Not a bad early start to the weekend tonight, as both local and national talent serve up some tasty music this evening.
Seryn at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Last show I caught at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth was The Books, and that was an incredible night of music. Although a bit more conventional, our own Seryn are certainly capable of providing another solid show in such a fascinating venue. Seryn's dense and layered sound will certainly fill up the museum's performance space, and if the audience tonight is as quiet and respectful as when The Books played a few weeks back, this puppy should be a good one.
The Maine and Augustana at the House of Blues
Hailing from Tempe, Arizona, The Maine is a handsome and talented five-piece that seems close to entering the big time. While the band's early efforts were decidedly emo, 2010's Black and White showed The Maine embracing straight-up pop with great success. A little less poppy is tonight's co-headliner, San Diego's Augustana. Playing arena-ready heartland rock with a slight spiritual bent, these guys want to be U2 but are much closer to Counting Crows. Both The Maine and Augustana play it pretty safe, but both are capable of doing more than just looking pretty on stage.
Voodoo Glow Skulls and Mustard Plug at The Loft
Formed in 1988, California's Voodoo Glow Skulls started out as a straight-up, hardcore punk outfit. After a couple of years of going nowhere, the band wisely added a horn section and started to incorporate some ska into their noisy roar. Capable of greatness on stage, the band's albums can be sadly formulaic. But fans of punky ska can do a lot worse than catching Voodoo Glow Skulls -- especially when sharing a bill with Mustard Plug, another ska act entering its second decade of existence.
Bobby Long and Josh Weathers at the
Belmont Hotel Club Dada
British singer-songwriter Bobby Long seems to make it to our area fairly often. Even so, catching him poolside tonight at the Belmont Hotel ought to be an interesting experience, if weather permits. Long's a talented folk singer who never bites off more than he can chew. His songs won't change the world, but they will sound real nice while sipping a cocktail hanging out by the pool. Update: Seems the weather didn't permit. Show is still happening, only now it will take place at Club Dada.
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