I guess things are ramping up for New Year's Eve, 'cause tonight's pretty stacked for a Wednesday, y'all...
The Adolescents, Lower Class Brats and The Scandals at The Loft
Back in the American punk rock heyday of the early '80s, The Adolescents were one of the most important bands to rise out of the L.A. area. Along with Fear, the Dead Kennedys and Black Flag, Tony Cadena and the rest of The Adolescents blazed a trail of hyper-aggressive, hardcore noise that still sounds fresh some 30 years later. The Adolescents have broken up and reformed three times at this point, and this most recent incarnation of the band includes three original members. Incredibly, the band is said to be working on new material, some of which may show up on tonight's set list. Austin's Lower Class Brats and Garland's own The Scandals add (quite) a bit of youth to this solid punk rock triple-bill.
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Devin the Dude, Dem Southernfolkz and DJ Love at The Granada Theater
If leather-clad misfits and skinheads aren't exactly your thing, this solid bill of hip-hop should present a quality alternative to tonight's show at The Loft. For almost 20 (!) years now, Devin Copeland, aka Devin the Dude, has been one of Houston's greatest rap exports. Sure, Devin tackles rap's usual material -- sex, weed and unrepentant braggadocio -- but he does it in a fun way that somehow comes off as almost charming. Dallas' own Dem Southernfolkz has no problem in the charm department themselves -- in just a few short years, the group has become one of the city's most popular and best purveyors of hip-hop. Tonight's show should be a nice warm up for the partying yet to happen in the coming days.
Shinyribs and Greg Schroeder at The City Tavern
If neither punk nor hip-hop thrills you, head downtown and catch two prime examples of prime alt-country. Austin's Shinyribs is the side project of Kevin Russell of Gourds fame, and, unlike most side projects, Shinyribs is actually really good. His recently released Well After Awhile even made it onto some crazy critic's list of top ten CDs of 2010, go figure. Add in local country singer-songwriter Greg Schroeder, and this double-bill of hayseed splendor is not to be missed.
Sir Silky at Renfield's Corner
In real life, Cheyenne Schweitzer may be the greatest karaoke singer that Dallas has ever scene. But, every now and then, he eschews the comfort of The Goat and other various karaoke hubs, calls together a backing band and strikes out on a real stage, just as he'll do tonight at Renfield's Corner as part of the Uptown bar's free Wednesday night concert series. Thing is, Schweitzer's live display is worth paying for. Clad in spandex and fishnets and performing under the name of Sir Silky, Schweitzer comes across like an NSFW crossbreed between Prince and Justin Timberlake. It's worth seeing -- and listening to, as well.