5 Shows to See this Weekend

Backtrack (Friday, July 11)

Long Island's Backtrack in action

In the midst of the post-hardcore wasteland, classic hardcore is trying to rise from the ashes like a punk rock phoenix. Backtrack is doing exactly what their name promises, going back in time to bring back what punk was in the good old days of Black Flag and the Circle Jerks, before the emo/screamo phase took over. So, you can mosh to your hearts content, or even do the pogo if you don’t want to get too rowdy. With Harm's Way, Expire, Bitter End, SUBURBAN SCUM, DOWNPRESSER, Iron Mind and Will to Die. $20, 4pm, thekorova, 107 E Martin, (210) 226-5070 —Shannon Sweet


Ghost Police, Massageinist, Spokesmodel (Saturday, July 12)

Ghost Police: Beach Edition

If you think the first and final statement in SA punk was made by the Butthole Surfers, Ghost Police have a high-decibel, high-BPM message to tell in your face. Austin’s Massageinist throw their no-wave hat in the ring, with members of ATX’s eetsFEATS, Naked Pictures and Dikes of Holland coming together for a low key supergroup.  Free, 11pm, Bottom Bracket Social Club, 1603 N Colorado, (210) 267-9160

Crown, Creatura, the Bolos, Antique Sunlight (Saturday, July 12)

SA power trio Crown

Saturday evening, the power trio Crown releases their debut stunner Are These Good Days? with backing support from a carefully curated roster of their favorite SA acts. Psych quintet Creatura will play the like-minded, Roadhouse Rags-recorded tunes from their debut EP Open the Door. Antique Sunlight'll hold down the freak folk end as string-tie garage-rockers the Bolos keep it signaturely sloppy. 9pm, 502bar502 Embassy Oaks(210) 257-8125

The Please Help Tour Kickoff (Saturday, July 12)

Phil Luna of The Please Help

Phillip Luna, brain behind The Please Help, is a San Antonian, a multi-instrumentalist and a visual artist who has been active in the community for nearly three decades. He has fronted the hardcore/hard-rock band Worm, the psychedelic goth-grunge outfit 1.0 and the space-rock group Shit City Dream Girls. His latest, and arguably his greatest, project the Please Help finds Luna relaxing into a kind of comfort within chaos, at peace with the unrest and longing that attend all of our lives. Joe Trevino of Ex machine, Fear Snakeface and blues-rockers the River Barons will join Luna and The Please Help for the tour kickoff. $5, 9pm, The Ten Eleven, 1011 Avenue B, (210) 320-9080—James Courtney 


Jon Christopher Davis with special guest Crystal Yates (Sunday, July 13)

JCD-in-Car-670x257 Dallas songwriter Jon Christopher Davis








A songwriter for Dolly Parton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Hal Ketchum and Sherrie Austin, Dallas native Jon Christopher Davis rocks a personal twist on the acoustic guitar and harmonica rig. Davis is joined by fellow Metroplex native Crystal Yates, whose laid back bluegrass helped her win the 32nd Texaco Country Showdown. Free, 5pm, gruenehall1281 Gruene, (830) 606-1281