If you’re not going to Weekend Two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, a handful of festival-aligned shows in the clubs offer one more way to get in on the action. In the meantime, plenty of local venues offer quality alternatives this weekend, along with shows to keep the music playing once the fest is over.
Friday-Sunday: ACL Fest Late Night Shows. Fifteen events at eight different venues find acts playing Zilker Park in the daytime taking to the city streets at night. Friday’s highlights include Nothing But Thieves and the Struts at Emo’s, while Saturday’s options feature LL Cool J with Lizzo at Stubb’s and Brett Dennen at Antone’s. Starting times and ticket prices vary; get the full lowdown at c3concerts.com/latenight. — P.B.
Saturday: Slayer at ACL Live. Zilker Park isn’t rocking hard enough? The thrash metal titans and two-time Fun Fun Fun Fest headliners blast in for their annual autumn pillage of Austin. Anthrax and Death Angel open. $49.50-$69.50. 7 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — D.S.S.
Saturday: Bill Ball II at Sidewinder. For the second year in a row, indie oddballs Big Bill host a fall homecoming for the misfits of Austin’s underground rock and punk scenes. The lineup includes heavy noise outfit Xetas, comic punks Basketball Shorts and ferocious guitar pop trio Que Pasa. $10. 6 p.m. 715 Red River St. thesidewinderaustin.com. — D.S.S.
Recent English transplant Sophia Johnson celebrates the release of her country album “One Year” at the Continental Club.
Florida rockers Yellowcard bring their farewell tour to Scoot Inn.
Noted nerdcore rapper MC Chris visits Empire.
In advance of celebrating its three-year anniversary of Wednesdays at Strange Brew, local power-pop aces Wrenfro get a weekend slot at the popular South Austin coffee and music joint.
The second weekend of the Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta features the Hickoids, the Beaumonts and more at Hole in the Wall on Friday, plus Churchwood, Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs and more at Spider House on Saturday.
Hotel Vegas presents its “Heaven or Hotel Vegas: Hot Burrito Dream Pop Weekend” with performances by the Cosmonauts, Part Time, Ringo Deathstarr and more.
Top local talents the Greyhounds and Emily Gimble team up for a two-night stand at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul.
He turned 50 this week, which seems impossible, but Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson is still riding high with his Cowboys in the Campfire band, playing 3Ten with Folk Uke and the Raelyn Nelson Band.
The #9 Orchestra’s 26th annual John Lennon Tribute marks what would have been the Beatle’s 76th birthday at Threadgill’s.
Singer-songwriter Rod Picott, noted for his collaborations with Austin’s Slaid Cleaves and 2016 ACL Fest perfomer Amanda Shires, is at Strange Brew.
The weekly “Soul of a Musician” series features Guy Forsyth & the Hot Nut Riveters at Iron Cactus North.