• The female-centric "Chicks Rock Fest" is no more, as organizers focus more on individual shows and out-of-town dates. But, for a flipped-script version, look no further than Friday's "Dicks Rock" festival, featuring male-oriented Rock acts.
• There's a looser theme to Saturday's Freakout Fest at the Southgate. Curated by eccentric local ElectroRock duo Le TechnoPUSS13s as a way to bring attention to local artists from Cincinnati's more out-there underbelly, the festival spotlights acts of all stripes, crafting music and visuals best described as "freaky." "The purpose of the show is to bring out some of the stranger parts of the city and get on the good foot for performance art," PUSS13s singer Vinnie Williams wrote in a recent e-mail. In the ballroom, catch aurally/visually stimulating artists the PUSS13s, Kentucky's The Smacks!, Hollywood's blissfully bizarre Punk Bunny and the return of locals Heevahava. In the upstairs parlour will be an array of performance art and, overall, the night will be heavy on the unexpected ("Adult novelty" raffles? Giant ass prints? Drag kings and queens? Accordion music?).
• This Sunday at The Comet in Northside (before and after the Comet Bluegrass Allstars perform their usual Sunday evening jam), Paul Harris, brother of The Hiders' Beth Harris, will bring his "cowboy poet/songster" show to the local stage before embarking on a tour that will take him and his pickup truck to "Western" locales like Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and the Dakotas. Harris will be backed by his sister, fellow Hider Bill Alletzhauser (both of whom played on Paul's new album) and other local performers. (myspace.com/tmf3ph)
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