Melodica Festival (Expo Park): Of course, this is the main highlight of the weekend for a lot of people, and rightly so. You can get the full schedule by clicking on the Melodica Link, but I thought we'd share some highlights (three day passes are $25 or you can pay cover at individual shows):Loop 12 (Avenue Arts) 840 and 950
Life Death Continuum (Avenue Arts) 1230
Silver Apples (Sloppyworld) 11
Spectrum (Sloppyworld) midnight
Light Bright Highway (Sloppyworld) 1am
Minc: whole line up is solid all night, featuring Dev79, Keith P, Central Booking, Royal Highnuss and Dragonman.
Record Hop (Amsterdam) midnight
Other stuff happening tonight:
Baby Dee/John Contreras/Alex Neilson/Paul Oldham/The Theater Fire (Arts 5th Ave, Ft. Worth): An excellent show from the Metrognome Collective.
Melodica We Shot J.R. Showcase feat. Finally Punk/Cry Blood Apache/Tree Wave/Medio Mutante/Zanzibar Snails (Amsterdam): I'm really proud of myself for putting together such a completely kick ass line up! I should really be thanked for this. If you've never checked out Finally Punk but still somehow think you're cool, click up top there and learn all about why you'll be at this show tonight. Excellent quality all around, from sloppy, energetic punk to no wave/industrial sludge to harsh, rhythmic electro to the unique Tree Wave, I have to say that I pretty much rule. Oh, and the bands are good too. You can get in with a Melodica pass or pay the cover.
Other Melodica Highlights:
Yells at Eels (Avenue Arts) 9pm
Transona Five (Avenue Arts) 10pm
Farah (Fallout) midnight
The Great Tyrant (Sloppyworld) 10pm
Mundo and Lifted MC (Sloppyworld) 1045pm
Apendics Shuffle (Minc) 1130pm
Boats/I Resign/Hide and Secret/Vacation (715 Panhandle)
Seth Sherman/Fight Bite/Glass/Voyant/Angry Businessmen/Glass Gown/Fake Blood (Strawberry Fields): I don't know why these dickheads had to schedule such a kick ass show on the same night as our kick ass show, but whatevs, we still love em. Or kinda like em. Anyway, this will be a great night at Strawberry Fields, and I'm sure a couple new faces will show up to check out Fight Bite, who recently received the approval of indie powerhouse blog Gorilla vs Bear. And he's right: it's pretty good stuff.
Car Stereo Wars/Killtronix (The Cavern)
Melodica All Ages Show (Club Dada): Many of the highlights from Saturday and Sunday will be playing this thing, and none of you underage geeks should miss it. Nor should you overage geeks for that matter. Starts at 4pm. Here are the bands playing.
Black Lips/Quintron/Miss Pussycat (the Loft): Black Lips will also play a free show at Good Records at 4pm.