Afghan Whigs, Centro-matic Sunday, October 14, at the Granada Theater Within the bowels of the '90s reunion machine, Ohio's Afghan Whigs are one of those bands you never really expected to be spat out again. Their 1993 LP, Gentlemen, was perhaps a high point, full of tightly wound guitar confessionals and singer Greg Dulli's tortured lyrical jags, which perfectly mirrored our post-Bush/new-Clinton-era mind-set. Later in the '90s, there were addiction issues, label woes and an Austin show at Liberty Lunch where Dulli was beaten into a coma. Suddenly, the Whigs' dark songs took on a very prophetic nature. A decade after going their separate ways in 2001, the quartet has reaffirmed its domestic union and is entertaining a new generation's angst. Centro-matic open. - Audra Schroeder (Psst...we're giving away tickets to the show here.)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Thursday, October 11, at the Granada Theater Live music is like food. Sometimes you want fast junk, but occasionally you want the dish unhurried, richly textured and profoundly delicious. Montreal's Godspeed You! Black Emperor are progenitors of the "slow music" movement that emerged in the late '90s, and after a 10-year hiatus, the band has reformed to serve up its unique audiovisual experience. GY!BE were always unique among the post-rock era of Sigur Rós and Explosions in the Sky, and never shied away from a radical political point of view, whether in liner notes, album covers or the visuals that accompany live performances. This show is scheduled a week before the release of the band's first album in a decade, ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND! A deluxe package is being sold at performances. Total Life open. - Doug Davis
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RTB2, Nervous Curtains, Ice Eater Friday, October 12, at LaGrange On the heels of their latest release, 2, expect to see RTB2 giggin' it up around DFW once more. The 10-song album comes after both drummer Grady Sandlin and guitarist Ryan Thomas Becker temporarily cooled it with RTB2's performances, instead focusing on several other projects, including their newest band, Last Joke, bluegrass outfit Boxcar Bandits and folk ensemble Hares On the Mountain. How these two have time for their ladies is beyond me. Nervous Curtains and Ice Eater join this excellent local bill. - Rachel Watts
Mount Carmel, Old Warhorse Friday, October 12, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios If it's Americana you're sniffing out this weekend, check out Mount Carmel and Old Warhorse at Rubber Gloves. For a band from Columbus, Ohio, Mount Carmel sure does have the whole Southern rock thing down. Old Warhorse is just as the name suggests: a veteran when it comes to the bluesy Southern persuasions. Listen to their jam "Dirty South" and you'll know what I mean. - Rachel Watts
Psycho Pony Friday, October 12, at The Foundry, Free If you're a Neil Young fan, you might want to listen up. Psycho Pony's Jeff Whittington, whose voice you may recognize from KERA's Anything You Ever Wanted To Know, heads up a Neil Young cover band, and it's actually pretty darn good. Catch 'em at The Foundry this Friday, where you can also snag cold beer and tasty food, if you're into that sort of thing. - Rachel Watts
Sealion, Black Cock, Cutter Saturday, October 13, at Double Wide Yes, Sealion holds up to the hype. The Toadies thought so when they invited them to hit the road with them earlier this year. Saturday, Sealion will be whipping out their surf punk jams at Double Wide with Austin's Black Cock and Dallas electro duo Cutter. - Rachel Watts