No, really, we're not kidding -- this week is cram-packed to the gills with live music (see page 10). Case in point: the second annual Rock-a-Tron 5000 Festival, presented by Up to 11 Entertainment, kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday at Fort Worth's beloved cultural crash pad, the Where House. The very heavy, very loud lineup is stacked 15 bands deep: Guttermouth, the Queers, the Linus Pauling Quartet, Scorpion Child, Southern Train Gypsy, Perdition, Here Holy Spain, the Phuss, Mothership, the Dangits, How's My Driving, Sally Majestic, One Fingered Fist, Lost Empires and the Vatican Press will move your hips and hurt your ears at the Hemphill venue. It's 15 bucks at the door (that's quite a deal), although you can also grab advance tickets for the same price at prekindle.com.
Lately, singer-songwriter Will Johnson is almost more notable for the bands he's not in than the ones he is in. The Centro-matic frontman, who attended the University of North Texas but makes his home in Austin, finds time between stints in Monsters of Folk, South San Gabriel, Baboon and the dormant Undertow Orchestra to write and record as a solo artist. Johnson's latest solo LP, Scorpion, is a stunner, and he'll be in our neck of the woods -- Dallas' Good Records -- at 6 p.m. Monday for a free concert on the shop's famed Astroturf stage to celebrate its release. (Johnson is slated to perform at the Texas Theatre on Tuesday.) Good Records will also be holding a drawing for a vinyl test pressing of Scorpion and a pair of tickets to the Texas Theatre gig.