Yes, there’s a whole lotta partying going on thanks to Fiesta. Yes, that means parking will suck. And yes, that means you may not be getting much sleep.
But if you’re a true music fan, those just aren’t worthy excuses. Not when two certified rock legends are hitting local stages this week.
On Friday, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will treat Floore’s Country Store to perhaps the least country set it’s hosted in recent years, then on Sunday, J. Mascis and Dinosaur Jr. will leave the Paper Tiger awash in mind-altering guitar dynamics.
And there’s more beyond that. Let’s run it down.
Thursday, April 27
Molchat Doma, Nuovo Testamento
Belarusian trio Molchat Doma’s blend of post-punk, new wave and synth pop showcases the lasting impression of Perestroika-era Russian rock. Formed in Minsk in 2017, Molchat Doma (“Houses Are Silent”) leans into influences like Kino, Joy Division and The Cure. A 2020 tour with Chrysta Bell was cancelled in wake of the pandemic, but the band was able to drop Monument, its first album with their American record label Sacred Bones. $30-$98, 8 p.m., Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com. — Danny Cervantes
Friday, April 28
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Fea
Catchy radio staples “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” and “I Hate Myself For Loving You” earned Joan Jett a place in the classic rock pantheon, allowing her tour with anyone from Bryan Adams to The Who. Even though her catchy, guitar-driven rock flirts with the mainstream, she remains an icon for younger generations of punk and riot grrrl musicians. On that note, hometown heroes Fea open the show with their modern, Latinx take on the genre. $42.50-$200, 8 p.m., John T. Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Road, (210) 695-8827, liveatfloores.com. — Mike McMahan
Saturday, April 29
Executioner, Fortunes, Holy Hell, Decimate, Essence of Undeath, Sinful Flesh
The Heavy Metal Capital of the World is never wanting for talented local acts, as evidenced by this brimming lineup. Executioner brings an energetic thrash metal punch that raises questions about the mechanics of a circle pit opening up in the middle of a venue that doubles as a bookstore. Support comes from burgeoning SA-based metal acts whose sinister-sounding names alone prove their hardcore worthiness. $10, 7 p.m., Pink Zeppelin Books & Records, 8373 Culebra Road #107, pinkzeppelinrecords.com. — Dalia Gulca
Sunday, April 30
Alt-rock legends Dinosaur Jr. enjoyed ’90s popularity that nipped at the mainstream before calling it quits amid a bevy of lineup changes. The original lineup reunited almost 20 years ago, and has been going strong since, specializing in the same mix of roaring guitars and accessible songcraft. Expect things to get loud as legendary axeman J. Mascis spins off his signature distortion-drenched solos. As a bonus, the setlist is likely to pull from all eras of the band, including the underrated LPs from its post-reunion era. $35, 8 p.m., Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. — MM
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