This Week’s Featured Show
I’m a sucker for soul with a horn section and so this is kind of a personal bias. But I swear Charles Bradley is gonna totally bring it! He’s got the horns and sweat to do it! Check this dude out! Seriosuly! The dude may be 64 with the protruding belly of a pregnant woman but he still drops the moves he learned from James Brown as a kid with such impassioned joy that you can’t help but feel that every drop of sweat that falls on stage has been earned through a life that seemed to work against his dreams of being a performer. Lucky for us, Gabriel Roth of Daptone Records caught his Black Velvet show one night and brought him into the label’s roster. The result is nothing short of punch yourself in the face awesome!
Thursday, September 27
Art Beats + Lyrics, featuring Scarface, Shock G, Mansions on the Moon, DJ Lord, Clyde Stubblefield, & Dres The Beatnik @ Warehouse Live – The former Ghetto Boy leads this night of rappers.
Supersuckers @ Fitzgerald’s – Arizona cats from waaaaay back who’ve done the punk thing, the indie rock thing, the country thing, and now have kind just said screw it we’re a rock n roll band.
Thursday Concerts at Discovery Green, featuring Wheeler Brothers & Matt Harlan @ Discovery Green (6PM; free!)A folk singer and an rootsy Austin band. Shit is gonna get WILD! OK maybe not but it should be nice with this weather.
Southern Backtones @ House of Blues (Restaurant) -You know what would be cool? If the Backtones went table to table and did the Mariachi thing
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult @ House of Blues (Foundation Room) – Chicago industrial rockers who have been doing this so long, a lot of you weren’t even born when they first started.
Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton @ Reliant Arena - four gospel heavyweights join forces as The Kings Men. Yeah, it’s no Avengers or Fantastic Four, but it’ll do.
Songwriters Night, featuring Owen Temple & Adam Carroll @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Austin singer songwriters.
Friday, September 28
Austin Rhoads Benefit, featuring The Escatones, Mockingbird Brother, Papaya DMT, Muhammad Ali, G.W.O., Funboys, Clockpole, Darwin’s Finches, Giant Battle Monster, & The Princesses @ Dean’s, Notsuoh ($3) -I’ll let Joe Ortiz do the talking on this one, “Austin Rhoads (Darwin’s Finches drummer/Clockpole multi-instrumentalist/friend crashing on your couch) is in Travis County jail. The money from this show will go to his Inmate Trust Fund.”
Burn The Boats, Dead to the World, Life As Lions, Little Joe Washington @ The Continental Club - Epic metal heads Burn the Boats and Little Joe? That is freaking awesome!
D.R.U.M. @ Last Concert Cafe – World music badasses
Blaggards @ Ashford Arms (13308 Westheimer) – whip out the Guinness!
Yelawolf, Rittz, Trouble Andrew, DJ Vajra @ Fitzgerald’s - rapper and former CSI guest star drops in.
Jackie Greene, Ruston Kelly @ Fitzgerald’s – singer songwriter with a press photo that made me go eeek! Yeah, not good on that one on his site.
Sander Van Doorn @ Stereo Live – Dutch trance…
Myon & Shane 54 @ 5th Amendment (2900 Travis; 9PM-4AM) - …or Hungarian trance?
Moxy Go Go, Morgue City, Good Job Underground @ Rudyard’s – can’t really get behind the headliner here but Morgue City gets my props.
Yuri @ Arena Theater – Mexican pop singers, actress, and TV host.
Honey Island Swamp Band @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck -HOLY FUCK!!! WOW!!! OW! OW! OW! What the whaaaaaat? My face hurts this is so bad! Seriously, I’m sure there are some of you out there who think this is awesome and more power to you but, to me this is so amazingly awful that I cannot NOT share it with you people. The Bassist alone is umm…somethin’
Saturday, September 29
!Yes Indeed! Music Fest, featuring The Fox Derby, duneTX, Jealous Creatures, Alkari, A Sundae Drive, The Ex-Optimists, The Gold Sounds, The Wrong Ones, Bantam Foxes, Anomic, Antiques, Immigrant Punk, Charity Ann, Recovery Room, Empty Shells, Screwtape, & Bernal & Sherrill @ Dean’s & Notsuoh (4PM-2AM) - $8 for this much music is just insane enough where I almost expected to see Cal Worthington and his dog spot pitching this.
American Sharks, Cartright, Sleuth, The Flesh Lights @ Walter’s – Expat rock and rollers the American Sharks! Helk yeah!
Florence + the Machine, Maccabees @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Baroque English poppers
B.E. Godfrey, Emily Scott, Adam Bricks, Warbler Pl @ La Carafe (813 Congress) – Hey we did a piece recently on listenlisten’s Ben Godfrey in our last issue. He’s pretty cools.
