The Continental Club’s annual hot rod siege began ramping up Tuesday with the chicken scratch strut of North Carolina’s Southern Culture on the Skids, who headline through Saturday, on which day the Lonestar Round Up revs country and rock all over town.
C-Boy’s Heart & Soul: Texas Blue Dots (9), Jimmie Vaughan (11)
Continental Club: Blues Specialists (6:30), Ugly Beats (8:30), Useless Playboys (10), Southern Culture on the Skids (12mid)
Continental Club Gallery: Lost Counts (10:30)
Expo Center: Horton Brothers (11am), Modern Don Juans (12:45pm), Barfield the Tyrant (2:30), Marti Brom (4:30)
Giddy Ups (12000 Manchaca Rd.): Dale Watson, Hickoids, Loco Gringos, Lucky Tubb (4pm-12mid)– Raoul Hernandez
“Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused.” As such, Confusapalooza celebrates Austin’s band name word game with a thoroughly entertaining lineup at the Austin Music Poll’s Best New Club, Empire Control Room. Arrive early for rumble rock guitar/drums duo Ghost Wolves, followed by the flask sippin’, mando pickin’, scum-folk septet Clyde & Clem’s Whiskey Business, not to be confused with the Whiskey Shivers, who take a Ramones-like approach to bluegrass. At the center of the Venn diagram: old time extraordinaires White Ghost Shivers.– Kevin Curtin
Hot rod weekend adds hell’s own rockabilly punks, Satan’s Cheerleaders, Best Punk Band the Bulemics, and more.
The most authentic ska revivalists, the Slackers began in Manhattan in 1991, under the expert leadership of keyboardist/vocalist Vic Ruggiero, the band’s analog to the Specials’ Jerry Dammers. Across 38 releases, they’ve folded in elements of garage punk, reggae, blue beat, rocksteady, jazz, soul, and the deepest, most echo-drenched dub into their thick, rootsy stew. Even then, the Slackers’ major strength remains its ability to sound like a scratchy white-label 45, straight out from the back of Kingston’s Studio One.– Tim Stegall
Two rising acts that merge exemplary roots songwriting with a softer pop touch. For local darlings Wild Child, that means continuing to mine the charming interplay between Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins, while also amping up the adventurous sounds with sophomore, Ben Kweller-produced LP The Runaround. Recent Tex-pat Ellis, meanwhile, discards his previous country crutch with the rich and versatile Americana pop songcraft of The Lights from the Chemical Plant. Two expanding fan bases meet up for one great bill.– Doug Freeman