Good Friday: The Heelers, Eleven Hundred Springs, The Fieros, Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos, Old 97's, Strawberry Fields, Strange Boys

It's an especially eclectic weekend around the region this time around. You've got a few shows we told you about in the paper (Lions/Local H, The Dresden Dolls, The Door's 10-Year Anniversary, and, of course, Centro-matic/South San Gabriel), plus ones we blogged about (Lumberjack IV and Spector 45's Five-Year Anniversary) and a whole bunch more. So let's get to it, huh?

The Heelers, George Neal and Ryan Thomas Becker 10 p.m. on Friday, May 30, at The Double-Wide

The little d invades the big 'un for a show at the Double-Wide tonight. And if you've been reading Dave Sims' latest North of the Dial columns in our print edition, you should be well familiar with all these acts.

The Fieros, Johnny Lloyd Rollins, Smile Smile and Binary Sunrise 9 p.m. on Friday, May 30, at Club Dada

The Fieros (who were once upon a time known as The Valentines) are heading off to NYC for greater fame and fortune--or at least a try at it--in the near future, and this Dada show, which boasts a couple big regional fan favorites in Smile Smile and Rollins, is a fine send-off lineup, indeed.

Eleven Hundred Springs 10-Year Anniversary Show 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at the Granada Theater

Matt Hillyer and Co. have been doing their thing for a whole decade now, offering fan-friendly, legit country without much of a corporate radio country taint to it. On Saturday, they'll surely play more than a few tracks from their new disc, Country Jam, but given the retrospective concept behind an evening like this, I'm sure you can expect some older ones, too.

Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos, Matthew and the Arrogant Sea and Red Monroe 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton

It's a bit odd to look at this bill and say, "Hey, Red Monroe's easily the most sensible name on it." But hey, I just did exactly that. Oh well. Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos are actually a pretty kickass indie pop act (and boasts no members named Margot, oddly enough) and Matthew and the Arrogant Sea is getting all sorts of local blog love of late. I haven't had a chance to see them myself yet, but if you, too, are looking for an excuse, this bill presents a fine one.

Old 97's and Local H In-Store Performances 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (respectively) on Saturday, May 31, at Good Records

Free, free, free. Expect the 97's one to be insanely packed, meanwhile.

Strawberry Fields' Goodbye Show 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, until 4 a.m. on Sunday, June 1, at Strawberry Fields in Denton

I'm not gonna even bother listing all the bands playing this show. A new one goes on every 45 minutes over the course of a 15-hour period. Here are some highlights, though: Ella Minnow, Daniel Folmer and Fight Bite. If this is your scene, though, you probably already knew about thsi show before I told you just now.

The Strange Boys, The Uptown Bums 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton

Don't know a thing about The Uptown Bums, who apparently hail from Denton and Arlington, but The Strange Boys' sloppy, lo-fi garage rock is definitely worth the trip up I-35E, if you're looking to rock out on Sunday night. --Pete Freedman

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