You could write Fantasy Core off as a novelty if they werent so damned good, with serious Sex Pistols chops and Clash-like intensity (in their delivery, at least; well admit we have no idea what theyre saying). Theyve worked hard to become stalwarts on the Nagasaki scene and are working harder to build a following in the U.S., playing five South by Southwest festivals in as many years. In the clash of cultures that comes with J-pops influx into North America, you can be sure Fantasy Core is a band to be appreciated for sheer talent. 8 p.m. Walters, 4215 Washington. For tickets and information, call 713-862-2513 or visit www.4215washington.com.
Wed., Jan. 9, 8 p.m., 2008