Ah yes, it feels like we're finding our footing, 2012. You started off slow, but this weekend's concert list proves you're finally on track. Erykah Badu & The Cannabinoids at the Granada Theater tonight probably tops the list of shows to see, but we already talked about that show in this week's print edition (not to mention, it's sold out), along with the following:
The Boom Boom Box release their new record at La Grange on Saturday.
Eccotone, Fungi Girls at Queen City Hall on Saturday.
Loretta Lynn at the Winspear Opera House on Sunday.
But that's not all. There are more. Many more.
The Phuss, The Blurries, Old Snack
Friday, January 20, at Double Wide
The bands behind two of our favorite local albums of 2011, The Blurries and Old Snack come together for this eardrum-ringing bill at Double Wide tonight. Both bands play loud and fast, but the hooks will stay in your head much longer than the ringing noise, hopefully.
Wanda King Band
Friday, January 20, at Kirby's Prime Steakhouse
The daughter of the legendary Dallas-based blues man Freddie King is carrying the torch. According to a manager at Kirby's, her sets are among the restaurant's most popular, it's just that you have to drive to Southlake to hear them.
Friday, January 20, Poor David's Pub
Speaking of blues, Jim Suhler will be at Poor David's Pub. After he gave us a tour of Dallas blues (which included a trip to the grave sight of Freddie King), we realized that Dallas blues history goes deep. Suhler's music is the result of being a student of the genre for nearly his entire life.
Akkolyte, Terminator 2, Bukkake Moms
Friday, January 20, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
Akkolyte, the thrash metal duo comprised of brothers Stefan and Aaron Gonzalez, are fresh off the release of their new record Clues in the Chaospile, a grinding album that draws on their deep musical knowledge (the two are also expert jazz musicians). Check them out this weekend in Denton while the material is still fresh.
Friday & Saturday at Verizon Theatre
We predict that the ratio of bros to babes will weigh heavy on the bro side. In fact, we might declare it a bro-only zone. Beware of brodowns and stay tuned for a review on Monday.
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The Civil Wars
Saturday, January 21, at House of Blues
The Civil Wars' popularity has increased exponentially since the last time they came to town. (We're pretty sure it had nothing to do with the piece we wrote that predicted an exponential increase in their popularity.) We received word that their show at House of Blues this weekend is close to sold out. Pretty impressive considering not even a year ago they were playing the All Good stage.
Beard Vs. Stache Party
Saturday, January 21, at Dada
When your facial hair becomes so popular it gets its own Facebook page, there's only one thing left to do: Throw a party. John Solis and his expertly groomed beard play in several different locals bands, and so does the mustachioed Chris Carmichael. Three of Solis' bands (Rich Girls, GalleryCat, Vliets) will face off against three of Carmichael's (Here In Arms, Greg Schroeder, King Bucks) for a polarizing show that will force you to finally join Team Beard or Team Stache.
Spooky Folk, Sealion, Danny Rush, The Demigs
Saturday, January 21, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
It's hard to deny that Spooky Folk is one of the best acts in North Texas, but according to their Facebook page, they're also one of the brokest. Tomorrow night in Denton, you'll be able to donate to the band's "Half of Spooky Folk is Broke as Shit Fund." You'll also get to hear some great music.
...and that's it from us. We hope you have a great weekend and we'll see you back here on Monday.