FFW – The Free Press Preview for December 15 – 21, 2011
This Week’s Featured Show
Alicia Plaza & Joe Ortiz
featuring Muhammad Ali
Giant Battle Monster
@ Super Happy Fun Land ($5)
Joe Ortiz. You may know him as the man with a message, “Hug Me.” If you attended summerfest or the now retired Block Party, you likely saw Joe walking around with a hand written sign saying just that. The funny thing is he would walk from person to person giving a receiving hugs and it wasn’t creeper at all but just the perfect walking personification of all the good vibes of those events. If you missed out on that, maybe you know him for his modesty-challenged band Clockpole who, besides putting on a fun show, are best known for being a bunch of pasty guys playing their instruments naked. I have to admit, the first time I saw them, I was like, “Ewww no thank you Joe, I don’t need to see that.” But soon after I was just kind of “Oh it’s just Clockpole” and was more shocked anytime they kept their clothes on.
Anyhow, perhaps we’re corny here at the FPH but we’re all just a little “awwwwwwww” about the union of Joe and Alicia. Oooooh, they are just so cute you could punch them and you too can share in the fairy tale romance with a rock and roll matrimony at Super Happy Funland. Not only will the aforementioned Clockpole play but fellow islanders Darwin’s Finches will be there along with Giant Battle Monster, Muhammadali, The Annoysters, Cop Warmth, and Papaya. Plus Peter Lee will be Barbecuing and there will be a big pot luck dinner. I for one think that is superawesomecool. Just bring a barf bag cause it’s just that adorable.
Congratulations Joe and Alicia.
Much love and best wishes to two very good people.
Thursday, December 15
Man Or Astroman, The Flaming Hellcats @ Fitzgeralds - Holey moley. At nearly 20 years in their deep space mission, MOA has surely logged in enough surf riffs to make and old school Star Trek robot smoke and collapse.
Frants, Adam Bricks, Don’t Poke The Bear @ The Continental Club - Gretchen Schmaltz has been laying low for a while now but she’s recently resurfaced with the band Frants. Definitely glad to see he back on the stage.
Hurt, Jeffro @ Fitzgerald’s - middling buzz rock.
The Commodores, Champagne Room @ Nutty Jerry’s (Winnie) -I’m easy like Sunday Morning!!!!! Hell Yeahyus!
Martin Burniston’s 21st Annual Christmas Singalong @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck (Thursday 15 – Saturday 17 , December) - Can’t get enough Christmas music? Well yr in luck. Mr. Burniston will be kicking out the jams for the next three days.
Friday, December 16
Hip-Hop Before X-Mas Benefit for The Haven, featuring Rob Jay, Billy Black, Fat Tony, & Nameless @ Dean’s Credit Clothing (8PM; $5, or free if you bring a toy) - Cool line-up but don’t be a douche, bring a toy.
Runaway Sun, Electric Attitude, Mantis @ Fitzgerald’s - Andrew and the boys lead the charge at Fitz.
Honky Tonk Blood Brothers @ Heights Live! ($15) -local supergroup made up of Johnny Falstaff, John Evans, Southern Backtones’ Hank Schyma, and Craig Kinsey.
3rd Annual Feed Houston Concert, featuring Slim Thug & Juvenile @ Warehouse Live - solid bill for a solid cause.
The Umbrella Man, Dem Damn Dames, Hot Club of Cowtown @ The Continental Club - rockabilly your ass off.
A Fistful of Soul @ The Big Top -After 2.5 years, Fistful of sould moves down the block to the Big Top. it will also be the last show for “Ben [Browning] who is hanging up his headphones to pursue his love of astronomy” Cool!
Sloshtown, Static Collision, The Hates, Shut Up Sidney @ Mango’s - Christmas is better with a little Hates
The Beans, Only Beast, Bloombox, The Lonely Giant @ Fitzgerald’s - Blues Rock Dudes
Gina Chavez, Robin Kirby, Staci’s Edge, Erica Nicole Band @ The Mink – Latin folkster from Austin
Flo Rida, Taio Cruz, Breathe Carolina @ House of Blues -Rapper Flo Rida is the only rapper to not have had T-Pain on an album. Nah, I’m messin with ya, TPain has guested with everyone including Flo Rida’s on first hit “Low.”
