With nods to pop icons, movies, rock ‘n’ roll and art instigators including Warhol, Rauschenberg, Dalí and Bansky, the wild works of David Berrones present disjointed versions of reality thrown off kilter by the juxtaposition of disparate images. Stacked with stenciling, illustration and painting techniques, the Laredo-based artist and educator’s multimedia collages marry appropriated imagery with imaginative handiwork. Opening this week at Plazmo Contemporary, Berrones’ “Algorithm” promises a “pop-inflected, dialectic visual experience” informed by “ideas of loneliness, relationships, vice, life, death, self-destructive behavior and humanity’s idiosyncrasies.” Launched in 2012, his Algorithm Art & Apparel line seeks to embody “the creative spirit of American popular culture.” Free, 8-11pm Thursday, Plazmo Contemporary, 1101 W Woodlawn, (210) 837-0561, facebook.com/plazmocontemporary.
2. Hickoids CD Release
True story: the Guinness World Records committee denied Hickoids’ claim as “Longest Gestation Period of a Rock Album” for its latest, the rollicking Hairy Chafin’ Ape Suit. “[The committee] cited something about the category being too ill-defined,” a sobbing, heartbroken Jeff Smith (vocals) told the Current. “We had [Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy] beat hands down!” Hickoids, formed in 1983, started work on Hairy Chafin’ (which was supposed to be their third album) in 1991 but broke up soon after, reformed in 2006, and released The Hairy Apin’ EP in 2009 and the covers collection Kicking It With the Twits in 2011. Now, finally and for the first time ever, the newly recorded version of the album no one was waiting for is here—and it kicks butt. A completely reinvented version of “Stop it, You’re Killing Me,” a Tacoland-era song by The Happy Dogs, was alone worth all the wait. With In & Outlaws and Misty White. Free, 10pm Thursday, The Mix, 2423 N St. Mary’s, (210) 735-1313, facebook.com/themix.sanantonio.
3. Mitote Records Showcase & Madonna Tribute
There have been Mitote Records showcases before, but none like this—for the first time, all the bands from Mitote (the label launched by Pop Pistol, above) will share the stage on the same night. Besides Pop Pistol (in their last SA appearance before taking a two-month break after touring on their strong Animal Prisms), you’ll see the ska-reggae of Bite Lip Bleed, the alt-poppish breeze of Secrets & Irises, and the fierce pop-punk of Langton Drive. Bonus: each band will perform their own music, but also a few songs by Madonna, whose 55th birthday it is. The material girl covers are being kept under a shroud of secrecy, but a little bird told me Bite Lip Bleed might be doing a (two-tone?) cover of “Get Into the Groove.” I just hope someone does a version of “Like a Virgen de Guadalupe.” Get it? Get it? $5-$7, 8pm Friday, Jack’s Bar, 3030 Thousand Oaks, (210) 494-2309, jacksbarsa.com.
4. Bekah Kelso CD Release
Bekah Kelso’s Within the Shifting Shade, and alt-pop gem, is her strongest album yet and the product of the year when she got back to her deepest artistic roots after “years on the road, hustling for tip jar money.” “It doesn’t matter what the genre or platform is, whether it’s music, or film or any other discipline,” she says. “People can tell when something’s insincere and when it’s real.” Is she for real? Check out her music at bekahkelso.com and go to her show on Friday and judge for yourself. With Ray Prim and Laura Marie. $10, 9pm Friday, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com.
5. Más Rudas: “Ruda Phat”
“To be tough, to be defiant, and without apology” is something of a mantra for Más Rudas, a local Chicana art collective comprised of Ruth Leonela Buentello, Sarah Castillo, Kristin Gamez and Mari Hernandez. Collaborating since 2009, the foursome has explored macho paradigms surrounding pit bulls (“Operation Canis Familiaris”), the Alamo City’s love affair with tourism (“Más Triste San Antonio”) and their shared bicultural heritage (“Brown Style”) in multimedia installations involving video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance, audio and text. Finding a slightly unexpected home at the Institute of Texan Cultures, the collective’s latest project aims to “dismantle dominant representations of women’s bodies” and “challenge viewers to rethink their own perspectives.” Showcasing Castillo’s photo collage of Mexican-American women, Gamez’s video focusing on beauty rituals, Buentello’s fiber sculpture of lonjas (fat rolls) and Hernandez’s self-portrait based on the late hypertrichosis sufferer Julia Pastrana (above), “Ruda Phat” is admittedly “edgier” than what one expects from the ITC, but addresses what Lead Curatorial Researcher Sarah Zenaida Gould deems “an important cultural issue.” Free, 6-8pm Friday, Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E César Chávez, RSVP at (210) 458-2127, texancultures.com.
