FFW – The Free Press Preview for June 7 – 13, 2012
This Week’s Featured Show
Thursday June 7
Back in the late 90s there were a lot of cool bands roaming the vast plains of the Houston landscape. Some were trippy like Dry Nod, some were heavy like Dead Horse, and some were just big stupid-ass grungy mothers who put on a fun ass-whoopin’ live show like Bleachbath. The band built up quite a reputation during its time and released one album on the long defunct Sound Virus label but eventually the band just, like many bands, called it quits as the members moved on to different things. I’m not sure what the other members have been doing musically but you can still hear drummer Ricky Costello behind the kit of Project Grimm and even after all these years he still evokes gasps from people. Honestly, last time I saw PG at Rudz some guy was asking me, “Where the fuck did that drummer come from?!” Surprisingly, this reunion has been a somewhat low key affair and when I tell old school folks about the reunion show they all respond with, “What? Really? When? Where?” So naturally I’m gonna try to remedy that by dropping them as the featured show this week.
Thursday, June 7
Santigold, Charli XCX @ House of Blues –I’ve been a pretty huge fan of Santi White since I heard “Lights Out” a few years ago. The new album doesn’t give me that Holy Shit! moment of hearing that debut album the first time but White and partner in crime John Hill still manage to deliver some pretty solid stuff nonetheless and it has some great pop songs. I am not a fan of House of Blues but Miss White would definitely trump that bias.
Vivian Pikkles & the Sweethearts Über Alles, Tiziano Dominico, Psychic Palms @ Fitzgerald’s – Can you be punk, bad ass, adorable, and ass kicking at the same time? Vivian Pikkles proves it is quite possible.
Mentors, Potty Mouth, Psychosomatic, Humungus, H.R.A. @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor)-The men who brought you such immortal over-the-top verses as “It’s the sandwich of Love/ One Below and One Above” and “bend down and smell my anal vapors/ Your face will be my toilet paper” return. Sure, it’s the same joke over and over again but, like , GWAR, it’s a pretty funny joke.
Wood and Wire @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Austin Bluegrass kids
George Porter Jr. and Runnin Pardners, Paul Ramirez Band @ Discovery Green – Thursday afternoon freebie
Friday June 8
The Beach Boys @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Holy guacamole, Brian Wilson is on this tour. That’s awesome!!!
The Crystal Method @ Fitzgerald’s – Electronic duo going on what, two decades or so now of making people dance.
Joe Pug, David Wax Museum @ Fitzgerald’s – Pug was a carpenter but lucky for us he put away his tools and went the singer songwriter route.
Houston Free Thinkers present “Resistence is Fertile” (Benefit for Last Organic Outpost)feat. Brokenquote, PeresphOne, Flcon Fcker, ProjectBenz, HandsomeBeast @ Notsuoh – Benefit for Last Organic Compound which looks like a pretty cool little organization.
The Head and The Heart, The Moondoggies, Husky @ Warehouse Live – Pleasant Seattle folk pop. Good stuff. If you dig stuff like Delta Spirit and such this may be worth checking out.
Mission Control, featuring Mic Skills @ Jet Lounge – Mission Control celebrates six years of booty shakin.
DJ Geronimo Lomax @ Leon’s Lounge (1006 McGowen) – More DJs
Fierce Bad Rabbit, The Pub Affair @ Mango’s – OK indie rock band from Fort Collins. Not great not bad but pretty OK.
Cordial * Dada Moda * Old Old Jesus * Dead Mineral @ Rudyard’s – A screamy hardcore band and instrumental post rockers bookend this one.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ House of Blues – Louisiana Blues dude who has been at it since he was 13.
Markus Schulz @ Rich’s – German trance DJ
John Michael Montgomery @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) –Country Music fellow from Danville who so far has not written any songs about Phineas or Ferb.
Saturday, June 9
The Suffers Birthday Party, featuring The Suffers, Khruangbin, Equals, Third World, & Allen Garland @ Fitzgerald’s –The local rocksteady, ska, reggae, etc. supergroup celebrates its first year.
