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The three things you need to know today in Austin: Tue, Apr 24

Made in America Festival 2013
Photograph: Michael J. Chen Queens of the Stone Age

There are plenty of musical happenings going on around town today—could it be any other way in this town? To start with, a free show: Marcia Ball live at Waterloo. Catch this Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist and singer-songwriter bring her rollicking roadhouse R&B to one of Austin's best record stores at 5pm. There's even beer, courtesy of Shiner.

Feeling like a little mid-week crawfish boil? Sawyer & Co. is hosting a mudbug event this afternoon, available starting at 4:30pm until they're gone. Enjoy a pound for $8.99, plus $4.99 draft hurricanes. Can't get enough? Crawfish boils are popping up all across town this spring—check out our guide for the next one.

Queens of the Stone Age is back in Austin on the heels of a successful North American tour. If you’re having second thoughts about catching them following a recent incident where frontman Josh Homme kicked the camera of a media photographer, consider this: he’s always been a loose cannon. If you can forgive Homme’s latest transgression (he did eventually offer a heartfelt apology) in time for this tour stop behind seventh album Villains, you’ll be rewarded with raucous riffs beyond compare, bolstered this go-round by support from fierce British breakout act Wolf Alice.

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