Monday, August 19, 2013

5 Things You Have to Do This Week

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

1. Caddywhompus, All People, Vetter Kids, Signalman

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Part of the Indie Overnight program presented Monday nights on KRTU 91.7, the weekly radio show Bands I Know presents this free concert pairing the New Orleans-based bands Caddywhompus and All People with SA’s own Vetter Kids and Signalman. Named after a term meaning “uneven,” “crooked” or “out of whack,” the experimental noise-pop duo Caddywhompus serves up an “incredibly loud” sonic assortment that ranges from “sweet psychedelic indie ballads to the most intense, ear-splitting of noise-driven crescendos.” Signed to Asian Man Records, the quartet All People draw inspiration from honesty, positivity and autonomy while exploring "new avenues of creativity with out pre-conceived notions as to what that creativity will be." According to their bio on Texas Is Funny Records’ website, “Vetter Kids is a loud, fun, raucous band that embodies the ’90s underground music scene that they grew up with. As for the quartet Signalman (Shooter, Aaron, Robert and Danny), they “love to play with their instruments even after midnight.” Free, ($3 for minors), 9pm Monday, The Ten Eleven, 1011 Avenue B, 210-320-9080, theteneleven.com.

2. Tough Guy Cinema: Escape from New York

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The Drafthouse’s Tough Guy Cinema series revives John Carpenter’s Escape from New York—a 1981 sci-fi cult classic set in 1997 during the hypothetical successor to World War II. With the island of Manhattan converted into a maximum-security prison system surrounded by a 50-foot containment wall, it's up to ex-soldier Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) to rescue the President (Donald Pleasence) when terrorists hijack and crash Air Force One. $10, 7pm & 10pm Monday; Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes, 1255 SW Loop 410, San Antonio, (210) 677-8500, drafthouse.com.

3. End of Summer Throwback Movie Series: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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Though MGM advertised that “All the sultry explosive drama of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize play is now on the screen,” Richard Brooks’ 1958 adaptation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof left out so much juice that Williams reportedly told people lined up to see the film, “This movie will set the industry back 50 years. Go home!” But even without the cussing and gay references that pepper Williams’ iconic 1955 play, the watered-down Hollywood version still earned big bucks at the box office and six Oscar nominations. Set in a plantation home in the Mississippi Delta, the film stars Paul Newman as booze-guzzling former athlete Brick, Elizabeth Taylor as his undersexed wife Maggie and Burl Ives as rich and ailing patriarch Big Daddy. Slab Cinema brings the classic to the Arneson as part of its End of Summer Throwback Movie Series. Free, pre-show entertainment at 6pm, film screens at dusk Tuesday, Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita, slabcinema.com.

4. American Head Charge & Psychostick

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The name may be reminiscent of legendary dubmeisters African Head Charge, but there’s nothing remotely mellow about these Twin Cities noisemakers. Around since the late 1990s but scuttled by drugs, tragedy and record deals gone bad, the band is finally staging a strong resurgence behind Shoot, a new EP that finds them back to the core strength that first attracted the attention of no less a luminary than Rick Rubin. Their skittering industrial sound remains intact, but now it’s bolstered by a more powerful low-end attack. Willpowerless, Iron Liver and the Ruined Few also feature on the bill, making the show a bargain, but what should really balance things out is the appearance of Arizona’s Psychostick, who leaven a surprisingly solid metal-in-a-blender approach with a broadly appealing sense of humor. $13-$15, 7pm Wednesday, the Tequila Rock Bar, 1305 E Houston, (210) 698-2856, tequilarockbar.com.

5. Coles Whalen

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This Denver-based musician has yet to hit the big time, but don’t underestimate her, Coles Whalen’s strong and soulful voice has captivated audiences across the nation. Ten years ago Whalen sold everything she owned and hit the road in a camper van to promote her debut release. Her travels led to more touring, opening for artists like Rufus Wainwright, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett and Kellie Pickler. Her most recent LP Come Back, Come Back is a collection of folksy, powerful country songs filled with soul and ambition. Her whispery vocal delivery recalls songstresses like Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan and Sheryl Crow. With sweet melodies and clever arrangements, Whalen’s music captures an alt-country style that’s truly one-of-a-kind. $10, 8:30pm Wednesday, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E Grayson, (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com.

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