Good Friday: Tommy Atkins Benefit Show on Sunday, Plus The Phuss, Ying Yang Twins, RTB2, Exit 380 and DayBowBow's One-Year Anniversary Party.

The sad news of Tommy Atkins' death spread pretty quickly yesterday afternoon--and, just as quickly, helping hands have popped up, looking to help Atkins' family and their friends in this time of need and grieving. Which brings us to this: On Sunday afternoon, starting at 4 p.m., the as-yet-unopened Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff will host a benefit to help raise funds the costs of Atkins' funeral. It won't be a full debut for the theater--rather, says former Observer contributor Jeff Liles, who's now helping get the place revved up, a temporary stage will be propped up where the sound booth will be formally installed, and one of the band's will be providing the PA system for the night--but it sure is a nice move on the theater's part, helping out with the cause.

Bands are still being added to the bill as we speak, but at the time of writing this post, the following acts are confirmed to appear and perform: Corporate Park, Darktown Strutters, Nervous Curtains, Drug Mountain, The Black Dotz, Akkolyte, PVC Street Gang, and Naxas. It's a BYOB event and it'll cost you $10 at the door, all of which will be handed over the the cause, no doubt. It might get a little somber, a la last night's Nervous Curtains show at Good Records, but this lineup is about as impressive as anyone could expect on one day's notice.

As for other happenings this weekend, here are the ones we've already mentioned:

Tonight, Bryce Avary celebrates the release of his new Rocket Summer album at the Granada tonight with some help from DC( favorite Analog Rebellion and Matt Thiessen of Relient K, John Prine and Jim Lauderdale play SMU's McFarlin Auditorium in a rare treat, Killswitch Engage plays the Palladium with The Devil Wears Prada and Dark Tranquility, and The Timeline Posts celebrates its new album (and, no doubt, its Poster of the Week victory, too) at Hailey's with a divergent set of openers in Drink To Victory and Dust Congress.

Saturday finds collaborators P.O.S. and Astronautalis offering up their barely still-classifiable as hip-hop styles to the crowds at Hailey's with an opening set from Dessa (check back tomorrow for a Q&A with her).

And Sunday's pretty busy with The Clientele and Vetiver playing the Granada, Leslie & The LYs playing Hailey's in Denton and the all-day Fort Worth Co-Op guitar drive taking place at Lola's Sixth in Fort Worth.

After the jump, a few other quick options...

The House Harkonnen, The Phuss
Friday, Feb. 26, at The Green Elephant

I feel like I haven't seen a hard-rockin' show like this billed to The Green Elephant in a long time, but who cares--this one's pretty badass. HK's got all the swagger you could want in a live, gritty hard rock act, and The Phuss' "Preacher, Preacher," in another dimension, is the biggest song on modern rock radio today. I want to live in that dimension.

The Ying Yang Twins, Johnny Ringo
Friday, Feb. 26, at Trees

This might actually be the most fun show of the weekend. I've never seen the Ying Yang Twins live--but their Cribs episode was amazing, I know that. And they've got hits for days. About as fun a hip-hop show as you'll see this weekend. Oh, and if you go, let us know how Duncanville's Johnny Ringo, the latest white rapper to pop up in the region, does. I mean, it's a little weird to see a white rapper in a venue run by Vanilla Ice's drummer, no?

Joe Firstman
Friday, Feb. 26, at Prophet Bar (small room)

Fans of early days of Last Call with Carson Daly will remember Firstman as Daly's Kevin Eubanks. So, y'know, there's that.

Black Gold
Friday, Feb. 26, at The Prophet bar (big room)

Piano-pop with a mall-punk twist. Or is it the other way around?

Saturday, Feb. 27, at The Barley House


Exit 380
Saturday, Feb. 27, at Trees

Celebrating the release of the band's new Cities Townies EP. Maybe you recall the video we posted a few weeks back?'s One-Year Anniversary Party
Saturday, Feb. 27, at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton

The Denton-centric music blog turns a whole one years old this weekend, apparently, and that calls for a party. Some 13 bands are playing, three of which are secret. Some of those bands: Manned Missiles, Kampfgrounds, Giggle Party, Here Holy Spain, Roy Robertson, OK Sweetheart, Young and Brave, The River Mouth and Caleb Campell. OK, that's actually most of them...

...and there you go. As always, have fun out there and be safe.