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FFW – The Free Press Preview for March 29 – April 04, 2012

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This Week’s Featured Show

Saturday, March 31
The Energy (tour kickoff)

Mound Carmel
Black Congress
@ Walter’s (1120 Naylor)

Oh good gracious, The Energy are going on tour.  We are taking bets as to which band member will be a victim of cannibalism when they return from their expedition.  Seriously though, you can’t have a better group of rock and roll ambassadors than these guys.  The band cranks out spastic, driving punk that gets the audiences riled-up like sharks in blood red water.  What I find most amusing about them live is the contrast of the music and Arthur Bates as frontman.  Maybe it’s because in Wicked Poser, Bates is more comfortable behind an intrument while in The Energy, the most he has between him and the audience is a mic and a beer, but, I swear  (to varying degrees) he always looks like he he just beamed-in from a different band that was playing a different show.   For all the insanity and energy of the music, his body language has something you rarely see in frontmen - a hesitant, nerdy awkwardness.  Call me crazy, but the driving in your face punk juxtaposed with the anti-David Lee Roth-iness of Bates is one of the things that makes this band so weirdly charming live.   Of course, that’s not all there is too it.  There are a lot of bands out there who put on great shows whose music is forgettable but The Energy deliver on both fronts - a great band to watch live and they back that shit up with great tunes. Now, Get Split and check them out!

Thursday, March 29

Eisley, Marksmen, Christie Dupree @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - The harmonious Tyler siblings return.

King’s X, Sol 34, Black Queen Speaks @ Warehouse Live - Any band with an 8-string bass is OK in my book.

Venomous Maximus, Ancient VVisdom, Texxxas @ Rudyard’s - A Houston / Austin occult-metal Black Mass of sorts as our own Venomous Maximus team up with Austin’s Ancient VVisdom. You know about the former of course. The latter is kind of a folky hard rock band who did a split with Charles Manson because I guess some people (my guess is 13 year olds) still find ego-maniacal racist losers who write shitty folk songs spooky or something. As far as the whole campfire metal thing… I dunno, in a way it’s kind of cool and heavy but the lyrics are pretty cornball satan stuff that sound like something Jack Black would write in full on Dio parody mode. If all fo this makes little sense, here is their new video which I would describe as unintentionally campy.  I’ll give them points for at least doing something different.

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Green River Ordinance, Graham Colton @ House of Blues - Fort Worth pop-rock.

Bret Michaels, Black Queen Speaks @ House of Blues - Yeah, you know. I’ll tell you right now - hair metal was lame in the 80’s and it’s still lame sow. Sorry Brett, yours was one of the worst offenders.

The Dream, CJ Hilton, Sterling Simms @ Fitzgerald’s - Grammy award winning R&B dude.

My Brother and Me, featuring Charlie & Bruce Robison @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck(Thurs-Fri, March 29-30) - Country Bro’s play an evening of music. Bruce wrote some songs you likely recognize for the Dixie Chicks and George Strait among others.

Friday, March 30

The Skatalites, Los Skarnales, Eagger, Fuska @ Mango’s Grab that fedora and those shiny shoes - Ska!!!!

Clouseaux, Trio Musette, Will Van Horn @ The Continental Club - lounge it up with Clouseaux and get all gypsy-fied with Trio Musette.

Bomb The Music Industry!, Laura Stevenson and The Cans, LIMB, Lisa’s Sons @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor) - Apparently Treaty Oak Collective’s would make for shitty terrorists unless you consider cute and charming twee like this terrifying.

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Wiccans, Guilt Party, Brain Attack, White Crime @ Notsuoh -Some nice Denton hardcore punk (in that 80’s kind of way) stuff.  Bonus points for the nice line drawing on their record.

Floorbound, Square and Compass, Life as Lions, Potbelly @ Fitzgerald’s - poppy Buzz rock

My Education, Super Robot Party, A Sundae Drive @ Rudyard’s - Great melodic droney instrumental band from Austin

Dan Coyle, The Illegal Wiretaps, 2-Bit Palomino, Texas City Revelators, Nterlude Band @ Super Happy Fun Land - Mostly harmless singer songwriter from New York.

The Tyburn Jig, Pillow Talk, The Revival @ Mango’s - OK, TJ dudes, you really got to get a new band pic for your website.  That zombie eyes one from the Continental Club has got to go.

