Thursday, April 29, 2010

Friday's local show picks: Zeale, Paper Shapes, and Frank Smith

Lots of good and diverse local options for your Friday night. The cool kids will no doubt be hitting up Beauty Bar for Knuckle Rumbler's "Robot Parade," a themed party meant to celebrate the release of Zeale's new EP. If you don't know, Zeale is a charismatic emcee known for his solo hip-hop work as well as contributions to Latin pop/dance group Los Bad Apples. Speaking of charismatic, one-man dance party Neiliyo will act as host for the festivities. Fellow electro/dance-minded bands LAX and Gobi open.

Next door at Red 7, melodic alt-rockers The Paper Shapes will have their hyper/mathy brand of post-punk on display. New wave favorites Diagonals are also on the bill. They're going on a long tour next month, so catch 'em before they leave.

Across town at Hole in the Wall, you'll get to see one of the best twangy, slide guitar-driven indie rock bands in town: Frank Smith. Opening is the folk-rock mini-orchestra Jesse Moore & The East Cameron Folkcore. This is music from the soul. I haven't seen many bands in town play with as much raw emotion and genuineness as this band.