It's Friday already? Really? That's a pleasant surprise. Guess it's time to plan the weekend, then...
Here are our top choices for must-see music shows around the Metroplex this weekend. As always, check our music listings and print version for more options.
Pleasant Grove, Stumptone, Crushed Stars 9 p.m., Saturday, March 1, at The Double-Wide
Pretty much a local all-star line-up at The Double-Wide on Saturday, even if it is a bit varied. Stumptone and Crushed Stars are just the cherry on top here, though, as the real reason to catch this show is Pleasant Grove. This is the band's second-to-last Dallas show, before lead singer Marcus Striplin strands us for the greener pastures of NYC. So, if you're busy next Thursday, this is your last chance. Get to it.
Airline 7 p.m. Friday, February 29, at Good Records; 9 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at The Barley House
Local indie rock quartet Airline's got itself a pretty decent March gig on the horizon: opening for the Lemonheads when Evan Dando and Co. hit the Granada's stage. In the meantime, though, they've got a new CD on their hands and are playing Good Records and The Barley house this weekend to help get the word out. Interesting stuff from what I've heard so far, but check out the new songs for yourself.
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Marilyn Manson 8 p.m. Friday, February 29, at House of Blues
It's nice to know that Marilyn Manson and his super, totally, bestest BFF Twiggy are back together again playing music. Tonight's show is a draw not only for that, but because Manson's got a serious rep for putting on quite a little show. And we're sure he's not taking lightly the fact that tonight's date only comes once every four years. Expect nightmares.
Record Hop, Swedish Teens, American Werewolf Academy 9 p.m., Saturday, March 1, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton
We hear at the Observer have been hip to Record Hop for a minute now, and the thing that really gets us is Ashley Cromeens' vocals. Night & Day editor Merritt Martin has especially voiced her fandom and jealousy of Cromeens. Doesn't hurt, either, that the music coming from behind her vocals kinda kicks some serious ass. -- Pete Freedman