Orgullo Primitivo/Amygdala/Releaser/Deadtooth (Taqueria Pedritos): It’s encouraging to see that Dallas’ DIY activity is picking up again, to the point where there is a show at a Taqueria on a Monday night. This show was originally supposed to feature a touring band called Burning Monk, but unfortunately they had to cancel their tour. The rest of the lineup is all local, with the more conventional but still extreme Releaser, and the far more experimental solo project, Orgullo Primitivo. Listen to this cover of XTC’s “It’s Nearly Africa” if you don’t believe me. The initial show activity starts at 7:30 pm.
“Got Barz” (The Boiler Room): On the final Monday of each month, Too Fresh Productions hosts this freestyle and MC competition, and you can sign up for a slot by going to the event page (must be logged-in to Facebook). All of the freestyle slots are taken, but there are about five slots left for MC as of this posting. “Got Barz” is hosted by Leo J and features Lil Chris as the main DJ.
“Cool Out” (The Crown and Harp): It’s a rare thing to see a live band at the at the “Cool Out” weekly, which has finally experienced a successful resurrection after various sputtering restarts. But tonight’s CO will see a decent proportion of the Crown and Harp’s tiny downstairs capacity dedicated to about a dozen guest musicians. That includes the enormous Psychic Mirrors, an ensemble that has been described as “Miami’s largest band” (at least by headcount), and their performance threatens to be as lively as would be expected from a boogie act hailing from that dance-rich area. The show will also include a set from the group’s labelmates, Miami Players Club, and I’ll give you one guess as to where they’re from. You can hear an hour-long mix by MPC by going here. As always, Schwa will handling the DJing, and you should note that tonight’s event does feature a very low cover of two measly dollars.
“Diamond Cuts” (Ten Bells): The music at Ten Bells is always great, save for maybe this one singer-songwriter who just killed me a few weeks ago by smugly audio-joking his way through Henry Mancini’s “The Pink Panther Theme.” Guitar bits are only for high schoolers at sound check, and crowded music equipment chain-stores, okay?
Thankfully, you won’t have to worry about that one minor complaint this evening, as Big J will be playing a variety of old school tracks of the funk and soul variety, and I contacted the selector this morning to ask what was the one song he feels he has to play almost every week. “On Mondays? Fela Kuti. “Lady,” he replied. So, there it is, Fela Kuti and Ten Bells. If that doesn’t appeal to you, I don’t really think you can be helped, I’m afraid.
Photo: The crowd at “Cool Out,” June, 2013. Credit: Andi Harman.