Good Friday: The Independence Day Edition

So, first and foremost: Happy (almost) Fourth of July, everyone!

Now, let's talk about the weekend in music, per protocol. As always, the stuff we already discussed up first.

Tonight's pretty busy, actually: Asylum Street Spankers, Porterdavis and The O's play the Granada; The Edge gets the 20th Anniversary treatment at the Lakewood Theater with the likes of Pop Poppins, the Bat Mastersons, Cottonmouth, TX and Deep Blue Something all set to perform; Dirt Nasty (aka former MTV VJ Simon Rex) takes to Ghostbar's ones and twos; DJ Select spins the early evening at Murray Street Coffee; DJ El Macho brings the FEVER to Fallout; and the first of DayBowBow.net's two "New Independence" shows takes place at The Cavern, with Iris Leu, Matthew Gray, Jason Reimer and St. Philistine.

Saturday's holiday sees night two of DayBowBow's "New Independence" shows at The Cavern, with performances from Western Giants, Touch Tongues, Disco:Hate and Manned Missiles; meanwhile, DC9 in SPACE subjects Damaged Good$ head up to Hailey's in Denton for a packed bill that also features Darktown Strutters, Sore Losers, Fizzy Dino Pop, Kashioboy and Cartright, as well as DJs Nature, Females, Yeahdef, Tommy Boy, and Fur.

Sunday, of course, is the day of the Warped Tour, which this year features Less Than Jake, P.O.S. and countless others. Plus, Candlebox plays the House of Blues.

After the jump, a few more choice events worth looking into...

Eleven Hundred Springs, The King Bucks
Friday, July 3, at the Longhorn Saloon in Fort Worth

Because there's nothing more American than country music--it's iconic American culture, really. So this bill makes for a fine pre-Independence Day celebration, featuring, almost inarguably, the two best active country acts the region boasts, both of which boast big draws. Combine the two and mayhem is almost certain to ensue.

Delmore Pilcrow, Clint Niosi, Miss Celia, Spooky Folk
Friday, July 3, at Hailey's in Denton

Because sometimes you need some folk. Spooky or not.

Teenage Cool Kids, Angry Businessmen, Fungi Girls, Hot Times
Friday, July 3, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton

Because Teenage Cool Kids is celebrating the release of its LP, Foreign Lands, at this show, which also sees the reunion of another Denton act, Angry Businessmen. And because people really like what they're hearing from the young 'uns in Fungi Girls, although, to be honest, I've yet to catch 'em, so I dunno...

The Drams, The Slow Burners, Jenn Gooch
Friday, July 3, at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton

Because if you don't like tonight's country option--but you're still kinda country--you'll dig this alt-country lineup at the best venue for such a show in Denton.

Riverboat Gamblers, Red City Radio, Bad Sports, Uptown Bums
Saturday, July 4, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton

Because, with the Gamblers back in town and on a bill with Bad Sports and Uptown Bums, this is kinda like a then-and-now comparison between Denton's punk scenes of a few years ago and today.

Beyonce, Richgirl
Sunday, July 5, at American Airlines Center

Because everyone likes Mrs. Z, even just a little bit.

Demi Lovato, David Archuleta
Sunday, July 5, at Noika Theatre in Grand Prairie

Because the Disney starlet's a local product. And Archuleta won Idol. So, obviously, this show is gonna kill...

...and that pretty much does it. As always, if you've got some more shows worth passing along, drop 'em in the comments. And have fun out there. Also: Have a pleasant America!

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