There's many things I enjoy about the NX35 Conferette, not the least of which is the fact that it sure makes writing this here post easier. (Yes, I'm that self-centered.)
As you already know: The Flaming Lips, Midlake and Stardeath and White Dwarfs are playing the North Texas Fairgounds for free on Saturday night. That's the big coup, of course. But there are plenty of other shows at the fest that are too worth your while. I called out 10 of those shows in this week's paper, so check that out. And, for a full list of bands playing each night this weekend up in Denton, check the fest's site.
Saturday's also a pretty busy day in Dallas, too, what with our annual Observer-sponsored St. Patrick's Day Parade on Greenville Avenue and all. Not to mention the after-party we're throwing at the Granada, with Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, RTB2 and others.
As for other things to keep you busy? Well, there are a few other options, if you must.
RX Bandits, The Builders & The Butchers, Zechs Marquise
Friday, March 12, at the Granada Theater
It always makes me feel old when I look up the histories on bands like RX Bandits, only to find that they've been around for 14 years not as this SoCal ska-punk outfit has. And I'm not even that old (I don't think)! Anyway, the Bandits are out on the road, one assumes, still in support of Mandala, its 2009-released seventh studio album. Oh, and this is pretty cool: Opener Zechs Marquise is the side project of Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez of Mars Volta--and, among its four members, it also features another younger brother of Mars Volta frontman Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Marfred.
David Allan Coe
Friday, March 12, at Trees
Originally, I was just gonna write that this is Texas and you all know who David Allan Coe is. But, turns, out, he's not from Texas. He's from Ohio. Which I guess makes me the asshole. Still, you no doubt are already familiar with his badass, outlaw country ways and, surely, with "You Never Even Called Me by My Name," without question his biggest hit.
Saturday, March 13, at the Prophet Bar
As local jazz goes, let's face it: There's the One O'Clock Lab Band and everyone else. But "everyone else," in this case, is a pretty solid heap. And, atop that heap, no doubt, is the Michael League-helmed Snarky Puppy, which has a new CD to celebrate at this Dallas show. If nothing else, consider it an excuse to use your jazz hands.
Saturday, March 13, at Trees
A second straight night of non-standard booking at Trees, which is something of an encouraging sign. In this case, it's surf rock legend Dick Dale taking the stage. Funny thing about Dale, though: He was born in Boston. I was, too. And, while there's some surf to be found off the coast of Cape Cod, it's not exact the Pipeline. Anyway, go figure. Not sure if it matters while you're rocking out to "Misirlou."
...and there you go. If you've got others, feel free to add them in the jump. And, as always, be safe and have fun out there.