Founded in Ruston, La., in 1994 by Mike Dickinson, Austin's Chicken Ranch Records herds freaky sounds. Impeccably dressed local openers Mr. Lewis & the Funeral Five chronicle debauchery and deceit through juiced-up cabaret revivalism on their high-water mark, Delirium Tremendous. Puckish Austin supply-side punks the Yuppie Pricks lambaste Obamacare and celebrate Wall Street corruption on 2014's metallic-tasting Appetite for Consumption. Riverboat Gamblers guitarist Ian MacDougall leads Austin's Broken Gold on a frayed journey through the margins that bears kinship to Twin/Tone's golden age. Armed with guitarist/vocalist James Stevens' transitor-ready songs from 2014's Heartbeat Overdrive, fellow locals Moonlight Towers regularly pack coliseum-sized energy onto postage-stamp stages. Same with sensational Georgia garage-rock institution the Woggles. The quartet's new R&B covers EP, Souled Out!, boasts a killer rendition of Chubby Checker's "Karate Monkey." Show-stopping NYC Japanese action-comic punks Peelander-Z end the night right.
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