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    Hot Summer Nights: The Austin Chronicle party w/ Moody Bank$, Daniel Fears, David Shabani, DJ Kay Cali [garage]

    Free local music festival Hot Summer Nights boasts plenty of mosh pits and dance parties, but The Austin Chronicle’s kickoff party starts things slow with a showcase of Central Texas R&B. “Hip-Soul” artist David Shabani anchors his chill rap flow with sultry guitar and melancholy piano, while Daniel Fears backs his soulful croon with classical strings (check last month’s Close to Home EP, recorded by a BIPOC orchestra at the Draylen Mason Music Studio). On latest track “Love Me,” meanwhile, Moody Bank$ trades her smoky alto for a playful Erykah Badu homage. Austin Music Awards-nominated DJ Kay Cali kicks off the show. – Carys Anderson
    Thu., July 18, 7pm. Free.
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    Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Ciara, Timbaland

    It’s like the universe just wants me to be broke this summer! Truth be told, when Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott made this ostentatious announcement last year alongside Ciara and Busta Rhymes I already knew I wasn’t gonna survive! Missy Elliott has taken her visual experience on her first headlining tour. She’s been doing big numbers as a special guest and opening act for the likes of Michael and Janet Jackson, Madonna, and Lil’ Kim, has even done major festivals such as the original Lilith Fair Tour (1998) and Verizon Ladies First Tour (2004). A bona fide headliner, it’s about damn time this hip-hop legend put her name on a tour! For her Austin stop, she shares the spotlight with longtime collaborator and legendary producer Timbaland. My childhood all on one stage! – Cy White
    Thu., July 18, 7pm 
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