Weekend music picks: Austin artists remember musicians killed in car crash, Questlove, Head and the Heart

OUR TOP PICKS

Friday-Saturday: The Head and the Heart at Stubb’s. The Seattle/Virginia indie-folk-pop sextet, a highlight of ACL Fest in 2014, moved from Sub Pop to Warner Bros. for “Signs of Light,” released in September. The first night sold out quickly, but an added second show still has tickets available. British singer-songwriter Declan McKenna opens both nights. $37.50. 7 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — P.B.

Saturday: Questlove DJ Set at Empire. Ahmir Khalib Thompson, the drummer and musical director for one of the greatest bands in America, the mighty Roots crew, is legendary for his encyclopedic musical knowledge and impeccable taste. He’s down to spin a three-hour set, so expect deep cuts and booty shakers aplenty. $17-$25. Doors at 9 p.m. 604 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com. — D.S.S.

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Saturday-Sunday: B-Boy City at North Door. The moves are tougher and the tricks are trickier, but in the modern era, breakdancing is one of the less celebrated elements of hip-hop culture. Go down in the trenches and watch passionate dance crews engage in high stakes battles at one of the biggest competitions in the Southwest. 7 p.m. 502 Brushy St. ndvenue.com. — D.S.S.

Chris Porter at SXSW 2015. Sharon Alagna/chrisportermusic.net

Chris Porter at SXSW 2015. Sharon Alagna/chrisportermusic.net

Sunday: Chris Porter & Mitchell Vandenburg Memorial at Continental GalleryThe loss of singer-songwriter Porter and bassist Vandenburg last week in a North Carolina crash while their band was on tour has hit many in the local music community hard. Some of those who knew and played with the two musicians will gather to play songs in their memory as part of the weekly Lo Jinx Orchestra show with hosts William Harries Graham and Jon Dee Graham, the latter of whom played guitar and contributed artwork to one of Porter’s recent albums. $10. 8 p.m. 1313 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.

Sunday: King at the Parish. The trio sends tightly woven harmonies cascading over chilled-out grooves in songs that mix the futuristic sensibility of today’s alt-R&B with the sass and swagger of girl groups past. Nick Hakim opens. $15. 7 p.m. doors. 214 E. Sixth St. theparishaustin.com. — D.S.S.

MORE WEEKEND EVENTS 

Friday

Johnnyswim, Dan Layus at Emo’s

Autograf, Goldroom at Vulcan Gas Company

Earl Klugh at One World Theatre

Of Montreal, Teen at Mohawk

Black Lillies, the O’s at Threadgill’s

Major Major Major album release, Ghost Wolves, Soaked, Magic Rockers of Texas at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Austin Lounge Lizards at Cactus Cafe

Bill Kirchen & Austin DeLone at El Mercado Backstage

Friday-Saturday

Sue Foley, Mike Flanigin & Chris Layton at C-Boy’s

Friday-Sunday

Reverend Horton Heat with El Vez (Friday), Deke Dickerson (Saturday-Sunday) at Continental Club

Saturday

English Beat, River City Royals at 3Ten

Beats Antique, Thriftworks, Holiday Mountain at Emo’s

Kishi Bashi, Laura Gibson at Mohawk outdoor

Futuristic at Parish

Croy & the Boys album release, Ramsay Midwood, Rattlesnake Milk at Hotel Vegas

Carolyn Wonderland Band, Nakia & the Blues Grifters at Antone’s

Darden Smith at Cactus Cafe

East Cameron Folkcore, The Eastern Sea, Belcurve at Barracuda

‘Get Ghost’ Glow in the Dark Party with DJ Shani, Aquaman Chill at 234 W. Second St.

Sunday

Nina Diaz at Waterloo Records

The Fray, American Authors at ACL Live

Ringo Deathstarr, UVH, Crooked Bangs, Xetas at Barracuda

Bobby Whitlock & Coco Carmel at Saxon Pub

Soul of a Musician series with Jane Ellen Bryant at Iron Cactus North


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