FFW – The Free Press Preview for March 15 – 21, 2012
This Week’s Featured Show
Saturday, March 17
21st Annual KTRU Outdoor Show
@Rice University Central Quad
2p: The Demonic Hen
4p: The Energy
6p: Wild Moccasins
8p: Lower Dens
1p: Jesus, the Crazy, and the Bad Kids
3p: The Thermals
5p: Titus Andronicus
9p: Slim Thug
What is with the freaky bunny on the poster this year? Man, I feel like I’m on bad drugs just looking at that! Anyhow aside from getting some bad nightmares from that freaky bunny, this year looks to be a pretty solid line up and to be honest this is the first one in a while with a line up that I find engaging. Slim Thug, Chairlift, Titus Andronicus, Lower Dens, Wild Moccasins, The Energy… and I don’t know who The Demonic Hen is but goddang that is a great fucking band name! So if yr sitting out SXSW this year, this is a pretty good way to spend your Saturday. Nice thing fro me is it’s right across the street from my apartment! So, HA!
Thursday, March 15
High on Fire, MonstrO, Venomous Maximus @ Fitzgerald’s – ROCK. Hard and Heavy just like you like it.
The Evolution of Hip Hop & Bass Vol. 1, featuring iLL LiaD, Badbwoy BMC, MC Buda Love, Twenty Eleven, Dirty & Nasty, Murderland Collective, DJ Sinik, Screwtape, Hollywood Floss, DJ Rob Bass, DJ Pharmer, MC Tim Woods, & MC Jon Black @ Villains - Lots of DJs Lots O’ Rappers
SXSW Overflow Fest, featuring JP & the Gilberts, My Amends, The Weekend Pilots, Take One Car, Clapperclaw, Harold Honey, & Great 85 @ Super Happy Fun Land – We spotlighted this last week and here is week two of the marathon overflow event.
Michael Schenker Group @ Warehouse Live (Studio) – 70’s stadium rock vet.
Kasabian @ Fitzgerald’s – Lancaster England Rock band. Not my thing to be honest.
Dave Days, Ricky Ficarelli, Alex Goot, Asher Monroe, Nice Peter, The Key of Awesome @ House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) - Nickelodeon pop
Romeo Santos @ Toyota Center – singer specializing in the Dominican Republic’s genre of Bachata
Reckless Kelly @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck (outside) – The duck will be rolling out a Big Top Tent for this one.
Linda McRae @ Anderson Fair – Canadian multi-instrumentalist ( she plays clawhammer banjo, acoustic guitar, accordion and porchboard stompbox to name a few) singer songwriter folkie now residing in Nashville but don’t hold that against her, she keeps her music as gritty as an Okie dustbowl.
Friday, March 16
Band Of Skulls, We Are Augustines @ Fitzgerald’s - English sometimes blues rock sometime just rock trio.
SXSW Overflow Fest, featuring Hyena, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, Starlight Girls, Ghost & Goblin, Great Valley, Katie Grace Henlow, & Screamin Eagle @ Super Happy Fun Land – more unrelenting overflow!!!!
SpokFrevo Orquestra @ Cullen Theater (Wortham Center) – OK OK I totally read that as Spork Fever but now it’s SpokFrevo – Bag Band from from Brazil.
Michael Troy @ Anderson Fair – Massachusetts folkie
Friday – Saturday, March 16-17 – World Music 4 World Peace Festival, featuring LAGITAGIDA, Japanese Gum, Mr. Bleat, Panorama, The Freakouts, Daphne, I Am the Architect, Sunday Never Came, Peloton, & more @ The Cornerstone (1819 FM 565; Baytown) – OK you’ve got a prog metal band from Japan, an electronic band as well as an indie pop from Columbia playing a peace festival in Baytown. Why is that so weird to me?
Friday – Sunday, March 16-18 – 2nd Annual Spring Break Music Unity Freedom Festival, featuring a bunch of bands @ Porretto Beach (Galveston) - Congratulations, you win the most cumbersome music festival name award. Not only that, they will have – I shit you not – sunrise drum circles.
Saturday, March 17
St. Patty’s Day at Fitz, featuring Crocodiles, Miniature Tigers, The Chain Gang Of 1974, The Watermarks, Geographer, Pretty & Nice, New York City Queens, Wails, Vipers, Pelviq Thrust, & DJ G-Wizz @ Fitzgerald’s - St. Patty’s day mayhem at Fitz
Neon Indian, Purity Ring @ House of Blues – Denton electronic rockers
Beans Barton & The Bi-Peds @ Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar - The dude with the funny fish drawrings.
