Never one to throw a release party and just show up with a box of discs, Erin Ivey also makes every appearance count. Valentine’s Eve will be no different as the singing, songwriting pixie is joined by the Tosca String Quartet, who make Whisper of the Moon a lush yet unpretentious collection of original lullabies and slightly off-center fairy tales. Following Ivey’s 2013 live release Dreamy Weather, which hit multiple Top 10s, Whisper demonstrates Ivey’s continued growth and ever-present adventurousness.– Jim Caligiuri
Poi unloads its big lineup for this three-night run, one that hearkens back to its Austin era, with leader Frank Orrall, violinist Susan Voelz, and multi-instrumentalist Dave Max Crawford joined by Abra Moore, Adam Sultan, Bruce Hughes, Ted Cho, and more. The onetime Hawaiians’ multicultural interpretation of folk/acoustic music buzzed by electric beats continues moving hearts and feet in an equally large way as evidenced by a recent live box set recorded in their current Chicago outpost.– Jim Caligiuri
Austin metal foursome marked a decade in 2013 and gives fourth LP Apocryphon one last go-round. Melvins lite, Big Business, and O’Brother also.
As a motto, “Don’t Dallas my Austin” faces narrow scope. Shun Big D’s pomp and prim nature, but we’ll take its hip-hop every day. Celebrating one year of Red Bull Sound Select shows, local benchmarks League of Extraordinary Gz and Kydd Jones’ LNS Crew welcome Dallas powerhouses A.Dd+ and Yung Nation, whose respective interplay between smoked-out “Goodwill” and raucous Southern riots make known how much D-Town’s got to offer.– Chase Hoffberger