Music to Your Ears
The Ban Got the Boot—As if we didn't already know, the Mayor Marty Chavez-backed proposal to ban alcohol sales at all-ages show was going down the second it was announced. The “Scene Killer” didn't kill much of anything. The new regulations adopted by the Alcohol and Gaming Division, which will go into effect in April, require that venues selling alcohol at all-ages shows must have a seprate drinking area where minors aren't allowed, something most venues do already. It took some legwork, it took some real scene-wide love, but it was worth every bit. The all-ages scene still lives.
The debut release from Chicago's The M's is glam rock that doesn't have to rely on pure parody for its pop charisma. The well-dressed quartet comes dangerously close to Jet-esque style-over-substance hooks, but those are quickly reeled in by substantive verses that are often more like The Arcade Fire than retro-rock. There are some soft spots like the overly chaotic "Mansion" but, for the most part, The M's have created a substantive, danceable and catchy (without being overly so) record that shows as much promise as it does maturity.
Flyer on the Wall
It's up-and-coming trio Devil Riding Shotgun with Underdog and Bonebag! 8:30 p.m. at Puccini's Golden West Saloon. $5 gets you in, but you must be at least 21 years of age to party. (LM)
Daddy Long Loin
The "One Man Big Band" who's definitely not a gimmick
Kevin Kinane (aka Daddy Long Loin) spends his days playing and teaching music to kids at the Children's Psychiatric Center and working with youngsters at various schools around the city. By night, the Daddy's one-man performance comes complete with drums, harmonica, keyboard, live sampling and a bass/guitar combo instrument known as the Chapman Stick. The Frank Zappa- and Primus-inspired musician has released several albums with exclusively loin-oriented titles (such as Wrong Place, Loin Time), and his live performances, as he says, must be seen to be believed.
RaShaan Houston Single Release Party
Fireball 2006 at Pulse
Finally—a place to wear my ripped-up vintage fire engine-red leather jacket. And just when I thought all hope was lost. ...
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
with Felonious Groove Foundation
Thursday, March 9, Launchpad (21-and-over); $15: Imagine you're in high school (this may be harder for some than others) and your football team has just ended the first half down 35 to 3. As you sit in the stands wondering if you should cut your losses and go home, the marching band starts to play. At first, it seems like an ordinary halftime performance, but there seems to be some extra pep in the band's collective step. All of a sudden, the band steps onto the field and begins to play a New Orleans-style jazz romp complete with flugelhorn, tambourine and full-fledged hip swaying. By now you're thinking, “I wish this band could play all damn night long!”
Grand Funk Railroad and Foghat
Saturday, March 11, Route 66 Casino (all-ages): Where else can you hear “My Captain” and “Slow Ride” on the same night? I mean, besides the Buzzard, Arrow 102.5, 94 Rock and probably some AM stations somewhere along the dial. But the only place to hear these classic rock gems live on the same night is at the Route 66 Casino on Saturday. It appears that neither Grand Funk Railroad nor Foghat has updated their websites in the last half-decade or so, but the most recent photos and info seem to indicate that both bands have retained most of their original members who, aside from a little weight gain, seem able as ever to rock out with the best of them. (Them, of course, refers to the other casino-frequenting groups.) So, Saturday night, if you're feeling nostalgic or you just want to hear Buzzard-esque tunes without the gravelly voiced DJ making you increasingly irritated, come on down to Route 66 Casino and check out some rock legends (or what's left of them).
'90s Grand Opening Party • 69 Boyz • hip-hop, bass
We might get in trouble for saying so, but the Miami bass subgenre of hip-hop has some of the hottest dang beats out there. We'll never forget the time Daily Lobo staffer Juliette Torrez played “Me So Horny” in the college newsroom back in 1989. You just can't unhear stuff like that. Flash forward 30 years and other bassy bands from deep in the panhandle are still rocking it. Check out a saucy second generation of that Southern flavor on Friday, Dec. 13 at 8pm when Hush Ultra NightLife hosts a '90s Grand Opening Party featuring the somewhat still notorious 69 Boyz. That's right, you OG cabrones, the folks responsible for the 1994 platinum single “Tootsie Roll” are in town and getting down. Join them at this 21-plus show for only a nominal fee. Telephone or text 269-3301 for more details.
Big Head Todd and the Monsters • alternative, blues
After more than 30 years of touring and with an almost cultlike following of mountain-sprung funk fairies gamboling along with them, Big Head Todd and the Monsters are a jam band, which is a very American thing. Their music—distilled by determination, a deep groove and driving around the mountain West and Left Coast in a van called “the Colonel”—is pretty, pretty good. They can still belt out tuneage like “Resignation Superman” and cover classics like Howlin' Wolf's “Smokestack Lightning” with authenticity and rolling thunder (no, not the band, you silly Deadhead!). Anyway, they stop in Burque on their annual winter tour and play at Route 66 Casino Hotel's Legends Theater on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8pm. Tickets for this all-ages space jam range in price from $28 to $59, so check it out; your seasonal cold will never feel the same.