Austin Music Source: Seven nights
In Austin, there’s something cool going on every night of the week. austin360.com/musicsource
Pinetop Perkins and friends at Antone’s. In Austin, July is blues month. Help the blues piano icon celebrate his 97th birthday, while also fêting 35 years of Antone’s. Perkins (who’ll be touring in Spain on his actual birthday Wednesday) will be joined by Bill Carter and the Blame and other luminaries. And come early for the Peterson Brothers from Bastrop, who are 86 and 84 years younger than the headliner. 9 p.m. 213 W. Fifth St. www. antones.net. — Michael Corcoran
Also recommended: Man Made Fire at Flamingo Cantina, Gun Outfit at Beerland, Led Zeppelin 2 at La Zona Rosa, Gary Clark Jr. at Lamberts, Andrew Jackson Jihad at Emo’s, Shannon McNally and Deadman at the Continental.
... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Girl In A Coma at the Beauty Bar. Design and screen printing outlet Pure Grease launches — appropriately — in style with a barrage of great Central Texas acts, from Trail of Dead’s stirring art rock to Girl In A Coma’s take-no-prisoners guitar caterwaul. With a lineup like that, Pure Grease should have no trouble packing the venue from patio to hair dryers. With Eagle Claw, Lights Go Out, Markov, White Rhino, Not in the Face and Melogrand. 7 p.m. $10. 617 E. Seventh St. www.myspace.com/beautybaraustin. — Patrick Caldwell
Also recommended: Whitman and Built by Snow at Mohawk, Tortilla Factory at the Flamingo Cantina, Everclear, MoTel Aviv and the Pons at the Marchesa Hall and Theatre, Storyville at Antone’s.
Jamey Johnson at Whitewater Amphitheater. This bearded singer from Alabama is the hottest new artist in country music, with such tunes as 2008 country song of the year ‘In Color’ and ‘Macon,’ from upcoming CD ‘The Guitar Song,’ making Southern rock safe for mainstream country, while staying true to such influences as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Marshall Tucker Band. This Canyon Lake triple bill is headlined by Robert Earl Keen, with Bruce Robison in support, so expect the crowd to reach the capacity of 5,600. Go to www. whitewaterrocks.com for advance tix ($19.40). 7 p.m. 11860 FM 306. — M.C.
Also recommended: Thieves at Red 7, Make Austin Weirder Fest at Lovejoy’s, Scorpion Child’s Third of July Picnic at the Mohawk, Storyville at Antone’s, Bus Stop Stallions at Momo’s, Jungle Rockers, Royal Butchers at the Continental, Gary Nicholson at the Saxon Pub.
T-Bird and the Breaks, the Bright Light Social Hour and ’Til We’re Blue or Destroy
at Seaholm Power Plant. The big show goes down at the Backyard, as Willie’s picnic returns to Austin, but those looking for a cheaper date — and a heckuva lot less hassle parking — can mosey over to the Seaholm’s art deco digs, where up-and-coming soul stirrers T-Bird and the Breaks headline a roaring benefit for Anthropos Arts. 4 p.m. Free. 214 West Ave. anthroposarts.wordpress.com. — P.C.
Also recommended: Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, Billy Joe Shaver, Kris Kristofferson and more at the Backyard, Junior Brown and Tanya Rae at the Continental Club, Bob Schneider and Quiet Company at the Nutty Brown Cafe.
Dan Dyer at the Continental Club Gallery. It’s a slow night for live music, so go for a safe bet. Dyer’s slinky soul satisfies. Free. 10:30 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. www.continentalclub.com. — M.C.
Also recommended: Two Hoots and a Holler at the Continental Club, Charles Thibodeaux at Evangeline Cafe, Republic of Texas Big Band at the Highball.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
at La Zona Rosa. Alex Ebert, vocalist for the brilliantly named power pop group Ima Robot, reinvented himself in 2009 as the front man for psychedelic pop ensemble Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, crafting a high-concept story line that recast Ebert as a wayward rock ’n’ roll messiah from beyond the stars. Schtick like that could grate — if the band itself wasn’t one of the most operatic, thrilling, catchy acts to emerge in the past year. 8 p.m. Show is technically sold out. 612 W. Fourth St. www.lazonarosa.com. — P.C.
Also recommended: Wild America and Literature at Trailer Space Records, Islands at the Parish, Cage at the Mohawk.
Soul Track Mind at T.C.’s Lounge. Austin’s soul revival gets boost points when it plays out at T.C.’s, a juke joint so authentic that 150 white college kids can’t dilute the pure Joe Tex vibe. Sharks are jumped every Monday night when the frat pack descends like it’s quarter beer night, but Wednesdays are more like hopping the flounder. This seven-piece powerhouse makes the old wooden joint wobble. $5. 10 p.m. 1413 Webberville Road. 926-2200. — M.C.
Also recommended: Alejandro Escovedo at Zilker Park (free), Thrice at Emo’s, Johnny Goudie at Momo’s, Soulphonics at Carousel Lounge.
Pinetop Perkins (tonight at Antone’s)