Scoremore presents a release party for up-and-coming local rapper Doughbeezy for his new CD Blue Magic at Warehouse Live tonight ($15). The album features Dough's collaboration with Killa Kyleon, "F*ck You," which should not be mistaken for the Cee-Lo song of the same partially censored name. Watch the Houston Press music page in a couple of weeks for a story on "The Beast of the Southeast." Dough is giving away Blue Magic on his Web site.
A long list of local musicians, vaudevillians, comedians and more - some of them U of H students - perform at this weekend's annual Frontier Fiesta, which started Thursday night. (Doughbeezy's in there somewhere tonight, before his own CD release; so are the Niceguys.) It's totally free. See more information here.
Local alt-metal veterans Downfall 2012 headline Live Nation's That Big Metal Show tonight at the new Bayou Music Center, or the old Verizon Wireless Theater. Carry The Storm, Decimation Theory, Machinatx, and Adamantium are also on the bill, with Outlaw Dave as host. Doors open at 7 p.m.; tickets are $10 plus additional fees (so $13.25).
If you can handle the weirdness, Fitz is hosting a free show of prog-tinged post-punk tonight with Baton Rouge's England In 1819 joining locals New York City Queens, Featherface and The Dead Revolt.
Cactus Music has a couple of free in-stores (and St. Arnold's) on tap tomorrow: Grungy Austin garage-blues duo Black Pistol Fire at 3 p.m. And Brooklyn snowbirds with local roots the Mastersons, whose New West album due next month, Birds Fly South, looks poised for a long run on the Americana charts, at 5 p.m.
Can Houston handle this much metal? Locals Helstar celebrate their 30th anniversary by several of their most headbangin' friends:Rotting Corpse, Metalloyd, Legion, Knocturnal Maddness, Epic, Metavenge, Owl Witch, Sanctus Bellum, Carry The Storm and Venomous Maximus. Helstar is recording the show for a double live CD and DVD. Doors at 6 p.m.; $12.
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The Houston Blues Society is hosting a benefit for one of its own, Leo Trio guitarist/vocalist Leo Aston, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Patrice Pike, Steve Krase & the In Crowd, the Dollyrockers, Eldorado Biarritz and even the Leo Trio gather to pass the hat 2 p.m. Sunday at Rockefeller Hall, 3620 Washington. $15 donation requested.
Holland K. Smith, The Paul Ramirez Band, Tony Vega Band, John McVey and the Stumble, Mojofromopolis and more hit The Big Easy Sunday for the second annual "Playing for Parkinson's" benefit. A $5 donation is requested; items in the silent auction include two guitars signed by Marty McFly himself, Michael J. Fox. The National Zydeco Foundation's open jam takes over later in the evening.