Following on the footsteps of Lonely Horse, Piñata Protest and a growing list of local touring bands, Heather Go Psycho is ready to explore strange lands. Power singer-guitarist Jacklyn Alexandra, Cristal Anette (bass, vocals) and Diana Marie (drums, vocals) are a fun pop-punk trio that knows how to have fun while rocking, and their mini-tour will take them to Ohio, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania, before coming back in July to finish their first full-length and tentatively release it in late August or early September. “We have a shitload more songs that are even better than [2011’s Favorite Record],” Alexandra told the Current in December 2012. We’ll see about that, but at least I know they’ve grown tremendously as musicians and am looking forward to this show. With Langton Drive, The Sky Divided, and Last Nighters. $5, 8pm Thu, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com.
2. YACHT DJ Set
An acronym for Young Americans Challenging High Technology, YACHT is "a band, belief system, and business conducted by Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans." From 2002 to 2008, the outfit existed as a solo project for Bechtolt, hailed by Vibe as "indie rock's Timbaland." A science writer and artist who recently co-authored the book NA/SA: New Art/Science Affinities, Evans emerged from L.A.'s underground noise scene and Joined YACHT after sharing a "mystical experience" with Bechtolt in the West Texas desert. Based in Los Angeles with roots in Portland, the dynamic duo considers Marfa its spiritual home, a sentiment reflected in the 2009 album See Mystery Lights. Dubbed "DFA's weirdest band," YACHT's most recent offerings are the utopia-inspired gem Shangri-La, an electro-pop cover of the surrealist revolutionary song "Le Groudron," and the infectious new single "Second Summer." While they've graduated from laptop wizardry with the addition of the Straight Gaze (Robbert "Bobby Birdman" Kieswetter, Jeffrey "Jerusalem" Brodsky, and Katy Davidson), YACHT return to the decks as special guests at Industry's Thursgayz featuring VJ Glitoris. $5, doors at 10pm Thu, Industry, 8021 Pinebrook, feelgoodfridays.com.
3. Portugal. The Man
Social media has proven a valuable tool for Portugal. The Man, a chameleonic rock band with a name designed to “create a demi-mythic entity bigger than the individual members.” Rising from the flames of the emo outfit Anatomy of a Ghost, the Portland-based group used MySpace and PureVolume to build a fanbase that’s remained faithful despite transitions in lineup and style. Co-founded by falsetto-voiced frontman John Gourley and guitarist Zach Carothers, both natives of Wasilla, Alaska, the band thanked Twitter, Facebook, and bloggers in 2011 for assisting in the retrieval of stolen gear after playing Lollapalooza. To hype up this year’s Pink Floyd-inspired, Danger Mouse-produced LP Evil Friends, the quintet released its title on Instagram, its lead single on YouTube, and its artwork as a Tweet to Reveal mosaic. $22-$25, doors at 6pm Fri, Josabi’s, 17200 Hwy 16 N, Helotes, (210) 372-9100, josabis.com.
4. Nothing More
Texan/Louisianan progressive-rock band Nothing More is a unique force amid the occasionally numbing predictability of the genre. Fresh off their first national tour, the band is picking up momentum thanks to brutal yet hopeful lyrics, sophisticated percussion arrangements, and a singularly arresting live assault. Fronted by SA’s own Johnny Hawkins, the quartet incorporates intelligent lyrical critiques of our current collective cataclysm with a sound that is as hard as it is heady. Hawkins, who sings and adds expert auxiliary percussion on stage, is a charismatic performer with a knack for conveying a stark sense of immediacy while maintaining melody. Nothing More is, deservedly, a band about to blow up and their show at Sam’s is part of a three-state celebration of the release of their self-titled album. $10-$13, 9pm Fri, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E Grayson, (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com.
5. When Pigs Fly
Individuality trumps conformity in When Pigs Fly, an Off-Broadway hit bedazzled with sappy torch songs, political lampoons, and an unlikely show tune about a hunky centaur hankering for a roll in the hay. While it nods to irreverent revues of the 1950s, the musical grab bag — conceived by Howard Crabtree and Mark Waldrop — deals with gay life in the 1990s. Crabtree, who died of AIDS just six days after completing the play, was also a celebrated mad scientist of costume design. His knack for high-concept camp is undeniable in the numbers “Light in the Loafers,” which incorporates illuminated footwear, and “Wear Your Vanity with Pride,” a Restoration-era sketch that repurposes dressing tables as skirts. Chris Rodriguez directs an all-male cast of five at the Woodlawn. $15-$23, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2:30pm Sun, Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg, (210) 267-8388, woodlawntheatre.com.
