Admittedly, I’m new to this. So if I’m missing something huge going on this weekend, blame me and me alone. As far as I can tell, though, it ain’t looking like too shabby a weekend here in the metroplex, though. Here’s DC-9’s picks on the best four shows to catch this weekend. Hit ’em all and I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
Sarah Jaffe and Will Johnson 10 p.m., Friday, February 8, at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton. $7
Tonight is night two in a three-day mini-tour from two pretty amazing local singer-songwriters. Last night, they tore the house down at the Double-Wide, playing to a crowd so attentive you’d hear a pin drop during the songs. And that only made the explosive roar upon each song’s end that much more startling.
J.R.’s Birthday Bash with The Ugly Beats, The Golden Boys and Nathan Brown 9 p.m., Saturday, February 9, at the Double-Wide. Free.
I don’t know Josh Robertson. Never met the guy. But I’ve heard he’s quite the character from a few of my colleagues. On Saturday, he proves it. The Double-Wide’s hosting his birthday bash, and it’s looking like quite the show. The Golden Boys are quite the big deal in Austin what with their psyched out brand of alt-country and all. Oh, and did I mention this show’s free? I’m there for sure. Stop by and get drunk with me and the birthday boy.
The Quebe Sisters 8 p.m., Saturday, February 9, at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton. $10.
The Quebe Sisters of Burleson apparently aren’t all sisters. There’s two guys -- Joey McKenzie and Drew Pehlps -- in the band, neither of whom is named Quebe. But the three women? All Quebes, all fiddlers, all sweet-singing and all old-school Western swing all the time. If you’re looking for a change of pace this week, here it is. Want some validation that this group’s legit? They were one of the many area bands listed on the initial SXSW band list announced yesterday. Hey diddle diddle.
Zombie Bazooka Patrol 10 p.m., Sunday, February 10, at Lakewood Bar and Grill. $5.
To be perfectly honest with you guys, there’s one very obvious reason and one reason alone why the Nashville-based Zombie Bazooka Patrol is showing up on this list. C’mon. Really? I have to say it? It’s the name. Nothing against the band's songs -- ZBP’s actually a pretty serious and surprisingly talented band. But you’d never know it with song titles like “Zombie Shake” and “Better Off Undead.” You might, however, remember the group from the terrible reality show on Fox last year, The Next Great American Band, maybe? No? You didn’t watch that show? Neither did we… swear! Cash in on your chance to see Zombie Bazooka Patrol tonight. It’s worth it for the face paint alone, I swear. -- Pete Freedman
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