The Great Tyrant has a couple of shows coming up, starting tonight (Friday) at Lola’s Saloon Sixth (2736 W. 6th St., in the West 7th Street corridor, 817-877-0666) with Dallas’ The Paper Chase and Denton’s Personal Victories with George Quartz, two equally subversive and theatrical though less ominous-sounding bands. Cover is $10-13.

The Great Tyrant also is playing on Monday at the Sunshine Club Lounge (902 W. Division St., Arlington, 817-277-6252) with Dallas’ Embolization and Fort Worth stalwarts and D-beat masters Tolar. The show is free.


Aside from shows, The Great Tyrant is also recording a split 12-inch with California throwback prog-rockers Human Anomaly on the Haltom City-based record label Rescued From Life and expects to release a full-length early next year. Here’s a video.

Tomorrow night (Saturday) at Lola’s-Sixth, local alt-country faves Dove Hunter will be playing. Start looking for the band’s follow up to 2008’s sparkling The Southern Unknown soon.

Holy Moly has a new album out, Clickity Clack, and the cowpunk foursome will be celebrating the album’s release tomorrow night (Saturday) at The Aardvark (2905 W. Berry St., by TCU, 817-926-7814) with Art Deco-loving Austinites Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers and rootsy Fort Worth singer-songwriter Chase Christian.

On the very same night right down the street at The Moon (2911 W. Berry St., 817-926-9600), a different though no less familiar brand of rock ’n’ roll will find itself in the process of being thrown down. Along with a murderer’s row of local backing musos, Big Mike Richardson will pay tribute to one of the most influential hard-rock bands of all time, Led Zeppelin. Folks who’ve seen Big Mike’s regular Tuesday gig at The Moon know that his interpretations are dead on and well worth braving the post-Horned Frogs/Colorado State Rams game masses for. Cover is $7.

On Sunday, a bunch of bands will play outdoors at 2300 W. 7th St. across from Montgomery Plaza as part of the Trinity Park Festival. Admission is free, but concertgoers are encouraged to bring donations of food for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. The show starts at noon, kicking off with The Big Galoots, followed every hour on the hour by, in order of appearance, Edd Lively Band, Exploding Chihuahuas, David Bullock, Celebration, Bogus Thunder, Kat Daddy, Point Blank, Little Junior One Hand and the Blasting Caps, and, at 8 p.m., Fort Worth gem Buddy Whittington.

Perhaps the strangest thing to check out over the weekend is Fort Worth Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Parking Lot featuring a Bollywood (!) interpretation of The Bard’s As You Like It. The play will run Saturday and Sunday and October 23 through 25 outside Arts Fifth Avenue (1628 5th Ave. in Fairmount). Showtimes are 8 p.m., and admission is free. Concessions will be for sale. BYOSeating. For more info, call 817-921-5300.