FFW – The Free Press Preview for April 19 – 25, 2012
This Week’s Featured Show
Marcel Khalife & Al-Mayadine Ensemble
@ Jones Hall
There is a hell of a lot of music coming in from all parts of the world this week with the International Festival and even a Flamenco Festival yet I gotta give this week to singer, composer, and oud player Marcel Khalife. First off the Oud is a cool-ass instrument. Second, the dude has had to put up with foolish opposition to his art from facing criminal prosecution from religious extremists to being banned in Tunisia for his support of political activists. But none of that would matter if the dude couldn’t write some damn good tunes to back it up and Khalife has been doing that for 30 years. So how could we not give him a thumbs up at the home office?
Plus, dude, Omar here is so psyched about this show that his skull cracked open and a rainbow shot out, showering cookies and ice cream on passers by! You know how awesome that is? Free Cookies and Ice Cream! Here is how Omar described Khalife in a recent interview; “Most artists offer commentary on the world that surrounds them as a spectator. They are mirrors of their environment yet abstain from jumping head first into participation. However, there is a rare few artists who both serve as a mouthpiece for their environment and actually perform as active participants in their world. Few embody this direct engagement like world-renowned Lebanese artist Marcel Khalife. His powerful song craft has captured more than 3 decades of joy and turmoil in the world’s most delicately complex region and he has done so at his own personal risk.” If you missed it, you can read the interview here (link).
Thursday, April 19
Ben Kweller, Sleeper Agent, Murdocks @ Fitzgerald’s -JDB did a short preview of mister Kweller here (link)
Curren$y, Smoke DZA, Fiend 4 Da Money, Corner Boy P, Trademark, Young Roddy @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - OK I’m over the “$” being used as an “S” – everyone please stop this now!
Lahourcade, The Wheel Workers @ Fitzgerald’s – The Wheel Workers and some new kids making their debut.
Life As Lions @ House of Blues (Foundation Room) - Not my thing, sorry.
Go Radio, There For Tomorrow, Tonight Alive, This Providence @ House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) - Florida Vans Warped Tour Vets.
Snit’s Dog & Pony Show @ The Continental Club – Longtime local southern blues rockers.
Ellis Paul @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck -Sure, like a lot of folkies, he is into Woody Guthrie but Paul goes the extra mile with a Woody tattoo.
Collin Raye, Imaj Thomas @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) -Pop Country balladeer (ewwww)
Friday, April 20
Melvins, Unsane @ Warehouse Live (Studio) -Oh crap speaking of skulls cracking open!!! The Melvins are playing!!! The Melvins are playing!!!
Mustard Plug, Left Alone @ Fitzgerald’s - Ska Punk guys from Michigan with a really gross name.
Sight, Sound, Space, featuring Charlie Ebersbaker, Paul Connolly, Jonathan Jindra, Steve Jansen, John Pitale, & Baltazar Canales @ The Temple (2300 McKinney, 4th Floor; 8-11PM) -Imagine a carpeted room where you lie down in the middle while a band of improvisers play quiet, improvised ambient music for you to chill out to. that is what this is.
The Ting Tings, MNDR @ Fitzgerald’s - Cute UK pop band
The Invincible Czars, Glass the Sky, Young Girls @ Rudyard’s -The always entertaining Austin instrumental ensemble returns.
The Boxing Lesson, Jealous Creatures, PuraPharm, Residual Kid @ Mango’s -The publicist describes Austin’s TBL as a “psychedelic space rock band” so I’m thinking Hawkwind or Spacemen 3 or SubArachnoid Space or something like that but, yeah… this I kind of just cringed when the vocalist tried a bit too hard.
House Of Creeps Benefit Show with New York City Queens, Square and Compass, Deep Cuts, Lisa’s Sons, Feather Face. Last 2 Weeks, Sunrise and Ammunition @ House of Creeps - Fundraiser for new PA.
Disfrutalo!, InZurgo, Handsomebeast, Fuska, Bayuco Social, Mad Joy, Zoofelia, Cassette Tape, Downer, Meta The Man, PAPAYA @ Super Happy Fun Land - Groovy Psychedelic kids from Pasadena head this line up.
Lost Bayou Ramblers, Picture Book @ The Continental Club -Accordions, Fiddles and all that good Cajun stuff…kind of like… umm, this…
Garbage @ House of Blues - Garbage was ranked, #60 on VH1s “100 Sexiest Artists” My reaction to this was “I’m so glad people are over the whole list thing” and “Is VH1 still around and if so who cares?”
Eilen Jewell @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Boise, Idaho’s folk/country “queen fo the minor key” returns.
Kevin Higgins @ Heights Live! -(mock surprise) A singer songwriter from Austin? Noooooooo!
T-Lady @ Jet Lounge - Any rapper who drops lyrics about gumbo is OK in my book
Cory Morrow @ Sam Houston Race Park - Houston expat now living in Austin doing the singer songwriter thing.
