MONO. Photo: Ground Control Touring
Get ready for some stellar acts that’ll find their way here making each night a little difficult to decide on where you’ll spend the evening. This week acts like Japan’s MONO, comic legend Chris Rock, and electronica group Tycho will all be here while locals like B L A C K I E, Astragal and more will all round out the edges. Houston, here’s how to map out the next seven days.
On Wednesday you can get going over at the Avenida at Discovery Green for a set from the celebrated sounds of The Allen Oldies Band. Mentions in The New York Times alongside performances all over the state should prove that these guys know how to bring it when they perform live, and their album Ride The Wild Surf is pretty strong. The hook heavy pop of Austin’s Ruby & The Reckless will open the all ages show that gets going around 7 pm and is 100% FREE.
Thursday you could head over to the studio at Warehouse Live for the doom metal of Arkansas’ Pallbearer. Here in support of their latest album Heartless, these guys have a pretty epic presence that’s worth making it out for. Arizona’s Gatecreeper will bring their old school death metal on as direct support while the experimental new wave doom of Fort Worth’s Pinkish Black will open the all ages show with doors at 7 pm and tickets between $15 and $17.
Revention Music Center will host the crazed hip hop of Houston’s Travis Scott. If you missed Scott’s set at last year’s Day for Night, then you need to see him before you can’t get in to see him anymore, and his latest Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight, is pretty legit. El Paso’s Khalid will be on as direct support and opener for the all ages show with doors at 7 pm. The show has since Sold Out.
Walker Lukens. Photo: Daniel Jackson
If you’re a fan of The Walkmen, then you might find yourself over at The Heights Theater for a solo set from Hamilton Leithauser. With catchy songs and a voice that’s hard to walk away from, his latest release I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is pretty impressive. Speaking of impressive, the indie rock good times of Austin’s Walker Lukens will be on as direct support and opener for the all ages show with doors at 7 pm and tickets between $22 and $32.
Over at Walter’s the Canadian indie rock of The Besnard Lakes will be on hand for all to enjoy. Often compared to Arcade Fire, this five-piece has a more of a psych feel with folk pop elements. Their latest, last year’s A Coliseum Complex Museum was an album that I can’t believe wasn’t as epic on the charts as it sounds. The vastly underrated indie rock of Chicago three-piece The Life and Times will be on as direct support and opener for the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and tickets for $12.
Tycho. Photo: Lauren Crew
In the downstairs of White Oak Music Hall you can get your dance on when Tycho returns to get some feet moving. Here in support of last year’s Epoch, the three piece is known for live sets that can make you get down to their catchy pop dance jams. Houston’s Khruangbin will be on as direct support and opener for the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and tickets between $29.50 and $37.
Friday you can head to Smart Financial Centre in Sugarland to catch the first of two dates from the always hilarious Chris Rock. Rock is back doing what he does best, stand up. As young comic he wowed everyone with his in your face style and not much has changed for one of the most respected comics to ever take the stage. The all ages show has doors at 7 pm and tickets between $69.50 and $125, and it should be noted that there is a VERY strict no pictures, video or cell phone use policy at this show. Your cell phone will be locked in a Yondr pouch and anyone caught taking video will be ejected immediately.
The Heights Theater will host the return of Hayes Carll. The Woodlands native has made quite the name for himself with stellar performances all over, and his latest release Lovers and Leavers from last year is his best to date with a sweetness that can’t be unheard. The Southern rock meets Americana of Scott Miller will be on hand as direct support and opener for the all ages show with doors at 7 pm and tickets for $24.
Brian Wilson. Photo: APA Agency
At Revention Center, Brian Wilson will play Pet Sounds from start to finish. Literally one of the greatest albums ever made, Wilson will prove that he doesn’t need the drama that currently surrounds The Beach Boys to perform the songs he wrote and spent years in seclusion crafting. I don’t need to oversell this show, as this is more than likely the last time you’ll hear these songs live from the genius who created them. The all ages show has doors at 7 pm and tickets between $43 and $93.
The Secret Group will host the Houston born and New York transplanted comedy of Sheng Wang. A true threat on the mic, Wang has appeared on Comedy Central, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and even a John Oliver Comedy Special. Last year he dropped the hilarious album Cornucopias Are Actually Horrible Containers, and he never disappoints. Two of Houston’s better up and coming comics should serve as host and feature for the all ages show with doors at 7 pm and tickets between $8 and $10.
Over at Warehouse Live in the studio, the first all female comedy fest in Houston, Yellow Rose Comedy Festival will take place. With a headlining set from world renowned comic Olivia Arrington on the first night of the two day fest, the show that also features sets from Tressa Eleby, Kiki Maroon, Tiffany King, and Liz Padjen as well as many more. The all ages show has doors at 7 pm and tickets between $20 and $55, the latter being a two day seated pass.
Over at Walter’s, one of the most intensely gorgeous bands to ever take a stage, Japan’s MONO, will return for what should be an enigmatic performance. Here behind their ninth album Requiem For Hell, the four-piece makes the kind of music that can stir your soul while bombastically exploding at the same time. Brooklyn’s Holy Sons will bring their lo-fi experimental goodness on as direct support and openers for the all ages show with doors at 8 pm with tickets between $13 and $15.
Astragal. Photo: Disha Khakheria
Satellite Bar will have the lo-fi indie dream pop of Rhode Island’s Holy Golden. Crafting tunes that have been called amazing by pretty much everyone who has heard them, their latest release Wax Castle sounds pretty beautiful. Houston Galveston hybrid shoegaze indie rockers El Lago will bring their lush sound on as direct support while the energetic sounds of Astragal will open the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and tickets for $10.
