Tonight, Tonight: The Octopus Project at South Side Music Haoll, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience at the Fair Park Music Hall, The Queers at The Boiler Rom (in Denton), Corb Lund at The Granada and Robbie Fulks at All Good Café. Plus: A Few More!

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By this busy line up of shows, you'd think it's already Friday.

The Octopus Project, Jacob Borshard and New Fumes at South Side Music Hall
So, this show pretty much sounds like it's going to be like the laser shows that were performed to the music of Pink Floyd that my brother and I always went went to as kids. Cool.

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience at The Music Hall at Fair Park
Much more than a tribute or cover act, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience is a labor of love and a son's attempt to represent the legacy of his father, the late John Bonham. Jason Bonham searched all over the world for musicians who could best replicate the work of Led Zeppelin. With classic video of Zeppelin in its prime playing in the background, Jason's band fires through two hours of hits and even some rarities for the diehard fans. Sounds like a super way to go back in time.

The Queers, Kepi Ghoulie, The Riptides and Wee Beasties at The Boiler Room in Denton
New Hampshire's The Queers were one of the silliest and most callous punk bands that arose in the early days of American hardcore. Joe King (aka Joe Queer) liked the Ramones, and didn't mind offending anyone and everyone. King has been the only constant over the years as the guitarist/vocalist has seen as many as 30 members come and go. The original trio lasted only a couple of years, but King resurrected The Queers in 1990 and has found surprising success (especially in England) with albums like 1993's Love Songs for the Retarded. Crass and not really all that talented, King, and whomever he may play with under the banner of The Queers, is almost always good for guilty chuckle.

Corb Lund, Two Tons of Steel and John D. Hale at The Granada Theater
A long ago in a galaxy far away, Corb Lund was the singer of a Canadian indie punk act called The Smalls. Since trading in his spikes and leather for a cowboy hat and boots, Lund has made a pretty good living as a hardcore roots musician. Lund's latest effort, Losin' Lately Gambler, is another solid collection of country and alt-country that features two songs about, of all things, veterinarians. If that doesn't validate his hayseed credentials, then Lund may as well go back to punk. San Antonio's great Two Tons of Steel is worth the price of admission by itself.

Robbie Fulks at All Good Café
Chicago's Robbie Fulks is considered a godfather of the alt-country movement that spawned our own Old 97's. Fulks' acerbic wit has resulted in some folks misguidedly thinking he was a novelty act. Fulks' brutal honesty (but sunny presentation) in songs about Nashville ("Fuck This Town") and suicide ("She Took a lot of Pills and Died") has always set him apart from other alt-country stalwarts like Steve Earle and Jon Langford. In any case, Fulks is a songwriter and performer worth checking out every time he comes to town.

Other shows of note this evening: Big Head Todd and the Monsters at House of Blues, Stacey Earle (Steve's sister) at Poor David's Pub, Alien Ant Farm at Trees, Gray the New Black at Lakewood Bar and Grill, Whiskey Folk Ramblers and Collin Herring at Lola's Saloon, Telegraph Canyon's Chris Johnson at Bar Belmont, and Seryn and Amanda Shires at Lochrann's. Whew!

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