House of T-Pain 


Remember that I Am T-Pain iPhone app you bought five years ago? The one where you freestyled over a prerecorded beat, and it Auto-Tuned your vocals, and you passed it around at parties, and you all laughed until, a month later, it joined the 500 other phone apps you haven't opened since?

More than 2 million downloads and a couple of Grammy Awards later, T-Pain remains the undisputed King of Auto-Tune, which, depending on your disposition, may or may not be a good thing.

Either way, he'll be in town at Rawkus this Saturday night, drawing upon a repertoire of more than a dozen Top 10 hits that featured him as either as solo or guest vocalist. Among them are three No. 1 singles: "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')," "Kiss Kiss," and, of course, Flo Rida's seven-times platinum "Low," which was the most-downloaded song of the Aughts.

So if just reading this has your brain ringing with T-Pain's chorus — "Next thing you know, Shawty got low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low" — now you know where to go.

As fate and booking opportunities would have it, Rawkus is also the place to go for your fix of '80s hardcore, as Greg Ginn brings his reformulated Black Flag to town this Friday.

The guitarist, who also founded famed SoCal punk label SST, hasn't always been the easiest guy to get along with. Last year, he sued former vocalists Keith Morris and Henry Rollins for trademark infringement.

Better still, Ginn fired frontman Ron Reyes last November in the most unceremonious way possible. Onstage during an Australian gig, Reyes had the mic wrested away from him by skater-turned-manager Mike Vallely, who proceeded to finish the set and has served as lead vocalist ever since. Kind of a punk-rock maneuver, in its own special way.

But don't stop the Wayback Machine there. This Saturday from noon to midnight, all things Victorian and beyond will be celebrated during the steampunk-themed Time Traveller's Circus at Voodoo Leatherworks. Formerly held at Happy Ass Ranch up in Lake George, the event will feature nonstop music by the likes of Ryan Flores from Moonhoney, Dustin Bones & the Body Stealers, Street Corner Gypsies, Roma Ransom, Tribe, Sir Tripsalot, and the obligatory tribal drummers and wandering minstrels.

There's more, of course: Fire spinners, burlesque dancers, a steampunk costume contest, rope-suspension demos, Drew Blood and the Pickled Punks Sideshow, you get the idea. The event will take place at 2422 Busch Ave., and you'll find more info at tiny.cc/timetravellers.

Also this week, art-jazz greats the Bottesini Project will perform with other improvisers, plus field recordings of rattlesnakes and waterfalls, Saturday at UCCS' Heller Center for Arts & Humanities. And James McMurtry, who's justifiably regarded as Austin's most brilliantly acerbic singer-songwriter — America's, actually — will be paying a return visit to the Loft on Friday.

Meanwhile, Kevin Waybright, Chuck Snow and Jerry Minson will be recreating the "magic and tragedy that was the Fremont Street Preachers" with a reunion show Friday at Meadow Muffins. Then on Saturday, they'll be one of the bands at Southside Johnny's Hot Rod Showdown, an annual event where the spirits of Big Daddy Roth and Rat Fink will be smiling down on South Tejon.

I've also heard a rumor that classic car freak Alice Cooper will be in town and hanging around, and might be lured up onstage for a couple of numbers. Not too far-fetched, since he'll be playing the Pepsi Center with Mötley Crüe later that evening, so we'll have to wait and see.

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