I know it’s a wonderful problem to have, but, folks, we’ve got to figure out a way to avoid having two major CD release parties taking place at different venues on the same night. It’s easy for me to complain about this from my desk, but I really hate missing a great show. It happened to Little Brave and Nicolette Good on March 5, and it happened again on April 1, when the Offbeats and Pop Pistol presented their great album and EP, respectively, not only on the same night in different venues, but at the same time. Maybe it’s impossible, as local heavy-hitters move into high gear, but please let’s try to improve the scheduling so everyone who wants to can catch the very best in local live music.
Speaking of the very best: two events meet the not-to-be-missed mark this weekend. First, the second Fantasy Fest Rave at the White Rabbit takes place this Friday, April 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. It will be a seven-hour marathon of dubstep, house, electro, techno, hardstyle, and trance. You’ll have P-Wall, Static, and Blowout opening the party, and then Dirttyy Pretty, Cupcake, Delta, Spaceman, and J-Frenzy. This is an all-ages event and it costs $10 to get in ($2 off if you have a flyer). The White Rabbit is located at 2410 N St. Mary’s.
Second, Bad Breaks. The first two times I saw this group they blew me away, and then they stopped playing for a while (those long breaks really are bad; get it?). Now the band led by drummer Chuck Kerr (the Current’s art director) is back with a new lineup: Kerr on drums and vocals, Marcus Rubio on guitar and alto sax, Alex Wash on piano, and Matt Thomas on bass. They play Saturday, April 9, at Limelight (2718 N St. Mary’s). Also playing are Austin’s Elaine Greer and Wash’s own project, Black Magic & The Full Exposé.
Since this column won’t appear on April 13 (our Best of SA issue), let me quickly warn you about two must-see shows coming up that week: Argentina’s Chancha Vía Circuito (producer Pedro Canale’s project, which mixes electronica with Latin American rhythms) comes to Club Rain (516 Brooklyn Ave.) on April 14 at 10 p.m., and Mike Mangione & The Union will be at G.I.G. (2803 N. St. Mary’s, $7) at 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, in an all-ages show.
Finally, two corrections on last week’s Live & Local. First, I didn’t write it (no matter what the byline said)! The review was actually written by Adam Coronado, who closed his review slamming some “out-of-town DJs” for interrupting Young Machines’ set. It appears most of those DJs were local and, according to some of them, it was Young Machines that pushed the set times back (YM blames the previous act). While we need to strive to get the complete story before dogging on any party (which didn’t appear to happen in this case), I’m meeting with some of those involved to apologize for our mistake. Hopefully I’ll also be able to also convince them that, no matter what, an artist should never interrupt another artist’s set.