Welcome to the giving season. Right now, there’s some holiday-themed billboard outside the Current office guilt-tripping people into “giving generously” of their already thin paychecks; not for any specific purpose, mind you, but just because if you don’t, you must be a total jerk. Thankfully for a tightwad grinch like the Sound and the Fury, some charitable opportunities are actually fun. Case in point: KSYM’s annual Alternative to Hunger concert. This year, the student-run radio station brings together Pop Pistol, Mojoe, Piñata Protest, Deer Vibes, and the In and Outlaws on Friday, November 19, at Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E. Grayson, samsburgerjoint.com). Five bucks or five cans of food admits one, and all proceeds benefit Boysville Inc., which will use the funds to put a Thanksgiving dinner on the table of the abused and neglected children the organization serves.
But maybe you just don’t like any of those bands. Maybe you’re still depressed about Druggist leaving for San Francisco. If that’s the case, direct your funds to the Ten Eleven (1011 Avenue B, theteneleven.com) on Friday night. Under the name Valencia Underground, former Druggist co-member Zach Dunlap will present some new songs for San Antonio. “It’s not going to sound like Druggist at all,” Dunlap warned. Local rock fans may remember that Dunlap and Blake Cormier decamped for San Francisco in early 2010. Since then, they let Druggist fall by the wayside as they focused on surviving in a city where the cost of living is a wee bit higher than here in San Antonio. But, as Dunlap related to the Sound and the Fury from his new San Francisco home, he still eked out musical opportunities. Dunlap started jamming with some fellow Texas-transplants last summer, who then invited their neighbors to play, and they recorded everything. Valencia Underground was born, though this may well be the first time any of these songs have been heard outside their basement practice headquarters. Guest musicians will sit in for Dunlap’s jam buddies, possibly including Marcus Rubio and members of We Leave at Midnight. Dunlap said much of the music will be guitar-driven and acoustic, and he sounded slightly nervous about his new lead vocal duties. One thing he was certain about: “I’m not going to play a Druggist song,” he said. “I’ve got more than enough songs.”