Loop 12 (And/Or Gallery): Starting at 830 pm sharp, Loop 12 will be performing their strange, captivating electro sound collages with an array of different equipment, including video. I have yet to see Loop 12 live unfortunately, and since that seems to be the way to experience them, we'll just say that fans of experimental/improv electronic will likely be interested in this. As will pot heads.
Zanzibar Snails/Cereboso/Yanari/Jin Men Ju (F 6 Gallery): UPDATE: SORRY, THIS SHOW IS ON SATURDAY, NOT TONIGHT! STARTS AT 3PM. This event takes it title from the oft heard barb "That's Not Art," the battle cry of Philistines, session musicians, and singer songwriters everywhere. Just joking, dudes. Apparently this theme will be further explored through patron participation by providing the audience with some household objects with which they can create their own art. Artwork prepared before the show will feature local artists Brent Frishman, Joyce Martin, Kris Swenson, Lori Thompson and more. Musical performances will be provided by the avant adventurers listed above including Zanzibar Snails and Gutterth Records head Michael Briggs, also known as Cereboso. Yanari's lone myspace track sounds like some pretty good ambient drone. So, a show that questions the definition of art by showcasing art and music while asking the audience to create new art with the performers. I get it. Bonus points for being in Arlington. (DL)
The Party (Zubar): Still thriving? Yep.
Dub Assembly (Green Elephant): Damn it, why does this have to be on the same night as the Party? Guess I'm going to be busy this evening, because Dub Assembly is always worth stopping by, especially when you consider its growing reputation as one of the most solid dubstep nights in the country. I know I've said that before, but really: smoke a blunt and go get overwhelmed by the bass for a while. The Party doesn't get jumpin' until after midnight anyway, right? This month's edition will feature a performance from Mundo and Lifted MC, who recently appeared on our Projection 002 compilation (and have received positive national and international press), as well as Wanz Dover, Royal Highness and Dragonman.
The Sword/Record Hop (Lolas): The Sword have sort of become the whipping boys of "hipster" metal in some circles, taking shots for their lack of "sincerity" or metal authenticity or whatever. But all that aside, they've got some great hooks and pack a fucking punch live, and with Record Hop opening up for them, this is a great reason to head to Ft. Worth to see the new Lola's venue in person. It also makes me wonder who is more pretentious: the hipster into metal or the metalhead who scorns him?
Bell Biv Devoe/Keith Sweat/Tony Toni Tone/Guy (Nokia): If any of these groups have Myspace pages, I refuse to link to them. Besides, anyone who would consider going to this already knows the score anyway. Guy gets bonus points for playing at the Cash Money Brothas party in New Jack City, and Tony Toni Tone get points for "Feels Good," a song that somehow, some way, never sounds dated or silly. Who would have anticipated that back in 1990? And I'm sure the members of BBD are total train wrecks these days. Either that or born again Christians. Anyway, all of these groups can be categorized as part of the "New Jack Swing" sound of the late 80's/early 90's that has come back in vogue with hip electro fans in europe and the U.S. in recent years. And given the cost of this one, I think I might just go Zubar tonight since they'll probably play at least one of these guys at some point anyway.
White Drugs/The Brewers/Melba Toast/Kijoto (Rubber Gloves): One of the area's finest garage/punk/heavy bands headlines what I believe to be their first show in a while. Would love to hear some new material from those guys.
Rogue Wave/Midnight Movies (Hailey's): I'll probably catch shit from certain parties within WSJR HQ for this, but I'm a Rogue Wave fan. I don't even know why really, considering I typically have the same level of patience for cookie cutter "indie pop" as Stalin did for Trotsky, but something about Rogue Wave's music just works for me. It could just be the excellent "10 to 1" off their second record. I don't know. And Midnight Movies are one of those bands that I can't tell you much about. What are they trying to do exactly? Stereolab meets Echo and the Bunnymen, Pretty Girls Make Graves and people who wRite LIke tHIS? Whatever, I don't care.
Treewave/Capillary Action/Trifle Tower/Koji Kondo (Rubber Gloves): UPDATE: TREEWAVE CANCELED TONIGHT'S SHOW DUE TO ILLNESS. Little of everything at this show, from crazed punk rock to jazzy experimental structures to tweaked vintage electro pop. Capillary Action change tempos, emotions, styles, and even genres in the same song to the point where it becomes absurd. This schizophrenic approach puts them somewhere between Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Mayo Thompson and finally Van Dyke Parks, since they seem to usually have pop song undertones, no matter how skewed the delivery. Koji Kondo and Trifle Tower know their way around tempo changes, but are definitely more straight ahead hardcore in comparison to the rest of this group. Treewave playing this show was a welcome surprise, since his music sticks out the most on this bill and he's not in Denton too often. Any two of these bands would be worth seeing, all four of them make it unmissable. (DL)
Coprolingus/Life Death Continuum/Vorvadoss (Red Blood Club): I can't wait to check this show out. And if they start it as early as RBC has been lately, then it's sweet because you can catch the whole thing and still have an entire evening in front of you.
Hot Flash One Year Anniversary (Fallout Lounge): The one year anniversary of the Hot Flash Party is here, and they've really had a pretty nice run of it. Consistently packing Fallout Lounge every month with an impressive variety of tracks and friendly vibes all around, Hot Flash parties are typically some of the most "unDallas" DJ parties you can attend in Dallas. Keith P will be spinning with these guys as well.
Banger's Club After Hours Party (Sloppyworld): Wanz Dover will be joined by Select, Sober and Robert Taylor for an after hours dance party that will start at 1 and go till 4am. A great sound system at Sloppyworld and BYOB make the $5 cover a no brainer for people looking for something after hours, especially with a solid DJ line up like this. I'd expect this one to be well worth it, and if it gets really good, I don't see why it couldn't go even later than posted. I'm sure you'll hear pretty much every genre of electro under the sun too. Well, maybe not progressive trance or some shit like that.
Alan Palomo of Ghosthustler and It's What We Get will be spinning records at Art Club along with visual productions from a variety of artists.
Van Halen (American Airlines Center): Something about the way David Lee Roth sounds when he screams "class dismissed!" on "Hot for Teacher" makes me think that he's a big enough jerk to deserve a little bit of credit. And yes, I'm pretending that he doesn't do that reality show or whatever the fuck he does now. Right Now... David Lee Roth isn't fitting into his old leather pants.
Wyclef (House of Blues): What am I supposed to do with you, Wyclef? Pretend that its 1997 and you just put out that sweet album that my girlfriend and I listen to when we smoke pot because we still give a shit about the Fugees? Well seeing as how I can get into this show for free if I want, I guess I'd be willing to give it a shot as long as my DVD player happens to break on Sunday or something.