FFW – The Free Press Preview for November 17 – 23, 2011
This Week’s Featured Show
Friday November 18
Titan Blood (7″ release)
DJ sets by
@ Rudyard’s - This was honestly kind of a toss up between the Pauline Oliveros show over at Rice, the B L A C K I E & Limb show over at NOTSUOH, and this one. But in the end I kind of figured this one kind of won the arm wrestling match. I mean come on, look at that line up – four ass-whooping take no prisoners local bands is pretty awesome and they even threw in some DJ sets by Ackerman and Team Science’s Aaron Danger. To cinch it, the show is also a record release for Titan Blood’s new 7″ which is a 5-song slab of snotty punk I am really diggin – particularly the second side where they open with this funky-ass soul thing because, damn it, why not open up a side with some soulful shit? I mean seriously, four killer bands, some solid DJs, and a Rudzburger? How could you do better on a Friday night?
Thursday, November 17
Between the Buried and Me, TesseracT, Animals As Leaders @ House of Blues - Screamy North Carolina Metal.
Aretha Franklin @ Arena Theater – Last time Aretha came to town she canceled. Hopefully the queen of soul can make it this time.
Sting @ Verizon Wireless Theater - Sting is pretty annoying and it’s been a long time since he’s done anything to counter that obnoxiousness but whatever.
Melt Banana, Giant Battle Monster, Mr. Castillo @ Fitzgerald’s - Japanese spazzy noisy weirdos and I mean that in the best possible way.
The Firehouse Showcase Concert Series, featuring Shawn Nelson & Sean Reefer and the Resin Valley Boys @ Firehouse Saloon – Sean Reefer country with an ummm herbal air to it.
Junior Brown @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – The Baritone lapsteel god returns to Houston.
Swingin’ Utters, Far From Finished, Radio Blackout, The Ballistics @ Fitzgerald’s - California, punk, fat wreck that should tell you all you need to know
Generation Landslide, Dead Roses, Chelsea Hotel @ Rudyard’s - that’s a lot of bands for a Thursday night, hope you plan on getting to work late.
A Fistful of Soul @ The Mink (front bar) - DJs at the mink.
Corey Taylor (mem. of Slipknot/Stone Sour) @ House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) – not what you would call a slipknot fan but meh, I’ll give it a mention.
Mac Miller @ Warehouse Live (sold out) – You’ll have to catch Pittsburgh rapper Malcolm McCormick elsewhere cause this one is sold out. Personally, I like his old stage name Easy Mac better. But then I’m eating mac and cheese at black hole while I type this so there ya go.
Vision, featuring Cuba Gooding Jr., Kiyoshi, & Tangled Shadows DJs @ Numbers – DJ at numbers? I would have never thought of that?
Friday, November 18
B L A C K I E/LIMB @ Notsuoh - Wow, so much awesomeness in this double bill that I’m just gonna have to step back and take it in.
6th Annual Winter Holiday Art Market Preview Party, featuring Yello Echo & Andrew Karnavas @ Winter Street Studios (6-10PM) – Art festival with a few bands. Best of all it’s free.
41st Annual University of St. Thomas Shadwell’s Wake, featuring Fat Tony, Free Radicals, The Beans, & lots of bad poetry @ Malloy Hall (3815 Mt. Vernon) – Wow, OK really an event that is devoted to reading bad poetry? I love it. total candidate for featured show.
Rebirth Brass Band @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - The New Orleans Funk Jazz cats return.
Sting @ Verizon Wireless Theater – Man, really? TWO nights of his stinginess?
Vince Neil @ House of Blues - I just finished reading the Ozzy Bio and when Ozzy says that touring with Motley Crew was an education. Ya gotta give it up for people who can show Ozzy a thing or two.
Hello Kitty: Hardstyle 2011, featuring DJ Jasmine Rose, DJ Clusterphuck vs. DJ Midget, DJ Hazzard, Rokindownthehouse, DJ Wynnde, & 8eTribe @ Stereo Live – Anyone who knows me knows I love Sanrio. So Instant mention!
Trapped Under Ice, Hundredth, Backtrack, Betrayal, Take Offense @ Mango’s - Hardcore from Baltimore.
Kuumba Freeque/Picture Book @ The Continental Club - Rock funk duo and Chase Hamblin’s 60′s tribute band
Holy Ghost!, Eli Escobar, Jessica 6 @ Fitzgerald’s – Whoah, little did I know that the label of the funky dancy Brooklyn based Holy Ghost (Green Label Sound) is owned by Mountain Dew. Do the Dew!
Blood On The Dance Floor, New Year’s Day, Angelspit @ Fitzgerald’s- Blood On The Dance Floor is an Orlando Florida band that sounds like they get a lot of airplay on Disney Radio. Nope, not lovin’ it but maybe your pre-teens might be into it.
Saturday, November 19
The Jayhawks @ House of Blues – The Minnesota country rockers are back in town.
Senses Fail, Stick To Your Guns, Make Do And Mend, The Story So Far @ Fitzgerald’s – pop punk.
