Thursday, January 24, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 78



Denton-based Slobberbone at Fitz on Friday

By Ellen Simonson
Daily Cougar Staff

Fans of the funny, as well as the infectious, will find themselves in for a treat Friday night as native Texas band Slobberbone visits Houston.

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Records

Denton's own Slobberbone (above) will perform at Fitzgerald's on Friday. 

The group achieved nationwide notoriety recently when its song "Gimme Back My Dog" from the album Everything You Thought Was Right Was
Wrong Today was mentioned by a character in Stephen King's novel Black House. The Denton-based band, which is known for its enticing mix
of punk-rock energy and country realism, will perform at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak Dr.

Also on Friday, Harris and Ryden, a band "proudly sponsored by Lone Star Beer," will be performing at the Firehouse Saloon, located at Hwy. 59
and Fountainview Street. Stephen Harris and Chris Ryden were both raised around San Antonio; although they went to the same high school,
they met in Wyoming and decided to move back to Texas to pursue a musical career. Since then, the band has opened for such luminaries as
Charlie Robison, Jack Ingram, Lyle Lovett and Pat Green.

Austin band the Gourds will visit the Continental Club on Friday. The band, which achieved anonymous fame (a tricky feat) with a cover of Snoop
Dogg's "Gin and Juice" that was mistakenly credited to Phish on file-swapping sites such as Napster, mixes humor and talent in equal parts.

Houston's own The Colour Clear will be performing Saturday night at Fitzgerald's with Arizenme, Austin's Coexist and Flowers to Hide. Famed
Texas blues guitarist Bobby Mack will be in town Saturday as well, playing at the Cactus Moon Blues Café at 7 West Main St. in Humble with his
band Night Train.

If that's not enough blues for you, Van Wilks will be at the Sidecar Pub, 11202 Huffmeister Rd., on Saturday night. Wilks has been a part of the
Austin music scene for over three decades, and his band (also called Van Wilks) has been heralded by the Austin American-Statesman as "a
perfect cross between Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen."

On Sunday, perennial metalheads Judas Priest will stop in Houston for a show at the Aerial Theater, 520 Texas Ave. The British heavy-metal
headbangers have been around since the 1970s, but became popular in the '80s with songs like "Breakin' the Law."

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