Carrie Rodriguez

7 p.m. • Dakota Jazz Club • $25

Call it the South by Southwest Reverse Effect: Americana stalwart Rodriguez and her bandmate/beau Luke Jacobs are fleeing her hometown of Austin, Texas, this week to escape the bloated music industry conference and play a show in his old hometown instead. The singer/fiddler and the Romantica guitarist have a couple of new releases to tout, including their debut as a duo, “Live at the Cactus,” and Jacobs’ first solo album, “Velvet After Feel,” a coolly laid-back, twanged-up affair. Rodriguez is also featured on Asleep at the Wheel’s latest Bob Wills tribute album, a sign of her pure Texas pedigree. Chris Riemenschneider



9 p.m. • Triple Rock • 18-plus • $15

Post-rock? Emo? Indie? Part of Cursive’s allure is their distinct style, which, thanks to hyper-creative frontman Tim Kasher, has become more and more difficult to define over the years. From the very beginning, the Saddle Creek-signed group stood out as the chief degenerate weirdos on a label that couldn’t stop producing enough of them. Aside from a hiatus to work on his side project the Good Life, Kasher has never strayed far form his flagship band. Last November, Saddle Creek released an expanded deluxe issue of Cursive’s seminal 2003 album “The Ugly Organ.” So, expect deep cuts, expect new cuts, but do not expect cold cuts. Also, Kasher’s prone to indulging in plenty of unfiltered banter, so most definitely expect that. See Through Dresses and Dylan Ryan Sand open. Raghav Mehta


Craft Spells

8 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $10-$12

In an indie music market saturated with loner synth-pop crafted in some California bedroom, Justin Vallesteros’ Craft Spells project managed to stand out with its 2011 debut “Idle Labor.” Critics sang praise of Vallesteros’ Ian Curtis-like vocal style and sophisticated lifting of the ’80s synth-pop sounds. The next year, he followed up that success with more of the same on the “Gallery EP,” but last year’s “Nausea” full-length was a change of pace. A social media overdose motivated the Seattle-based musician to unplug and teach himself piano. He also replaced drum machines with a live drummer and incorporated a string section this time around, resulting in a warmer, even more emotionally piercing record. Bay Area dream-poppers the Bilinda Butchers open along with local fave Rupert Angeleyes. Alex Nelson



8 p.m. • Loft at Bar Fly • 18-plus • $20-$25

The “Real Thugz” tour may not actually feature any, but literalism won’t stand in this roving bro-down’s way. With a cartoon bear’s swagger, Texas whompster Crizzly loiters on the ever-crowded corner of dubstep and rap bangers, which serve as the blueprint for his self-described “crunkstep” tracks. The young-buck, er, bear-cub producer born Chris Marshall has climbed the pseudo-rave ranks with endless remixes and his “Crunkstep” mixes, the third of which dropped in December. With San Francisco bass fiend Antiserum, U.K. producer Laxx and more. Michael Rietmulder