Hayes Carll. Photo: High Road Touring

 

The year is starting off to it’s usually slow pace and should stay on that track for about another seven days as it does every year.  While it’s not quite as packed out like the summer weeks, that doesn’t mean that this week doesn’t have plenty of options.  Performances from Hayes Carll, Darude, and more will be here while local acts keep the pace.  Houston, here’s how to spend the next seven days.

 

Wednesday you can start off at MKT Bar where I’ll be on hand to spin albums.  The set will include myfavorite tracks from the last year, as well as songs from my Best of 2016 album list.  The all ages event runs from 7 pm to 10 pm and it’s 100% FREE.

 

Christmas Island will host a solo set from Arizona’s Diners.  The indie pop set should be littered with electro pop jams from last year’s three, and worth checking out.  The anarcho punk of Houston’s Ancient Gods will provide direct support and the DIY indie rock of Houston’s Heck Nugget will be on prior.  The folk pop of San Marcos’ Death By Skwerl will endearingly open the all ages show with doors at 7 pm and a $5 cover.

 

Walters will host Houston’s The Cops for a night of punk rock.  If you’ve never seen a crazy live set from The Cops, they’re dressed like cops, they sing tongue in cheek punk from the cop’s point of view, and tracks like “Street Hooker” sound like Hot Snakes meets Pissed Jeans.  Austin’s Cheap Fur will go on prior while the street punk of Trouble Boys will go on before them.  The Mahas will open the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and a measly $6 cover.  Keep in mind, the order of this show might be different, as it’s been listed differently in different places.

 

At Under The Volcano you can catch an up close and personal performance from Texas’ Shinyribs.  The roots Americana rockers always play a heck of a show, and if you’re a fan, this is your chance to see them as close as if they were in your living room.  The crazy and intense bluegrass of Son of Bitch will open the 21 & up show with doors at 8 pm and a $20 cover.

 

Thursday at The Tank Project Space at Spring Street, you can catch an exhibit from Gary Watson called Dear Lieutenant Governor, We’re Just People.  The photography exhibit will feature photographs of Houston’s Doomstress Alexis of Project Armageddon and Doomstress, and both will be on hand for the opening reception.  The all ages exhibit gets going around 6 pm and it’s 100% FREE.

 

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Zahid Dewji. Photo: Come And Take It/Robert MacCready

 

Over at Improv, Houston’s Zahid Dewji will swing by to help you get a good laugh in.  The show, with Zahid on as headliner just proves that hard work pays off, as this guy works hard.  I’m sure the slew of Houston comics like Andrew Youngblood, Zach Dickson, John Nguyen and more who will be on the bill as well will bring plenty of laughs for the 18 & up show with doors at 7:15 pm and a paltry $5 cover.

 

Stereo Live will host the edm jams of loosid.  The elusive producer will be on hand to bring his dance heavy tunes to all, and drop some of the groove heavy tracks like “I Want U” and “X-Ray” that he dropped last year to life.  The 18 & up show has doors at 9 pm and tickets between FREE and $10.

 

Mucky Duck will host Grammy winning Americana leader Jim Lauderdale over to perform.  Lauderdale will be on hand for his album release that’s full of Texas twang and Western swing.  The album, last year’s This Changes Everything showcases another new direction for the singer songwriter.  The 21 & up show gets going around 9:30 pm and has tickets between $28 and $30.

 

Friday you could head out to Dosey Doe in the Woodlands for the popular sounds of Hayes Carll.  Carll has been making his rounds as of late in support of his new album Lovers and Leavers from last year.  The Texas singer songwriter still packs em’ in though, and his sets are always worth catching.  Your dinner isn’t included with your ticket price on this show, but their kitchen is open at 7 pm with tickets between $26 and $30.

 

Nightingale Room will host a set from Americana rockers Ruckus.  The group is on the heels of releasing their debut album, though their latest single “Trades” offers up some depth to the band’s already intriguing sound.  The indie alt pop of Humble’s No Rehearsal will open the 21 & up show with doors at 7 pm and it’s 100% FREE.

 

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Children of Pop. Photo: Tell All Your Friends

 

Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall you can catch the indie electro pop of LA’s TV Girl.  Here in support of last year’s Who Really Cares, the duo has become known for fun live sets that make you want to get down.  Houston’s Children of Pop will provide plenty of good time jams as direct support while the tongue in cheek electro jams of JERK will go on prior.  The weird LA pop of one woman band Poppet will open the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and a $10 cover.

