There are few “dangerous” bands left in the U.S. Few which are on Government Watch Lists, few whose labels refuse to press their records, few with the gall to challenge the hetero-normativity and fascist complexes of their own self-perpetuating scene. From the early days of ratchet-rabble-rousers Choking Victim, the epically 9/11/01-released Mediocre Generica, to the death of their drummer a day before their first show in San Antonio, Leftöver Crack has been hating on America for almost two decades now. Catch ‘em before they O.D. or get assassinated. With Pears, Days N Daze and Krigblast. $14-$16, 7:30pm, The Korova, 107 E. Martin St., (210) 995-7229 -Travis Buffkin
Joe King Carrasco y Los Side FX
Saturday, January 2 Joe King Carrasco y Los Side FX
The "King" of Tex-Mex rock 'n' roll brings his bandanna-adorned, Armadillo-riding, boot-scootin' new wave pep to the Americana venue on Grayson. If you're uncool, don't-even-know-what-dabbing-is parents are dragging you to this, consider it a nightmare on Grayson. Otherwise, enjoy the King! $15, 9pm, Sam's Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830
Saturday, January 2 Viet-Ruse Reunion Show
Out of commission for a couple years, Viet-Ruse return with a New Year’s resolution to tune up and get down. Founded in 2008, the Chicano punk quartet laced their compositions with a political awareness on the street and international levels. Like their sonic heroes, The London Calling-era Clash, Viet-Ruse’s great achievement was keeping a light tone despite the subject matter and keeping their songs rooted in the realm of dance. For a primer, visit the 2012 effort Para Bellum — an energetic punk amalgam from the mind of frontman Myke Miranda. With Grupo Frackaso, Los Callejeros de San Anto, Villains. $3, 8pm, Hi-Tones, 621 E. Dewey St., (210) 785-8777 -M. Solis
Saturday, January 2
Red Dirt rocker Cory Morrow seems to have a permanent residency on the Billboard country chart, with seven albums appearing on the list since 2001. $25, 8pm, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road, (830) 606-1281
Sunday, January 3
Led by 9-foot-tall Hot Topic model Jay Gordon, Orgy rose to prominence on their Family Values Tour-approved cover of New Order's "Blue Monday." Considering Gordon is the single original member, the outfit could consider going Mach-2 and renaming the band New Orgy. With Bobaflex and Death Valley High. $13- $15, 7pm, The Korova, 107 E. Martin St., (210) 995-7229
Support Local Journalism. Join the San Antonio Current Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.