ANTONE'S 22ND ANNIVERSARY
Antone's, Friday 11-Saturday 19
Flowering in its palatial downtown location, Antone's has made a bigger 1997 comeback than "Rocket" Roger Clemens. Time again to bow down to the blues. Anniversary time. Friday 11: Sue Foley, Toni Price, Lou Ann Barton, Miss Lavelle White, Sarah Brown Trio. Saturday 12: Doyle Bramhall II, Toni Price. Sunday 13: Guy Forsyth, Hen House, Sue Foley Band. Monday 14: "We Three Kings II" featuring Derek O'Brien, Ian Moore, and lots more. Tuesday 15: Birthday nite with Joe Louis Walker, Luther Allison, Kim Wilson & the Big Band, the Scabs. Wednesday 16: Ian Moore Band, Jake Andrews, Keller Brothers. Thursday 17: Breedlove, Kim Wilson, Chicago All-Stars (featuring Jimmy Rogers, Calvin Jones, and Pinetop Perkins). Friday 18: Chicago All-Stars, Kaz Kazanoff, Lou Ann Barton. Saturday 19: Lazy Lester, Angela Strehli, Charlie & Will Sexton, David Holt, David Grissom. Giant props to Susan, Clifford, MJ, Ilse, Leah, Sugar, and the rest -- nobody does blues better than y'all do.
RAPE CRISIS CENTER BENEFIT
Spider House, Friday 11
Our Rangoon-like weather caused the Rape Crisis Center benefit's postponement from June 21; Friday is the makeup date. Topped by the perfect power-pop of the Shindigs, the early bill (6pm) also includes Dizzyluna and the Paranoids' rock askew, as well as the Diasporan a cappella harmonies of Inkululeko. Such good music (to say nothing of the cause), a $5 donation would be welcome as sunshine.
MOTARDS, BOOZERS, TEEN COOL
Emo's, Saturday 12
Hot, sweaty garage rock heavy on alcohol and riffage. Local gods the Motards turn it out like short-order eggs: runny, sloppy, and satisfying. Still going strong, if not exactly sober, they top this whup-ass Texas trifecta over Dallas' Boozers and Houston's Teen Cool. All employees wash hands before rocking out.
URSA MAJOR, ADULTS, PARANOIDS, HANDFUL
Hole in the Wall, Saturday 12
Damn. Four bands, one club, $4. Hard to top that. Heading the bill is rock-hard femme trio Ursa Major, who are self-assured, self-titled, and come-hither on their brand-new CD. Also representin' are the jovial Adults in full motherfuckin' effect, the schizophrenic tones of the mystifying Paranoids, Handful's big-balled chick rock, and ever-fly John Riedie as emcee for the evening. One show that won't fall off.
HI-FIVES, STRETFORD, KISS-OFFS
Electric Lounge, Sunday 13
Bouncing down from the East Bay on happy-go-lucky chords and breakneck tempos, the Hi-Fives present A Whole Lotta You!, a charmer of an album with only two (of 16) songs over 120 seconds. Combining Sixties giddiness, Seventies punk, and Nineties irony (why else would they cover that Eighties classic "Tainted Love"?), they hook-up with local kindred spirits Stretford and the Kiss-Offs for a Sunday poppy Sunday.
WOMEN IN THE ROUND/BARB DONOVAN
Cactus Cafe, Tuesday 15/Wednesday 16
Organized by Houston singer-songwriter Linda Lowe, Tuesday's "Women Writers in the Round" show features her, Dallas blues mistress Amy Armstrong, wry local tunesmith Emily Kaitz, and Austin fiddler supreme Darcie Deaville. Wednesday, Barb Donovan, who sends Townes Van Zandt's "I'll Still Be Here in the Morning" heavenward on the brand-new Last Rights, celebrates her own CD release. Songwriter central doesn't disappoint this week.
SON VOLT, BUICK MACKANE
Austin Music Hall, Wednesday 16
Son Volt is taking a riverboat-size gamble gunning for the Austin Music Hall this time through. Jay Farrar's roots outfit has so far paid off best in intimate settings, but if the set is as sublime as "Back Into Your World" and "Give Back the Key to My Heart" were at Liberty Lunch last November, he might hit the large-concert-hall jackpot. Straight shooter Alejandro Escovedo's Buick Mackane opens.
WEEN HOOT NIGHT
Electric Lounge, Thursday 17
In a crude mood? Come celebrate the heights of puerility (and help raise money for a Ween documentary) with some of Austin's least self-conscious bands: Brown Whörnet, the Goin' Along Feelin' Just Fines, Hug, the Mittens, Kathy McCarty, the Legendary Knobs, Monroe Mustang, Solid Gold 40, Texas Meat Purveyors, the Us, and Wammo. As Dean & Gene themselves (who'll be at Liberty Lunch July 27) would say, it beats a case of diarrhea, though probably not skipping out on rent or putting firecrackers up a cat's butt.
Friday: Clandestine, Crazy Jane & the Bishop, Hole in the Wall; Storyville, Lisa Tingle, Stubb's
Saturday: Julianna Sheffield, Sullivan's Ringside; Root 1, Fianna, Flipnotics
Sunday: Sandy Allen Trio, Elephant Room
Monday: Thorazine, Girl Robots, Emo's
Tuesday: 13 (Lester Butler), Continental Club; W.C. Clark, Top of the Marc
Wednesday: Trish Murphy, Iron Cactus
Thursday: Aquarium Rescue Unit, Mercury Lounge; Jerry Faires, Two for the Road, New World Deli, Hyde Park Unplugged