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Sean and Zander Sunday, June 16, at Three Links, $10 In February of 2012, during their opening set for Celtic-punk icons Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues in Dallas, Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss performed a rough-hewn set of cabaret-inflected folk. It was still punk but without any of the quick-paced thrashing of the headlining band or of Schloss' better-known former band, The Circle Jerks. Sean and Zander (as they're more commonly referred to) playfully relished their early slot in front of a crowd that was ready for more whiskey instead of the Tom Waits-inspired devilishness the duo offered up during their all-too-short half-hour set. They only have a couple of albums of material as Sean and Zander under their experienced belts, but the two will certainly be full of tricks and surprises when they take the Three Links stage to headline their own damn show for a whole damn night. -- Kelly Dearmore
Pageantry Friday, June 14, at Dan's Silverleaf, Denton Born from a long-gestating collaboration between Roy Robertson, Pablo Burrull and Ramon Muzquiz, Denton's Pageantry is finally releasing their first EP, Friends of the Year. The band composes an ethereal fuzz, highlighted by a steady hand on the drums and a captivating falsetto that come together to take the listener on something that resembles an out-of-body experience. If you're looking for a shorthand description, imagine if the first Tapes 'n Tapes album had been produced by guys in Grizzly Bear, then mixed by the duo from Cults. What makes Pageantry's take on this sound so interesting is that they concoct all this with just three players, which says a lot about the talent behind the project. Their much buzzed-about Denton sister band, Chambers, provides support at Dan's Silverleaf. Pageantry plan to film their set for a video, so dress to impress and try not to get too lost in the sound. -- Jaime-Paul Falcon
Goatwhore, The Scaccianators, Hammerwitch, Warbeast, Rotting Corpse Friday, June 14, at Trees, $10How awesome are Goatwhore? So awesome that their last album was called Blood For the Master. The pioneering New Orleans metal band makes a stop in Dallas for a tribute to the late Rigor Mortis guitarist Mike Scaccia. Read Jeff Liles' excellent tribute to the blazing guitarist here. --Kiernan Maletsky
Raw & Underground VII: AV the Great Saturday, June 15, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, $5/$7 Rising hip-hop local AV the Great has been known to MC several events in the area, many of which have dealt with movements for issues like education, teen violence, and voter registration. See the rapper this Saturday at Gloves for what he considers some of the best local underground hip-hop artists in the area, for just 5 bucks. -- Rachel Watts
The Trusted Few, Tex Railer's Doomtown, Bastardos de Sancho Saturday, June 15, at Double-Wide, $5 I just discovered who Bastardos de Sancho was earlier this week, and I gotta tell ya, you should check this shit out. The Latin fusion metal band play the Star Wars "Imperial March" song while shouting nonsensical Spanish before each set. Three guys in Luchadore masks trapse onstage with smoke pouring from every corner before playing their infamous intro, called "Obi Juan Peyote." See above video for further illustration. -- Rachel Watts