Woodsman/A Giant Dog/Midnite Society (Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios): Denver’s Woodsman make an appearance tonight ahead of their journey to Austin’s always puzzling “Psych Fest.” It’s appropriate in this case since Woodsman are actually a band who seems to play some form of psychedelic music, whereas the roster is often stacked with acts who are either: A.) Not that psychedelic, or B.) Have made made multiple appearances at other lukewarm fests.
This year’s lineup looks better than most, but again, on that second point, you could see a lot of this elsewhere, and with less of a constrictive yet ignored theme. Midnite Society opens, and while they aren’t that psychedelic, they beat the pants off many bands who will appear at that festival.
“Stereo on Strike” (Zubar): Tonight’s guests are TX Connect aka Gavin Guthrie, and Bon Spengler.
“Track Meet” (Hailey’s): Track Meet’s appearance supposedly offers a “free holographic chrome Track Meet rainforest photo booth,” however I can not verify that claim at this time. Hailey’s will be capably returned to its more glorious past self on Thursdays tonight, if TM’s appearance in the Good Records parking lot last weekend is any indication.
The Hope Trust/Robert Gomez (The patio of the AT&T Performing Arts Center): I attended this “patio session” series recently, somewhat shamefully for the first time, and caught Jeremy Buller opening for Daniel Hart’s new project, Dark Rooms. I had always pictured this as being a large group of suffering music fans, foolishly drinking in the heat while absorbing an equally suffering artistic expression. What I found instead, was a frigid and grey downtown backdrop, while Mr. Buller paid special attention to a variety of looped effects. A person walked up to the sound booth and suggested that it was aurally not unlike two mating whales. I disagreed. The noticeably grieving chords bounced from building to building, and back to a shivering few who had gathered to take in the show. It was the opposite of the summertime dehydration festivals to which we’ll soon be exposed. It was uncomfortable, but it was prettier and more meaningful than that. If you already like these artists, then you’ll enjoy them more here. If not, hang out and get a ten dollar Kahlua and coffee. Even if it’s too warm to do so.
Juicy J (Southside Music Hall): It is with deep regret that I must inform you that this show is sold out.
Boris/Thrones/Pinkish Black/Bludded Head (Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios): Please go here for more info.
George Quartz/Jack Dover/Frauen (The Crown and Harp): There isn’t a bad spot in this lineup, so return to Lower Greenville for your Friday entertainment options if you can, and in droves, when possible.
Man or Astroman/The Deathray Davies/Sealion (Club Dada): Sealion as an opener makes perfect sense, since they occasionally have some sort of surf-focused aesthetic. I’m not saying that openers must match the headliners, but how many times did the Deathray Davies ruin the first forty-five minutes of a show for you back in the day? Anyone?
Acid Mothers Temple/Tjujuna/New Fumes (The Where House): Here we have another example of Psych Fest’s influence on North Texas this weekend, and Japan’s Acid Mother’s Temple is a disproportionate name to what the Where House usually showcases. In other words, it’s probably a great place to see them.
New Science Projects/Spooky Folk/Two Knights/Ryan Thomas Becker and Last Joke/Losing (Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios): I’m wanting to go easy on the New Science Projects after all these years, since they seemed to evolved quite a bit, but then they name their new album something so juvenile, that I won’t even type the name. I’ll let Darryl Smyers do that, and he did, in this piece he did on the group in the lastest copy of the Dallas Observer. In it, New Science Projects lead singer Dale Jones claims he has the answers for why Dallas music fans supposedly don’t support his group:
“It’s not their kind of thing. They don’t like it. They don’t want it. It doesn’t have any keyboards. It’s not electronic. It’s not very danceable.”
I have to take issue with that. As someone who had to defend the merits of such groups for a full five years, when compared to their more guitar-oriented peers, I would not say that Dallas necessarily always supports something just because it’s danceable or has keyboards. Or on the flip side, is it actually being suggested that Dallas doesn’t support rock, punk, folk, and blues music? Have you walked around Deep Ellum lately and listened to what’s pouring out of the clubs? That’s not the Dallas I know, and I’d like to think I know it fairly well.
Wiccans/Kremlin/Sin Motivo/The Sentenced (Taqueria El Picante): Is anyone else worn out by the constant talk of tacos and punk and taco punk yet? No? I’m not surprised. Apparently Wiccans played one of the best sets here in the thousands that occurred during Festival Month back in March, and we’ll see if they can do it again.
Texans For West Benefit Concert (AT&T Performing Arts Center): It’s always lovely to see the disparate parts of our community altruistically coming together for a cause, and this is a necessary one. But before we get to the talent, let’s get to the most important sentence in the invite: “All proceeds for the concert will be deposited with the Foundation.” That’s what I like to hear, and apparently our own Zac Crain will be around. Please see his story on his hometown for NBC if you have yet to do so. Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, Vaden Todd Lewis, The O’s, Somebody’s Darling, and Goodnight Ned. More info available here.
Image: Boris performing in Denton in 2008. Credit: Sally Glass.