Colombia-to-Austin transplant Headcrusher has clawed its way to the top of the Austin extreme metal heap with regular gigging and its fierce LP Let the Blood Run. A plum spot headlining this massive pre-SXSW Lone Star metalfest should drill its thrashing deathcore right into headbangers’ cerebral cortexes. Fellow traveler Critical Assembly drop-tunes its way to local glory in direct support. Preceded by (deep breath) Course of Ruin, Dead Earth Politics, Fear Control, Legion, Fallacy, Echoes in Oblivion, and Myra Maybelle.– Michael Toland
Armadillo’s beer garden reanimates with rockabilly mama.
Now in its 14th year, YBSB celebrates experimental, improvisational, and/or confrontational music from far left field. Aurora Plastics Company’s Anne Heller wrangles nearly 40 acts over three nights, including volatile Houston seizure inducers Future Blondes, jazz/psych-inspired Denton improv crew Violent Squid, and San Marcos-spawned dark carnival barkers Attic Ted. Local highlights include space explorers ST-37 and Kiwi/Krautrock conclave Ichi Ni San Shi. Showtimes: 4pm (Saturday/Sunday), 6pm (Monday).– Greg Beets