FFW – The Free Press Preview for July 07 – 13
This Week’s Featured Show
featuring Mike Stinson
& The Mighty Orq
- It’s as Houston as Houston can get. Every Wednesday from 7-9 PM CST for over 12 years, Blues in Hi-Fi on KTRU (90.1fm HD2 or on ktru.org) has brought you the best music you could ever expect to hear. It’s not just Blues but also R&B and Soul as well. And the amazing thing is Broussard has never once had a bad show. Somehow the guy’s encyclopedic knowledge and exhausting record collection has kept the show fresh, educational, engaging, and most of all it is a show that features music that speaks to your heart like no other. Sadly, back in April, Broussard was involved in a car wreck and seeing how much he’s done for this city, some folks thought it might be a good thing to give a little love back to Broussard. If you are a longtime fan like I am, drop on in and give the man some love and some much needed money to help with his medical costs.
Thursday, July 7
Torche, Big Business, Helms Alee @ Fitzgerald’s - Torche’s last album Meanderthal was easily one of the most fun and criminally under-appreciated records a few years back. Now the band is back with a new one which I hope can match that one. Big Business also is playing and if it’s a band my girlfriend likes, you’d better listen.
Point Break, Anti-Climax, Dead Lights, Crimewave, H.R.A. @ Vinyl Junkie - Point Break’s driving punk hits that late 70’s / early 80’s sweet spot in American Hardcore where the music crushed but it hadn’t quite discovered Metal yet. Plus given the whole David Emsinger thing – they probably have the most Punk Poster of the week.
Turnin’ Headz: Blank Canvas, featuring Herney the Great, Young Sensation, Fullmetal F Dot, Tyga Woodz, & Gunna Gang @ The Mink - The Hip-hop showcase of local and regional talent kicks off its move to The Mink (from Mangos) and will feature some local bad-asses along with a couple from our sister city New Orleans. Bonus Freestyle session from 9-10 so if you think your chops are up to snuff then take a turn at the mic. Check out our interview of TH:BC here.
Revocation, Legion, Annihilist @ Warehouse Live (Studio) – Pointy guitars and searing leads? Check! Double Kick? Check! Mad bass runs? Check! Cookie monster vocals? Check! Revocation is GO
Friday, July 8
Buxton @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Nice to see Buxton playing around BUT where is that new album? C’mon guys!
The Literary Greats, Poor Pilate, Sara Van Buskirk @ The Continental Club – The Literary Great’s newest offering, Black Blizzard, is as Americana as Apple Pie.
Dwight Yoakam @ Arena Theatre – Um, jeez do I really need to say anything here? It’s Dwight effing Yoakam?!!!
Hot Punk City, featuring Kimonos, Jealous Creatures, Biscuit Bombs, Zipperneck @ Rudyard’s - Local Punk David Emsinger, who we interviewed earlier in the week, hosts the first of two nights of music at Rudz.
Centro-Matic, Sarah Jaffe @ Fitzgerald’s – A Denton, TX invasion with the Rock and Roll bounce of Centro-matic and the quiet folk of Sarah Jaffe who we interviewed earlier this week. [ Also Centro-matic plays @ Cactus Music on Saturday at 1PM]
Plex in the City, featuring Rapid Ric, Go Go Garcia, & Squincy Jones @ Boondocks - DJ’s.
Alps, Terrence McManus, Rapeworm @ Super Happy Fun Land – Australia’s one man band Alps may be noisy, raucous, and experimental yet you can still sing along.
Clory Martin, Sarah Cook @ Bohemeo’s – We features opener Sarah Cook this month and you want to hear her live before she heads off to college this is one of two shows she’ll be doing.
Glitch Mob, Com Truise, R/D @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - LA electronic trio who is very very proud of their fancy light show.
Mitch Jacobs @ Heights Live! - Songs about women, bottles of booze…I’m sure he has one about a Cadillac or a pick-up truck in there too.
The Blow, Love Inks @ Fitzgerald’s - If you like cute, melodic, indie-pop then The Blow may be your cup of tea.
Honor Society, Katelyn Tarver @ House of Blues - The Jonas Brothers vanity label has Honor Society. If you are 13, this is cool. If you much older, I’m sure you will have a different reaction.
Marc Broussard @ House of Blues & @ Cactus Music (5:30PM) – Cali soul singer. Whether or not that’s your cup of tea, there is free St. Arnold’s at Cactus…HOB….eh, not so much.
