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    7 Minutes in Heaven: A Celebration of Esme Barrera w/ Cigarettes After Sex (solo), Ted Leo, Jim Ward, the Crack Pipes, John Wesley Coleman, the John-Pauls, Sara O, Mahealani

    The enduring legacy of Esme Barrera is the impact an individual can make by being enthusiastic, generous, loving. The Austin music booster, murdered on New Year’s Day 2012, remains a sweetheart fixture of the homegrown scene seven years after her tragic death. Friday, Barrera’s favorite acts and best friends play Mohawk in her memory. Greg Gonzalez (Cigarettes After Sex) and Jim Ward (Sparta), both hailing from the honoree’s hometown of El Paso, headline alongside punk/indie bard Ted Leo. Austin acts she adored, the Crack Pipes and John Wesley Coleman, plus her dear friend Mark Fagan’s newer group the John-Pauls, perform as well. Money raised through the concert goes toward a Girls Rock Camp, along with 25 scholarships, in El Paso. “We wanted to do something big and unique that captured Esme’s magic,” says Erica Flores, who volunteered with Barrera at Girls Rock Austin and heads up the El Paso project with fellow GRA alum Jess Bee. Bee, who got into GRA through Barrera’s urging, remembers her friend saying, “I wish there was something like this when I was growing up in El Paso.” Now there will be.
    Fri., Jan. 18, 7pm 
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    Poi Dog Pondering w/ Abra Moore

    Frank Orrall and Susan Voelz maintain veteran world-pop fusionists.
    Fri., Jan. 18, 8:30pm
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    Mike Flanigin Trio w/ Jimmie Vaughan & Herman Jackson

    B.B. King drummer joins Mike Flanigin and Jimmie Vaughan.
    Fri., Jan. 18, 10:30pm
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    Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Los Austeros de Durango, Kanales

    Ambassadors of Norteño since 1987, Sinaloa’s Los Tucanes de Tijuana embrace the romanticism of border ballads and the drug dealer glorification of narcocorridos. From the crime-ridden Imperlo and lovelorn Amor Descarado, both 2003, their conventional approach to the genre’s traditional accordion and guitar compositions have garnered the Tijuana, Mexico, outfit 12 Grammy nominations.
    Fri., Jan. 18, 8pm
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    Bill Frisell w/ Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen

    Bill Frisell drifts and dreams through variations of 20th century American melody, where the moon drips honey and the heavens turn blue. His guitar strings glisten with stardust and launch tunes into hypnopompic wonder. In motivic transit, the Baltimore native, 67, sustains the warmth of the sun, even when he’s crossed into interstellar space. Bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen provide the starburst dazzle.
    Fri., Jan. 18, 8pm
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    El Ten Eleven, Joan of Arc, Dolphin Dilemma

    L.A. post-rock electro duo’s Banker’s Hill vs. Chicago emo quintet’s 1984.
    Fri., Jan. 18, 9pm
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    School of Rock Austin "Best of Austin" showcase feat. members of Rise Against, Ugly Beats, Riverboat Gamblers, Fastball, Big Boys, & more

    “I’ve always thought of Austin music as a natural resource in the same way as Barton Springs,” contemplates Austin School of Rock director Rick Carney. “There’s lots to be done in preserving this heritage and that falls on all of us, but especially people like myself who work with the next generation.” The novel concept behind School of Rock, which serves 30,000 students through 225 schools in 12 countries, is that it gives musicians age 7-18 legit stage experience. Friday’s showcase finds local youth performing a set list of Austin classics ranging from the 13th Floor Elevators’ 1966 single “You’re Gonna Miss Me” to Sweet Spirit’s 2015 rager “Take Me to a Party.” Along the way, students collaborate with artists who originated the material. Fastball singer/bassist Tony Scalzo tutors kids on “The Way,” Riverboat Gamblers’ Mike Wiebe and Ian McDougall light a fuse on “Save You,” and Tim Kerr sings on the Big Boys’ brilliant outlier and extreme live rarity “Sound on Sound.” Expect unannounced appearances from Austin favorites as they fundraise for musician health care nonprofit HAAM.
    Fri., Jan. 18, 6:30pm
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    Mistfest w/ Doomstress, Force of Rage, Shadow Spectrum, Dead Now Evil, Black Thorn Halo, Last Judgement, Red Beard Wall, Witchcryer, Boodang, HateWaker, Send Help

    Austinites missing metal cave the Back Room (1988-1995) can console themselves with this 40-band, Texas-heavy conclave. Proselytizing Eurodoom, Houston’s Doomstress headlines Friday, backed by Austin NWOBHM traditionalists Force of Rage and more. NOLA sludge titans Eyehategod dominate Saturday, with San Antonio death metalheads Flesh Hoarder, among others, in support. Sunday elevates Austin thrashing death dealers Vulture Christ, preceded by Houston’s blackened doom proggers Sleeping Ancient and more.
    Fri., Jan. 18
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