Weekend music picks: Jmblya, iHeartCountry, Superchunk, more

Friday-Saturday: Superchunk at 3Ten. If you hear folks bemoan how musicians aren’t political now like they were in the 1960s, point them toward Superchunk, for starters. The legendary North Carolina indie band, creators of major success story Merge Records, took on the Trump era head-first on their new album “Oh What a Time to Be Alive,” chock full of bitter, biting songs about what the 2016 election hath wrought. They’ll play songs from the record, and no doubt many old favorites as well (if their recent SXSW appearance is any indication), for this two-night downtown stand. Xetas open Friday, Flesh Lights open Saturday. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.

Saturday: Jmblya at Circuit of the Americas. Once again, local hip-hop promotion powerhouse Scoremore has produced a stellar lineup for their annual turn up. Emotional rapper/singer J. Cole leads a bill that includes a solid second tier featuring Migos and Young Thug (a late replacement for Cardi B, who canceled some tour dates because of her pregnancy). Kevin Gates, Playboi Carti, Bun B and Trae tha Truth will also be in the house. Festival organizers say they have taken steps to deal with heat and dehydration, the biggest problems from last year’s festival. They promise expanded water filling stations, more bars and food vendors, and shade structures in the field. $89. 2 p.m. gates. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. jmblya.com. — D.S.S.

RELATED: Scoremore’s Jmblya taps into youth movement

Saturday: iHeartCountry Festival at Erwin Center. This is the fifth year that the radio conglomerate has invited some of the most-played acts on its country stations to Austin for short sets that add up to a four-hours-plus bash at the city’s largest indoor music venue. On the bill this time: Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, Sugarland, Luke Combs, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi and Brett Young. For those not attending, it’ll be broadcast live on iHeartCountry radio stations and will be livestreamed at att.com/iHeartCountry. Admission to the 7 p.m. concert runs $20-$400, but if you don’t have a ticket and want to catch some rising country talent before the main event, there’s a Daytime Village show at 2 p.m. on the Erwin Center’s north box office plaza with performances by Luke Combs, Brett Young, Lauren Alaina, Dylan Scott, Danielle Bradberry and DJ Sinister. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — P.B

READ MORE: Young yodeler Mason Ramsey also will be at iHeartCountry

Saturday: Bidi Bidi Banda at Mohawk outdoor. Singer Stephanie Bergara took a brief break after giving birth to a Bidi Bidi baby last fall, but our favorite tribute act was back in full swing just a few months later. After a busy April spent celebrating Selena’s birthday, she brings sequins, swagger and all your favorite Tejano jams to this Cinco de Mayo bash. Teen sensations the Tiarra Girls also will perform, with Este Vato opening. $15-$20. 8 p.m. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — D.S.S.

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Saturday-Sunday: Pecan Street Festival. Austin’s longest-running street fair and artist’s market programs three stages of free music on historic Sixth Street. Highlights for the spring edition of the festival include Los Coast, Alesia Lani and Zeale on Saturday and Cilantro Boombox, Nght Hcklrs and Jane Ellen Bryant on Sunday. Free. Music starts at noon. pecanstreetfestival.org. — D.S.S.

Madeleine Peyroux performs Friday at One World Theatre. Contributed/Shervin Lainez

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Friday

Saturday Cinco de Mayo shows

More Saturday shows

  • Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at ACL Live
  • Jeff Plankenhorn album release at One-2-One Bar
  • Bill Ball 3 with Big Bill, Why Bonnie, more at Barracuda
  • Autograf, Ramzoid, Cofresi at Empire
  • Led Zeppelin 2 at Emo’s
  • Hydraulix, Oski at Parish
  • Will Johnson at Mohawk indoor
  • Del Castillo at Antone’s
  • Igor & the Red Elvises, Teddy & the Talltops, Soul Man Sam at Continental Club
  • Sue Foley at C-Boy’s
  • John Gaar, Bob Livingston at Saxon Pub
  • Jeff Hughes & Chaparral
  • Albert & Gage Band at Donn’s Depot

Sunday


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