My Spilt Milk picks the week's favorites, including Willie Nelson & Family, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Weekend, Broken Bells, DMX and comedian Jim Jefferies.
Friday: Willie Nelson & Family, Lukas Nelson, 8 p.m., House of Blues: Willie Nelson keeps it all in the family Friday night, headlining with his original backing band, and with son, Lukas Nelson opening (tickets); Also on Friday: Com Truise, Phantoms, 10 p.m., Hi Ho Lounge (tickets); Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition, 9 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah; Kaboom, The Fake Carls, 10:30 p.m., Howlin’ Wolf (tickets); The Parishioners CD-release party, 11 p.m., Le Bon Temps Roule
Saturday: St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Kristin Diable, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks: After years of touring, the Birmingham-based soul band finally releases its firts studio album, Half the City (tickets); Also on Saturday: Keys N Krates, Klutch, 10 p.m., Freret St. Publiq House (tickets); Tedo Stone, King Rey, Banditos, 9 p.m., Gasa Gasa (tickets); Two Cow Garage, SS Boombox, Redemption Kings, 7 p.m., Siberia (tickets); Switchfoot, The Kopecky Family Band, 8 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Smoke DZA, Trademark and Friends, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf (tickets); Yellow Ostrich, Pattern is Movement, 10 p.m., Circle Bar; SXSW Bounce fundraiser w/ Big Freedia, Katey Red, Magnolia Rhome, Walt Wiggady, Killy Keys, Culotta Rock, BJ So Cole, Gameova Hound, Da Danger Boyz, DJ Lil Man, 10 p.m., Siberia (tickets)
Sunday: James Singleton Quartet with Johnny V, Tim Green, and Jonathan Freilich, 8 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah: The celebrated bassist, composer and producer performs with his quartet Sunday night with help from his special guests. Also on Sunday: Iration, The Movement, Natural Vibrations, 7 p.m., House of Blues (tickets); Ready to Live: The Notorious B.I.G. tribute, 6 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf’s Den (tickets); Please the Trees, Psychodelia Plus Yvette, 10 p.m., Circle Bar
Monday: Weekend, Nothing, 10 p.m., Circle Bar: The Brooklyn lo-fi trio revive the alternative sound of the early '80s.
Tuesday: 311 Day, 8 p.m., Smoothie King Center: The '90s fusion rockers celebrate their namesake on the 11th day of March with the release of a new album, Stereolithic (tickets); Also on Tuesday: The Orwells, Twin Peaks, The Silver Palms, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets); Ron Pope, Von Grey, Alexis Keegan, 8 p.m., House of Blues’ Parish (tickets)
Wednesday: Broken Bells, 9:30 p.m., Civic Theatre: The Shins' James Mercer and artist-producer Brian Burton (aka: Danger Mouse) collaborate once again on a second indie-rock album, titled After The Disco (tickets); Also on Wednesday: Cody Chesnutt, The Honorable South, 10 p.m., Tipitina’s (tickets); ZZ Ward, Linus Young, The O My’s, 7:30 p.m., House of Blues’ Parish (tickets); Star and Dagger, 10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks (tickets)
Thursday: DMX, 10 p.m., The Howlin’ Wolf: The Dog is back, this time with rumors of yet another "comeback" album with Swizz Beatz (tickets).
Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, also known for his FX comedy series Legit, performs stand-up at the Civic Theatre on Friday at 8 p.m.
In July 2013, fake news broadcast Welcome to Night Vale, became the most downloaded podcast on iTunes. Tuesday night, the strange Southwestern town comes to life with a live performance at the Civic Theatre.