6. FrankenBike #39
Billed as “the ultimate swap meet,” FrankenBike is a free monthly happening “open to anyone who wants to buy, sell or trade bicycles and bicycle-related gear or parts.” Founded in Austin eight years ago by Chris Gross, the expanding company (run by Gross along with his girlfriend and partner Michelle Moore) has a presence in Houston, Corpus Christi, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Portland and Las Vegas and is set to establish headquarters in the Alamo City. Held in conjunction with the grand opening of restoration specialists Red-D Bikes, FrankenBike #39 features live music by Austin-based "funky percussive rock" trio Tone Monkeys (above), a live broadcast and stream courtesy of web-based “killer variety” station Merge 98FM, Independence brews for the big kids and concessions available from Rocker Dogz. Free, 10am-4pm Saturday, Red-D Bikes, 120 Playmoor, (210) 305-1557, sanantonio.frankenbike.net.
7. The Alamo
If the idea of watching The Alamo at THE Alamo on Davy Crockett’s birthday barely piques your interest, back off and let some true fanatics score the limited 400 spaces. Because unless you’re a die-hard, you’ll likely not be impressed that the screening is not John Wayne’s Academy Award-nominated 1960 film, but rather 2004’s floppy version impressive only for the man-candy cast (Jason Patric, Patrick Wilson and Dennis Quaid, yum) and moving cinematography. However, those wishing to refresh their Texas history, or introduce the topic to the wee ones (not too wee though, this film is rated PG-13), will be rewarded by a bad-ass performance by Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett. He’s no John Wayne, but his death scene is mighty memorable. BYO chairs and blankets and be prepared to purchase concessions, outside food and drink not allowed. Free, gates at 7:30pm; film at 8:30pm Saturday, The Alamo, (210) 225-1395 ext. 10, slabcinema.com.
8. Into Orbit Tour
Presented by Blue Swan Records (launched by Dance Gavin Dance guitarist/vocalist Will Swan) and Melero Group (a booking company run by Hail the Sun singer Donovan Melero), the Into Orbit Tour unites experimental post-rock “supergroup” Stolas (above) and “aggressive groove instrumental trio” Strawberry Girls. Suggested by artist Ernest Castillo’s deep-sea mystery on its cover, Stolas’ strange and adventurous debut LP Living Creatures delivers a spontaneous mélange Under the Gun summed up as “chaotic guitar shredding, angsty vocals, precision drumming and glassy, jazzy breaks.” Formed in 2011 by DGD alum Zachary Garren, ex-Trees drummer Ben Rossett and bassist Ian Jennings, Strawberry Girls are set to re-release an enhanced version of their lauded 2013 debut French Ghetto on Tragic Hero Records. $10, doors at 6pm Saturday, The Korova, 107 E Martin, (210) 995-7229, ticketfly.com.
9. SA Scorpions vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers
After two straight defeats (a crushing home 7-4 loss to Tampa Bay and a 0-1 at F.C. Edmonton) the San Antonio Scorpions desperately need a home win to get back in contention in the North American Soccer League’s Fall season. It’s a golden opportunity for the Scorpions, who have already beaten the Strikers in their two meetings this season (3-1 at home in May, and 4-1 in Florida in June). More importantly, the Scorpions need to show they’re still mentally in the game and with their confidence intact, after blowing an early three-goal lead against Tampa Bay. $15.85-$74.75, 7:30pm Saturday, Toyota Field, 5106 David Edwards, sascorpions.com.
10. Designer Drugs
“Destroying venues across the world” since 2007, NY-based DJs/producers Designer Drugs deliver a punk-influenced electronic sound marked by a signature “dark intro, festival breakdown and build up to a mega face-melting drop.” Formed by high-school pals Michael Vincent Patrick and Dr. Theodore Paul Nelson (who somehow graduated from medical school while international club-hopping), the outfit hooked an early audience with a series of MySpace-era Datamixes. Remixes for a broad array of artists including Mariah Carey and The Veronicas preceded the release of 2011’s Hardcore/Softcore, a debut LP that jumps from dirty electro and dubstep to disco-tinged house featuring vocal collaborations with noise rocker Justin Pearson, rapper Cerebral Vortex and Norwegian pop star Annie. Stylistic defiance carries over into the dynamic duo’s imprint Sex Cult, which represents EDM star Alvin Risk and up-and-comers like The Al Gore Rhythm Method and brandishes “FUCK GENRES” on its Facebook page. In support of their soon-to-drop sophomore effort, Designer Drugs’ Annihilation tour brings an electrifying night of “epic rage and bliss” to Club Rio with support from Relapse, Ultrasonic, Shwann, Shawn Jackson, JD Wrex, Deeyago Gomez, D1, Phatbois, Helix, Tres, Zeke&Zoid, and Triggamayk. $15-$40, 6pm, Club Rio, 13307-A San Pedro, (210) 403-2582, club-rio.net.
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