1.) For a house party, the 2nd Annual Most Excellent Fest is looking pretty stout. Along with a diverse mix of locals and regionals –– from Fort Worth’s Bummer Vacation, whose Jordan Richardson-produced album should be out soon, to Austin’s Future Death –– your chief excuses for hitting 2800 Martin Lydon Ave. on Saturday are headliners Jean Jean, from France, Austin’s Boyfrndz, and Fort Worth’s Cleanup.
Math-y good times shall rule. All three outfits specialize in quirky time signatures, lots of unexpected changes, and riffage bubbling with colorful notes. Jean Jean has a little Rush-plus-Eddie-Van-Halen thing going on –– lots of dramatic breakdowns and knotty, heavy fretwork and rhythms. Boyfrndz are loud and dark, and as evidenced by Cleanup’s new album, Sun Life (streaming now on the tastemaking international blog Brooklyn Vegan), both Boyfrndz and Jean Jean will be following a tough act.