Ice Eater/Nervous Curtains/Midnight Movie (The Grotto): I told you all about a recent Ice Eater show earlier in the week. They definitely held their own with headlining act, Bleeding Rainbow, but were just entirely too different from the other band, Twin Peaks. As far as locals are concerned they are confident enough to put on energetic performance with just about anyone in North Texas, no matter how long the shadow. I admire the band’s enthusiasm, even if I don’t clap along when directed. I’m sure their likeability will be rewarded with the appropriate amount of attention. Speaking of long shadows, I heard that Nervous Curtains did a superb job of live-scoring a horror film at the Alamo Drafthouse last night, which comes as no surprise at all.
Mr. Kitty/Wirewings (The Crown and Harp): The event description says this free event is a “secret,” yet 2,059 people were invited, so can that really be accurate? I’ve been wanting to see mysterious, coldwave, solo act Mr. Kitty for a second now, and the price is right, so there it is.
Rocket Arm (White Space LLC): The complex instrumental act Rocket Arm will be providing entertainment at the White Space gallery this evening, and judging by the song that they posted online, that very likely won’t be gentle background music. This sounds very much like the Midwestern instrumental rock sound of the late 90s/early 2000s, which involved a lot of treble, and was like the sonic equivalent of physics nerds setting a factory full of aluminum-capped explosives on fire. The performance is in conjunction with the “Ink” art show, which was curated by Christian Millet, who was previously involved with 35 Denton. Peter Simek has the full lineup for that event over on his weekly art preview.
Wanda Jackson/Madison King (The Kessler): Wanda Jackson is one of the few musicians I can ever truly describe as a legend and not pause to wonder whether or not that’s accurate, as her singularly raw approach made her a pioneer of toughly posed rock music. Not just for women, but for everyone. It’s admirable that the Kessler has had her appear more than once, and you should take advantage of the opportunity.
Peelander-Z/Residual Kid/Party Static (Three Links): I caught Dallas band Party Static at Crown and Harp recently, and they somehow sound exactly as their name implies. It’s fairly lightweight, fun-oriented music, with a slight bit of grit, considering some of the band members have played in much more aggravated circumstances. That actually makes them a perfectly appropriate act to set up for the mayhemic set by the ever-touring Peelander-Z.
Other Friday Shows—
Sour Bitter Girl/Not Half Bad/The Pajammas/Christian Medrano (1919 Hemphill)
Widower/Destroyer of Light/Maiestas/Insinnerator/Flesh Chapel (Taqueria Pedritos): The Observer ran a piece entitled “The Nine Best Unconventional Music Venues in DFW” today, which was written by relative newcomer Aaron Ortega. While I generally despise lists for the lazy catchall, hits-generators that they are, this was well-written as most of Ortega’s have been thus far, and full disclosure: I know the man a bit, prior to his writing about music.
The only suggestion I would make is that, in choosing the Nasher as one of the best “unconventional” venues, he didn’t just do what we did, and say it’s the best venue, period. We “admitted it was unconventional,” but that didn’t stop us from just giving it the same crown that any other old club or arena feels it deserves. Though that coronation wasn’t my decision, I support it completely and if you think a tiny thing, or a weird thing, is the better thing, than own it. So often the problem with Dallas is that we let commercial forces back us into a corner to use these terms that are most beneficial to already established businesses that feel they should be rewarded for status over merit. As a writer, you owe them nothing. Anyway, good job, Ortega.
Blondie/X (State Fair of Texas): This is a great booking and I’ll just spare you my usual ambiguities. Who is the wise person who made this happen? I want to buy them something unhealthy to eat this weekend, but they probably have that covered.
Though X was great at Fun Fun Fun Fest last year, it’s Blondie I’ve been wanting to see for most of my lifetime. I still kick myself for missing their strange Addison appearance several years back, and that’s one that people are still talking about. My sacred Blondie live album was from a Dallas performance, and I’ve long cherished Debbie Harry’s referencing of the city in-between songs. Oh, and Blondie happens to have one of the great all-time pop drummers, Clem Burke. Pop, hip hop, disco, punk—they did it all, and they’re one of the few to ever pull it off.
Mudhoney/Cheap Time (Club Dada): What I actually saw of Mudhoney in Seattle this past summer was great, but it helps to remember that they’re a local band there, so that changed the mood considerably. Here the myth is imported, as so many of ours are, so it’s much more of a privilege. Sure, their best track is a cover, but they’re the best band of their class besides the obvious tragic elephant in the room.
Daniel Johnston/Baptist Generals (The Kessler): The Kessler is hosting two towers of song this weekend, though Daniel Johnston is quite different from Friday’s performer, but really, he’s quite different from just about everyone, which is why he’s so memorable. I’ve heard that his live performances can be occasionally shaky, but then again, so can Dylan’s. He has written some of the most moving songwriter-type songs I’ve ever heard and even thinking of some of them casually can almost move me to tears. The Baptist Generals while they are one of our most revered locals, are still lucky to open for him and act as his backing band this evening.
Porcelain Rift/Botany/Def Rain (The Prophet Bar): I’m starting to run out of time as I start the weekend here, but yes, this is worth it. Saturday presents an overwhelming amount of choices and this is one of them, specifically for how special the two openers are.
DJ Woodtronic (Factory Girl): As part of the festivities for Factory Girl’s second year of being in business, DJ Woodtronic will play a set from 7 pm until 10 pm. Cocktails will be available as well.
Other Saturday Shows—
“Glamorama” (Beauty Bar)
Catamaran/The Cleanup/Errors of Metabolism (Double Wide)
Nikolas James (Candleroom)
Yip Deceiver/Fishboy (The Foundry)
Hares on the Mountain (Dan’s Silver Leaf)
Photo: X, performing at Fun Fun Fun Fest, 2012. Credit: Andi Harman.