SXSW Overflow Fest, featuring Caustic Casanova, The Prescription, Moonlight Bride, Kali Mutsa, & Hillfolk Noir @ Super Happy Fun Land - I told you SHFL wasn’t messing around with this overflow thing.
St. Patricks Day Drunk, featuring The Recently Deceased, Candy, The Ghost Storys, & Elyse @ Mango’s – Celebrate St. Patty’s with an arbitrary noise ordinance ticket.
Texas Massacre, featuring Bahimiron, Teratism, Adumus, Spectral Manifest, Cronophage, & Droomstygg @ The White Swan – For those needing something a bit more heady on their St. Patty’s day weekend.
Wendy Colonna @ Anderson Fair – Louisiana lass who plays old school soul with a Belgian backing band. There’s a lot of mileage in there.
Jagged Edge, Dru Hill, Next @ Arena Theater – Wow somebody is getting laid tonight!! If this smoove R&B band won’t help you score, don’t worry because Jagged Edge’s got your back because they also sell a Love Remedy Kit!!! No seriously, check it, it’s described as “The essential tools for love from Jagged Edge. Pure Soy Chocolate Candle in a Heart Shaped Tin. Hand Poured, Lead free cotton wick, Chocolate Massage Oil, Infused with pure organic cocoa powder, anti-oxidant, skin softening-paint on body with brush. Lavender Mocha Latte Bath Tea, made with all natural and organic ingredients.” DAMN!!!!! Yes, that’s right – just check out the kit on the right there and weep because no matter what you do, your band now sucks – permanent!
Guy Clark, Chuck Allen Floyd @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) – Guy Clark has been around so long that the cities he’s lived in alone are exhausting much less all the folks he’s worked with over the decades.
Wayne Toups @ Nutty Jerry’s (Winnie) – Cajun singer with a mullet that is registered a s a deadly weapon in his home state.
Sunday, March 18
Andrew W.K. @ Fitzgerald’s – You know that scene in The Jerk where Steve Martin is excited about the phone book? That’s what Jacob Calle did when he heard AWK was coming to town.
Deafheaven, Odessa, Sleeping Ancient, Defending the Kingdom @ Mango’s – Here is a bad combination: Awesome Heavy Metal and assholes who love calling the cops to abuse a poorly written and overly broad ordinance!
Youth Lagoon, Dana Buoy @ Fitzgerald’s – Erie, pretty, and dreamy stuff from one twenty-two year old Trevor Powers. I really dig it.
Asking Alexandria, We Came As Romans, Emmure, Dir En Grey, For Today, A Skylit Drive, blessthefall, Motionless In White, Trivium, I See Stars, The Amity Affliction @ Verizon Wireless Theater - I get a PR person telling me about WCAR. I can’t stand the band but damn I’ve gotten so many e-mails that I rightly can’t ignore them. Maybe if I mention it it will make them go away. I guess score one for persistence.
HotChaCha, Electric Eel Shock @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor) – All ladies band with that 80’s flanged out new wave guitar sound.
SXSW Overflow Fest, featuring The Photo Atlas, The Shivas, The Gallery, Tamarin, Vio, Miré, Fenster, Eric Jennings, Glory Days, & Marvin and the Cloud Wall @ Super Happy Fun Land – yup, it is still going on.
The Violet Lights @ Mango’s – Mostly Harmless
The Black Belles, The Strange Boys, The Black Tabs @ Warehouse Live - All Girl Garage Goth band? Someone get Jef with One F on the horn this instant!!!
Nneka, Bajah, The Dry Eye Crew @ House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) – Ya gotta laugh a bit when someone’s press release has corny lines like “When your heart is as big as your Afro” or even better “Afro-German warrior princess.” Pretty silly copy to be sure but she’s actually pretty solid so don’t let that put you off.
Monday, March 19
They Who Sound featuring Jaap Blonk (Holland), Jack Wright (Easton, Pennsylvania), David Dove, Sandy Ewen, Damon Smith (Houston) @ Avant Garden – Three words to describe Jaap Blonk “Dada sound poetry” err maybe this video might help explain it (By the way, if you miss him tonight Blonk will also be at Rice University on Tuesday)
Food Not Bombs Last Legal Food Sharing if the Ordinance Passes (8pm) @ 521 Lamar – if the newest foolish city ordinance passes this will be the last night for this event that has been taking place for 18 years. They plan to go out with “music, media, and of course free healthy vegetarian food.” If you want to speak up to City Council about the ordinance you can do so on Tuesday http://www.facebook.com/events/312266142161435/
Magnetix, Xray Eyeballs, Muhammad Ali, Infinite Apaches @ Walter’s – Weirdo French Garage Rockers – with those four words how can you go wrong?
