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Tony Ferraro & the Satans of Soft Rock are on the bill for Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios during “Free Week.” The Denton band plays Wednesday.
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Rubber Gloves baptizes new Denton music fans with week of stellar gigs

Calling all freshmen: Want to get a good taste of Denton’s live music scene and the full flavor of music made by local artists? Then make it a point to find Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio — it’s on the east side of the railroad tracks, in the industrial zone of Denton but not quite in Southeast Denton.

Rubber Gloves is getting ready to open its doors on “Free Week.”

The deal is simple. College freshmen can join the music loving townies for a week of superior shows. For them, the shows are $5. For ages 21 and up? They spend nary a penny. Owner Josh Baish hopes they spring for some rounds at the bar, though.

Denton legend Fishboy gets the week started with a Monday night set that should have all of Fishboy’s signature humor and wit, which he spreads over music and comics projects alike.

Fishboy just released a seven-inch EP, Imavolcano, earlier this month. The title track is a tad retro, and sort of punk rock, power-chord anthem with Fishboy’s ever-young voice. Crashing drums and plastic-y keyboards are the backdrop to a story about a guy who falls asleep while smoking. Fishboy would be an ace act to see on a bill with Daniel Johnston, though Fishboy’s songs are more sensible and structured and the guitar work is superior.

On Wednesday, Tony Ferraro and the Satans of Soft Rock take the stage. Ferraro’s been hinting at some new music via Twitter, and should it be for Satans of Soft Rock, expect broken-in rock, familiar and part of you, but loaded with texture. Ferraro can always be counted on to assemble a killer group of musicians, and to turn out music that is easy on the ears but full of substance. You’ll hear a touch of Tom Petty, a bit of the Beatles, but you’ll also hear a whole lot of Ferraro’s enterprising writing quirks.

Finally, the band that probably jabbed an Americana flag firmly into Denton’s soil wraps up a tour back home. The Baptist Generals just dropped its first album in more than a decade, and the band caps off “Free Week” with a big bash Sept. 7. If you haven’t given Jackleg Devotional to the Heart a chance, do. And then hear Denton’s godfather of scrappy, homemade determination, Chris Flemmons, give voice to the music that took 10 years to make.

— Lucinda Breeding

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