Like a muscle car racing at seriously unsafe speeds, Zeke slows down for nothin’ and nobody. The Seattle murder squad still blazes with amphetamine riffcore, and how leader Blind Marky Felchtone has kept it up for 20 years without his heart exploding remains a mystery. Local fireball Honky barks more boogie than punk, but the energy level still kicks into the red. Houston cowpunks Grizzly Band and Austin big rawk conglomerate Meganaut set the scene.– Michael Toland
Saturday, the day on which the Lonestar Round Up not only peaks, but revs country and rock all over town. Don’t be fooled, however: Acres of Kustom rides at the Expo Center Friday and Saturday are the real show, not to mention its run-off motoring up and down Congress Avenue.
Blackheart Bar (86 Rainey): Jesse Dayton (8pm-2am)
C-Boy’s Heart & Soul: Barfield the Tyrant (9), Jimmie Vaughan (11)
Continental Club: Redd Volkaert (3), Jade Idol (9), Useless Playboys (10), Southern Culture on the Skids (12mid)
Continental Club Gallery: Lost Counts (10:30)
Expo Center: Grady (11am), Jungle Rockers (12:45pm), the Iguanas (2:30), Jimmie Vaughan (4:30)
Ginny’s Little Longhorn: The Proctor Band (9pm-1am)
Red 7: Zeke, Honky, Grizzly Band, Meganaut (10pm-2am)
Top Notch Drive-In (7525 Burnet Rd.): Rockin’ Lloyd Tripp, Miss Julia & the Cruzers (6-10pm)– Raoul Hernandez
Motor city native turned local, Daniel James crosses Motown and proto-punk.
The most authentic ska revivalists, the Slackers began in Manhattan in 1991, under the expert leadership of keyboardist/vocalist Vic Ruggiero, the band’s analog to the Specials’ Jerry Dammers. Across 38 releases, they’ve folded in elements of garage punk, reggae, blue beat, rocksteady, jazz, soul, and the deepest, most echo-drenched dub into their thick, rootsy stew. Even then, the Slackers’ major strength remains its ability to sound like a scratchy white-label 45, straight out from the back of Kingston’s Studio One.– Tim Stegall