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Um, so yeah. I saw Legally Blonde last night at Hobby Center…um. So, yeah. Wow, so ok, it was (AWESOME) and it was like blonde-girl Mecca. It was like a towheaded Wailing Wall. It was the mothership calling us all home. Wow. To top it off, it wasn’t the MTV reality show chick, it was the real deal, Laura Bell Bundy. Alright, now that I’m done with my confession, let’s jump into the upcoming weekend.

Lake Charles based Magnolia Sons are making quite a habit of playing Houston, this is the third or fourth go for them so far this year, I believe. If you like Tom Petty, there is a lot to love about Magnolia Sons, I highly recommend checking them out tonight at Notsuoh with Sequoia Prep School. House of Blues becomes the House of Metal tonight, hosting Cradle of Filth with Satyricon. And for those missing out on the aforementioned blues, The Snake Charmers are releasing their CD tonight at Bohemeos. They’re joined by Robin Kirby, Otis Futhermucker, and Helicopter Jones. And here’s a link to a blues name generator.

At risk of falling prey to cronyism or nepotism, for that matter, I say get on over to Sound Exchange at 8pm to get in on the sweet Born Liars record release action. The Born Liars playing at Sound Ex is like church service, don’t be a half-assed believer. Opening up are the always killer Welfare Mothers. And this is the first time I get to see the Liars with Beau. HOLY SHIT I’M STOKED!!! Of course afterward you can take the party over to Rudyard’s for Bunny’s birthday blowout. You might know Bunny from The Contingency, or you might know him from the Camel guy circuit. Well, Skeleton Dick is his new band and this is their first show. Jumping Stray, and A Dream Asleep are also playing. And unfortunately The Monocles won’t be playing, in case you have one of those flyers.

The ebb and flow of popularity had brought …And You Will Know US by the Trail of Dead back to the club circuit, specifically, Walter’s on Washington. It’s been years since I’ve seen this band in such close quarters, and I can testify from experience that, material withstanding, this will be one hell of a show. If you don’t think you can make it but still what your Trail of Dead fix, you might be able to catch them earlier at Cactus (5:30pm). The very lovely Funeral Party and Midnight Masses open up. Over at The Mink we’ve got Electric Attitude packing them in with The Goods, The Wonderful Avenue and Alkari.

But perhaps you would like some nostalgia for your Friday night? Then hit up the Continental to see The Suspects. Or maybe you just want something that feels nostalgic but is all new? Then go to Rudyard’s for Hell’s Engine who are revving their engines with Shit City High, Blower and The Wrong Ones. Dirt rockin’ all the way. And Boondocks plays home to the launch of the HipHop heavy Heads Up Houston featuring Dave Wrangler. Stop by to see what other body parts Houston can manage to put up.

Alright, so the internet has told me that I hate cover bands. Well, I guess by-and-large, that’s true. Though “hate” is kind of a strongerword. Perhaps “disaaprove” is more accurate? Anyhow, as with any rule there are bound to be exceptions and the line up of Danseparc Is For Covers definitely qualifies. First off you’ve got members of Future Blondes, Indian Jewelry and The Entertainment System (keep talking…) as Diamonds & Pearls; a Prince and the Revolution cover group. HOLY SHIT. SOLD. And to top it off PLF is flying off the handle as Slayer and Chocolate Crucifix are Go-Going on Vacation. Unfortunately, The Caprolites won’t be performing their Jesus and Mary Chain set. Our loss compltely.

Ok, so if Lucinda Williams is playing at Warehouse Live and Loretta Lynn is playing at Arena Theater, what would you do? Personally I would go with the country music royalty, not only is “Rated X” one of my all time favorites, Lucinda Williams is pretty intense… And then over at Rudyard’s is a very out of the norm show with top 40 strivers Shea Van Winkle, Beryl Grady and The Danimals. And whoa America is playing at the Stafford Centre. Whoa. Oh and The Dollyrockers are doing the Cactus thing at 5pm. Check it!

Ooooooh and over at the IndieHouston house (1816 Calumet) you’ve got current “it-boys” (and well deserved, at that) Muhammad Ali, Tax the Wolf, The Tontons and Giant Battle Monster. No excuse people, no excuse.

I almost said all this stuff about not knowing if you’d care about Sunday night’s events but then I remembered the News on the March show at The Mink with Elaine Greer and The Gills. That was a close one!

Go to Boondocks. Go to Boondocks. Go to Boondocks. It’s Earnie Banks and The McKenzies! Go to Boondocks!

Start the evening off right by heading over to Amy’s Ice Cream at 8pm for Ghost Mice, Sew What and Robert Ellis. Then… But daaaaaaamn Son Volt is playing at the Continental! Ohhhhhh noooooo! (Ohhhhhh yessssss!)

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