Sunday music picks: Billy Joe Shaver 75th birthday, Buddy Guy


Billy Joe Shaver 75th birthday at Paramount Theatre. The odds seemed pretty long against quintessential outlaw Billy Joe Shaver making it to 75, so it’s fitting that a bunch of his rowdy friends are showing up to toast the occasion. Shaver, who actually turned 75 on Aug. 16, is riding high off his new album “Long in the Tooth,” which reached the top 20 of the country charts upon its release last month. Joining him at the Paramount will be Ray Wylie Hubbard, James McMurty, Joe Pug, Jason Boland and Jason Eady (and likely a few others). $47-$62. 7 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. — Peter Blackstock

Also: A stellar selection of axe-slingers, from blues great Buddy Guy and young upstart Jonny Lang to Texas greats Doyle Bramhall II and Eric Johnson, join Jimi Hendrix’s original bass player Billy Cox in the first of two Experience Hendrix nights at ACL Live. … Kurt Vile’s former band and frequent collaborators, gauzy indie rock outfit The War on Drugs, play outdoors at Stubb’s with Califone. … Mississippi roots-rocker Webb Wilder joins Casper Rawls’ 3 p.m. “Planet Casper” gig at the Continental Club.

Saturday music picks: Weird City Hip Hop Festival, The Well

Dilated Peoples.
Dilated Peoples.

Weird City Hip Hop Festival at Empire. Empire hosts the two can’t-miss shows of Austin’s first dedicated hip hop festival. Outside in the Garage, L.A. underground heavyweights Dilated Peoples, who just dropped an excellent new album, headline a bill that includes hard-hitting local support from Crew 54 and LNS Crew. Meanwhile, inside the Control Room, NYC’s Pharoahe Monch headlines alongside Jean Grae, the most vital female emcee in the game. If you’re trying to hit both shows you might as well spring for the day pass, which also will get you in to see Black Milk at the North Door and Homeboy Sandman at Red 7. Empire shows $20-$25, day pass $40, weekend pass $60. Doors 7 p.m. outside, 9 p.m. inside. 606 E. Seventh St. — D.S.S.

Also: The Well, a band poised to be Austin’s next big hard rock breakout, plays Hotel Vegas. … Latin rock powerhouse Santana, whose storied history includes a performance at Woodstock, plays ACL Live. … Soulful folk-rocker Citizen Cope celebrates the 10-year anniversary of his “Clarence Greenwood Recordings” at Stubb’s. … Nickel Creek mandolinist Chris Thile and genre-crossing bassist Edgar Meyer play Bass Concert Hall. … It’s superhero night at the Mohawk, where new wave punk crusaders the Aquabats headline outdoors while ATX hip hop crew the League of Extraordinary Gz play inside. … Nashville indie-rock band Apache Relay stops by Lamberts. … Former Squirrel Nut Zippers guitarist Jimbo Mathus plays the Continental Club. … California band the Growlers bring their psychedelic beach party to the Scoot Inn. … Folksy country rockers the Felice Brothers are at Emo’s. … The Band of Heathens’ tour for its new single “Carry Your Love” makes a hometown stop at the Parish. … North Carolina’s Greg Humphreys plays an acoustic show at Strange Brew. … Local singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave is at Threadgill’s. … Opal Divine’s Penn Field presents the sixth annual Malia Moore benefit for a local child who suffers from a rare brain disorder, with music from 5 to 10 p.m. by Two Hoots & a Holler, Redd Volkaert, Twilight Trio and Son Y No Son.

ACL Festival is sold out; Student sale Saturday

Crowds at ACL Festival. Tina Phan/American-Statesman
Crowds at ACL Festival. Tina Phan/American-Statesman

A limited quantity of passes set aside for students are the only general admission tickets to ACL Festival 2014 left. All three day and single day general admission passes to both weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival are sold out, the festival announced today. The only way to buy g.a. passes at this point is at the student day sale which takes place on Saturday.

ACL Festival 2014 takes place on Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-12. This year’s headliners are Eminem, Beck, Outkast, Pearl Jam, Skrillex and Calvin Harris. More info.

