Good Friday: Whiskey Folks Ramblers, New Science Projects, The Boom Boom Box, Five Finger Death Punch, Les Americains, Oso Closo, Within Chaos, PVC Street Gang, Mount Righteousk, Shaolin Death Squad, All the Day Holiday, Mariachi Quetzal and Brave Combo.

There's too much going on this weekend. Seriously. So let's just jump right in. First, the shows we've already talked up...

Tonight's pretty damn packed: Mark Growden plays Lola's Stockyards in Fort Worth (just as he did last night, too); The Sword will melt faces at Rubber Gloves in Denton; Dem Southernfolkz, The Fox & The Bird and Jacob Metcalf lend a helping hand to Murray Street Coffee at 404 Exposition in Dallas; and, just a few minutes ago, Erykah Badu debuted a new song and a video on her Web site--but you've got all weekend to check that out (and we do recommend you do).

Saturday's just bonkers: There's the Neon Indian-headlined all-night dance bill at Hailey's in Denton; the much-buzzing Girls and Smith Westerns take to the stage at the Cambridge Room at the House of Blues; Yo La Tengo and Times New Viking will tear shit up at the Granada; Maleveller releases its brutal debut disc at the Double Wide with some help from True Widow and Big Fiction; Exit 380 will get you all warmed up on its new release with a gig at the Lakewood Bar & Grill; The King Bucks and Boys Named Sue square off at Sons of Hermann Hall in the modest and sure-to-be-disputed World Championship of Honky Tonk; and Giggle Party welcomes in its artistic visionary Damien Weighill with a gig at Kettle Art to accompany a sale of Weighill's art.

And Sunday, of course, is the night of the Grammys, duh, which is especially exciting this year if you're a member of UNT's One O'Clock Lab Band.

As for everything else that's going on this weekend--and there's aplenty--hit jump with us. Our write-ups are gonna be a little short this week as we're swamped with other duties today, but feel free to add your own commentary--plus info on other shows not listed--in the comments below...

Whiskey Folk Ramblers, The O's, 100 Damned Guns, Greg Schroeder
Friday, Jan. 29, at City Tavern

After working on a new effort for almost a year with Salim Nourallah, the Whiskey Folk Ramblers have a new record about to drop. You'll probably hear a few of the great live Western noir act's songs at this show.

Ryan Thomas Becker, New Science Projects, Sean Foster
Friday, Jan. 29, at AllGood Cafe
Ryan Thomas Becker and NSP's Dale Jones make the trip on down from Denton for a nice intimate show at AllGood. Just don't let Jones' in-your-face performance style get in the way of your eating a delicious chicken-fried steak.

The Boom Boom Box
Friday, Jan. 29, at Barley House
Kind of an interesting room for the Boom Boom Box to play. Tough to say how the college crowds will react to the band's heavy brand of indie rock...

Five Finger Death Punch, Shadows Fall, Throwdown, 2 Cents
Friday, Jan. 29, at House of Blues
My two cents on this show: You can probably afford to miss this nu-metal deal. But I do have to say this: The name Five Finger Death Punch is just plain hilarious.

Les Americains, Criminal Kind, Factory Party, Tonite Tonite
Friday, Jan. 29, at Prophet Bar
The Brit-poppin' Les Americains sent us a quick preview of their upcoming Spring 2010 release, and, well, it's what area audiences have come to expect from the band: Pleasing, bouncy pop-rock with a little bit of backbone to boot.

Oco Closo, Backside Pick, Big Rock Candy Mountain
Friday, Jan. 29, at Hailey's in Denton
Hey, soft-rockers: Here's your must-see for the weekend.

Within Chaos, Dead Rising, Suicide Opera, seven others
Friday, Jan. 29, at the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth
It ain't every day you can see 10 local metal acts share a whole bill...

Dear Human, PVC Street Gang, Sore Losers, Curvette
Friday, Jan. 29, at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton
I'm thinking this has gotta be one of those Yeahdef weekly events. Otherwise, this intriguing bill of oddball performers just seems a little out of place...

Mount Righteous, The England Ramaband, Hard Times
Saturday, Jan. 30, at The Cavern
The cheerful nine-piece orchestral acoustic punks in Mount Righteous make a triumphant return to DFW for this show after a quick tour in support of an upcoming 2010 release that frontman Joey Kendall promises will feature "no more cupcakes in the sky," oh well.

Shaolin Death Squad, The House Harkonnen, Muchos Backflips!, Pelican Skeleton, Jungle Gym, Constant Seas
Saturday, Jan. 30, at Prophet Bar
This actually pretty impressive, pretty brutal bill of some of the area's more interesting hard-rock purveyors is serving as a showcase for the Denton-based Do For It Records.

All The Day Holiday, Kinch, The City Lives
Saturday, Jan. 30, at Rubber Gloves in Denton

Cincinatti's All The Day Holiday is one of those weird bands that tries to fulfill the needs of both the indie rock and the mall punk markets. It's not terrible by any means, but expect a whole bunch of kids at this deal, folks.

Mariachi Quetzal, The Angelus, Old Snack
Saturday, Jan. 30, at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton

A pretty varied bill here with a mariachi outfit, The Angelus' dark folk rock and Old Snack's jangly indie rock, but, hey, they're all pretty damn entertaining on their own. So why not try 'em out together?

Brave Combo, Bridges & Blinking Lights, Young and Brave, With Gusto, Emil Rapstine, Dan Dockrill, Mike McConnell, Claire Morales
Sunday, Jan. 31, at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton

I don't know what the Denton Community Market is, but this show, which features Denton royalty with Brave Combo and at least one other band worth seeing in the roots/indie-rockin' Bridges & Blinking Lights, is supposed to be a benefit for it. Me? I see it as your best option to close out the weekend--if you're not planning on watching the Grammys, at least.

..and that's your possibly too-jam-packed schedule for the weekend. Be safe out there.

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