Virtually nothing can defeat the raw power of rock music, with the possible exception of paper music. Pump your fist with this GrouponLive deal to see Shiny Toy Guns at Josabi's in Helotes. For $26, you get two general-admission tickets for the show on Friday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $52 value, including all fees). Groupon customers also get $5 off one ticket to see Minus the Bear at the 4th Annual Rock Lobsterfest on June 2—follow the link on the voucher to redeem.
Shiny Toy Guns' marriage of the electronic and the organic goes beyond their instrumentation. For a decade, the band has been busy developing at least two personalities in tandem: on the one hand, there are the fierce, dance-diva vocals of glitter-painted Carah Charnow and the synth landscapes they travel. On the other, there's co-singer Chad Petree, who often trades tartness for a more direct style familiar to fans of '90s alt-rock and emo.
Bounding on stage with the energy of toddlers on intravenous gummy bears, the band attacks tracks such as “Le Disko” from their Grammy-nominated breakthrough album, We Are Pilots, and their latest single, “The Sun,” from the upcoming platter III with chugging guitars and palpitating bass lines. Woofers wake up with a trio of groove-making local acts, including electronic outfits The Sound of Curves, and Trip the Light and alternative rockers The Panic Division.