Seth Walker @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe (Galveston) - Though he was originally from Austin, this rootsy, bluesy musician now calls from Nashville home.
Ted Nugent @ Nutty Jerry’s (Winnie) -I will give him “Stranglehold” with the Amboy Dukes but outside of that one track, if you want to know why I abhor 70s arena rock, look no further than this man’s 70’s music catalog. “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Wango Tango” alone have to be some of the most dull and lazy rock songs ever committed to vinyl. Oh and this just in from the Atlantic Magazine’s Blog; Nugent was quoted as saying at a St. Luis NRA Convention, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” Oh God, really Ted? Do you promise? OK, April of 2013 it is, don’t let me down, Ted.
Saturday, April 21
Art Institute, Biscuit Bombs, Psychic Palms @ Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark (110 Sabine) - Skate Park AND bands?!! Hell yes!!!
HFT Freedom of Choice: An Anti-Drug War Benefit: Cop Warmth, BrokenQuote, Wayword, Lazer Cuntzz, ExcuseMeSir, Shutup Sydney, Downer @ The Mink – Houston Free Thinkers host a show to benefit the Drug Policy Forum of Texas
Putrid Pile, Ingurgitate, Beaten and Butchered, Diminished, Sadistic Butchering, Human Chunks @ Walter’s - Here is a challenge for all you readers out there. Take all the metal band listings for the rest of the year, then write a poem or prose piece using all the band names. Get to work! I’m serious!
DevilDriver, The Faceless, Dying Fetus, Job For A Cowboy, 3 Inches of Blood, Impending Doom, Wretched @ House of Blues - OK let me make a modification to that challenge. You can only use Metal bands that play smaller venues. Sorry but Job for a Cowboy is really not that good a metal name.
Project Grimm, From Beyond @ Rudyard’s -Cranky McCrankster guitarist John Cramer (of the Mike Gunn) heads Project Grimm and the ever heavy From Beyond open.
Kristy Lee @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - American Idol fans (do people still watch this show?) likely know Lee who placed 7th on the show one season.
Collie Buddz, New Kingston @ Fitzgerald’s - Reggae and dancehall dude from Bermuda
Doc Marshalls @ Goode’s Armadillo Palace - Country Cajun band from… New York? Get a rope! Nah just kidding’ they are actually pretty good.
Tab Benoit @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) -The Swampy Louisiana bluesman hits the Woodlands
Sunday, April 22
Sucre’, The Tontons, Finnegan @ Fitzgerald’s - A little band that came together last year with Stacy Dupree-King (Eisley) and her hubby Darren King (Mutemath).
Marshall Crenshaw & The Bottle Rockets @ The Continental Club - Michigan singer/songwriter whose biggest hit was “Someday, Somehow” back in the early 80s.
Mark Halata & Texavia @ The Continental Club (3-6PM) - OK let’s get this out of the way right now – Polka is bad ass, Polka with a Tuba player in the band is even more bad ass. No arguments.
Never Shout Never, Koji, Kurt Travis, Renee and The Translators @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - Decent pop band. Not great, not bad, just kind of you know. OK.
Songwriters’ Showcase, featuring Lisa Morales, David Grissom, & Casper Rawls @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck -Songwriters at the duck? That’s crazy! Who would have thunk it?
Tweak Bird, Defending The Kingdom, Sleeping Ancient @ Rudyard’s - Chimp Rock drum and guitar duo that’s not afraid of harmonies.
Monday, April 23
They, Who Sound with Bob Hoffnar and Ford Us Over (John Pluecker, David Feil, Lucas Gorham) @ Avant Garden -A lap steel extravaganza this week with Austin’s Bob Hoffnar and our own Lucas Goham.
Bob Log III, Mr. Free & the Satellite Freakout @ Rudyard’s - The mysterious one-man slide guitar weirdo who hides his true identity behind a motorcycle helmet because the Black Keys are out to get him.
Tuesday, April 24
The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion -See? See what I mean? The Black Keys play the next night a mere coincidence?
Loma Prieta, Black Coffee, Chest Pain, For Want Of, Moths @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor) - Good screamy Bay Area hardcore
Belanova @ House of Blues -Mexico Synth Pop
Dark Blue Dark Green, Love Horse @ Super Happy Fun Land - Just two bros making rock
Bill Kirchen @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Rockabilly guitarist of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen fame
Wednesday, April 25
Sleepy Sun, White Hills, Pleasure Shapes @ The Orange Show -Unlike the above mentioned “Psych” band, Sleepy Sun actually can deliver the goods. If I wasn’t on a short hiatus from writing articles through July, I’d have totally done an interview with them to pimp this show.
Steve Earle @ Stafford Centre (Stafford) - Hell to the yes!
