FFW – The Free Press Preview for October 20 – 25, 2011
This Week’s Featured Show
Friday October 21
Hell City Kings
LP/CD Release Party
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Well, Say what you want about the Hell City Kings but damn if they don’t know how to promote a record release show. I got their NSFW flyer a few weeks back as I was sitting eating my lunch at work and checking my e-mail. Needless to say, my turkey sandwich made an unceremonious trip to the garbage. Way to go guys!!!
But hairy naked asses and wang wangs aside, the band does know how to turn up the Marshall stacks and break out a rock and roll party even on the most regular of nights so I can only imagine that they will bring down some epic brain crushing shit on Friday. It’s like Truck-o-saurus on the Simpsons, “If you miss this, you’d better be dead… or in jail… And if you’re in jail, break out!”
Thursday, October 20
Battles, Nisennenmondai @ Fitzgerald’s- The departure of Tyondai Braxton mid-way through the last album didn’t do much in the way of holding the remaining trio back. They rewrote the album and kicked out an album so solid that Gary Newman even pops in.
Sleeping in the Aviary, Grace In Folly, This Time I Brought Bombs @ Super Happy Fun Land- I really dig SITA, nice folks with some good songs that are a little bit folky a little bit indie and very memorable. Nice to see them drop back in town.
Chip tha Ripper, XV, Doughbeezy, Simple Success @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - CTR is an Ohio rapper who can make a rhyme like “Interior Crocodile Alligator / I Drive a Chevrolet Movie Theater” and get away with it.
Vision, featuring DJ Cuba Gooding Jr., Kiyoshi, & Tangled Shadows @ Numbers – they do the spinning, you do the dancing.
Songwriters in the Round, featuring Ernie Hendrickson, Sweet Mama Cotton, Ken Gaines, & Wayne Wilkerson @ Anderson Fair - Ijust like shouting “Sweet Mama Cotton!” as an exclamation.
Possessed By Paul James, Westbound @ Rudyard’s -Ruds features an Austin folkie, don’t ya know.
Corb Lund @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – While the Duck features a Canadian folkie, eh.
Deluxe @ Mango’s – Hi, we’re Deluxe. We think that’s a really original name. There is no way there can be another band in the world with a name like this.
Nelo @ House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) -OMG, no seriously I had no Idea Justice was still in business. I remember that Hellhole compilation and they seemed to die out after. I guess they just picked up shot and moved to Austin. Go figure… oh yeah Nelo is on this label.
Jefferson Starship, Rare Earth @ Nutty Jerry’s (Winnie) -I get lost. Is JS the same thins as Starship? I dunno all I know is that Airplane did some cool stuff and after that it kind of just sucked.
Friday, October 21
Manchester Orchestra, White Denim, The Dear Hunter, Little Hurricane @ Warehouse Live -Don’t believe these Atlanteans, they are neither from Manchester nor are they an orchestra!!!!!
Devin the Dude @ Toc Bar- smoke em if you got em
Fistful of Soul @ The Mink – More DJ spinning
Empress Hotel, Boats @ Mango’s - I am really loving the Empress Hotel EP. Very Charming Indie Pop from New Orleans
Arthur Yoria @ Dunn Bros. Coffee (3333 Wesleyan; 7:15PM) - Mr Yoria drops into his old hometown from his new home Austin
Die For Metal Sampler, featuring Transcend Before Azalea, Behold The Great Throne, A Tragedy Lost, The Nephilim Terror, Necrotix, Predominant Mortification, & Apathetic Reality @ Cain’s Ashes (2628 FM 1960 Rd. E) - Dude if you are going to die for metal, that’s devotion!
Lionize, Larry and His Flask, East Cameron Folk Core, Ragged Hearts @ Fitzgerald’s - “Reggae-Rock” band with a dude from the band Clutch.
Albert and Gage @ Anderson Fair -Dual guitar attack…OK well not like Thin Lizzy but more like a folk duo thing.
Charley Pride, Johnny Lee @ Nutty Jerry’s (Winnie) -Did you know that Pride is the ONLY black Grand Ol’ Opry inductee and that he also is a minority owner in the Texas Rangers? Well, now ya do.
Saturday, October 22
Dead Horse, Venomous Maximus, Bowel, Legion @ Warehouse Live – A crazy effin night of metal. I dunno if this is classic Dead Horse (ie Haaga) but it should still be cool.
FPH Oktoberfest Jubilee, featuring The Eastern Sea, Astronautalis, The Energy, Muhammad Ali, Brent Nettles, Portal Walker, Craig Kinsey, Bang Bangz, The Mighty Orq, The Small Sounds, Generation Landslide, Rivers, & more @ Fitzgerald’s – A crazy showcase that we already hyped on Tuesday. Read more here (link). This was a close contender for Featured Show thankfully, that earlier article made my choice easier.
SkateStock, featuring Hell City Kings, Tax the Wolf, Crime Wave, Anarchitex, The Escatones, DJ Cipher, & more @ Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark (12-9PM) – This is pretty awesome, Great bands at the best park in Houston.
