This week’s music picks: Smooth croon to autotune: Maxwell and Drake hit Austin


Maxwell at ACL Live. Seven years after the first installment of Maxwell’s trilogy album “BLACKSummers’Night” dropped, the silky-toned singer has finally blessed us with part two. The new album shares the same name as the first, with the emphasis on “Summer.” It shimmers with a slick and modern take on the neo-soul sound Maxwell helped pioneer. In 2014, the last time he hit a stage in Austin, the ladies (who outnumbered the men in the audience by a long shot) swooned as he smooth crooned over lush arrangements of his hits. We can expect the same this time around, but with ample selections from his new collection of sexy summer jams added to the mix. Ro James opens. $55-$131. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — D.S.S.

Also: Longtime local guitarist Van Wilks plays One-2-One Bar. … Other top local options include Rosie Flores late and the Peterson Brothers early at the Continental Club, the Elephant Room’s jazz jam with Adrian Ruiz, and Tahoma at Geraldine’s.


Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ at Sahara Lounge. One of the great American troubadours of the past 30 years, Kevn Kinney rose to prominence with Georgia rockers Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ in the mid-’80s before issuing a string of solo albums that set his modern-day beat-poet lyrics into an acoustic framework. He’s kept DNC active for almost the entire stretch, though, depending on its solid draw on the Southern rock circuit even after he moved to New York. Supporting players have shuffled in and out over the years, but the big news on this tour is the inclusion of iconic Jason & the Scorchers guitarist Warner Hodges. They pull into one of the east side’s hidden gems for a Tuesday-Wednesday stand that’s probably the highlight of all club-level shows in town this week. $10. 8:30 p.m. 1413 Webberville Road. — P.B.

Also: Guitarist Scrappy Jud Newcomb is renowned as a sideman for many of Austin’s finest singer-songwriters, but he steps out with his own stuff at Strange Brew. … “Customer Appreciation Night” means free admission at Antone’s for both Denny Freeman’s first-rate house band early and harmonica wailer Josh Fulero late. … Barracuda’s “This Ain’t No Armadillo” country Tuesdays continue with Jesse Harris and J.D. Clark. … Folk-rock duo the Watters showcase songs from their new album at Spider House Ballroom. … Other top local options include Ali Holder at Stay Gold, Jenifer Jackson at the Saxon Pub and Ephraim Owens Experience at the Continental Gallery.


Drake, Future at Erwin Center. Drake must really love us. After headlining two weekends of ACL Fest last year, he returned for a pop-in at the Fader Fort during SXSW earlier this year. He’s also kicking off his “Summer Sixteen” tour in our fair city. Though his highly anticipated new album “Views” is mediocre at best, Drake is a riveting live performer, and the fact that he and Future are co-headlining means we can expect a good chunk of the show to be devoted to selections from their 2015 collab mixtape “What a Time to Be Alive.” The bill also promises special guests, so it’s safe to expect at least one cameo from a famous friend. $49.50-$149.50. 6:30 p.m. 1701 Red River St. — D.S.S.

John Evans

John Evans plays Texas Radio Live at Guero’s.

Also: Try not to get blistered in the sun outdoors at Stubb’s if you get to see ’80s sensations the Violent Femmes, with the Lost Bayou Ramblers opening. Local band Sour Bridges plays later on the indoor stage. … Elsewhere in the Red River District, it’s a good night for Los Angeles indie-rock with Big Business at Barracuda and Kitten at the Sidewinder. … The Long Center’s “Sound & Cinema” music and film series continues with Urban Achievers Brass Band followed by “Footloose.” … Sun Radio’s Texas Radio Live show at Guero’s serves up two top local roots acts in John Evans and Jeff Plankenhorn. … More fine Americana options abound on the south side with Slaid Cleaves at the Saxon Pub, Bill Kirchen at the Broken Spoke, Warren Hood at ABGB and Don Leady & His Rockin’ Revue at C-Boy’s.


Lissa Hattersley’s TripTrio at the Townsend. Not much music happens at the Paramount during the midsummer months, with the grand old theater’s classic film series dominating the schedule. But if you’re going to see one or both parts of this night’s double feature — “The Graduate” at 7 p.m., “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at 9 p.m. — an ideal first stop is this free happy-hour show across the street at one of downtown’s coolest new bars. Singer Hattersley and her compadres Mike Barnes, Brad Taylor and James Fenner play easygoing jazz that’s tailor-made for a midsummer early evening. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 718 Congress Ave. — P.B.

Also: Northwest rockers the Fall of Troy play the Mohawk’s outdoor stage with ’68 and Illustrations. … The latest installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series at the Parish features Juvenile, Martin $ky and Outfit TX. … KGSR continues its free “Unplugged at the Grove” series at Shady Grove with Nashville singer-songwriter Griffin House. … Another free summer series finds indie bands American Sharks, Lochness Mobsters and Pleasers playing “Summertime Blues on the Patio” at Hotel Vegas. … Fort Worth’s bluesy Quaker City Night Hawks play the Continental Club, which features an early show by country singer Whitney Rose. … It’s an Australian-Austin Americana crossbreed as Melbourne’s Lachlan Bryan teams up with local fixture Dustin Welch at Strange Brew. … Garage-punkers Pollen Rx kick off a tour at Cheer Up Charlie’s with Shivery Shakes and Que Pastas.

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