Hot Chelle Rae, Electric Touch @ House of Blues - Boy bands, the genre that would not die.

Paul Geremia @ Anderson Fair - nice finger pickin’ acoustic blues dude from up east

Dana Cooper @ Heights Live! ($12) -This weeks folkie in the heights.

Pale, Southbound Saints @ Fitzgerald’s - Remember when this band left for LA a few years back to conquer the world?

Roy Head @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) - Mr. “Treat Her Right” at the DDCC

Saturday March 31

The 6th Annual H-Town Blues Festival, featuring Mel Waiters, Sir Charles Jones, Millie Jackson, TK Soul, & more @ Reliant Arena - Mel Waiters calls himself the King of the Party and with songs like “Got no Curfew” and “When you get Drunk” I could kind of see that but “Get Someone Jesus” and   “Let’s Have Church” maybe not so much but, then again, I guess Jesus had to party too.

9 Years of Super Happy Fun Land!, featuring The Grass Skirts, The Annoysters, & Poopy Lungstuffing @ Super Happy Fun Land -Oh sheeeit, SHFL turns 9.  Happy Birthday you kooks.

Benefit for Nameless Sound’s Creative Music Education Program with Marilyn Crispell (5 - 8pm) @ ??? - The tickets are $100 and the location is only being disclosed to ticket holders but you can find out more at http://www.namelesssound.org/events/ns_benefit.html

Junior Brown @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Always a hoot to watch this baritone slide guitar bad-ass in action:

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3rd Annual Peelin’ For Peepers Charity Crawfish Boil with Matt Deaton and The Back Porch Boys, The Tyburn Jig, HTR, John Dull @ Fitzgerald’s (3pm) - mud bugs and music!

Puddle Of Mudd, Nothingmore @ Sam Houston Race Park - Hey remember that really crappy 90’s band? Yeah that one…..they are still around.

Mercury Baroque with Monica Huggett @ The Clarion (Brazosport College campus; Lake Jackson) - I love violins.  Really, I do.  Monica Hubbard is pretty synonymous with the Baroque style and she’ll be joining the Mercury Baroque… oh no wait they are now going under just plain old Mercury these days.

Another Run, The Suffers, Mantis and Tax The Wolf @ Fitzgeralds - another Run is umm like umm a band… umm they umm play their instruments…. for people. Ummm yeeeeah.

Sunday, April 1

Jandek @ Big Star Bar - Remember back in 1994 when Jandek playing in Glasgow was like a big deal?  Now, he’s playing Big Star and no onemuch as raises an eyebrow.  Honestly, I welcome that as the music never really needed all that silliness.

Tech N9ne, Machine Gun Kelly, Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak @ House of Blues - Kansas City semi-automatic rapper

New Edition @ Reliant Arena - Not so new any more

Spazzathon 2011, Open mic for solo spazz performers, Flakey, Poopy, GMILF Defibrillator, Caleb Fraid, Muzak John, Larry Lorrack, @ Super Happy Fun Land - The name pretty much explains it all.

Monday, April 2

They Who Sound featuring Austin Cooley/David Dove and Parham Daghighi/Jason Jackson/Damon Smith @ Avant Garden - This week we have electronics vs trombone and a three way battle to the death of guitar, bass, and sax. 

Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn, Arkaik @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - Remember how I was saying I hated hair metal? It’s because why listen to that crap when you had bands like Exhumed? Hair Metal still sucks. Metal fucking still rules!

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Wednesday, April 4

White Denim, Hundred Visions @ Fitzgerald’s -This Austin band does a bad-ass cover of Hard Stuff’s Jay Time. I’d never heard of that band before but now I’m behind on my preview from looking up their shit on you tube.

Mana @ Toyota Center - The big Mexican rock band returns to the Toyota center.

This Week’s In-Stores

Thursday, March 29  @ Cactus Music –Alex Meixner (5:30PM)

Friday, March 30 @ Cactus Music –Max Rios & The Waysiders (5:30PM)

Saturday, March 31 @ Cactus Music – Electric Touch (1PM) Benjamin Wesley (5PM)

Saturday, March 31 @ Heights Vinyl – Heights Vinyl In-Store Performance Series featuring IDYL & Zookeeper (ex-Mineral/The Gloria Record) (6PM; free!)

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