If you're at all hip to the Austin hip-hop scene, you're familiar with DJ Mel. Or, more precisely, you're familiar with his monthly Rock the Casbah parties and Wednesday-night Krunkaoke, where folks can motormouth their favorite Lil Jon, Wu-Tang, N.W.A and other lyrics that bring out the MC in us all. DJ Mel has been mashing, mixing and performing around A-town for more than four years, including multiple South By Southwest stints. "He really controls the crowd and caters to the audience," says DJ Witnes, who's bringing DJ Mel here as a special guest to Rockbox, the Thursday-night weekly residence at the Proletariat. "The chemistry between both of us can really rock the party."
By the sound of DJ Mel's new mash-up mix CD, Short But Funky, it seems that at Rockbox anything goes, from hip-hop and '80s to dancehall and industrial -- even current hipster faves LCD Soundsystem and MIA -- and "current shit people find mainstream," says Witnes. Plus, with the help of a few drinks and the selections of fellow DJs Stiletto, Fred and 7000 Ft. Tall, we're sure everything will go down just right -- to the feet, that is.
So expect an eclectic mix of tunes, a hipster crowd and some extra cash, as there's no cover charge for this gig. "What could be better than going to see a good DJ for free?" Witnes asks. "It leaves more money to spend on drinks." Hell, we'll drink to that. 10 p.m. Thursday, May 26. 903 Richmond. For information, call 713-523-1199 or visit www.theproletariathouston.net. -- Travis Ritter
Melt with You
A decade ago, at the height of the much-reviled "Japanoise" movement that gave the world Zeni Geva, Space Streakings, Ruins and Boredoms, who would've guessed that Melt-Banana would be the last band standing? (Okay, Boredoms have a new record coming out, but they've been through so many conceptual and personnel changes they're hardly recognizable.) Melt-Banana alone stands tall and unmoved, proud and skronking, singer Yasuko's stutter-shrieking, animalistic voice surfing high atop an ever more complex tsunami of unforgiving sonic wackiness. Enter the musical equivalent of a raging wind tunnel at 9:30 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Mary Jane's Fat Cat, 4216 Washington. For tickets, call 713-869-5263 or visit www.superunison.com. $10. -- Scott Faingold
This Party's da Bomb
Looking for an appropriate venue to celebrate the day of remembrance for those killed in the service of our great nation? Throw on some black and head over to Club Ice for the Memorial Day Blackout Event and ponder those mandatory wartime power outages. We seriously doubt that DJs Nando and Mike C will be thinking specifically about air-raid safety as Latin house and hip-hop blast through the speakers (and sheer darkness lowers the hookup standards even further). But hey, look at it this way: Is there a better way to get bombed? 9 p.m. Sunday, May 29. 711 Main. For information, call 713-225-3500 or visit www.mantrahouston.com. Free. -- Scott Faingold
They'll Need Paddling
The plaid skirts, calf-length stockings and pigtails...ouch! Yes, men get weak (or firm) over the schoolgirl look. Now, HUSH is paying tribute to every guy's fantasy with the Naughty School Girl Party. Ladies who show up in naughty schoolgirl garb (add the faux bookish spectacles and the ruler, and you'll stop 'em dead) can win $500. Since this is an 18-and-up event, chances are slim you'll meet real schoolgirls, but you can buy the graduates $1 wells and draft brews, or even the choice Plaid Skirt or Pigtail shots (yum!). Class begins at 9 p.m. Friday, May 27. 15625 Katy Freeway. For tickets and information, call 713-330-4874 or visit www.hushonline.com. $10; free if in costume. -- Steven Devadanam