Dovetail (Banana Republic - Galleria Mall)
Personally, I'm not one for mall shopping, but having a good band play in a mall is enough to make me want to endure the madness of Christmas mall shopping. The band starts early, at about 5, and will have you out in plenty of time for whatever other good show you want to see tonight.
Kim Lenz & The Jaguars/Spector 45 (LaGrange)
Is rockabilly dead? I'm not talking about psychobilly; that is obviously quite well and alive. I'm talking about pure, unadulterated rockabilly in its truest form. It has seemed as if the genre had just about faded into oblivion, particularly in the world of local music. Ms. Lenz, perhaps one of the best known locals ever within that genre, is helping to bring life back into rockabilly. And while Spector 45 is more greaser punk than rockabilly, their electric set will make an excellent opening act for Ms. Lenz
3 Rivers Alice/Rahim Quazi & The Supernaturals (The Grotto)
Mr. Quazi is a longtime GOBL favorite, and he's hard at work on the follow-up to 2008's Supernatural. If you ask really nicely, he might play you a new song or two. And for those not in the know, The Grotto is in Fort Worth, located in what used to be Lola's on the Stockyards.
Kirby Brown/The Roomsounds/Becky Middleton/SeaStroke/Bradley Wiley (Prophet Bar)
Christmas is upon us, and that means tacky, cheesy Christmas sweater season is here. This show celebrates those fashion no-no's, with plenty of music. Most notable on the lineup are The Roomsounds, who walk the line between 60's classic rock and 90's alternative pop, and Becky Middleton, a piano based singer-songwriter with a seriously intense voice.
Andrew Delaney and the Horse You Rode In On/Four Left Turns/Jessie Frye (City Tavern)
I've yet to see either Mr. Delaney or Ms. Frye, but both singer-songwriters have impressed me with their intelligent and catchy tunes. The two would seem an unlikely fit on one bill. Andrew's music lies within the alt-countryish realm, whereas Jessie is a perfect fit for fans of Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, and the like. I don't know the middle act; perhaps they somehow form a bridge between the two sounds to make the transition between the two easier.
The King Bucks (Adair's)
If this band keeps playing there so frequently, it's only a matter of time before the Adair's patrons get out the marker and start writing on the band members. Seriously though, ears on the band and markers off the musicians.
Epic Ruins/Calhoun/The Orbans (Lola’s)
Ask, and you shall receive. On this week's Lucky Thirteen, I hinted to the members of Calhoun that I'd love to get a copy of their upcoming CD, Heavy Sugar. Guess what I found in my virtual mailbox? If killer hooks are your thing (and they're definitely mine), then you're level of love for Calhoun is going to go through the roof. Speaking of CD's, this is the CD release show for Epic Ruins. The Orbans round out this bill that is THE destination for everyone in Funkytown. Frankly, this is a lineup worthy of a trip to FW.
A Spune Christmas ’10 (Hailey’s)
Telegraph Canyon will most likely be the biggest draw in this larger than life showcase (click here for the Facebook invite details), but as far as I'm concerned, Doug Burr will be the musical highlight of this show. From what I've heard of O Ye Devastator, it's filled with all the usual trademarks of Mr. Burr's music: haunting vocals, beautiful melodies, and well-crafted stories. Alas, I'm only speaking from the samples I've heard of the CD, as I don't own it. Hmm... I asked for Calhoun's CD and got it. I wonder...
Bravo, Max!/Possessed by Paul James/Horsethief/Parallel Play (The Prophet Bar)
Call it a hunch, but I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be a huge year for Bravo, Max! Word of mouth about the band is growing, thanks in no part to a live experience that is hard to classify, but even harder not to like. The sound is certainly eclectic, blending elements of alt-country, world beat, and other sounds that I can't even put my finger on. Don't wait until next year to see them. If you see them now, you can claim that you were a fan before everyone else caught on.
Summer Ames/Paul Slavens/Garrett Owen (Opening Bell Coffee)
Although Summer's CD, Complicated Daydream, was released last year, it seems as if the momentum for her music has really built this year. And with her now being added to Kirtland's roster, expect her following to grow even further. Paul Slavens holds the middle slot. I'm hoping he'll perform tunes from his CD, but I won't object if he does his typical make up songs for donations schtick because that's a lot of fun as well. Garrett Owen opens the show, and he's one of the few truly great male vocalists in this town. He's also a seriously good guitarist, and a great songwriter as well. In short, if you like singer-songwriters, this is where you need to be.