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If you’re in the mood for something a little funkier than tonight’s


(Toyota Center) vs.

Coheed & Cambria

(Warehouse Live) prog-off – by the way, C&C opener


’s badass blues-metal stomper

From Beale Street to Oblivion

is a serious dark horse in my personal album-of-the-year sweepstakes - second-line over to the Meridian for an evening with New Orleans’ rollicking

Rebirth Brass Band

. Baton Rouge band

6 Pack Deep

, who sound a little like My Chemical Romance hijacking the Memphis Horns (seriously), opens.

Elsewhere, Ian Moore, who furthers his guitar-god-to-power-popper makeover on recent album To Be Loved (released on Houston’s Justice Records), hits the Continental Club tonight with oversized Austin indie-rock ensemble Til We’re Blue or Destroy, and the capital city’s all-music cable channel ME Television heads east to film Texas Music favorites Honeybrowne at the Firehouse Saloon.

Chicago housemistress DJ Colette spins tracks from her latest CD Push at Rich’s, and the South Austin Jug Band folks up the Mucky Duck. Homegrown shows include psychedelic alt-rockers Slivered releasing their Life Flight EP at Rudyard’s with Primary and Permanent Daylight; a very cool experimental Latin pop double dip of Yokomono and All in Your Head at Bohemeo’s; and the Groovesnipers DJ crew taking over the Flats.

Saturday, several bands will be playing at Francisco Studios, sometimes known as the “Maggot Colony,” during the annual Art Crawl, and Shady’s Tavern in the Heights continues its weekly Saturday Secret Shows series. Sound Exchange’s free opening-night reception for “Unguarded Moments,” photographer Theresa K’s images from punk’s early days, starts at 7 p.m., with gobby tunes from L.A.W.S., the Sporatics and Welfare Mothers. Children of the Night rejoice as Underworld Productions holds a Masquerade Ball at Numbers, with DJs spinning Goth, Industrial and EBM, plus fashion shows by Houston's Azrael's Accomplice Designs and Sinched Custom Corsets & Fetish Wear. Of course, the night wouldn't be complete without coffin-shaped jewelry from Mordaunte's Coffin Gems.

E-mail allenoldiesband@yahoo.com for information on how to join Houston’s very own kings of the oldies for a “studio dance party” as they wrap up recording their new album, or just catch them during the day at the Via Colori festival in Sam Houston Park (following thwarted American Idol Sundance Head) or late night at the Big Top, while Jesse Dayton’s resurrected rockabilly rabble-rousers the Road Kings kick the tires at the Continental Club. Over at Proletariat, the Western Civilization’s Gretchen Schmalz steps out on her own for some acoustic numbers from new EP Laced Up Tightly with Lee Scaffolds.

Sunday, the Mathletes, whom even Linus Pauling Quartet agrees stole their LP-release show at Proletariat last weekend, play a free show at Dean’s Credit Clothing with !Alarma! and Giant Princess, and Fitzgerald’s hosts the first annual Jerry Lightfoot Memorial Concert with Carolyn Wonderland, Texas Johnny Brown, Mean Gene Kelton, the Shadowcasters and many, many others. Proceeds benefit ailing Houston blues legend Pete Mayes. – Chris Gray

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