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FFW – The Free Press Preview for October 06 - 12, 2011

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This Week’s Featured Show

Friday, October 7

Balaclavas (Album Release)

//TENSE//

Hospital

@ Mango’s

Balaclavas have to be one of the most distinctive bands in Houston.  They are the kind of band that is inventive enough to play with a lot of different ideas but still sound like themselves.  The new album, Snake People, is as solid a work as anything they have released previously and their live shows are rare and intense.  I ran into Tyler Morris at Black Hole and he was contrasting for me how their last album, Roman Holiday, started as a single and expanded to a full length with the sessions six month apart while the new album, Snake People, was done under cohesive sessions and the band was able to spend a year perfecting the material.  And while Roman Holiday was a great record, you can definitely hear the album, Snake People, as a more focused work with she songs ranging from specific social commentary to psychedelic word play as the band projects an almost gothic menace with its dense sound.   But Jack Daniel Bentz already did a review of the album so let me just say, it’s a solid album and the show is going to be great.   Here is the link to Jack’s review (link).

Thursday, October 6

Scott H. Biram/Beetle @ The Continental Club - Austin’s Birham is a fellow who wants everyone to know he’s “no candy ass singer.’  Duly noted, sir.

Saxon/Helstar @ Stereo Live - Old Old Old school metal!

Buckethead/Lync @ House of Blues - The Axl Rose sideman with the goofy headgear.

Discovery Green Concert Series, featuring Texas Tornados & Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man @ Discovery Green - Wow this is a pretty bad ass lineup. Flaco and Doug may have left us but the rest of the Tornadoes still pack a punch.

Hunter McKithan & The Offenders/Fight the Quiet/38 Caliber Hero/Clay Melton/Wayside Drive @ Fitzgerald’s - Southern rock dudes

Honky/DeadEnd Cowboys/The Burns @ Rudyard’s - Jeff Pinkus. Nuff said.

After the Burial/Veil of Maya/Misery Signals/Within the Ruins @ Warehouse Live (Studio)- Metal.  Metal from Twin Cities!

Friday, October 7

B.B. King @ House of Blues - You know what would be awesome. BB King followed by BB’s in the heights. Just saying, good blues and good cajun.

Buxton, Larry Sepulvado @ Market Square Park - I don’t know anything about Heritage Texas Properties but if they drop a cool lineup like this, kudos!

Acoustic Music Social, featuring Dimas, Sims Hardin, & Pete Tijerina @ La Carafe - Marshall stack will be frowned upon.

Hudson Falcons, Roots of Exile, Titan Blood @ The White Swan - Hudson Falcons play rock like they come from Jersey….Oh wait they do.

Grizzly, The Last Cigarette @ Rudyard’s - Roots rock it up.

Weedeater, Saviours, Bison B.C., Fight Amp @ Fitzgerald’s - Sludge / Stoner metal.  You know, heavy ass shit.

UFO @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - Get your 70’s rock on.

Blind Pilot, Dan Mangan @ Fitzgerald’s - How may indie folk bands can claim to do a bike tour?  Well, Porland’s Blind Pilot can and did.  Awesome!

Matt the Electrician, Southpaw Jones @ Anderson Fair - OK well how many banjo playing folk musicians can also fix the wiring in your house?  Well Austin’s Matt Sever can.   Cool!

Kim Richey, Mando Saenz, Dan Crump @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Richey has written songs for The Dixie Chicks, Tricia Yearwood, Suzy Bogguss, and other country music folk.

A Bullet For Pretty Boy, The Air I Breathe, The Great Commission, Legacy, Concepts, Last Ones Left, Sands @ Cain’s Ashes (2628 FM 1960 Rd. E) - Metal.  Overproduced metal but metal nonetheless.

Punk Rock Comedy, Renderers, Sore Eros, Neptunes Explode @ Super Happy Fun Land - comedy dude and some New Zeland bands.  That’s cool.

George Jones, Josh Kelly, Robert Ellis @ Nutty Jerry’s (Winnie) - Geroge Jones… I mean, dude, it’s Geroge effin’ Jones!!!  What more do I need to tell you?

Saturday, October 8

The Wild Moccasins (tour kickoff), The Mathletes, Little Lo @ Fitzgerald’s - If you missed Cody Swann’s story this past Monday about being shut down by Mathematicians, you really should go back and read it.  It’s pretty hilarious. (link)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, featuring Two Star Symphony @ The Orange Show (8-10PM) - Wow neat!

David Ramirez, listenlisten, Sara Von Buskirk @ Rudyard’s - Austin singer songwriter teams up with one of Houston,s finest, ListenListen.  I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again.  If you haven’t picked up a copy of Dog by ListenListen, you are missing out.

The Tyburn Jig, Jealous Creatures (CD release), The Horse and Dagger @ Echo - Jealous Creatures CD release. Coolz!

2nd Annual Red Cat Jazz Festival, featuring Eric Darius, Brian Best, Joe Carmouche, Thunder Soul Band, Joey Sommerville, Leslie Michael, Gordon Chambers, Althea Rene, Marcia Chapa, Theresa Grayson, Yvonne Washington, Marium, Gail Johnson, Andre James, Kyle Turner, George Thomas & Friends, TSU Jazz Ensemble, & more @ Jones Plaza (601 Louisiana; 3-10PM) - Jazz and cool weather

Big Star Bar 3rd Anniversary, featuring Born Again Virgins & Lower Life Form @ Big Star Bar - Wow, Big Star, Yr a toddler now.  Congrats.