James McMurtry, Dash Rip Rock @ The Continental Club - the acclaimed Austin singer songwriter makes another Houston stop.
Building Temples From Death Fest 2012, featuring Disgorge, Putrid Pile, Dehumanized, Embalmer, Ingurgitate, Sacrificial Slaughter, Uncleansed, Autonomy, Meathook, Hod, Isolation In Infamy, Genocaust, Forged in Gore, Execration, Mourning, Extremely Rotten, Funeral Rites, Spectral Manifest, Despise the Sun, Ominous, Flesh Hoarder, & Whore of Bethlehem @ Fitzgerald’s (12PM-2AM) – Yes, a whole day of metal! HELL YES!!!
Poor Dumb Bastards, The Dollyrockers @ Rudyard’s – Houston’s oldest, rowdiest punks hit Rudz
Houston Wine Fest, featuring The Tontons, Tianna Hall, Zwee, John Wayne Schultz, Tanika Keys, The Journey Agents, Dana Abbott, Electric Attitude, the last place you look, Tax the Wolf, Autumn Stay, & Tory Tompkins @ Tranquility Park (12-10PM) - Wine and the Tontons! Now THAT is a brilliant pairing!
No Power Fest III, featuring Ghost Mouse, Inky Skulls, Mitch the Champion, Saw Wheel, Days N Daze, Adam and the Ancient Gods, Travis James and the Acrimonious Assembly of Arsonists, The Sewn Seems, Joey Ray, Radio Flyer, Spilling the Beans, Aaron Downbeat, Silly Billy, Double Jinx, The White House Crashers, Nikkhoo, Anarchitex @ East Side Social Center (2-11:45PM; $5) – Seriously, what is with all the crazy festivals of bands this weekend?
The Gourds @ Last Concert Cafe - One of Austin’s best exports returns to Houston
Underworld, featuring DJ Mina & DJ vvJames @ Numbers – Dance!
Propain, Le$, Rai P @ Warehouse Live (Studio) – What did I say about using $ in place of “s”?
Jenni Rivera @ Arena Theater -If banda and norteña is your bag, this may be the show to catch.
Saliva, Soul In Tension, Six Gun Sound, HellSouth @ The Scout Bar (Clear Lake) - hey remember rap rock? Me neither.
Marcia Ball @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) - The well respected blues singer hits the DDCC
Turnpike Troubadours @ Nutty Jerry’s (Winnie) – folkie Okies
Sunday, September 30
Grandfather Child @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – smoothest cats in Houston hit the duck
Cobra Skulls, Holding Onto Sound, Latch Key Kids, The American Heist, Blackmarket Syndicate @ Walter’s – Reno Pop Punks
Stepdad, Terror Pigeon, Mobley @ Fitzgerald’s – Michigan electro-pop band that made my computer screen got all blue and force me to restart. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Bonnie Raitt, Randall Bramblett @ Arena Theater – The red haired slide guitar blues queen! Woop!
Imagination Movers @ Bayou Music Center -Kids Musik!
Sawyer Brown @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) - 80s pop country band
Monday, October 1
Mad Macka, Weird Party @ Rudyard’s -Australian garage weirdo and joins the weird party for a free show so cool you wont care about being sleepy on Tuesday morning. PS Best poster of the week!
Balmorhea, Showers @ Fitzgerald’s – Austin post rockers
Tuesday, October 2
Vicci Martinez @ Fitzgerald’s – Tacoma singer songwriter
Victor Wooten @ Slocumb Auditorium (San Jacinto College; Pasadena) -Interesting choice of venue for this Grammy award winning bassist who you may know from long years with Bela Fleck’s Flecktones, Stanley Clark, and others. He and his multi instrumentalist bandmates plan on doing a lot of mid song instrument switching and the proceeds go to audio engineering scholarships.
Wednesday, October 3
Will Johnson, Anders Parker @ Fitzgerald’s -Centro matic, Undertow Orchestra, and Monsters of Folk may be some other things you may know Johnson from.
Center Stage, featuring Zeb & Haniya @ Asia Society (1370 Southmore) - Pakistani pop
Alfie Boe @ Cullen Theater – English Tenor dude
This Week’s Music Releases
Friday September 28 – The Wiggins (record release), Wicked Poseur, Hearts of Animals, Fiskadoro @ Walter’s ($5)
Friday September 28 – Lecrae (album release) @ Warehouse Live
This Week’s In-Stores
Thursday, September 27 @ Cactus Music – Red Wanting Blue (5:30PM)
Saturday, September 29 @ Cactus Music – Second Lovers (1PM), Weird Party (3PM)