Let me apologize in advance if this week's installment of Good Friday reads a little short: I've been having trouble concentrating since lunch, when Jesse Hughey and I stopped by The Grill at Reno's and indulged in a pair of Dimebag's Blacktooth Whiskey Burgers. Seriously tasty stuff, folks. Been stuck in something of a food coma since. Jesse will have a formal review on City of Ate next week, I'm told, but--SPOILER ALERT--I'm a fan.
Anyway, onto this weekend's slate of shows, a number of which we've already discussed. As always, a quick reminder:
Tonight's especially busy: The Psychedelic Furs and Happy Mondays stopping by the House of Blues; underground hip-hop kinds Busdriver and Abstract Rude are stopping by the Cavern; The Horrors, Crocodiles and The Burning Hotels, meanwhile, are looking to turn the Granada into something of a dance party; and, out in The Fort, Good Records' newest signee, Binary Sunrise, plays a CD release show with Division Day and Soulever Lift.
Saturday, meanwhile, boasts another Binary Sunrise release show, this one at City Tavern with Buttercup. Also playing on Saturday: Datarock at the Granada and Little Birds, with Matthew Gray, Delves Into the Humanity Pools With The Six Foot Saucer Pot People, at the Amsterdam Bar.
And, on Sunday, you're best bet so far? Asobi Seksu at Hailey's.
Now, moving onto the shows we haven't yet talked up... after the jump.
Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler
Friday, Sept. 25, at American Airlines Center
Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you, and I'ma let you finish, but Kellie Pickler had one of the most memorable stretches on American Idol of all time!
Friday, Sept. 25, at Smoke in Oak Cliff
The Baptist Generals leader stops on by the new chic BBQ joint in Oak Cliff's Belmont Hotel to play for the masses, who'll no doubt be too busy eating to be talking.
Girl in a Coma
Friday, Sept. 25, at the House of Blues' Cambridge Room
These San Antonio girls with their Morrissey inspired name play DFW a lot, so it's easy to take their tightly wound rock for granted. Be sure to check them out when you get the chance.
Friday, Sept. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26, at Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie
Blame it on the alcohol.
Birds of Avalon, Maleveller, Yam
Saturday, Sept. 26, at The Lounge on Elm Street
Three shows into their career, Quick put Maleveller on their cover. Don't know how I feel about that, but I will say that the local metal outfit is well worth looking into. Pop on over to their Myspace (click their name above) and check out "The Man Who Would Be King"--it's some serious stuff for a new band.
Lee Ann Womack
Saturday, Sept. 26, at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth
I hope you dance...
Punchline, Action Item, Between the Trees, Farewell
Saturday, Sept. 26, at Live at Mokah!
Can't say I know too much about these pop-punk acts, but I've come across Punchline and Between the Trees' names before, so at the very least, this looks like one of the more significant shows booked to this Life in Deep Ellum room in some time.
Saturday, Sept. 26, at Bass Hall in Fort Worth
If you haven't been to Bass Hall yet, you really need to go...
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Saturday, Sept. 26, at Levitt Pavillion in Arlington
The annual fall concert series at the Pavillion kicked off yesterday with a set from Brave Combo. Keeps things rolling impressively with Hubbard on Saturday.
Five Times August, Odis
Saturday, Sept. 26, at The Prophet Bar
A couple of radio friendly acts share this bill on Saturday night. Five Times August is the self-made licensing king who's seen his tracks licensed in all sorts of MTV placements. Odis is the sleek rock act we sometimes love to hate--although, to be fair, some of their newer stuff better showcases some of their talents. Check out the video for the band's song "Slip Away."
Record Hop, PVC Street Gang, Cocky Americans, On After Dark
Saturday, Sept. 26, at The Boiler Room in Denton
About as solid an all-rock, all-local lineup as you're likely to find. Record Hop will blow you away with noise, PVC Street Gang with churning bass lines, Cocky Americans with melody and On After Dark with its real solid brit-punk influence.
Saturday, Sept. 26, at Smoke in Oak Cliff
The local favorite swings by Smoke, reinforcing the impressive early booking tendencies of the BBQ joint.
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The Theater Fire, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, The Southern Sea
Saturday, Sept. 26, at Lola's Sixth in Fort Worth
Maybe not the loudest all-local bill this weekend, but perhaps the best, this bill features two of the finest live bands around in The Theater Fire and Whiskey Folk Ramblers, two acts that revel in different realms of the same Old Western noirish influence. The Southern Sea meanwhile, remains one of the more underappreciated indie pop acts in the region. Makes sense that this would be a fine bill, though; the folks at KTCU's The Good Show put it together.
Sunday, Sept. 27, at House of Blues
Based out of Monterrey, Mexico, this electro-dance rock act sings mostly in Spanish, although plenty of its bigger songs have been English-oriented. Not sure what kind of crowd the band will draw to this show, but either way, expect an enthusiastic, bouncing crowd.
Two Cow Garage
Sunday, Sept. 26, at The Double Wide
As if the name wasn't a dead-giveaway, this act from Columbus, Ohio, very much exists int he same realm of alt-country as local favorites the Old 97's, Slobberbone and The Drams with a vocal bent that leans far more to the Lucero end of the spectrum. 2008's Speaking in Cursive, co-produced by brent Best of Slobberbone and The Drams, is an underappreciated gem. "your Humble Narrator" still stands as one of the best opening tracks of last year's album crop.
...and that's your weekend. Have fun out there.