If you haven’t seen Balmorhea recently, things have changed. Where early works focused on the solitude and beauty of the Texas frontier, last year’s Stranger achieved a more electric feel, driven by new drummer Kendall Clark. Given this marks the end of a West Coast tour, the band should be even tighter than usual. Likewise, local trio Mirror Travel revamps Follow That Bird’s garage-punk repertoire with scorched-desert scuzz, while aftershow opener Emily Wolfe has an upcoming EP, one of two produced by Mike McCarthy this year.– Austin Powell
Local CBGB punks, Blondie and Television, respectively.
Troubadour twofer at South Austin’s knight of the round table.
In 2009, when My Bloody Valentine’s follow-up to sophomore shoegaze classic Loveless was still only 18 years in the making, the Dublin quartet lived up to its notoriety at the Austin Music Hall. Kevin Shields fired the Irish bombers’ jet-engine roar inside the mostly empty concrete hangar, and the combination of blinding white stage light and stomach-dropping decibels washing over the few hundred locals felt like the rapture. With February’s MBV finally ending the drought chock-full of passive-aggressive noise, this airport blowback will attract previously absent fliers. Dallas’ New Fumes opens.– Raoul Hernandez
Go local: Lupine black metallers reunion with instro thrashers Eagle Claw right around the corner from Mercyful Fate screamers and death metal vixens Morgengrau.