Friday music picks: Black Sabbath album release, Diarrhea Planet
Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 27, 2014
Brownout Presents Black Sabbath album release at Empire. “We’re all pushing 40 and we’re living out our high school fantasies,” guitarist Adrian Quesada said about his Latin funk group’s heavy metal cover band back in April. The project reimagines classics like “War Pigs” and “The Wizard” with blaring horns and frenetic global percussion while frontman Alex Marrera plays Ozzy Osbourne with ferocious commitment and a plethora of costume changes. To call the group a hit is an understatement. When they played Pachanga Fest, droves of fans swarmed to the back of the park to catch their mid-afternoon set. No official word on the special guests promised at this show, but Black Angels’ singer Alex Maas appears on the album. $10-$15. 10 p.m. 604 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Also: You’ve seen drummer/percussionist extraordinaire Thor Harris with renowned Austin indie band Shearwater, or perhaps back in the day with Stick People if you’re really old. Catch him with another well-aged band, New York noise outfit Swans, on the Mohawk’s outdoor stage with Xiu Xiu opening. … Red 7 has an incredibly busy night of big draws both inside and out. Everyone’s favorite-named punk band Diarrhea Planet plays the main room with Sub Pop act Lee Bains & the Glory Fires and the Midgetmen, while Deafheaven headlines a big-time metal bill on the patio with Pallbearer, Wreck and Reference. … Psychedelic pop rockers Holy Wave throw a homecoming show at Hotel Vegas after a cross-country spring tour. … One World Theatre is under attack, a Jazz Attack specifically, with ace instrumentalists Peter White, Rik Braun and Euge Groove. … Lose yourself in the soulful indie pop of Phox at Stubb’s, or at the day-dreamy 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records. … Touring roots-rock singer-songwriters Tim Easton and Amy Speace team up at the Cactus Cafe. … Norwegian producer and remixer Kygo comes to the Parish. … Houston’s Los Skarnales celebrate 20 years with a new two-disc collection of ska-punk rarities. … Local Americana act Chris Catalena & the Native Americans play a record release show for their debut “Here Comes the Time” with headliner Christian Bland & the Revelators and opener Jess Williamson at North Door. Catalena and band also do an in-store at Waterloo at 5 p.m. Sunday …Plastic Planets, an electronic rock band from Florida with a former Blue Man on drums, plays the Belmont. … Hole in the Wall’s 40th anniversary celebration nears its end with Churchwood, Pocket FishRmen, Cat Scientist and Pong. … Blues harmonica man Paul Oscher extends his regular Thursday gig at C-Boy’s into a Friday-Saturday stand with guest vocalist Miss Pamela Allen.