Friday music picks: Del Castillo, Weird City Hip Hop Festival

Del Castillo
Del Castillo

Del Castillo farewell show at the Roost. After 14 years, the Austin flamenco rock band anchored by brothers Mark and Rick del Castillo has decided to call it quits. “We just need to take a break,” Mark del Castillo said last week, citing the struggles facing an independent band in the decision to disband. Del Castillo said he’s “very grateful and happy” for everything the band has achieved but ready to focus on other projects, including ongoing collaborations with director Robert Rodriguez. Drop by to revel in the band’s passionate gypsy rock one last time and say goodbye with a smile. $25. 9 p.m. 2113 Wells Branch Parkway. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

Also: The first annual Weird City Hip Hop Festival kicks off with a special edition of the monthly Body Rock party featuring L.A. electrofunk wizard Dam Funk at Empire, a Pushermania party with Doughbeezyand Maxo Kream at Red 7 and Guilty Simpson at Holy Mountain. … Local blues piano great Marcia Ball celebrates the release of her rollicking new album “The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man” at One-2-One Bar. … The Whiskey Shivers celebrate the release of a new self-titled album at the Scoot Inn. … Many songs of the ’60s sound dated today, but the hits John Sebastian wrote for the Lovin’ Spoonful have stood the test of time. He deserves a warm welcome back at One World Theatre. … Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson pulls from the Tull catalog and his new solo album at ACL Live. … Rootsy Virginia group Carbon Leaf brings its “Indian Summer Revisited” tour to Lamberts. … Greg Humphreys, former leader of North Carolina’s Hobex and Dillon Fence, opens for South Austin Moonlighters at the Cactus Cafe. … New York rockers Pretty Reckless stop by Emo’s. … Shows at Red River Street’s big outdoor stages include L.A. indie rockers Airborne Toxic Event at Stubb’s and a Mohawk triple bill topped by Palms, featuring former members of the Deftones and, uh, Isis. … Guitar great Jimmie Vaughan sits in with the Mike Flanigan Trio Friday and Saturday at C-Boy’s.

Video premiere: ‘Justine’ by T-Bird and the Breaks

Local rock ‘n’ soul outfit T-Bird and the Breaks debuted their new track “Justine,” the first single from their upcoming album “Harmonizm” a couple weeks ago. Today we’re happy to debut the video, a psychedelic animated adventure  with a retro-cool vibe and a toe-tapping groove.

The band wraps up a month long residency at C-Boys Heart and Soul tonight with a free show at 11 p.m. One man funkateria Henry and the Invisibles opens.

ACL Fest artist spotlight: Benjamin Booker

Artist: Benjamin Booker

From: New Orleans, Lousiana


At the fest: Sat. 1 p.m., Austin Ventures; Continental Club aftershow Oct. 10, 11 p.m. 

About the artist: A gut-bucket blues rocker with an anarchic punk rock sensibility, Booker developed his sound kicking around the Crescent City working for Americorps in the years after he graduated from college with a degree in journalism. A few of his demos made their way into circulation and with a distinctive sound marked by gravelly voice and blistering guitar riffs muddied by menacing distortion he rapidly attracted a host of influential fans, most notably Jack White, who took the young artist on tour as an opener earlier this year.

His set is early, and it’s in a tough time slot, programmed against rising rock band Spanish Gold. If you can’t quite swing it, or if you’re not going to the fest, by all means, go buy tickets to his aftershow at the Continental Club on Friday, Oct. 10. It’s an evening with the potential for much magic.

Could share a bill with: Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, Buddy Guy, Bruce Springsteen

Paolo Nutini, Bleachers, Lucius, Lake Street Dive to play KGSR ACL Fest live broadcasts


Radio station 93.3 KGSR FM is hosting two morning live broadcasts at Threadgill’s during the first weekend of ACL Fest. The broadcasts kick off bright and early at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 3 with a performance from anthemic indietronica act Night Terrors of 1927. The Friday morning broadcast, which includes a combination of performances and artist interviews, also features an appearance from Jack Antonoff’s Fun. side project Bleachers who scored one of summer 2014’s feel-good hits with  “I Wanna Get Better.” Paolo Nutini, Robert Ellis, Arum Rae and James Bay will also play the Friday morning broadcast.

On Saturday, Oct. 4 earlybirds will be treated to a performance by excellent Norwegian R&B artist Bernhoft at 8 a.m. Anarchic New Orleans blues rocker, Benjamin Booker, buzzy Brooklyn indie pop outfit Lucius and Boston band Lake Street Dive, who play a countrified version of jazzy soul are also scheduled to perform. Austin bands Saints of Valory and The Nightowls round out the Saturday bill.

