Good Friday: Tori Amos, Tomorrowpeople, CKY, Phoenix Project Benefit, Les Americains, Happy Bullets, Tim Sweeney, Yanari and More

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It's Friday! Party time! Excellent!
 
After Tuesday's festivities, it almost feels redundant to have an actual weekend. But there are plenty of musical reasons not to waste the weekend catching up on all the things that hangover kept you from finishing on Wednesday.

As for stuff going on Friday, we've already told you about Kixpo (which kicks off [sorry!] with a pre-party Friday before the Saturday event and afterparty), Magnolia Electric Co. at Rubber Gloves in Denton, Jack's Mannequin at Starplex and Cage at Hailey's in Denton.

Saturday brings you the sold-out (in more ways than one?) Tool show.

Rod Stewart swings by the Nokia on Sunday, and The English Beat and Reel Big Fish skank it up at the Palladium.

But that ain't all, folks, not by a long shot...

Tori Amos
Friday at Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie

A Dallas Observer contributor called her latest a return to form and "the most cohesive album Amos has released in years." I must admit that I wouldn't know--heard all the Tori Amos I needed for this lifetime back in high school while dating her No. 1 fan. But that must be good news to 30-something alternamoms--as is the fact that tickets are still available.

Tomorrowpeople
Friday at The Barley House

On the fence about this show? C'mon, they're Dallas legends! But if you need incentive, download some new live tracks from a recent gig from Dallas Cinemaniac and Tomorrowperson Erich Scholz' Web site.

CKY, Graveyard, ASG
Friday at The Granada Theater

If you couldn't get tickets to Tool, this is like the next-best thing. Or maybe the 252nd-best thing.

Phoenix Project Benefit and Barbecue with Sodomorrhea, Struggle Bear, Firing Squad and more
4 p.m. Saturday at The Phoenix Project House

The Phoenix Project, which we told you about in the print supplement to DC9 back in May, is now ready to start holding shows, and this benefit promises to be a doozy with 14 bands slated to rock the house for just $12--or $10 if you donate a book to the house library. That's less than a buck a band, and with talents like Raging Boner on the bill, how can you turn it down?

Les Americains, Saboteur, Here Holy Spain, King Of The Rabbit Trail
Saturday at The Prophet Bar

A solid lineup of punk- and Britpop-influenced indie rock, for sure. Pete really dug on Here Holy Spain's punchy, crunchy debut Manic, as did I. Les Americains also takes a straightforward approach to pop songwriting, except at a slower tempo and with more tambourine. King Of The Rabbit Trail play soul-influenced garage rock, sounding something like Howl-era BRMC might have if those guys worshipped at the feet of Bruce Springsteen instead of the Jesus and Mary Chain.

Happy Bullets
Saturday at The Barley House

The band that brought you "The Vice and Virtue Ministry" can always be counted on for a fun indie-pop set, especially if there's beer involved. And at the Barley House, you can count on that. 

Tim Sweeney, Luke Sardello, Red Sean, Feezy, more
Saturday at Excuses

Red Sean, a DOMA-nominated DJ, may be part of this bill but the real highlight is the highly influential Beats In Space DJ Tim Sweeney, who has worked with Steinski, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and others, along with compiling soundtracks for several Rockstar Grand Theft Auto games. Excuses, in case you were unaware, is the former Club One location.

Rene West Exhibition Opening with Yanari, Pfffft!, Hentai Improvising Orchestra
7 p.m. Saturday at Firehouse Gallery, Fort Worth

This is a very interesting (and incestuously intermingled) lineup of experimental, improvisational outfits ranging from minimal electronic sound art to jazz-influenced improv. Definitely the place to be for those who aren't big on song structure, melody, lyrics or any of the other trappings of pop music.

There's plenty more, too, but it's getting late and it's past time to post this thing. So, commenters, what's missing from this list?


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