BMC Block Party, featuring Trae tha Truth, Antiserum, Michael 5000 Watts & Badbwoy BMC, Jansten, Getter, Rastatronics, Female Demand, WERD2JAH, Hazel E, Surreal, Felony, Lil Young, Young Red, Intager, Rob Bass, DJ Nine, Suma, Vandal Heart, Chelsmosis, Slick Kid, Mr. Peabody, Wes Walz, Brad Slack & DVS1, Eddie Spectro, Djalx, Sines, The Niceguys, The Blvd Nights, The Manichean, New York City Queens, Giant Battle Monster, Chironex, Shotgun Funeral, Zeale, Caddywhompus, Motel Aviv, Balaclavas, T2 The Ghetto Hippie, Muhammad Ali, DJ Czech 1, Ceeplus Bad Knives, Mr. Castillo, Fredster, & Hit It or Quit It @ Last Concert Cafe -Crap this is a lot of bands!
BuzzFest 27, featuring Bush, Staind, Chevelle, P.O.D., Everlast, 10 Years, Evans Blue, AWOLNation, Filter, Switchfoot, Anberlin, Sleeper Agent, & the last place you look @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion- Buzzfest? yuckerz!
The Black, Featherface, Warbler @ Mango’s- The Black seems to be this revolving cast of people from other Austin bands who come in and out with past memebers being folks from Voxtrot, the Sword, and …and you will know us by the trail of our dead.
Luigi’s Haunted Record Jam, featuring Thieves, Gain, Fingers Crossed, Chemistry, Cast Away, Nigh, They Lied, Bear Witness, Dead Streets, & High Tide @ Vinyl Junkie (4202 E. Canal; 4-10:30PM, $5)- Thieves, Gain again with the generic band names. meh who cares it’s Vinyl Junkie just go and have a good time at a bad ass store.
The Escatones, Idyl, The Rich Hands, The Grimm Dolls @ Super Happy Fun Land -What happened with the whole Escatones move to Oklahoma because their van died there thing? I totally got lost in that story. Are they back now? Someone update me.
Hot 95.7 2nd Annual Boo Bash, featuring LMFAO & Kreayshawn @ House of Blues (sold out) - Sold Out fool!
Grouplove, The Belle Brigade, White Arrows @ Fitzgerald’s - Cute bouncy and upbeat indie pop.
Houston Women’s Music Festival, featuring Terri Hendrix, Ginger Leigh Band, Shelley King, Gina Chavez, GBMojo, Paige Lewis, Wishing Chair, & more @ Jones Plaza - No dicks! No really, it’s a femme only showcase.
Our Image Film and Arts: Beats, Soul and Thunder, featuring Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Kashmere Reunion Stage Band, & DJ Flash Gordon Parks @ House of Blues (Bronze Peacock) - If you were alive in the 90’s you couldn’t quite avoid Muhammad and his compatriots of A Tribe Called Quest. ATCQ reunited back in ’06 and still work together but here he’s doing a solo thang.
Cyber Wasteland, featuring DJ iEnigma, DJ Biocyde, the CybeRot Dancers, DJ Inferno, DJ Nemesis, The Devil’s Halo, & Tarik De La Morte @ Numbers - DJ, dancin, someone’s getting laid!
Larry Gatlin @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) - I wonder if Larry and his brothers are still pissed off about. If you don’t know what I’m referring to I’ll refer you to this classic critique of “coward of the county” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ9fPnzcMHk
Sunday, October 23
Church of Melkarth, Barghest, Cronophage, Abyssus Daedalus @ Mango’s - We profiled COM this month and trust me you don’t want to miss out on their shows. Here is a link to the article (link)
Underground Hip-Hop Show 3, featuring Bloc Boyz, Commodity, Dcipher & Shorty Sublime, Illnique, Analyst, Hansel, Element, Byron Bank, Big Joe & Area 51, Arch Angel & Forsaken, S.S.E., NY Gee, FB Stackz, M 5ive, & Himandii @ Jet Lounge - And on the 7th day the lord said Let there be hip-hop
Colbie Caillat, Andy Grammer @ House of Blues - If Hell City Kings offends your sensibilities this is likely more your speed.
Jefferson Starship @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) - Dear God, why?
Monday, October 24
They Who Sound @ Avant Garden (7-9pm) – This week it’s “The Mess”: Steve Jansen (guitar, tape manipulation), Ben Lind (Voice), and Charlie Naked (Keyboards) and a second set featuring Abel Cisneros (drums, percussion), David Dove (trombone), and
Alauna Rubin (voice, clarinet)
Minus the Bear, The Velvet Teen @ Warehouse Live - Seattle’s MTB return to town on their 10th anniversary tour.
Alexis Marceaux & the Samurai/Elaine Greer/Day Sailor @ Rudyard’s - New Orleans’ native Marceaux whose just released new album and it’s gettign some solid reviews hits Rudz with our own Elaine Greer and Day Sailor.
The Drums, Io Echo @ Fitzgerald’s – Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham’s first band was called Goat Explosion. Goat Explosion! I mean Drums is OK I guess but Goat Explosion…now that’s a band name!
Uh Huh Her, Jarrod Gorbel @ Fitzgerald’s - the LA femme electro-pop duo returns to Houston.
Tuesday, October 25
St. Vincent, Cate Le Bon @ Fitzgerald’s – Dallas’ St. Vincent has been one of those “do no wrong” artists and with her newest album, she keeps that hot streak going.
Dream Theater/Trivium @ Verizon Wireless Theater – attn Prog Metal fans.
Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Orchestra @ Jones Hall - Bosnia and Herzegovina superstar has done everythign from play in his own rock band, Bijelo dugme, scored films for director Emir Kusturica, and written stuff for Iggy Pop. Here he’s performing with his wild 40 piece orchestra that has Bagpipes, wind intruments, Brass, along with traditional Bulgarian and Roma singers. Definitely not your usual Tuesday night.
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