Weekend music picks: Robyn Hitchcock, Fred Eaglesmith, Chris Thile’s ‘Live From Here’

OUR TOP PICKS

Friday: Robyn Hitchcock at 3Ten. Exactly how this certifiable musical and lyrical genius escaped being a massive superstar still mystifies, as there are few creative minds on the planet who are his equal. Yes, he’s played the Erwin Center (opening for R.E.M. in 1989), but in the autumn of his years, he’s still a club act, and that’s the good fortune of those who go to see him. Last year’s self-titled album was the latest in a diverse and consistently intriguing catalog of a couple dozen records dating back to his late-1970s days leading England’s influential Soft Boys. He’ll play two sets for this rare seated 3Ten show. Emma Swift opens. $21-$26. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com.

Chris Thile’s ‘Live From Here’ is at Bass Concert Hall on Saturday. Contributed/Devin Pedde

Saturday: “Live From Here” with Chris Thile at Bass Concert Hall. It’s already been a long, strange trip for mandolin master Thile as host of the show formerly known as “A Prairie Home Companion,” and he’s barely been on the job a year. Last month’s name change of the storied NPR show followed allegations of sexual harassment against former host Garrison Keillor, but in some ways a new name for the show makes sense regardless, as Thile is creating his own identity with the program. This live-from-Austin broadcast will include music from the renowned South Carolina roots duo Shovels & Rope and hip New York avant-jazz outfit Snarky Puppy, as well as comedy from Pete Homes of the HBO show “Crashing.” Note the afternoon start-time of 4:45 p.m. $54.50-$79.50. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org.

Saturday: Mike & the Moonpies album release at Sam’s Town Point. Five albums into their run as one of Austin’s best country bands of the past decade, Mike Harmeier and his bandmates sound self-assured, revved-up and ready on “Steak Night at the Prairie Rose,” which features nine Harmeier originals plus a swingin’ take on fellow Austin songwriter Jonathan Terrell’s “The Last Time.” In keeping with the album’s title, they’re turning their record-release show into Steak Night at Sam’s Town Point: Buy a special $40 ticket that includes a catered steak dinner, or pay $20 general admission for music-only. Jason Eady plays in the middle slot, with Raised Right Men opening at 7 p.m. (arrive before 8:30 p.m. for steak dinner). 2115 Allred Drive. samstownpointatx.com.

Saturday: Fred Eaglesmith at Poodie’s Hilltop Roadhouse. A shorthand ballpark description of Eaglesmith might be that he’s the Canadian Robert Earl Keen, though with more than 20 albums to his name across four decades, he’s well earned the right to be taken on his own terms. The territory those two share as songwriters includes a sharp eye for narrative detail and character development. Those qualities are especially apparent on Eaglesmith’s latest release, 2017’s “Standard”; songs such as “Jenny Smith” and “Tom Turkey” tell vivid tales of backwoods hangers-on, while “Old Machine” echoes the sentiments of Guy Clark’s classic “Stuff That Works.” $15-$20. 10 p.m. 22308 Highway 71 West, Spicewood. poodies.net.

ALSO PLAYING

Friday

  • Wolf Parade, Charly Bliss at Mohawk outdoor
  • Matthew Logan Vasquez, Go Fever, Magic Rockers of Texas at Antone’s
  • Griffin House at Cactus Cafe
  • Lettermen at One World Theatre
  • Papa Mali & Friends, Eve & the Exiles at One-2-One Bar
  • Possessed By Paul James, Ghost Wolves at Beerland
  • Li’l Cap’n Travis, Dumptruck at Sam’s Town Point
  • Good Field at Waterloo Records
  • Don Harvey & A Is Red, Jeremy Nail at Townsend
  • Nakia’s Voices in the Round, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub
  • Elias Haslanger Quintet, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room
  • Bamako Airlines, Atash, Kupira Marimba at Sahara Lounge
  • Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash at Broken Spoke
  • A-Town Getdown at ABGB

Saturday

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