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FFW – The Free Press Preview for April 26 – May 2, 2012

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This Week’s Featured Show

Friday, April 27
Grandfather Child
The Weird Weeds
The Energy
@ Big Star Bar (free!)

If you charged a cover and had this bill at a larger venue like Fitz, I bet you serious bucks the place would be packed but it’s in the more intimate Big Star Bar and it’s free to boot.  You know how packed this is going to get?  Still, if you aren’t claustrophobic, this is an epic bill. Hell, any of these bands could headline a bill so it’s hard to consider the heavy duty powerhouse of The Energy as just an opening act. With weirdsies lead singer Arthur Bates leading an all-star band that plays their punk with a raw, unbridled power, there’s gonna be a lot of sweating and whoop-up going on.  Weird Weeds claims the middle slot and while they are worlds away in temperament from The Energy, it’s a pretty smart bridge between the bands that surround them.    Attendees of Binarium, They Who Sound, or Nameless sound no doubt are familiar with the work of guitarist Sandy Ewen but, if you’ve not seen the Weeds, this is a great way to see her perform in a different context.  Sure enough, The Weeds lean heavy enough on the Texas Psych and the experimental realms to appeal to the music geeks but at the same time they have enough melodic instincts grounding what they do to appeal to the less adventurous as well.  Speaking of  the local experimental/improv scene, Lucas Gorham has to be one of its most revered graduates.  His adventuresome spirit brought about Grandfather Child a few years back and I think most folks would agree that it is the Houston super group to end all super groups.  Gorham, Robert Ellis, Geoffrey Muller, and Ryan Chavez - what a fucking amazing band!  And what do they play?  Soul - sweet, somebody-is-gonna-get-laid-tonight soul!  With the band’s chops, phenomenal songs, and Gorhams amazing vocals, this band is a must for anyone living in Houston.  Three diverse, amazing bands free at Big Star?  It’s a no brainer really.


Thursday, April 26

North Mississippi All-Stars @ House of Blues -This Southern Rock and Blues band may have been the house band for Last Call with Carson Daily, but we wont hold that against them.

The Wheel Workers, The Seedy Seeds, The Winter Sounds @ Mango’s -Steven Higginbotham and crew signed to  ZenHill not long ago; you should expect their new album some time this summer.

Eleanor Friedberger, Hospitality @ Fitzgerald’s - One half of the brother and sister team, Fiery Furnaces.

Pre-Psych Fest, featuring Acid Baby Jesus, Paint Fumes, Night Beats, & Psychic Palms @ Walter’s - This weekend Austin Holds its 5th Psych fest.  If you are going, this may be a good way to ease into the festival.  If you aren’t going, then you can console yourself with this show.

They, Who Sound, featuring Hsin-Jung Tsai, David Dove, Jason Jackson & Robert Pearson @ Christ the King Lutheran Church (2353 Rice; 7-9PM) -They who sound leaves its regular home of Avant Garden for this performance featuring a Bösendorfer grand piano.  According to Wikipedia the piano is unusual as it has 92-97 keys instead of the standard 88 keys.

Gramatik, GriZ @ Fitzgerald’s - Slovenian Hip-Hop

We Created This: Trick Daddy, Mia X, Twista @ Warehouse Live -598 syllables in 55 seconds - that was the rap record set by Twista as per Guinness back in 1994.   Sadly, he relinquished his crown long ago and currently the record is held by a Spaniard who goes by the name of Chojin who was able to pronounce 921 syllables in one minute back in 2008.

Phoebe Hunt @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck -Austin fiddle playing lass.  Not sure if this is with her band The Bellville Outfit or if this is solo but either way it should be good.

The Manhattan Transfer @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands) -The Manhattan Transfer are pretty much the kind of thing that could only exist in the 70’s but hey, at least they aren’t Creed.

Friday, April 27

Something Firece, Occult Detective Club, Muhammadali @ Rudyard’s (FREE!!!) - Not to be outdone on the free show thing, revered punkers Something Fierce drop their own freebie over at Rudz with their Austin pals Occult Detective Club. With local bad-asses Muhammadali recently added to the bill, this one was just barely barely barely squeezed out of the featured show spot. 

The Eastern Sea, Quiet Company, The Literary Greats @ Warehouse Live (Green Room) - This Austin based indie rock band is pretty awesome.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen them so it’s nice to see that they are still kicking and even have a new release to boot.

Sage Francis, B. Dolan @ Fitzgerald’s - Rhode Island rapper and spoken work artist.

Jessica Lea Mayfield @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Singer singwriter JLM is somewhat hit and miss but when she hits she can pen some great songs.

