The Zombies (The Kessler): The Zombies may have been eclipsed by most of their harder rocking contemporaries, but the cult around them has grown much stronger the decades. That’s due largely in part to the various indie pop bands they inspired, who made their harmonizing and melodic tendencies an increasingly hip commodity. You can read more about this concert in our event listings.
Ronnie Heart | Zhora (Patio at AT&T Performing Arts Center): After recent appearances by both Yells at Eels and Diamond Age, it seems that this season of Patio Sessions will be just a tad more adventurous than the series has been in previous years. It’s at least been louder, and the fully electrified music of the occasionally collaborating Ronnie Heart and Zhora will probably be one of the most well-attended and audibly conspicuous sessions yet. More info is available here.
JMBLYA (Main Street Garden): This lineup certainly rivals the festival being held at the same venue later this month, Homegrown. They are fairly different animals, however, as this predominantly hip hop event features Chance The Rapper, Riff Raff, A$AP Ferg, and a variety of newer rap artists who I wouldn’t necessarily expect to perform in a city park downtown. Which is actually what makes this year’s JMBLYA such a safe bet. More details available here.
Psycho Pony (Twilite Lounge): It’s not often I would recommend a cover band, save for perhaps the all-too scarce Nyrds, but this is a match that simply makes sense. After all, I usually have to pay a buck or two to hear “Barstool Blues” on the Twilite Lounge jukebox, but maybe that will be unnecessary on Friday night. That is, if this Neil Young/Crazy Horse tribute act can take care of that for me.
Deep Throat | Ghetto Ghouls| Problem Dogg | Heavy Baby Sea Slugs (Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios): Update: Deep Throat is playing this show as well as a performance on Saturday night. See details below.
Static Lines| Hex Cult | Keith P (The Crown and Harp): Though Hex Cult had a nice unplanned opening set for Health a few weeks ago, it wasn’t quite enough. I would recommend catching their full performance opening for Austin’s Static Lines, where no offense to the touring band—they stand a pretty good chance of being blown off the stage. Come prepared. DJ Keith P will be DJing and I hope he knows how much I still miss “Black Fridays” at Fallout Lounge. It used to be the only way to end another dumb workweek.
Deep Throat | Vulgar Fashion | Cutter (Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios): This event is actually a benefit show to raise funds for a small film project trying to get off the ground, with the production and acting team split between Denton and Seattle. It’s called Lazy Susan, and you can read more of the pertinent details on the film’s Kickstarter page. One of the film’s participants, Taylor Kimbrough, will be singing for Deep Throat, an old favorite punk band of FrontRow’s that we haven’t seen in too long.