A week on the scene
Since returning from New York in August with an impressive 3rd-place finish at the annual US DMC competition, DJ Donnie D has maintained his tireless performance pace, but he’s also expanded his creative reach into the realm of radio. Donnie recently joined Rob G as a co-host of KRTU 91.7 FM’s weekly show, “Labkids Radio.” The chill-out buffet, which airs every Sunday evening from midnight to 2 a.m., specializes in cool, ambient groove music, ranging from electronica to jazz to cinematic esoterica. On the club front, Donnie can be seen at Puroslam on Tuesdays at Sam’s Burger Joint, in collaboration with his friend (and this year’s DMC champion) DJ Kico on Wednesdays at Atomix, and on Saturdays at the Davenport.
Chicago’s Loraxx has long been one of the Windy City’s preeminent purveyors of brutally assaultive art-noise. Considering Chicago’s penchant for churning out such sonic anarchists -most notably Big Black and Jesus Lizard — the distinction is a fairly impressive one. Loraxx has never made a particularly big national dent, which probably says more about the trio’s lack of ambition than any deficiencies in their bicuspid-loosening attack. Under the helm of producer (and former Big Black mastermind) Steve Albini, they’ve assembled a skimpy but impressive catalog that includes the 1999 album Canada, 2001’s 22-minute Yellville, and this year’s Selfs. Most recently, they issued a split-disc with San Antonio’s own Boxcar Satan. Loraxx will invade San Antonio on Friday, October 28 for a a show at the Wiggle Room (2301 S. Presa). ...
Those willing to venture to Austin this weekend should catch the Detroit Cobras, one of the finest rock bands on the planet, and one of the few collectives that understands the power of obscure, vintage R&B and knows to interpret it without sounding like slavish mimics. The entire band is powerful, but singer Rachel Nagy consistently steals the show and is surely the ballsiest belter currently operating within the so-called “garage-rock” underground. Detroit Cobras, who are currently touring behind their Bloodshot Records debut album Baby, will perform at Austin’s Emo’s on Saturday, October 29.
Compiled by Gilbert Garcia