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Yells at Eels/Stoogeaphilia/Forest Ward (The Fairmount)
Last Men/Red Faced Laughter/Bad Sports/Attractive and Popular/Ginsu Wives (Majestic Dwelling of Doom, 731 Texas St., Denton): So you've known this venue as The Eighth Continent, Wisconsin, and now under this new mouthful of a moniker. The Red Faced Laughter will probably always remind me of SHQ's peak, when an unknown band from middle-of-nowhere Texas could come in to that welcoming little place and knock everyone out. There's a lot of talk about the seven-inch that RFL has completed with Last Men, who also split the bill. I'm hoping they actually have some for sale tonight. Attractive And Popular make the best case for themselves in the live setting, making this a solid bill all around.
Uptown Fridays with Select (Zubar): So we've known about Uptown Fridays with Select for a long time, but unfortunately, we've never really had the chance to make it out. However, Select sent us some info describing exactly what he does on Friday night, and we were pretty impressed. Here is some of what he said about Uptown Fridays--
"magine walking into a club...not any where in TX ...maybe like 10 years ago..maybe even later. Imagine the vibe with a dj playing dancehall from the 90's, classic house, hip house, new jack swing, and etc...with a little twist of now.... a mixture of a house night back in the 90's with the mixture of a house party. A night of solid grooves, classic disco sounds with emerging house music. Basically the night is about good times and good music."
Sounds good to me. Maybe there IS something to do in Dallas tonight.
Blackheart Society/Rival Gang/Street Hassle/Billingham's Defense System (the Lounge): Tonight's show looks like a twisted mix of Dallas Dance Music, Dallas Sixties fixations, and some weirdo Denton chaos. Fun.
Eagles of Death Metal/Klopek/Austin Brown Sounds/The Couture (the Door): There's nothing more "death metal" than a band of washed up major label clowns playing crappy music at a Christian venue, right dudes?
The Polyphonic Spree Christmas Extravaganza (Granada): To quote Norm Macdonald, "Happy Birthday, Jesus. I hope you like crap." That doesn't necessarily apply to this show, but to Christmas shows in general. Christmas shows are the opposite of what rock shows should be. If you want to have a holiday theme, okay, whatever. But if you actually cover a Christmas song, well, you're just hopeless. Unless you cover "Nothing But The Best" by Frank Sinatra. I heard that at Nordstrom Rack the other day, and it's fucking hilarious.
Fight Bite/Nouns Group/Eat Avery's Bones/ZZZ... (Chat Room): Nice to see Eat Avery's Bones on a bill again. This show is also the debut of Zzz..., a project featuring members of Yay! Telescopes, Boddicker, and Teenage Symphony. The band melds Gene Clark styled chime with bummed-out 80's underground sounds. Kill yourself.
Holy Shit!/Wax Museums/Teenage Cool Kids/The Teeners (715 Panhandle): Real no-brainer of a show. I mean, DUH.
Sarah Jaffe/Astronautalis/Boom Boom Box (Rubber Gloves): The PAperChase canceled and was replaced with Astronautilus. I had a joke about the Spawn soundtrack to make here, but I'll spare you.
Crystal Method (Lizard Lounge): One time I was at my friend's house and his redneck dad was walking around looking for something. All of a sudden, we hear him scream "Damn it!" and we're all "what's wrong?" The guy turns to us and says "I can't find my goddamn techno CDs, damn it," and we started laughing and making fun of him. Eventually, he found his Crystal Method CD and went on his merry way to Arby's. The End.
The Drams/Dove Hunter/Doug Burr/Telegraph Canyon/Am Ramblers/The Southern Sea (Hailey's): The Denton County PM Honky Tonkin' Bandit Ramblers had to drop off tonight's bill due to an overdose of real live music.
Ice Cube/Trick Trick/Awkquarius (The Door): If you go to this show, you might be able to catch AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted sippin on a smart drink with a guidance counselor in the back near the "bar." And for a mere $40, how can you NOT go?
PVC Street Gang/Cocky Americans/Teenage Cool Kids/Florene/Top Secret Robot Alliance/The Teeners (the Lounge, 3PM): Obviously, White Denim canceled, which is a drag, because I'm sure the next time you can see them it will be at a much larger, less intimate venue.