SXSW Overflow Fest, featuring Degollado, Kingdom of Sharks, Gun Party, Jack of Hearts, Each Other, Sofia Talvik, Brown Shoe, Little Spoon, & Sports @ Super Happy Fun Land – Holy crap SXSW is over but this one just keeps going!!!
Nikka Costa @ Fitzgerald’s – Is it me or is the guy playing keyboards in this clip hilarious or what? I mean what the hell is with his hood? Good gravy, someone PLEASE make that a new fashion trend!!!!
Good Old War, The Belle Brigade, Family of the Year @ Fitzgerald’s - pleasant enough indie rock band from Pennsylvania
Grandfather, Darwin’s Finches @ Dean’s Credit Clothing – Did I mention Darwin’s finches was opening? Yeahyus!
Sleeping with Sirens, Abandon All Ships, Conditions, Secrets @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - Disney, Nickelodeon you know stuff made for pre-teens
Tuesday, March 20
Unstoppable Death Machines, B L A C K I E, Female Demand @ NOTSUOH – The combo of B L A C K I E and FD is good enough but then they had to put it over the top with heavy badd and drum duo from NYC.
Kurt Schwitters’s Ursonate by J. Blonk @ Rice University’s Keith-Weiss Geology Building, Room 100 – f you missed him at Avant Garden, here is your second chance to catch Blonk in action.
Eden MacAdam-Somer @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - If you like fiddlin’, then MacAdam-Somer is worth checking out.
SXSW Overflow Fest, featuring LES Racquet, Kaade, & Frank McGregor @ Super Happy Fun Land – Oh my god, is it actually over? Good Grief, SHFL get some rest!
fun., Avalanche City @ Warehouse Live (Studio) – It’s not horribly bad given what it is trying to do but it’s the kind of pop music that leaves you wanting to brush your teeth after.
Valerie June @ Leon’s Lounge (1006 McGowen) - One woman folk ass woopin’
The Tejas Brothers @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) – Tex-Mex dudes from Ft. Worth
Wednesday, March 21
Anthony Barilla & the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Apocalypse Town @ Diverse Works - I’m gonna let DW describe this one…. “world premiere of Apocalypse Town by musician, writer, and theater artist Anthony Barilla. The performance is a musicological memoir of a town in north Kosovo, where Barilla currently lives. The work is part monologue, part travelogue, and part …concert; an interdisciplinary work of performance art combining film, text, rock music performances, foreign songs, and Houston musicians. The performance opens Wednesday, March 21 with a pre-performance cocktail reception that begins at 7pm. Additional performances are Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24, 2012 at 8pm and Sunday, March 25 at 6pm in the DiverseWorks Theater.”
Dom Kennedy @ Warehouse Live – West Coast rapper drops by after doing some time at SXSW
Colin Hay @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) - three words – Men at Work
This Week’s In-Stores
Thursday, March 15 @ Cactus Music – Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons (5:30PM)
Saturday, March 17 @ Heights Vinyl – Heights Vinyl In-Store Performance Series, featuring The Boulevard Nights (6PM)
Sunday, March 18 @ Cactus Music – Nneka (1PM)
Monday, March 19 @ Cactus Music – Good Old War (6PM)
This Week’s New Release Shows
Thursday, March 15 – JB and the Moonshine Band (CD release) @ Firehouse Saloon
Thursday, March 15 – Jetspeed Live Local Variety Showcase, featuring Sid 17, Baby Jay (CD release), David Enriquez, Susan Hickman, The Apostles, Justin Van Saint, Brompton, & more @ House of Blues
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Thursday, March 15 – Jason Aldean @ Reliant Stadium / Kimberly Kelly @ The Hideout
Friday, March 16 – Train @ Reliant Stadium / John Slaughter @ The Hideout
Saturday, March 17– Brad Paisley @ Reliant Stadium / Max Stalling @ The Hideout
Sunday, March 18 – Alan Jackson @ Reliant Stadium / Todd Fritsch @ The Hideout
–For even more listings check out Space City Rock - Houston’s best local calendar–