David Garrick

The Balls On This Guy: Todd Barry Works the Crowd

The Balls On This Guy: Todd Barry Works the Crowd

If for some reason, you can find a way to differentiate your act from every other act out there; you stand the chance of “making it” as a stand up. Enter Todd Barry. Barry has impeccable comedic timing, he’s been in movies like “The Wrestler,” shows like “Dr. Katz,” and done stand up on pretty much every late night talk show.…

Top Notch: The Best of The Week

Top Notch: The Best of The Week

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that I know at least twenty people who are 100% amped for the Manchester Orchestra show at House of Blues on Monday, the 21st. Hot on the heels of their very recent release ”Cope,” the band is rocking their way into town. This can only be matched by seasoned opener Kevin Devine and The Goddamn Band. Devine released two amazing records last year, and his show at Fitzgerald’s proved that he brings his “A” game when he plays.…

Comedy Crusaders: Andrew Youngblood

Comedy Crusaders: Andrew Youngblood

For fans of comedy and the comedians themselves; the people who book these rooms, are comedy crusaders. One of those “crusaders,” is Andrew Youngblood of Warehouse Live and Youngblood Booking. In just the span of about six to eight months, he’s managed to get one of the city’s more successful open mics off the ground and book some of comedy’s biggest names.…

Cutting In: A Houston Record Store Makes History

Cutting In: A Houston Record Store Makes History

I can assure you that the record stores that were smug and arrogant to me when I was seventeen that stuck around Houston, are pretty annoyingly helpful to me today. But, aside from most of these shops’ newfound kindness, not much has changed.…

Let’s Get Crazy: The Best of The Week

Let’s Get Crazy: The Best of The Week

Let’s get this straight, Slick Rick is a legend and if you agree then you should grab your tickets ASAP and make it out for his 25th Anniversary Tour. “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick” was one of those albums a white kid from the suburbs like me would hide from his Conservative parents’ eyes.…

Stand Up and Deliver: The Instincts of Hilarity

Stand Up and Deliver: The Instincts of Hilarity

Huggins has been doing stand-up for longer than some of Houston’s comedians have been alive. He was one of the original Texas Outlaw Comics, he was a close friend to Bill Hicks.…

Local Love: Catch Fever

Local Love: Catch Fever

If I hadn’t had seen the band perform the album live, I would have written the record off as studio trickery. However, the only trick here, is that this was made by a band who hasn’t been around for a full two years.…

New Blue Feeling: The Best of the Week

New Blue Feeling: The Best of the Week

On Saturday, over at Fitzgerald’s the guys from Austin’s White Denim will be back in town on the heels of two solid releases. The epic and Jeff Tweedy produced “Corsicana Lemonade” was almost in my best of 2013 list; and easily one of the better “turnaround” albums I’d heard in a long while. A far stretch from their Brit rock beginnings, the album proved that bands can still grow and find their sound. What’s left is nothing short of an old school rock masterpiece complete with that alternative country twang of early Wilco albums. Not to be outdone, the band followed up with “The Pretty Green” EP, that adds to the allure of their ever changing existence.…

Dig This: The Best of the Week

Dig This: The Best of the Week

Over at the Continental Club, the annual return of Southern Culture On The Skids will make their return for two nights. Their most recent offering, last year’s “Dig This” falls in line with the other great releases from the trio. For over thirty years SCOTS have been bringing their sweet version of swing meets country twang to fans around the world. This is a not to be missed show for anyone who’s been a longtime fan, or someone who’s just discovered them.…

Stand Up & Deliver: 140 Characters or Less

Stand Up & Deliver: 140 Characters or Less

His jokes are pretty much all 140 characters in length, and are no more than a set up/punchline affair, and almost no filler in between. …

Man of The Year: The Best of The Week

Man of The Year: The Best of The Week

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should heard of Schoolboy Q by now. A rising star in the world of hip hop’s new class of MCs, you can catch him Tuesday the 25th at Warehouse Live. His most recent effort, “Oxymoron” has been gaining praise from the bulk of critics around; and definitely worth more than a listen.…

Taking What They’re Giving: Raising The Minimum Wage

Taking What They’re Giving: Raising The Minimum Wage

Because in week one I was scheduled 16 hours and twenty four hours in the second week, I took an overnight job. Those extra 30 hours added to my week would add $300.00 as the position paid $10.00 per hour. That also meant that I would see about four to five hours of sleep on a good week, and three hours on average.…