Joe Pug at Threadgill’s and Robert Ellis at 3Ten. When we lose the Guy Clarks of the world, who will follow in their footsteps? Not to say that anyone could replace such a Texas legend, but it’s good to know that some Americana songwriters still in the early phase of their careers show promise toward long-lasting legacies. Consider Joe Pug, whose two albums since moving here after launching his career in Chicago have been among Austin’s best records of this decade. Robert Ellis hails from Houston, and his new self-titled album, out this week, is poised to follow up on his acclaimed 2014 New West Records release “The Lights From the Chemical Plant.” Austin’s Jeff Plankenhorn opens for Pug; Los Angeles’ Tom Brosseau opens for Ellis. Threadgill’s: $15, 9 p.m., 301 W. Riverside Drive, threadgills.com. 3Ten: $17.50-$20, 8 p.m. doors, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd., 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.
Also: Northwest ’90s indie-rock juggernaut Built to Spill is back for an outdoor show at Stubb’s, with Lenguas Largas and Whispering Wiresopening. … Reggae roots rockers Morgan Heritage play the Parish. … Jazz artist Courtney Santana helms “Nothing Compares 2 U: Austin’s Life Celebration for Prince’’ with Terri Thomas Jr., Akina Adderley, Ray Prim and DJ Kay Cali at the Belmont. … The Marshall Tucker Band, a Southern-rock mainstay since the 1970s, visits One World Theatre. … Singer-songwriter Dan Navarro, best known for his work with the duo Lowen & Navarro, plays Strange Brew. … Local label GTZ Records hosts a summer pool party at the Mohawk to give shoegazey psych-pop act Shmu a proper tour send-off. Ringo Deathstarr headlines. … Eclectic rocker Patricia Vonne and open music ensemble A Is Red raise money for the SIMS Foundation at One-2-One Bar. … Topical comedy and hot acoustic pickin’ blend in the music of the Austin Lounge Lizards at Cactus Cafe. … The Courtyard Concert Series continues at the Domain with Cody Bryan Band at Lone Star Court plus Marshall Hood Band later in the Water Trough Bar.
Can I Kick It, Too? at Spiderhouse Ballroom. Yes you can, Afrofreque. For the second year in a row, the band brings out frontman Tiger Liu’s partner in rhyme from his old crew Big Game Hunter, Ken X, alongside a who’s who of ATX hip-hop OGs to celebrate the legacy of A Tribe Called Quest. Following the passing of MC Phife Dawg earlier this year, it’s sure to be an emotional evening as hip-hop humpday vets Bavu Blakes, Tee Double and D-Madness and Austin Music Awards lifer MC Overlord all take turns at the mic. $7. 10 p.m. 2908 Fruth St. See the event’s Facebook page for more details. — D.S.S.
Also: Moody Blues lead singer Justin Hayward plays the Paramount. … Ohio folk-rock duo Over the Rhine visits the Texas Union Theater. … Austin country-rocker Sam Riggs, whose new album “Breathless” reached No. 12 on the Billboard country chart, is at the Parish. … Hometown favorite Carolyn Wonderland sets the stage aglow with blues guitar licks at Saxon Pub, which also features an afternoon set from acoustic duo Folk Uke. … Local Phish cover band A Live One hosts a Prince tribute at Threadgill’s featuring Blouses, a new group with members of Hard Proof and Mama K & the Shades. … Denton punks Marked Men play outdoors at the Mohawk while local indie-pop artists Goodblood celebrate their new EP “Matters” with MCG and P.T. Banks inside. …The Continental Club features Louisiana music with Feufollet. … Local folk-rockers Cover Letter play inside at Stubb’s with the Madisons and Tahoma.
Robbie Fulks at Strange Brew. A top-rate instrumentalist even though he’s known mostly for the wit and wisdom of his songwriting, Chicago mainstay Fulks was at the fore of an alt-country wave when he started making records 20 years ago. His dozen-plus albums for labels large and small have included a live record, a 50-song digital-only collection and, most curiously, a Michael Jackson tribute. The new “Upland Stories,” which he previewed at SXSW before its April release on Bloodshot Records, gets back to the hard-look storytelling for which he’s best-known. $10-$15. 8 p.m. 5326 Manchaca Road. strangebrewloungeside.com. — P.B.
Also: Before Fulks’ show, Strange Brew hosts a dual Willie Nelson & Dolly Parton tribute at 6 p.m. to benefit Austin Pets Alive. … North Carolina indie-folk duo Mandolin Orange, who’ve made Austin a frequent tour stop in the past couple of years, play the Parish with Michaela Anne. … Afrobeat ensemble Khali Haat is at Hotel Vegas. … Local musician Mobley mixes soul and electronica for the Soul of a Musician series at Iron Cactus North. … Swedish hardcore band Refused plays a sold-out show at the Mohawk. … Sahara Lounge hosts the fourth annual Austin to Africa benefit for Guinea with Atash, Bamako Airlines, Austin Samba and more. … Monte Warden & the Dangerous Fewbring the new act they’ve honed upstairs at Continental Gallery to the 7:30 p.m. slot downstairs at the Continental Club. … The Austin Jazz Workshop presents an afternoon program of George Gershwin and Henry Mancini music, to be recorded for later release, at the Austin ISD’s Black Box Theater.