Friday, August 7
On their 2013 self-titled LP, Ghost Police revved through radly named tunes like the hungry, spitting “Day of the Bacon” and the authoritarian anger of “North Korean Soap Opera.” After spending the spring in the recording studio, expect new tunes soon from the heavy San Antonio quartet. With the relentless backing of Spokesmodel and Pinko. $3, 9pm, Hi-Tones, 621 E. Dewey Pl., (210) 573-6220
With a long-running deal with Detroit’s Fountain Records and now receiving cassette distribution through the badass Burger label, the Rich Hands returned in good standing for their 2014 LP Out of My Head. For their sophomore album, the Rich Hands looked retrospectively to break the garage rock prototype. With organ and tambourine adornments, the trio could fit in quite comfortably on a Johnny Thunders-heavy mixtape. With the recent addition of guitarist Thomas Knierien, the Rich Hands have returned to their early days as a four-piece. Featuring members of The Bolos and Antique Sunlight, Backbones split the difference between raw blues and rock ‘n’ roll. With Louisiana swamp-rockers Lochness Mobsters. $5, 9pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 735-7775
James McMurtry, the son of writer Larry McMurtry — best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning, miniseries-inspiring novel Lonesome Dove — is an Americana singer-songwriter with a chip on his shoulder. His songs, beginning with those on his stellar 1989 debut Too Long in the Wasteland, are writerly and sprawling meditations on American decay. He tells the stories of the forgotten and challenges the status quo with a calm and precise fire, in the great tradition of folkies like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. But, unlike Guthrie, he also rails against the sedative power of superficial religious belief and doesn’t await the second coming as some magical Deus ex Machina in the great American drama. $15 - $20, 7pm, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd., (210) 695-8827
Saturday, August 8
When I think of pups and cute cats, I don't immediately free associate with hard rock. But the Rock For Paws Festival at Fitzgerald's looks to place the two closer together. On Saturday, Rock For Paws features sets by 17 bands (including Eden Burning, Shadow Fashion and Shotgun Vendetta) to benefit the Animal Defense League of Texas. Founded in 1934, the ADL is a no-kill shelter dedicated to the humane treatment and adoption of dogs and cats. Be warned if you visit ADL’s website: You might spend a good chunk of the workday looking at adorable, adoptable pets. $5-$8, noon-2am, Fitzgerald’s Bar & Live Music, 437 McCarty Rd., (210) 629-5141
Punk en español? Si, por supesto! Hailing from Madrid, Juanita y Los Feos are a dynamic punk-rock outfit that thrives on toeing the line between power and sugary sheen, between sheer motion and patience. While it wouldn't be quite proper to call the group's propulsive, new-wave-influenced music pop-punk, it's certainly more in that order than, say, the other acts on this gnarly bill: SATX's Fea and Colonia and Chicago's Sin Orden, all of which play an infuriated, burn-the-fucking-house-down style of punk rock. In between sets of face melting, be sure to dig the spins of DJ Heavyflow, who rounds out this girl-powered show. $5, 10pm, Hi-Tones, 621 E. Dewey St., (210) 573-6220
Now here's a Texas festival that's just as eclectic and no-bullshit as the Lone Star State itself. The Texas Heritage Festival, presented by “The National Beer of Texas,” is dancing a four-city waltz across the state this August. At the San Antonio stop, catch musical acts the Old 97’s (Dallas alt-country stalwarts), Grupo Fantasma (ATX Latin fusion Grammy winners), Dale Watson (ATX honky-tonk revivalist), LaTasha Lee (Corpus Christi soul singer) and more. The event is free on a first-come, first-serve basis, but a $25 donation (benefiting the San Antonio Food Bank) secures you a spot. Free, 1pm, Lone Star Brewery, 600 Lone Star Blvd.
Bajo sexto player Max Baca was born in New Mexico but moved to San Antonio when Flaco Jiménez asked him to join his band. In 1997, Baca struck out on his own with Los Texmaniacs, a delightful combination of rock ‘n’ roll and tejano in the style of Flaco’s Texas Tornados. In 2010, Baca y Los Texmaniacs won a Grammy for Best Tejano Album with Borders y Bailes. $5, 9pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary's St.
Sunday, August 9
Basketball Shorts, Radioactivity, Detonate
Paper Tiger begins its Sunday rock ‘n’ roll brunch for people who hate traditional brunches with three courses of garage rock. From Austin, headliners Basketball Shorts rip though athletic party-punk on The Total BS EP. $5, Noon, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary's St.