Leah White @ Cactus Music (4-5:30PM) – One for the kiddies.
T-Lady @ Jet Lounge - Is it me or is there something awesome about calling your first album “Pot Of Gumbo”?
Designer Drugs @ Antique Bar - DJ dudes from NYC or
Morgan Page @ Rich’s – …perhaps you’d prefer a DJ from the West coast
Black Queen Speaks @ Rudyard’s - Rock band, they are not my kind of thing but some of you might be into them so I’ll mention it.
Christmas in the South, featuring Charlie Daniels, Trapper Joe & Trigger Tommy, & The Swamp People @ Nutty Jerry’s (Winnie) - Charlie Daniels is like that cranky old relative who sits at the dinner table and goes on about how “Darwinism will be looked upon as we now look upon the flat earth theory” and how he’s more afraid of Harry Reid and their ilk than he is of the terrorists. But you can’t deny the devil Went Down To Georgia is a classic tune.
Saturday, December 17
Jandek @ Menil Collection (ATTENTION: due to inclement weather the time is now 7PM and this will be held indoors in the foyer) this was a close call as this week’s featured show but just missed by thaaat much. Jandek’s “outsider” music was already divisive amongst music fans but a few years back he famously flicked his finger at pretension and played a fun and goofy funk jam at Rudyard’s that left music nerds around the world so furious and hurt that you’d have thought he’d killed their mom in cold blood. But leave your dancing shoes home this week because this weekend’s show will no doubt return to more familiar territory. The Menil Collection will present a two-part program of live and recorded Outsider Music in conjunction with the current museum exhibition Seeing Stars: Visionary Drawing From the Collection. The first part actually begins earlier when, preceding Jandek’s performance, at 4 pm, Houston record collector Jeff Williams will be in the exhibition gallery playing selections from his extensive library of recorded visionary and outsider music. That will be followed at 7:15pm by a solo performance by Jandek.
Caroling with The Caroline Sessions, featuring Benjamin Wesley, Clory Martin, Chase Hamblin, Corey Power, Donnie Sands, File Under Jeff, Frank Freeman, Melissa Savcic, Robin Kirby, Tim Qualls, & more @ Caroline Collective (2-8PM) - Caroline Collective drops a little end of yeah hootenanny for y’all.
The El Birthday Metalfest, featuring Project Armageddon, Venomous Maximus, Warbeast, Sanctus Bellum, Las Cruces, & Mr. Plow @ Rudyard’s (5pm) - YUSSSS! Metal Birthday party! the best birthday party of all!
Merry Metal Fest, featuring Carry The Storm, Decimation Theory (CD release), Will to Live, Carrion Sun (CD release), Elder Gods, & Mohawk Steve @ House of Blues - Speaking of metal, here is some metal Christmas Cheer.
Punxmas Fest 2011, featuring Molotov Compromise, Blackmarket Syndicate, The Ghost Storys, Roots of Exile, & The Freakouts @ Mango’s - OK so if metal is not your bag, maybe try some punk.
Tiziano Dominico, Sergio Trevino, Adam Bricks @ Avant Garden ($5) - local singer songwriters unite to kick ass and chew bubblegum and they are all out of gum.
Dream Thieves, March to the Sea, Square and Compass, Good Vibes @ The Mink - Iowa city electronic rock
Gritsy: Freebie!, featuring Huy Cao, John The Third, Juxta, Knome, Pejman, Rastaar, Suraj K, Sines, Upgreyed, Werm, & Full Effect MC @ Warehouse Live - Dubstep anyone?
The 999 Eyes Freakshow and Surreal Sideshow, Braggart Family Sideshow @ Super Happy Fun Land - If you have any questions after reading Alex’s preview (link), this should answer them
Witness Progression Party, featuring H.I.S.D., T.H.E.M. (hasHBrown, Hollywood FLOSS, John Dew, Dustin Prestige, Thurogood Wordsmith, & Kidd the Great), The Niceguys, Uzoy, & Doughbeezy @ Main Stage 2016 - Solid Hip Hop show for yr Saturday night.
