Kinda an interesting weekend this time around: Big on the big names and kinda light on the smaller end of things.
Here are the ones we already told you about...
Tonight, there's the Toadies show at the Palladium (with Riverboat Gamblers, The Crash That Took Me and Dead Twins), and the Salim Nourallah & The Noise, I Love Math and Buttercup show (with live DVD taping) at Sons of Hermann Hall.
On Saturday, there's the Melvins and Big Business show at House of Blues, the Save The Boobs charity show at The Bone, the Yells at Eels, Silk Stocking and Darktown Strutters show at the Denton Artists' Resource Collaborative, and the Elvis, um, Castello tribute show at Dada.
And, on Sunday, there's the Projekt Revolution show with Linkin Park, Chris Cornell and others at Superpages.com Center.
But, as always, there are still some pretty good-lookin' shows this weekend that we weren't able to tell you about earlier in this week's coverage...
The House Harkonnen performs Weezer, Vinegar and Syrup performs Ween Friday, August 22, at The Double Wide A yearly favorite returns to the Double Wide tonight as the hard-rockin' Arlington act The House Harkonnen takes to the stage to perform its annual tribute to its favorite nerd rock quartet. Whereas in past years, this event has been spread over two nights so the HK guys can play both the Blue Album and Pinkerton to a grateful audience, tonight's show finds the band performing two sets--and thus tackling both albums over the course of one night. Vinegar and Syrup's participation, I can only assume, is due to the fact that, sure, it kinda makes sense to book tribute nights to bands that start with the letters W-E-E on the same night.
Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell, Motörhead, Testament Friday, August 22, at Superpages.com Center Seriously, if you don't already know about these bands, you have no business at this show. Also, you probably never wear black and you don't like loud noises. Loser.
Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kevin Welch Friday, August 22, at The Granada Theater The Granada kicks it old-school country tonight with Hubbard headlining this bill. I've always considered Hubbard--who, lest we forget, was a one-time resident of Oak Cliff--to be a '70s country icon. But oddly enough, he's released 11 albums since then. Five in this decade, even. And you know what? That's awesome. Good for him. Especially since he has a song named "Dallas After Midnight." I can get behind that.
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13 Bands On 2 Stages Friday, August 22, at Firewater I can't really say I know too much about this show. Hell, I've only really listened to two of the acts on the bill--The Vanished and 1000 Miles From Home--and though they're both fairly generic at times, I think one of them isn't that bad, actually! (You can guess which.) But, really, we never write about Firewater, so I'm just spreading the love here. And with 13 bands on the bill, who knows? Maybe you'll fall in love with one of them. You've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?
Lovie, The McKenzies, The Felons Saturday, August 23, at The City Tavern People love Lovie. The Felons are pretty cool--and are near done with their album, I think. And Houston's the McKenzies? Um, well...let's just hope that the songs on their Myspace page are just really bad soundboard recordings and move along, OK?
First Lady Assassins, Rocket For Ethiopia Saturday, August 23, at Bar of Soap Kinda an interesting show at Bar of Soap: Tulsa's First Lady Assassin--aside from the charming name--are kind of a throwback to the punk bands of the early Warped Tour days, melodic and a little derivative of NOFX, et al. Fort Worth's Rocket For Ethiopia's pretty much the opposite, more thrash than punk. And, actually, makes them more punk, I think. Not an ideal pairing--not in the slightest--but it could bring out an interesting mix of listeners.
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