Say Anything, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, Fake Problems, Tallhart @ Warehouse Live - LA Emo dudes

Driver Friendly, New York City Queens, Hello Chief @ Fitzgerald’s -Austin indie rock dudes who decided to drive to North Carolina and hang out in a cabin for a cople weeks to write their newest album.

Al Green @ Arena Theater - I really can’t imagine anybody living on this earth not loving minister Green’s music.

Dirty Ghosts, Bang Bangz @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor) - Allyson Baker heads this poppy indie rock trio whose album benefits greatly from Aesop Rock’s programming.

Lee Fields & The Expressions, Little Joe Washington @ The Continental Club-You want some good soul?  Well shit, look no further than Lee Fields.  Fields, who has been releasing music since 1969, has been decribed as “the Coolest Motherfucker to Ever Sing Words Into A Microphone.”

Escape The Fate, Attack Attack!, The Word Alive, Mest, Secrets @ House of Blues - Escape the Shite would be a more accurate description of this cringe-worthy band.

Reggae Rhythm Revival, featuring D.R.U.M., DJ Meshak, & Bigga Starr @ Last Concert Cafe - Reggae foo’, what more explainin’ ya need?

Nero, Dillon Francis @ Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) - London Electronic Dubstep / Drum and Bass duo

Roberta Morales @ Heights Live! -San Antonio folkie hit the heights

John Evans @ The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe (Galveston) - Fun, bluesy rockabilly cat.

Saturday, April 28

Mikey & The Drags, The Freak Outs, Young Girls, The Rich Hands @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor) - Super solid bill here of local indies.

Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Blue Angel Lounge @ Fitzgerald’s - That band from that rock doc, Dig!

Mindset: A visual, music art experience, featuring Orents Stirner @ Barnevelder Movement, Arts Complex (2201 Preston; 9PM) - Musician and artist Fletcher Stafford, presents an evening of his (and a couple of other folks’) artwork and some music.

The Caroline Sessions 4.3, featuring Matt Harlan & Castle Lights @ Caroline Collective  - The latest Caroline sessions.  Not sure if this is at the collective or not.  If it is not, I’m sure I’ll get a comment verifying the location.

3rd Annual Knuckle Ball: A Pitch for Life, featuring Chuck Wicks, Trailer Choir, & Keith Anderson @ Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar -This fundraiser is put on every year for the Joe Niekro Foundation which supports anneurism research, education and support.  Astros fans will remember that Niekro pitched for a decade with the team back in its Orange, Yellow, Red days and passed away after suffering a brain anneurism in 2006. His daughter set up the foundation in his honor.

Slaid Cleaves @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Stephen King approved DC songwriter

The Braggart Family Variety Night, Poopy Lungstuffing @ Super Happy Fun Land -Circus sideshow folks doing  juggling, fire manipulation, acrobatics, and the like plus Miss Lungstuffing and her yuke.

Teedra Moses @ Warehouse Live - New Orleans R&B singer

Do You Feel Lucky Punk? Tribute to The Clash, The Ramones, & More. @ The Continental Club - Not sure what this is all about as there is no mention of who is doing the covers but I’ll mention it just the same.

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan @ Arena Theater -Nephew of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who performs both Sufi spiritual music as well as Bollywood music.

Love the Love: Free Tribute Concert to Sathya Sai Baba, featuring Dana Gillespie @ Unity Church of Christianity (3PM) - Baba was an Indian guru and Gillespie is a 60’s English pop singer who also sang back-up for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and dated Donovan.

Sunday, April 29

Meshuggah, Baroness, Decapitated @ House of Blues -One of Sweeden’s most revered Metal bands returns to Houston hot off the heels of its newest release, Koloss, which drummer Tomas Haake charmingly described an album of “Organic brutality.”  Yes, all natural no GMO, irridation, or chemical treatment - just pure unadultrated brutal metal.

Binarium Sound Series 45, featuring Spike The Percussionist, Chris Becker & Parham Daghighi, Jonathan Jindra @ 14 Pews (800 Aurora; 7PM) -This month’s Binarium sound series features the ever impressive Spike The Percussionist.  You may know him from his Goth band Morgue City or perhaps from his work with Michelle Yom as Doggebi.  This one is just solo but with his impressive and exhaustive array of percussive instruments, it’s almost hard to think of him as being alone on stage.

Mayer Hawthorne & The County, The Stepkids @ Fitzgerald’s -Retro Soul dude who decided that doing a video with the Showbiz Pizza Rockafire band was a good idea - it isn’t.  Once creepy, always creepy.

