Your dad’s favorite songwriter, Robert Earl Keen, plays Billy Bob’s Texas tonight; hard-rockin’ has-beens Van Halen will disappoint an arena full of nitwits Saturday; and former Fugee Wyclef Jean performs Sunday at the House of Blues while soul singer Sharon Jones performs with Amy Winehouse’s backing band, The Dap Kings, at the Granada in Dallas.
That doesn’t mean the local musicians are taking the weekend off. Here are a few shows of note:
The Lash Outs, Uptown Bums and Free to Kill Again. 10 p.m. Friday, January 25, at Bar of Soap. Free. The Lash Outs and Free to Kill Again play good old, simple, uncompromising punk rock, while The Uptown Bums are considerably poppier and more soulful with groovy drumming and tambourines. A very nice lineup for a free show.
The Sword and Record Hop. 9 p.m. Friday, January 25, at Lola’s in Fort Worth. $10.
Denton hard rocker Record Hop are gearing up for its March album release and South By Southwest performance, so you can probably expect a lot of new material when the band opens for Austin metal band The Sword.
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KNON Annual Bluesfest Extravaganza 3 p.m. Saturday, January 26, and Sunday, January 27, at Poor David’s Pub. $10.
Wanda King, Texas Slim, Vernon Garrett with the Crossroads Blues Show Band, Josh Alan and more perform Saturday and Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King, Blue Lisa and the Big D Playboys and more perform Sunday. The shows benefit blues programming on the community station. See KNON.org for complete lineup.
Tree Wave, Capillary Action, Trifle Tower, Koji Kondo. 10 p.m. Saturday, January 26, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio in Denton. $6.
Tree Wave is one of the coolest acts in the area, but you may need something more to convince you to make the drive up to Denton. That’s where Philadelphia’s Capillary Action comes in. Jonathan Pfeffer’s chaotic blend of improvised jazz, metal, bossa nova, electronica and about a dozen other genres is challenging noise that’s impossible to describe. Instead of blathering uselessly, I’ll advise you to check out the music for yourself. Local hardcore heroes Trifle Tower and Koji Kondo seem like an odd complement to Tree Wave’s electronic pop. I’m not complaining, though. A little variety never hurt anyone. -- Jesse Hughey