Friday, August 8, 2008

Weekend Update: 8/8/08

Before I give you the list of cool shows going on this weekend, let me just take a quick moment to thank Club Dada for letting me host my showcase, and also thank all the artists who played and everyone who attended. I was proud to be a part of such a wonderful show, and I cannot wait to host another show.

OK, it’s time to shift from last weekend to this weekend. We’ve got a few sweet shows coming up, so take a look and find (at least) one that appeals to you.

Black Tie Dynasty/The Burning Hotels/the cut*off/Hendrick (House of Blues)
At last week’s GOBL Anniversary Showcase, I introduced all the bands, but I feel like I did not give the cut*off the introduction they so deserved. That is a shame, because the cut*off in the period of a few years have gone from an average grunge influenced band to becoming one of the true shining stars in the local music scene. The Rorschach EP showed a strong hint of their potential, and Packaged Up for Beginners cashes in on that potential. Between smart, insightful lyrics created by lead vocalist Kyle Barnhill and top notch production values by the incomparable Salim Nourallah, their new CD is perfect for both beginners and advanced cut*off fans. On a separate note, it’s good to see House of Blues showcase a solid lineup of all local talent.
Boys Named Sue/The Hundred Inevitables (Allgood Café)
Congrats to Mike Snider and Allgood, for eight great years of food and music. The evening starts with everyone’s favorite redneck band, Boys Named Sue. Following that, the Lolli Dollies will be invading, and music will be provided by The Hundred Inevitables. Here are the two things you need to know about the band: they play killer power-pop in the vain of Big Star, and they don’t play very often. I wouldn’t be surprised if Hundred Inevitables don’t play another show this year. You have been forewarned.
Pikahsso and Tahiti/Headkrack/Genova (The Cavern)
The second P (as in Piknik) may be gone from PPT, but both Pikahsso and Tahiti can still rock the mic just fine sans Piknik, as shown by their set together at Sugar Shack for the DOMA Showcase. If you’re a hip-hop fan, I doubt there’s a better place to be.
The Theater Fire (Lee Harvey’s)
OK, how much longer until the follow-up to Everybody Has a Dark Side? Hey, at least they’re doing some shows now.

I Wanna Be A Robot: A Benefit for Shaky Amy (Club Dada)
I pity Fishing For Comets, who will be playing the outdoors stage at 5:30. That’s not gonna be pretty. Seriously though, the only flaw with the lineup is that there is TOO much good music to be packed into such a short period of time. Highlights besides FFC will include Sunward, The Felons, Lovie, and what may be one of the last Tah Dah’s shows ever. There’s too much for me to talk about, so click here for all the details.
Here, In Arms/Les Americains/Christian Brooks Band/The Istics/Erik Castillo (Prophet Bar)
I finally got the opportunity to see Here, In Arms a little over a month ago. I expected the band to be good, but what I heard was amazing. Brent Engel has found a way to produce a sound fusing the best of 60’s and 70’s rock with a certain flair that makes the music sound soulful, although not soul music per se. It’s intense, and I anxiously await the full length CD from this band. Last minute edit: I just got an email telling me that Les Americains features members of [DARYL] and Macavity. Makes the lineup even more promising.
The Theater Fire/Ralph White and Places (Dan’s Silverleaf)
I’m not sure if Places is Mr. White’s backup band or a separate act. Either way, it’s a second opportunity to see Theater Fire in one week plus what is sure to be the best show this weekend in Denton.

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