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FFW – The Free Press Preview for January 12 – 17, 2012

Submitted by RamonLP4 on January 19, 2012 – 7:11 amNo Comment

This Week’s Featured Show

Photo by Chad Anderson (No, I haven't gotten permission to use it but if you don't put contact info on your webpage, it makes it kind of hard. So I'm calling this fair use until I hear otherwise.)

Nameless Sound


Alvin Fielder

Kidd Jordan

William Parker

@ Eldorado Ballroom (2310 Elgin; 8PM)

Just about any time Nameless Sound puts on a show, it’s a big deal.  The institution brings down some of the hottest Jazz folks and lets them smoke up a room, Fielder is one such cat.   Not only will he fill your prescription (he has a pharmacology degree) but he will also deliver some sweet rhythms behind the kit.  The Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM), Sun Ra,  Muhal Richard Abrams, Eddie Harris,  Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, and  Roscoe Mitchell are just some of the folks Anderson would list in his musical resume.  This Friday, Harris is in town because Nameless Sound is honoring him with their Resounding Vision Award for his contribution to music and the community.  For those of you not familiar with his skills behind the kit, this will be a wonderful opportunity to introduce yourself to his work as he will be accompanied by long-time collaborator Edward “Kidd” Jordan on tenor saxophone and the always amazing William Parker in bass.  Congratulations Mr. Fielder.

Thursday, January 19

Robert Ellis @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Oh what a nice way to kick off the week with the infinitely talented Mr Ellis in the intimate atmosphere of the duck.

The Fox Derby, Tax the Wolf @ Fitzgerald’s - Foxes and wolves, Wolves and Foxes at Fitz.

Hip Hop Showdown, featuring Kyle Hubbard, Franchise & Yung, J Austin, Authentic Snoopy, Soulo Saga, Gangsta Loc, & White D @ Dean’s Credit Clothing - Hip Hop gets all blood sport!!! Ok maybe not but it would be kind of cool.

Jane Jane Pollock @ Super Happy Fun Land - Thomasville, GA five piece indie pop band with some nice vocals and instrumentation.  Give it a listen on bandcamp or elsewhere on the web.

Luther and the Healers @ The Big Easy - long time blues man Luther rocks the village

Friday, January 20

The Mountain Goats/Nurses @ Fitzgerald’s - Everyone’s favorite nasally indie folkster John Darnielle returns to Houston.

Carolyn Wonderland/Vallejo @ Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar - Miss Wonderland will smack you with her black belt in blues guitar.

Tedeschi Trucks Band, The BoDeans @ Verizon Wireless Theater - If you like blues steeped couple of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks on their own, you’ll likely be thrilled the finally tied the musical know too.

Alabama Shakes, The Umbrella Man, Picture Book @ The Continental Club - Solid good soul, blues, R&B cats from Athens Alabama.  Diggin their 4-track EP.

The Civil Wars, Staves @ Cullen Theatre (Wortham Center) - Michael Bergeron did a nice preview for this show here is the link. (click)

Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah Screening, featuring Gurf Morlix @ Anderson Fair - Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, and John Prine all covered Blaze Foley’s songs.  That’s a pretty good endorsement.  Now there’s a documentary that will be screening tonight at Anderson Fair to elucidate further.

Texas Johnny Brown @ The Big Easy - Mississippi born but raised on Texas Blues, Brown was kickin’ the six string back in the 40’s Amos Milburn’s Chickenshackers and later did a lot of work with a little label called Peacock Records.  Needless to say, the guy is a certifiable Texas Blues Legend.

Gabe Dixon, Lelia Broussard @ Fitzgerald’s - piano driven rock

Joshua Bell, Sam Haywood @ Jones Hall - You know him as that Grammy award winning violin dude but in a mysterious South Pacific Island he goes by the name of Kawanga!

Zen Archer, Masada, Darwin Prophet & The Chronus Mirror @ Rudyard’s - Zen Archer and The Zealots (here reunited as Masada)?  Heyyyy, is that a copy of Public News you’re holding?

Saturday, January 21

Burned Out, featuring Chase Hamblin, The Literary Greats, & The Sideshow Tramps @ Fitzgerald’s - “We know you’ve always dreamed of Geoffrey Muller (Sideshow Tramps) singing Prince or Chase Hamblin cranking out a Bee Gees tune, well here is your chance to make your dreams come true…”  Well, I’m sold!!!

Knifight, A Sky Jet Black, How I Quit Crack, Art Institute @ Fitzgerald’s - Did I mention that Geoffrey Muller was gonna be doing Prince?

Sleeping Ancient, From Beyond, Mothership @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor) - A night of doomy stoner rock

Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - 2/3 Flatlanders at the duck

Leatherbag, Tiziano Dominico, Gretchen Schmaltz @ Avant Garden ($7) - good Austin indie rock band with two local singer sonwriter cats.

Cyclea, LIMB, brightbluebeetle, Josiah Gabriel, Carlos Pozo, Chris Becker, Pulse Rifle @ Super Happy Fun Land - Jonathan Jindra’s electronic thang and the ever challenging and amusing LIMB head this solid line up.

Bassfuck 2, featuring Ted TDBZ Beezy, Dread Foxx, Big Ben, & Oscillator Z @ Stereo Live - Yeah Bassfuck 2 just has a ring to it that Bassfuck 1 never had.

Tuesday, January 24

The Kills @ House of Blues - Miss VV and Mr Hotel play the land of $8 Lone Stars

Graveyard, Radio Moscow, Venomous Maximus @ Fitzgerald’s - Sweeden hard rockin dudes.  I was supposed to interview the guitarist from Radio Moscow last week but then he threw his guitar at the drum kit and the drummer threw it back and hit him in the face and well, let’s just say the guy was a little preoccupied to do the phoner.

AWOLNATION, thelastplaceyoulook @ Warehouse Live - benefit show for bands with busted space keys

Izzy and the Catastrophics @ Super Happy Fun Land - a little rock and roll, a little surf, a little swing…eh you get the idea.

This week’s preview is a bit abbreviated (sorry I have three interviews I’m working on) so I encourage you to check out Space City Rock as I do every week for a full listing of shows.

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