This Week’s Featured Show

Black Leather Jesus
Sandy Ewen
@ Fresh Arts ARC
(2101 Winter St.; 8PM)

This week Christmas comes early for Noize fans (courtesy of Sandy Ewen) as Black Leather Jesus performs this weekend at Fresh Arts ARC. Noisemaker Richard Ramirez has been behind BLJ since 1989 and despite being what many would consider a fringe subset of music (and some would even argue against it even being music) he has managed to receive quite a bit of notice and acclaim among music freaks. Thurston Moore (you may have heard of him from a band by the name of Sonic Youth) picked BLJ to open up at a show in Marfa a few years back and he has collaborated with folks like Merzbow, Emil Beaulieau, Skin Crime, and MSBR. With a focus on violent sexual themes (usually centered around gay porn), murder, sadomasochism, and so on, it’s not exactly for everyone but if are one of those people who have never gone to seen a noize show, this may be a good one to start off with. You may find you enjoy it or you may not, but certainly it would be far removed from any pop concert you’ve ever attended. Here, just take a look at this performance clip below – kind of looks like an outtake from some messed-up Antonini or Pasolini film, don’t it?.


Thursday, December 6

The Octopus Project, A.M.P., Giant Battle Monster @ Fitzgerald’s – the cute quirky Austin quartet drops in on the first of three shows this weekend in Texas


Lamb of God, In Flames, Sylosis, Hellyeah @ Bayou Music Center – Richmond, Virginia metal heavies hit downtown

Wayward Sons, Brandon McDermott Band @ Rudyard’s – local Americana trio

Vision, featuring Glasnost DJs, Tangled Shadows, Gin Martini, Kris_C Strange, Jess The Mess, & Max Xandaux @ Numbers – Bwahaha! Dance fools!!!

Civil Twilight, Well Well @ Fitzgerald’s – Indie rock-esque band You know the kind who gets their song on One Tree Hill

Suzanna Choffel @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Austin singer currently on some show called The Voice

Enrique Bunbury @ Escapade 2001 (11903 Eastex Fwy.) – Spanish Rock singer.

Friday, December 7

The Bright Light Social Hour, Ishi @ Fitzgerald’s – Austin rock band… you know the kind with 70’s facial hair and spend a good minute before a song asking the crowd “Weeeeeeeiiiil Awwwwwwriiiight! How is everybody doing TooooNIGHT?!”

The Trimms, Tiziano Dominico, La Sien @ Fitzgerald’s – rough and scrabbly local rockers

Weapons of War, Benelit, Suffer The Gallows, Thee Monk Bunkees, Serpent Attack, Desecrate the Faith @ Walter’s – Screamy metal leads the pack here

Deep Cuts, Neighbors, We Scare Coyotes, Well Well, J. Gutierrez @ Dean’s – jangly high energy poppers on Main street

Poor Pilate and Friends @ Last Concert Café – One of Houston’s most underappreciated bands hits the Nance Tex mex venue

Dom Kennedy @ Warehouse Live (Studio) – Cali rapper

The Bruce & Kelly Show @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck (Friday – Saturday, December 7-8) – Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis bring on two days of Christmas music.

Saturday, December 8

 Jealous Creatures, Missing Sibling, Elect Trick City @ Avant Garden – Space City Rock approved

Yello Echo, Lion Among Men, Second Lovers, Nine Minutes, Josiah Gabriel @ The Continental Club – rap soul rock mash-up band

Hoffle Stoff Awaffogus, Fire From The Gods, Rahab The Monster, Against The Dark, Dysmetria @ Dean’s – hardcore band that sounds like this


Ten Ton Hammer, Oceans of Slumber, Sibylline Prophecy, Hell South @ Fitzgerald’s – metal dudes who will be videotaping this show.

Butch Hancock @ Anderson Fair – The Flatlander from Lubbock is back

InStereo, featuring Richard Durand @ Stereo Live – Dutch Trance

Folk Family Revival @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (Conroe) – Magnolia Texas Americana

Daryl Hall & John Oates @ Nutty Jerry’s (Winnie) – Hey they have a few good tunes. Don’t hate.

Sunday, December 9

Antagonizers ATL, The Ballistics, No Resistance, Upside, Roots of Exile @ Mango’s – Austin punk you can chant along with

Paper Route, Ashbury Keys @ Fitzgerald’s – Indie rock-esque band You know the kind who gets their song on One Tree Hill (déjà vu!)

Eric Benet @ Epiphany Concert (13950 Hillcroft) – Sure you may know him as an R&B star but did you know he is also a stripper? Me neither but, hey, I read it on Wikipedia so I know it’s true!

Monday, December 10

The Eastern Sea, Second Lovers @ Fitzgerald’s – really cool and fun indie rock band. Plus they brew their own beer!!


Bomb The Music Industry, The Handshake @ Mango’s – poppy punky ska DIY cats from New York

Tuesday, December 11

The Mastersons @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Texas guitar and violin duo

Wednesday, December 12

We Are The Union, Grizzly, Poke Chop Express, Loch Ness Radio @ The Scout Bar (Clear Lake) – Detroit Punk Ska


This Week’s Music Release Shows

Saturday, December 8 – Come See My Dead Person (album release), Knights of the Fire Kingdom, Vox and the Hound @ Walter’s ($8)

Saturday, December 8 – Skeleton Dick (CD Release Show), Blackmarket Syndicate, Fuska @ Fitzgerald’s

Saturday, December 8 – Trial By Bourbon (CD Release), Grizzly, Midnight Norma Lane @ Rudyard’s

This Week’s In- Stores

Saturday, December 8 @ Cactus Music Sergio Trevino (Buxton) (1PM)

Sunday, December 9 @ Cactus Music – The Eastern Sea (3PM)

Wednesday, December 12 @ Heights Vinyl – P.L.X.T.X (7-7:30PM)

–For even more listings check out Space City Rock – Houston’s best local calendar–