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FFW – The Free Press Preview for May 26th – June 1st

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This Week’s Featured Show

CD Release
@ Cactus Music
(5PM free)

Is it me or has Punk Rock been reduced to hardcore and Pop-Punk?  Sometimes it seems that way but back in the 80’s bands like Really Red, The Party Owls, Mydolls, The Pain Teens, Happy Fingers Institute, and Culturecide (to name a few) constantly played outside the sandbox of many today consider Punk.  Maybe they just called it Punk back then because there were no other labels at the time but the gamut was wide and the music was definitely uncompromising. 

The Anarchitex are one such band.  They made some great music, tossed out at least one cassette I can recall, and disappeared like so many other bands of the era but, curiously enough,the band reunited a few years ago .  Thankfully, it wasn’t some lame case of some old dudes reliving their past but instead it was a band that reunited because they had something to say.   As a result, not only is it a thrill to see great players like Scott Ayers (phenomenal guitarist), John Reen Davis (less a singer than a writer with a sneering sense of social commentary), and Bob Weber (as punk a drummer as you can get) performing on stage but the new material is just as searing, smart-ass, and fun as anything they’d done years ago.   So do yourself a favor, get a couple cups of St. Arnold’s at Cactus and check them out Saturday afternoon.  You’ll see then why your application to receive a punk rock card was rejected.

Thursday, May 26

Canned Acoustica #3, featuring Two Star Symphony feat. Fat Tony, Hilary Sloan, The Manichean, Jeff Crowder, Holy Fiction, The Handshake, Tax the Wolf, & Alicia Gianni @ Warehouse Live - Nice line up for the second showcase performing with stripped down arrangements.

The Fox Derby, Jealous Creatures, Fetish Vendetta, Arthur Yoria, Animal Farmacy @ Fitzgerald’s -Alright, it’s just before payday and you’re broke, hey bro, this show is free if you’re over 21 - wooo!

Sarah Cook, Logan Mason, Mantis, Franchise & Yung @ The Mink -Local folkie Sarah Cook has some pretty solid stuff on youtube.  I really dig the one where she plays yuke.

Dredg, The Trophy Fire, Balance and Composure, The Dear Hunter @ Warehouse Live (Studio) -Want to know what kind of music I abhor?  You need look no further than Dredg.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Generationals, Young Girls @ Fitzgerald’s -We like Young Girls.  God that sounds so pervy!!!

S.P.E.A.K. V, featuring Tim Woods, 2-Twenty, Killafornianz, Buckamore, & A.d.D. @ Mango’s - The fifth is this hip hop series.

Juvenile, Lil Webbie, Mannie Fresh @ House of Blues -I would just like to point out that Juvenile’s real name is Terius Gray. If you ask me that’s a much more bad ass name that Juvenile.

Friday, May 27

Destry, Communipaw, Wails, Holy Fiction @ The Mink - Destry is (a) an  indie folk musician (b) A city in Northern France, or (c) Jimmy Stewart’s title character from the 1939 western.  Trick questions it’s all the above.

Fantastic, featuring Nosaprise, Screwtape, Frank Castle, The Mighty D-Risha, Big Ruk & Flo Factory, & more @ Fitzgerald’s - Get your red hot hip hop here.

The Standells @ The Concert Pub North - Show #1 from those groovy 60’s dudes we interviewed earlier this week.

D.R.U.M., Bigga Star @ Last Concert Cafe -Did you know that the instrument is D.R.U.M. most associated with is the Hurdy Gurdy?  It’s true.

Combichrist, iVardensphere, Starkiller @ Fitzgerald’s -Did you know that Aggrotech is an Electro-Industrial genre with a dark focus on agriculture.  I swear it’s true - all the FFA kids are really into it!

Rick Springfield, Spin Doctors @ Arena Theatre -Did you know that Rick “Jesse’s Girl” Springfield saved an entire village in New Zeland from The Spin Doctors back in 1998 and they are now locked in an eternal mythic struggle that will decide of the fate of the earth?  It’s True!

K Rino @ The White Swan -Did you know that rapper K-Rino is the heir of K-Tel family fortune and he inherited the family’s entire 70’s record collection?  It’s True!

The Escatones, The Pub Affair, Young Girls @ Rudyard’s -We like The Escatones too…(yeah that’s sounds much less pervy). OK that actually is true.

