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FFW – The Free Press Preview for March 22 – 28, 2012

Submitted by RamonLP4 on March 22, 2012 – 8:00 amNo Comment

This Week’s Featured Show(s)
Two Anniversaries and a Shatner

Friday, March 23
William Shatner
@ Jones Hall

Yeah, I know what you are thinking but damn it, it’s Bill Shatner!!!  OK, OK, so Shatner isn’t a musical act and this show is Shatner doing an autobiographical monologue but come on man,  his “Transformed Man” is a classic piece of… ummm.. well, let’s just say that there has never been anything like it ever released and likely never be anything like it ever again.  Sure, Shatner did self-consciously dive back in with new albums but the thing that made that original album so awesomely weird is that he and everyone involved were so completely oblivious and earnest.  Listen to that album and you hear Shatner really going for it, missing by miles, and yet it’s so kooky and incognizant that he somehow brings it back around to be awesome.  Of course Shatner also famously played Captain Kirk but his contribution to music is one that will - try as some might - never be forgotten.  I for one think we’re much better for it.

Saturday, March 24
(30th anniversary show!)
with Rotting Corpse, Metalloyd, Legion, Knocturnal Maddness, Epic, Metavenge, Owl Witch, Sanctus Bellum, Carry The Storm, Venomous Maximus
@ Warehouse Live

Geeeeeeeeeeez, Helstar is 30!!!  That means this band has been cranking out metal before many of you were born!!!  To give you an idea of how long ago that was, when the band formed in 1982 The Commodore 64 8-bit home computer was introduced, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial broke ground, The Falklands War was going on, Reagan was in office, the first CDs were produced, the first emoticon was posted, the Solidarity movement was causing problems for Poland’s communist regime, Michael Jackson released “Thriller,” and Lil Wayne just popped out of his momma.  So yeah, these guys have been at it a while.  To celebrate they are pulling out all the stops, having door prizes, a great line up, playing songs from their entire career and even recording the whole thing professional like for a live DVD/CD to be released this fall. Doors are at 6pm so don’t be late and leave the camera home - they have been very clear that they won’t be appreciated and you risk confiscation if you are caught filming the event.   Metal is harsh that way.

Saturday, March 24
Source and Echoes:

Celebrating a Decade of Nameless Sound in Houston, featuring the Nameless Sound Alumni Orchestra (Paula Ann Socco Anicete, Denis Cisneros, David Dove, Ryan Edwards, Sandy Ewen, Doug Falk, David Feil, Sonia Flores, Lucas Gorham, Emmanuel Guajardo, Diego Imana, Jason Jackson, Ruthie Langston, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Alauna Rubin, Jawwaad Taylor, & Michelle Yom)

2:30 - 7:30pm: at the Menil Collection’s Richmond Hall: a 5 hour marathon of 18 back-to-back solos by Nameless Sound Alumni


8- 9pm: Opening of the Menil Collection’s Mandell Pavilion with a performance of Pauline Oliveros’ “Four Meditations for Orchestra” by the Nameless Sound Alumni Orchestra.

Happy Birthday and thank you David Dove and all the folks at Nameless Sound.  You’ve done so much for Houston over the years that I cannot overstate your importance.  From bringing in great performers to this city to perform and do workshops with kids to nurturing such great talents as Lucas Gorham, Sandy Ewen, Jawwaad Taylor, Michelle Yom and so many others.  I simply could not imagine this city being what it is today without you.   So I wish you many more years of challenging and expansive music.


Thursday, March 22

G-Eazy, Mod Sun, Vonnegutt, Nosaprise @ Fitzgerald’s - Did you know you could get a Bachelors of Science in Music Industry Studies?  G-Easy did, he graduated with on from Loyola University.

Morgue City, Vertigo Blue, After Party @ Rudyard’s - Morgue City, thumbs up.  Vertigo Blue, ehh not so much.

Experience Hendrix, featuring Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Robby Krieger, Eric Johnson, & Brad Whitford @ Arena Theater - I dig Jimi but this sounds awful.

SXSW Overflow Fest, featuring Invisible Circle, May the Peace of the Sea Be With You, Hurricanes of Love, Electrofoam, & All Girls @ Super Happy Fun Land - OH crap, I thought it was over on Tuesday. This one here is really the end.

The Easy Credit @ House of Blues (Foundation Room) - I had no idea Miles Davis’ All Blues had lyrics associated with it.  Go figure.


Friday, March 23

New York City Queens, Featherface, England In 1819, The Dead Revolt @ Fitzgerald’s - Hell City Kings, New York City Queens.  Is royalty the new trend in band names?

