The true sounds of liberty since 1978, whether those sounds are Black Flag-ish hardcore or Danzig-like mook-rock, the decidedly gothic T.S.O.L. sprang from the surfer's paradise of Huntington Beach, Calif., and palled around with the Damned and Dead Kennedys before helping their younger SoCal siblings like Bad Religion and Social Distortion get a leg up.
For almost 35 years now, certified clinical hypnotherapist Jack Grisham and his cohorts have weathered one of the more bizarre careers in U.S. punk rock, from painting their faces white at early gigs to befriending the Guns N' Roses entourage to Grisham's 2011 novel An American Demon: A Memoir, of which A Million Little Pieces author James Frey said, "If you've ever found yourself unable to turn away from witnessing an accident, crash or natural disaster, you'll read it straight through." T.S.O.L. visits Fitzgerald's tonight with Spastic Fit, Dead to the World and Crime Wave.
With his shaved head, dizzying wordplay, and acoustic guitar, Ed Hamell, or Hamell on Trial, was an institution at Austin's Electric Lounge in the '90s, and fittingly wound up on Ani DiFranco's "anti-folk" label Righteous Babe. Surviving a serious van accident on tour that nearly took him off the board for good, Hamell has since relocated to New York City and procreated, spawning not just a child but the left-wing musical parents' guide Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs, and developed his rapid-fire standup comedy/spoken-word/punk-rock stage patter into the one-man theatrical drama "The Terrorism of Everyday Life." He visits Cactus Music at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, and then Thursday night at Leon's Lounge. Check out his recent Daytrotter session.
Corpus-born Tex-Mex Nuevo Wavo rocker Joe "King" Carrasco has probably never missed a party weekend in his life, and he's certainly not about to start now. Carrasco and his fiesta-loving crew Los Coronas (the Crowns, to us gringos) drop by Dan Electro's in the Heights Friday night with the Haphazards. The club's Web site is being upgraded, so keep the Facebook page handy for now.
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Did you know Texas City has a music festival? Indeed it does, the Texas City Music Fest by the Bay, since 2006, no less. The temptation to call it Texas City Limits must have been overwhelming, but thank God they didn't. Anyway, it's this weekend at the Carlos Garza Sports Complex (3300 Magnolia Ave./Palmer Hwy.), and two-day passes start at $20. Texas country stars Roger Creager and Pat Green headline Friday and Saturday, respectively, with roots-rockers Rosehill, Houston blues treasures Trudy Lynn & Milton Hopkins, zydeco master Wayne Toups and lots more sprinkled in. See all the other info you could possibly need at www.bythebayfest.com.
How about this? San Antonio indie-punk chicas Girl In a Coma, who headlined a show over Black Box Rebellion at New York's Bowery Ballroom, play a free show sponsored by La Voz at Discovery Green 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The trio, whose most recent album is last year's Mike McCarthy-produced Exits & All the Rest, supports Cursive and Minus the Bear on tour this fall. Austin's Grupo Fantasma splits the bill, so bring your dancing zapatas.