Fiddling as ACL burns.
To combat second-week ACL Fest fatigue, might we suggest the lo-fi label returning the cassette to a new generation? Burger Records stages a Motown Revue-style package tour, starring the Growlers, Gap Dream, Cosmonauts, and Together Pangea. Expect a night of raw-yet-calculatedly-naive punk rock that looks more to Jonathan Richman than Johnny Thunders, and power-pop that leans more toward facial hair and lack of showers than skinny ties. It’ll all be candy-coated and sugary sweet, just beware the razor blades within.– Tim Stegall
Jack Oblivian, charismatic guitarist and vocalist for Memphis badasses the Oblivans, returns to the Eastside rock bar where his band’s influence remains evident in every trebley, lo-fi gang of garage punks strumming in front of the blue curtain. Oblivian tops a strong bill of kindred spirits including ’Bama-based power-pop quartet Nightmare Boyzzz, and three locals: Austin post-punk spazzes Spray Paint, glorious good-time rockers Bad Lovers, and high-energy garage force the Dikes of Holland.– Kevin Curtin