Transona Five/The Theater Fire/Dust Congress/J Gray (Sloppyworld): This show came together for us based mostly on good luck-- Wildcat, a long time Transona Five fan, randomly decided to email the band one day a few months ago to see what they were up to. The guys responded that they were working on new material and were planning on doing a couple shows (one in Dallas and one in Austin), and we asked if they would like us to be involved. And duh, they totally did. So we helped them put this line up together, and here we are. We've discussed Transona Five this week already, and I know most of you know what Theater Fire is all about at this point, but we would highly recommend that you check out Dust Congress and J Gray if you haven't already. I haven't had a chance to see Gray live yet (as he doesn't play solo that often), but I've really been enjoying pretty much every song I've heard on his Myspace page-- his haunting vocals clearly set him apart from the pack, and the eerie, almost psychedelic nature of his music makes the material even more interesting still. If you're going to this show, I'd recommend showing up early to check him out. Show starts at 9 and is BYOB. $5. The order: J Gray, Dust Congress, Theater Fire, Transona Five.
Uptown with Select (Zubar): Select will spin a variety of records tonight at Zubar with no cover.
Paul Slocum (Dunn&Brown): Treewave founder Paul Slocum will be showing several visual art installments tonight at Dunn and Brown gallery. One of them, according to Gorilla vs Bear, will involve 20 people acting out a scene from the TV show Full House. Not kidding. You want us to come check it out, Paul? You got it dude! Starts at 6pm and looks really cool on the D&B website.
Mammoth Grinder/Koji Kondo/Teenage Cool Kids/Pool (715 Panhandle): Sorry I forgot to add this one...
Mistress/Rival Gang/Kaboom/Violent Squid (Slutbanger- 1729 Scripture, Denton): Don't have all the details on this show, including the full line up, but we've heard that the above bands will play and that it will get started around 930. BYOB of course.
Dan Deacon / Florene (Hailey's): Dan Deacon rolls back in to town tonight after an incredibly fun show at the Cavern a few months ago. I had the chance to interview him back in June, and despite his larger than life, goodier exterior, the guy really knows what he's doing musically, and he's made a big impact with fans and critics a alike over the past year. And although people often complain about the stillness of Dallas audiences at shows, Deacon had the Cavern rockin in June (almost by force), which makes me think that a Denton location and an extra six months of a rising profile will result in a big excited crowd at Hailey's. On this, his "Ultimate Reality" tour, Deacon will be joined by fellow Wham City dude Jimmy Joe Roche for a multi media performance that will include a 40 minute original video production with an original soundtrack as well at two live drummers playing along AND a regular solo set from Deacon after the video. It sounds really great, and I can't wait to see how they pull it off.
Hands Up! 90's Party with The Party (The Loft): I'm hoping 90's means tons of new jack swing jams, because I'm always in the mood for that stuff.
Silk Stocking/Sean Kirkpatrick/New Science Projects/Ryan Thomas Becker/Glen Farris/Emil Rapstine/Delmore Pilcrow/Sabra Laval (Strawberry Fields): Starts at 6, free, BYOB. And btw, has anyone ever once heard an 80's dance hipster in an ironic t-shirt say something like "hey bro, come to this DJ show. There won't be very many beards, pearl snaps and people who secretly listen to James Taylor, but you could still check it out." I never have. But I don't really hang out with ironic t-shirt people anyway.
Chris Brown and Bow Wow/Soulja Boy/Sean Kingston/Lil Mama (American Airlines Center): Despite the fact that this is a commercial hip hop show, I still bet it would easily be the strangest thing you could do this weekend. And I am dumb enough to kind of like that one Sean Kingston song.
Wild in the Streets (Hailey's)