You can get your doom metal fix over at Rudyard’s when Houston’s Doomstress kick off their latest tour with a send off show. Supporting the stoner heavy sounds of a killer 7” from last year called Supernatural Kvlt Sounds, you should check them out before they get too big to perform in their home anymore, as they’re gaining plenty of steam everywhere they play. The ambient drone doom of Italy’s Messa will be on as direct support while the retro doom of Austin’s Witchcryer will go on as openers for the 21 & up show with doors at 9 pm and a measly $8 cover.
TEE VEE. Photo: Andi Valentine
On Saturday you can kick off over at Cactus for an in-store performance from Houston’s TEE VEE. Creating beautiful electro pop, her debut EP Soft Spot is pretty amazing, and with sets at Day for Night and a following that grows with every show, she’s an act you should catch sooner than later. The all ages event gets going around 1 pm and should have gratis beer for the adults.
Night two of the Yellow Rose Comedy Festival will take place in the studio at Warehouse Live. The second day will have a headlining set from Sara Schaefer, whose critically acclaimed comedy has been on John Oliver’s New York Comedy Show, as well as part of the MTV show Nikki & Sara Live. Houston favorites Slim Bloodworth and Kristin Lindner will also be on hand to perform as well as Maggie Maye and many more for the all ages event. The doors are at 7 pm and tickets are between $20 and $55, the latter being a two day seated VIP ticket.
The second night of Chris Rock at Smart Financial Centre will take place as scheduled as well. Because Rock doesn’t do his stand up down here often, the second show should be just as exciting as the first. The all ages event has doors at 7 pm and has only single seat tickets between $49.50 and $69.50 left. It should be noted that there is a VERY strict no pictures, video or cell phone use policy at this show. Your cell phone will be locked in a Yondr pouch and anyone caught taking video will be ejected immediately.
Emily Bell. Photo: Juice Consulting
Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall, the swagger heavy rock of Austin’s Emily Bell will be on in full force. Bell has been making waves for a good while alongside stellar sets all over including at last year’s Sound On Sound Festival. Now with her new EP Kali with her backing band The Talkbacks, Bell should delight pretty much anyone within earshot with her hook heavy rock n’ roll energy. Houston’s Second Lovers will bring their country tinged rock on as direct support and openers for the all ages show with doors at 8 pm with an $8 cover.
At Khon’s you could get a little mind blown when Houston’s Pitter Patter swings by to drop a set. There’s something so immense about how this guy mixes electronica and drums, that even his newest album Realms is almost as crazed as his energetic live sets. The electronic doom sounds of Denton’s Felt & Fur will be on hand as well, while Denton’s MOWOW will go on prior. The last show for Houston’s Funeral Parlor will open the all ages and 100% FREE show with doors at 8 pm.
B L A C K I E. Photo: Mark Furi
At Civic TV, the never disappointing sounds of B L A C K I E will be on full display for his album release party. That album, Remains, is B L A C K I E at his best, reinventing his sound while keeping the elements intact. Austin’s Illustrations will bring their grindcore on as direct support while Baby Horse will open the all ages and BYOB show that’s 100% FREE and gets going around 9 pm.
Rudyard’s will host the psych sounds of Houston’s GENERATION: Landslide!. I say psych but they’re closer to avant garde meets punk with psych rock tendencies. The legendary punk of Houston’s MyDolls will emphatically perform prior, with the Texas Mod Crushers opening things up. The 21 & up show has doors at 9 pm with an $8 cover.
Pitter Patter. Photo: Ronald L. Jones
Sunday over at Insomnia, the very last party at the shop will take place before they pack up and start making the East side their new home. A headlining set from sonic trail blazers, Trillblazers will will be on hand for all to enjoy. Featuring famed Walter’s soundman Terry Nunn on vocals, this three piece sounds like a mix of nightmares and sonic landscapes that are hard not to love. The intense one man electronica or human drum machine sounds of Pitter Patter will be on as direct support, while the synth pop good times of Houston’s TEE VEE will be there to open the all ages event with doors at 9 pm. It’s 100% FREE with more information available here.
In the studio at Warehouse Live, LA’s King Lil G will bring his old school hip hop sound to all in attendance. Formerly known as Lil Gangster, G has been making waves since his 2012 debut. His latest, last year’s Lost In Smoke 2 falls in line with his strong mic spitting skills. The all ages show has doors at 8 pm and tickets between $20 and $25, with no word of openers, though that should change.
Get A Life. Photo: Daniel Jackson
On Tuesday over at Walter’s you can get mystified by the electro psych pop of Philadelphia’s Laser Background. Mixing electronic sounds with dreamy psych guitar, their latest release Dark Nuclear Bogs is a trip. The unaffected tongue in cheek indie rock of Houston’s Get A Life will be on as direct support while the electronic sounds of JERK will open the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and a $10 cover.
At Rudyard’s another edition of the long running BooTown series, Grownup Storytime will take place. The always funny show that features readings of actual stories is something every Houstonian should experience. Now that the first show usually sells out and there’s a second show, you have pretty much no reason to miss this show. Both are 21 & up with a $5 cover each, one at 8 pm and one at 10 pm.
That’s about all that’s happening this week. No matter what you decide to do, be mindful of others and remember that a safe ride home is just an app away.