The Music Crumudgeon’s preview for the Week of April 10th 2008
Westheimer Block Party (More), featuring
@ Numbers (Doors at 7:30)
See you there!
Whorehound / Son(s) of Evel / Split Hoof
John The Black is one kick ass guitar player so what else can he do on his birthday but rock your ass off with his band Whorehound! Happy Birthday!
Amplified Heat / Scorpion Child / Prodigal Sons
The first of two shows for people who are left alive after the block party and carry their own defibrillator, Amplified Heat are gold when it comes live shows.
Termination Force, Hypo-Christians, HasBeen, Ale Gore, Chocolate Crucifix
@ 2502 Leeland (9pm Sharp)
Here is the other one. Now you may notice this looks a hella lot like last week’s canceled show at the Pitt and you’d be right – this is the rescheduled show. So if you didn’t get your hit of Hardcore last week – here is your chance!
Sunday, April 13
KTRU 17th Annual Outdoor Show, featuring
Parts & Labor(!), Dead PA, Nosaprise, Balaclavas, KAI/ROS, Social Insects, Miles Ahead, Flying Balalaika Brothers, & Rachel Buchman
@ IM Fields 2/3 (Rice Univ. campus; 12PM, free)
Yeah, a family tradition here. Each year, KTRU brings some of the finest bands onto Rice campus and it makes for a lovely and laid back afternoon. I don’t think I’ve ever attended one and had a bad time. Parts & Labor alone is worth the admission! I’m one of those P&L; fans who find the live shows are so good that they make the LPs seem like a pale copy. The rest of the line up (which includes the recently profiled Balaclavas) is pretty amazing. I’ll see you there too.
British Sea Power/Film School/Colour Music/The Watermarks
This show has been burned in my head only because of a ridiculous attack on promoter Pegstar for booking the Watermarks and not the anonymous flamer’s own band. The flamer’s sour grapes caused a big commotion and the show got much more publicity than had the flamer kept his mouth shut. Which only goes to prove that there is no such thing as bad publicity.
Monday, April 14
Born Liars/Black Black Gold
You know there are two solid big time shows happening but, no offense to the Boss or the angry red planet, you know where the sweat and craziness will be happening? Boondocks. Born Liars rip up the garage thing like nobody’s business. They are so good that we’re trying very hard to get around their nutters schedule to do a feature for May’s issue.
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
@ Toyota Center
The Mars Volta
@ Verizon Wireless Theater
Get your proggy weirdness on!
Wed., April 16
Son Volt/Bobby Bare Jr.
@ The Continental Club
Oh man this is a sweet bill. Do I need to explain who Sun Volt is? I didn’t think so.
Scout Niblett, Throw Me The Statue, The Ruby Suns + Elaine Greer and Sew What? (solo sets)
@ The Mink Backroom
England’s Scout Niblett minimal approach to her music make for some very intimate records. I’m kind of curious to see how it pulls off live. Pairing her with local singer songwriters Elaine Greer and Sew What is a nice contrast in solo styles too. Sandwiched in-between you’ll find the poppy goodness of Seattle’s Throw Me The Statue and the slightly odder pop stylings of New Zealand’s Ruby Sons. In short, this show’s kind of a smörgåsbord of styles which is something I find really refreshing.