4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY: DANAVA, LONG KNIFE, GAYTHEIST, PARADISE, THE SUICIDE NOTES, & MORE
(East End, 203 SE Grand) This year's lineup for East End's fourth annual Fourth of July Block Party is plenty reason to shut down a street. It's yet another assemblage of local heavies, including two of my favorites, Danava and Gaytheist. Since the release of 2011's Hemisphere of Shadows, Danava have been touring incessantly, turning gray matter into soup in the States as well as Europe. The good news: The band recently signed to Tee Pee Records, and will begin work on their next LP this summer. Gaytheist is currently man-handling audiences on the strength of the excellent Hold Me... But Not So Tight. Add about 10 more equally heavy bands, and this party generates enough power to level a city block. Enjoy it while you can. MARK LORE Also see Destination Fun.
MEAN JEANS, THE BUGS, BIG EYES, DJ BRADLEY
(Star Bar, 639 SE Morrison) Each and every Mean Jeans show keeps the Twiztömeter cranked up to full blast. Tonight's Fourth of July show, however, might blow the needle clean off. You know what to do: Find a BBQ and a nice daytime buzz. Slurp sausages and slam Jagey 'til the sun goes down. Shoot BB guns and throw fireworks off the roof. Come close to crumpling before filling your nostrils with a second wind. Then, quickly, find a way to Star Bar that bypasses the DUI checkpoint. Do whatever it takes; this shit's going to be off the hook. Bodies on top of bodies, sweaty, slipping on spilled beer, singing, and sneaking off to spew—pogoing all the while. Along with the Bugs' reverent smash and Big Eyes, it ought to be a celebration of America worth remembering. That is, if by the following morning, anyone still can. ANDREW R TONRY
BRAINSTORM, GOTHIC TROPIC, MINDEN
(Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand) It's everyone's favorite wet hot summer holiday, so why not spend it where the drinks are chill and the people are pretty (since they're likely to be scantily clad anyway)? The cool kids at Dig a Pony have put together a hot ticket on a competitive night, with Brainstorm, Gothic Tropic, Minden, and more! MARJORIE SKINNER
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