Weekend music picks: Cry your heart out with Adele, relive the ’90s with Fastball


This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows, ""25," the latest release by Adele. (Columbia Records via AP)

Friday-Saturday: Adele at the Erwin Center. Though it’s been a relatively quiet year for the Erwin Center on the concert front, this two-nighter with the bona fide superstar singer-songwriter is among the venue’s biggest bookings of the decade. Not surprisingly, both nights sold out almost immediately after going on sale; StubHub currently shows prices starting north of $600. If you have tickets, cherish them, and the memories the evening no doubt will provide. 6 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show (no opening act). 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — P.B.

Friday: Jamestown Revival at Emo’s. It’s a big year for the energetic local indie-folk duo of Zach Chance and Jonathan Clay. After playing Willie Nelson’s Picnic in July, they released “The Education of a Wandering Man,” their second album for Republic Records, last month. Recorded in a Hill Country farmhouse near Austin, the new record flows pretty naturally from the folk-rock groove of their debut “Utah,” even as they reach out in some new directions. Jonny Fritz opens. $18. 8 p.m. doors. 2015 Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — P.B.

VIDEO: Interview with Jamestown Revival at ACL Fest 2014

Saturday: Fastball at the Parish. Largely on the back burner since 2009’s “Little White Lies,” the Austin power-pop band that went platinum in the late ’90s is set to return with a new album in early 2017. They couldn’t have asked for a better setup than last month’s revival of their 1998 hit “Out of My Head,” the chorus of which hip-hop act Machine Gun Kelly and Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello incorporated into their instant smash “Bad Things”; the official YouTube posting of the song already has topped 5 million views. $20-$25. 8 p.m. 214 E. Sixth St. theparishaustin.com. — P.B.

Sunday: Gram Parsons Birthday Bash at Threadgill’s. Saturday would have been the country-rock legend’s 70th birthday, and he’s beloved enough to Austin musicians that more than 30 of them are gathering to take part in this marathon tribute. Among them: Bill Kirchen, Rosie Flores, Michael Fracasso, Bob Livingston, Julie Christensen, Warren Hood and event organizer Patterson Barrett. Oh, and we can’t forget pianist Earl Poole Ball, who actually played on one of Parsons’ records. $15. 7 p.m. 301 W. Riverside Drive. threadgills.com. — P.B.



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Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and austin360.com. Twitter: @Blackstock360

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