FFW – The Free Press Music Preview for April 21-27
by Ramon LP4
This Week’s Featured Show
There are a lot of good shows out there this week ( Peelander, Nat Baldwin, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Omotai, Mydolls, Cactus stuff, and a lot more) but given the weather we’re having right now, why would anyone want to be indoors. Soon it’s gonna be 90 degrees even at night. Plus, you’ll have skeeters buzzin’ you and getting all vampire on your ass. So when we saw this happening at the Orange show we figured – perfect. Two Star, maybe a few beers and hopefully a nice Texas breeze would go well right about now.
Thursday, April 21
t.h.e. MisFit Crazy8, Black Faction, Havok Music, EDG, Jamal HD @ The Mink – Hippety Hoppety Hip Hop at the Mink
The April Bashment, featuring Just Brittany, Drunk D, DJ Bless Child, White Boy Ran, Sleep L’sss, 7th Letter G, & Chuck & Yung Blood @ Numbers– Ymore DJs but hey Ladies get in free. Woo.
Curren$y @ Warehouse Live – Elevator music thank god someone had the balls to rap about that!
Friday, April 22
Omotai, Squidbucket, Cavernous, Lions of Tsavo @ The Mink –You want brutal crushing metal? I have one word for you – Omotai.
The Meatmen, Against The Grain, The Energy, Skeleton Dick, Chelsea Hotel @ Walter’s – “We are the Meatmen! We are the Meatmen! We are the Meatmen! Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!” Still a classic.
Jessica Lea Mayfield, David Mayfield @ Fitzgerald’s –Mayfield nice sense of melody and chill delivery should make for a really nice chill way to start your Easter weekend.
The Houston Sound Spring Concert Series, featuring Sauce @ Market Square Park (downtown; 6:30-8:30PM) –No explanation of what kind of sauce will be offered but we hope it’s not that crappy ketchup like sauce they serve at Chuey’s.
Hope: Benefiting the American Red Cross, featuring The Society of Bandits, A dream Asleep, Runaway Sun, & Lockehart @ Fitzgerald’s –Good bands, good cause, ’nuff said.
Mydolls, No Love Loss, The Biscuit Bombs, Zipperneck @ Rudyard’s – Classic Houston Punks Mydollslead the charge here along with Randy “Biscuit” Turner’s former backing band.
Spring Social, featuring Ceeplus Bad Knives and Mr. Castillo @ Boondocks – Good Friday = good DJ’s
James Taylor @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion –Attention Olds.
Nat Baldwin, Hearts of Animals @ Avant Garden – Dirty Projectors’ Nat Baldwin plays a mean cello and puts on a great show.
Family Force 5 @ Warehouse Live – YUCK!!! This shit is so god awful that you can’t help but wonder if it is some meta joke.
Super Happy Fun Time Burlesque @ Super Happy Fun Land – I think the title speaks for itself.
Saturday, April 23
Something Fierce (3PM) Young Girls (5PM)@ Cactus Music – Two great bands you can see for free plus free beer! Woo.
Tax the Wolf, Laura Eve, Cadence @ The Mink – TTW best band hair in Houston in my opinion and they are fun to catch live to boot.
Black Cock, The Dee Use, Only Beast, The Illegal Wiretaps @ Super Happy Fun Land –You know and I know that if I google this band at work my ass is getting canned so I’m not touchingthis with a 10-foot-pole.
Yelle, French Horn Rebellion, Glasnost @ Fitzgerald’s – Oh those French and their dance floor ready pop.
Mango’s Dub Block Party, featuring Badbwoy BMC, Suma, Rob Bass, DJ mink, Thurs, CJ, Slick Kid, Tobz, Super Dave, Athena, & more @ Mango’s (7PM-3AM) – If the French can’t make you dance maybe these guys will.
The Psychedelic Furs @ Warehouse Live –Oh the 80’s oldies circuit. Meh who cares pretty In Pink and Dumbwaiters are still great songs.
Honky, Karma To Burn @ Rudyard’s –Jeff Pinkus makes the 3 hour drive down to Houston again.
William Fitzsimmons, Slow Runner @ Fitzgerald’s – Quite indie rock balladeer with a very very righteous beard.
Ricky Martin @ Toyota Center – OH MAN, Really?!!! I mean really?
Umphrey’s McGee @ House of Blues –I’ve gotten a million e-mails from this band’s publicist. I still find the music tedious and wanky in that frat boy prog way but, hey, I gotta reward that kind of tenacity.
Sunday April 24
Sleigh Bells, CSS, Bosco Delrey @ Warehouse Live –Brooklyn electronic duo Sleigh Bells are fun upbeat stuff with that we “mix everything in the red” aesthetic.
They Who Sound @ Avant Garden – No word as to what experimental/jazz/improv musicians will be playing this week but, as always, it’s worthwhile to drop-in on.
Monday, April 25
Ron Pope & AriHerstad, Zach Berkman @ Fitzgerald’s –You know when you hear a singer trying too hard? Umm, yeah, that’s kind of my reaction here but, ya know, some people dig that sound. What ever floats your boat, man.
Tuesday, April 26
George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat @ House of Blues –Don’t hate Thorogood plays a mean slide.
Johnny Falstaff @ Fitzgerald’s –Get your honkey-tonk on brothas and sistas.
Tony Bennett @ Jones Hall –Smooooove man. That Bennett is smoove.
Wednesday, April 27
Peelander-Z, Anamanaguchi @ Fitzgerald’s –Crazy ass Japanese dudes and that band that plays music that sounds like the music you heard on the old Sega system (but with guitars and drums).
Robert Ellis & The Boys @ Fitzgerald’s – If the stuff upstairs is too crazy then Robert will treat you right.
As always proper respects goes to Space City Rock whose calendar is always my jump off for this weekly piece.