And, speaking of the K.O. Pills, in a stroke of booking genius, they'll be joining The Marked Men on this bill, which also includes Parkway Wretch. It all goes down on Sunday, July 11, at the Surly Wench, 424 N. Fourth Ave., in the former Guido's location.
To wit, compare Coulter's lyrics on album opener "12 Steps in Reverse" to those of Morrissey's in "Rusholme Ruffians." Where Morrissey contemplates his lonely walk home from the local fair with, "I might walk home alone / but my faith in love is still devout," Coulter describes his walk home from the bar as, "I want to stagger home / not alone, never alone." You can see the problem, right? (Not to mention the fact that, for someone trying so hard to emulate the well-read Morrissey, he should know better than to use "you're" in the lyric sheet when he means "your.")
Still, with all that against it, the bulk of songwriting and arrangements on The End of Everything are well-executed enough that I can't bring myself to completely write it off, no matter how much I'd like to. Here's hoping that before he records his next album, he drops his unforgivable Smiths worship and expands his record collection. If he does, he just might come up with something actually substantial.
Coulter performs in the middle slot of a 9:45 p.m. show Wednesday, July 14, at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., that also includes openers Girls in a Coma (What is up with these people?) and headliners The Deludes, who, thankfully, have no interest in sucking Morrissey's dick. Cover is $3. For further details, call 798-1298.
First up, at 9 p.m. Friday, July 9, is the Ultra Vixen Super Show, which will raise funds to help the hell-on-wheels ladies of Tucson Roller Derby. To go along with the theme, four female-centric, kick-ass rock bands will take the stage in solidarity: Whiskey Bitch, Blare Bitch Project, which includes former Betty Blowtorch guitarist Blare N. Bitch, Winelord and Solid Donkey. Admission is $5. Bitchin'!
Then, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, three local rootsy acts band together to aid a cause that's a bit more complicated, for the Show to Benefit Arizona Professional Counselors for Fair Licensure. In case you didn't read Joseph Bavier's cover story in The Weekly's May 6 edition, here's the gist: A law recently passed in the state requires all professional counselors, marriage and family counselors, social workers and substance abuse counselors to be licensed to practice by the State Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, forcing them for the first time to meet educational and training requirements. Critics of the law, including the organization benefiting from Wednesday's show, contend that the requirements are far too strict and the grandfather clause far too narrow, forcing thousands of mental health professionals to suddenly be unable to practice and leaving many of their clients--who have developed longtime relationships with their counselors--out in the cold. Lest we get too involved in the gray areas of the situation (this is, after all, a music column), we'll just mention that Greyhound Soul, Topless Opry and Jason Steed and Friends will all be performing, and more information on the cause will be available at the show. Admission to this one is $5, too.
Club Congress is located at 311 E. Congress St. Call 622-8848 for more information.
The Foxx perform along with The Okmoniks, who have just released a new 7-inch EP (more on that next week), and The Black Jetts Wednesday, July 14, at the Surly Wench, 424 N. Fourth Ave.
See Vince Redhouse perform songs from Go Unto Every Nation at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Borders at Park Place, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. Admission is free. For further details, call 584-0111.