UH Frontier Fiesta, featuring The Tontons, New York City Queens, & more @ Robertson Stadium (UH campus) - The Ton Tons headline this years Fiesta at UH.

PAPAYA, Mikey & The Drags, DJ Psychedelic Sex Panther @ The Big Top - Oh shit you know this bad ass thriple bill is free right?  Yeahyus!

Doughbeezy @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - The Houston rapper’s first Houston show since his record dropped earlier this month.

Knife Party @ Stereo Live - London Dance music.  So so so not my thing.

Nipsey Hussle @ House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) - Wow, that name is so bad. I can’t not mention this.

Mindless Self Indulgence, Ventana @ House of Blues - “Industrial Jungle Pussy Punk”

Hot Club of Cowtown, Thunderado @ The Continental Club - Really solid Austin Western Swing Trio.  Woo!

Matt Harlan, Brian Hudson @ Heights Live! ($12) - Folkies, Heights, you know the drill.

Tim O’Brien @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Not the author but the Country and Bluegrass musician.

Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, featuring Skillet, Sanctus Real, Peter Furler, Kari Jobe, Building 429, Group 1 Crew, Brock Gill, Nick Hall, & NewSong @ Toyota Center - Jesus H. Christ!  No really,  I mean it - you can shout that here and not be blasphemous -  it’s a christian rock thing.

The Swingle Singers @ The Clarion (Brazosport College campus; Lake Jackson) - for Acapella fans.


Saturday, March 24

The Manichean, The Clouds are Ghosts, Bang Bangz, Glass The Sky @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor) - The Manichean’s greatest accomplishment is to have inspired the name “Demonic Hen.”

Second Lovers, The Wheel Workers, Shadow Hound @ Fitzgerald’s - Pasadena Folk rockers

Wayne “The Train” Hancock @ Goode’s Armadillo Palace - Austin Alternative County Stalwart

The Naked and Famous, Now, Now @ House of Blues - Last years winners New Zeland Music Aawrd winners for best album.  Nice enough indie rock.

Skrew, Cerebral Down, Bag of Tricks @ The White Swan - A back from the dead Austin Industrial Metal band from the 90’s.

Warren Hood @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Austin singer songwriter who is just as dangerous on a fiddle as he is on a a mandolin.

The Spinners @ Nutty Jerry’s (Winnie) - Only Henry Fambrough and Bobbie Smith remain fo the original line-up but that’s cool.


Sunday, March 25

Binarium 044: Flores/Cisneros/Edwards, Smith/Helton, Cosmic Waves/Kennedy @ 14 Pews - Late entry but this just popped up on my Facebook and it’s worth mentioning.  Great series of experimental music.

Gorilla Music Houston Battle of the Bands, featuring Stoney Baloney, Ayubu 4P, 4esh, From Doubt to Belief, Novacaine, Sound Doctrine, Overlord, Black Kennedy, The Entourage, Insomnia, & Sagedowne @ Fitzgerald’s - Personally, I don’t like these at all.

Todd Rundgren @ House of Blues - Rundgren’s resume is pretty exhausting.  He’s kind of like th e Kevin Bacon of rock.


Monday, March 26

They, Who Sound: The Mess & Denis Cisneros/Jason Jackson @ Avant Garden - Another late one coincidentally also from Facebook and from another experimental music series.


Tuesday, March 27

Scott Miller @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Another folkie, this time from Kyntucky.


Wednesday, March 28

Protest The Hero, Periphery, Today I Caught The Plague, The Safety Fire, Jeff Loomis Band @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - Canadian Prog Metal.

Lil Keke’s All-Star B-Day Bash, featuring Lil Keke, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, & Scarface @ House of Blues - Happy Birthday Marcus Edwards.


This Week’s Release Shows

Friday, March 23 – The Escatones (7″ release), Muhammad Ali, Art Institute, Taifas, Thee Roughies @ Super Happy Fun Land

Friday, March 23 – That Big Metal Show, featuring Downfall 2012 (CD release), Carry The Storm, Decimation Theory, MachinaTX, & Adamantium @ Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater)


This Week’s In-Stores

 Friday, March 23 @ Vinyl Junkie - Giant Battle Monster, Venus Blue, Side Car, The Goonies, Harold Borup  (7pm; $5)

Saturday, March 24 @ Heights Vinyl –  The Tyburn Jig (6PM; free!)

Saturday, March 24 @ Cactus Music –Black Pistol Fire (3PM), The Mastersons (5PM) (Free)

–For even more listings check out Space City Rock - Houston’s best local calendar–

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