This week’s music picks: Blues Challenge, Bryson Tiller, MVP and more

Tuesday: Keeper at Geraldine’s. Last year’s excellent EP “Corners” was a departure from the throwback R&B vibes that defined the synth soul trio’s early work. The newer work conjured a dark and brooding dreamscape defined by ominous atmospherics. The entrancing vocal harmonies and moody grooves provide a fine opportunity to while away a steamy Tuesday night. Free. 9:30 p.m. 605 Davis St. geraldinesaustin.com. — D.S.S.

READ MORE: ‘Synth soul’ ensemble Keeper masters the art of collaborative harmony

Kathy & the Kilowatts Duo, featuring Kathy Murray & Bill Jones, are among the finalists in the Austin Blues Society’s Heart of Texas Blues Challenge at Antone’s. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2014

Tuesday: Heart of Texas Blues Challenge Finals at Antone’s. This annual Austin Blues Society event is designed to give a boost to area blues players who might not already be widely known. Two qualifying sessions were held at Antone’s over the past few days, with a handful of acts advancing to this final round for both solo/duo acoustic and electric band performers. The winners in each category will get a spot in the lineup of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January. $10. 9 p.m. 305. E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.

Wednesday: Bryson Tiller at Statesman Skyline Theater. The Louisville, Ky., R&B singer became a sudden sensation in 2015 with the release of his debut album “Trapsoul.” He surprise-released the follow-up album “True to Self” in late spring, then announced dates for a summer tour with H.E.R. and Metro Boomin’. $39.50-$49.50. 7 p.m. 701 W. Riverside Drive. skylinetheater.com. — D.S.S.

Thursday: Milligan Vaughan Project at Waterloo Records. For many Austinites, the electric blues rock of Stevie Ray Vaughan is our city’s signature sound. This project, featuring Storyville frontman Malford Milligan and SRV’s nephew Tyrone Vaughan (brother Jimmie Vaughan’s son), brings back the gravel, gutsy guitar and glory in a fresh new package. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com. (The group also plays Wednesday at Guero’s for Sun Radio’s “Texas Radio Live” broadcast with the Texas KGB.) — D.S.S./P.B.

READ MORE: Malford Milligan and Tyrone Vaughan team up for a double-shot of blues

ALSO PLAYING

 

Monday

  • Ben Cina at Geraldine’s
  • Temple Cov with Brannen Temple, Kirk Covington at One-2-One Bar
  • Tje Austin, Blue Monday with Speedy Sparks & the Koolerators at Antone’s
  • Two Hoots & a Holler, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Chris Gage at Donn’s Depot
  • Cory Reinisch, Ricky Espinosa at Blackheart

Tuesday

  • In the Valley Below, Flagship at Stubb’s indoor
  • Hayes Carll, David Grissom at Saxon Pub
  • Jungle Rockers at C-Boy’s
  • Durawa, Joe King Carrasco at El Mercado Backstage
  • Guitar Legs, Toni Price at Continental Club
  • Curtis McMurtry, Ephraim Owens experience at Continental Gallery
  • Jonathan Terrell at Threadgill’s North
  • Beth Chrisman, Mike Schoenfeld at Blackheart
  • Evan Charles, Jeremy Nail, Chris Brecht at Hole in the Wall

Wednesday

  • Trae Tha Truth at Givens Recreation Center
  • Ruby Fray, Sour Notes, Kay Odyssey at Cheer Up Charlie’s
  • Eve & the Exiles, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • John Inmon Band at Threadgill’s North
  • David Diers at One-2-One Bar
  • Authority Zero & the Super Villains at Stubb’s indoor
  • Candi & the Muthaload at Geraldine’s
  • Walt Wilkins, Johnny Nicholas at Saxon Pub
  • Christine Albert & Chris Gage at El Mercado Backstage
  • Peacemakers, Paul Glasse at Evangeline Cafe

Thursday


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