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    Al Green

    Back locally for the first time since ACL Fest 2003, Al Green, 73, begins his first tour in six years – an eight-city jaunt – at Bass Concert Hall. Last Saturday on Record Store Day, Possum Records released The Hi Records Singles Collection, which contains all 26 vinyl singles by the Grammy-winning Kennedy Center Honors recipient.: Once the Arkansas native found his voice with the help of producer Willie Mitchell (1928-2010), he broke through with Al Green Gets Next to You in 1971, featuring a bluesy cover of the Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next to You.” The LP also contained million-seller “Tired of Being Alone.” The esteemed Let’s Stay Together (1972) followed, Green’s smooth falsetto ascending the soul pantheon with its honeyed, Billboard-topping title track.: Aside from Marvin Gaye, and perhaps the Isley Brothers, the son of a sharecropper defined Seventies R&B. None of it would’ve been possible without Mitchell’s tutelage, a yearlong process beginning with Green approaching the producer “to find out who Al was.” At some point, Mitchell angered him and Green stormed out of a studio.: “I left, squealing my tires out of the parking lot, and went home,” chuckles Green. “I thought about it, and called him back. I was a lot clearer later that night, I said, ‘Hey man! Are you ready?’ He started laughing. He said, ‘Yeah, I’m ready.’: “I was gonna sing like Pickett, or James Brown,” continues Green. “He said, ‘No, no, no. That’s not it.’ Then I said, ‘Okay, I’m gonna just sing it without putting anything extra into it.’ And I went, [singing], ‘I’m so in love with you.’: “He said, ‘That’s it – that’s Al!’ I said, ‘Oh, okay. Now I know who Al is.’”
    Wed., April 24, 8pm
    • Arts

      Comedy

      BuzzKill at the Buzz Mill

      Looking for a regular Wednesday night stand-up showcase? Carlton Wilcoxson and Angelina Martin are the new hosts of Buzzkill at the Buzz Mill, and they're fixing to show you a laughing good time.
      Wednesdays, 9pm. Free.
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      Theatre

      BedPost Confessions: Kiss & Tell

      Stories told here explore themes of sexuality, gender identity, dating, marriage, masturbation, break-ups, health, and more. "Whether the performers are funny, informative, fictional, thoughtful, embarrassing, raunchy, heart-warming, political, or completely personal, the audience receives their stories with love and returns the favor by sharing their own." This month's show features Nell Seiler, Brooke Elise Axtell, Jade Fusco, and Holly Lorka – with your hosts, Miranda Wylie and Sadie Smythe. Bonus: DJ Chorizo Funk.
      Wed.-Fri., April 24-26, 8pm. $25 ($20, in advance).  
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      Visual Arts

      Big Medium: Unity of Opposites

      This show, curated by Coka Treviño, features artists Blasto and Ernesto Walker exploring nature and how humans decide to interact with it. "Inspired by alchemy, technology, and numbers, Blasto focuses on earth, the visible and tangible; Walker on the invisible, immaterial and divine."
      Reception: Fri., April 19, 7-10pm
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      Visual Arts

      Butridge Gallery: Mayuko Ono Gray and Katy Schmader

      Gray’s graphite drawings combine traditional Japanese calligraphy with Western drawing practices and aesthetic; Schmader’s abstract collages explore the connection between tactile traces of a physical environment and the historic system of landscape semiotics.
      Through May 3
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      Community

      Drag Queen Lotería: Benefit for Hill County Ride for AIDS

      Play some games with Mandy Quinn and Noodles, and raise cash for a good cause.
      Wed., April 24, 7-9pm. $5.  
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      Arts & Culture

      Greetings From Queer Mountain Ep. 72: 6 Year Anniversary

      A very happy anniversary to our fave storyteller QTs! Co-creator Micheal Foulk is coming home to join Ralphie Hardesty in celebration, with readings from some of their favorite performers over the past six years.
      Wed., April 24, 9-10:30pm  
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      Visual Arts

      Guzu Gallery: Realms Apart

      Hark ye, good citizen! Hark, we say, as Guzu Gallery presents the first fantasy-themed art show ever held in their intimate and graphically festooned venue! Behold with eyes of wonder as bold heroes and fell creatures from Westeros to Cimmeria – perhaps, even, from Bas-Lag, Maradaine, or the Vorrh? – travel to this innocuous little sector of the multiverse to take their rightful place on the noble walls of the gallery that's right there in the heart of Austin fandom!
      Reception: Fri., April 19, 7-10pm
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      Community

      Intersex Student & Allies Community Meeting

      Build community, share stories, and enjoy some snacks!
      Wed., April 24, noon-1pm  
    • Music

