It appears that Portland isn't too cool for pop-punk — yet. On Dangerous Game, PDX quintet The Cry punches out Johnny Thunderous power-pop with a proud glory. With Lost Element. $8, 8pm, Jack's Bar, 3030 Thousand Oaks Dr., (210) 494-2309
Max Baca y Los Texmaniacs
Tuesday, August 18
Bajo sexto player Max Baca was born into the conjunto tradition, with his father, Max Sr., playing the music in their hometown of Albuquerque. Fairly early in his career, San Anto legend Flaco Jimenez invited Baca to come play in his band. Inspired by Flaco's Texas Tornados, Baca started his own tejano-crossover band, Los Texmaniacs. With his brother Josh on accordion, Baca y Los Texmaniacs can rep cantina conjunto or pop-funk covers of "Low Rider." This breadth of style makes for an inexhaustible live show and some impressive trophies, including a Grammy for Best Tejano album in 2010 for their effort Borders y Baile. With FEA, Lonely Horse. 7pm-10pm, free, Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St., (210) 207-8614
Death from Above 1979's The Physical World
Tuesday, August 18
Death From Above 1979
Death From Above 1979’s return was welcomed just as it was surprising. When Romantic Rights dropped in 2004, everyone was fixated on two-piece groups (thank the White Stripes) and DFA couldn’t have been more different from the pack. With just a few synths, a bass and a drum kit, the group took on a self-mocking and brooding behavior that was almost endearing. Their albums of danceable thrash-punk didn’t crossover to mainstream acclaim, but rather left to cult status amongst devout fans.
Only two years later, the band ended abruptly with a statement admitting that the bassist Jesse F. Keeler and drummer Sebastien Grainger hardly spoke any more. Eventually the lyrics to “You’re A Woman, I’m a Machine,” served prophetic: “Now that it’s over, I love you more and more.”
If they sound the same as they did when I saw them in Lollapalooza 2011, expect to hear Grainger’s choked, yearning howls caught in a boyish, abandoned purgatory coupled by his arrhythmic drums as Keeler’s bass, backed with distortion, is tightly coiled into fuzz and power. And while The Physical World, their latest album, left them with more questions than answers — as Grainger begged “Show me something new/ Something I can like” — maybe they’ve come to accept the dissatisfaction. With The Bots. $25, 7pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St.,
Wednesday, August 19
Mark Halata and Texavia
The Pearl continues its summer concert series in its gorgeous stable with Mark Halata and Texavia, the penultimate gig in the series. Based out of Houston, Halata revisits the Czech style of the polka, recalling the story of how the accordion got to Texas in the first place. Free, 5:30pm, Pearl Stable, 303 Pearl Pkwy #300, (210) 212-7260
Antique Sunlight's Tongue of the Earth
Wednesday, August 19
Antique Sunlight Tongue of the Earth Release
First established as a side project of Flower Jesus and (now-defunct) Creatura, Antique Sunlight has come to psych-folk fruition on Tongue of the Earth. But if you’re not concerned with the insider baseball of San Antonio music, know this — Antique Sunlight sounds like the brush-drummed, honky-tonk house band of whatever hip-ass parlor Lou Reed attended when he visited the Southwest. On the twangy effort, these Tex-Mex cosmic cowboys are puro Americana, unconcerned with that faux-country dross the word is associated with these days. With D.T. Buffkin, Vision Dubbed, Coyote Sings, DJ Proper Yarn. Free, 10pm, The Amp Room, 2407 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 320-2122
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