Music Sound and the Fury 

A week on the scene

Call it a comeback

Three years ago, Andrew Neufeld, singer for Winnipeg, Canada hardcore band Figure Four decided he wanted to start a side project that would allow him to play guitar. With the help of fellow Figure Four member Jeremy Hiebert and a couple of close friends, he formed Comeback Kid, a band whose moniker stirs memories of Bill Clinton's 1992 post-New-Hampshire-primary "victory" speech, but actually came from a newspaper article about a hockey player.

The group's new Victory Records release, Wake The Dead (a follow-up to their 2003 debut album Turn It Around), reveals a mercilessly tight rhythm section and some intriguing melodic wrinkles, particularly on the title track and the opening "False Idols Fall." Comeback Kid and Sinai Beach will perform at the Sanctuary (1818 N. Main) on Monday, May 30. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the cover charge is $12.

Mojoe working

With their sophomore CD, Dirty Genes, tentatively set for a July release, local hip-hop/soul heroes Mojoe are stepping up the live activity. The group shared the bill with Bombasta on Friday, May 20 at Sam's Burger Joint, and on Saturday, May 28 they're scheduled to play the "Poet's Ball" in Killeen at the Da'Que Club in Harker Heights.

Hacienda Brothers

Western soul searching

It's been barely a month since the Hacienda Brothers played a free show at Gruene Hall, but for those who missed it, the alt-country supergroup's Friday, May 27 show at Casbeers rates as an essential live-music experience. The group, formed by longtime SoCal circuit compatriots Dave Gonzalez and Chris Gaffney, can claim one of the richest roots-music releases of recent months with a self-titled album produced by blue-eyed soul legend Dan Penn. Gonzalez, a guitar wizard best known for his work with the Paladins, and Gaffney, a former sideman for Dave Alvin, describe their music as "western soul," and the album suggests what might have happened if Buck Owens had ever cut a record with Booker T and the MGs.

By Gilbert Garcia

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