MEATY, BEATY, BIG AND BOUNCY: Bob Dole isn't the only Kansas act on tour this summer. Tenderloin, straight outta Kansas City, headlines a four-band line-up at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Friday, June 7. Featuring former Rev. Horton Heat drummer Taz Bentley, and the Rev's guitar tech, Kirk St. James, with former Sin City Disciple Ernie Locke on vocals and Big John Cutler on bass, Tenderloin plays real rock and roll songs about kitchens, cars and food. (The Dole camp should take note of those priorities.)
Australian Kim Salmon, a member of the late '70s band The Scientists, who proved immensely influential to the development of what is referred to as 'grunge,' performs with his new project, Kim Salmon & the Surrealists. Sonic Youth, The Bad Seeds, Disposable Heroes and Rollins Band all cite themselves as fans; and a recent compilation paying homage to The Scientists has been released, including acts such as Mudhoney and The Honeymoon Killers.
The New Texicans and Tucson's own Gila Bend round out this eclectic bill. Showtime is 9 p.m., with Kim Salmon & The Surrealists taking the 10 p.m. slot. Cover charge is only $4. Call 622-8848 for more information.
On Sunday, June 9, Club Congo presents Superdrag, a melodic band from Knoxville whose collective heart beats with a fondness for '60s pop songs. The band stokes the pop war flame on cuts like "Sucked Out," which asks, "Who sucked out the feeling?"
Thermadore opens the show playing "straight-ahead songs with verses, choruses and bridges," according to the press materials. Singer/songwriter Robbie Allen claims an affection for "the balladeer with a fucked-up voice and beautiful songs." (Ahhh, my record collection.)
This show starts at 9 p.m. and $5 gets you through the door.
BIG SHOTS FROM THE BIG EASY: New Orleans punkabilly rockers Dash Rip Rock didn't miss a beat when their Austin-based record label collapsed earlier this year. Touring to promote their latest release, Get You Some Of Me, the raucous trio appears at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave., on Saturday, June 8.
Al Perry & The Cattle perfectly complement the evening's festivities. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $8, available at the door. Call 629-9211 for more information.
LAST NOTES: Austin blues harp maestro Gary Primich returns to the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress St., on Friday, June 7. Primich is one of the hottest harp players on the blooze scene today. Call 740-1986 for ticket information.
Three of the five members of the Statesboro Blues Band have formed a new version of the band featuring the superb vocal talents of Leon Kittrell, who sang back-up for the great Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross. Various members of the current line-up have played with such artists as Ray Charles, Albert Collins, Otis Rush, The Drifters, James Brown, Bo Diddley, Airto and Tower of Power.
Calling themselves simply Statesboro, the band returns to the nightclub scene with a series of Saturday performances at the Boondocks, 3306 N. First Ave., beginning June 8. Call 690-0991 for more information.
Punksters Guttermouth will raise hell at the Paragon, 144 W. Lester St., on Sunday, June 9, along with East Bay hardcore band A.F.I. and Jughead's Revenge. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this all-ages show. Tickets are $7, available in advance at Dillard's and Zia Records.
MUSIC BIZ BUZZ: Cory Robbins, co-founder of the successful rap label Profile Records, has joined forces with BMG to form an urban and Alternative Rock label called Robbins. Currently, the new label is looking for demo tapes of original rap, dance, R&B and alternative rock. Should your sound fall into one of those categories, send materials to: Robbins Entertainment, Jonathan P. Fine, 30 West 21st St., 11th Floor, New York, NY 10010-6905. No phone calls--as they say in the biz, they'll call you.
Musician magazine has published the sixth edition of The Musician's Guide to Touring and Promotion. This DIY reference manual includes up-to-date information on talent buyers, clubs, music press, record labels, radio, record stores, instrument rental/repair, music conferences and showcases for the affordable price of $8.95.
The 16th Annual CMJ Music Marathon will be at Lincoln Center in New York City September 4 through 7, with panels on marketing, legal and business affairs, rap, metal, A&R, non-rock music and finding a career in the music business, among others.
To be considered for a showcase, submit an audio cassette or CD (three songs minimum), along with promotional materials and a completed application, by June 14. Applications and registration forms are available at the front desk of the Tucson Weekly office, 201 W. Cushing St. You can also call (516) 466-6000, ext. 150, for more details.
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