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    Exploded Drawing: Fusebox Festival

    Exploded Drawing eschews its typically homegrown lineup of beat dudes in teeming with Boss Babes for an all-female guest affair headlined by Brooklyn’s Anna Wise, who earned a Grammy in collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on “These Walls.” Bit-crushing R&B vocalist SassyBlack, textural composer Dot, jazz sampling Linafornia, trap-techno hybrid Vhvl, and San Antone’s FreshtillDef rep.
    Sat., April 21, 9:30pm
    Fusebox Warehouse, 1500 E. Fourth
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    Austin Reggae Festival w/ Black Uhuru, Nattali Rize, Collie Buddz, Mighty Mystic

    This annual springtime sun splash now celebrates a quarter-century as Austin’s premier riddim-generating, dance-inducing, people-watching, Jah-praising, life-affirming extravaganza. Synced to 4/20, the festival guarantees requisite irie vibes, particularly this year’s strong and varied lineup of legends, up-and-coming youngbloods, and the best of Austin’s genre talent. Only Bob Marley moved more reggae albums than Saturday headliners Black Uhuru. Lead by founding member Derrick “Duckie” Simpson and featuring long-time vocalist Andrew Bees, expect to hear anthems “Sinsemilla,” “Spongi Reggae,” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Aptly-named singer/producer Collie Buddz, who exploded on the scene a decade ago with “Mamacita,” wrecks the house on Saturday as well. Nattali Rize, Mighty Mystic, and Austin’s Hail Marley appear earlier in the day. Throughout the weekend, locals DJ RJ and Jah Ray spin vinyl early and between sets. Festival sponsor the Flamingo Cantina also features many of the headliners in a more intimate setting on Sixth. And Reggae Fest again benefits the Central Texas Food Bank, so canned goods are encouraged.
    Sat., April 21, noon
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    Corduroi, Memory Keepers, Curved Light, Little Beards

    Electro stacking: Austin psycho-pop vets the Sour Notes spin off Memory Keepers, which bumps Moroder-esque disco with New Order instrumentation. Corduroi is Cody Wilson, who draws drum ’n’ bass connections into richly layered hybrids of dance music suggesting Aphex Twin influences. ATX’s Peter Tran audibles Curved Light by patching modular synths together to live visuals from Deirdre Smith. Dallas marrieds Little Beards bounce siren synth.
    Sat., April 21, 10pm
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    The Big Squeeze Accordion Contest

    Twelve finalists, all 25 and under, mark year 12 of Texas Folklife’s accordion-palooza. Grand prizes in polka, Cajun/zydeco, and two conjunto categories distinguish prodigies from a statewide pool of Texans performing inside the rotunda of Congress Avenue’s other massive stone monolith. Your ear-to-ear grin will match the ivory smile of the squeezebox all afternoon, at this free fundraiser for the statewide nonprofit.
    Sat., April 21, 1pm
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    The Breeders, Post Pink

    Finally, the return of the Breeders in ideal form: the same lineup as 1993 grunge-pop essential Last Splash. The Ohio foursome’s new All Nerve, their fifth LP, proves equally crucial, with Kim Deal still toting her effortlessly cool and aloof vocals over frenetic bass lines and Nineties skuzz. All moodiness and bite, they fish pop hooks from a wiry tangle of off-kilter alt-rock.
    Sat., April 21, 8pm
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    KUTX presents Loma, Jess Williamson

    Loma synthesizes the Austin artistry of Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiburg with Cross Record duo Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski. Fruition of a joint tour in 2016, the new assemblage weaves naturalistic, expansive sounds into dark folk compositions, ramping up the intensity on this year’s self-titled Sub Pop debut. Jess Williamson opens with a similarly local penchant for haunting softness, which bodes well for the upcoming and ethereal Cosmic Wink.
    Sat., April 21, 9pm
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