At this late stage in the game, the Misfits—even with Jerry Only at the helm and no involvement from spook-rock icon/punk Elvis impersonator Glenn Danzig—are living (dead) legends. Their involvement in everything from professional wrestling to comic books make them as much a part of American trash culture as any of the horror-themed punk anthems they’ve been cranking out for 35 years, so why not play a gig at that most all-American of venues, the local park? Touring around their latest release, the concert album Dead Alive!, Only (along with Black Flag vet Dez Cadena and drummer Eric Arce) will make you remember it was Halloween just a week ago. Less legendary, but more exciting, is the return of taco-fueled conjunto-punks Piñata Protest, fresh off a tour with Guttermouth and Agent Orange. $20, 6pm Thursday, Mission County Park 1, 6030 Padre, (210) 335-7275, prekindle.com. —Leonard Pierce
2. Thu, Nov 7
Bling Bling Fling
We have immense respect for both the Martinez Street Women’s Center (empowering and educating women of all ages on the South and East Sides) and the late Arthur “Hap” Veltman, Jr. (arts maven, LGBT leader and founder of the Bonham Exchange). It’s a double delight that MSWC will honor Veltman with its annual fundraising gala “Bling Bling Fling, It’s a Happy Thing” this year at the Bonham. Expect to come down with a little disco fever at the ’70s dance party, and take some boogie breaks for organic snacks by Arugula Catering, a “Happy Moments” silent auction featuring a $500 pendant from Americus and dinner at La Gloria with Councilman Diego Bernal, and live entertainment emceed by KENS 5’s Karen Grace. $25 in advance; $30 at the door, 7pm Thursday, Bonham Exchange, 411 Bonham, (210) 534-6638, mswomenscenter.org. —Callie Enlow
3. Thu, Nov 7
Little Big League
Philadelphia quartet Little Big League—formed in 2011 by members of Post Post, Titus Andronicus and Strand of Oaks—boasts a grungy yet atmospheric, proto-emo sound that belies the flippant childhood connotations of their name. The group’s recent debut album, These Are Good People, is chock full of songs about growing up, chasing down dreams and coming to grips with life’s often humorless absurdity. A seamless blend of styles and influences from across the indie-rock spectrum, from power punk to sludgy shoegaze, Little Big League’s music takes on an even more direct and angsty quality in a live setting. Thursday night show-goers will no doubt be tantalized by the singular way in which singer Michelle Zauner’s warm heartland rasp pushes against and succumbs to the muddy melodrama of the music. $5, 9pm Thursday, The Ten Eleven, 1011 Avenue B, (210) 320-9080, theteneleven.com. —James Courtney
4. Thu, Nov 7
Bad Breaks EP Release Party
The good thing about Chuck Kerr moving to Seattle is that, since he’s no longer the Current’s Art Director, I now can say what I couldn’t for years: Bad Breaks is the best (formerly) San Antonio band. There. I said it. OK, technically speaking, BB is Kerr’s “solo” project, but he’s always been surrounded by some of the most talented local instrumentalists. For this show, Kerr (drums, piano) will play with Ryan Teter, Alex Wash and Jackson Floyd. They’ll be presenting Bad Breaks’ superb new three-song EP, Carry On. Produced by Colleens’ Jon and Josh Harter, and Kerr himself, it’s the best-sounding BB ever put on tape: crisp, clear and powerful. BB goes on at 11pm, preceded by Chris Maddin and followed by We Leave at Midnight. It’s Bad Breaks’ first show since December, and the last for a while. $5, 10pm Thursday, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com. —Enrique Lopetegui
5. Fri, Nov 8
Wesley Harvey: “Dreaming in Gold”
In the wild world of Wesley Harvey, birds perch upon erect penises, muscle-bound studs share intimate moments, and blue bunnies hump in front of the Alamo. Employing an array of materials (including commercially produced dinnerware, kitschy souvenir plates, hijacked imagery, porcelain molds, reams of gold leaf and gallons of glitter), Harvey consistently shatters norms and ideals one might associate with the discipline of ceramics. An Indiana native who cites personal ads, drag queens and homoerotic illustrator Tom of Finland (a pioneer of larger-than-life fetish fantasies) among his creative influences, Harvey is represented in the permanent collections of the Shanghai Museum of Arts & Crafts and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. “Dreaming in Gold” sees the locally based artist venturing into hand-building to present a solo exhibition of vessels, teapots, plates and “a very special Alamo” promising to transport viewers to “places they may not normally attend.” Free, 7-10pm, Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery, 706 Fredericksburg, (210) 854-3507, clamplightstudios.blogspot.com. On view by appointment through Nov 30. —BR
6. Fri, Nov 8
Échale Latino Music Estyles featuring Master Blaster Sound System & Los Master Plus
Master Blaster Sound System is a good example of how you get the cumbia bug depending on where you live. Austin-based guitarist/vocalist Brian Ramos grew up in Laredo, where “cumbia was as ubiquitous as tortillas at every restaurant,” he told the Current. “It was at every shop, on the street and on the radio.” Corpus Christi-based producer, DJ and sequencer Dusty Olivera grew up on a steady diet of hip-hop and A.B. Quintanilla’s Kumbia Kings. Monterrey, Mexico-born and Corpus-based bassist/vocalist Cecy Treviño (a former member of all-female cumbia-rock band La Conquista, produced by Selena’s father Abraham Quintanilla) “has been rocking the cumbia since the hipsters were babies,” according to Ramos. While Ramos and “El Dusty” had already proven themselves as solid producers, the three got together with new, exhilarating results: they do more than cumbia, but when they stick to it they offer rare bass-less portions (as in the first part of the “K le Pasa” single) and touches of Northern Mexico banda horns, among an endless mix of styles. It all works organically, unlike similar attempts meant