Provision, TENSE, Post Faction, DJ Rob, DJ Xcess @ Fitzgerald’s – DJs and electronic music galore.
Kelly Doyle @ Cactus Music (1PM) -local bad ass guitarist who has played with Robert Ellis and the Boys, I Am Mesmer, Clouseaux, Three Fantastic, and your mom.
Herschel Berry @ Cactus Music (3PM) - Stick around for Herschel too.
Anti-Christ Mass XIV, featuring Serpentis, GoatCraft, Demonic Destruction, Funeral Rites, Legions of Hoar Frost, & Chaos Aeon @ Mango’s - GoatCraft? I dunno about that one sounds like a fishing boat or something.
Brian McKnight, Tank @ Arena Theater -I dare you to demand a trombone, tuba, flugelhorn or trumpet solo during his set. No seriously, the dude can play those.
Carolyn Wonderland @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) – Houston (now Austin) blues guitar wiz Carolyn Wonderland returns to her hometown. Well just north of it at least.
Sunday, December 18
Swishahouse X-Mas Party featuring Felony, Fam 420. Surreall, Lil Young, Young Redd, E-Class, Big Pic, Big Tiger, Lil Marid, Archie Lee with special guests Matches, Big Al, Fat Tony, Chingo Bling with DJs Michael 500 Watts, BMC, Big Red, and Big Mix. @ Villains Houston -Merry Christmas from Swishahouse. This was the third show that was in the battle for this weeks featured show. So much going on at this show that it is kind of ridiculous.
Blaggards Toy Drive @ The Continental Club (12-6PM) -Toys and Blaggards. Nice combo.
FOLXMAS!, featuring The Taxpayers, Jessie Williams, Sticky Bandits, Costumes, Silly Billy Lafayette, Days N’ Daze, Low Down Rag Revue, Radio Flyer, Say Girl Say, Dead Rabbits, The Sidewalk Slammers, Adam & the Ancient Gods, Marissa, & Kim Champion @ Vinyl Junkie (6PM; $5/$2 w/donation of non-perishable food items or unopened child’s toy) - Nice but you know that they probably had to stipulate “unopened” cause you know someone came in one day with an armless and headless GI Joe and just tossed it into the box.
Danny B. Harvey, Hotrod Hillbillies, 13 Black Coffins @ The Continental Club - Rockabilly yo!
DJ Black Slacks @ Cactus Music (2-5PM) - He spins while you shop and drink St. Arnold’s.
Axis in Collapse, Weapons of War, Caches the Ghosts, Doom Fire @ Warehouse Live – Metal Metal Metal and Metal
In Memory of Roberto Zenteno, featuring Los Tres Reyes & Norma Zenteno @ Stafford Centre (Stafford) - tribute to the late Perez Prado trumpet player from Houston.
Monday, December 19
They, Who Sound, featuring Susan Alcorn, Thomas Helton & Scott Looney, David Dove, Sandy Ewen, Damon Smith @ Avant Garden (7-9PM) - If you dig the slide guitar Susan Alcorn is someone you need to check out.
Aotearoa @ Super Happy Fun Land - Funky dudes from San Francisco
Tuesday, December 20
Trish & Darin Christmas Show @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – More Christmas business at the Duck
Wednesday, December 21
Dax Riggs @ Fitzgerald’s – The much loved Mr. Riggs returns yet again to Houston. That dude sure does play a lot of shows.
Lyle Lovett & his Acoustic Group @ Verizon Wireless Theater – If you don’t know who Lyle Lovett is, you should likely turn in your Texas citizenship.
Gilbert Alfaro & Friends @ Jet Lounge – You know, The Spain Coloured Orange dude
Shen Yun @ Jones Hall – I dunno some Falung Gong thing with traditional Chinese dancing and music and stuff.
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