Ruby Jane @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck- The young fiddler Ruby Jane returns to Houston.  We really hope this time she gets a much better reception.  Visiting Houston to play a show only to have some asshole carjack you and steal your gear is pretty shitty.  It also doesn’t make us look too good as a city. Catch her at the duck this weekend and if you want to drop a few bucks in the kitty to help her try to replace some of the gear from that last visit you can do so here: http://www.rubyjane.org/

Jae Mo, Young A, Spyda, Lil Steve, Undefined, Gudda Boy, Young Blade, Jay Jones, Young Threat @ Jet Lounge - a Hip Hop Showcase

Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler @ Arena Theater - Smooove Jazz anyone?

Monday, April 30

Dead Meadow, Strangers Family Band @ Fitzgerald’s -Phenomenal LA psych band!  I can’t recommend these guys any more highly!

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The Fray @ House of Blues - Two words “Modern Rock”. Ewwwww.

Creed @ Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) - Somewhere out there, there is someone for whom Creed was the music they grew up with, the band who spoke to their soul, and defined their youth.  If you are that person, I’m so sorry for you.

Tuesday, May 1

The Wall, featuring Roger Waters @ Toyota Center - The Pink Floyd bassist returns to perform his magnum opus, The Wall.  As a fan of the Meddle era (before it became the Roger Waters show), The Wall is not my favorite Floyd album but there are indeed some great songs in there and as a whole the album holds up pretty well despite having a few songs like “Run Like Hell” and “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” that really don’t hold up and border on the annoying.  That said, if you get mariachis doing “Another Brick in the Wall”, the song is a lot more fun.

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Rusted Root @ House of Blues - Here are two other words for you “Jam Band”

Creed @ Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) - Wow, two nights of this 5th rate Pearl Jam knock off? Really? 

Wednesday, May 2

Florence + The Machine, Blood Orange @ Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) (sold out!) - Fans of the English Indie Pop band, if you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, you are S.O.L.!

Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society @ House of Blues - Jazzy Soulful lady with a stand up bass.

This Week’s Release Shows

Sunday, April 29 –Woods, Mmoss, The Wiggins (album release) @ Rudyard’s

This Week’s In-Stores

Thursday, April 26 @ Cactus Music – Phoebe Hunt (5PM; free!)

Saturday, April 28 @ Heights Vinyl – Heights Vinyl In-Store Performance Series, featuring Tax the Wolf (6PM; free!)

Saturday, April 28 @ Cactus Music –Shellee Coley (3PM; free!)

This Week’s Festivals

26th Annual Texas Crawfish & Music Festival @ Old Town Spring (Spring)

Friday, April 27 –Jason Boland, Brian Jack & The Zydeco Gamblers, Gerald Delafose Zydeco Band, Brian Burke, & Right to Refuse

Saturday, April 28 – Jason Allen, Leon Chavis & The Zydeco Flames, Filter, Fastball, Brad Randell & The Zydeco Ballers, Honeybrowne, John Evans, Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco Roadrunners, Dimitri’s Rail, Feed the Enemy, Black Top Gypsy, Max Stalling, Rainchild, Kenny Courville, & DJ Dave Wrangler

Sunday, April 29 – Phil Pritchett, Jabo & Southern Choice Zydeco, Tuna Sin, & Kenny Courville

Houston International Festival @ Downtown Houston

Saturday, April 28 – Performances include: Gypsy Dance Theater, Barandua: A Tribute to Mercedes Sosa, Chico Trujillo, WAR, Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, The Presidents, Ballet Folklorico Palmview, Rene Casarsa, Dharma, Joe Louis Walker, Rich DelGrosso & Milton Hopkins (tribute to Lightnin’ Hopkins), Mixteco Ballet Folklorico, Pablo Fernandez, Dance Milonga, Carnival Guitar Duo, Bombino, Jacqui Sutton with the Frontier Jazz Orchestra, Travis Caudle, Mauro and Elizabeth, Haraka, Colombian Folkloric Ballet, Katumbella, Tony Vega, Los Bombos Argentinos, & Grupo Folklorico Raices de Panama

Sunday, April 29 – Performances include: Folklorico Boliviano, Ballet Folklorico Azteca de Houston, Cuadro La Tempestad Flamenco Company, Travis Caudle, Raza Brava, Young Harmonies of Houston, Sur with Misa Criollo Choir, Hector Del Curto Tango, Steel Pulse, Texas Tornados, Roky Moon & BOLT!, Pedrito Martinez, Barandua, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, Del Castillo, Sol Driven Train, Luna Argentina Folk Dancers, Dance Milonga, Pablo Fernandez, SOJA, Zydeco Dots, Mauro and Elizabeth, Colombian Folkloric Ballet, The Rozz Zamorano Group, Mariachi Palmview, Ballet Folklorico La Joya, Los Bombos Argentinos, & Grupo de Tinku Bolivia


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

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