Free Week will start packing local clubs Thursday, but there’s a smattering of gratis lineups in the days leading up – the most anticipated being a midweek convergence of loud’n’fast bands at Empire. Dregs play razor sharp punk with garage tones and hardcore intensity over which fervent bandleader Evan Jones sings and screams with a passion that thrived on 2019 LP The Worst. If you had to describe Tiny in 10 characters it would be: NWOBHM+R&R – injecting young energy into classic metal with whiskey drunk rock & roll impulses under raw punk vocals. With unpredictable arrangements, Minutemen-reminiscent Damak exhibit an especially arty lean by contrasting colorful music with comparatively monotonic post-punk singing. Denton-spawned Bad Sports, favorites of 2010’s Texas garage punk, released two stellar albums on Dirtnap. Today, the trio of Daniel Fried, Orville Neeley, and Gregory Rutherford is a rare and welcome sight.
Wed., Jan. 4, 8pm