10 Shows To See This Weekend

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Thursday, August  27
Todd Rundgren

Pennsylvania power-popper Todd Rundgren made his mark on the stage with tunes like “I Saw the Light” and “Bang the Drum All Day.” But his greatest achievements have occurred behind the mixing board, having produced Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell and the New York Dolls debut record, among many others. $30-$45, 7pm, Aztec Theatre, 201 E. Commerce St., (210) 760-2196

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Thursday, August  27
Nashville Pussy, Valient Thorr, Hickoids

Atlanta sleazeballs Nashville Pussy really hit the mark with their band name. Pulled from a Ted Nugent song called “Wang, Dang, Sweet Poontang,” the single-minded silicone rock band puts out wailing and shameless hard rock numbers. Led by bearded singer Valient Himself, the North Carolina native commands his band —composed of instrumentalists all with the last name Thorr — on a Marshall Stack, Southern metal campaign. At varying intervals in the last three decades, San Antonio’s Hickoids have staked their claim over defiantly crass, discomfortingly honest cow punk, borderline parodic country ballads and bluegrass sing-alongs. $15, 7pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St,.Mary's St. 
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Friday, August 28
Henry + The Invisibles

Nearly every Friday for the past nine years, Henry Roland — as Henry + The Invisibles — has taken over Rebar and performed a multi-instrumental loopfest of a solo show. Over the course of roughly 500 shows, Henry has plied and perfected his zany and unflinchingly optimistic brand of space-funk in front of multitudes of boozy San Antonians. And, speaking from one or two many hazy personal experiences, it’s hard to imagine that there was even a single show that Henry didn’t slay. Friday, he wraps up his residency to focus on recording and touring nationally. Won’t you come get down one last time? Free, 10pm, Rebar, 8134 Broadway, (210) 320–4091


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Friday, August 28
Bombasta, Los De Esta Noche, El Dusty


On “De la Calle,” Bombasta proves their status as SA’s barrio big band. As Roberto Livar sings in Spanish and raps in English, Bombasta switches from a cumbia beat to a subtle reggaeton feel, as if absorbing the city’s influence on a ride-through with the windows down. On the new, self-titled album, Los De Esta Noche takes a swing at cumbia, ska, rocksteady and Tex-Mex rockabilly, trading Spanish for English as gracefully as they swap out their rhythms. As part of Master Blaster Sound System, Corpus native El Dusty is a dealer of the addictive electrocumbia rhythm. $10, 8pm, Empire Theatre,  224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-5700

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Friday, August 28
Kim Lenz

San Antonio Shindig presents a new fourth Friday series at The Amp Room, featuring new directions in rockabilly. Kim Lenz kicks off the series with some wolf-cryin’ honk-tonk from Dallas. With Caroline Casey, DJ Tropicana Joe, Jive Bomber, Sandman. 9pm, The Amp Room, 2407 N. St. Mary's St, (210) 320-2122


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Friday, August 28
The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, Spokesmodel, Blithe

The Grasshopper Lies Heavy’s 2014 album All Sadness, Grinning into Flow serves a master class in long droning riffs, expansive textures and the importance of badass amps. This gig at the Ten Eleven marks the tour kickoff for a mid-country jaunt. Spokesmodel’s twin guitars play high and furious riffs, blasting through tempos of muscle-cramping speed. Blithe’s inaugural EP False Sense of Entitlement reeks of anxiety, pounding over flickering dance-punk rhythms and tightly-wound guitar riffs. With The Freebies. $5, 9pm, The Ten Eleven, 1011 Avenue B, (210) 320-9080

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Friday, August 28
Trae Tha Truth


A member of the late DJ Screw’s Screwed Up Click, Tra That Truth has automatic apostle status in Houston. Outside of the city, he rides on the merit of his baritone trap. Highlights from Trae’s new album Tha Truth include “I Don’t Give a Fuck,” featuring Rick Ross, and “Criminals” with Rich Homie Quan. With P2THEGOLDMA$K. Free, 8pm, Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E. Houston St. 

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Saturday, August 29
Bright Like The Sun, Antique Sunlight

Typically, when you think of the post-rock genre — as ill-defined as it may be — you think of ominously ruminative, instrumental soundscapes that demand great attention from the listener, only to leave them feeling rather flattened. San Antonio’s Bright Like the Sun, however, showcases an entirely different, and more uplifting, concept of post-rock on its self-titled sophomore album, out earlier this year on Sun Sea Sky Productions. 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. $10 suggested donation, 6:30pm, Alamo Music Center, 425 North Main, (210) 224-1010

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Saturday, August 29
Art of War feat. Ghostface Killah

The Art of War festival is something of a March Madness-style breakdance competition, with movers and shakers ascending up the bracket for the glory of a cash prize. Presented by the Urban Dance Educational Foundation, the gig champions b-boy culture — the arms-crossed, downrocking dance artists of hip-hop.

At midnight, Art of War shifts gears with a Chessboxin’ seminar from Wu Tang MVP Ghostface Killah. Since the pre-36 Chambers era of Staten Island Timbs and a Jason mask, Ghostface has been known for storytelling, a brash delivery and some of the cleanest bars of the Wu-Tang Clan. In February, Ghostface released Sour Soul, his most gripping work in some time. A collab with Canadian jazz/instrumental hip-hop trio Badbadnotgood, Sour Soul realizes Wu-Tang’s throwback soul textures with a nimble live band. $20-$25,  2pm-1am, Josabis, 17200 Tx-16, Helotes, (210) 372-9100

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Sunday, August 30
Leon Russell

Leon Russell wasn’t exactly lost, but thanks to Elton John, he’s been rediscovered. After their collaboration on 2010’s The Union, the Oklahoma songwriter enjoys his highest profile since the early ’70s when he released three gold records in as many years. He’s resurfaced just in time for his brand of grizzled gospel-roots to catch a ride on the burgeoning southern soul revival. At this point in his career, it’s hard to believe there’s much Russell hasn’t done. He began piano lessons at 4 and by 14 was playing nightclubs in Tulsa. He went to LA to get into advertising but wound up a member of the Wrecking Crew, the seasoned LA session players featured on the biggest hits of the ’60s from the Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Johnny Mathis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Tina Turner and Bob Dylan, to name a few. With Hailey Whitters. $20-$25, 7pm, Luckenbach Dancehall, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, (830) 997-3224




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