Gig Alert: August 27, 2008

We're introducing a new recurring feature here on DC-9 to highlight a few upcoming shows that interest us and, hopefully, you. Mark your calendars for the following shows... Rhett Miller and Sarah Jaffe at the House of Blues Pontiac Garage Friday, September 19 The Pontiac Garage, which used to be called the Cambridge Room, will play host to the prettiest Dallas singer-songwriter to ever pick up an acoustic guitar, and also Sarah Jaffe.

Ramblin' Jack Elliott presented by Bass Hall at McDavid Studio, Fort Worth Friday, September 19 The Bass Hall Web site describes him better than I could: "A friend of Bob Dylan's, a musical companion of Woody Guthrie's and an influence on Pete Seeger, the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead, Elliott and his songs have made a widespread impact on American culture and music - an impact that is still felt today."

Spiritualized, September 25 Henry Rollins (spoken word), October 4 TV on the Radio with The Dirtbombs, October 28 Lakewood Theater The Lakewood Theater is a really nice venue with a good sound system, but it doesn't have shows nearly as frequently as it should. Nonetheless, it's scored three marquee shows for early fall. I can't say I'm terribly interested in Rollins' ranting, but live shows from Spiritualized and TV on the Radio have both absolutely blown me away. Spiritualized's new acoustic-leaning album, Songs in A&E, is almost as good as anything they've ever done. "Golden Age," the only song I've heard from TV on the Radio's forthcoming Dear Science, has more funk and new wave influence than anything from 2006's awesome Return to Cookie Mountain. I can't wait to hear the rest.

The Cardinals at Nokia Theatre, Grand Prairie. Saturday, October 11 Ryan Adams' band has been touring with Oasis, who I'm sure are being totally supportive of the former Whiskeytown frontman's newfound sobriety. The Brothers Gallagher will not be in Grand Prairie for this show, though.

Butthole Surfers (Reunited '80s Lineup) at Granada Theater Wednesday, October 22 Tickets for this show, which we mentioned here, go on sale Friday at noon.

The Misfits at Granada Theater Wednesday, November 26 Unlike the Butthole Surfers, The Misfits will not be touring with a reunited lineup, so don't look for Glenn Danzig. Tickets for this show, part of the band's 30th anniversary tour, go on sale Friday at noon.--Jesse Hughey

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