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Thursday, March 19, 2015

10 Shows To See This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Thursday-Sunday, March 19-March 22

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One positive side effect of all the SXSW spillover shows we see this time of year — aside from the influx of traveling bands — is that they get local bands playing more frequently, too. The SouthXSouthtown Concert Series features both traveling and local talent, and plenty of it (more than 30 acts in all). The four day affair will feature exciting locals like ska-punk act Kill Liberal and Chicano soul outfit Los Nahautlatos, as well as out-of-towners that include Mothercoat, Japan’s answer to Radiohead, and Roz and the Rice Cakes, a lovable alternative pop act from Providence, RI. $7-$20, Thursday 19, 3-11 pm, Friday 20, 3-11 pm and Saturday 21, 12-11 pm, 101, Southtown 101, Pereida, (210) 263-9880 — James Courtney

Thursday, March 19
Downtown Boys

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Providence, Rhode Island sextet Downtown Boys channels the no wave scene of the ’70s, with skronking horns, a churning rhythm section and a bilingual vocal affront. With  Signalman, The Awols, Oh Kingdom, This Is The Life. $3 for 21 and up, $4 for Minors, 10pm, Nesta. 122 Nogalitos, (210) 354-3399 — Matt Stieb

Thursday, March 19
Olmeca, Buyepongo, Lonely Horse

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Splitting his childhood between Los Angeles county and Ocotlan, Mexico, David Barragan began rapping as Olmeca in the 1990s with underground LA outfit Acid Reign. After working as an interlocutor between the leftist Zapatista movement and the U.S., Olmeca returned to the States to try a solo venture in bilingual art. His 2013 album Brown Is Beautiful cleverly blends hip-hop traditions with Afro-Cuban rhythms, whether a hybrid of cumbia and trap or chicano soul and backpack rhymes.

From Southern California, Buyepongo works in party-rocking combos of merengue, punta and cumbia. Singer and percussionist Edgar Modesto drives the cross-cultural display, with emotional energy in his voice and rhythmic blasts from his congo and guacharaca. On saxophonist, Angel Hernandez wanders outside the parameters of Afro-Cuban jazz, with fluttering, angry bee lines reminiscent of Jackie Mclean.

San Anto’s Lonely Horse rounds out the genreless bill, with guitarist Nick Long’s Native American roots informing the band’s heavy desert rock. $5, 10pm, Hi-Tones, 621 E. Dewey, (210) 785-8777 — Matt Stieb

Friday- Sunday, March 20-March 22

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The San Antonio Symphony presents Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka, the Russian icon’s interpretation of his country’s folk tradition. In four scenes, the ballet burlesque tells the story of Petrushka, a a melancholy puppet that springs to life and yearns for love. With conductor Daniel Raiskin and pianist Alexei Volodin. $20-$96, Friday 20, 8pm, Saturday 21, 8pm, Sunday 22, 3pm, Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium, (210) 223-8624 — Matt Stieb

Friday, March 20
Spurs Rock On Night

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Put on by Spurs forward Bonner’s non-profit Rock On Foundation and the Spurs’ Silver & Black Give Back program, the concert will take place before, during and after the Spurs game against the Celtics. Attendance is only available with a ticket to the game.The show begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Bud Light Courtyard, with a pre-game performance by Rochester rockers Joywave and Cambridge indie-pop outfit Dirty Bangs. At halftime, Vermont teen poppers The Snaz will perform in the courtyard. After the game, Arrested Development will bring Golden Era hip-hop to the fans of the AT&T Center. With their 1992 album 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of..., the Atlanta rap collective dropped an album of party funk and positive energy. The four-times platinum album offered an answer to the performed violence of Death Row gangsta rap, while helping put Atlanta on the spot as a capitol of Southern rap.Throughout the game, Bonner’s buddy and Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler will provide the house music, spinning as DJ Windows 98. 5:30pm, AT&T Center,1 AT&T Center, (210) 444-5000 — Matt Stieb

Friday, March 20
Shishio, The Freebies

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From the surprisingly vibrant scene of Norman, Oklahoma, Shishio produces bizarre and shouty music, ranging from rock ‘n’ roll to ambient textures. The theme of repetition and droning rhythms holds together the wide array. On the Freebies self-titled 2014 EP, physicality dominates in both rock and noise forms. On the noise opener, “Masturbating in a Hostel (Is a Beautiful Thing),” guitarist Joseph Erik Montano begins with some dark, pedal-bent chords before opening up into a field of scratches and tense noise. With Selfies, Stefan Scott. $5, 9pm, Nite Lite, 714 Fredrickesburg, (210) 254-4313 — Matt Stieb

Saturday, March 21
Buttercup, Michael J. and the Foxes

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Buttercup bassist Odie, with cowboy hat and braided goatee, provides the rhythmic momentum to propel the band through lengthy but quick-moving sets. Singer Erik Sanden freaks out on the stage, while guitarist Joe Reyes’ solos more than take up the slack. Led by Michael Carrillo of Deer Vibes, Michael J. and Foxes wield a sparse sound opposite to Carrillo’s indie rock orchestra. $10, 6:30pm, Alamo Music Center, 425 North Main, (210) 224-1010 — Matt Stieb

Saturday, March 21
Slim Thug

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Houston northsider Slim Thug boasts his corner office credentials on “Like A Boss,” “Boss Life” and “I Run.” $20, 9pm, Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E Houston — Matt Stieb

Saturday, March 21
Zig Zags, The Oblios

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A roll-your-own stoner punk outfit from Los Angeles, Zig Zags channel Black Sabbath on the 2014 single “Humans March/Let’s Die.” It’s an apocalyptic message of fuzz pedals and extinction crawling forward at a desperate, slowcare pace. Similar to their cartoon namesake, The Oblio’s cut through the dross with a heavy fuzz tone on their recent split with SA blues punk quartet The Bolos. On The Bolos versus The Oblio’s, the band crunches through four tunes of full-bodied rock ‘n’ roll, with heavy reliance on the fuzz box, a vital pedal that squares out the guitar signal into near oblivion. With Cursus, Vixy Van Halen, Summer Moon. $6, 9pm, K23 Gallery, 704 Fredericksburg, (210) 776-5635 — Matt Stieb

Sunday, March 22
Doc Watkins Trio

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Unlike some jazz musicians whose claim to a doctorate is just a nickname (looking at you, Dr. Lonnie Smith) and others who have won honorary degrees (congrats, Sonny Rollins!), Brent ‘Doc’ Watkins has a doctorate in music from UT Austin. It’s a degree he’s put to good use, swinging viciously on his piano or Hammond B3 rig. 3pm, Esquire Tavern, 155 E Commerce, (210) 222-2521 — Matt Stieb

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