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Friday, July 18, 2014

5 Shows to See this Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Love is the Message: A Tribute to Philadelphia International Records (Friday, July 18)

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Love is the Message, Philadelphia is the place

Founded in 1971 by the gold-plated songwriting team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Philadelphia International Records laid the soul scene of Brotherly Love on wax for the world to hear. With Lou Rawls, The O’Jays and Harold Melvin on their roster, PIR’s 45s helped usher in the wild popularity of disco. But unlike the late ’70s, mass-produced material burned up in Chicago’s infamous Disco Demolition Night, PIR fashioned four-on-the-floor rhythms and string harmonies with soul-infused integrity. For the third annual Soul Spot tribute to Philly soul, expect DJs Leonard Trujillo and JJ Lopez to pull out cuts so deep you didn’t even know there were grooves there. Free, 10pm, tuckerskozykorner, 1338 E Houston, (210) 320-2192


Wheeler Brothers, Elijah Ford and the Bloom (Friday, July 18)

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Austin quintet the Wheeler Brothers

Austin’s Wheeler Brothers have done the near-impossible: merging country with indie rock and making it sound good. Like Band of Horses with a pedal steel twang, the Wheeler’s second LP Gold Boots Glitter helped the quintet crack the late night circuit with a performance on Last Call with Carson Daly. Also based out of Austin, Elijah Ford and the Bloom tap into the goodtime, rolling rhythms of ’70s Elton John. $10-$13, 9pm, Floore's Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera, (210) 695-8827

The Casualties, Lower Class Brats (Saturday, July 19)

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NYC street-punk legends the Casualties

Consider how much hair goop and neon dye it'd take to maintain an old school Day-Glo mohawk for 24 years and only then does the commitment of  the Casualties come into its full glory. Founded in 1990, frontman George Herrera dealt with a  fluctuating lineup 'til the mid 90s. Since then, the street punks have been touring incessantly, repping the music's past for anyone to hear. Austin punk old-schoolers Lower Class Brats rep a similar street infused-sound, held together by safety pins and an undying love for A Clockwork Orange. $14, 8 pm, The Korova,  107 E Martin, (210) 226-5070

Those Howlings, New Hampshire, Parallelephants (Saturday, July 19)

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SA trio New Hampshire

The wandering, slow-churning tunes of New Hampshire, stark yet fully-realized, are a welcome addition to SA psych. With such a tight, designer’s sense on their posters and online presence, Parallelephants sure picked a band name that’s hard to relay. But tune into their Fender Rhodes-driven rock and the understated aesthetic sense returns. Hailing from Chicago but living in Austin, Those Howlings lightly la-la-la through taut examples of surf. $3, 9pm, Hi-Tones, 621 E. Dewey, (210) 785-8777

98.5 The Beat Bash: Lil Jon, Sage the Gemini, Becky G, Fat Joe (Sunday July 20)

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A few years ago, Lil Jon’s booking status swerved toward that of the legacy act, doing the hits from the days of crunk’s massive mid-’00 popularity. But with the rise of EDM and its reliance on bass and simple hooks, Jon saw his way back into the spotlight teaming up with DJ Snake on the double platinum “Turn Down for What.” On his 2014 debut, Remember Me, Sage the Gemini delivers his rhymes basso buffo-low with casual dominance to draw listeners in. Seventeen-year-old Inglewood native Becky G does the Ke$ha-channeling Summer Jam “shower,” a solid foundation for a future pop career. And you guys remember Fat Joe, right. $18-$73, 7pm, Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston, (210) 226-1177

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