Danny Brown. Photo: Jedd Lopez/One Nation
The Houston weather is definitely hot and cold as of late. Luckily for us there have been plenty of indoor entertainment options at our disposal and this week is no different. Locals will keep the week filled out while bigger names like Danny Brown, Flight of The Conchords and Dr. Dog will grace our city with their presence as well as three festivals on the same day. Houston, here’s where to spend your next seven days.
Wednesday you can get going over at House of Blues when legendary blues guitar slinger Buddy Guy stops by to perform. I shouldn’t have to oversell this show as the man is a legend, and scientifically speaking, this might be one of your last chances to catch him. His stellar new album Born To Play Guitar is one of his best to date and features Houston’s Billy Gibbons, so maybe we’ll get lucky and see a guest spot. Austin blues guitar prodigies, The Peterson Brothers will open the all ages show with doors at 7 pm and tickets between $30 and $90.
If that’s not your speed then you could swing by Walters for the hip hop of Michigan’s WALDO. The underground rapper has made quite the name for his slow jams, his crazy beats, and his work with Sango and the Soulection crew. He’s known for a crazy live show and his brand new album, Be Ever Wonderful, is pretty legit. He’ll have co-founder of AGO music SEVENth on as direct support while the hip hop of Austin’s Magna Carda will go on prior. Houston’s Bobby Earth will bring his jam heavy hip hop on as opener for the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and tickets between $12 and $15.
Lydia Loveless. Photo: Artist Facebook/Chris Walker
Over at Continental Club you can catch the always entertaining sounds of Lydia Loveless. The Ohio native broke the floodgates with her last album, Somewhere Else, while proving that you can still rock while channelling the likes of artists like Patsy Cline. Her new album, this year’s Real, takes her mix of alt country and singer songbird to a whole new level, and she’s a force to catch perform live. There’s no word of an opener or support, but that could change on the 21 & up show with doors at 9 pm and a $15 ticket.
Thursday you could head to the small room upstairs at White Oak Music Hall for the lo-fi indie folk pop of California’s From Indian Lakes. This band is pretty interesting in that they’re massively popular but they can’t seem to get in front of a larger crowd here in Houston. Their latest album, this year’s Everything Feels Better Now, adds hints of electronica to the band’s already popular sound. The gruffy guitar pop of New York’s Made Violent will provide direct support while London’s Wild Wild Horses will open the all ages show with doors at 7 pm and tickets between $13 and $17.
Rudyard’s will host a benefit full of laughs on the Laugh In The Face of Breast Cancer comedy show. Locals like Steven Padilla and Barry Laminack will bring plenty of belly laughs alongside many more comics for the show that benefits the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The 21 & up event gets going around 7:30 pm and the tickets are $25.
Warehouse Live will offer up a barn burner in the ballroom when the hipster hood hip hop of Detroit’s Danny Brown stops by to play. Brown is pretty crazy, his music is like no one else, and his live sets are always worth making it out for. His latest drop, this year’s Atrocity Exhibition, is his best and most diverse album to date with collabs featuring Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt and more. The amazingly powerful mic skills of Houston’s Maxo Kream will provide direct support and Detroit’s ZeelooperZ will open the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and tickets for $26.
Sergio Trevino. Photo: Lindsey Cooper-Trevino
If that’s not your speed then you could head to Leon’s Lounge to catch the strong singer songwriter skills of Houston’s Adam Bricks. Bricks dropped possibly one of the best albums all year with Relations, and he’s an artist you need to see sooner than later before he’s a big deal. Lead singer of Buxton, Ancient Cat Society, and Guess Genes Sergio Trevino will be on hand as opener for the intimate show with doors around 8 pm. It’s 21 & up and 100% FREE.
Arlo’s Ballroom will offer up an interesting pairing when Erica and Tex of Studded Left stop by with their groove heavy project Pleasure 2. These two make music that’s trippy as hell and super dance heavy, and their new single, “Lazy Rio,” is pretty damn amazing. The intensely amazing sounds of Vockah Redu will also be on the bill, and I promise it’ll be a set you don’t wanna miss. The 21 & up show gets going around 8 pm and it’s 100% FREE.
Under The Volcano will host the endearing old school honky tonk of Austin’s Amanda Cevallos & the High Hands. The throwback country group has made a name as a force to be reckoned with in the Texas country music world, and last year’s Got You Where You Want Me is an album you need to check out. The 21 & up show has doors at 8 pm and a TBA cover.
