Asylum Street Spankers is a music act that rouses audiences with high-octane, no-amps-needed country, blues, jazz, ragtime and rap best enjoyed live, and by adults. The many-membered group — the exact number fluctuates — which appears Monday, Nov. 14, at Sticky Fingerz, is a sort of modern-day version of an old-timey string band from the ’20s or ’30s.
The Spankers recently released “Pussycat,” the second volume of a series of bootleg performances from 2000-2004; it follows last year’s “Strawberry.”
Lead vocalist Christina Marrs said about the title track, “It’s a song about a pussycat who goes through a series of unfortunate events, scratching and rocking on the back door to get into the house, becoming sore, wet and bald in the process.”
If that’s not enough to make you sweat like a compromised politician, the Spankers’ live show also includes an uncut, completely prurient version of Lucille Bogan’s “Shave ’em Dry,” arguably the nastiest song recorded in 1935.
Admission to the 8 p.m. show is $10.
A melding of groovy minds takes place at Sticky Fingerz on Friday, Nov. 11, with the out-of-sight Col. Bruce Hampton lending guitar, harmonica and vocals to the jazzy jams of the Codetalkers, led by Bobby Lee Rodgers (banjo, guitar, vocals). Tyler Greenwell on drums and Ted Pecchio on bass complete the group.
Hampton’s lengthy resume includes founding the Aquarium Rescue Unit and the Fiji Mariners.
Admission is $10. Fundamental Elements opens at 9 p.m.
Also upcoming at Sticky Fingerz: modern country group Reckless Kelly on Saturday, Nov. 12, with Micky and the Motorcars opening at 9 p.m. Admission is $12. Then, the South Austin Jug Band brings its acoustic, beer-drinking Americana to the club on Wednesday, Nov. 16, with Wildwood opening at 9 p.m. Admission is $7.”
CKY (Camp Kill Yourself) promotes itself as being a sort of voice for the anti-social, young and rebellious. Part skate-punk and part melodic death metal, the group will be at Juanita’s on Thursday, Nov. 10. The group’s latest recording, “An Answer Can Be Found,” was released this year. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m., with Fireball Ministry and the Knives opening. Admission is $18.
A couple of choice singer/songwriters will appear at Acoustic Sounds CAfe on Friday, Nov. 11: T.R. Ritchie and Dave Potts.
Ritchie’s self-released latest album, “My Father’s Wildest Dreams,” has garnered several folk awards in such festivals Kerrville (Texas), Napa Valley (Calif.) and Silverton (Colo.).
Potts, a singer/songwriter from Auburn, Ala., was named a Kerrville New Folk Finalist in 2004 nd 2005. His latest album is “One Nightin the South.”
Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for students. The venue is at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. The show is non-smoking and alcohol-free.