Good Friday: Wall of Sound, Doug E. Fresh
Welcome to Good Friday, DC-9 at Night’s go-to spot for the lowdown on the weekend’s musical goodness. Each Friday, we’ll post suggestions for your best bets for Friday through Sunday in Big D, Little d and Funky FW. Hopefully, each week you'll ignore our cheeky little intro, and go straight to the good stuff. Behold, the inaugural list:
6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at Hip Pocket Theatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $15.
The Sutcliffes will strike you as geeky and overly shticky, with their long, Londan-circa-’66 hair and dopey psychedelic sunglass, but all that is forgotten when their first chord is struck. The ’60s thing remains in the music, with fuzzy, Nuggets-worthy chord progressions and lysergic harmonies. Tonight they play pre- and post-show music for the Theatre’s The Doggies and the Kitty.
The Strange Boys, Lil Tedly, Teenage Bees
8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21 at Secret Headquarters, 210 E. Hickory Street, Denton. $5.
Austin’s Strange Boys have a ’60s thing going, too, only they’re much more threatening, druggy and darkly melodic. This is a crew that manages to out-distort and out-slump Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe. No word yet on whether they out-asshole him too.
Veloura, Tastydactyls, The Pyramid Scheme
9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal studio, 411 E. Sycamore Street, Denton. $5-$7
How Denton’s Veloura manages to pick the best pieces of ’70s rock (the unironic radio kind, not the hipster-approved Cars kind) and combine it with original modern flourishes -- and not sound like a quartet of douche bags -- is anyone’s guess. We think, though, it’s got something to do with smart songwriting, unexpected breaks and song dynamics, and knowing how to avoid overdoing it.
Airline, Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward, Nicholas Altobelli
10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21 at The Cavern, 1914 Greenville Ave. $6.
The fellas in Airline have come a long-ass way in a short time. When I first arrived in Dallas about a year ago, I caught a couple of their shows (can’t remember where—Barley House maybe), and they were good, full of potential, but a little…unfocused. Since then, they’ve tightened up, pouring out sweet, gorgeous pop with a country/folk twinge that delights rather than annoys. Keep it up, fellas.
Wall of Sound Festival
11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at LaGrave Field, 301 NE Sixth Street, Fort Worth. $30-$35.
You didn’t think we’d pass this one up, didya? Even if you’re festival-ed out post-ACL, this sucker’s worth the dough (it’s much pricier than last year’s $5 fee, but it’s still a helluva deal). Headliners include Explosions in the Sky, Midlake and Ghostland Observatory, plus Pinback, Lymbyc System, Baptist Generals, Record Hop and about a gazillion lesser-known, local gems. Too many to list here—check the official Web site for all your info.
Wet Grooves Luau & BBQ
2 p.m.-4 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at Lizard Lounge, 2424 Swiss Ave. $20.
Those who like club music--’specially house, drum ’n’ bass, etc.--are about to make a stain in their tighty-whiteys, because the Wet Grooves tour boasts 14 hours of the stuff. Headlined by Bad Boy Bill, this sucker was a hit at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. (If you know what that is, you definitely should buy tickets to this thing; if you don’t, you should buy some also, because you’re missing out.) We’re less excited by the bikini contests, but looking forward to the swimming pool, beach, water slide and bounce house (which is one of those inflatable things, not a subgenre of dance music).
Ebony Black Family Reunion Tour with Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee, Whodini, Cherrelle and Howard Hewett
2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Kiest Park, 220 W. Kiest Blvd. Free.
Overall, we’re going to try to stick to local music—or at least Texas music—in the Good Friday section, but we have to make an exception for this show featuring the grandparents of hip-hop. Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee and cohorts are some of the most important musicians to ever make a name in popular culture. These are the people you see on VH1 documentaries, crafting a new sound that would eventually change music forever. And, damn, you can dance to them. P.S.—it’s freakin’ free! -- Jonanna Widner