Rich O’Toole (CD release) @ Firehouse Saloon - Not a great a song but I do have to give the guy props for finally making a song about Marijuana and Jalapeños. Someone had to do it.
Saturday., July 9
Dax Riggs, The Examples @ Fitzgerald’s – The former Acid Bath frontman and now solo performer residing in Austin returns.
The 71′s (CD Release), Black Queen Speaks, Brannigan, The Vehement Burn @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - Not my bag but if you like The Buzz, then this may be yours.
Nic Armstrong, Wails @ The Mink – Short, sweet, fun, hooky-pop from the UK.
Devin the Dude @ Fitzgerald’s - Load the bongs, Devin is at Fitz!
Jukebox Style Songwriters Show, featuring Tiziano Dominico & Tyagaraja @ Khon’s ($5) -Local tunesmiths Tiziano Dominico & Tyagaraja will kick it low key at the venerable wine and coffee establishment.
Hot Punk City, featuring No Love Loss, Here Holy Spain, Mydolls, & Vivian Pikkles & The Sweethearts Über Alles @ Rudyard’s - Part three of the Emsinger fest.
Visual Vitriol Book Release Party@ Domy Books (7 – 9:30 PM) before you hit Rudyard’s, you can attend this second part of the Emsinger fest at Domy which will feature a book signing, a panel discussion with members of Mydolls, Party Owls, and Really Red, and a screening of Chronicles From the Zero Hour.
The Lion of Wall Street @ Mango’s – Thrashy sweaty hardcore for your Saturday night.
Rihanna, J. Cole @ Toyota Center - You know Rihanna – Jay-Z, that weird business with Chris Borwn, the Pop R&B singer who caused everyone to say umbrella with an echo a few years back… yeah her.
Gathering Of The Wicked, featuring Half Breed Z, Ghetto Wicked, Tha Blak Sheep, Nokturnill 1, & Morgue Rydaz @ Walter’s – Apparently this is some Juggalo thing. By now, if you are like me, you have gone from mockery to boredom with the whole Insane Clown Posse thing. Let’s face it Juggalos, you’ve become nothing more than Parrotheads except with shittier drinks and worse music.
The Wiggles @ Verizon Wireless Theater - Rule number 1 in a listing – look better than what preceded you. Let’s see the Juggalos vs Wiggles. Damn, let’s see which is more rebellious, unpredictable, and edgy? Man, I gotta go with the Wiggles.
Squirt Gun Warriors, Equiliberation @ Super Happy Fun Land – Louisiana ska band of sorts with Tongue in cheek lyrics. Again, much more interesting than Juggalos.
Atif Aslam @ Reliant Arena -If you ever wanted to check out Pakistan pop music then you are in luck as Atif Aslam is one of the country’s biggest pop stars.
Kromosom, Wild, Tribe, Redriver, Vivisect @ The Ponderosa – Pounding Punk Rock from Australia leads this pack.
Mason Lankford & The Folk Family Revival (record release) @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) - Local folk band of brothers +1 celebrate a new album.
The Civil Wars @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck (Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10)- California Americana folk duo play two nights at the Duck.
Sunday, July 10
Ancient Cat Society, The Sour Notes, Elaine Greer & Friends, Marmalakes @ Fitzgerald’s – Buxton offshoot ACS joins forces with and Elaine Greer double-header (both with the Sour Notes and her eponymous band).
Monday, July 11
They, Who Sound featuring Terrence McManus and Denis Cisneros/David Dove/Michelle Yom @ Avant Garden (7pm) - Houston’s finest showcase of experimental, jazz, and avant garde music brings you guitarist-composer-sound artist Terrence McManus this week.
Black Bloc, Iron Hands, Concrete Violin @ Sedition Books - Manchester’s Black Bloc currently being championed by the BBC and The Joe Strummer Foundation for new music.
Tuesday, July 12
Daysailor, Maren Parusel, Jealous Creatures @ Rudyard’s – Local indie pop duo with self-described funny names headline.
Songwriters’ Night, featuring Lisa Morales, Clay Graham, Graham Wilkinson @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - One half of the Sister Morales leads this triumvirate.
Wednesday, July 13
Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys, Nervo @ Toyota Center – A Britney Spears concert is Christmas in July for pop music aficionados.
Ryan Harvey, Dead Energy, Kim Champion!, Adam and the Angry Gods @ Sedition Books (8PM) - Apparently Sedition’s website is down but I can tell you that Ryan Harvey is pretty much what you’d call Social Justice Folk.
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