1) Retro-metal band The Sword is playing tonight (Friday) at Gas Monkey Bar and Grill (10261 Technology Blvd, Dallas). They have a new album. It’s decent, better than the last one, and they’ll still probably play the best tracks off Age of Winters and Gods of the Earth. I dunno. I used to really like the Sword, to the point of owning three different t-shirts, one of which was purchased at a show I drove all the way to Houston to see. My interest has waned, but if I were free Friday night, I’d probably go to this show. Tickets to the all-ages show are $20, and the opening act is another, similarly throwback-oriented rock band from Tulsa called the Shelter People. Doors are at 7, show starts at 8, punch and pie. This is the title track from the new record (Used Future), featuring the band rendered as a 16-Bit RPG game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx7pOi2KADE.
2) Grizzled, legendary troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard plays Arlington’s Levitt Pavilion (100 W Abram, Arlingfun) at 8pm tonight. I didn’t find any info about ticket prices, so I suppose this is a free show. Here he is singing about playing music, with references to gear and Austin clubs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTbvf3a56UM
3) On Saturday, Lola’s (2736 6th St) has a benefit for the Danielle LeBlanc Foundation, an organization that helps battered women. The cover is $10 and the all-ages event starts at 5pm, with a lineup that includes Idol Job, Project 432 (all the way from Denver), Bum Lucky, Lost Art, and Israel Gonzales. Here’s a live video of Bum Lucky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83wmynBSsy8