One of the more exciting bands I've stumbled across in recent weeks is Denton four-piece Death in the West. The country-rock quartet (guitarist/vocalist Ben Noe, guitarist/vocalist Chris Redmon, drummer Hunter Cannon and bassist Hauss Waheedi) have yet to release any music officially -- you can hear a couple tracks, including the anthemic single The River, on the band's ReverbNation page -- but they plan to hit the studio soon. In the meantime, catch 'em live in Deep Ellum on the Prophet Bar side stage at 8 p.m. Saturday. The all-ages show also features the Blake Byrd Band, Child's Might, Compass and Animalus. It's $8 for the over-21 crowd, $10 for the under-21 folks.
Fort Worth's Secret Ghost Champion is putting the finishing touches on Electric Neck and the Mercy Skull, its third full-length, for release later this year, but the quintet ( Ben Hance, Roby Scott, Jody McCauley, David Vaughn and Danny Hance) will step out of the studio to play one of Cowtown's most intimate venues, the Grotto, at 10 p.m. Friday. Secret Ghost Champion will be joined by fellow North Texans Constant Seas and Form of Truth, as well as Colorado's the Kinky Fingers. The 21-and-up show will set you back a mere five bucks.