5 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Street Dogs, The O's, Kat Edmonson, Two Gallants, Etc.

Irish-tinged Bah-sten punks Street Dogs, who are tight with Scottish-tinged Ew-sten punks, mosh down to Walters Friday night with Detroit psychobilly freakouts the Koffin Kats. Street Dogs' fellow New Englanders Roll the Tanks, whose song "Toeing the Line" was recently featured on Alternative Press' Web site (just like Houston's Something Fierce!) and Chicago's dangerous Downtown Struts make it a foursome.

Rootsy Dallas duo The O's, who recently got back from the UK and Ireland and released their second album, Between the Two, play the Continental Club tonight with Houston's mysterious JW Americana. Actually, by "mysterious" we meant "a hell of a good time." Oops.

Outside the Loop gig of the weekend: Country gal Miss Leslie, whose heartbreaky songs were recently heard in theaters in Richard Linklater's so-crazy-it's-true East Texas flick Bernie, a sweet lil' comedy about a dead lady in a freezer and the funeral director who killed her (but loved her too), releases a new Kickstarter CD Saturday at the Track Shack all the way up in Spring (25811 W. Hardy Rd.). Leslie, if you read this, send us one please?

Is this a jazz singer I see before me? Why yes, pilgrim, if by "jazz singer" you mean someone who can caress Brian Wilson's "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" the way Kat Edmonson does. The old soul and 29-year-old Austinite's second album Way Down Low is catching on quick with the NPR set. Edmonson seduces her way through two sets Sunday at the Mucky Duck starting at 6 p.m. Late show at 8:30.

Also Sunday, Cactus Music has two generations of folk-rock rabble-rousers, after a fashion. First up at 3 p.m. is Two Gallants, the Bay Area duo whose October 2006 squabble with some HPD cops lit the fuse that led to all sorts of changes within Houston's indie scene, so thanks guys... we think. The encore is a listening party for Bob Dylan's fortysomethingth album Tempest, which Rolling Stone recently called his most disturbing work yet. Really, Bob? Free Tempest posters too.

Make it a good one.

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