October’s sit-in at the Paramount with bandmate Tony Shanahan likely set a template for Patti Smith going forward. “A night of music, poetry, and spoken word,” she drew from her books and her righteous rock, performing John & Yoko’s “Give Peace a Chance” and her Bruce Springsteen co-write “Because the Night.” Back with her steely quartet, expect unadulterated Banga from St. Patti. Jeff Beck belter Beth Hart inside afterward.– Raoul Hernandez
Seattle’s Michael Benjamin Lerner, who claims Telekinesis is both a band and a person, helms this outfit making heartbreak power-pop in the raw vein of early Death Cab for Cutie. Released this month, third album Dormarion now sparks this headlining tour, with Southern folk-rock trio and former Indigo Girls tour mates Mount Moriah returning to the Parish after their SXSW stopover there.– Abby Johnston
Sophomore unslump Wolf’s Law fed these Welsh rockers’ SXSW mania.