Bear In Heaven, Blouse, Doldrums @ Fitzgerald’s -Dude, that video for reflections of you with all the incessant zooming just made me sea sick.
Peelander-Z, One Eyed Doll, Spastic Fit, Skeleton Dick @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor) - Oh you wacky Japanese kids!
Catalyst Quartet @ Cullen Theater (Wortham Center) - Talented and engaging string quartet from New York who unfortunately have that “Where do I stand? Is my violin on like this?” look in all their press photos.
Buckcherry, James Durbin, Redlight King @ Warehouse Live -As if Ted Nugent doesn’t suck enough, we also have Buckcherry performing this week!
Shinyribs @ Under The Volcano (2349 Bissonnet) -If you love Austin’s The Gourds, don’t miss out when frontman Shinyribs Russell plays the Volcano
This Week’s Record Release Shows
Saturday, April 21 – Blackmarket Syndicate (record release), The American Heist, Dead to the World, Skeleton Dick @ Fitzgerald’s
This Week’s In-Stores
Thursday, April 19 @ Cactus Music- Ben Kweller
Saturday, April 21 Record Store Day
Cactus -The Tontons (DJ session in The Record Ranch 10AM – Noon), Evanescence (Autograph signing event 2PM-3PM), Rhett Miller (In-store Performance 5PM), plus lots of special stuff for Record Store day
Heights Vinyl- The Manichean, Second Lovers, Eli, Poor Pilate, & Khruangbin (12:30PM; free!)
Sound Exchange -DJs will be spinning and they will be putting out a recent punk vinyl collection purchased from the Henry Wild Dog estate
Vinyl Junkie -OK so they aren’t “participating in aspect” of Record Store Day per their facebook page but they will have discounts on Tshirts as well as new and used vinyl this day.
Vinal Edge -No DJs or bands performing here either but they will put out some of Chuck Roast’s 7″ punk records which is pretty cools.
Sunday, April 22 @ Cactus - Record Store Day Hangover – Jack White (Blunderbuss Listening Party in The Record Ranch 1PM – 2PM), Benjamin Wesley DJ Session in the Record Ranch (2PM to 5PM)
This Week’s Festivals
Houston Flamenco Festival 2012
Thursday, April 19 – “Aires de Feria” featuring Del Espadin Flamenco & Spanish Dance Academy @ Cha Champagne Bar (810 Waugh; 6:30-9PM)
Sunday, April 22 – Arte Y Pureza with Juan Bacan @ Frenetic Theater (5102 Navigation)
Galveston County Fair & Rodeo @ Galveston County Fairgrounds (Hitchcock)
Thursday, April 19 – The Spazmatics
Friday, April 20 - Redcap Band, Wayne Toups
Saturday, April 21 – Jarrod Birmingham
BuzzFest 28 @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Saturday, April 21
Main Stage: The Features (1:20pm), Foxy Shazam (2:20pm), MuteMath (3:20pm), Cage the Elephant(4:35pm), Blue October (5:55pm), Evanescence (7:40pm), Korn (9:25pm)
Side Stage: Aranda (1:00pm), Hurt (1:50pm), Dead Sara (2:50pm), Band of Skulls (4:00pm), Neon Trees (5:20pm), The Dirty Heads (7:00pm), Evans Blue (8:40pm)
42nd Annual Houston International Festival spotlighting Argentina @ Downtown Houston (City Hall, Bagby Street, Tranquility Park, Sam Houston Park, etc.)
Saturday, April 21 – Performers include Karl Morgan Band, Austin Piazzolla Quartet, Eljuri, Los Lonely Boys, Ruthie Foster Band with Hadden Sayers, Jesse Dayton, Natya Upasana Indian Dance Academy, Sur, The Olympian Dancers, Luna Argentina Folk Dancers, Los Amigos Invisibles, Hadden Sayers Band, Texas Brass Band, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico, Pablo Fernandez, Dance Milonga, Ari-Kang Korean Folk Dance Troupe, Hector Del Curto Tango, Espantapajaros, Tribal Lillies, Mauro and Elizabeth, Brazilian Nuts Band and Dancers, Raices Del Peru, Capoeira Luanda, Texas Brass Band, Los Bombos Argentinos, & Ballet Folklorico Azteca de Houston
Sunday, April 22 – Performers include HCC African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Latin Carnaval, Hector Del Curto Tango, Galactic feat. Corey Glover & Corey Henry, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Stone River Boys, Guillermo Serpas, Dance Milonga, Eljuri, JJ Grey & Mofro, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Hadden Sayers Band, Collective Sound Cloggers, Rene Casarsa, Los Amigos Invisibles, Revels Houston, Pablo Fernandez, Tidal Waves, Beetle, Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico, Mauro and Elizabeth, Capoeira Luanda, Bomba Chica, Curtis Poullard & the Creole Zydeco Band, Houston Chinese Performing Arts School, & Los Bombos Argentinos
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