Crap. There's a lot going on this weekend. For what feels like the past six months, the scene's been as frigid as the weather, but suddenly there's a thaw. As always, this week's music section contains the in-depth, comprehensive, critically tempered coverage that your mom has come to expect from the world's greatest altweekly, but I also felt compelled to focus in on the clubs where the action's at. Expect this entry to morph as I find out about more stuff, but for now...
The Brick (1727 McGee)
Local cover/tribute band Magfuckingnificent takes over the club Friday, playing a three-hour set of songs by the Cure. Magfuck has been around awhile and sounds GOOD. Expect to hear your favorites later in the night (when you're drunk and will enjoy them more).
Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club (3402 Main)
Pink Sockses Bidwell and Kidwell
Saturday, join the older Americana-loving crowd for the sweet songs of former Jayhawks frontman Mark Olson. It's an early, 7:30 p.m. show with a $12 cover at the door. Buy a ticket in advance and save two bucks.
The Record Bar (1020 Westport Rd)
Given Friday's lineup, it's hard to think of a reason not to head to the RB after work and stay until closing time. At 6 p.m., locals the Abracadabras take the stage, opening for buzzy Chicago bands Catfish Haven (funky acoustic soul-blues that manages not to sound lame) and the Redwalls (retro powerpop). The evening brings local electronic acts The London Transit and Onemilliontinytinyjesuses, with headliner Sonic Boom's Spectrum. We ran a story last time Sonic Boom (aka Pete Kember) was in town, and by all accounts the show was awesome. Kember used to be in a band called Spacemen 3, a fucked-up, American-blues-influenced British psychedelic dronerock band that was active in the late '80s and was pretty great. Evidently, Spectrum isn't too different. Familiarize:
Continuing the RB's M.O. of stacking three-band bills on top of each other Saturday starts off with an all-ages punk show featuring Clash-loving KC streetpunks Outlaw, Minnesota act Eightysixed and longstanding locals Tanka Ray. The night brings more loud rock and punk with psychedelic St. Louisans Victoria, KC's the Big Iron and jump-blues/rockabilly band the Twistin' Tarantulas.
Sunday, six more bands play, but you'll have to check the Record Bar's site for the details.
The Mission Theatre (5909 Johnson Drive)
Saturday and Sunday: METAL
(P.S. The Mission Theatre has its own MySpace page, but the shows are listed at the link above. However, the song on the Mission Theatre's page on that annoying Zune player thing grabbed my attention. It sounded like a cross between Semisonic and Uncle Tupelo -- in a good way -- and when I went looking, it turns out it's a local band. How come no one's ever told me about Satellite Soul? They even still around?)