Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
Former Pantera frontman Philip H. Anselmo brings his band the Illegals (Superjoint Ritual’s Marzi Montazeri on guitar, 16 Horsepower’s Steve Taylor on bass and Warbeast’s Joey “Blue” González on drums) to Backstage Live in support of 2013’s Walk Through Exits Only, his debut solo release. Also on the bill: Author & Punisher and Hymns. $21, doors at 7pm, Backstage Live, 1305 E Houston, (210) 229-1988, dinproductions.frontgatetickets.com.
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Without the overflowing force of sweat, hair, pasty flesh and body fat known as frontman Damian Abraham, Fucked Up may be just a damn good bunch of Canuck pop-punkers, touring on the merit of an ambitious writing style and their saccharine-meets-distortion guitar hooks. But with Abraham’s emotional howl at the helm, the Canadian sextet quickly morphs into a one-of-a-kind hardcore spectacle: Blink-182 meets butterball Minor Threat. Since waiting four years into the game to lay down a full-length, the band’s been on a tear through North America and Europe and released a slew of EPs and three albums, including the Polaris Prize-winning The Chemistry of Common Life. Fucked Up’s most recent LP, David Comes to Life, tells the tale of a factory worker and activist whose romantic entanglement and failed factory bomb plot end in tragedy (if you can understand any of the words). $12-$15, 8pm, the Korova, 107 E Martin, ticketfly.com.
Hailing from the sleepy coastal town of Templeton, Cali., the buzz-worthy indie-rock outfit Night Riots (previously known as PK) generated significant buzz with the 2010 debut Into the Roaring. Comprised of vocalist Travis Hawley, guitarists Nick Fotinakes and Matt DePauw, bassist Mikel Van Kranenburg and drummer Rico Rodriguez, the band has earned comparisons to the Killers, the Cure, the Clash and U2 and landed on MTV's list of “The Most Criminally Overlooked Artists Of 2012.” The quintet plays 502 in support of the diverse and catchy 2013 EP Young Lore. Also on the bill: the Gallery, FILMSTRIPS and Islands & Tigers. $5-$8, doors at 8pm, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, ticketfly.com. —Bryan Rindfuss
Fans of hip-hop, gangsta rap, Caribbean dancehall, cumbia, reggaeton and basically any Latin music variety, will all go wild for Los Rakas. This Panamanian via Oakland duo makes vivacious and impossibly infectious rap music; situating their rapid-fire (mostly Spanish) flows over big bass and a whirlwind of sonic cultural signifiers from up and down the Isthmus of Panama and all around the Caribbean and South America. It’s a genre mish-mash trick that many try, in one incarnation or another, but it’s hard to match Los Rakas’ specific combination of diverse and tasteful production decisions and seriously impressive hip-hop prowess. The duo, Raka Rich and Raka Dun, represent every bit as hard for the musical legacy of Oakland and the West Coast as they do for that of their homeland. And that’s what makes them so dynamic. $15-$18, 7:30pm, Jack’s Bar, 3030 Thousand Oaks, (210) 494-2309, jacksbarsa.com. —James Courtney
Mexico vs. Korea Republic
“So far from God, so close to the United States,” goes the popular Mexican saying. Well, cabrones, now it’s time to thank the pinche gringos. Two miraculous stoppage-time goals scored by the arch-enemy U.S.A. against Panama were enough to send the pathetic Mexican team (virtually eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup) to two playoff games against New Zealand. With brand new coach Miguel “Piojo” Herrera, Mexico walked through the Kiwis, outscoring them 9-3 in two games and earning a berth in Brazil’s World Cup, a feat that seemed impossible a few weeks earlier. They now face Korea Republic (South Korea), which also qualified as second in its Asia group. They’ve played each other 10 times, with Mexico holding a 5-3 record with two draws. Both teams will play without their biggest stars, but the game should be attractive because of the World Cup angle and because of the teams’ styles: Korea’s fast athleticism against Mexico’s more technical skills and indomitable spirit. It will be Mexico’s first game in its 2014 North American tour and first in SA since 2004. $40-$175, 8pm, Alamodome, 100 Montana, (800) 745-3000, alamodome.com. —Enrique Lopetegui