A $5 donation to HAAM buys you admission to each day of the morning broadcasts and the first 100 people to arrive will receive a free breakfast taco. Schedule and more information.

Austin at ACL Fest: Meet Sphynx

As we ramp up to two weekends of Austin City Limits Music Festival we’re doing a series of spotlights on local bands playing the festival, the true presence of Austin at ACL. Today we check in with glam pop trio Sphynx. Lead vocalist and guitarist Tony Kamel took a few minutes to help us introduce his band and explore his experience of the festival. Vocalist/guitarist Aaron Miller took a few minutes to answer our questions.

What are three words that describe your band’s sound?

Glam dance funk.

What’s your most memorable onstage moment of 2014 so far?

We headlined the outdoor stage of The Mohawk during free week and had a great crowd. That winter, we learned Asia’s ‘Heat of the Moment’ during rehearsal and decided we’d bust it out. It was a wild experience to do that song in front of a packed house on the outdoor stage. Everyone sang along and it’s probably as close to hair metal stardom as we’ll ever get. We’re okay with that.

What’s your favorite memory from ACL Fests past?

We ran into Matt of Matt and Kim after ACL 2010 and he invited us to an after party where Local Natives, Two Door Cinema Club, and Matt and Kim played at The Charles Johnson House. We had seen all of those bands earlier in the day and it was a very cool experience to see them in a small setting like that.

Name three songs you can’t wait to hear at ACL Fest 2014.

Outkast – “Ms. Jackson”
Phantogram – “Fall in Love”
Belle & Sebastian – “Another Sunny Day”

What’s the one thing out-of-towners should do before leaving Austin?

Get some breakfast tacos! We’re speaking from experience, as our last meal before tour, and first meal when we get home, is breakfast tacos. We recommend Taquerias Arandas, Taco Deli, El Chile, and Tamale House, but it’s pretty hard to go wrong with local Mexican restaurants.

Got any ACL Fest pro tips?

This may go without saying, but don’t bring an umbrella. We’ve heard a lot of “no umbrellas” chants over the years, panchos are the way to go here. Also, get there by noon on the first Friday because sometimes really cool bands play The Austin Ventures stage at that time.

ACL Fest student ticket sale scheduled for Sept. 27

As in past years, ACL Fest is giving high school and college students a shot at buying sold out 3-day passes to the festival at earlybird prices. A limited number of $200 passes to both weekends of the festival will be available at the ACL Festival Box Office on Barton Springs Road across from the Barton Springs entrance to the festival grounds on Sat. Sept. 27. The sale starts at 10 a.m. and will continue until passes are sold out.

Students must have a valid high school or college ID to participate. Numbered placeholders will be distributed to students in line at 9 a.m. There is a limit of 4 passes per person, per weekend. In past years the line has started to form early, so expect a long morning but leave the keg of beer at home. Student day rules state there will be “absolutely no alcohol” and they “reserve the right to refuse to serve anyone”…mmm-kay?

More info

ACL Fest artist spotlight: Jhené Aiko

Artist: Jhené Aiko

From: Los Angeles, Calif.


At the fest: 3 p.m. Sun. Oct. 5 (Weekend one only)

About the artist: 2014 has been a great summer for hazy, abstract R&B (see also: SZA, FKA Twigs). “Souled Out” the debut full-length from Aiko, a wistful collection of watercolor soundscapes is arguably the most accessible of the group.

At 26, Aiko, who launched her music career as fake cousin to B2K member Lil Fizz when she was only 12, has seen plenty of personal and professional ups and downs on the road to this release. She broke up with her label at age 16 to finish high school. “I escaped the made up world of Hollywood to experience the natural beauty of the real world,” Aiko writes on her website.  She gave birth to a daughter, Namiko when she was 20. In 2011 she released the mixtape “Sailing Souls” which included collaborations from Drake, Kanye West and Miguel. Then, as her career surged forward, she lost her older brother Miyagi to brain cancer. He was 26.

The sum of these experiences reverberate through “Souled Out” in a series of meditative reflections that are both poignant and profound.

Could share a bill with: Drake, Weeknd, Sade