YACHT, Onuinu, The Illegal Wiretaps @ Fitzgerald’s – Portland electro-pop
World Naked Bike Ride Houston, featuring RU-486, Glasgow Smile, Priest In Shit, Future Blondes, & Nautical Almanac @ Super Happy Fun Land – If anyone you know is doing this ride, I would not be borrowing their bike. Just sayin’.
Honky @ Big Woodrow’s – I say it every time they play because that is all you need to know – Pinkus!
Gritsy, Hosted by: Full Effect MC & Kam with Sines, Dayta, Squincy Jones, Suraj K, John the 3rd, Upgreyed, Juxta@ Warehouse Live – Fans of Dubstep will be stoked about the party the Gritsy crew is throwing tonight
New Birth Brass Band, Mama Tried @ The Continental Club – Really do you need to know anything else beyond the words Brass Band and Louisiana?
Underworld, featuring DJ Mina & DJ vvJames @ Numbers –More DJs
Deadman @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck –this Dallas Americana band will be playing a tribute to The Band at Sweden’s Peace and Love Festival and listening to these guys you can see why that’s a good fit.
Mike Stinson, The Dollyrockers @ Rudyard’s –The celebrated local singer songwriter and a rudz burger sounds pretty sweet to me.
Ashleigh Flynn, Matt Harlan @ Anderson Fair – Folkies Folkies Folkies.. it’s Anderson Fair yo.
HeadCrusher, Descomunal @ The 19th Hole (The Woodlands) – Metal in the suburbs!
Sunday, June 10
Heroes for Holden 2012, featuring Tracy Byrd, Wayne Toups, Alexa Carter, Andy Gibson, Hamilton Loomis, Jason Cassidy, Davin James, & Zona Jones @ Pasadena Convention Center (Pasadena; 2-10PM) – UGH, man kill me now. This is really really just awful stuff. I honestly couldn’t read the full story of what happened to this child but it’s one of those stories that I don’t have the stomach or the heart for. Needless to say it’s a good cause so even if you can’t go, drop some money in the kitty at http://heroesforholden.org/
Vital Remains, Krullur, Funeral Rites, Peasant @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor) – Metal YEAHYUSSS!
La fin Absolute du Monde, PONICS @ Super Happy Fun Land – California ambient duo
The Cave Singers @ The Continental Club – Derek Fudesco’s Post Pretty Girls Make Graves band is some good quirky folk rock.
Monday, June 11
They Who Sound featuring Jesse Kenas-Collins & David Dove/Lucas Gorham (sometimes known as “Screwed Anthologies”) @ Avant Garden – This week’s TWS brings you a Boston multi-instrumentalist who will be playing prepared guitar, drums, and a lot of other stuff too.
The Cribs, Devin @ Fitzgerald’s – fun English Indie Pop Band
Tuesday, June 12
Dead In The Dirt, Heartless, North, Turbokrieg, Odessa, Cast Away @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor) –You know those bands that make you put your fingers in that Dio Devil sign and shout like a moron? Dead in the Dirt is one of those kinds of bands…
LMFAO, Far East Movement, The Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, Eva Simons, Natalia Kills @ Toyota Center – The goofy kings of party music return
Wednesday, June 13
Benjamin Wesley, Walker Lukens, Marshall Walker @ Rudyard’s – The hyper-talented Ben Wesley is hot off a new album and if you’ve not seen him live this is a good opportunity.
Roberto Carlos @ Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) – You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? I really really can’t think of writing anything about this Brazilian singer that this picture hasn’t already done for me. I mean just look at that!!! —>
Caifanes @ House of Blues – Mexico City Rrrrrrrrok en Espanol
The Proselyte, Flying Snakes @ Mango’s – chimpy, grungy rock
This week’s In-Stores
Saturday, June 9 @ Cactus Music – Runaway Sun (3PM)
This Week’s Festivals
RNI Fest @ Acadia Bar & Grill
Friday, June 8 –Wide Open Throttle, Dixie Witch, Wellborn Road, Serpent Sun, & Ese
Saturday, June 9 –Decimation Theory, Vesperian Sorrow, Six Minute Century, Rockett Queen, Sol34, Torrid Complex, Everburn, & Stone Descent
–For even more listings check out Space City Rock – Houston’s best local calendar–
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