On Friday you can get going at Warehouse Live in the ballroom for the insanely popular sounds of South Africa’s Kongos. This group mixes electro pop and world sounds to craft a sound that’s its own thing, and their new album Egomaniac is just as enjoyable to jam as it is to get down to. The catchy and popular in their own right trio, The Joy Formidable will provide direct support and open the all ages show with doors at 7:30 pm with tickets between $24 and $325, the latter being a VIP meet and Greet with a custom Fender guitar.
Clay Melton Band. Photo: Artist Facebook/Ron Fontenot
Upstairs at Fitzgerald’s, the return of Ian Moore will commence with a full backing band. Moore is getting to where he’s close to legend status seeing as how he’s been going strong since the early nineties. His latest release, this year’s EP The Noble Art is a return to form that sees the guitar slinger bringing back his blues heavy sound. Houston blues rock act the Clay Melton Band will provide direct support as well as open the show. Don’t sleep on this guy, I caught him recently and was astounded at how heavy the blues vibe runs from the heavens through to his fingertips. The all ages show has doors at 8 pm and tickets between $15 and $20.
Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall, the emo post grunge of Pennsylvania’s Balance and Composure will swing through town. While their records have gotten more and more away from their original leanings, they’re still pretty great to see perform live. They’ll be here in support of this year’s release, Light We Made. They’ll have one of the best new bands going on as direct support when St. Louis’ Foxing joins them to drop their usually beautiful and fun live set. The indie pop of Philly’s Mercury Girls will open the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and tickets between $16 and $20.
At a secret location that’ll be revealed to those with tickets, Urban Circus will present another of their Creative Union shows. Sets from Grammy winner Bizzythowed, DASHR, and Mark Drew will take place alongside live projections, art, and a DJ set from STNKLD. There’s more in store for the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and tickets between $8 and $12.
The Ex-Optimists. Photo: Artist Facebook/Cynthia Lockledge
You can get all loud at Rudyard’s when Houston’s Omotai stops by to bleed ears. There’s something pretty amazing about this doom metal band, and while they’re rumored to have a new album out around the corner, their last Fresh Hell is still pretty amazing. Bryan College Station’s The Ex-Optimists will bring their loud and fuzzy indie rock to all as direct support while the post punk of Ft. Worth’s BULLS will open the 21 & up show with doors at 9 pm and a measly $5 cover.
You can close out your Friday at Continental Club for the 7th Anniversary for Houston’s A Fistful of Soul. The three piece DJ group has been called the best in Houston by many, and their sets are always fun and groove heavy. Ireland’s Gaz Funk will pen the 21 & up show with doors at 10 pm for the 100% FREE show.
Saturday you can get started out in Old Town Spring for the first year of the End Hip End It Festival. The psych rock metal fest has plenty for everyone as far as music goes, just as long as you came to rock. With sets from locals like Chase Hamblin and the Roustabouts, Doomstress, Mikey & the Drags, and Grand Old Grizzly to name a few, the day will also see a slew of acts who rarely come down this way. Performances from Black Tusk, Radio Moscow, and Ghostland Observatory will all help close out the day, while acts you can’t miss like the trippy Nigerian eight piece Golden Dawn Arkestra and Seattle’s sixties throwback psych rockers Night Beats will also be on hand. The all ages festival has more information and full lineup here, and with gates at 11 am, tickets run between $45 and $85.
Son Of Bitch. Photo: Courtesy of Artist
If you’d rather stay in town then you could head over to the East Side to catch the Wicked Music Showcase. With stages at White Swan, Wonky Power Live and Bohemeo’s and Super Happy Funland, the event will host over fifty bands. Highlights at White Swan include Glass The Sky at 2 pm and A Girl Named Tiger at 5 pm; Super Happy Funland features Vox Vocis at 7 pm Knights of the Fire Kingdom at 8 pm; Bohemeo’s features Son of Bitch at 4:30 pm and La Sien at 10 pm, though their whole day is stacked. The whole lineup at Wonky Power Live is also stacked though highlights include El Lago at 3 pm, Vodi at 5 pm, Dollie Barnes at 10 pm, and Gio Chamba at 11 pm. The all day event gets going around 2 pm, the tickets are between $20 and $40, the latter being a shuttle between stages at the various venues.
If you can’t make those you could swing over to Cactus to catch sets from legendary Houston punks, The Hates. Their last album, 2013’s Shank proved you can’t keep legends down, but the live show is where it’s at for these guys, no doubt. David Ensminger will be on hand before to sign copies of his new book “Politics of Punk,” while No Love Less will bring their legendary punk sound on as openers. The all ages event is 100% FREE, it starts around 3 pm, and there’s gratis beer for the adults.
