This Week’s Featured Show
Monday, August 13
No, Houston’s the Energy aren’t breaking up but let me explain. See, normally, when I drop a show as the Week’s Featured show I just ramble aimlessly about how cool the bands are and why you should go but in searching for a larger image of the show’s flyer, I reached out to promoter Brando Lemons of Treaty Oak Collective and, in passing, asked him if there was anything special about the show that I should know about to which he replied with an emphatic “Yes!” then wrote the following…
Uncompromisable tort reform has driven The Energy to change their name the night of August 13th. Who could bring forth such a heinous challenge to one of Houston’s proto-punk-revilalists? None other than The Energy (Brooklyn, http://www.theenergy-music.com/). See The Energy perform one last time under the pseudonym we’ve all come to love over the years. “pseudonym”, you ask? Yes, this big reveal has been planned far in advance. a new era of anti/blank-wave looms, brought forth by these brave torch-bearers; I give you “The Real Energy!”
Now I highly suggest you check out the Brooklyn Energy because they are awful in every way you could imagine: they look like douches, the music is awful middling rock that would make 80’s Canadian rockers Loverboy seem cutting edge, and even your grandma would disown you, beat you to a bloody pulp, then probably piss on your head for good measure if you even tried to suggest that the Brooklyn band could even approach anything resembling rocking out. I guess in the end when you can’t bring the rock, you can always bring the lawyers. Fuck off Brooklyn’s The Energy. Long live The Real Energy.
Thursday, August 9
The Protomen, Urizen, Poor Pilate @ Fitzgerald’s –How the rootsy Poor Pilate ties in with a band known for writing concept albums around the video game Megaman, is anyone’s guess but…I like it!
Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks @ Toyota Center –Just the other day we were discussing how The Chain by Fleetwood Mac is a bad ass song.
The Memorials, Outernational, Mission Bells, Outer Heaven @ Fitzgerald’s –Hard rockin’ Ex-Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen returns.
Phoebe Hunt @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck –A fiddle playin, world travelin’, singer songwriter from Nashville via Austin.
Vince Gill @ Arena Theater –Here is an odd thing to read about the Country Music Hall of famer. “While in high school, he performed with Mountain Smoke, a bluegrass band that once opened for Pure Prairie League and Kiss.” A bluegrass band opening for KISS?!! My appreciation of Gene and crew just went up a hundred fold.
Friday August 10
Two Star Symphony (CD Re-Release), Ancient Cat Society @ Warehouse Live (Green Room) – This is the CD (re)Release show for Two Star Symphony’s album Love & Other Demons which is newly remixed & remastered and featuring new album art by Two Star’s Margaret Lejeune & Jo Bird.
Latch Key Kids, Broken Gold, American Heist, Spastic Fit @ Fitzgerald’s –Happy 20th birthday LKK. You guys are almost old enough to drink as a band.
Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, Edison, Dark Time Sunshine @ Fitzgerald’s – Given AR’s kooky sense of wordplay, I really would love him to have one of those subtitle doohickeys you see when you go to the opera.
Smokers Club, featuring Chevy Woods, Smoke DZA, Doughbeezy, Fat Trel, & Joey Bada$$ @ Warehouse Live (Studio) – They ain’t talkin’ about smiokin’ tobacco.
Junior Brown @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Welcome back you baritone slide playin’ bad-ass
Meek Mill, Black Cobain @ House of Blues – Rick Ross approved Philly rapper.
Skillit @ Rudyard’s – reunited 90’s Houston band
Asleep At The Wheel @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) –If you can name the 1991 made-for-TV movie co-starring one of the founders of this band and Dolly Parton, you can proudly claim that you know stuff.
Saturday, August 11
IDentity Festival, featuring Eric Prydz, Wolfgang Gartner, Nero, Hardwell, Showtek, Doctor P, Arty, Le Castle Vania, & Audrey Napoleon @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion –In case you missed it, Eric Prydz just made the list of highest 30 paid DJs.
