5 Shows to See This Week



Al Lover, Baby Bangs
Monday, August 1

Throw a track Al Lover's way and the producer is bound to make it infinitely more psychedelic. Consider his treatment of Drakes "6 God," turned from a boastful anthem to a trip through doom and desert rock. With Baby Bangs. 
$5-$8, 9pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary's St. (210) 735-7775


Turnaways Tour Kickoff feat. Junkie
Tuesday, August 2

Lovers of "feminism, basketball and the beach," Houston pop-punk outfit Turnaways look mean but keep their Green Day and Blink 182-inspired hooks pretty squeaky clean. On W/E and prior efforts, Junkie learned quickly how to string audiences on their scruffy, scuzzy product. While most bands formed in high school are barely struggling to rise above their influences and cover material, the trio of Mark Perez, Jonathan James and Daniel Garcia-Moreno know what they want (weed, beer, rock ‘n’ roll) and know how to get it (work, diving into drum sets, more work). $5, 7pm, The Korova, 107 E. Martin St., (210) 226-5070


Tuesday, August 2

Now an elder stateswoman of post-country with both Juno and Grammy awards to her credit, gender-bending Canadian chanteuse k.d. lang teams up with like-minded musical nomads Neko Case and Laura Veirs. Since first reaching indie airwaves as a vocalist with the Canadian alt-pop-rock outfit New Pornographers, Case has proven herself as a powerful singer-songwriter with a distinct voice and eclectic range that spans from alt-country to folk noir and beyond. As for the dark horse of the bunch, Portland-based Veirs got her start in the all-female punk band Rair Kx! but has since challenged fans’ expectations via everything from intricate string arrangements to the well-received children’s album Tumble Bee. The trio performs at the Tobin in support of their recently released collaborative LP case/lang/veirs. $43.50, 7:30pm, Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624


The Cult
Tuesday, August 2

British rockers The Cult have built a reputation on transcending the metal genre. Since their 1983 debut, original members/songwriters Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy have delved into a crucible of influences combining post-punk themes and hard rock arrangements into a sound that managed to stay relevant as rock music progressed from the ’80s to the ’90s. They perfected this on their fourth album, Sonic Temple, fueled by the hit single “Fire Woman.” Astbury’s broad vocals, reminiscent of a more theatrical Jim Morrison, are a perfect complement to Duffy’s steamy guitar riffs, provoking tenderness within the aggressive sound. $30-$55, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 201 E. Commerce St., (210) 760-2196


Culture Club
Wednesday, August 3 

The original lineup of the band and soundtrack to Goddess knows how many distressed individuals looking for solace in Anglo-soul balladry and devil-may-care dance-pop is back together for this two-nighter from the most exclusive of clubs. $46.50-$175, 7pm, Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624