So you already know about tonight's shows, which include Tapes 'n Tapes at Dada and Nervous Curtains and Dust Congress opening for Daniel Folmer's CD release at 7 p.m. at Good Records. And Saturday night, Los Campesinos and Titus Andronicus play at Club Dada, Somebody's Darling celebrates a CD release at City Tavern and Gary P. Nunn comes to the Granada. As for Sunday, there doesn't seem to be much live music going on, apparently in deference to some sort of athletic contest.
Also, don't forget that Broken Social Scene won't be playing tonight after all, so perhaps your wait for a dinner table might be a little bit shorter - especially if you're getting Mexican food. But don't let that bad news stop you from going out this weekend. Here are a few other options -- and, as always, add your own suggestions in the comments section.
Friday, January 30, at Space Studio
This is a last-minute show scheduled to replace a canceled burlesque show. Caleb Jones is a very young Richardson musician, whose duo Robert Jones has made a big impression on Hal Samples. Pete Freedman was reminded of No Age when he saw them live, though their MySpace songs remind me more of the psychedelic rock and Modest Mouse they list as influences. With his partner Robert Hudson going to school out of state, he's playing this one solo. He's the only act on the bill and starts at 8 p.m. sharp, so you could probably get out in time to catch a later show elsewhere.
The Demigs, The Cut*Off, DJ Wolf
Friday, January 30, at Andy's in Denton
The Demigs and The Cut*Off are both Observer faves. But get there in time to catch some fascinating, strange, keyboard-heavy rock from the opener, who despite the name is not a DJ. Or a wolf.
Friday, January 30, at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton
Darryl Smyers--who wrote about Dyer last year to preview a show at Bend, and included the Austin soul singer's self-titled debut CD on his 2008 Top Ten--highly recommends making the trip to Denton for this show.
Underground: Dallas' Hidden Talents featuring Headkrack, Glitter Rose, spoken word by Will Richey, James O'Barr
Saturday, January 31, at the Janette Kennedy Gallery
This is the closing night of an art exhibit featuring photos and paintings by Hal Samples, C. Kirk and David Lesson. As for the music, Headkrack is a very impressive local MC, as well as a DJ on 97.9 FM. Glitter Rose is a commercial country singer and leather-lovin' hottie (not necessarily in that order) whom Darryl Smyers wrote about a couple weeks ago. Wonder if they'll duet on anything?
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Greater Good The Heelers
Saturday, January 31, at The Double-Wide
Speaking of that best of '08 podcast, DOMA nominees Dove Hunter came up in the discussion, with the general consensus being that the band's live show is better than the good-but-not-great Southern Unknown would indicate. And speaking of the words "great" and "good," Smyers' review of Shake Till I Let You Go said pretty much the same thing about the would-be opener, which apparently dropped off the bill.
Mount Righteous, Fishboy, Drug Mountain, Mr. Troll
Saturday, January 31, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio, Denton
Mount Righteous' When The Music Starts was the source of some intra-Observer dispute when we were discussing the best albums of 2008 on this podcast. Not all of us have much use for the band's debut record, but their live show is undeniably fun. Of all the shows you could go to this weekend, this is the one most likely to include a participatory "Hokey Pokey."
Saturday, January 31, at Jack's Backyard
Assuming the weather stays nice, Oak Cliff's best lesbian-bar-that's-not-really-a-lesbian-bar should be an interesting place to see a classic country band. I haven't made it out to the joint yet, but from what I hear it's like a slightly more upscale version of Lee Harvey's.