Houston's Best Weekend Shows: SCOTS, Deltron 3030, Roky Moon, Queensryche, etc.
Taking a 30th-anniversary victory lap this year, Southern Culture on the Skids has parlayed their image as overalled, chicken-flingin' hillbillies into a virtual empire of lowbrow kitsch and randy "toe-suckin' geek rock." On the Chapel Hill, N.C. trio's Web site, you can learn how to make "Fried Pickle Stabber Slabbers" or "Apple Juice Pork Ribs," or replenish your stock of tacky SCOTS gear from the "Skidmart."
But their music has never been cheesy: SCOTS is a high-powered trio that can tackle everything from rockabilly to surf and swamp-rock, and has particularly astute taste in covers, as heard on 2007's Countrypolitan Favorites LP and live staple "Daddy Was a Preacher (But Mama Was a Go-Go Girl)." After inaugurating their own Kudzu Records with 2010's The Kudzu Ranch, SCOTS' latest project is last year's career-spanning Dig This!: Ditch Diggin' v. 2, complete with a bonus disc of karaoke-ready instrumentals. CHRIS GRAY
Bold, Aussie singer-songwriter Betty Who is but a wee baby in terms of the music world, but you'd never guess from the confident tone of last year's debut EP, The Movement. Who's striking style and insightful lyrics led MTV's Buzzworthy to tap her as "This Year's Major One To Watch" and Elle magazine to anoint her the "next pop obsession."
Such predictions have already started coming to fruition -- last month her song "Somebody Loves You" reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Tracks chart. With Zak Waters and Cardiknox. ANGELICA LEICHT
House of Blues, March 28
The circa-2000 brainchild of rapper Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, turntablist Kid Koala and producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, Deltron 3030 the group birthed Deltron 3030 the album, the tale of a heroic rapper fighting to graft some humanity onto a corporation-dominated future dystopia. At its core, though, the hip-hop Star Trek concept was simply an opportunity for all three members to showcase their superb talents.
Deltron 3030 left a trace of its futuristic DNA on any number of projects in the years to come -- not least 2001's Gorillaz, featuring Nakamura's production and Del's guest rap on hit single "Clint Eastwood." Because this was far too good of an idea to leave in the studio, late last year the trio reunited for another album, Event 2, and have now brought the whole enterprise out on tour. CHRIS GRAY
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