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FFW – The Free Press Preview for June 23 – 29

Submitted by RamonLP4 on June 22, 2011 – 7:18 pmNo Comment

This Week’s Featured Show

Saturday, June 25

Prideapalooza 2011
@ Avant Garden/Mango’s

with B L A C K I E, Wicked Poseur, Alex English, Mike Rhythm, Tax the Wolf, GRRRL Parts, Senior Jukebox, Damon Allen, Electric Attitude, Panchitron, //TENSE// (DJ set), Speculator, Papaya, Achachay, Boyfriend, Ceeplus Bad Knives, DJ Hyro, Young Girls, Best Legs, Black Transmission, Tyagaraja, Mr. Castillo, La Catrin, Bending Villa, iLL LiaD, Vivian Pikkles & the Sweethearts Über Alles, Fredster, Shawn Rindfuss, Cuba Gooding Jr., Abstract Cannon, Hollywood Floss, ADD, Hit it or Quit it, & dontkidurself - Man this city is so gay.  Mayor - Lesbian.  Your dog - Bi. Straight People - Gay.  That lady you were making out with at the bar last night - yeah, ummm about that….  The thing is, such a large part of our city’s identity is GLBT, that without it, it just wouldn’t be Houston and our city would be a lot less cool.   So Houston likes to celebrate its awesome Man on Man Love, Woman on Woman Love, and all the stuff in between with a cool ass parade. To kick it up a notch, Mango’s and Avant Garden are tossing out a huge selection of local music to join in the fun.  By the way, just have to commend the artist on the poster; I mean, Unicorns are way cool but unicorns vomiting rainbows?  That’s even better!

OK now for the rest of your week

Thursday, June 23

Tigerparty, football, etc., Earhart, Pswingset @ The Mink - Tigerparty, meet Autotune. Autotune, meet Tigerparty. BTW - The ever super awesome Football etc. are on this bill too.

Muhammad Ali, Plus More, Clockpole @ Mango’s (free!) - Oh F to the U to the C to the K. Drugs by Muhammad Ali kicks my ass into the middle of next week, throws me into a vat of boiling oil, then stomps on the fried ashes for good measure. Here is the video.  Best local track I’ve heard this year.


Best Rappers in Texas 6, featuring Express & more @ Midtown Lounge - Organizers have gone through some stringent peer review to come up with this line-up.

The Escatones, Only Beast, Darwin’s Finches @ Rudyard’s - The Escatones and Darwin’s Finches like two thirds of the south of Houston trinity.  Oh if only Clockpole were playing, it would truly be the apocalypse.

Zero Progress, HRA, Landfill,The Delta Block @ Vinyl Junkie (7:30-10:30PM; $5) - So punk and hardcore, yo mamma’s gonna have to slap you.

Songwriters Showcase, featuring Mike Stinson, Tony Gilkyson, & Randy Weeks @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - They gonna write some songs and sing ems they will.  Just you watch.

Friday, June 24

Black Wine, The Busy Kids, White Crime @ Mango’s - Attention Mangos.  Would it hurt you to put some band links?

Elaine Greer & Friends (album release), Hearts of Animals, Trio Musette @ Fitzgerald’s - This is going to be a really nice show as Houston ex-pat Elaine Greer (also with Austin’s Sour Notes) celebrates her newest record.  So if you missed out interview here is the link.

Tody Castillo @ The Continental Club - Americana Sensei Tody Castillo will lay down some of his finest jangly kung fu on your ass.

Psychic Palms, Young Girls, Dead People, The Examples @ The Mink - I can’t find any info on Psychic Pals but I can tell you that Young Girls are pretty damn well worth the price of admission alone.

Reggae Rhythm Revival, featuring D.R.U.M., DJ Zin, DJ MikeOneRhythm, Mr. Blacc Sheep, & Bigga Star @ Last Concert Cafe - Here is where I guess you drop make some lame pot joke but that’s too lame for me to even go there.

Split Heaven, Spell Caster, Black Hole Caravan @ Walter’s - OH hell, the video where the band is tied up to a tree with some samurai just made me snarf.  Man, Mexican Metal is awesome!  Or as YouTube describes them “Excelente banda mexicana de heavy metal de la vieja escuela”

Sanctus Bellum, Kin of Ettins, Project Armageddon @ Rudyard’s - If you like your Metal without the accent, this may be your ticket.