Barkerpalooza 5, featuring Floorbound, Nothingmore, Good Job Underground, Blondes Make Better Victims, & The Boulevard Nights @ Fitzgerald’s – Contrary to the name there are no Carnies involved.
Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne, Diminished, Crown Beheaded, Goatcraft @ Numbers – Symphonic Black Metal..
Embalmed, Birth A.D., Termination Force, Saxon King, Sadistic Butchering @ White Swan – …or if you prefer your metal more on the death grindcore side, you can always hitThe White Swan
Band of Heathens @ Fitzgerald’s-rootsy Austin rockers
Mindless Behavior @ Reliant Arena – Yes, they still make boy bands.
Billy Joe Shaver @ Cypress Saloon (Cypress) – Just looking at Shaver’s hand makes me say OW!!!!
Sunday, August 12
David Dove: Site-Specific Screwed-Down Sub-Bass-Trombone Margarita-Sippin’ Tour-Send-Off Party @ MECA: Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (7:30PM) – A send-off for Mr. Dove’s European tour.
Porkeria, Versklaven, Abduktion, Crime Wave, The Vipers @ Walter’s – McCallen, Texas punks
Jason Mraz, Christina Perri @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion –Sensitive folkie fans unite!
Sick, Sea , Bayuco Social @ Super Happy Fun Land – Sibling indie pop from McCallen. Fan of Wild Moccasins and the like may want to check these two out.
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Hank 3, Hell Billy, Attention Deficit Domination, 3 Bar Ranch @ The Scout Bar (Clear Lake) – Shelton Williams returns. Yes, his first name is Shelton.
Monday, August 13
Pathology, Enfold Darkness, Fallujah, Fit for an Autopsy, Aegaeon @ Warehouse Live –Meh, Pathology is kind of phoning it in as a metal band name. Now drummer and founder Dave Astor’s old band Cattle Decapitation… now that is a metal band name!
They, Who Sound featuring Shaun Sandor/Lindsay Smith/Andrew Weathers and Sonia Flores @ Avant Garden – a bass clarinet player from Atlanta and a guitar and banjo player from Chapel Hill join this week’s showcase of experimental/Improv
STARRING, Guardian Alien, Cop Warmth @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor) –Brooklyn sparkle-prog.
The Night Beats @ Fitzgerald’s –Lots of reverb drenched guitar from these garage cats from Seattle.
Lorrie Morgan @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) – So yeah looking here and saw that Morgan played Lula in the Broadway production of Pure Country with George Strait. Which made me say, “They made a Broadway play out of Pure Country? No offense to George, but did anyone who funded that production bother to try to make it through that movie?”
Tuesday, August 14
Sublime with Rome, Matisyahu, Pepper, The Dirty Heads @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Sublime’s lead singer may have died back in 1996 but that hasn’t stopped these dudes from playing a venue as big as the CWMP.
Shovels And Rope @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Nice bluesy folky duo who sound pretty damn good playing in their van.
Meat Mist, Angst, Piss Gag @ Super Happy Fun Land – If that’s a little too mellow for you, these cats from Kansas City may be more your speed..
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Wednesday, August 15
Jay Brannan, Jesse Ruben @ Fitzgerald’s – California singer-songwriter was born to Southern Baptists parents in Houston and lived in an unidentified suburb which he describes as a “conservative, repressive society infiltrated by a mixture of religion, rebellion, used car lots, and lots of barbecue.” Woo, sounds like one fun party party suburb.
Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Sorry, all I can think of when I hear the initials CSN is Melissa Etheridge. You know what I’m talking about.. a decade later and I still say “David Crosby? Really, Melissa?”
This Week’s In-Stores
Saturday, August 11 @ Cactus Music – Free Radicals (1PM), New York City Queens (3PM)
Tuesday, August 14 @ Cactus Music White Violet