Happy Good Friday, everyone! Wait--is this a happy holiday? Hell if this Jew knows. Oh well. Onto the weekend!
First, the shows we've already hyped...
Tonight, the big 'un is happening over at the Palladium, where the legendary Moz is set to croon the masses at around 8:30 or so. Not feeling so self-loathing? The kids at The Door Fort Worth will surely welcome you if you wanna go see more of The Captive.
On Saturday, there's two pretty big events going down: At Club Dada, the drivers behind the local punk movement some 30 years ago, The Nervebreakers will reunite for a one-off gig; or, if today's music more your flavor, two of the most buzzing acts on the blogosphere, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and Vivian Girls, are stopping through Hailey's Club in Denton.
And, all weekend long, there's Bloodapalooza at the Sterling Hotel, if you dare.
Now jump with us, won't you, for the best of the rest?
Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, The Orbans
Friday, April 10, at HOB's Pontiac Garage
Jonathan Tyler & The Northen Lights are hitting the studio in a few weeks, last I heard, to start work on its full-length major label debut for Atlantic. After that, it's off on the summer tour--opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock, no less. Impressive stuff. Here, the band is joined by The Orbans (formerly The Lifters), a bunch o' pretty boys who play some pretty decent alt-country. Can't make it tonight? OK. The Northern Lights are playing tomorrow night at the Boiler Room in Denton, too.
Damaged Good$, Ian Bangs, Ty City, Moses Uvere, S.M.U.G.
Friday, April 10, at Rubber Gloves in Denton
It doesn't take long to figure out that Denton doesn't really have much of a solidified "rap scene". So, it's no wonder then that Joey Leichty (aka Yeah Def) is getting so much help from Dallas rappers for the first Aight Yo Yeahdef.com Hip Hop Concert at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios tonight. And the line up tonight is solid: Headliners Damaged Good$ are being supported by the impressive hustler-style stuff of Ty City and Mose Uvere (both are part of the "Selador Crew" that also includes Scuba Team Go and galleryCat--so you have some idea of what to expect from them), as well as Ian Bangs and S.M.U.G. Anyway, tonight marks the first of the new monthly concert series, and Leichty says he already has the series booked out for the next five months. (Written by Daniel Rodrigue.)
When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth, Krankenhaus, The Great Tyrant, Nervous Curtains
Friday, April 10, at Club Dada
This incredibly dramatic bill provides a nice complement to the Morrissey show, I guess, if you're looking for something to do one you leave the Palladium tonight. Expect a lot of spastic, loud, often-piano-based rock at this show. And, as such, you can expect to either find your four new favorite bands, or you'll leave with a headache, depending on your tastes. Willing to risk it?
Saturday, April 11, at Lone Star Park
I think horse racing season kicks off this weekend at Lone Star, maybe. But, either way, the Brian Wilson-less Beach Boys will be playing the grounds. And, in case you were curious, a Beach Boys show was my first concert. I was 10. Adorable, right?
Plain White T's
Saturday, April 11, at House of Blues
Hey there, Tom Hendricks: Here's your proof that one-hit wonders still exist. Why you argue that the lack of modern-day one-hit wonders is a bad thing, though, I'll never know. Also: Please don't respond to this with another diatribe.
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The Baptist Generals
Saturday, April 11, at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton
According to the Dan's Web site, this performance is being billed as the folk-rock band's 10th anniversary show. Impressive! And I imagine it'll be a good one--as, really, all of the Generals' intimate shows are--especially now that lead general Chris Flemmons has NX35 well behind him.
Saturday, April 11, at July Alley
I found myself wondering aloud recently why July Alley doesn't have bands. I mean, it's got a stage... why not, right? Well, I heard two answers: one explained that the pool tables in front of the stage can't be moved; another cam from some musicians who told me that, the last time they played there, they were electrocuted because of faulty wiring. So, on that note, best of luck to Blackheart Society this weekend! They might need it. On another note, the band's got a new disc in tow, so expect some new songs from that at this show. Or maybe they'll play some of frontman Ben
Flemmings' Fleming's solo material--which, a visit to his Myspace page reveals, includes a Salim Nourallah diss track called "nouralah lah lah lah lah lah". Go figure.
Fairmount Benefit Silent Acution
Saturday, April 11, at The Fairmount in Fort Worth
Fort Worth's The Fairmount is in danger of closing--and damn soon, it seems. So the venue has thrown together a silent auction as a last-ditched attempt to keep its doors open. Also on Saturday, the venue will feature performances from Patrice Pike and Katsuk. Not sure if those are benefit performances in the vein of the ones the venue's been hosting all week, though. Either way, it'd be much appreciated, I'm sure, if you stopped in and gave what you could. Preston Jones of the Star-Telegram has more info.
...and that's it for now. As always, be safe out there, and, if you've got some more shows worth noting, add 'em in the comments. Oh, and Happy Passover and Easter, too!