OUR TOP PICKS
Friday: Delbert McClinton at Paramount Theatre. The Paramount seems drawn to West Texas living legends lately, as the first few weeks of 2017 have brought marquee events for Terry Allen, Joe Ely and now Delbert McClinton. All three spent their early years in the Panhandle, but McClinton, who got his start in music as a teen in Fort Worth, became a star after moving to Los Angeles in the 1970s. One of the most impressive aspects of all three of these musicians is that they have continued to make new music at a high creative level in their senior years. That’s clearly evident on McClinton’s “Prick of the Litter,” released last month. Featuring 10 originals and two choice covers, it works that soulful groove between blues, rock, jazz and country that seems to come more naturally to Delbert than almost any of his peers. $28-$63. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.
Friday: RJD2 at Empire. An early digital innovator who made his name over a decade ago with tasteful, sample-heavy hip-hop instrumentals, the artist also know as Ramble John Krohn has matured into an evocative composer. His aggressively introverted 2016 album “Dame Fortune” alternates wistful melodies and soulful love songs with ominous angular soundscapes that release into smooth dance grooves. For this show, he will be performing with a live band. $20-$25. Doors at 7 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com — D.S.S.
Saturday: Neil Fest: Celebrating The Music Of Neil Young at Paramount Theatre. Go out any night of the week in Austin and you might hear a Neil Young cover; recently I’ve caught local bands doing “Heart of Gold,” “Unknown Legend” and “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere,” for example. But this show is on another level, an all-Neil all-night party with big names at the city’s premier historic theater. A benefit for the Refuge Foundation for the Arts, a nonprofit providing “patronage and opportunity to creators in a supportive and collaborative environment,” the show features ringers Norah Jones and Boz Scaggs plus rising-star visitors Alison Mosshart (of the Kills), Robert Ellis and Nikki Lane, along with many of Austin’s top acts, including Shakey Graves, Charlie Sexton, Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, Alex Maas of the Black Angels, James Petralli of White Denim, Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit and Jeff Klein of My Jerusalem. $39.50-$45. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.
Saturday: Tacocat at Barracuda. The Seattle-based feminist punk crew’s lead singer recently told her local National Public Radio affiliate that the current political climate makes her want to “write an album full of shrieking harpy noises.” On the band’s excellent 2016 album “Lost Time,” she twisted the rage into wry humor while the band alternated aggressive thrashers with beachy pop punk. Daddy Issues and Tele Novella open. $12. 9 p.m. doors. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com — D.S.S.
Red Bull Sound Select presents Baauer, Pell at Vulcan Gas Company
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Girls Guns & Glory at Continental Club
Later Days album release, Locket, Fader Friend, Gold Steps at Grizzly Hall
Cover Letter EP release, Canvas People at One-2-One Bar
Jai Malano at Geraldine’s
Tomar & the FCs, Rosie & the Ramblers at White Horse
Red Young Quintet at Elephant Room
Drakes at Sam’s Town Point
We Are Blood Bays at Oskar Blues
Will Sexton & Amy LaVere at Townsend
Jonathan Richman, James Intveld, Two Tons of Steel, Redd Volkaert at Continental Club
Seth Walker, Johnny Nicholas, Shelley King at Saxon Pub
Carolyn Wonderland & Davy Knowles, Jennifer B & the Groove at One-2-One Bar
Ephraim Owens Quintet at Elephant Room
Ovrld presents Mélat intimate CD release at Vinyl
Ray Prim at Geraldine’s
Sharon Bourbonnais at Cactus Cafe
Two Hoots & a Holler, Lloyd Tripp at Sam’s Town Point
Mrs. Glass at Driskill Bar
Beatles tribute with Eggmen at El Mercado Backstage
Talking Heads tribute with HeartByrne at Oskar Blues
Plan B at Coliseum
James Intveld at Little Longhorn Saloon
Cowboy Irie, Continental Drift, Katie Shore at Sahara Lounge
Wagoneers, Mike Stinson at C-Boy’s