The Sound & The Fury

Shawn Sahm, Doug’s son, was right: “The new Texas Tornados album sounds like … well, the Texas Tornados.” Está bueno (It’s good), which took years to finish, was released March 2, and it includes the last songs recorded by Freddy Fender (you gotta hear “If I Could Only,” which ranks among his best) as well as two dynamite, previously unreleased tracks by Doug: “Girl Going Nowhere” and a live version of “96 Tears,” recorded in Holland. The album has the best of what the Tornados are all about: It’s powerful, fun, and funny (Freddy singing “They don’t make ’em like I like” is a riot; so is Augie Meyers explaining “In Heaven there is no beer/ that’s why we drink it here”), and Flaco Jiménez’s accordion is superb, as always. The band (Flaco, Augie, and Shawn) will perform at SXSW Friday, March 19, at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard (

Nightrocker Live (605 San Pedro, (210) 265-6573) is back, this time to stay. My pick this week: The CD-single release party by Suzy Bravo and the Soul Revue, and Scotty Karate (he must be very good, because he plays in a huge helmet-like buffalo hat) on Saturday March 6.

— Enrique Lopetegui

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