Austin garage punks Flesh Lights release a new 7-inch on Twistworthy, further demonstrating how to intermingle lightning rods like the Devil Dogs and Motards. Meantime, Quin Galavis and Garrett Hadden, adding rawer refinements of Joy Division’s innovations, lead local cold wave trio the Dead Space while waiting on their full-length debut for Matador Records offshoot 12XU. Ditch Witch are the best New Wave of British Heavy Metal revivalists Austin has; their debut album sells for $6.66 on Bandcamp. Ex-Foreign Mother Kana Harris’ new trio with David Petro and Matt Buie, Xetas, offers driving Touch & Go art-punk.– Tim Stegall
Back-to-back nights of seminal songcraft touch off summer break on the UT Campus. A spry 82, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott keeps alive the folk tradition of Guthrie and Seeger at the Cactus Cafe, unfurling his own distinctive style of ballads and stories with crackling humor and insight. Rodney Crowell takes the upstairs ballroom the following night, the Houston Kid marking peak work in his long, influential career behind new album Tarpaper Sky, and fresh from his Grammy win for last year’s duets disc with Emmylou Harris, Old Yellow Moon.– Doug Freeman
Thursday’s attention turns solely on the Travis County Expo Center and Black Star Riders. Think those dudes sounds like Thin Lizzy? No surprise. Four of its members once claimed Irish brotherhood with Phil Lynott. The quartet reformed with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso in 2012, laying debut album All Hell Breaks Loose last May.
Friday, Reverend Horton Heat shills surfabilly thrash at the Expo Center, while Los Lonely Boys headline the Statesman’s parking lot alongside Emily Bell, local blues upstarts the Peterson Brothers, and Kevin Russell’s Shinyribs.
That same stage receives occupancy Saturday from the Bright Light Social Hour, Not in the Face, Hunter Sharpe, and Ruby Jane. Back at the Expo Center, tenured Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar and his Wabos set out to “Finish What Ya Started.” – Chase Hoffberger