Square and Compass, Kill The Rhythm @ Big Star Bar – Isn’t Square and compass a free mason thing? Oh wait perhaps I have said too much already.
Via Colori Houston Benefit for The Center for Hearing and Speech, featuring Klockwork, DJ Ceeplus Bad Knives, Jerk Store, Zydeco Dots, Cafe Khytaro & Solero Flamenco, Westbound, Ira Perez, & The Texas Toast @ Sam Houston Park - Another day of sidewalk art plus some music too.
6th Annual Winter Holiday Art Market, featuring Corey Power, Frank Freeman, Donnie Sands, & Melissa Savcic @ Winter Street Studios (11AM-8PM) – Second day of artists and bands.
Mobley @ The Mink – slick indie pop kids from Austin via North Carolina.
Arthur Yoria @ Hendricks Pub & Eatery (3320 Kirby; 8PM) - Houston Pop ex-pat drops back into town.
Art Crawl 2011, featuring The Grass Skirts, Sentimental Journey, Izzy Busy, DJ Vadim, & more @ Super Happy Fun Land, Last Concert Cafe, & other venues - Lots of art, crawlin’ and music.
Two Hoots & A Holler, Mike Stinson, The Umbrella Man @ The Continental Club - country and roots rock, you get the idea.
The Foreign Exchange @ Fitzgerald’s - well how many bands can say that they traded files via Instant Messenger to come up with their first album?
Nameless Sound, featuring Pauline Oliveros, Ricardo Arias, & Chris Cafe @ Wortham Opera Theatre/Shepherd School of Music (Rice Univ. campus; performance begins at 7PM) - Speaking of technology bringing people in different places together to make music. Oliveros does just that with a live performance in Houston with a fellow in California and another guy in Columbia
Destroying Texas Fest 6, featuring Impiety, Obeisance, Blaspherian, Nodens, Terrorist, Ophian, & Panteon @ The White Swan - Metal fest
Korn, Datsik, Downlink @ Verizon Wireless Theater – Bakersfield California land of Buck and Korn
Warren Hood @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Austin violin, fiddle, and mandolin player…oh yeah he sings too. What a show off.
Richard Dobson @ Anderson Fair - Nancy Griffith, Guy Clark, Dave Edmunds, Charlene carter…well let’s just say there are a lot of people who like this Tyler Texas singer songwriter enough to cover his songs.
Sunday, November 20
Via Colori Houston Benefit for The Center for Hearing and Speech, featuring Roky Moon & BOLT!, Andrew Karnavas, Two Star Symphony, Sideshow Tramps, Spain Colored Orange, Benjamin Wesley, Ancient Cat Society, & The Literary Greats @ Sam Houston Park – Day two of the sidewalk art fair.
Katz Coffee Porter Party, featuring Something Fierce, Allen Oldies Band, The Tontons, The Suspects, Folk Family Revival, & Benjamin Wesley @ 900 Winbern (2-9PM) - Is this in the car park by Sigs? I dunno but sounds cool yo.
Prince Rama, Indian Jewelry, Wicked Casanova @ Mango’s – Brooklyn’s psychedelic spiritual band celebrated their 5th release.
6th Annual Winter Holiday Art Market, featuring Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man @ Winter Street Studios (11AM-4PM) – Day 3 of the arts market with the the always awesome Nick Gaitan and crew.
GWAR, Every Time I Die/Warbeast @ House of Blues – Wow I’m kind of shocked this is still going on but I guess the show must go on.
Webb Wilder @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – You know Wikipedia just nails it = “There are Roots-Rockers, and then there’s Webb Wilder.” So true. So so true.
Crystal Gayle @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) – Don’t make my Brown Eyes Blue? C’mon how do you not know that one.
Short Dawg, Dante Higgins, John Dew, The Niceguys, Propain @ Warehouse Live (Studio) – Propain, Hank Hill’s favorite rapper.
Shotgun Party @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Excellent Austin Country swing trio
Monday, November 21
The Escatones, Dada Moda, Clockpole, Doc Ellisons, PAPAYA (performing a partial Somosuno reunion) @ NOTSUOH - This is one that slipped through the cracks. It was supposed to be it Fitz but now it’s at NOTSUOH. It should be pretty bad ass. Sorry, for leaving this out guys.
Wednesday, November 23
Robert Ellis & The Boys @ Fitzgerald’s - I don’t know why but it warms my heart to see Robert back at Fitz on a Wednesday.
Devin the Dude, Paul Wall @ Warehouse Live – Great time to make use of that glass bong you just bought.
Hell City Kings, Poor Dumb Bastards @ Rudyard’s – Nothing says Thanksgiving like this line-up
The Queers, Knock-out, Skeleton Dick, The Freakouts @ Fitzgerald’s – Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s The Queers will have been (if you ignore the times they were broken up only to reunite) at it for 30 years. 30!
Band of Heathens @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – rootsy Austin rockers who some compare to The Band