FFW – The Free Press Music Preview for October 18 – 24, 2012
This Week’s Featured Show
Shadow of the Bat-Man
featuring Two Star Symphony
@ Discovery Green
The fake 1920’s Batman film – cobbled together from various silent films – is one of the more clever bits of mash-up I’ve seen in a while. It’s pretty funny and clever stuff if you ask me. In fact, it’s done so well that when I first was watching this I was totally scratching my head thinking, “Wait, didn’t Batman first appear in 1939? What the hell?” only to realize what was really going on. Lucky us, Two Star Symphony will be playing their score to this cheeky film at Discovery Green and given the nice weather combined with the upcoming costumed holiday, this one just beats out Skatestock (who got points for outdoors) and ZZ Top (who also got points as the band are pretty much Texas costumed super-heroes) as the featured show for the week.
If you want to read up on it a bit. There is a nice interview with the twisted editor behind Shadow of the Bat-Man, Andre Perkowski, at Genius Boy Watermelon. Perkowski, by the way, will be in attendance so make sure to give him a thumbs-up then maybe a smack on the head for being so goofy.
Thursday, October 18
Busdriver, No Can Do, Open Mic Eagle @ Fitzgerald’s – Otto from the Simpsons is so stoked about this show!
Thursday Concerts at Discovery Green, featuring Brave Combo & Flying Fish Sailors @ Discovery Green (6PM; free!) – Denton, TX Polka mo-fos! Woo! (I mean that “Woo!” sincerely)
Zoogma, Electric Bubbles @ Fitzgerald’s – Massachusetts Electronica
Mary Cutrufello @ Rudyard’s (6:30-8:30PM) – The ex-pat country singer drops in for an early show at Rudz.
Morbid Angel, Dark Funeral, Grave, Vadimvom @ The Scout Bar (Clear Lake) – The renown Florida Death Metal band ironically show no intention of dying after almost 30 years and so will bring their punishing assault to the dark, dark realm we call Clear Lake.
Friday, October 19
Matt and Kim, Oberhofer @ House of Blues – Matt and Kim are fun and bouncy and they closed out my favorite SXSWs ever so how can I not love them to death?
Nameless Sound Presents Ab Baars and Ig Henneman @ Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios
(1824 Spring Street, 8pm) – Awesome free jazz duo. Check out Robert McCarthy’s Preview here ( link)
Burned Out III, featuring Soapbox Revolution, Electric Attitude, & Craig Kinsey @ Fitzgerald’s – You know all those songs you hate because you’ve heard them a million times? Well Burned Out returns for a third round of those damn songs!
Dark Dark Dark, Emily Wells @ Fitzgerald’s – Minneapolis Folk rocking mother*&@%ers
SoundMass: My Education & Theta Naught, Super Robot Party, Glass the Sky @ Mango’s – Austin’s My Education and Salt Lake City’s Theta Naugh celebrate their collaborative new release.
Benny Benassi, Krewella, Congorock, Pink Is Punk @ Stereo Live – DJ di Italia.
Teenage Bottlerocket, Smoke Or Fire, Masked Intruders, Rockaway Radio @ Walter’s – Wyoming, land of rancher, farmers, Shoshone, Yellowstone, Devils tower, and Punk rock!
Amplified Heat, Sideshow Tragedy, The Umbrella Man, Quadraphonic @ The Continental Club – Austin’s heavy rockers return
Mega Baile Con Bombón: A Fundraiser Benefiting The 63rd Annual Holiday Parade & The Houston International Festival, featuring Gracie Chavez, OG Bobby Trill, Navo, & Panchitron @ 3603 Clinton Dr. – OK I got the Mega Dance part but “Bombón” has me a bit puzzled? Someone help me out here?
REO Speedwagon, Night Ranger @ Constellation Field (Sugar Land) – Really Sugarland? Ummmm, wow. Just errr wow.
