Weekend music picks: Hot hip-hop, soulful blues rock, power metal and kings of swing


A$AP Ferg at Stubb’s. “Always Strive and Prosper,” the debut from this year’s A$AP Mob breakout, captures the anarchic undercurrent of fury exploding on America’s hardest hit inner-city corners. It’s also a gloriously experimental package that mixes eclectic club bangers with uprise anthems and a sweet letter to his grandma. R&B rap acrobat Tory Lanez opens. $26-$126. Doors at 7 p.m. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Greyhounds at Waterloo Records. The soulful blues-rock duo of Andrew Trube and Anthony Farrell has seemed present only occasionally on the local scene in recent years, largely because they’ve spent a lot of time touring in Florida swamp-rocker JJ Grey’s band Mofro. But after a 10-year gap between their debut and 2014’s compelling “Accumulator,” they’ve upped the ante with their new album “Change of Pace” on the renowned Memphis label Ardent. They’re an intriguing pair: Guitarist Trube exudes cool on quick-hit tracks like “Late Night Slice” and “Check Gas,” while Farrell’s rich tenor voice fills up deeper numbers such as “Cuz I’m Here” and the inspirational “Walls.” In addition to this free 5 p.m. in-store, they’re also playing a full headlining set on Saturday at Antone’s, with Emily Gimble opening (10 p.m., $12-$15). 600 N. Lamar Blvd., waterloorecords.com; 305 E. Fifth St., antonesnightlclub.com. — P.B.

A$AP Ferg performs at the Austin Music Hall. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

A$AP Ferg performs at the Austin Music Hall. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Also: Waterloo has a rare in-store doubleheader, with the Greyhounds’ appearance followed by a 7 p.m. set from indie pop greats Nada Surf as a prelude to their full show later at the Parish with opening act Misteries. … It’s Friday at ACL Live rather than “Saturday in the Park,” but you’ll probably hear that song and more when 1970s pop hitmakers Chicago take the stage. … British electro-dance duo AlunaGeorge rocked many a mass of sweaty bodies at South by Southwest and they’re ready to rock some more at Emo’s. … American Aquarium frontman BJ Barham of North Carolina supports his debut solo album “Rockingham” at Strange Brew. … Influential proto-punkers the Dictators NYC are at Barracuda. … Local proggy psych-rockers Boyfrndz play a record-release show at Sidewinder, while the Zoltars headline a party to celebrate the ne  w issue of Anon Magazine at Hotel Vegas. … Austin classic Grady brings the cowboy metal to new eastside club Grizzly Hall with San Diego’s Javier Escovedo. … Kevin Russell’s now nine-member Shinyribs shines on at Threadgill’s South with Chubby Knuckle Choir. … A fathers-and-sons bill at the Townsend features Kevin & Dustin Welch plus Jon Dee & William Harries Graham. … Soulful singer Tameca Jones begins a two-night stand at C-Boy’s. … Go west, in any direction: On the northwest edge of town is KLBJ’s Sunset Concert Series at the Oasis with Eric Tessmer, Residual Kid and Ben Ballinger, while Nutty Brown Amphitheater out southeast features Bob Schneider. Or go WAY out west, where Carrie Rodriguez tops the bill on the second night of the Hill Country’s classic Kerrville Folk Festival, which continues through June 12. … Other top local options include Uncle Lucius with Them Duquaines at 3Ten, Lou Ann Barton at Evangeline Cafe, Jason Roberts at the Broken Spoke and John Wesley Coleman with the Jimmy Smith System at ABGB.


Grizzly Hall grand opening with High on Fire. Jason Sabala, owner of the lumberjack-themed coffee shop Buzz Mill, is expanding his ax-slinging empire with this new lodge-in-the-woods-themed club that’s taken over the short-lived Antone’s/Beauty Ballroom/Midway Field House space adjacent to Emo’s. The club quietly opened a few weeks ago, but this metal bill headlined by Oakland power trio High on Fire, with local support from Eagle Claw and Bridge Farmers, is the breakout bash. Sabala started his career in Austin music at Emo’s on Sixth Street. With this venture, he aims to recapture the intimate relationship between artists and their fans he observed in the early days of that club. $20-$25. 2015 East Riverside Drive. grizzlyhalltexas.com. — D.S.S.

Also: Brooklyn rockers DIIV, touring to support their first new album in four years, “Is the Is Are,” hit the Mohawk outside. … Emo pop punks Say Anything are at Emo’s with mewithoutyou. … Oklahoma rockers Broncho stop by Sidewinder. … Touring Americana artists Chris Knight and Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos play Threadgill’s South. … In his first full performance since undergoing vocal polyp surgery last summer, bluesy rocker Nakia returns to his old haunt the Saxon Pub, which also features sets from W.C. Clark and Bobby Whitlock & Coco Carmel. … 1980s Austin faves the Reivers play Hole in the Wall with Sounds Del Mar, Mike McCoy’s Trompe L’oeil, Mike Nicolai and more. … The third installment of the Austin Jukebox series at Beerland features Spanish-language rockers Generacion Suicida from Los Angeles plus Sons of Hercules and more. … Local indie band Marmalakes is at Swan Dive with Shark Rider and Outskirts. … The White Horse serves up quality country from Jonathan Terrell plus Dave Insley’s Careless Smokers. … Check out rockabilly-pop from the Bellfuries and honky-tonk from the Derailers at the Continental Club.


Asleep at the Wheel at Broken Spoke. Though Asleep at the Wheel and the Broken Spoke are two of Austin’s longest-running traditional-music institutions, it’s not often that the kings of western swing play the iconic country dance hall these days. This one’s a special occasion, though: All proceed will go to Sherry Miller, the wife of bassist Dave Miller, who’s been battling cancer for more than a year. Local ringers Floyd Domino & Redd Volkaert open the show with a piano-and-guitar duo set. $30. 7 p.m. 3201 S. Lamar Blvd. brokenspokeaustintx.net. — P.B.

Also: The Sahara Lounge hosts a Guy Clark Hoot at 3 p.m. to honor the Texas songwriter and raise money for an orphanage in Niamey, Niger. Performers include Ben Ballinger, Graham Weber and Josh Buckley, followed by a 6 p.m. show of traditional African music with with Ibrahim Aminou. … The finale of the free Planet K Concert Series at 4 p.m. at Symphony Square features Jade Room, the 433 and Eve & the Exiles. … Odd Future alum Tyler the Creator, who allegedly has matured since his alleged riot incitement days in Austin, plays Stubb’s. … Portland, Ore., indie fixture Fernando headlines at Hard Luck Lounge with Austin Lucas and Adam Faucett. … It’s a great night for the blues at Antone’s with guitarist Carl Weathersby playing late and Miss Lavelle White in the early slot. … String band the Belleville Outfit reconvenes at Threadgill’s South with Rebecca Loebe. Here’s a song we shot with the band as part of a Statesman video series in 2010 when the band was still a full-time going concern:

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