Good Friday: Brent Best, Bridges & Blinking Lights, Days of the New, Babyface, Pitbull, Doug Burr, All That Remains, Binary Sunrise, Rhett Miller, RTB2, Saboteur, The Sounds, Shinedown

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The weekend's here, which is good news for anyone hoping to catch up on sleep and boost their immune systems so they don't catch that darn H1N1 virus going around. And good news for music fans, too, as there's enough rock going on to melt both your face and all potential germs it might be keeping on it.

(How's that for a visual?)

Anyway, let's just jump right in. First, as always, the shows we've already talked up...

Tonight's kicking off the weekend in a pretty huge way, thanks to a Palladium Ballroom performance from the noted alterna-dads in Wilco (with Liam Finn opening) and a show from noted Black Lips enemy Wavves at The Lounge on Elm Street. Tonight, also, is your last chance to catch the newest DC9 in SPACE alums, Hymns, as the band wraps up its 10-day tour of the region with a performance at Hailey's in Denton. Oh, and then there's the Hot Klub reunion taking place over at the Lakewood.

Tomorrow, meanwhile, sees the deafening A Place to Bury Strangers stopping by The Lounge on Elm Street and a great Weekly Tape Deck-sponsored bill at Rubber Gloves in Denton, featuring Bosque Brown, This Old House, My Gold Mask and Dust Congress. Saturday also sees the first of two interesting weekend shows at the Phoenix Project DIY space, this one featuring Big Fiction, Leg Sweeper and Muhammedali.

On Sunday, there's the second interesting Phoenix Project show of the weekend, this one featuring Dysrhythmia, Four Days To Burn, Waste Burai and Baring Teeth. There's a fine DayBowBow.net-sponsored show at Hailey's in Denton with Austin's Ringo Deathstarr, Dallas' True Widow and Denton's Manned Missiles, and a rockin' punk show at The Double Wide with the always-entertaining Riverboat Gamblers atop a bill also featuring The Von Ehrics and Spector 45.

But, wait! There's more! Jump with us, won't you?

Brent Best
Friday, Oct. 9, at SMOKE in Oak Cliff

The frontman of Slobberbone and The Drams performs a solo set at the swanky new BBQ joint in Oak Cliff, continuing the venue's run of impressive early bookings under the guidance of The Baptist Generals' Chris Flemmons.

Bridges & Blinking Lights, Crooks, The Room Sounds
Friday, Oct. 9, at The Double Wide

I keep hearing how B&BL is hard at work on a new record--and the band's MySpace confirms as much, saying the new disc should be out this winter, which is good news for all, for sure. Even better news: Guitarist Marc Montoya is no longer pulling double-duty playing in Dove Hunter too, meaning the band's focus should be even better on this release than on its last great offering, Standing on The Same Stick.

Days of the New
Friday, Oct. 9, at Trees

HA! MORE LIKE DAYS OF THE OLD! (Get it?)

Babyface, K'Jon
Friday, Oct. 9, at Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie

I just spent 20 minutes trying to remember some Babyface songs, but could only come up with Brian McKnight and R. Kelly ones. Oh well, sorry I'm not a woman. Anyway, here's an interesting factoid courtesy of the always-trustworthy Wikipedia: Did you know that the stretch of I-65 that runs through Babyface's hometown of Indianapolis is named after him?

Pitbull, Play-N-Skillz
Friday, Oct. 9, at House of Blues

Arguably two of the biggest Latino acts in the hip-hop game, these longtime collaborators--remember, Play-N-Skillz offered Lil Wayne's Grammy-winning "Got Money" track to Pitbull first--join forces for this show, which Play-N-Skillz guaranteed will be a sellout on Twitter earlier today.

Doug Burr
Saturday, Oct. 10, at SMOKE in Oak Cliff

More great booking for SMOKE. Meanwhile, last I heard, Burr is closing in on finishing the recording for his next record.

All That Remains, Lacuna Coil, Maylene, Sons of Disaster
Saturday, Oct. 10, at Palladium Ballroom

I think like 99 out of every 100 metal shows that come to the region get booked at the Palladium.

Binary Sunrise, My Empty Phantom, Sans Soleil
Saturday, Oct. 10, at The Cavern

I know I'm not the only one in the world who can't get enough of Binary Sunrise's "Five Minutes." Despite what my co-workers tell me.

Rhett Miller, Salim Nourallah
Saturday, Oct. 10, at the House of Blues' Cambridge Room

So, the more I go back and listen to Rhett Miller's latest disc, the more I like it. It really is the best work of his solo career. Without a doubt. And joining him on this bill? The man who produced as much out of him, Salim Nourallah.

RTB2, Luna Matto
Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Amsterdam Bar

I told the guys in RTB2 the last time I saw them play that they were kind of my heroes, and they laughed it off. I meant it, though. Seriously, every time I see these guys, I'm totally blown away, even though I really shouldn't be surprised by anything they do any more. But whatever guys, go ahead and laugh it off. Joining RTB2 on this bill is Polyphonic Spree vet Luna Matto, who's been playing about town of late with her new solo material. Anyway, I don't know if you knew this already, but Spree alums have a pretty good track record of becoming hometown favorites (see: St. Vincent, The O's, Andrew Tinker, Chameleon Chamber Group, about a bajillion others...)

Saboteur, Magnet School, Auxiliary Voice
Saturday, Oct. 10, at The Double Wide

Saboteur rocks pretty hard. And doesn't play out enough around town. There, I said it.

The Sounds
Sunday, Oct. 11, at House of Blues

I honestly haven't heard Swedish new-wave-influenced dance-rock outfit The Sounds' latest release yet (it came out earlier this year), but the band's first two full-lengths pretty much killed, if you're into impossibly catchy pop tunes with just enough rock grit to keep it from getting too bubbly and enough of a dance beat to keep it entertaining. Oh, and after this show, the band will be heading to the Absinthe Lounge in the Southside on Lamar building, hanging out, playing its new record and handing out free posters and the like, which is pretty cool of them.

Shinedown
Sunday, Oct. 11, at Palladium Ballroom

Did you know that, by Billboard's numbers, Shinedown has had four No. 1 mainstream rock singles and a whopping 10 (!) that have landed in the top 5? And I still couldn't pick 'em out of a lineup. Does that say more about me or the current state of modern rock radio? More importantly, do I care?

...and that about covers it, I think. Got others? Add 'em in the comments.

Beyond that, well, I'll see you out there, I guess.

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