Saturday, October 20
Skatestock, featuring Something Fierce, Hell City Kings, Sanctus Bellum, No Love Less, Herschel Berry and The Natives, Bald Eagle Burger, Tax the Wolf, Pinky Lieder, Brother Roo, Ceeplus Bad Knives, & Cipher @ Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark (110 Sabine; 12-9PM, free!) – Skates, music, art, and even SCIENCE!!! CooooOOooool! We even did a preview for it (link)
Oktoberfest Houston, featuring The 71′s, Luther and the Healers, The Scorseses, The Mighty Orq, Cosmic Bug Loaf, Rathcamp Dance Troup, & Enziam Buam @ Houston Community College West Loop Campus (5601 West Loop South; 1-10PM) – Oktoberfest at HCC!
Venomous Maximus (LP release), Mothership, Hamamatsu Tom & The Drink Tickets, Brimwylf @ Fitzgerald’s – Venomous Maximus release their dark evil upon the hoards of doomed humans. Here is our interview with head honcho Gregg Higgins (link).
Murder the Stout, Spain Colored Orange, Language Room, Days Drive @ The Continental Club – Folk rock Vs psychedelic horns!
Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Toyota Center (sold out!) – “True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes” is still my favorite I don’t care what you “Under The Bridge” folks say.
Meat Puppets, Infinite Apaches, Phil Marshall @ Fitzgerald’s – The Kirkwood brothers return.
Norah Jones @ Bayou Music Center – Why do I feel kind of ashamed to say that I actually kind of liked the last Norah Jones album?
Carolynn & Josh’s Wedding Reception, featuring Brian’s Johnson (AC, DC tribute), Chelsea Hotel, & The Last Cigarette @ Big Star Bar (8PM; free!) – Nothing says “I do!” and “Till death do us part” like AC/DC!
Cassandra Wilson @ Cullen Center – the renowned jazz vocalist returns
The Majic 102.1 35th Anniversary Show, featuring Jill Scott & Charlie Wilson @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Happy 35th!!
ZZ Top @ Constellation Field (Sugar Land) – OK that’s more like it Sugarland.
Sunday, October 21
Buxton, Frontier Ruckus, Poor Pilate @ Walter’s – Kings of Houston Americana Buxton and up and comers you need to get acquainted with, Poor Pilate bookend this nice show.
KC & The Sunshine Band @ Arena Theater – Ow, not sure if this is worse than Night Ranger or not but it’s up there for sure.
Monday, October 22
Weedeater, TeXXXas, Peasant, Defending the Kingdom @ Fitzgerald’s – Heavy shit is going to go down.
Joyce Manor, Hop Along, Muhammad Ali, Neighbors @ Walter’s – California indie rock with easily one of the best Youtube comments I’ve seen this week – “My mom is in this band.”
They, Who Sound, featuring David Dove/Jawwaad Taylor and Adam Clark/Art Pinsof @ Avant Garden (7:30-9:30PM) – This week’s TWS brings you more horns, drums, electronics and… an empty jar? Yup.
Water Liars, Tiziano Dominico, Second Lovers @ Mango’s – Coincidentally, I accidentally overwrote my prior Week’s round-up with an interview I am working on for next month’s print article on TD which is why this is a little later and less extensive than usual.
Tuesday, October 23
Exitmusic @ Fitzgerald’s – Brooklyn Dream Pop duo
Wednesday, October 24
Band of Horses @ House of Blues – the beloved Seattle Americana band drops into town on the heels fo their new album.
The Raw Men Empire, Klezmer Dawgs @ Super Happy Fun Land – Klezmer!!!
Madonna, Nero @ Toyota Center (Wednesday and Thursday, October 24 – 25)– Ya gotta give Madonna points on tenacity.
This Weeks In-Stores
Saturday, October 20 @ Heights Vinyl – Pale (4PM)
Saturday, October 20 @ Cactus Music – The Rebecca West (1PM), Texas Tycoons (3PM)
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