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This year's Untapped festival is a bit of an upgrade in the most important area, musical talent. Plus, the state of cassette culture and more.

The Weekend’s Concerts (Sept. 6-8): Untapped, Cassette Store Day, and Madera Wind Quintet

FRIDAY

Brain Gang/New Fumes/Black James Franco/The Days (Rubber Gloves): Before this free event (if you’re 21 or older, that is) gets started, there will also be a pre-party taking place at the screenprinting and design entity, Pan Ector Industries, who put this lineup together. This all coincides with First Friday, so it should be fairly busy in that area of Denton. Pan Ector is located at 121 Pine St. in Denton.

This is a smartly mixed selection of acts, and with the headlining slot of hip hop collective Brain Gang in particular, anything other than a run-of-the-mill indie rock show is a welcome way to begin “Free Week’s” final descent into the weekend.

Other Friday shows—

Spank Rock/DJ Sober/Shuttle (It’ll Do Club)

SATURDAY

“Paste Untapped” (Gilley’s Dallas): This year’s Untapped festival is a bit of an upgrade in the most important area, musical talent. That would be due to Cults and Blackalicious being on the bill, two wildly different acts who don’t exactly play North Texas very often, especially the latter. If you’re a craft beer aficionado—and judging by the way that hobby has radically changed the food and beverage landscape over the past five years, that’s a safe bet—then you’re probably already sold on this. I wish that this could have been at Trinity Groves again, as I quite enjoyed myself last year, which was due largely to the unique backdrop as opposed to the music.

Baptist Generals/Shiny Around the Edges/Daniel Markham (Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios): “Free Week” comes to its aforementioned end with an obvious lineup that should pull in a sizable amount of the tiny town’s movers, shakers, hustlers, and otherwise.

Speaking of which, one of the artists playing this evening, Shiny Around the Edges’ Jenny Seman, co-wrote and starred in a short film that has finally made its way online, a painstaking collaboration called Seven Knots. The short was directed by writer and filmmaker Chad Withers, and features a huge assortment of writers, musicians, and industry personalities. It’s definitely worth half an hour of your time. Be warned, though. It’s a tad bloody.

Christian Death/Pinkish Black (Three Links): As one of the fundamental acts that many an underground music fan will cite as the gateway into various other areas of interest, Christian Death playing in Deep Ellum this weekend has had its share of whispered hype leading up to Saturday. I often think of them as the band that the scary lady at the flea market would push in a tragic rasp as I thumbed through much goofier records, and as such I always respected them. Pinkish Black is a perfect opener since I know I’ve heard Daron Beck cover CD before.

“International Cassette Store Day” (Good Records): While I was surprised to see that Cassette Store Day had been officially established—following the runaway success of Record Store Day over the past five years—I didn’t find a need to protest the way Houston Press writer Corey Deiterman did in a controversial post for that publication last week. In it, he blames the whole cassette phenomenon on “hipsters,” or in other words, the go-to word for anyone trying to make sense of some aspect of life or, especially, art that they don’t understand. The article is completely ignorant of the fact that cassette culture has thrived underground and, in many ways, never went away. Just because you don’t know about something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, Mr. Deiterman. Unfortunately this isn’t the first time that a Houston Press writer has been completely off about something, and it’s too bad, because I really like that city.

Just today, a publication that does seem to understand the intricacies of the vast world of music and its varying mediums, Impose, posted a track from one of the locally-sourced cassettes that will be available tomorrow. That would be Austin’s Xander Harris, who has a track called “Sky Pivot” on the Pour Le Corps compilation that will be available at Good Records on Saturday. I happen to have a cassette copy of Harris’ Chrysalid, and I play it all the damn time.

Good Records’ plans for the inaugural event are a mostly excellent list of acts performing live, which will include the following:

4:00 pm – Toy Gun (Lo-Life)

4:45 pm – Slumberbuzz (Dreamy Soundz)

5:30 pm – Bitch Bricks (Lo-Life)

6:15 pm – Spacebeach (Pour Le Corps)

7:00 pm – Night Shadez (Out of Body)

7:45 pm – Def Rain (Pour Le Corps)

8:30 pm – Son Of Stan (Dallas Distortion Music)

9:15 pm – Sealion (Dallas Distortion Music)

9:30 pm – TERMINATOR 2 (Handmade Birds)

Weekend shows at Good Records are uniformly enjoyable, and I recommend this all around.

Madera Wind Quintet (Banter): Don’t be fooled by the seemingly gentle nature implied by a chamber music quintet. Since the Madera Wind Quintet scoffed at Spotify’s “dubious methods of musician compensation,” they instead posted a video that includes samples of every piece of music that appears on their album, which is entitled Five at Play. The group will be appearing at the Denton coffee shop, Banter, from 6:30 pm until 8 pm, and will be performing everything from late 19th Century German composer, August Klughardt, to the slightly more familiar sounds of American icon, Aaron Copland.

“Tiki Luau Party” (Double Wide): Featuring DJ Mr. Rid, along with live appearances by Ape Hangars, and the Really Rottens. You had better like surf music if you plan on attending.

Other Saturday Shows—

“Glamorama” (Beauty Bar)

“Away from the Numbers” (Single Wide): Amy Gee is the guest this evening.

SUNDAY

Born Gold/Peopleodeon (Macaroni Island): This DIY show looks to be a pretty good time, but then I noticed all of these words in the invitation:

Free / All Ages / Donate to the touring band.
No jerks! No underage drinking.
Respect the house and the neighbors.
Walk/bike/carpool if possible.

Too many rules, man.

Liz Johnstone has more for you here.

Image: Two musicians performing this weekend, though it likely won’t be together—Mike Forbes, who will be sharing the stage with Shiny Around the Edges; and Rachel Yoder, of Madera Wind Quintet, seen here at Denton’s Rock Lottery, October 2012. Credit: Andi Harman.