This week’s music picks: Foot Patrol honors Prince; Heathens re-band


Yung Lean at Emo’s. It’s a testament to the global reach of hip-hop that the pale 19-year-old repping the slowed down, cough syrup-spiked sound pioneered in Houston is from Stockholm, Sweden. His rhymes are predictably centered on narcotic entertainment and hip-hop bravado, but some folks find him earnest. $22-$25. 8 p.m. doors. — D.S.S.

Also: San Francisco rapper and weed super-enthusiast Berner is, unsurprisingly, signed to Wiz Khalifa’s label. He plays the Parish. … Strange Brew presents local singer Cari Hutson & Good Company.


Purify Yourself with Foot Patrol at Hotel Vegas. On the day Prince Rogers Nelson would have turned 58, this is the best place in town to celebrate his legacy. The groundbreaking funky rock of His Purple Majesty might be the only thing Austin electro-funk specialists Foot Patrol love more than feet. (And they really love feet.) The band will play “Purple Rain” in its entirety. It’s also club owner Jason McNeely’s birthday, so before you pour one out for Prince, raise a glass to one of Austin’s greatest champions of local bands. 9 p.m. 1500 E. Sixth St. — D.S.S.

TJ Wade of the Austin band Foot Patrol on keyboards. Photo by: Tammy Perez Date: 12/31/2008

TJ Wade of the Austin band Foot Patrol on keyboards. Photo by: Tammy Perez Date: 12/31/2008

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Also: The world’s beachiest Michigander, Garrett Borns, brings his mermaid sex songs and candy coated pop to Stubb’s. … Hip-hop conquerors Riders Against the Storm play ACL Live’s little sister venue 3Ten. … Post-hardcore band Thrice, pedaling a new album, “To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere,” play Emo’s. … Old-timey rock ’n’ roll band Hackensaw Boysplay the Scoot Inn. … Louisiana’s Julieann Banks stops in at Saxon Pub.


Scorpion Child CD release at Barracuda. Austin head-bangers signed to the German metal label Nuclear Blast Records celebrate the release of their sophomore effort “Acid Roulette.” It’s a concept album tracing the anguished journey of a dark protagonist forced to confess to a murder he didn’t commit. Eagle Claw and Bridge Farmers provide heavy support for the show and DJ Tweedy closes out the night. $7 9 p.m. 611 E. Seventh St. — D.S.S.

Also: He’s the reigning Texas State Musician, and with good reason. Songwriter, rocker, author, Hill Country Flatlander and all-around raconteur Joe Ely makes his first appearance at the new 3Ten club below ACL Live. … Ghost Wolves’ “Make Rock not War” residency at Hotel Vegas continues with guest spots from Amplified Heat and BLXPLTN. … California rockers Decent Criminal play the Mohawk indoors. … Wednesdays at Antone’s are even better with the addition of roots-rock songwriting ace Bill Carter to the 6:30 p.m. early show with the Tommy Shannon Blues Band. … Sitting in with Chris Gage at his 6 p.m. Strange Brew show are local country-folk linchpins Bob Livingston and Richard Bowden. … The Continental Gallery features a late set by the Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores.


Band of Heathens at Continental Club. It’s been a decade since a couple of live releases raised Band of Heathens’ rootsy rock ’n’ roll into the limelight, but a lot has changed over that time. Founding members Colin Brooks and Seth Whitney departed a few years ago, and other players have come and gone, but co-founding songwriters Gordy Quist and Ed Jurdi remain at the fore on the new EP “Green Grass.” A full-length follow-up is scheduled for this fall. Bassist Scott Davis, the newest addition to the lineup, opens this show with his own set. $17. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. — P.B.

Also: Knoxville, Tenn., Americana band the Black Lillies, who made a splash on the big stage at Old Settler’s Music Fest in April, return for two shows at Strange Brew. … Humming House, a band of Nashville roots rockers with an affinity for traditional Celtic sounds, play Stubb’s inside. … Gothic rockers the Cult seem like an odd choice to headline the ROT Rally, but they’ll kick off the weekend’s festivities at Travis County Exposition Center. … KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove series brings alt-country band Harvest Thieves, our very first Austin360 Artist of the Month, to Shady Grove. … Local jam band Full Service launches its fourth annual Backyard Summer Concert Series, with Shiloh Hawkins opening at 7 p.m., at 3601 S. Wilson St.

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