Weekend music picks: Ely & Allen, Alvin & Gilmore and more and more

Saturday: Joe Ely & Terry Allen at Hogg Auditorium vs. Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Antone’s. This is a hard choice, pitting fellow Flatlanders Ely and Gilmore against each other on the same night, and both paired with intriguing partners. Ely and Allen became close compadres in Lubbock decades ago, helping to re-shape the history of Texas folk, country and rock ’n’ roll. Gilmore was an integral part of that as well, but on this night he’ll join Grammy-winning California roots-music great Alvin, celebrating the release of their new collaborative album “Downey to Lubbock.” Ely/Allen: $35-$45, 7:30 p.m. (Jo Harvey Allen opens), 2300 Whitis Ave., cactuscafe.org. Alvin/Gilmore: $25, 9 p.m. (Colin Gilmore opens), 305 E Fifth St., antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.

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Saturday: Brownout album release at Mohawk. Roughly a year after the 10-piece funk powerhouse hung up their Brown Sabbath-era devil horns and declared themselves “Over the Covers” with an EP of original material, they’re back to reimagining the classics. This time, they take on your favorite Public Enemy jams, songs like “Fight the Power,” “911 is a Joke” and “Don’t Believe the Hype,” with muscular, horn-heavy interpretations that throw down the psychedelic funk vibe you never knew these tracks were missing. Austin and San Antonio-based hip-hop trio Third Root and cumbia funk crew Superfonicos are also on the bill. $20-$25. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — D.S.S.

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Saturday: Kelly Willis album release at Stateside at the Paramount. Hard to fathom that it’s been more than a decade since the last solo release from Willis, in part because she’s done plenty since then, including two duet projects with husband Bruce Robison and a reunion of her early band Radio Ranch to mark the silver anniversary of her debut album. “Back Being Blue” follows Willis’ long history of making great records that apply her instantly engaging voice to a blend of her own songs and well-chosen covers. The originals here are mostly up-front, and the title track may be the best, a heartbreak tale set to a soulful slow-burn groove. What would be side two on a vinyl release focuses on Willis’ interpretive side, including “We’ll Do It for Love Next Time,” a Rodney Crowell tune that exquisitely balances joy and regret and sounds just perfect in Willis’ hands. $22-$40. 8 p.m. 719 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.

Saturday: Speedy Ortiz at Barracuda. Sadie Dupuis’ band wrapped recording on their third album “Twerp Verse” before November 2016, but after the election of Donald Trump, they reworked it to add brash protests like “Lean In When I Suffer” and “Lucky 88.” The end result is a sharp and lyrically incisive collection that cements the band’s place at the forefront of a new wave of literate indie rock. Anna Burch opens. $15. 7:30 p.m. doors. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Todd Park Mohr brings Big Head Todd & the Monsters to the outdoor stage at Stubb’s on Saturday. Scott Moore for American-Statesman 2016

ALSO PLAYING

Friday-Saturday

  • Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s
  • Cream Cheese Accident, A Live One at One-2-One Bar

Friday

Saturday

  • Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Simo at Stubb’s outdoor
  • Posies at Parish
  • Jussie Smollett, June’s Diary at Empire
  • Mobley record release, Alesia Lani, Mamahawk at Mohawk indoor
  • Sam Pace & the Gilded Grit record release, Texas KGB, Matt Gilmour at Swan Dive
  • Belle Sounds, W.C. Clark, Dickie Lee Erwin at Saxon Pub
  • Zoomountchi, Electric Voodoo, Afro Jazz at Sahara Lounge
  • John Baumann, Kathryn Legendre at Stubb’s indoor
  • Billy Crockett at Threadgill’s North
  • Tender Things, Will Courtney at ABGB
  • Ampified Heat,Cloud Catcher, Crypt Trip, Bridge Farmers at Hotel Vegas
  • Eagle Claw, OMGWTFBBQ, Suckling, Black Mercy at North Door
  • Nate Boff at Lamberts

Sunday

  • George Strait, Asleep at the Wheel at Erwin Center (sold out)
  • Polyphonic Spree, Calliope Musicals at Barracuda
  • Superfruit, Pretty Sister at Stubb’s indoor (sold out)
  • Making Movies, Las Cafeteras, Migrant Kids at Parish
  • Bret Coats, Lavelle White, TT Brown at Antone’s
  • Lovelorn, Knife in the Water, Filthy at Mohawk indoor
  • Savage Poor, Bo Davis, Emily Clark & friends at One-2-One Bar
  • Cornell Hurd Band at ABGB
  • Kevin Lovejoy at Lamberts

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