Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Midland
More than twice the age of many of his fans, Steve Aoki, 37, has been one of the leading lights of electronic dance music for well over a decade. His celebratory sensibility causes his concerts to resemble exuberant parties. With Head Hunters and Caked Up.
Tickets range from $23 to $40 in advance through axs.com.
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Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Granada
One of the most ferocious heavy metal bands of the last 30 years, Napalm Death refuses to mellow with age. The new release “Apex Predator-Easy Meat” — the British band’s 16th studio album — is unrelentingly vicious. With Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, Phobia, Black Crown Initiate and Altered Beast.
Tickets are $18 in advance through thegranada.com.
I Heart Local Music’s “SXSW Bound”
Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Jackpot
The music blog I Heart Local Music diligently documents Lawrence’s indie-rock scene. Its annual SXSW Bound fundraiser helps musicians finance their trips to Austin. Friday’s lineup includes Westerners and the Bad Ideas. Tire Fire and Gnarly Davidson are among the acts featured on Saturday.
The cover charge is $3 per night. Details are available at iheartlocalmusic.com.
The Life and Times
Friday, Feb. 27, at the RecordBar
The Life and Times have yet to garner even half of the acclaim accorded to post-punk bands like My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver, but the trio continues to prove that its brand of space-rock is every bit as compelling. With Maps for Travelers and the Jorge Arana Trio.
Tickets are $10 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Friday, Feb. 27, at the Replay
The members of Cobalt Cranes know that what goes around eventually comes around. The Los Angeles band revives the 1980s sound of the Paisley Underground, a movement that mimicked the jangly psychedelic rock of the 1960s. With the Conquerors.
The cover charge is $3. Details are available at replaylounge.com.
Saturday, Feb. 28, at Knuckleheads
With more than 50 artists performing at an Austin nightclub, the ambitious Midwest Takeover represents a parallel music festival to the concurrent SXSW music conference. Saturday’s concert headlined by punk stalwarts the Architects raises funds for the annual showcase. With the Yawpers, the Bad Ideas and Scruffy & the Janitors.
Tickets are $10 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.
Saturday, Feb. 28, at the RecordBar
The sleek and polished electro-rock of Los Angeles’ Milo Greene offers a hushed alternative to like-minded ensembles such as Foster the People and Passion Pit. The dreamy new album “Control” reveals the band’s soulful side. With Caroline Smith.
Tickets are $14 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Monday, March 2, at the Bottleneck
Houndmouth is the type of blue-collar Midwestern band that sounds as if its members have logged time working in oily garages and greasy kitchens. Fans of Americana bands like Ha Ha Tonka and Deer Tick will be smitten by the quartet from Indiana. With Twin Limb.
Tickets are $13 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.
Tuesday, March 3, at the Granada
Thursday, March 5, at Knuckleheads
Southern rock’s reputation as a bastion of regressive societal views has never been entirely accurate. Much like the Drive-By Truckers, North Carolina’s American Aquarium perform a wild but intelligent version of the raucous form. Chicago Farmer opens the Knuckleheads’ show.
Tickets to Tuesday’s show are $10 in advance through thegranada.com.
Tickets to Thursday’s show (March 5) are $10 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.
Wednesday, March 4, at the Granada
By characterizing its sound as “cave music” rather than jazz, Brooklyn-based trio Moon Hooch has slowly accumulated a rabid fan base of people who otherwise listen to indie rock. The improvisatory attack of the two saxophonists and drummer is refreshingly organic.
Tickets are $10 in advance through thegranada.com.