Austin rockers Band of Heathens continue to tour behind last year's studio effort Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster's Son, but the band is doing so without founding member Colin Brooks, who bowed out in late 2011 to pursue other interests. No worries, however, as the band looked to Fort Worth native Richard Millsap (son of legendary bluesman Dave Millsap) to fill the gap. ( Ryan Bowman has joined the group as well, playing bass.) This makes Friday's BoH gig at the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge something of a homecoming show, and an excellent opportunity to watch the junior Millsap ply his trade on the drums. The quintet will be joined on the bill by Folk Family Revival. Downbeat's at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10, available at theliveoak.com.
Fort Worth singer-songwriter Josh Weathers remains one of the area's most tireless performers, on a stage somewhere in North Texas more often than not. He is finishing up a new album with his ace backing band, the True+Endeavors, at producer Nick Choate's Blue Smoke Studios, which is due out sometime soon. (The LP will feature lots of favorites from his road-tested set, including Big Night in the City and Hold You Tight.) If it's been a while since you've seen him set the stage on fire, why not catch a relatively intimate gig at the Wild Rooster at 10 p.m. Friday? A cool five bucks gets you in the door, but the good vibes are free of charge.