      Metal Church, Images of Eden, Halcyon Way

      Left Coast thrash pioneers near 40 as still led by guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof.
      Wed., April 24, 8pm
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      Comedy

      Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest

      Good gods, y'all, there's a panoply of nationally renowned comedians swarming all over Downtown and beyond next weekend, setting fire to stages and slaying audiences in those styles that have so endeared them to stand-up aficionados everywhere. Jenny Slate! Nick Offerman! Nate Bargatze! Hari Kondabolu! Amanda Seales! And more and more and more. The Paramount on Congress is the epicenter for this eighth annual takeover of Austin, but, really, it's a citywide deal and you should check that Moontower website for an almost overwhelming flood of details. Note: The fest is almost sold out already, but the Satellite Badge that's still available will get you into the 50+ shows hosted in those satellite theatres or will "grant you access to the main acts in seats that have a suboptimal view."
      Wed.-Sat., April 24-27  
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      Theatre

      Not Every Mountain

      The Rude Mechs' acclaimed geodynamic masterwork returns to Austin! This newest iteration of the show that "invites you to watch the collective effort of making and unmaking a series of interlocking mountain ranges using string, cardboard, magnets, and an octahedral scissor lift" is 1) being held over from Fusebox Festival, and 2) fortified not only with (implied) amounts of feldspar and chert but also an onstage performance by Peter Stopschinski. Recommended!
      April 24-28. Wed.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2pm; Sun., 8pm. $5-35.  
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      Robin Trower, Ian Moore

      Under the gray skies of post-World War II England, the guitar gods of rock entered the world. Within the slim span of five years, Peter Green, Jeff Beck, Martin Barre, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Tony Iommi, and Robin Trower all fell through a rip in the spacetime continuum and landed on a green island in the North Atlantic. The latter proved lucky, boasting a record collector friend who imported records from America and exposed him to “a great music, a heavy music, a beautiful music.”: “Ninety percent, if not all of those guys, were inspired by American music,” affirms Trower, 74. “You can’t underestimate the effect James Brown Live at the Apollo had on musicians in Britain.”: That explains a funk streak throughout the guitarist’s work, bubbling under during his tenure in Procol Harum and emerging fully formed on Trower’s second solo release, 1974’s Top 10 hit Bridge of Sighs. From headlining stadiums in the Seventies to the fallow Eighties when radio turned away from the grandeur of his sound, the Stratocaster loyalist has stayed the course. Constantly evolving and serving as a guardian of the blues, he quietly influenced generations of guitarists, including myself. Even Sabbath worshippers Goatsnake titled a track “Trower” on their debut.: Latest release Coming Closer to the Day is a stripped down and unflinching look at his own mortality.: “I’m starting to realize I’m closer to the end than the beginning, which seems like a really obvious thing to say,” he laughs. “It’s about coming closer to the day, you know.”: His voice trails off. With lyrics like, “Nothing of myself I want to keep/ Living with the memory of a flame of fractured life,” Trower’s making his most personal musical statements right now. Then there’s the guitar playing.: File it under a heavy, beautiful music.
      Wed., April 24, 8pm
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      Steve Gunn, Gun Outfit, Michael C. Sharp

      Since leaving Kurt Vile’s band and releasing his 2013 breakthrough fifth album Time Off, New York singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Gunn earned critical acclaim for a series of engaging, expansive folk/rock records. Eighth LP The Unseen in Between continues that trend, gently shifting the spotlight from the virtuoso guitar work that grabbed public attention to the songs into which he pours heart, soul, and craft.: “It’s obvious the record is a bit reduced,” says Gunn by phone following a soundcheck in Belgium. “There’s some poppier stuff in there. Years ago I wouldn’t have been into that, but I’ve come around to it and that simplified how I come up with songs. Before, I was writing really complex, open-tuning, capoed songs that had all these weird movements and parts.: “For this record, I felt like really focusing on the lyrics and the singing, and I felt a bit more freed up.”: The introspective Unseen does bear some connection to Time Off, as the Philadelphia native revisited the older disc’s aesthetic, recording mostly live after vigorously road-testing the tunes.: “[2016’s] Eyes on the Lines was just this web of tracks, and it was just too much,” admits Gunn. “I wanted to get back to the way it felt with Time Off. Obviously I’ve come a long way with my singing and song structure, but there’s an ease to that record. Things are a bit more simple [on Unseen], in the sense of trying to get back to that. It felt really organic, like I wasn’t trying to be better than I am.: “I think in the past I was trying to force it a bit. Guess I’m just getting old. I felt a little more mature with this record, like I can stand on my own singing and strumming.”
      Wed., April 24, 9pm
    • Music

      The Wild Reeds, Valley Queen

      L.A. indie-folk ladies & gents bid Cheers.
      Wed., April 24, 8pm
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