This week’s music picks: Tokyo and Jetpacks, gold from Gord, Wild Child in the park

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Courtesy of KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits. Photo by Scott Newton


Tokyo Police Club, We Were Promised Jetpacks at Emo’s. Not Japanese but Canadian, the four members of Tokyo Police club play punchy pop-rock that so far has gone over bigger in their home country than here. But give them credit for a sense of humor: They named their new EP “Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness,” with no apologies to Billy Corgan. When it comes to naming bands, though, they’re still trailing their opening act, Scotland’s We Were Promised Jetpacks, whose melodic indie-rock is a good fit on this international tandem bill. $24.25. 7 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. — P.B.

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Also: Rockabilly filly Rosie Flores sits in with Christine Albert and the Mystery Monday band at El Mercado Backstage. … Dale Watson is back in the saddle at the Continental Club after a week away, with the Peterson Brothers playing happy hour. … Help welcome guitarist Chris Duarte back to Austin at One-2-One Bar.


Gordon Lightfoot at ACL Live. When he played this venue two years ago, the Canadian folk icon used Mark Twain’s famous line “reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” joking about a radio station’s mishap a few years back. At 77, though, Lightfoot is one of those artists worth seeing while the opportunity remains. Everyone knows the classics — “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” — but Lightfoot’s catalog runs decades deep, with plenty other gems worth revisiting or discovering anew. (And if anyone ever doubted just how powerful a song “If You Could Read My Mind” is, listen to Johnny Cash singing it at the end of his life.) $29-$69. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — P.B.

Also: The aptly named Foreign Exchange, a partnership between smooth North Carolina rapper Phonte and Dutch electronica producer Nicolay, combine their talents for the modern-soul and R&B sounds they’ll bring to North Door. … Los Angeles singer-songwriter Joe Purdy brings the tour for his new album “Who Will Be Next” to the Parish with Mississippi’s Garrison Starr opening. … Croy & the Boys continue their “This Ain’t No Armadillo” country residency at Barracuda with guests Choctaw Wildfire. … Singer-songwriter Curtis McMurtry subs for his father James at the Continental Gallery, which features a late jazz set with the Ephraim Owens Experience.


Blues on the Green with Wild Child and Max Frost at Zilker Park. KGSR’s wildly popular concerts draw thousands for free music on a handful of summer Wednesdays. This week’s offering features uke-slinging indie-pop darlings Wild Child, whose sudden rise has been one of Austin music’s great success stories of the last few years. This is their last local appearance before a cross-country tour that includes appearances at Lollapalooza and the Newport Folk Festival. Local R&B rocker Max Frost opens. Free. 8 p.m. 2100 Barton Springs Road. — D.S.S.

James Taylor at the Erwin Center. Only a lucky couple thousand or so fans got to see the beloved singer-songwriter of “Carolina in My Mind,” “Fire and Rain” and many more hits when he came to town last year for a taping of “Austin City Limits.” This time he’s in the big arena, allowing many more to hear not only the old favorites but also tunes from last year’s chart-topping new album “Before This World.” $65-$650. 8:30 p.m. 1701 Red River St. — P.B.

Courtesy of KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits. Photo by Scott Newton

James Taylor. Courtesy of KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits. Photo by Scott Newton

Also: We think we saw Eric Johnson in the audience at Taylor’s “ACL” taping, but on this night the Austin guitar wizard has his own gig, trying out new material for the second of three Wednesdays at One-2-One Bar. … Touring rockers hit the indoor rooms of Red River Street’s two big clubs: Detroit’s Electric Six plays Stubb’s with In the Whale, while Alabama’s Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires visit the Mohawk with the Continuuums. … The 6:30 p.m. show at Antone’s deals a pair of aces with the Tommy Shannon Blues Band plus Bill Carter. … Other early shows of note include Warren Hood at ABGB and Don Leady & His Rockin’ Revue at C-Boy’s. … Soulful singer Nakia joins Moonpie at the Continental Gallery, which features a late set by the Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores. … Check out indie songwriter Ben Ballinger at the north side venue Nomad.


John Mayall at One World Theatre. Perhaps a blues parallel to Willie Nelson, legendary guitarist Mayall is still touring at age 82 and stands as a towering influence on the major players who went through his Bluesbreakers band at one point, including Eric Clapton and members of Fleetwood Mac, Cream and the Rolling Stones. Last year’s “Find a Way to Care” plays up the versatile musician’s talents as a keyboardist and revisits classics from the likes of Muddy Waters and Lightnin’ Hopkins. $50-$65. 8 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road. — P.B.

Also: Film director and composer John Carpenter brings a show of themes from his classic films, along with new work, to ACL Live. … The latest installment of the Microsessions “speed dating for new music” series features short sets from Curtis McMurtry, Leslie Sisson, Sydney Wright and Shane Dooley at the Gibson Showroom. … Catch two of Austin’s finer female country singers as Kelley Mickwee and Carson McHone share the bill at Strange Brew. … Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few, who rocked up “Delirious” at the recent all-star local Prince tribute, continue their new residency at Continental Gallery. … It’s a hot night at C-Boy’s with soul singer Jai Malano plus Los Coast and a happy-hour set from Paul Oscher. … Up north, singer-songwriter Betty Soo plays at Lone Star Court at the Domain.

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