Dr. Dog. Photo: Courtesy of Artist/Facebook
At Discovery Green you can catch a bunch of breweries and bands together for the Untapped Festival. The late afternoon event will feature 60 breweries, 250 beers, and a headlining set from Dr. Dog. Neon Indian and Still Corners will also be on hand, while Houston indie pop duo Catch Fever will go on beforehand. The Waxaholics will bring it when they drop by and a DJ set from Houston’s DJ Baby Roo will get the festival started. The gates are at 4:30 pm unless you have a VIP armband where you can get in an hour earlier. The passes run between $25 and $129.
House of Blues will host irreverent electro pop duo Cherub. These two Nashville producers make jam heavy tunes that are all over their albums since the start, and their latest Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence keeps that going. The dream-trance of New Zealand’s Boo Seeka will be on as direct support while the pop of LA’s FRENSHIP will open the all ages show with doors at 7 pm and tickets between $28 and $38.
Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall you can catch the indie folk punk hybrid sounds of Andrew Jackson Jihad, now going under the name AJJ. These guys are always worth making it out for and their live sets are full of energy. They’ll be here in support of their latest, this year’s The Bible 2. They’ll have the poprock of Arizona’s Diners on as direct support while Florida’s Chris Farren will go on prior. Houston’s Fight Me opens the all ages show with doors at 7 pm and tickets between $15 and $17.
Patterns. Photo: Courtesy of Artist/Instagram
Satellite Bar will have the metalcore of Austin’s At All Cost. The band called it quits about a decade ago before returning to performing earlier this year. Their last album, 2007’s Circle of Demons, still holds up and should make for an interesting set to see their return. The screamy metalcore of Sugarland’s Facetime will provide direct support where Patterns will go on beforehand. The heavy assault of Houston’s SLEEPERDRONE will open the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and a $10 cover.
You can get all your laughs in at The Secret Group when Brooklyn’s Hari Kondabolu brings his hilarious brand of humor to the newly opened venue. This guy has been on Conan, he’s getting bigger by the moment, and while you can’t stream his new album Mainstream American Comic, this joke should give you an idea of what you’re in for. Two of Houston’s better comics should be on this bill as opener and host, it’s all ages, and the doors are at 8 pm with tickets between $20 and $24.
Sunday you can swing by the studio at Warehouse Live for the crazed energy and pop hook heavy sounds of Robert Randolph and The Family Band. This guy does more with a pedal steel guitar than you can imagine and his last release, 2013’s Lickety Split, is insane. There’s no word of support or opener, but that could change for the all ages show with doors at 7 pm and tickets between $24 and $27.
Satellite Bar will host the indie psych of North Carolina’s Must Be The Holy Ghost. The two piece brings this trippy sound to any room they play and their latest release, Overflow, is pretty mesmerizing. The experimental shoegaze of Brooklyn’s Hypoluxo will be on as direct support while the dream gaze indie rock of Galveston/Houston four piece El Lago will go on beforehand. The tongue in cheek indie rock of Houston’s Get A Life will open the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and a $5 cover.
B Boys. Photo: Daniel Topete
On Monday you can stop by Walters for the crazed post punk sounds of Brooklyn three piece B Boys. Echoing the sounds of groups like Wire and Gang of Four, these guys are known for an intense live show and their latest release No Worry No Mind from this year is one of the best records out now. Houston punk favorites Talk Sick Brats will be on hand as direct support, and if you don’t own their new album Talk Sick Brats LP, then you’re missing out. The noise rock of Houston’s Dead Time will open the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and tickets between $7 and $10.
Tuesday you should consider heading over to the ballroom at Warehouse Live for the hip hop of Tech N9ne. This guy has been going strong since he was tied to the world or horrorcore rap, and has since become a huge indie rap success story. His latest drops are a slew of singles this year, the latest being “Sriracha” which features Future. Krizz Kaliko will provide direct support while St. Louis’ JL will open the all ages show with doors at 7 pm and tickets between $27.50 and $30.
Flight of The Conchords. Photo: Courtesy of Artist/Facebook
If that’s not your deal, then you could trek out to Woodlands Pavilion for the humorous tunes of New Zealand duo, Flight of The Conchords. These two are always fun and funny, and while they haven’t released any new material since 2009’s I Told You I Was Freaky, if you’re a fan you should make it out. There’s no lawn seating, there’s no word of openers or support, but the all ages show has doors at 7 pm and tickets between $39.50 and $65.
That’s about all that’s happening though still a very stacked up week. No matter what you decide to do, please remember that a safe ride home is good for everyone’s sake.