Sound and the Fury 

Weirdo on the mend

The Weirdos' March 9 show at the Sanctuary was postponed last week when Dix Denney, guitarist for the seminal SoCal punk band, fell ill.

Denney had been hospitalized with pneumonia in January, but he subsequently defied doctor's orders by honoring the group's winter tour commitments. While on the road, his condition worsened, forcing the Weirdos to scrap the entire second leg of their tour, including shows in San Antonio, El Paso, Austin, and Dallas. Denney is currently recuperating and the band plans to make up all its missed dates.


Considering the mammoth scope of SXSW, San Antonio's representation at the annual Austin music confab is pretty paltry, with a mere five showcases spread over four nights. Having whined about that, it's hard to argue with the local selections. Wednesday night kicks off with the brainy alt-pop of Buttercup and the reckless sonic abandon of punk band Skullening. On Thursday, Mojoe takes its soulful hip-hop to The Vibe (508 E. 6th St.) at 9 p.m. The following night, DJ Jester the Filipino Fist teams up with QuadRod at Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto) for the de-facto headliner slot at 1 a.m., and Animals of the Bible grace the Whisky Bar (303 W. 5th St.) with their brand of inspired mayhem at 11 p.m.

Weeping willowz

The world is teeming with retro, immaculately surly garage bands and The Willowz, a trio of California teenagers, don't bring any innovative ideas to the familiar equation. But once you get past singer-guitarist Richie James Follin's pinup-worthy cheekbones and pro-forma riffs, tracks such as "Equation #6" and "Meet Your Demise" (from the band's Sympathy For The Record Industry full-length debut, The Willowz Are Coming) have a way of breaking down your defenses with sheer enthusiasm and snottiness. The Willowz come to San Antonio on Sunday, March 20 for a show at Taco Land.

By Gilbert Garcia



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