Crucial Concerts for the Week Ahead: LookOUT Fest, Circle Jerks, Holy Fawn, Bernell Jones II, Tav Falco’s Panther Burns and Buddy Holly’s Birthday Tribute – Music

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (Courtesy of Giant Noise)

lookOUT Fest Featuring Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, The Leaf Album, Mary Lattimore and More

Long Center for the Performing Arts, Saturday 3, noon

The dramatic exterior of the Long Center resembles a descending UFO, appropriate for a convergence of experimental and quietly otherworldly eclectic sounds. KUTX’s Soundfounder – aka weekly electronic music pundit Andrew P. Brown – carves a genre-fusing lineup around synths and immaculate production. The deejay co-presents with independent booking agency out/most, reps Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, the Album Leaf and Julianna Barwick. It’s rare to see so much nationally recognized electronic music locally in one night.

Anchoring the freshman festival, Smith, a Washington native, actually launched his soundscape on Austin’s Western Vinyl label. There she released 2015 Euclid to revive the Sixties Buchla 100 synthesizer, which the composer loves for its unpredictability. After playing their second gig in Austin (South by Southwest 2000 at Club de Ville), Album Leaf combined delayed Rhodes piano and guitar on One day I’ll be on time — whose principal Jimmy Lavalle offered a 20th anniversary reimagining last year.

Raised in reverberating sanctuaries of Southern churches, Barwick’s immersive vocal loops sustain the producer through collaborations from Odesza to Philip Glass. Also visiting from California, like all of the above, harpist Mary Lattimore takes the classical instrument to unheard-of depths on the newest West Kensington, composed with neighbor guitarist Paul Sukeena during the pandemic scorching days. On the local level, the electro-acoustic duo Felt Out expands the melodic pop framework, while the Kraken Quartet tactfully attempts to integrate percussion and gadgets. –Rachel Rascoe

sacred fawn

Mohawk, Saturday 3

Shoegaze, dream-pop, and slow, emotionally inclined post-metal are probably the most disgusting niche markets for music nerds. A group merging the three, shouldn’t that be totally intolerable? Surprise! This rising quartet from Phoenix completely transcends any political genre, merging fuzz pedal crush with ethereal swoon as well as any band since Deftones. Toning poems with mystical wit and attunedness that feel like the burliest Viking of prehistory lost in an enchanted forest of his own unexamined psychic baggage. The opener is Boston quartet Astronoid, whose booming hyper-rock similarly resists classification (imagine Slowdive rewriting songs from Coheed and Cambria using borrowed guitar lines from Alcest). – Julian Towers

Panther Burns by Tav Falco

Artemisia, Saturday 3

It’s been 10 years since Tav Falco last performed in Austin, but at 77, iconoclastic filmmaker, author and Southern art-punk frontman Panther Burns is coming to town with a new EP, Club Car Zodiac. Since his first album in 1980, Behind the magnolia curtain, Falco captured with suave grit as his cabaret-influenced surf rumble and raw garage ethos filter through a dark, hypnotic Memphis rock & roll lens. Panther Burns’ Italian guitar virtuoso Mario Monterosso opens with his own set, along with equally rebellious country ruckus from locals, the Hickoids and Cunto! – Doug Freeman

Circle Jerks, 7 seconds, negative approach

Mohawk, Monday 5 and Tuesday 6

Never let it be said that LA-united hardcore pioneers Circle Jerks don’t go the extra mile for their fans. The original April 26 date was part of a rescheduled 2020 40th anniversary tour cut short by the pandemic. Then legendary lead howler Keith Morris contracted COVID himself. The entire spring tour cast – Morris, guitarist Greg Hetson, bassist Zander Schloss and Queens of the Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo, plus fellow ’80s veterans HC 7 Seconds and Negative Approach – give Austin two makeup dates.–Tim Stegall

Bernell Jones II

Monks Jazz Club, Tuesday 6

Saxophonist/keyboardist Bernell Jones II hails from New York via Memphis, Tennessee, and his music reflects a balance between these two places: the legendary jazz presence of the Big Apple and the beloved soul music of Memphis. Mentored by veterans Greg Tardy and Vincent Herring, Jones plays with a lyrical style that has made him a valuable mercenary for Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and the Philip Harper Quintet. Supported by the cream of the ATX jazz scene, including bassist Ryan Hagler, drummer Daniel Dufour and rising keyboard star Dayne Reliford, Jones will undoubtedly present his new EP,Supernov-awhich falls the next day.–Michael Toland

Buddy Holly’s birthday

Artemisia, Wednesday 7

Although Buddy Holly perished in a plane crash in 1959 at the humanly nascent but musically mature age of 22, his percussionist Jerry Ivan Allison kept his beat alive for six more decades. Past Aug. 22, the Hillsboro native was tall and Texan even when this stringer met him in 2004 — as great as Holly’s older cowboy brothers at one of her birthday parties in Lubbock. Praise the lean, horn-rimmed Strat wearer who ruled rock & roll with West Texas royalty, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Kimmie Rhodes; Austin Sovereigns Rosie Flores, BettySoo and Graham Weber; and full sets from beggars Mason & the Gin Line and local honky-tonkers Cale & the 45s. Oh man!–Raoul Hernandez


Thursday 1, Circuit of the Americas

The well-established Los Angeles thrash metal band double dips today – the band is backing Five Finger Death Punch at COTA before hosting a Downtown record signing at Waterloo Records.– Derek Udensi

naughty rico

Thursday 1, Moody Amphitheater

It is unknown what sound the native DMV will make when pressing play. She’s a hater who has ventured into new fields such as hyperpop in recent years. Kehlani titles.– Derek Udensi

Pierre Bourne

Wednesday 7, at Stubb

“Yo Pierre, do you want to come here?” This producer label sampled fromThe Jamie Foxx Show took on a life of its own in 2017 as its vibrant instrumentals served as the basis for Playboi Carti (“Magnolia”) to break into the hip-hop mainstream. Although the Queens, NY artist still creates beats for others, he now mostly raps to his own supply. His latest project,Good filmcomes out tomorrow.– Derek Udensi

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