Weekender/Hip-Tips, Fri., July 24
Odd pairing tomorrow night (Saturday) at the Longhorn (121 W Exchange Av, the Stockyards, 817-740-9477): Austin’s kinda silly, rockabilly-inflected Flametrick Subs and Fort Worth’s deadly serious, grungy Stella Rose. But as you kids say: Whatever.
At the Moon (2911 W Berry St, by TCU, 817-926-9600) on Saturday, Fort Worthian alt-country singer-songwriter Collin Herring, Austin’s Austin Collins & The Rainbirds, and El Paso’s The Lusitania are playing. The show tonight (Friday) is also very good: Fort Worth’s cut*off, Dallas’ Salim Nourallah and John Lefler, and San Antonio’s Buttercup.
Hot Rod Stewart’s coming to town, playing Sunday at Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie (1001 Performance Pl, 214-373-8000). The hits will be great, sure. Too bad he won’t pull any of this out, though. Or his scathing commentary of mainstream music circa 1985. Tix are $79.50-125.
Cool New-ish Music
Bird Show of North America “plays instrumental indie rock,” according to the band’s bio here. “All of our songs are named after birds. We have a painter in the band. He paints each bird as we play. After our show the audience has the opportunity to buy a painting for cheap ($20-40). It’s fun!” For the record, BSONA sounds like extended-interlude-heavy Genesis (circa A Trick of the Tail) as interpreted by The Byrds. Cool stuff.
The jangly, minor-chord riff to Eddie Money’s “Baby, Hold on to Me” gets Screwed here –– well, not really; just slowed down; I just felt like saying, “Screwed” –– on British duo The Ting Ting’s guileless but toe-tapping paean to, well, a dude who spins records greatly. Cute blonde frontwoman Katie White is like a little Debbie Harry.
On the opposite tip: If one of your allegedly hip buddies –– in one of his ceaseless efforts to remain hip –– expresses an affinity for The Honeydrips’ “I Wouldn’t Know What to Do,” just punch him in the stomach. The song is dreadful. The frontman is either really 10 years old or was when he wrote it. Just … dreadful.
And just ’cause it’s awesome: Eric Dolphy’s bass clarinet-tastic version of Billie Holiday/Arthur Herzog Jr.’s “God Bless the Child.”