Your Weekend, Planned
Elsewhere, local indie-rockers the Jonx and trip-hop soundsmiths the Studemont Project hit up Valhalla on the Rice University campus, home of the ridonkulously cheap beer, for a free show – sponsored by Rice Radio, of course - starting at 6 p.m. Monotonix bring their electronica-inflected stoner rock all the way from Tel Aviv, Israel, to the Proletariat for an early (7 p.m.) show with Houston’s Marionettes.
Judging by their MySpace page, Monotonix shows typically involve pies in the face, flaming cymbals a la Butthole Surfers and people passing out in trash cans, so you’ve been warned. If you’re still looking for more music after all that, two of Austin’s finer ensembles pay Houston a call tonight: Prince-approved Latin funkateers Grupo Fantasma at the Continental Club and uber-groovy garage rockers the Ugly Beats at Jet Lounge.
Saturday is chock-full of shows as well: Spain Colored Orange and Invincible Czars at Rudz; hot Texas Music up-and-comer Jackson Taylor, who has Billy Joe Shaver’s stamp of approval for his cover of “Honky Tonk Heroes” on new album Dark Days, at the Armadillo Palace; a four-band bill including San Diego T.Rex disciples Dirty Sweet - think a considerably less constricted Kings of Leon – Austin/Houston blues-metal warhorses Amplified Heat and local six-string wunderkind the Mighty Orq in Meridian’s Red Room; local Celtic firebrands Blaggards at the Continental; and even the Smothers Brothers at Galveston’s 1894 Grand Opera House.
If you’re broke, though, be sure not to miss the second installment of Secret Saturday Shows at the Shady Tavern in the Heights (1206 W. 20th). Every week, three or four unannounced local bands and DJs perform absolutely free; last weekend it was Teenage Kicks, Sabra and Animal. Who knows who it will be tomorrow, but there’s cheap food and merch available too. DJs start spinning at noon and the bands go on around 2 p.m.
Sunday is, as you no doubt know by now, Hannah Montana Day. Check back Monday to see how many downtown windows near Toyota Center were shattered by the throngs of screaming tweens. – Chris Gray