Top of the Marc, Friday 2
Had Dave Prater not been killed in a car accident in 1988, Sam & Dave
would've probably kept up their vocal sparring until reaching the same emeritus
status that the Everly Brothers have achieved. Sadly that won't happen, but the
soul duo's terrific Stax stomp lives on in that powerful tenor of Sam Moore,
who'll do two separate shows at Top of the Marc; 9:30pm and 11:30pm.
TEISCO DEL REY, TAILGATORS
Continental Club, Saturday 3
Labelmates with simultaneous releases on Upstart, Teisco Del Rey and
the Tailgators are both surfing the same wave. Only the 'gators' Don Leady
surfs his with a greasy Texas hog (check It's a Hog's Groove
) on the
back of his board, while Teisco del Guitara has everyone from the barber of
Seville to Link Wray and James Burton on the back of his board -- all lounging
on a couch, too (see Music For Lovers
). Also, both play in store at
Waterloo (5pm) the day before.
La Zona Rosa, Saturday 3
I've always said that Tish Hinojosa has the voice of bedtime stories
incarnate. As if to prove my point, she's just released Cada
, a collection of songs for children (in two
languages no less) that tickle and soothe the child in us all. Like Flaco
Jimenez last weekend, Hinojosa's playing at La Zona Rosa is a welcome return --
so much so that she'll do it twice, once at 3pm at a children's matinee, and
then again at 9pm for the parents in some of us.
SHADES OF BLUE
Bates Recital Hall, Saturday 3
The words "continuum" and "music" go together like Texas and Texas Folklife
Resources. In this live demonstration of Texas musical history, Austin's answer
to the Smithsonian (TFR) has rounded up a quartet of Texas acts that completes
one particular cycle of this states' indigenous roots music. From San Antonio
there's the gospel calling of Atonement; Beaumont presents blues picker Barbara
Lynn; the post-war blues of T.D. Bell and Blues Specialists represents East
Austin; and the Poullard Family -- with Ed on violin and Danny on accordion --
cooks up a creole-spiced armadillo stew.
Hole in the Wall, Saturday 3
Two of Austin's great white hopes for '96 with their debuts due on major
labels soon, Spoon and Fastball are also a great pairing at the Hole in the
Wall, as their punk energy doesn't camouflage great songwriting.
Back Room, Sunday 4
Ears are still ringing, and smiles are still plastered around here
after AC/DC's thunderstrike on the Erwin Center last weekend. And before
withdrawal could kick in, Motorhead's last-minute booking at the Back Room has
staved off the shakes. Three-chord Mongoloid Lemmy Kilmister just notched off
the half-century mark, but Motorhead plows on like the proverbial Panzer. Hot
damn! Ex-Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna debuts his new band.
Steamboat, Monday 5
Remember that Steamboat is home to Pushmonkey's hard-rock funk groove.
Now, keeping that taut bass line in your frontal lobe, think Bush. That would
be Soak -- a local five-piece, who're just getting rolling with their new CD,
, a heavy little sucker with lots of melodic
groove. Also look for them at the White Rabbit, Wednesday 7, and on this bill,
which finds the Scabs headlining.
JOHN RENBOURN & ISAC GUILLORY
Cactus Cafe, Tuesday 6
Steamboat isn't the only local club where guitars steal your soul. Try the
Cactus and an evening with two highly revered British guitarists, who've
mastered just about every genre of guitar playing; Celtic, ragtime, classical,
folk, and blues.
HUM, MERCURY REV, STARFISH
Liberty Lunch, Wednesday 7
A good midweek triple bill, anchored by Champagne's Hum, who've been at it a
few years now with that moody, spiritualized Chicago-underground sound -- a
sound that just got the major-label treatment to good effect on You'd Prefer
. Poughkeepsie's Mercury Rev will provide the right kind of
mind-bending pop weirdness in the middle. Austin's Starfish blast off the
evening in grand style.
INNOCENCE MISSION, 16 HORSEPOWER
Liberty Lunch, Thursday 8
Though the evening ostensibly belongs to the Meters' bayou groove, this early,
non-smoking show (doors at 7:30pm) is the sleeper. 16 Horsepower has yet to be
abducted by the hype-mongers, but they'll be bodysnatched as soon as folks get
a load of this Denver trio's weave of spooky banjo, cobweb accordion, and
shadowy slide guitar. Together with singer David Edwards' cave-dwelling vocals,
you've got Gene Loves Jezebel if they were from Mississippi. It's spellbinding
-- an adjective that still describes the mazzy starrings of Karen Petris and
the headlining Innocence Mission. Meters start at 10pm or so.
Friday: Tracy Chapman, Austin Music Hall, Jerry Jeff Walker, Broken
Spoke, Dixie Chicks, La Zona Rosa; Horsies, Barbers, Flipnotics
Saturday: Bad Livers, Emo's; Brooks Williams, Waterloo Ice House 38th; Abra
Moore, Waterloo 6th
Sunday: Los Pinkys, Jovita's
Monday: Don Walser, Babe's
Tuesday: Henry Rollins (spoken word), Liberty Lunch
Wednesday: Kerrville Kick-off, Cactus Cafe
Thursday: Jonathon Richman, Electric Lounge