The Suspect: Dubtribe Sound System
This pioneering electronic duo of Sunshine and Moonbeam Jones has been entrancing audiences with live house-music sets on and off for the past 20 years or so. Westword.com raves, “Their set last night is now in my top-five all-time musical experiences ever; I haven’t danced that hard in years.”
Can Be Found: Emerald Lounge, Saturday, June 4
RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack
You Should Go If: The CDC preparedness plan in case of a Zombie Apocalypse is taped to your glove compartment; you've identified 17 categories in which you could realistically set a World Record; wind chimes and the sounds of children laughing are your ringtone and ringback, respectively; your parents' graduation gift was a sheet of acid and a copy of Naked Lunch.
The Suspect: Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses
This former rodeo bull rider was basically homeless and playing gigs at bowling alleys a couple of years ago. In 2009, his song, "The Weary Kind," was featured in the movie Crazy Heart, and won him an Oscar, a Golden Globe and an AMA. His star continues to rise: T Bone Burnett produced his 2010 release, Junky Star.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Monday, June 6
RIYD: Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen
You Should Go If: You set your cruise control exactly 24 miles over the speed limit; it's your job to tell everyone on Facebook that it's Friday; your new million-dollar idea is local cockfighting; your parents’ graduation gift was a carton of Marlboros and a copy of Lonesome Dove.
The Suspect: Jon Dee Graham
This singer/songwriter /guitarist has the distinction of being the only person ever inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times: As a solo artist and as a member of both the Skunks and the True Believers. His latest project with Freedy Johnston and Susan Cowsill is set for release later this year, thanks in part to a Kickstarter campaign.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Sunday, June 5
RIYD: Nick Cave, Delbert McClinton
You Should Go If: A daily battle with bed gravity may well be the defining conflict of your life; you read the last page of every book before you decide if it's worth reading; starting your car entails an eight-step, five-minute ritual; your parents’ graduation gift was a three-legged black lab and a copy of Breakfast of Champions.
The Suspect: Ladies Gun Club
"If firewater had a voice, it might easily sound like Ladies Gun Club," touts the band's promo from this year's SXSW festival. These two Southern girls (Sally Jaye is from Georgia, Sarah Roberts is from North Carolina) didn't find each other until they both moved out to L.A. Last.fm called them "Dolly Waits Jr.," and No Depression proclaimed last year's EP debut as tasty as "fried chicken and bacon on the same plate."
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Thursday, June 2 (opening for The Dirty Guv’nahs)
RIYD: Freakwater, Gillian Welch
You Should Go If: Instead of going to prom, you and your boyfriend reenacted scenes from Carrie; it’s been a challenge to reconcile your atheism with the amazing rapture sex you had last month; you're on probation for sneaking into mattress stores and pulling off all the tags; your parents’ graduation gift was your Ma-Maw’s biscuit recipe and a copy of A Good Man Is Hard to Find.