Good Friday: Aesop Rock, Calabrese, J.D. Whittenburg

You don't need to be living to love Calabrese.
As always, this weekend's best bets. This week we've got a kick-back, a bit of undead fun and some piano pop to help us recover.

Aesop Rock with Black Moth Super Rainbow, Blockhead and DJ Signify
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. The Loft (1135 S. Lamar St.). $20. 18+.

New York's Aesop Rock has always been creative. The tracks on his latest disc None Shall Pass are no exception. His grandiloquent lyrics merge with ethereal funk melodies seamlessly. Aesop's shows always have the feeling of a kick-back house party. We can dig that this Friday night. Plus, we're eager to see Black Moth Super Rainbow open. There's something seductive about Black Moth. The soft, slightly-haunting loop on “Sun Lips” draws atmospheric relation to Massive Attack, while most of the Pennsylvania band's other songs just force innate hip gyration. Dancing is good for us, anyway.

Sawed Off Sick with Calabrese, Dead City Shakers and Triple Six Shooters
9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. The Darkside Lounge (2810 Elm St.). 17+.

A few personal insights to why I'm so excited for this show. First, Calabrese was a favorite local band of mine when I was living in Phoenix. Second, I have an affinity for zombie-related horror stuff. Third, fast-paced straight-forward punk rock gets my blood flowing. Basically, Calabrese writes punk rock tunes with a horror theme. Somehow the guys – all brothers – keep it from being hokey. I know, I was surprised when I heard that the first time, too. Bonus: The Calabrese boys are opening for Dallas' Sawed Off Sick whose psychobilly act is utterly enticing and perfect for knocking back a few beers. Between Sawed Off Sick and Calabrese Saturday is stacking up to be a fun and debaucherous night.

Moses and the Burning Bush with J.D. Whittenburg and The Crashdowns
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. The Double Wide (3510 Commerce).
(We effed up, this show is on Saturday, not Sunday. Our bad. Sorry big time.)

Since we're due to be in weekend recovery mode Sunday, we're playing it a little safer and suggesting a night of catchy hooks over at the Double Wide. J.D. Whittenburg will be brining his piano-laden pop, and The Crashdowns will surely deliver revved up radio rock. Whittenburg's enchanting songs may not cure hangovers, but what else are you doing Sunday night? Watching The Simpsons? Doubtful. -- Chelsea Ide

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