Fri.-Sun., May 27-29 Comicpalooza 2011, featuring The Hectic, Denise Vasquez, Happy! Project, The Lost Boys, Midnight Carnival, Ozeal, The Side Quest, Sievert, Skeleton Dick, & more Adam Warrock @ George R. Brown Convention Center -Oh dude Chewbacca and Boba Fett are gonna be there!!!  Some Harry Potter and Battlestar Galactica actors too!  Some DC and Marvel artists too!  Man, I just spent $60at Nan’s just last week - this is the last place I need to be!

Saturday, May 28

The Pleasants, The Wheel Workers, Dearspeak @ The Mink -I haven’t heard The Pleasants but The Wheel Workers album earlier this year was pleasant to listen to and nicely produced.

A Flock of Seagulls, Bad Manners, Vertigo Blue, Mr. Hands Revenge @ Numbers -They used “Space Age Love Song” in Symbiotic Titan which reminds me how lame it is that Cartoon Network decided that canceling that Genndy Tartakovsky’s series after one season was a good idea while signing on hacky Adult Swim crap like “The Problem Solvers” was a good one.  FAIL!  Thank god, Regular Show and Adventure Time are still around or I’d be really irked.

Flamin’ Hellcats @ Rudyard’s -OneWord - Rockabilly.

The Standells @ The Concert Pub Galleria - Second show from the classic 60’s garage band.

Pinata Protest, The Dead Rabbits, Vigilante, Immigrant Punk @ Super Happy Fun Land - Sorry got distracted there… Is Pinata Protest a good band name or a bad one?  I can’t tell!!!

Another Run (video premiere) @ Fitzgerald’s - What happened?  Another Run made a video and they want to share it with you.

Kris Becker @ Cactus Music (1PM) -You may know Kris Becker from the Literary Greats but he’s also a guy also has the heaviest head in show business.  Don’t believe me?  Check out his website.  Dude’s gotta prop up his Higgs Boson head with his super strong hands in every pic.

Jesse Williams, Ari & Her Banjo, Joey Ray, Kim Champion@ Sedition Books -West Coast Political Folk (Hey that rolls off the tongue pretty nicely) that’s what Jesse Williams does - Hey, it’s Sedition Books you were expecting Lady GaGa maybe?.

.38 Special @ Nutty Jerry’s (Winnie) -Oh shit the apocalypse did happen and we’re damned!  How else could you explain this?

Sunday, May 29

The 4th Annual Weenie Roast, featuring Adrian and the Sickness, Cock N’ Balls, Bug Girl, Ese, Amplified Heat, Wide Open Throttle, No Love Less, & Mydolls @ Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar - I’m sure it won’t be as good as the Moon Tower Inn’s dogs but, hey, a weenie roast is a weenie roast.

Loudness, War Machine, Dirty Passion, Mercenary X, Love and War @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - Oh man no way - Japanese hair metal lives!

Monday, May 30

S.L.F.M., D.R.E.A.M., Will Schorre, Ben & Ciaran @ Super Happy Fun Land - S.L.F.M. does this solo amplified ukulele thing.  Yukes are cool!

They Who Sound feat. Bias Ply and Thomas Helton/Damon Smith @ Avant Garden - What is “mishandled guitar?” I don’t know but Bias Play plays it.  Hey it’s TWS, Houston’s premier avant garde music showcase, for answers you’ll just have to show up find out yourself.

Tuesday, May 31

The Anchor, Black Tuesday, Loch Ness Radio, Radio Flyer @ Big Star Bar - Austin’s upbeat to the point where it it seems neurotic poppy punkers The Anchor drop well errr anchor at Big Star.  Really how can you NOT like a band that sings about Hot Dogs and Vodka?

Lo-Pan, Project Armageddon, Gypsyhawk, Mothership @ The Mink - Lo Pan’s logo has a gorilla in a space suit.  That says everything you need to know about this heavy ass Ohio rock band’s approach.

Papa Roach, Pop Evil, The Hunger @ Warehouse Live - I take back what I said about .38 Special…THIS is the sign we are damned!!!

Wednesday, June 1

Title Fight, Touché Amoré, The Menzingers, Dead End Path @ Walter’s - I fyou like that Oh Pioneers sing like until you are horse vocal style and some solid guitar action then Title Fight may be worth a listen.

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