5 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: October 26-28
Whether you're a dance-music fan from the days people went to "raves" or a little wetter behind the ears, Something Wicked promises to be something memorable. Megapromoter Disco Donnie and Houston's own Nightculture are hoping to bring a little Electric Daisy Carnival-style magic to Southeast Texas, with more than a dozen artists spanning the electronic spectrum, from electro house (Deorro, Jack Beats, Le Castle Vania), to progressive house (Danny Avila) and dubstep (Flux Pavilion, Killsonik, the live band Modestep).
Most artists mingle the different styles fairly freely, and many are barely old enough to drink alcohol (Avila is 17), but headlining is a relative veteran in Kaskade, the Southern California DJ whose sets can last up to 12 hours. Costumes (and comfortable shoes) encouraged. CHRIS GRAY
GWAR plays disgustingly loud, hilarious, hardcore-inflected thrash while covered in blood and gore, living for violence and mutilation. They are an American, if not worldwide, metal and comedy institution. Be sure to wear a crisp, new white tee to show off to your grand-bastards when they ask you if you ever saw the most gruesome interplanetary band that ever existed. CRAIG HLAVATY
Cactus Music 5th Anniversary
Cactus Music, October 27
Amazingly, it's already been five years since Cactus Music reopened in its Shepherd Plaza location, snatched from the brink of extinction by a rekindled interest in vinyl and the undying loyalty of local music fans who know just how important the store is to the scene. So why not celebrate? Saturday, Cactus is partying all day long with afternoon in-stores by Sweet Mama Cotton and Ronnie Fauss (1 and 4 p.m.), but the official party starts later on. Just back from a West Coast tour, Houston punk trio Something Fierce performs at 9 p.m., and artist Carlos Hernandez - whose latest "Day of the Dead Rock Stars" installment opens Friday evening -- mans the Record Ranch turntables all evening. CHRIS GRAY