All you out-of-towners, or rather Townes-ers: You got real lucky. In one night, Texas’ own Dylan, Butch Hancock, toasts landmark Lone Star Townes Van Zandt at the cozy Cactus Cafe. Twenty minutes south, fellow Flatlander Joe Ely strums two sets at South Austin’s bustling coffee lounge, Strange Brew. The 8pm is sold out, but tickets to an early set are still available. Learn everything you need to know about a city where the strains of Van Zandt provoke a shiver in any Friday night crowd.– Nina Hernandez
Electro pharaoh Egyptian Lover funkafied Eighties EDM with seductive, if slightly strange, lyrics. DIY before Macklemore could spit, L.A.-born producer Greg Broussard started rapping to give his mixtapes an edge. Before the genre excesses of the Nineties, he melded R&B vox with smooth bass, flashy synth, and cheeky rhymes, releasing On the Nile in 1984. “Freak-A-Holic” worked with pioneer rap crew Uncle Jamm’s Army in the early Eighties before returning to his solo ways, culminating in 2005’s Platinum Pyramids. Fast talking Houston MC Fat Tony opens.– Nina Hernandez
Pre-SX escape to ancient honky-tonk for stone Texicana.
Kevin Russell didn’t miss a step when the Gourds went on hiatus in October. With Shinyribs already up and thriving, the Golden Triangle-bred Russell just kept stirring his prolific stew of alt.country, swamp pop, and Southern soul. The ’ribs second LP, Gulf Coast Museum, stretches U.S. 90’s musical legacy from gas flare-lit casinos in Lake Charles way out to the wide open Chihuahuan Desert. Between lived-in narratives, delicious wit, and sinful grooves, Russell’s 3-D songs sit with you a spell.– Greg Beets
Rock Star Patrice Pike’s HORDE-era jam band.