Looking Forward: Get weird Friday, support a cause Saturday

Foxy Shazam is bringing the stripped down, yet eccentric sounds of fifth studio album "Gonzo" to the Granada this Friday night. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show.

Foxy Shazam is bringing the stripped down, yet eccentric sounds of fifth studio album "Gonzo" to the Granada this Friday night. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show. by Nadia Imafidon

Foxy Shazam

If you’re looking for a confusingly good time, this might just be your chance. Foxy Shazam is a genre-melding poppy, theatrical rock outfit from Cincinnati that writes over-the-top lyrics to go along with their theatrics. Think Queen or Meatloaf over-the-top, which is the closest comparisons to other bands. For Foxy, which is touting its fifth studio album “Gonzo” on this tour, this is a stripped down side of them compared with the excessively layered vocal harmonies and guitar tracks on other albums in their repertoire. Not that they haven’t managed to maintain their eccentricity; frontman Eric Nally’s usual stage antics include eating lit cigarettes and other nonsensical activity. Let the insanity rain down on all of us this Friday. Middle Twin will serves as dance-electronic opener. This night’s going to get you moving and grooving, folks. 8 p.m. Friday, at the Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St., $15 in advance.

GaDuGi Benefit Concert

This is a sick lineup of local gems and in support of an incredible local cause. GaDuGi SafeCenter is a rape crisis center that serves Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson counties. In addition to providing community educational programming and awareness, it provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, and free counseling for survivors and their loved ones. Donate $8 upon entrance, and spend the night listening to the diverse musical stylings of La Guerre, Oils, Narkalark and Sharp 9 (my band), not in any particular order. That’s a lot of bang for your buck, plus the added bonus of feeling good for supporting a powerful center in our town that aims to keep everyone safe. 8 p.m. Saturday, at Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts St., $8.

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