Mickey Gilley @ Mo’s Place - If you live in Houston and you don’t know who Mickey Gilley is…well then, we’re done here…

Saturday, June 25

Luis Lopez Humanization Quartet, Sandy Ewen @ Project Row Houses (2521 Holman Street, $7-$10) - Mix together a two parts Portugal (guitarist Luis Lopez and Sax man Rodrigo Amado) and two parts Dallas (double bassist Aaron Gonzalez and drummer Stefan Gonzalez) and stir. This is what you get:

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Vans Warped Tour, featuring 30H!3, A Day to Remember, A Skylit Drive, Against Me!, Asking Alexandria, Attack Attack!, August Burns Red, Bad Rabbits, Big B, Big Chocolate, Big D and the Kids Table, Black Veil Brides, Blood on the Dance Floor, Cold Forty Three, Dance Gavin Dance, Enter Shikari, Every Avenue, Foxy Shazam, Freshman 15, Go Radio, Good Guys In Black, Grieves With Budo, Hellogoodbye, I Set My Friends On Fire, illScarlett, It Boys!, Larry and His Flask, Less Than Jake, Lionize, Lucero, Madina Lake, MC Lars with Weerd Science, Miss May I, Moving Mountains, New Years Day, Of Mice and Men, Passafire, Pepper, Places and Numbers, Relient K, Set Your Goals, Sharks, Shut Up and Deal, Simple Plan, Stephen Jerzak, Street Dogs, Terrible Things, The Acacia Strain, The Aggrolites, The BOTS, The Dance Party, The Dangerous Summer, The Devil Wears Prada, The Expendables, The Exposed, The Ready Set, The Sheds, The Wonder Years, The Word Alive, There For Tomorrow, Unwritten Law, Vonnegutt, We Came As Romans, Winds of Plague, & Woe Is Me @ Sam Houston Race Park - Vans Warped tour.  You may have heard of it.  It’s this little festival with punk bands.

Southern Backtones, The Crazy Ivans @ Rudyard’s - Remember that Southern Backtones album with the woman who looked like she hadn’t eaten in years.  Yea, still creepy.

Joe Ely @ Firehouse Saloon - Can you think of another Amarillo native singer songwriter so cool that The Clash thought he was bad ass? I can’t.  But then it’s Joe Ely he’s one of a kind. 

The Rosebuds, Other Lives @ Fitzgerald’s - Sweet Merge records indie pop duo The Rosebuds drop by Fitz and you can catch the opening band, Other Lives, over at @ Cactus Music earlier that day (5PM)

My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, 16 Volt, Twitch the Ripper @ Numbers -
Good gravy, this band is still around?

New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys @ Toyota Center- Good gravy, this band is still around?

Band of Heathens @ Cactus Music (3PM) - Heathens and St. Arnold’s YES!

Steve Forbert @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Pointless trivia.  Forbert played Cindy Lauper’s boyfriend in the video to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

Tinsel Teeth, Cacaw, Rusted Shut @ The Mink - Normally I say something about the headliner but AWWWWWW KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILL

Union Specific @ Super Happy Fun Land - Oh OK, I’ll mention them just cause how many bands come in from Sherman Texas these days.

Gilberto Santa Rosa @ House of Blues - The self described Caballero of Puerto Rican Salsa at the HOB

Monday, June 27

They Who Sound featuring Bhob Rainey, David Dove, Ryan Edwards, ms. YET (Y.E. Torres) and  The Annoysters @ Avant Garden - New Orleans soprano saxophonist returns to Houston to lead tonight’s show.

Lyle Lovett/John Hiatt @ Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston) - If there is a show driving town to Galveston for, this would be the one.

Tuesday, June 28

Peter Case, Steve Poltz @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - A few weeks ago we interviewed the Nerves’ Paul Collins and this week the other half of that band comes through town.  You may also know him from the Plimsouls.  That reminds me…Man I need to get off my ass and send in those questions.

Trae The Truth @ House of Blues - Is that whole weird battle between him and The Box over?  That was really weird.

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

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