Boys Named Sue: Friday, May 12, at AllGood Café
DJ Merritt: Sunday, May 14, at Club DNA
Salim Nourallah: Saturday, May 13, at Bend Studio. Johnny Lloyd Rollins and Rahim Quazi open for Nourallah at another installment of the beloved Bend Intimate Concert series.
Olospo (Chris Holt): Friday, May 12, at Texas Jive (Denton). Holt says that Olospo has been reconfigured to focus on his solo output, so if you didn't quite like 'em before, try again. Or see him play solo for free at the Barley House on Wednesday, May 17.
the pAper chAse, Fair to Midland: Friday, May 12, at the Granada Theater. The winners of the metal and experimental categories team up to fuck with each other's target audiences.
Come sail away: Two other local heavyweights, Sorta and Bosque Brown, have big gigs this weekend as well but not near Dallas. The Hill Country Mess Around is a good few hours away at San Marcos' Cheatham Street Warehouse, but it deserves local mention--because those two big-name local acts are playing it (on Saturday and Friday, respectively) and also because Dallas music nut Carrie Garcia is the brains--and brawn--behind the entire event. So tell us, Dallas lady, how come you had to split town to throw a fest with Bobby Bare Jr., James McMurtry and so many more?
"Part of it's because of the river," Garcia says, hinting at the inner-tube float down the Guadalupe that is part of the fest. "We wanted it to be vacation-y. We have people flying in from all over the country for this." Something tells me that any future iterations of the HCMA won't be held anywhere near the Trinity...not with tubes, at least. The fest runs Friday through Sunday; visit myspace.com/hcmessaround. Oh, and Bobby Bare Jr. stops in Dallas on his way to San Marcos, so be smart and catch him at the Gypsy Tea Room on Thursday.
Revel in the Dark Side: Since this week's issue is crammed pretty tightly with music content already, we decided to delay our detailed look at the Theater Fire for another week. We'll have a lot to say about the Fort Worth septet's new album, Everybody Has a Dark Side, in next week's issue, but word is spreading fast about the new disc, which just hit local record shops on Tuesday. On the Internet, DOMA winner Texas Gigs is already hyping it, as are DOMA nominees Gorilla Vs. Bear and We Shot J.R. , so if you've come to distrust our opinion (like a lot of anonymous posters on those Web sites), at least take comfort in the universal acclaim that TTF has been gathering and get to your nearest record store right away.
Handstamps: Well, who cares if ya lost? You're still good. Catch a wham-bang batch of DOMA nominees when the Drams, I Love Math, Shibboleth and Rose County Fair share the Sons of Hermann Hall stage on Saturday... Hogpig headlines a birthday party for Scott Porter (Record Hop, Spitfire Tumbleweeds) at Rubber Gloves on Saturday. We assume at least one person will drink beer at the Gloves that night...Sick of playing the same Wiggles DVD for your little 'uns over and over? Set 'em straight with the best children's musician we've ever seen, Gustafer Yellowgold, who plays a free concert at Good Records on Saturday at 2 p.m. before headlining the Gypsy Tea Room that evening.