Written by Defensive Listening, so direct all of your kind, thoughtful compliments at me and not Sally Glass or SR.
Psychedelic Horseshit/Teenage Cool Kids/Fabulous Diamonds (Chat Room): For all of the static stain on Psychedelic Horseshit's purposely garbled recordings, their melody, both instrumental and vocal, still somehow glows through the chaos. This is even more apparent in a live setting. Australia's Fabulous Diamonds represent the decidedly less pop rock side of Siltbreeze, with a combination of minimal repetitive beats, drone vocal monotone, and the busy clicking and clattering of Eastern-styled percussion hypnotizing its way down the center of the mix. Should be an interesting show at the always bustling Chat Room.
Burnt Sienna Trio/Phantastes/Dust Congress/Some Say Leland (Hailey's): Mainly folk-based show with two of Denton's best, including a real curve-ball on the bill: Phantastes. This is the remaining members of The Undoing Of David Wright manipulating some intricately hand-made modulators and synths.
Dosh/Anathallo/Listener Project/The Boat Lights/Sunnybrook (The Prophet Bar): I wonder if Stonedranger wants to see Sunnybrook bad enough to go to the Prophet Bar.
Callupsie/Cryptacize/Florene (Kettle Art)
Brody's Militia/Kill The Client/Human Struggle/Healers (Exploding House): Though they might be on Relapse now, Kill The Client's "Wage Slave" will always be a local classic.
Delmore Pilcrow/Slow Burners/Passing Parade (J & J's Pizza)
Times New Viking/Record Hop/Teenage Cool Kids (Club Dada): Featuring three acts that rock shamelessly, this is the first in a barrage of high-profile shows at Dada in the coming months. Times New Viking seems to be everywhere since their Strawberry Fields set last spring. Like Psychedelic Horseshit, their live set is extremely accessible and makes them seem much less challenging or as willfully obscure as their recordings suggest. Teenage Cool Kids and Record Hop are a good match and I think they should arm-wrestle to see who loves the Nineties more, though they are respectively worshiping different years.
The Great Tyrant/Fight Bite/Koji Kondo/Blank Blank (Chat Room): Three of Fort Worth's most intimidating live acts, one hardcore punk, one grindcore, and whatever The Great Tyrant considers their terrifying brand of gloomy prog. Fight Bite certainly stands out here, but will hold their own due to the wrist-slitting subject matter of every single one of their songs.
Hands Up w/ Gracie Chavez (The Loft): This time The Party presents Houston's Gracie Chavez who is a DJ, mother, music writer, and veteran of Houston's club scene. From shedding light on fellow female DJ's as a co-founder of the "La Femmes" project, to her recent ten thousand download triumph of her recent "Yo, Mami" mix, Chavez is quite the overachiever as well as the perfect act with a pedigree heavy enough to headline the chaos of The Party. Read the excellent interview over at Central Booking.
Spazm 151/Damage Case/Akkolyte/Wayward boys/Kill The Client/Human Struggle/The Krumbums (Red Blood Club): Red Blood Club gets an appropriate send-off with some of the acts that made this one of the last destinations in the endangered Deep Ellum area. Just a couple of these bands would be a fierce bill, all of them together makes it staggeringly brutal. Watch your pretty face.
Attic Ted/Zanzibar Snails/Glass/Secret Briefcase (Wisconsin - 731 Texas Street
Ex-Eighth Continent): Attic Ted plays loopy, skewed songs, heavy on the organ and with obvious quirky influences such as The Residents. They also bear a resemblance to the nervous rhythms and uptight vocals of groups like 100 Flowers and The Homosexuals. I wonder if any other weirdo acts are hiding out in San Marcos. Glass is the sludge-metal side project of Kaboom, Zanzibar Snails will include a guest appearance by Burnt Sienna Trio's Sinevil, and the night will be finished off by a noise improvisation by several local artists.
Russian Circles/Daughters/Young Widows (Lola's): Russian Circles is said to blend Explosions In The Sky-styled instrumental rock with metal overtones, and I can only imagine that would have to be an improvement. Daughters are a well-known live act, notorious for their anger, energy, and nakedness. Young Widows is ex-members of Breather Resist.
Final edit of Loose Change on Saturday, June 21 at 8pm (Lakewood Theater)
ADD: Violent Squid/Darktown Strutters/Street Hassle/Landrest/Rocket For Ethiopia/Antarctics (J & J's)
Grand Archives/Sera Cahoone/Sarah Jaffe (The Cavern)