This particular hump day evening provides some bands with interesting band names that, thankfully, make interesting music.
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Whiskey Folk Ramblers at Renfield's Corner
Renfield's Corner continues along with its free Wednesday night concert series and attempts at bringing live music to Uptown tonight with a free performance from the Whiskey Folk Ramblers, who remain one of the best live acts in town. Say what you want of the band's recorded Gypsy-meets-Western noir material -- we happen to enjoy it -- but there's no denying the infectious nature of WFR's rambunctious style in live settings.
Organ Yank at Andy's Bar in Denton
Hailing out of Ohio, Organ Yank play jazz with a rock energy uncommon in the genre. The band has drawn comparisons to Parliament, Hendrix and Miles Davis. I'm unsure about all that, but Organ Yank's muse is definitely with legendary rock weirdoes such as Frank Zappa and the recently departed Captain Beefheart. This style of jazz is decidedly uneasy on the ears and Organ Yank probably wouldn't have it any other way. The band is touring in support of its just released debut effort, We Are Organ Yank.
Video, Dikes of Holland and The Zoltars at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton
Austin's Dikes of Holland is actually the second band on this solid triple-bill, but the band certainly has the talent (not to mention the cooler band name) to be headlining this show. Playing hard-edged psychedelic rock, this rather unkempt quartet reminds me of prime 13th Floor Elevators. High praise I know, but these Dikes look like the real psychedelic deal. The Zoltars, also from Austin, play music in a similar spirit to that of Dikes of Holland, just not as intense. Denton's Video headlines.
Hudson Moore at The Aardvark in Fort Worth
Fort Worth's Hudson Moore is studying Radio, Television and Film at the University of Texas, but he makes his way back to Cowtown tonight for some home cooking. Moore's a good songwriter with a deft lyrical touch and a radio-friendly way with melody. His just released debut, Fireworks, lands Moore centrally in the country pop landscape, right next to Pat Green and Robert Earl Keen. Not exactly the most interesting of locales, but a semi-profitable place nonetheless.