A week on the scene
Meeting the Fockers
It’s not everyday that you come across a psychedelic noise-punk band with a singing trombone player, but that’s part of the lure with Austin’s Gorch Fock. A pile-driving machine powered by two drummers, this seven-piece band offers a wild, incomprehensibly ranting ode called “Bono,” covers Neil Young’s “Ohio,” and rarely lets up on their 2005 release Lying and Manipulating. They’re currently touring the region with San Antonio’s righteous Boxcar Satan, and both bands will be at the Wiggle Room, 2301 S. Presa, on Saturday, January 7.
That same night, indie record store 180 Grams, 2120 San Pedro, presents a free show featuring the Strange Boys, a Dallas trio that has proclaimed itself (in a cheeky tribute to the Rolling Stones’ debut album) the “state’s newest noise makers,” with Skullening and Here Comes the Gutwagon. Showtime is 8:30 p.m.
Finally, world-music combo Coyote Dreams rings in First Friday with a performance at Beethoven Maennerchor Halle Und Garten, 422 Perieda, on Friday, January 6. The group, which includes Sexto Sol bassist Greg Goodman and percussionist James Moody, will be playing outdoors if weather permits, and by the bar if winter belatedly kicks in this weekend.
Compiled by Gilbert Garcia