Apache Dropout, Heavy Times, Zath, Supersonic Piss Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., March 11, 9 p.m. 2012

Apache Dropout is the band whose set you stumble into unawares in the stained back room of some dank, neon-lit dive—and who in that moment restore your faith in the power and glory of hole-in-the-wall rock 'n' roll. This trio from Bloomington, Indiana, make a wobbly, fuzzed-out mess following the template the 13th Floor Elevators pasted together way back when—and they aren't shy about it. Front man Sonny Alexander has plenty of Roky in his pained, scratchy howling, and Apache Dropout's killer self-titled debut (released last year on Family Vineyard) cuts its straight-up lo-fi rock with jolts of psychedelic noise and general bizarreness—"Sam Phillips Rising" whips up the same kind of what-the-hell vibe you probably got the first time you heard Tommy Hall and his electric jug. The band's just as likely to bust out a tambourine-heavy garage-rock sing-along ("Teenager") as it is to fly off the rails with a crazed screaming fit ("White Out Man") or a guitar meltdown atop a PSA-like sermon about the liberal menace ("God Bless You Johan Kugelberg"). Southern Indiana has rarely sounded so appealingly bizarre. Apache Meltdown's set tonight is part of Sausage Fest, a two-day SXSW send-off that also includes a show on Sat 3/10 with Running, Bad Drugs, Stacian, and Bitchin' Bajas. —Kevin Warwick Heavy Times, Zath, and Supersonic Piss open.

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