Evans for free at 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records celebrating his new album “Polyester.” … Take your pick of local “Unplugged” shows: All Saints Episcopal Church features Slaid Cleaves for its monthly “Unplugged at the Front Porch” feature, while Shady Grove keeps its weekly “Unplugged at the Grove” series rolling with Charlie Mars. … Other top local options include Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at the Continental Gallery, Jai Malano at C-Boy’s and Carl Weathersby at Antone’s.

Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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