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    Metric, Zoé, July Talk

    Toronto New Wave vs. Mexican rock.
    Sat., March 2, 7pm
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    Mardi Gras weekend w/ Betty Harris, Peterson Brothers

    Betty Harris kicks off Mardi Gras with an encore performance of last year’s two-night stand at Antone’s. Nicknamed the Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul and associated with late producer-pianist Allen Toussaint, you’d be forgiven for thinking the 80-year-old diva hails from the Big Easy. “Oh, no,” she clarified by phone from her home in Connecticut last year. “I was in New Orleans about a month, but that’s the longest I’ve ever been there.” Harris grew up in Florida and Alabama surrounded by music, her father promoting gospel artists including Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Dixie Hummingbirds, and Caravans. She considers herself most fortunate to have spent a good amount of time around Tharpe, “who was actually playing rock & roll but nobody knew it!” Another giant of the genre mentored Harris after she moved to NYC in the early Sixties. “I had such a huge set of lungs that I really didn’t know where I belonged until I met Big Maybelle,” she said. “I went to her when she was playing the Apollo and she helped me find my own style, my own voice, my own sound.” Harris cracked the R&B Top 10 in 1963 with a syrupy slow take on Solomon Burke’s “Cry to Me.” The second half of the decade found her jetting to New Orleans for sessions with Toussaint and a rhythm section that soon became the Meters. The sessions proved tumultuous but the results – searing ballads (“Nearer to You”) and furious funk (“There’s a Break in the Road”) – remain thrilling to this day. “Allen was young, I was young. We clashed some, but I had a definite respect for his work. There was some childish stuff, but along with the Meters, we came out with some gorgeous songs.”
    Sat., March 2, 9pm
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    Löwin (album release), Blushing, Fanclub, All Eyes

    Löwin’s excellent sophomore effort, Heavy as the Sun, veers surprisingly into synth-pop territory, the fourpiece levitating a lighter sound thanks to Sara Houser’s return to keyboards and airy vocals. The pop glimmer easily collides with the band’s background in rollicking, bluesy rock. Support includes quintet All Eyes blending off-kilter dance beats with funk punches, while Fanclub trios twee, indie-pop earworms. Blushing’s dark shoegaze deluges last.
    Sat., March 2, 9pm
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    The Zombies, Liz Brasher [outside]

    Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone still lead St. Albans’ original.
    Sat., March 2, 9pm
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    G.O.M.E.Z., Bum Out, Gentlemen Rogues

    For six months, north of the Drag, venerable pizza joint the Parlor has quietly returned to its roots serving up punk rock alongside slices, via a series of Saturday afternoon matinees. It’s steadily built a scene-within-the-scene, presenting a well-curated mix of old and new bands. This show hosts a one-day-only reunion of Nineties Kiss-and-Star-Wars-loving punks G.O.M.E.Z. (spelling courtesy of legal mandate) alongside power-pop brutarians Gentlemen Rogues and neo-emoists Bum Out.
    Sat., March 2, 4pm
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    Brandon Hughes, South Austin Moonlighters, Radney Foster, Folk Uke, Guitar Grady (3:00)

    Radney Foster shows off his country hits. The Texas native continues expanding his talent behind intimate 2017 book/LP combo For You to See the Stars.
    Sat., March 2
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    Stephen Marley (acoustic), Mobley

    After a slew of acoustic performances, Grammy-winning reggae scion Stephen Marley released the self-explanatory One Take: Acoustic Jams last October. His first album since 2016, the collection finds him performing both lead vocals and percussion, an unsurprising feat given Marley’s production history. The melody maker’s as much an MC as Jamaican crooner.
    Sat., March 2, 6pm
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    Project ATX6

    This year, roving documentary series Project ATX6 delivered six Austin acts to festivals in Nova Scotia, Hanoi, and Montreal. Propelled by founder Chris Brecht, the handpicked talents of Michael Booher, Carrie Fussell (Calliope Musicals), Jacob Alan Jaeger, Nnedi Nebula (Trouble in the Streets), Georgia Parker (Big Cedar Fever), and Cory Reinisch (Harvest Thieves) celebrate their homecoming with a big finale. KUTX’s Laurie Gallardo and Tate Landon Mayeux of Mayeux & Broussard host footage from the road alongside full-band performances.
    Sat., March 2, 8pm
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