Four under-$20 shows to see in Austin this weekend

Cat Cardenas

Who: Elijah Ford & The Bloom

Where: Lambert's

When: Thursday 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $5

After touring with singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham, Elijah Ford, son of Black Crowes’ guitarist Marc Ford, began his solo career. The California native moved to Austin with plans to record and release his second album this year. He released his last EP, Ashes, in 2012, combining pop and rock influences. Ford’s gruff vocals and poetic lyrics offset each other in songs such as “The Lion” and “Under the Knife.”

Who: Mandolin Orange

Where: Stubb’s

When: Friday 9 p.m.

Cost: $10

It wasn’t until folk-duo Mandolin Orange released their fourth album, This Side of Jordan, in 2013, that they broke into the music scene. This May, the band returned with their fifth record, Such Jubilee. While much of the album was written on the road, the majority of the songs are centered around home. With delicate harmonies and cheerful instrumentation, the duo’s chemistry is evident on songs such as “Little Worlds” and “Old Ties and Companions.”

Who: Chipper Jones

Where: Vulcan Gas Company

When: 10 p.m.

Cost: Free 21+, $5 under 21

Austin-based instrumental pop duo Chipper Jones released its two-song vinyl, Tropics | Cosm, this year and plans to release their second EP later this year. Released in 2014, the alternative duo’s first EP, Two Rooms, captures their energy and electronic experimentation, especially on improvised songs, such as the EP’s title track, “Two Rooms.” On one of their latest songs “Tropics,” listeners can hear how much the band has grown in just one year.

Who: Danny Schmidt

Where: Strange Brew

When: Sunday 6 p.m.

Cost: $6

Owls marked Austin-based singer-songwriter Danny Schmidt’s 11th album. By combining blues, gospel and folk influences, Schmidt’s albums cover vast ranges of sounds and emotions. Schmidt chose to release this album on his own, funding the project through a Kickstarter campaign. As a result, the album’s songs have a simple but sincere sound which can be heard on songs such as “Guns & The Crazy Ones” and “Cries of Shadows.”