A bit of a slow-down this Tuesday evening. But there are still a couple of quality shows worth checking in on...
Kevin Seconds at The Double Wide (Update: This show has been completely canceled now.)
With the cancellation of the performance of former X frontwoman Exene Cervenka on this bill, opening act Kevin Seconds has been thrust forward into the headliner's role. And it's not like the guy is new to topping a bill: As the leader of 7 Seconds, one of the best hardcore punk acts of the early '80s, Seconds was an anomaly in that he could actually sing -- not that anyone noticed in the early days, as the band's typical punk roar obscured Seconds' nice set of pipes. After slowing things down by 1989, 7 Seconds released Soulforce Revolution, a wonderful mixture of U2's arena-friendly alt-rock and punk's political spirit. Derided by narrow-minded skinheads as a sellout, Soulforce is easily the best thing in 7 Seconds' lengthy catalog. For several years now, Seconds has been doing the acoustic singer-songwriter thing. And, hey, the lower volume suits him (and his aging audience) just fine.
Pass Kontrol at Lola's Saloon in Fort Worth
Hailing out of Brooklyn, Pass Kontrol are a clever and catchy quartet that plays a mix of soul and rock that is just nerdy enough to remain indie. With a singer who goes two octaves higher than what's comfortable for him, songs like "Twins" and "I'm All Alone" come across like a garage band getting drunk and covering Prince. And even though such a description sounds awful, Pass Kontrol is anything but. Funky and raw, the music has an undeniably weird spirit that goes beyond four white dudes trying to find some true soul.
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The Secret and The Funeral Pyre at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio in Denton
The Secret (despite the generic moniker) are actually an Italian metal/punk outfit that has been around for nearly a decade. Certainly capable of tearing the roof off just about any venue, the band's bass-heavy roar is a guaranteed headache-inducer for the uninitiated. Song titles like "Death Alive," "Double Slaughter" and "Pleasure in Self Destruction" tell you just about everything you need to know. Also on tonight's bill are The Funeral Pyre, a black-metal band from California that is just as intense as the headliner. This is definitely the loudest show of the evening.