Looking toward the weekend

Category: Blog — @ 1:25 pm December 16, 2005

Let’s get to it. Another in a series of “last shows” for The Street Urchins is tonight at Mike’s Place in beautiful Council Bluffs. From a Nov. 14, 2004, show review, when thoughts of quitting never entered this trio’s mind: “Their sound melds power-chord hair rock (not ’80s schmaltz) with high-NRG throb that’s full-on fast, thanks to a rhythm section that knows what it’s doing. I kept thinking about bands like Sweet and KISS and Ram Jam and Thin Lizzy — i.e., all the bands I grew up loving back in the ’70s — but couldn’t keep my mind off acts like The Stooges or The Cramps or The Gories known for their campy theatrics. And in the end, the music is way too fast for either group — too frenetic and jittery, mixed with simple rock moves and a light show that featured a rack of blaring floods pointed straight at the crowd alternated with floor spots that lit from the bottom up.” Catch them while you can. Bad Luck Charm will warm up the stage. Mike’s is at 162 W. Broadway. 9:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, MC Buck Bowen and folk artist Tim Perkins take on O’Leaver’s tonight. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday night Poison Control Center, Shelter Belt and Fizzle Like A Flood hump it up at O’Leaver’s. Ames Iowa’s PCC’s stage show is unpredictable while their music can be classified as “arty.” It’s worth the $5 just to see how Shelter Belt manages to cram their full ensemble on O’Leaver’s “stage.” If only this band shows up along with their families this will be SRO. I’m told Fizzle Like a Flood a.k.a. Doug Kabourek, has turned his live show into a ROCK show, with gunslinger Travis Sing on guitar. You never know what configuration you’re in for with Doug, though.

Finally, Sunday night it’s back to O’Leaver’s for Brimstone Howl’s CD release show with The Terminals and Iowa City’s Autodramatics (This, according to SlamOmaha –I can’t seem to confirm it on any other site, so buyer beware).

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