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Happy Birthday Morissey
Friday, May 22

It seems strange to celebrate a happy birthday for a man who wrote the ballad “Unhappy Birthday,” but isn’t that whole point of Morrissey aka “the Pope of Mope?” As the frontman of legendary Brit-pop-rock group The Smiths and a solo artist, Moz’s legacy as a musician/outspoken animal rights activist/cult icon is legendary. Even though Morrissey is 55 going on 56, his razor-sharp wit and knack for clever lyrics are ageless. In the words of the quote king himself, “You’re either marvelous or you’re boring, regardless of your age.” Unhappy birthday, Morrissey! With DJ Dc and Marky Mark. $3, 9pm, Brass Monkey, 2702 N. St. Mary's

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Star Wars & More: The Music of John Williams
Friday, May 22

The San Antonio Symphony takes on the music of legendary composer John Williams, the man behind so many of the classic scores of American pop culture. Led by guest conducter Stuart Chafetz, the Symphony will perfrom pieces from Star Wars, Schindler’s List, Harry Potter, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and more. $25, $8pm, Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium, (210) 223-8624

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Technicolor Hearts
Friday, May 22

Effortlessly melding synths with folky textures and psychedelic waves of sound, Technicolor Hearts is hypnotic and dreamy with a healthy dose of freak folk. The duo of singer/violinist Naomi Cherie and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Salazar craft a transcendental experience that incorporates live visuals and performance art to complement their music. In the video for “Pocahaunted,” a unique blend of tribal-esque vocals, modern beats and wisps of chugging electric guitar, Technicolor Hearts’ music became one with the visuals of feminine beauty, flower crowns, neon paint and a hazy atmosphere. With Rivers Want, Traducer, Artemis. $5, 8pm K23 Gallery, 702 Fredericksburg

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Crunk Witch
Saturday, May 23

 Founded in Maine by husband and wife duo Brandon Mile and Hannah Collen, Crunk Witch sounds like a paperback fantasy novel come to life. But instead of a quest to save a kingdom or a princess, their journey is to make the fairest beats of them all. With whimsical bass drops and virtuosic keyboard riffs, Crunk Witch’s sorcery comes in the form of interesting and unique dance music, a heavy feat. Their music video for “Moonbase Blues” is a deliberately campy homage to the sci-fi films of yesterday, but the song is almost completely future tense, while still winking at the forefathers of ‘80s synthpop. With Dawn of the Phoenix, Rivers Want, Pink Leche. $5, 9pm, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125

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Unscene Records Label Night
Saturday, May 23

Founded in 2007, Unscene Records is a collective of local and national house and techno producers. Free, 9pm, Web House, 320 Blanco, (210) 531-0100

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Heritage Blues Orchestra
Saturday, May 23

Led by guitarist Junior Mack and father-daughter pair Bill and Chaney Sims, the Heritage Blues Orchestra plays blues in the big band setting. With bent guitar licks, harmonica framework and a powerful horn section, the band is under the heavy spell of the late B.B. King. $35, 8pm, Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry, (210) 207-7211

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¿Que Pasa? Cassette Release
Saturday, May 23

SA label Yippee Ki Yay celebrates their newest collection of thoroughbred garage, ¿Que Pasa?’s Big Mistake. The 10-track effort is ripe with two-chord songwriting and fundamental brilliance, cruising on the same guitar tone through the effort. In true Texas style, the band swaps Spanish for English on two of the album’s tracks. With Lochness Mobsters, The Bolos, Dark Planes. Free, 9pm, The Mix, 2423 N. St. Mary's, (210) 735-1313

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Thank You For Patronizing Us
Saturday, May 23

The K23 Gallery takes over Phantom Room for a fundraising night of music. With FILMSTRIPS, Ilaminori, Chris Conde, This Is Where Two Oceans Meet, At War with Dust, Adam Madrigal, Rad Envelope, Glenn’s Gems, Smokey Robinsins. $5, 10pm, Phantom Room, 2114 N. St. Mary's

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Sunday, May 24

Since 1988, Montreal metal quintet Cryptopsy has recorded indulgent and incredibly technical death metal. With Disgorge, Erimha, Soreption, Flesh Hoarder, Emperial Massacre. $15, 8pm, The Korova, 107 E. Martin, (210) 226-5070

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River City Rockfest
Sunday, May 24

As the anticipation for summer mounts, you can almost feel the pent-up testosterone of the masculine masses just begging to be released. Enter the timely and therapeutic River City Rockfest. An annual one-day bash, the fest has a reputation for serving up the sweatiest, angriest bill around. This year’s rager will feature metal mainstays Anthrax, nu-metal, TRL-era darlings Papa Roach, alt-rap-rock forerunners Linkin Park, Taylor Momsen-fronted rock outfit The Pretty Reckless, local hard-rock group Lynnwood King and the Revival, Danish metal/psychobilly crew Volbeat and many more. $65-$220, noon, AT&T Center, 1 AT&T Center, (210) 444-5000 


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