Now, onto some actual rock. As always, let's lead with the show's we've already hyped.
Saturday's a pretty big day: Up in Frisco, Edgefest is gettin' all '90s retro (surprise, surprise, right?) and hosting the likes of Korn, 311 and Papa Roach at Edgefest 19 at Pizza Hut Park; The Paper Chase, Astronautalis and Valina will take to the Granada to celebrate Joh Congleton and Co.'s newest release; Lucero and Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, meanwhile, are gonna tear things up at the Longhorn Saloon in Fort Worth; Jay Gummer (Band) show plays at LBG; and, as our calendar section explained this week, the Ultraviolet Benefit returns to Club Dada on Saturday, with sets from locals El Gato, Lovie, The Boom Boom Box, The Happy Bullets, The O's, The Felons and The Monco Poncho in an effort to fight cystic fibrosis.
Now, onto the rest of the weekend...
Cocky Americans, PVC Street Gang, The League of Fucking Decency
Friday, May 8, at The Cavern
We've written plenty about PVC Street Gang in recent weeks, and you've probably seen the name Cocky Americans on a few bills over the past year or so--still waiting on that first release, though. The wild card here, though, (and maybe the reason to attend) is The League of Fucking Decency. A visit to their Myspace page shows a band that, by most accounts, is absolutely atrocious. Still, for whatever reason, people keep telling me that the band's shows make for good times. So maybe they're bad on purpose and it's all an act? Who knows.
The Slack, Fracas, Solly
Friday, May 8, at Club Dada
The Slack's about to drop a new disc on us this summer and frontman and instrumentalist extraordinaire Chris Holt tells us he's really liking the way the disc is turning out. Well, of course he's gonna say that, yeah, but, fact is, the guy can straight up play, and if you've been around town and seen more than one local show, odds are you've seen him in any of his many bands. There's a reason he's the king of the hill everyone aims to take down in the Best Instrumentalist category of the DOMAs every year (coming soon, by the way!). Check his own band out tonight alongide Solly, which is fronted by Zound Sounds founder Marc Solomon, and the very classic American rock 'n' roll of Fracas.
The Tennessee Three, Marc Stuart, A.M. Ramblers
Friday, May 8, at The Boiler Room, Denton
The Tennesee Three used to back Johnny Cash, so there you go. Also, the A.M. Rambler's "Seven Shots of Tequila" might be the best drinking song you've never heard. Especially if you like Antonio Banderas. Just go to this show and you'll get it, I promise. Tickets are pretty steep, though: $27, last I heard.
The Reverend Horton Heat, Eleven Hundred Springs
Friday, May 8, at the Aardvark, Fort Worth
Two of the region's most venerable acts, sharing one bill--which means this show should be slammed, yes. But if you've got a hankering for some rockabilly mixed with some country, there really isn't a better option tonight than this pairing. Or any other night, really.
Saturday, May 9, at Palm Beach Club
Go. See. This. Hip-Hop. Group. Yesterday, even. We've been telling you about them for some time now. They killed at the Good Records bash a few weeks back. Get on the bandwagon, already.
h...n, Zanzibar Snails, A Smile Full of Ale
Saturday, May 9, at Good Records
This 9 p.m. in-store is serving as the release party for Zanzibar Snails' new CD/DVD release, Journey Into Amazing Caves. Already known for their experimental approach to music and for member Nevada Hill's creative approach to poster design, you can rest assured that the DVD will have some spectacular visuals, and that this show might, too. Actually, go ahead and check this YouTube clip for a taste.
RTB2, The Slow Burners, The Slideshow Tragedies, David Ramirez, Slider Pines, Grand Jones and His Pistol Grip Lassos, Airline, Binary Sunrise, Macon Greyson, Somebody's Darling
Saturday, May 9, at City Tavern
Even before this impressive lineup begins performing (a new band every hour, on the hour), this event, which is benefitting the area SPCA, will launch with a live remote from KTCK-AM 1310 The Ticket's The Orphanage at 10 a.m. I'm also told there will be like a bajillion crawfish there for the eating at this annual event called "The Little City Tavern's Big Spring Benefit", and there'll even be an SPCA Adopt-A-Pet RV parked out in front of the downtown bar/venue with cats and dogs ready for you to take home. Great cause, great bands. Stop on by. I know I will.
Fake Problems, Ghost Knife, Swedish Teens
Saturday, May 9, at Rugger Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Denton
Just a straight up punk show--and a pretty good-loookin' one, too. Fake Problems hails from Naples, Florida; Ghost Knife hails from Austin and features Riverboat Gamblers frontman Mike Wiebe; and Swedish Teens is, well, Denton's own. Feeling angsty and can't make the drive from Denton to Dallas for The Paper Chase? Here's your show...
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Austin Brown Sounds, Polycorns, Zest of Yore, Sparrowbox
Saturday, May 9, at The Lounge on Elm Street
An eclectic bill, yeah, but a pretty good-lookin' one. I've heard great things about all these bands, but only have had the chance to see Austin Brown, who puts on a really entertaining, funked-out, '70s-influenced live show. A good chance to see a bunch of bubbling under bands.
Awkquarius, DJ Big J, DJ Tyrone Smiley, DJ Billy Bisquits, DJ Ghost, DJ Phooka, DJ Nemesis
Sunday, May 10, at Zubar
A little more than a year after DJ Frantic passed, Pikahsso and Tahiti of Awkquarius and six DJ friends (including Big J, his partner in the Clever Monkeys) are getting together to pay tribute to their fallen friend with a night full of dancing and DJing.
Sunday, may 10, at Prophet Bar
Apparently this girl won the Doritos "Crash the Super Bowl" contest. She sings covers of your favorite Top 40 hits on her acoustic guitar, I think.
...and that's your weekend. Add others in the comments if you got 'em, and be safe out there. Oh, and Happy Mother's Day!