Weekend music picks: As hot as Black Pistol Fire, and as cool as Lucius

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Lucius performs at the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center at SXSW on Friday March 14, 2014. Jay Janner/American-Statesman

FRIDAY

Black Pistol Fire album release at Emo’s. The Toronto-born, Austin-based duo skips elements many consider essential for a rock band — bass and rhythm guitars and, occasionally, clothing. But the barrage of furious guitar licks and tortured vocals over hard-driving drums is all they need to churn out some of the best garage rock in a city that prides itself on rocking garages. The band has been steadily gaining steam for the last several years, and their new “Don’t Wake the Riot” is jam-packed with raging bar burners. The riot’s about to get woke. $16. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Also: Gloriously eclectic Brooklyn-via-Denton big band Snarky Puppy brings the tour for its new “Culcha Vulcha” album to Scoot Inn. … Soak, aka Irish indie singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson, plays North Door in support of her acclaimed debut album “Before We Forgot How to Dream.” … Revel in the classic sounds of New Orleans with the New Breed Bass Band at Antone’s. … Everything-goes chameleon Bob Schneider indulges his jazzier side in two duo shows with Mitch Watkins at One World Theatre. … The Mike Flanigin Trio, with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, begins a two-night stand at C-Boy’s. … Country options include Nashville’s Justin Moore at Nutty Brown Amphitheater, a record-release show for Rob Baird at Threadgill’s, and Dale Watson at the Broken Spoke. … Hardcore options include SoCal metal band Otep’s “Generation Doom” tour at Dirty Dog and New York noise band Unsane at the new Grizzly Hall. … Barracuda welcomes Brooklyn indie duo We Are Scientists. … Top local indie options include Mother Falcon at Spider House Ballroom and Cross Record at 3Ten with Tele Novella. … Best blues/funk bets include the W.C. Clark Blues Revue at El Mercado Backstage and Jai Malano at the Continental Club with Tomar & the FCs. … KUTX’s new free family-friendly series at Mueller Lake Park features Hard Proof and the Que Pastas.

SATURDAY

Lucius performs at the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center at SXSW on Friday March 14, 2014. Jay Janner/American-Statesman

Lucius at SXSW 2014. They’ll be at Emo’s on Saturday. Photo Jay Janner/American-Statesman

Lucius at Emo’s. After breaking through in 2013 with their full-length debut “Wildewoman,” the Brooklyn indie quintet led by Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe is back with another wave of smart and danceable modern pop with “Good Grief.” Released in March amid the band’s rush of performances at South by Southwest, the new record affirms that the first record’s magic wasn’t a flash in the pan. Laessig and Wolfe’s harmonies stand out brightly against keyboards-and-percussion-dominated backdrops that rely heavily on rhythm but don’t get bogged down in heavy beats. This is lithe and lively music for the now generation, and any others willing to surrender to its charms. Happy Hollow opens. $20-$22. 8 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — P.B.

Also: California roots-rockers the Blasters play the Continental Club with Dylan Bishop. … Also from California, Eagles of Death Metal join Thelma & the Sleaze and Paul Cauthen on the outdoor stage at Stubb’s, which features Son Little inside. … New-wave hitmakers Modern English visit Elysium. … Canadian metal lifers Voivod play Barracuda. … Former Sixpence None the Richer singer Leigh Nash is at Winflo with Gabe Dixon. … Orchestral indie-rockers Mother Falcon play a lower-key sit-down show at Strange Brew. … Sample the various angles of Austin Americana from troubadour Joe Ely at El Mercado Backstage, soulful singer Ruthie Foster at Antone’s with Charlie Belle, and live-wire rocker Ben Ballinger at ABGB with Elsa Cross. … Longtime Austin guitarist Van Wilks celebrates his birthday at Threadgill’s. … It’s “Ney Day” at the Elisabet Ney Museum in Hyde Park, with live music all afternoon from Miss Lavelle White, Betty Soo, Nina Diaz and others.

SUNDAY

KUTX Live presents Capyac at Uncle Billy’s. Hats off to local radio station KUTX for using this Sunday afternoon series to introduce the city to Austin’s next big things. This week’s offering is an electro duo with a Euro-cool club vibe, a love of stage theatrics and a new-school take on Keeping Austin Weird. Props at the show may or may not include balloon animals, Victorian costumes and dragons. Funky, body-moving grooves are standard. Capyac will release a new album, “Headlunge,” on May 27. Free. DJ set from Mixer Rogers at 2 p.m.; band at 4 p.m. 1530 Barton Springs Road. kutx.org. — D.S.S.

Also: Another local radio station based on the University of Texas campus, student-run KVRX, presents a 3 p.m. matinee with Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Ghetto Ghouls, Dryspell and more. … Japanese rockers Babylon Breakers visit Hotel Vegas. … Nashville Americana singer-songwriter Will Hoge is at Strange Brew. … Local guitar great Gurf Morlix sits in with Florida troubadour Grant Peeples at Radio Coffee & Beer. … Cilantro Boombox plays the “Soul of a Musician” series at Iron Cactus. … Other top local options include Miss Lavelle White at Antone’s, Timberos Del Norte at One-2-One Bar and Roger Wallace at 4 p.m. at ABGB.


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