Concerts

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TUES | BUTCHER BABIES at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 1/7/14 Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd, frontwomen for Butcher Babies, first gained notice on YouTube performing Pantera's "Fucking Hos-tile," wearing leather pants and electrical tape over their nipples as an ode to Plasmatics singer Wendy O. Williams, whose band, the Plasmatics, had a song called "Butcher Baby." Channeling Alice Cooper, the Babies offer an awesome display of brutal power and a compelling blend of thrash, punk and stage antics, while Harvey and Shepherd exude a confident aura that is at once mesmerizing, penetrating and sexy. After signing with Century Media Records, which issued the band's debut album, Goliath, this past summer, Butcher Babies embarked on a pair of high-profile tours, first supporting Marilyn Manson, then doing a stint on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour. Catch Butcher Babies at KBPI's Low Dough Show at the Fillmore, with In This Moment, Pop Evil and Devour the Day.

FRI | RECKLESS KELLY at GRIZZLY ROSE | 1/10/14 Since the Braun brothers moved to Austin fifteen years ago, their band Reckless Kelly has always been considered a part of the Texas music phenomenon, but they've also always managed to stand slightly apart from that whole thing. To its credit, the band has never used the beer-taco-Mexico-tequila-Texas-Texas-Texas-more-beer lyrical template that most of the so-called Texas music bands wore like a frat pin. From the beginning, Reckless had real songs and, when they didn't have anything new, they'd rev up amazing covers of Led Zeppelin or Elvis Costello to fill the void.

THURS | STONEY LARUE at GRIZZLY ROSE | 1/9/14 Stoney LaRue was born in Taft, Texas, near Corpus Christi, to a family of musicians and spent part of his formative years in Oklahoma, eventually settling in the Stillwater of Cross Canadian Ragweed and Jason Boland. So guess what he does for a living now? If you can get past the silly name, which you should, you'll find that LaRue is one of the strongest young talents in the Red Dirt/Texas Country arena, and such a seasoned road dog that two of his first three records were live sets.

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