 

Walters will have the compositional songs of Austin’s Marcus Rubio, also known as more eaze.  The more eaze project consists of destruction of song forms and sonic collages, and is worth checking out.  His latest release wOrk is a real trip.  Electro pop duo TEE VEE will provide direct support while Hedrick & Murland go on before.  The minimal pop of Houston’s FASHIONWEEK will open the all ages show with Taylor Spank visuals.  The doors are at 8 pm and tickets are between $8 and $10.

 

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Wayne Hancock. Photo: Bloodshot Records/Victor Barajas

 

Fitzgerald’s will host the always twangy and entertaining sounds of Wayne Hancock.  Though he’s dropped the Wayne “the train” Hancock moniker, his shows still stand up and his latest release Slingin’ Rhythm from last year seems to echo the Texas swing that Bob Wills made famous.  The roots based rockabilly of The Octanes will energetically open the show and provide support as well for the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and tickets between $10 and $15.

 

Satellite Bar will have the alterna rock of Forever Miles over to play for the second time, while the alt prog rock of NOLA’s Paper Bison will go on beforehand.  These guys are pretty solid and their latest release Anyone Else is definitely worth checking out.  The indie rock of Since Always will also be on the bill and Finger Guns will open the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and an $8 cover.

 

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Andy Huggins. Photo: Zahid Dewji

 

Saturday you can get your sexy on over in the studio at Warehouse Live when Kiki Maroon’s Burly Q Lounge returns.  The show featuring music, comedy and of course burlesque has a bit of everything for everyone.  This edition will have music from Chase Hamblin and comedy from Andy Huggins as well as a slew of guests performing everything in between.  The 18 & up show has doors at 7 pm and seated tickets for $25.

 

Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall you could check out the singer songwriter jams of Matthew Logan Vasquez.  Known as the frontman for Delta Spirit, Vasquez is making plenty of waves on his own, most recently with his catchy 2016 release Solicitor Returns.  His live shows are always fun and full of energy as well.  The swaying and rhythmically beautiful tones of Dollie Barnes will go on as direct support and and opener while bringing her latest single “Doesn’t It Matter” to life.  The all ages show has doors at 8 pm and it’s 100% FREE.

 

Satellite Bar will bring the intense sounds of Houston’s Krullur on for a show.  These guys kind of scare me with their creepy dark metal, and their latest album …failure to comply should give you an idea of what you’re in for.  Cryptic Void will bring their speedy grindcore on as direct support while Apocalyptic Noise Syndicate will bring their strange sounds on prior.  The thrash of Houston’s Termination Force will also perform and the all ages show will get opened by the charge d beat punk of Saint Crusher.  Bring earplugs with doors at 8 pm and an $8 cover, cause’ this will be a loud show.

 

Rudyard’s will have the indie rock of Arlington’s Tame Tame and Quiet over for a set.  These guys have an atmospheric sound that’s all over their latest full length, last year’s Peach Hills.  The indie pop rock of Slow Future will provide support while the pop of Bryan’s The Inators on as openers.  The 21 & up show has doors at 9 pm and a $5 cover.

 

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Darude. Photo: Catalyst Management

 

Finnish DJ/Producer Darude will be over at Stereo Live for you to get down to.  This guy is massively popular, he’s topped the UK charts multiple times, and his latest drop Moments from 2015 is pretty catchy and laced with EDM goodness.  The 18 & up show has doors at 9 pm and tickets for $15.

 

On Monday you should head over to The Secret Group for their Nerf Or Nothing Mondays.  Tournaments of Nerf guns blazing, teams of 3-5, and a $5 entry into the tournament sets you up for double elimination or the chance to win cash and prizes.  More information is available here, the doors are at 9 pm, and cover is between $15 and $25.

 

Over at Poison Girl, their Tiny Concert series will see a solo set from Charlie Bryan and a following DJ set as well.  The 21 & up show gets going promptly at 10 pm and it’s 100% FREE.

 

Tuesday you can get there early to hop in line for another edition of Grown-Up Storytime at Rudyard’s.  The massively popular Boo Town event is always worth checking out, and now with two shows at either 8 pm or 10 pm, you’re guaranteed to get your laugh on.  The always 21 & up shows always have a measly $5 cover.

 

That’s about all that’s happening around town this week.  Remember to stay warm, that you should always drink like an adult, and a safe ride home is always available.