to blend for the sake of blending. “Master Blaster Sound System is the result of two producers with a lot of skill, infinite hours in the studio and the tenacity to make a record that took six years,” said Ramos, referring to the band’s upcoming full-length debut (they released an EP in 2010 and are releasing the full-length one single at a time). “We come to it with an understanding of our musical roots and the rules for making those songs, [but] we took those rules and broke every one of them so that we could create a brand new interpretation of this rural form of music from Colombia.” But why cumbia? “You don’t have to know any special dance moves and you don’t need to take up the whole floor doing twirls like some sort of peacock,” said Ramos. “You just keep it close and groove.” But there’s two Master Blasters: the studio band, and the live one, which is “a completely different animal,” according to Ramos. For the San Antonio show, they’ll have the help of SA’s Maclovio Pérez (from POC Nation, he’s Cecy’s cousin and a superb guitarist in his own right) and Austin’s Jamal Knox on percussion. “We’re very lucky to have a good group to help translate the crazy studio work for a live audience,” said Ramos. “Cumbia is the people’s music, and we made it from the bottom of our hearts so that we could bring it to the people. We hope they can appreciate and enjoy it every bit as much as we did creating and burying secret messages in it.” Free, 7pm Friday, Pearl Park Amphitheater, 100 E Grayson, pearlechale.com. —EL
7. Fri, Nov 8 – Sun, Nov 10
The Taming of the Shrew
Nothing is quite as it seems in The Taming of the Shrew, a Shakespearean farce trickled into pop culture via Cole Porter’s musical Kiss Me Kate and the teen rom-com 10 Things I Hate About You. Omitted from certain productions, Shrew’s induction establishes the comedy (surrounding the “taming” of sharp-tongued Katherine and courting of her more-desirable sister, Bianca) onstage is being performed for a tinker duped into believing he’s a nobleman. While it presents a play within a play, some say this framing device functions as a disclaimer for misogynistic themes. Spotlighted by this week’s Backstage at the McNay, Diane Malone presents a “triple threat” as director as well as costume and set designer for the Classic Theatre’s production. $10-$25, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Sterling Houston Theater at Jump-Start, 108 Blue Star, (800) 838-3006, classictheatre.org. —BR
8. Sat, Nov 9 – Sun, Nov 10
Franco Mondini-Ruiz: “Weekend in Rome”
In 2004, SA artist Franco Mondini-Ruiz received the Rome Prize and traveled to the city as an artist-in-residence for a year. In a recent interview with Gary Sweeney for the Current (see “Questions for Franco Mondini-Ruiz”), he described his bon vivant experiences there as “like living on the Loveboat.” So perhaps it’s no surprise Rome keeps influencing Mondini-Ruiz’s paintings and sculptures, including this Fl!ght Gallery show of his latest works. The ’60s are also on the artist’s mind, not just last century’s swinging era, but 1560 and A.D. 60 as well. As with any Franco happening, this one promises “Neroesque nibbles, Dionysian drinks and Dolce Vita vinyls.” Mondini-Ruiz may even bring one of his infamous goats, “if I can get it to play the flute!” he says. Free, 6-10pm Saturday; 1-6pm Sunday, Fl!ght Gallery, 1906 S Flores, (210) 872-2586, turnitoff.tv. By appointment through Nov 30. —CE
9. Sat, Nov 9
E:MERGE featuring Pezzner, Abe Novy & Keeque
“The dance music community in San Antonio typically goes in a couple different directions: there’s the more soul/house sound, the jack-and-house scene, the funkier disco stuff and then, of course, the pop-EDM sound. What doesn’t get promoted as much is the sound that Pezzner does, which I call intelligent electronic music. It’s about not going with whatever’s trendy—it’s about taking the music somewhere new.” That’s Abe Novy, a longtime local DJ and promoter who, after a lengthy hiatus from throwing shows, is launching E:MERGE. Hosted by Novy’s S.O.U.L. Family along with Efusionradio.com, the monthly series is aimed specifically at spotlighting this sort of forward-thinking electronic music, which he feels is all-too-lacking in SA.
Billed as “new concepts in dance music and nightlife,” E:MERGE kicks off its first installment Saturday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Southtown 101, with Seattle-based artist, DJ and producer Pezzner headlining the bill.
Novy was certainly wise in selecting Pezzner to set the tone for E:MERGE. As evident on his remixes for artists like Dirty Vegas and Lula Circus and his genre-spanning 2010 release The Tracks are Alive, he’s not a guy worried about the confines of generic four-on-the-floor thump. And from the six-minute preview mix he’s posted for his brand new album Last Night in Utopia (to be released the day before the E:MERGE show) he’s still harnessing ways to push electronic music forward. While Pezzner does plan to throw some material from Utopia into his set, the E:MERGE show is no album release party. He’ll forgo his usual live performance set-up to get back to his DJ roots behind the boards.
Supporting Pezzner behind the boards will be Novy himself, along with Efusionradio.com’s Keeque. Local artist Lolo will also be adding a multimedia flair to E:MERGE, decking out Southtown 101 with original installations for the event. Free ($3 from 2:30-4am), 10pm Saturday, Southtown 101, 101 Pereida, soulfamilysa.com. —J.D. Swerzenski
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10. Sun, Nov 10
Members of Agent Ribbons (Natalie Ribbons) and Voxtrot have teamed up to form the closest there is to a regional indie supergroup: Austin’s Tele Novella, which will release its debut in 2014 but will first present a 7-inch led by “Don’t Be a Stranger.” The San Antonio tour stop also features Seattle tropicalia/punk band Week of Wonders and SA’s own Flower Jesus Quintet. $3, 10pm Sunday, Hi-Tones, 621 E Dewey. —EL
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