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This weekend’s best music: Beck, Willie Nelson, Gary Allan, and Making Movies

Beck is sharing a double-bill Friday with Willie Nelson at Starlight Theatre
Beck is sharing a double-bill Friday with Willie Nelson at Starlight Theatre Austin City Limits/PBS

Beck performs Friday at Starlight with Willie Nelson, and Spoon and Scott Weiland are here next week. Here’s who’s in town in the next few days:

Gary Allan

Thursday, May 14, at the Uptown Theater

Gary Allan, one of country music’s most consistently excellent artists for nearly 20 years, has strayed from the form. Allan’s new single “Hangover Tonight” is a woozy drinking song that betrays the influence of vintage R&B. Thursday’s show promises to be particularly soulful. With Tucker Beathard.

Tickets range from $45 to $85 in advance through

Second Hand King

Thursday, May 14, at the Riot Room

Joe Stanziola, the man behind Kansas City’s Second Hand King, will host the release party for his new album “Before the Bomb Drops” at the Riot Room on Thursday. His Second Hand King project is a refreshing blend of confessional hip-hop and scruffy rock. Farout is among the opening acts.

Tickets are $8 in advance through

Making Movies

Friday, May 15, at the VooDoo

Performing as the Making Movies Social Club, the popular Kansas City band Making Movies will be expanded to 12 musicians during Friday’s tribute to Fania Records, the salsa label that’s issued much of the most propulsive and ebullient dance music ever created.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Beck and Willie Nelson

Friday, May 15, at Starlight Theatre

The only scheduled concert featuring these two giants of American music, Friday’s remarkable double-bill of Beck and Willie Nelson will showcase the work of the indie-rock mastermind who won the 2015 Grammy Award for album of the year and the country sounds of a legendary trailblazer.

Tickets range from $45 to $86.50 in advance through

Chaka Demus & Pliers

Saturday, May 16, at the Bottleneck

The names of Chaka Demus & Pliers may not ring a bell for most people, but music obsessives are familiar with the Jamaican duo’s biggest hit. “Murder She Wrote,” a dancehall banger that combines jubilant cries with a monstrous beat, was an international smash in the 1990s.

Tickets are $21 in advance through

R. Ring

Sunday, May 17, at Replay Lounge

Best known for playing guitar on the Breeders’ wildly successful 1993 alternative rock hit “Cannonball,” Kelley Deal now performs deliberately disheveled indie-rock with Mike Montgomery under the banner of R. Ring. With the Josh Berwanger Band and Schwervon.

The cover charge is $3. Details are available at


Monday, May 18, at the Midland

The face of classic rock is changing. While giants like the Who, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones still roam the earth, Spoon is ideally positioned to replace them. Indie-rock royalty, the Austin based Spoon has been issuing durable, time-tested music since 1996. With Sweet Spirit.

Tickets are $25 in advance through

Other Lives

Monday, May 18, at the RecordBar

Although it’s based in Stillwater, Okla., Other Lives’ lustrous art-rock sounds as if it was created in the most rarified neighborhood in London. The band’s elegant new album “Rituals” is filled with surpassingly rapturous songs. With Riothorse Royale.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts

Tuesday, May 19, at the Granada

Scott Weiland seems hell-bent on overtaking Axl Rose as the most notorious man in rock ’n’ roll. The former front man of Stone Temple Pilots parted ways with his band in 2013 but Weiland’s erratic behavior continues to make headlines. Good or bad, Tuesday’s concert promises to be a spectacle.

Tickets are $25 in advance through

Purity Ring

Wednesday, May 20, at the Granada

Self-proclaimed purveyors of “future pop,” Purity Ring is best known for the celestial 2012 synth-pop hit “Fineshrine.” The Canadian duo of Megan James and Corin Roddick is touring in support of the similarly gauzy new album “Bodyache.” With Braids and Born Gold.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star