Singer Liz McGrath garners comparisons to Debbie Harry for her sweet voice and fashion-model looks. Her stage ensembles resemble Harry's in the short-lived pre-Blondie band The Stilettos crossed with a razor-toting drum majorette. McGrath is also subject to misconceptions akin to those Harry suffered early on with Blondie, but make no mistake: Miss Derringer is a band, not the lead singer. From '60s girl group sounds to high-desert surf riffs, this L.A. outfit wears disparate influences on its Western shirt sleeves. There's more than enough here for the ear to rival what meets the eye. On the SXSW trail supporting acts like New York Doll Sylvain Sylvain and Reverend Horton Heat, Miss Derringer makes a stop at Warehouse 508 tonight, at the ungodly hour of 7 p.m. $5 at the door. All-ages.
V.20 No.25 | 6/23/2011
Little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous
Upon entering the Stranger Factory, three distinct areas of well-laid-out eye candy unfold before you. Carefully placed paintings and prints decorate the white walls, and plenty of natural light washes over displays of toys and figurines. Brandt Peters, who co-owns Stranger Factory with his wife, Kathie Olivas, says they decorate the shop as they do their home. “We show how you can actually put your own collection together,” he says. They salvage furniture, shelves and other recyclable cool stuff to mix in with the art pieces.