Bassist Jeff Pinkus, who joined the Butthole Surfers in 1985 as a snot-nosed 17-year-old, barnstorms San Antonio with his band, Honky, on Saturday, January 8 at Jack's Patio, 2950 Thousand Oaks. The gutrock 'n' roll trio is releasing a new album, Balls Out Inn on February 15.
For those with new 2005 DayPlanners, note that Coolio performs February 18 at Jack's with opener Dog Men Poets. Info: 494-2309.
Music for the masses
The subject of last week's cover story, "No sleep 'til England," Girls In a Coma, will perform after a screening of the documentary Depeche Mode 101, Thursday, January 6 at the Alamo Drafthouse, 1255 SW Loop 410. Directed by D.A. Pennebaker, whose rock film credits include Don't Look Back, Searching for Jimi Hendrix, and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Depeche Mode 101 chronicles the band's 1988 tour, including fans, live shows, and other DM esoterica. Cover is $8. Festivities begin at 9 p.m. Info: 677-8500.
Elvis has left the earth
Had Elvis Presley not died in 1977 of several years of overconsuming fried peanut butter sandwiches, prescription drugs, and booze (everything in moderation, please), he would turn 70 this month.
To celebrate the Presley's music - let's hope we hear more from his black leather era of the late '60s than his white knit suit embarrassment of the '70s - Beau Sample of Cave Catt Sammy and Kevin Geil of Two Tons of Steel team up for an Elvis tribute at Casbeers on the King's birthday, Saturday, January 8. Casbeers is located at 1719 Blanco. Info: 732-3511.
January 8: The return of 'Robb's Metalworks'
Public access television hasn't been quite the same since Robb's Metalworks, San Antonio's metal/hardrock program went off the air last June.
Yet, a re-energized Robb Chavez, creator, producer, director, and host of the program, is starting 2005 with new episodes beginning Saturday, January 8 at 12:30 a.m. on Cable Channel 20. Re-runs will air on January 15 and 22 at the same time.
The show, which began in 1996, has been revamped and expanded to two hours. If you're waiting for a Dimebag Darrell tribute, Robb's Metalworks is scheduled to air a program in March about the former Pantera guitarist who was murdered last month. Info: www.robbsmetalworks.com
By Lisa Sorg