This is...impressive. It's called Houston SunBurn, and it's somehow related to famous Nevada freakfest Burning Man. It's tomorrow at Jet Lounge, the Engine Room and Last Concert Cafe, and looks like a who's who of local fringe talent -- experimental electronica to Americana, and literally everything in between: B L A C K I E, Rudebwoyz, Harts of Oak, Craig Kinsey of Sideshow Tramps, Bombon, Jim & the Toms, Peloton, Frankie G da Mex, the Bad Drugs, Twenty Eleven, FLCON FCKER and many more, but our fingers are getting tired. Tickets are $15, and it starts at 2 p.m. all the way through 5 a.m. Supposedly they're going to set a mechanical bull on fire, but we could be imagining that.
Rocks Off's own "Cocktails & Covers" concert series at House of Blues' Bronze Pack returns to the big, bad '80s with Houston's own Thunderpants. Free show.
Jesse Dayton, recently here at the big Rock Baby Rock It festival, serves up some serious Texas twang at Blanco's tonight.
There's no better way to start off the weekend than an evening of boot-up-your-ass metalcore featuring Krullur, Deceased, Chocolate Crucifix, Termination Force, Cruxiter and Belligerency tonight at Walters. All ages, $5, happy birthday Claw.
SF2 and Day and a Dream, the local rap blog headed up by sometime Rocks Offer Brando, is hosting "The Elite Party" tonight at Warehouse Live featuring HPMA-nominated DJ iPod Ammo and the "Houston Elite MCs." 9 p.m., free admission and giveaways.
Hear all the juke-joint boogie and tasty harp licks you could possibly want at the Texas Harmonica Festival and Clinic Saturday at the Down Home Texas Blues Harmonica Festival and Clinic at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar. Hosted by local blower Sonny Boy Terry, this year's fest features RJ Mischo, who studied with Mojo Bruford from Muddy Waters's band, as well as Paul Orta, Christian Dozzler, and Mike Rubin's Meat and Potatoes. They will even teach you how to play yourself. Tickets here.
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We already told you about the garage-rock double dip of Jaill and the Coathangers Saturday at Rudz, in print, but it's definitely worth repeating. Especially because the awesomely named locals Lazer Cuntzz are opening.
And of course we would be remiss if we didn't end with our own Houston Press Music Awards showcase, with more than 50 performers spread out at 11 different downtown venues. Tickets are still only $10, and remember, free cab rides between Warehouse Live, House of Blues and Phul Court with the Hail a Cab Houston iPhone app. See HPMusicAwards for everything else you could possibly want to know.