6. Folk Art Film Festival
An enlightening counterpart to the exhibition “Pasión Popular,” SAMA’s Folk Art Film Festival rounds up a trio of films bound by Latin American and Spanish influences. On Friday, curator Margarita de la Vega-Hurtado offers an introductory talk before the ethnographic doc Canícula. Named in honor of the 40 dog days of summer, the film studies the crafts and rituals of a group preserving the Danza de los Voladores in Veracruz. Promising to “playfully mock its viewers,” Saturday’s feature La Ofrenda: Days of the Dead explores mortality and tradition in Mexico as well as San Francisco’s Mission District. Closing out the festival on Sunday, Trópico de Cáncer tells a tale of survival as a poor family hunts and sells wild beasts under the scorching sun of San Luis Potosí. $5-$10, 7:30pm Fri, 3pm Sat-Sun, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org.
7. Ghostpizza Vs. Texas is Funny
Continuing a rivalry that began last year as a project of Good Job Texas, the indie label Texas is Funny Records squares off against Ghostpizza (a “hype team” for rappers, DJs, and producers from all over the Lone Star State) in a “basketball showdown.” Those who wake up before the crack of noon are invited to watch Ghostpizza attempt to recoup their 2012 loss (free, 11am, Alamo Heights Junior School, 7607 N New Braunfels). To cap that off, the camps join forces for a joint showcase at Hi-Tones. While Ghostpizza presents the local DJ Soloserve and Houston-based rapper Levii Ru$$el, who’s building a buzz with the track “Mastermind,” TIFR brings the noise with the Austin’s “devil music” makers Young///Savage and Vetter Kids, a ’90s throwback trio comprising current and former members of Pswingset, Sohns, and Brother/Ghost. $3, 9pm Sat, Hi-Tones, 621 E Dewey.
8. Pride Bigger Than Texas
In it’s first decade, Pride San Antonio has risen to its motto of “Pride Bigger Than Texas” by championing the local LGBTQ community and hosting national leaders such as NOH8 Campaign founder Adam Bouska and GLAAD Media Award-winning youth activist Will Phillips. The nonprofit’s 10th-annual parade (9pm) honors Esperanza Peace and Justice Center founder Graciela Sanchez and Miss Fiesta San Antonio Victoria Flores as Grand Marshals and Sadie Croft as Youth Grand Marshal. In response to Obama’s inaugural address, Croft wrote a resonant essay about challenges she and other transgender kids face on a daily basis. Headlined by genderbending American Idol alum J’DA (6:45pm), the daylong block party also includes a wrestling match (5pm), a 1K Rainbow Dash (8pm), and a high-heel race (8:30pm). $7, noon-9pm Sat, Crockett Park, 1300 N Main, pridesanantonio.org.
The fact that California hardcore-punk outfit D.I. (which reportedly once stood for Drug Ideology) is touring the U.S. currently, on the heels of their 2012 EP United We Slam, is admittedly a product more of their heritage than of their lasting greatness. Formed in 1982 by former Social Distortion/Adolescents drummer Casey Royer, the group’s rotating lineup has included members of both of those seminal bands, as well as other noteworthy players in the hardcore and skate-punk genres. If you’re a diehard, I don’t need to tell you that this is a perfect opportunity to get your nostalgia fix. For the curious and the younger punk initiates, D.I. will take you back to a purer and less affected time in the genre, before the likes of Green Day, when punk bands really knew how to not give a fuck properly. Trust me, it’ll be a party. $5-$10, 8pm Sat, The Korova, 107 E Martin, (210) 995-7229, ticketfly.com.
10. Todd Rundgren
If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll get to see the great Leon Russell at Gruene Hall on June 28 (sold out). If you’re not, you still could do a lot worse than seeing what’s being dubbed as “Todd Rundgren’s Official State Visit” at the same venue. The concert’s name references his latest album, the electro-heavy State (released in April), in which he played all instruments and he recorded using Propellerhead Reason software instead of ProTools. State is an impressive relevancy statement by the 65-year-old solo artist (1972’s Something/Anything?), bandleader (Utopia) and producer (New York Dolls, XTC, Grandfunk Railroad). But be warned: he may or may not play fan favorites like “Hello It’s Me.” Just show up, pay your respects while refraining to ask for “the hits” and absorb whatever this uncompromising artist and tech pioneer has to offer. $25, 9pm Sat, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene, New Braunfels, (830) 606-1281, gruenehall.thundertix.com.