The To-Do List, Dec. 20 

click to enlarge PUNKSTERS


9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

Score another point for the local music scene. You'd have to search far and wide to find another tribute band to cult hero Roky Erickson. As music nerds everywhere know, Erickson rose to late-'60s prominence as the lead singer of Texas-based psychedelic rockers 13th Floor Elevators. Arrested in 1969 for marijuana possession (of a lone joint), Erickson tried to escape a 10-year prison sentence by pleading insanity. As a result, Erickson was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and sent to a hospital for the criminally insane, where he was given intensive electroconvulsive therapy and Thorazine treatments. He emerged four years later a significantly changed man and a musician whose focus turned to paranoid, horror- and science fiction-influenced material. By 1982, he'd signed a legal affidavit declaring that a Martian had taken residence in his body. He drifted out of focus for nearly a decade, but in the last 20 years he's emerged as a cult hero, most recently as the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary “You're Gonna Miss Me.” Formed earlier this year, Bloody Hammer brings together five vets of dozens of local acts, including Clicking Beetle Bad Omen Band, Doktors for Bob and the Glands. Bloody Hammer plans to learn more than 50 Erickson songs and go out on short tours. Always entertaining local rockers Loch Ness Monster open.

FRIDAY 12/21


8 p.m., Vino's. $5.

A long devotee to seasonal shows, Localist presents a Christmas punk rock and rap blowout at Vino's. Young folks get top billing. Punk, in this case, seems to be a catchall for noise. Mother 33, from Russellville, has evolved from aggro-industrial to something still loud and fuzzy, but more direct. The duo makes its racket with a keytar, an active drum machine and a distorted mike. Appetite for Orange features a throaty lead singer and spindly guitar figures that spit and spurt often irrespective of the rest of the song. Call it gothic punk-pop. A new project from the Crisco Kids' Wesley Broadstone, Cinemahurt plays loud and fast and inevitably sounds 10 times better live than on their MySpace profile. Maxx, the lone rapper on the bill, has been rhyming since he was in third grade. Seen lately with Blockade, the performance group that sprang from Localist publisher T.J. Deeter's hip-hop school, Maxx crafts lyrics that belie his high school age.



9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $6.

Few local acts can set a mood like the Munks. Aaron Grimm's throaty, Tom-Waits-style lead vocals lend most everything a woozy, end-of-the-night tenor. But with violin, pedal and lap steel and piano augmenting band-typical bass, guitar and drums, the Munks' thoughtful arrangements give color to all the plaintiveness. On Saturday, the quintet celebrates the release of its sophomore album “Sing Dirty Songs.” Ho-Hum's Lenny Bryan produced the album, and from preview tracks streaming on the Munk's MySpace page, he's given the band's orchestration some extra room to breathe, a move that gives the music extra heft. Expect dirges and oompahs and songs about drinking and bad women. The $6 cover charge also buys a copy of the CD.


9 p.m., Revolution. $5.

Thanksgiving weekend always signals jam-packed local bills, but it's got nothing on Christmastime. Annually, Max Recordings hosts a line-up chock-full of local favorites. How 'bout this for a considered bill? The American Princes star as the local band made big-ish nationally, triumphantly returning home to preview songs from their forthcoming album. Not to be outdone, the Big Cats only play two or three times a year and feature a dude who plays with Green Day. Six months ago, no local band could touch the immediacy of the Moving Front's post-punk. They've since taken a long sabbatical to work on new material, which they'll premier at Revolution. If past gigs are any indication, Smoke Up Johnny, who've loudly fought their way up to the top of the local music heap, will close the show. Their success usually runs in direct proportion to the bar's.




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