Forget pinning down Cleveland Afro-punks Obnox. Making time on boutique local imprint 12XU, Midwest sage Lamont Thomas added to his vast catalog of feedback-fueled reveries by exploring the true depths of “splatter gospel” on last year’s grimy Louder Space. Beaumont blues guitarist Barbara Lynn, still riding the re-release of her expansive Atlantic recordings last year, precedes Obnox with an exhibition of the fundamentals he works so hard to push beyond recognition.– Nina Hernandez
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Hot rods and weekend host Steve Wertheimer go together like his Continental Club and Austin music: intrinsically. At the Travis County Expo Center’s expanse of chrome, Friday lines up: surf polka Kaiser Herman the German (11am), new Austin Music Hall of Fame guitarist Redd Volkaert (12:45pm), Dale Watson (2:30), and R&B siren Jai Malano (4:30). Full run of events here.– Raoul Hernandez
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Reggae Fest’s vibes weren’t so irie last year, fogging out the bland lands of Butler Park while picturesque Auditorium Shores underwent renovation. This weekend, the event formerly known as Marley Fest returns to its waterfront homeland with a potent lineup topped by eccentric Jamaican music legend Lee “Scratch” Perry (Fri., 8:30pm). The 79-year-old producer and vocalist, also known as “the Upsetter,” innovated dub and reggae in the late Sixties with his bold four-track recording techniques, giving rise to Bob Marley’s purest recordings. Additional classic Jamaican scores yield gifted albino toaster Yellowman (Fri., 6pm).– Kevin Curtin
Working in lockstep with Reggae Fest, Flamingo Cantina hosts a top-shelf rundown of classic and emergent island music in the name of peace, love, and Jah. Pioneers the Skatalites fuse rocksteady, reggae, and ska on Friday, Jamaica’s initial answer to American R&B, with differentiation in the stressing of the offbeat.– Kahron Spearman