The Spanish Harlem Orchestra in full
After decades of session work and arranging for the likes of Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, Bronx-born pianist/bandleader Oscar Hernandez teamed up with producer/composer Aaron Levinson to form the Spanish Harlem Orchestra in 2000. Drawing from the rich Latin culture of its namesake ‘hood and salsa’s 1960s and ‘70s heyday, the 13-piece orchestra officially arrived in 2002 with the Billboard Award-winning Un Gran Dia en el Barrio, championed “hard salsa” in 2004 on the Grammy-winning Rubén Blades collaboration Across 110th Street and roped in Paul Simon for a guest spot on 2007’s United We Swing. $29-$110, 7:30pm, Aztec Theatre, 201 E Commerce, (210) 226-2891 —Bryan Rindfuss
The monthly Electronic Exhibition returns to Hi-Tones with an impressively eclectic bill. Heavenlyjunkie writes bedroom tunes of psychedelic fancy, mixing folk structures with unexpected samples. In his production and warped rhymes, Lil Gvcci commands the track with a faded sense of style, able to turn the energy on a dime without losing his lax, loud attitude. On his atmospheric beats, Alex Paul Scheel can condense into strained pop or reach out into electronic abstraction. With XY!O. $3, 9pm, Hi-Tones, 621 E. Dewey, (210) 785-8777 —Matt Stieb
New Jersey's The Dillinger Escape Plan
As the reigning kings of chaos in the modern metalcore scene, the Dillinger Escape Plan proves that heavy metal can be a brainy affair. After going through several lead singers, including Faith No More’s Mike Patton on the critically acclaimed Irony Is a Dead Scene EP, The group settled in with super fan Greg Puciato. Recognized by mainstream music publications and popular among metal heads, the Dillinger Escape Plan knows how to combine the abrasive ferocity of hardcore with a keen sense of melody, while never losing their razor-harp edge. Even though a great majority of their ravenous tunes are noisy and marked by generically gory lyrics, there is a hidden layer of cerebral musicianship. With Vetter Kids, Old and Ill. $18, 8pm, The Korova, 107 E Martin,
Madonna in full '80s gear
Before Miley, there was (and still is) the original material girl. This Saturday, Madge's birthday, DJ Eddie celebrates the ruling queen of pop and the bestselling female artist of all time. Even today, Madge’s onslaught of hits can make even the most bogus party tubular. ‘80s slang aside, Madonna is still hip, proving her coolness has no expiration date. $2, 10pm, Industry, 8021 Pinebrook, (210) 366-3229 —Shannon Sweet
Earl Dibbles Jr. and Granger Smith
Following in the footsteps of Garth Brooks, David Bowie and Eminem, masters of the alter ego art form, Granger Smith uses his alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr. to poke fun at the stereotypes and clichés found in modern, mainstream country music. As Earl Dibbles Jr, Smith dons overalls and a trucker hat to belt out his satirical hit “The Country Boy Song”, about his love for chew, trucks, alcohol and trailer parks. $15-$25, 8pm, Cowboys Dancehall,3030 NE Loop 410, (210) 646-9378 —Shannon Sweet
SA's Henry Brun
For his newest release, Soul Tren Latino, SA mainstay and Latin Grammy winner Henry Brun translates some of his favorite soul and pop classics into the language of Latin Jazz. With the Latin Playerz, Brun reimagines the music of Marvin Gaye, The Miracles and Ashford & Simpson. Like his playing style on the timbales, claves and assorted percussion, Brun has a knack for blending styles, mixing Chicano, funk, R&B and Latin music in a style all his own. $10-$15, 12:30pm-3pm, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368 —Matt Stieb
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