Garage rock is so 2001, ain't it ? Sure, if all you know is the Billboard version of it. Never mind that the genre has been carried on for the past 40 years, from the Sonics in the '60s all the way down to today's crop of mop-tops. And Florida has no shortage of such bands -- they're just stretched out a bit, from Thee Monarchy V in the north to the Creepy T's here in the south. Add King Coleman and Blowfly to the mix and you've got a reason to fight your hangover come New Year's Day.
Though hailing from Jacksonville, Thee Monarchy V has acquired quite a loyal fanbase among the South Florida garage-punk populace after making its way onto the regional competition for Little Steven's Underground Garage Battle of the Bands in Miami. Having just recorded an album with King Coleman, the Creepy T's (pictured) are backing the "Mashed Potato Man" for a set of new tunes. And Blowfly? He's up to his usual X-rated tricks. So stop by for some fuzz, funk, and foul language Saturday at Alligator Alley (1321 E. Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park). The show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $10. Call 954-771-2220. -- Jason Budjinski
Doin' the 'Do
Spray it; don't say it
When John Waters debuted his 1972 trailer-trash shocker Pink Flamingos, who'd have thought the taste-testing filmmaker and his star actor -- the late Divine, who eats a dog turd in the film -- would ever achieve mainstream success? But here we are in 2005, and Waters' 1988 film Hairspray is a Broadway hit. Of course, racism and dance make for a far more palatable viewing than competing groups of lowlifes trying to outsleaze one another. It's a good reminder of how far we've come from the cultural repression of the 1960s, with all the bigotry, aversion to rock music, and... OK, so we're not much better off today, but at least you can dig the rockin' tunes and groovy dance moves. Oh yeah, and the mile-high hairdos. The local production of Hairspray takes place Wednesday, January 5, through Sunday, January 16, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $21 to $64. Call 954-462-0222, or visit www.browardcenter.org. -- Jason Budjinski
Shubert shoes in the laughs
Jimmy Shubert is one of the handful of comedians whose career was boosted by the late shoutmeister Sam Kinison. So it's safe to infer that Shubert leans toward the abrasive side of the comedy spectrum. One listen to his Animal Instincts CD confirms that assumption, especially tracks like "Transexual Lesbians" and "Rural Bestiality." Though Shubert's act is bluer than a Hollywood political rally, that's not to say his comedic range is limited to the dirty stuff. After all, he spent time as a joke writer for Yakov Smirnoff ("Russia!") and Louie Anderson ("McDonald's!"). Shubert performs Friday at the New York Comedy Club (8221 Glades Rd., Boca Raton). Tickets cost $24.95 to $69.95. Call 561-470-6887. -- Jason Budjinski
Pauly Wanna Laugher?
Like, right-on, dude -- it's "Totally" Pauly Shore. And he's, like, coming to the Palm Beach Improv at CityPlace (550 S. Rosemary Ave., Ste. 250, West Palm Beach) Thursday through Sunday. Um... what were we talking about? Oh, right. The quasi-burnout comedian who bolstered the stereotype that Gen Xers are a bunch of stoned slackers. Like, whatever. Tickets cost $23.32 to $26.50. Call 561-833-1812. -- Jason Budjinski