Eyes Behind The Wall Festival 2, featuring The Whitehorse, Gender Sabotage, Gitmo, Oblive, Vomir, I Like You Go Home, White Gimp Mask, See Six, Boar, Snuff-Film, Churner, Painful Vigil, Death.Sick.C_nt, Trent Bingham, The Godless Girl, Tinieblas, Peiiste, Biological Girl, Glasgow Smile, Unprotected Sex, & Nonhosonno @ Super Happy Fun Land -  “a celebration of harsh noise wall artists presented by H Series/Deadline Recordings and hosted by Richard Ramirez and Sean E. Matzus.”

Hip Hop Explosion, featuring UnBeatable Beatz, T-Slim, YoungBlaze, E-Ice (Tha Polar Boy), C Dot Starr, C-dro, Finatic Da Realest, K-Rino, DJ Chose, & more @ Press Box Bar (209 Jackson) - You’ve been warned. If your head explodes all scanners style, don’t expect a refund.

Robyn Hitchcock & Joe Boyd @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Wow Robyn Hitchcock?  Cool.  I didn’t know he was playing.  See him with the Egyptians and solo before and he’s good groceries.

Anything Box, T-4-2, Provision, Christopher Anton @ Numbers - old electro pop dudes from the late 80’s if you like that kind of stuff.

Revolver, Chateau Marmont, La Catrin @ Fitzgerald’s - Not getting enough French in your Indie rock. Here ya go.

Raven’s Metal Zone Showcase, featuring Bag of Tricks, Black 13, Engine 69, Hindsight, The Sellouts, Black Orchid Ritual, World’s Most Dangerous, Opposition A.D., Shaving Susie, Ten Ton Hammer, & Downfall Rising @ Warehouse Live (Studio) -
More metal

Sunday, October 9

Lucinda Williams, Over The Rhine @ Warehouse Live - The revered rootsy singer songwriter returns to Houston.

Toro Y Moi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum of Death @ Fitzgerald’s - Chill your wave.

Creamers, White Crime, Noguey @ Mango’s - Old school 80’s punk band,  Creamers, team up with Houston’s White Crime because that’s just a god way to spend your Sunday.

Off The Wall Festival Too, featuring Cracked Ray Tube, Yaktronix, Black Magic Marker, The Annoysters, Andy Rivera, Dirty Churches, & Muzak @ Super Happy Fun Land - I’m just going to let this video of Chicago’s Cracked Ray Tube explain it for you… By The Way, if you miss them tonight at SHFL, they will also be performing at Avant Garden on Monday.

Andrew Ripp, Steve Moakler @ Fitzgerald’s - Folk dude.

Lindsey Buckingham @ Verizon Wireless Theater - That dude from that band you know that 70’s band with all the drama.

Monday, October 10

They, Who Sound @ Avant Garden featuring Louise Jensen/Tom Blancarte and Cracked Ray Tube - If you missed Chicago’s TV and VGA monitor feedback hacks here is your second chance and, bonus is New York/Denmark Saxophonist Louise Jensen and New York/Austin Bassist Tom Blancarte will perform a duet.

$5 - $10 suggested cover goes to the musicians.
Death Cab for Cutie, Telekinesis @ Verizon Wireless Theater - I actually just went back to listening to some of DCFC’s old records and forgot how good they were. “Death of an Interior Decorator” still makes me get all awww.

Tapes N Tapes, Howler, Leslie Sisson @ Fitzgerald’s - Minneapolis indie rockers whose debut, The Loon got a lot of buzz a few years ago and their newer one is getting some mixed reviews.  Me, I’d say The Loon was good but over-hyped and people’s coolness to the albums that followed  is a product of that.

Dark Dark Dark, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Pillars and Tongues @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - DDD’s lovely chamber pop is so good I kind of feel bad that I never got a chance to follow up with their publicist to do an interview.  Meh, hopefully we can still pull that together by Monday.

Electric Touch, Lights, Theft @ Fitzgerald’s - Dudes with all those comic bookey posters.

Tuesday, October 11

Dolly Parton @ Verizon Wireless Theater - I would totally go to this if I didn’t have band practice!  Dolly rules!

Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid @ Warehouse Live - I was long tired of the ICP when the whole Jack White thing bought the ICP a few more minutes on my radar.  Nicely played.  I mean, the music still blows but, still, well done.

Wednesday, October 12

The Airborne Toxic Event,The Drowning Man @ Warehouse Live - LA  indie rock band with a penchant for orchestral arrangements.

Kevin Devine, An Horse, The Rocketboys @ Fitzgerald’s - Brooklyn singer songwriter downstairs and…

New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, The Wonder Years, Man Overboard, This Time Next Year @ Fitzgerald’s- …pop punk upstairs

Blues and Burgers, featuring Texas Johnny Brown @ Discovery Green (12PM; free!) Wait, blues AND burgers?  Hell yess!

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones @ House of Blues - banjo led bluegrass meets fusion meets jazz fans unite!

Joe Walsh, Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ Verizon Wireless Theater - I will say that I find Walsh to be the one redeeming quality of the Eagles.

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