Get Ready For One Of The Busiest Local Music Weekends Ever.

If you haven't already noticed, this Saturday is shaping up to be ridiculously packed.

For starters, the sixth annual national Record Store Day celebration will see record shops all over North Texas hosting free in-store performances all day long. We've already mentioned several of these lineups in previous write-ups, but it has recently come to our attention that we somehow left CD Source's Record Store Day lineup out of that column. Our bad. Starting at 9 a.m. the Greenville Avenue storefront will host performances from Becky Middleton, The Fox and the Bird, Nicholas Altobelli, Dead Flowers, Rahim Quazi, Home By Hovercraft, Plowboy, Emmeline, Quentin Moore, The Venetian Sailors, Quincy Forte, -topic, and Montrose Cunningham.

Another big aspect of the tradition will see bands from all over the country releasing special limited edition vinyl records this weekend as well. And local Kirtland Records labelmates Sarah Jaffe and the Toadies are using the opportunity to release a special two-track seven-inch vinyl offering featuring a cover of PJ Harvey's “Down by the Water,” with Jaffe on vocals (as recorded at last year's Dia de los Toadies festival) on the A-side. For the flipside, the Toadies will finally release a physical edition of “Rattler's Revenge,” that re-worked version of Play.Rock.Music. track “Rattler's Revival” that features The Honeybears' horn section. Like we said last summer, we think it's the best song the Toadies have released in a decade.

That release, of course, coincides with Jaffe's performance at this Saturday's Paste magazine-backed Fort Worth edition of the Untapped Festival which will be going down over at Panther Island Pavilion, along with the news that the Toadies will be premiering a music video for “Rattler's Revival” on Sundown's rooftop patio on May 7.

And while it's not exactly a special edition Record Store Day release, hard-edged alt-country outfit Dead Flowers will follow up their CD Source gig Saturday at noon with a release show for their brand new album For You on Saturday night at Three Links. Trust us when we say that this album's a darn good one, too.

Oh, and while you're busy building your local record collections this week, you might as well stop by the Granada Theater on Friday night to pick up a copy of The O's latest work, Thunderdog. Hey, at least they had the foresight not to try and compete with Saturday's madness, right?

Also performing on Friday are the Fort Worth-based indie-rockers The Unlikely Candidates, who'll be at The Live Oak as part of their officially-sanctioned Untapped Pre-Party. Hat tip to the Fort Worth Weekly for hipping us to the band's signing to Atlantic Records in the wake of some reps from the label catching one of their drunken, unofficial showcases at last month's South By Southwest conference.

In other upcoming release news, Datahowler will finally get around to releasing his long-awaited Crystal Gazers on May 24 at Three Links on a bill that will also see Sealion dropping their full-length, Kenneth, that same night.

Not to be forgotten, Phil Anselmo issued a press release earlier this week announcing that his first solo album, Walk Through Exits Only, would hit stores July 16.

“It wasn't about doing a paint-by-numbers thrash or heavy metal record,” Anselmo says about the project in a statement. “It's an angry album that only I could do. I don't see anybody else out there screaming about the same shit I'm screaming about. On this album, there isn't any wordplay, there isn't any hidden message, it's all right there in front of you.”

Elsewhere, the makers of the notoriously awful local film Pot Zombies, have set up an indiegogo campaign to help fund their documentary, Everything is A-OK, which aims to tell the story of the Dallas punk scene from the '70s up to the current day and, as of now, is set for release sometime this fall. From the looks of early trailers, it appears as though the film-making team has stepped their game up somewhat this time around, mixing in local news footage and show flyers from the early days of Dallas' punk scene alongside interviews with folks like Ghoultown frontman Lyle Blackburn and dozens of other scene vets.

All we know is, if stories about onstage defecation are the stuff they're putting in the trailer, then we can't wait to see what kind of debaucherous tales make the film's final cut.

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