Live music in Austin this week: Dayglow, Elvis Costello, Safer Together SIMS benefit

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Thursday: Safer Together benefit concert at the Mohawk

For the second year in a row, the Red River Cultural District is partnering with Travis County D.A. Jose Garza’s office and the SIMS Foundation on a two-stage bash intended to raise awareness about overdose death prevention. Overdose deaths in Travis County increased by 25% in 2021. In the first six months of this year, the rate of overdose deaths doubled, with 57% linked to the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl. Synth-pop outfit Night Drive headlines a lineup that also features Trouble in the Streets and Holy Wave. The Pinky Rings, Hotmom and Sad Cell play the indoor stage. The event is free, but donations for the SIMS Foundation will be collected at the door.

Night Drive will headline a Safer Together benefit concert on Thursday at the Mohawk.
Night Drive will headline a Safer Together benefit concert on Thursday at the Mohawk.

Thursday: Feels So Good Sessions with Nossas Novas and more

The screenprinting house formerly known as Fine Southern Gentlemen now has an in-house record store at their headquarters in the growing South Austin music hub on Alpine Road where they’ve been hosting regular in-store music performances. Nossas Novas, a Brazilian bossa nova and samba jazz band, headlines this event, which also includes performances by the Hushabyes and the Shanks. Complimentary beverages from Lone Star Beer, Deep Eddy Vodka, 512 Tequila and more will be available, and Billy Buck (Sailor Poon) and Nick Fong will DJ.

Friday: Elvis Costello and friends for Musician Treatment Foundation benefit at ACL Live

Costello is on the board of this nonprofit based in Austin and New York that helps musicians with surgical and nonsurgical orthopedic care. Following a 2021 fundraiser that featured Shawn Colvin, Sarah Jarosz and John Leventhal, this event will focus on Costello’s 1986 “King of the America” album and will include Leventhal, Rosanne Cash, guitarist Charlie Sexton and others to be announced. $69-$199.

Friday-Saturday: Dayglow at Stubb’s

Sloan Struble watched his dorm-room musical exploits at the University of Texas grow into a viral pop sensation with his 2018 album, “Fuzzybrain.” Last year’s “Harmony House” raised the ante, spawning the hit single “Close to You” and scoring him an “Austin City Limits” taping. In October, he released a new album, “People in Motion,” before leading his band on a two-month North American tour that includes stops in more than 30 cities. Expect Struble to be in a homecoming-celebration mood when Dayglow’s tour concludes at Stubb’s. Ritt Momney opens. General admission tickets are sold out, but preferred-access passes are available for $147.

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Saturday: Azizi Gibson at Empire

The L.A. rapper brings a global perspective to his lyrically incisive rhymes. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, he spent part of his childhood in Thailand, Singapore and his native Zaire. His career got a big boost in 2013, when Flying Lotus’ experimental music label Brainfeeder released his debut mixtape. $20.

Tuesday: Sunny Day Real Estate at Emo’s

"The influential emo outfit had not yet released their Sub Pop debut album when I first saw them in Seattle the day after Kurt Cobain’s death," former Statesman music writer Peter Blackstock wrote earlier this year. "Within a couple of years, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl had recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith for Foo Fighters. Since then, Sunny Day’s career has been a series of starts and stops; their current tour is the band’s first since 2014. Mendel isn’t with them, but Goldsmith is, joining guitarists Jeremy Enigk and Dan Hoerner plus new bassist Chris Jordan." The Appleseed Cast opens. $33-$36.

Former Statesman music writer Peter Blackstock contributed to this story.

This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Music picks: Dayglow, Elvis Costello, Safer Together SIMS benefit