Despite the rash of festivals this weekend, those who prefer to confine their musical pursuits to indoors have precious little to complain about. Everyone who missed the late Infernal Bridegroom Productions' Daniel Johnston-inspired tour de forceSpeeding Motorcycle
gets a second chance of sorts when Motorcycle's Austin cast, on loan from Zach Scott Theater, pays a call on Rudz with a company including recently relocated HoustonianJoe Mathlete
, seasoned Johnston interpreterKathy McCarty
, members ofInvincible Czars
(who return next weekend to frolic at the Continental with Pong),Meat Purveyors
,Bad Mutha Goose
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Tonight, Austin's crack '70s and '80s cover band Skyrocket! heads gets down in Midtown at Sammy's on Main, while locals Thee Armada funkdafy Fitzgeralds with Westheimer Block Party standouts Mechanical Boy, among others, twisted California surf-psychobillies Deadbolt brave the wilds of Rudyard's and Lone Star Porn Star imports some Motley Crue sleaze to Clear Lake's Scout Bar. Those with slightly more refined tastes might prefer blue-eyed soulstress Shelby Lynne, whose new Dusty Springfield homage Just a Little Lovin' is inspiring the usual critical raves, at Warehouse Live, or Rodney Crowell guitarist Will Kimbrough, an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right, at the Houston branch of Bend Studios, 508 Pecore. See here for ticket information.
Saturday - as in tomorrow, NOT Sunday as originally listed - Rush drag their old Canadian asses to the Woodlands on yet another leg of their Snakes & Arrows tour. The "Spirit of Radio," it appears, really is eternal. Closer in, soul-jazz legend Roy Ayers - who somehow managed to avoid iFest's "Out of Africa" auspices - mellows out at the Arena Theater. Ayers is best known for scoring the 1973 Pam Grier blaxploitation classic Coffy and '70s hits like "Running Away," several of which have been revived on various Grand Theft Auto soundtracks. Hawaiian-born ska trio Pepper, they of new album Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations, get a jump on 4/20 at Warehouse Live, while burly blues-rockers Clutch boogie back to Memphis up the street at Meridian. Saturday is also Record Store Day, a nationwide promotion meant to raise awareness (and receipts) at independent music retailers, who could sure use it. More on that tomorrow.
As for 4/20 itself (Sunday), '90s hippie-rockers Blind Melon spark up Meridian with my Austin, um, buds Moonlight Towers. According to local legend, late BM frontman Shannon Hoon purchased the illegal substances that led to his 1995 New Orleans demise at Numbers; the band resumed activity in 2006 with new singer Travis Warren. Elsewhere, Jersey math-metal savants Dillinger Escape Plan get academically heavy at Warehouse with California kindred spirits Thrice, Seattle horror-punks Schoolyard Heroes (fronted by stunning Goth maiden Ryann Donnelly) scare up a crowd at Spring's JavaJazz Coffeehouse and Vegas showboys Panic at the Disco - the exclamation point has been mercifully retired - bring the Byrds and Beatles debts of classic rock-inspired second album Pretty, Odd to Verizon Wireless Theater, part of the Honda Civic tour. Also onboard, if you will, are Minneapolis' Motion City Soundtrack, the Hush Sound and Phantom Planet, who, despite losing drummer Jason Schwartzman to a full-time acting career (Rushmore, Slackers, Shopgirl, The Darjeeling Limited) a while back, continue to hold critics' and fans' attention with albums like this year's Raise the Dead. - Chris Gray