a week on the scene


The Little Killers, who inspired the infamous garage label Crypt Records to cough up their first release of a new act in more than five years, come to town on Friday, October 3 to headline a show at Taco Land. The New York-based power trio rivals other classic Crypt acts like the Gories, the Devil Dogs, and the Lazy Cowgirls in both prowess and showmanship.

The band's retro-sexy, stripped-down, self-titled debut album, released early last month, has already aroused a fresh bout of widespread "there IS hope for rock 'n' roll" sentiment along the east coast, and ancillary comparisons to everything from Chuck Berry to the New York Dolls. Oh ... and two-thirds of the band (bass and drums) happen to be babes, which might explain why their growing fan base favors a conspicuously male constituency. San Antonio's the White Heat and Chicago's Bible of the Devil will open the Taco Land gig.

Another upcoming must-see at Taco Land is a scheduled Tuesday, October 7 visit from SoCal quartet the Business Machines. This band, which formed in the members' hometown of Houston under the name IBM, recently completed a debut CD produced by legendary indie-rock maverick Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, etc.).


In recent months, the Iron Armadillo (2411 Broadway) has developed a Wednesday night blues jam, providing a free-form showcase for some of San Antonio's best blues players. To attract greater interest in these local jams, the Iron Armadillo now plans to book regional blues acts every three months for Wednesday night shows. This series debuts on October 8 with a performance by Austin's godfather of the blues, W.C. Clark.

Clark, a musical veteran with more than 40 years in the juke-joint trenches, has served as a mentor for many of Austin's best known roots-music artists, including Stevie Ray Vaughan and Angela Strehli. He is currently recording for Alligator Records, and his composition "Let It Rain" won the 2003 W.C. Handy award for best blues song. Clark's show at the Iron Armadillo begins at 8 p.m.

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