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FFW – The Free Press Preview for May 10 – 16, 2012

Submitted by RamonLP4 on May 10, 2012 – 8:44 amOne Comment

This Week’s Featured Show

Saturday, May 12

Alkari (CD release)
The Manichean
Electric Attitude
The Wheel Workers
Super Robot Party
Mike Booher
New York City Queens
The Dead Revolt
3 Wheeler
@ Fitzgerald’s

Saturday’s show at Fitz has an exhaustive line-up of notable local bands that will likely give you quite the upstairs/downstairs work-out but the stars of the night are Alkari who are releasing a new album, Blackout Falls, that night.  Now, there is something that still doesn’t sit quite right with me about Kickstarter but I have to give it up to  Alkari for being classy about their campaign and not trying to milk their fans shamelessly.  Where I’ve seen some bands ask for tens of thousands of dollars to help with a new album, Jason Smith and company requested of their fans a reasonable $1,500 to record their new album and while I haven’t heard the full album yet, the driving, explosive track featured on their Kickstarter Page ( http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1545193506/alkari-blackout-falls-lp ) suggests that the money has been well spent.  Kudos to producer, Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, Explosions in the Sky, Maserati, The Octopus Project, etc. ).  I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.   

Thursday, May 10

The Legendary Art Car Ball, featuring The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Folk Family Revival, The Tyburn Jig, Poor Pilate, Benjamin Wesley, DJ Graham 14′s Electro Swing, Kiki’s Sordid Sideshow, & Dem Damn Dames @ The Orange Show (7-11PM) This is a pretty big whoop up and it was honestly kind of a toss up on this or Alkari being the featured show.

Glen David Andrews Band, Journey Agents @ Discovery Green - If horns and Louisiana mean anything to you, Glen David Andrews is something you should check out.

AndyRoo @ Children’s Museum of Houston (6PM) - Andrew Karnavas’ kids music universe drops down at the CMH.

Melissa Etheridge @ Arena Theater - Sorry, I’m still grossed out by the whole David Crosby thing.

Acid Mothers Temple, The Phantom Family Halo, The Clang Quartet @ Fitzgerald’s -A few weeks ago there was a band from Austin who called itself space rock and I was pretty unimpressed.  That’s because bands like AMT are the real deal.  This Japanese band has been kicking out psych space rock for years and woe to those who lay claim to the genre.

Calle 13, Outernational @ House of Blues -Puerto Rican group that does reggaton mixed with rap and other genres to do its own thing.

Sarah Fuselier @ Warehouse Live (Studio) - Local piano driven singer songwriter

Suzanna Choffel @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Austin singer songwriter

Friday, May 11

Thrice, Animals As Leaders, O’Brother @ Warehouse Live -Irvine, California rockers drop by for their farewell tour.

Slag * Defending The Kingdom @ Big Star Bar -Metal at Big Star!  Yeayusss!

East Cameron Folklore, Possessed by Paul James @ Fitzgerald’s -Big folkie ensemble with mandolins, banjos, a cello and whole lot more.

Holder, Gentlement Rogues, Chemistry, Skyscratchers @ Mango’s - You know I love Mango’s to death, don’t get me wrong but would it kill them to toss a link or something to the bands playing?  Holder, yeah, like with a name like that the band should be easy to find.

Lisa Morales @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck - Miss Morales returns yet again

Sy Smith + Zo!@ Fitzgerald’s - Longtime New York Soul singer songwriter teams up with Detroit multi-instrumentalist / producer.

Tritonal @ Rich’s - Austin Trance Duo

Rita Hosking @ Heights Live! - A singer songwriter from …  California… ha, didn’t see that coming; you thought I was gonna say Texas didn’t ya?

Tanya Tucker @ Nutty Jerry’s (Winnie) - The woman behind 70’s jingle.. I mean..err. country hit  ”Delta Dawn” drops into Nutty Jerry’s

Saturday, May 12

AndyRoo @ Children’s Museum of Houston (2PM) - a second show from Mr Karnavas’

Burn The Boats, Fiskadoro @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor) - Metal vs. Post Punk! Who will win?

Devin the Dude, Coughee Brothaz North @ House of Blues - Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em

Styx, REO Speedwagon @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - I almost want to go to see who would be the kind of person who would show up at this kind of show, ya know?

Shake Russell @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck -Like Miss Morales on Friday Mr. Russell is pretty much a regular at the duck.

From The Top @ Brown Theater (Wortham Center) - The NPR show featuring young classical performers drops by for a taping this evening. 


Sunday, May 13

Eyehategod, Venomous Maximus, TeXXXas @ Fitzgerald’s - Classic New Orleans sludge metal dudes.

Black Bananas, Magik Markers, Dwarr @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor)- This is a super cool show for all you Royal Trux fans.  If I wasn’t on hiatus until June I would likely have tried to set up an interview with Jennifer Herrema…  totally.

White Suns, Cop Warmth, The Chemicals, Electric Sleep @ Mango’s - Such peaceful pastoral music from Brooklyn’s White Suns.  Here is a little lullaby from them..

Vanity Theft, Enemies! @ Fitzgerald’s - All Grrrrl Rawwwwwwk band!

Marilyn Manson, The Pretty Reckless @ House of Blues -I never particularly got MM either musically or conceptually - both just seemed so contrived - but Manson deserves credit for being a pretty smart performer with a good head for bugging folks in more conservative areas of the United States which is always good for a laugh.

Toy Bombs @ Warehouse Live - California straight-up indie rock band.  Nothing groundbreaking but it’s still fun stuff.

Isley Brothers @ Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) -I used to work the albums at Half Price Books for years and I never once saw an Isley Brothers record come in clean and playable.  They were always scratched to hell and with good reason; the Isley Brothers rule!

Westbound @ Highland Village Farmers Market -Buy some veggies and listen to some Americana while you are at it.

Tuesday, May 15

They Who Sound Featuring Dana Jessen @ The Audley Society (3231 Audley St.)  7:30pm - TWS leaves its usual home of Avant Garden this week  for a special show with Dutch bassoonist Dana Jessen who will perform with various local improvisers and poet Ronnie Yates.

StarKid, Charlene Kaye @ House of Blues - Nashville Pop punk playing at… House of Blues?  Seriously, why would you want to see this kind of music in such a sterile environment?

Lotus Plaza, Frankie Broyles @ Fitzgerald’s - Attention Deerhunter fans.  If you are not aware of it, Lotus Plaza is Lockett Pundt’s solo project.

Guy Clark @ The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe (Galveston) - Longtime Texas country dude who has been covered by just about everyone you can imagine.

Wednesday, May 16

Post Paint, Convergence of Shadows @ Super Happy Fun Land - Sweet guy and gal duo from Australia.  If nice he/she vocal trad- offs and strings sounds good to you, then you should check them out.


This Week’s In Stores

Saturday May 12 @ Heights Vinyl-  Heights Vinyl In-Store Performance Series, featuring Luke Brawner @ Heights Vinyl

Saturday May 12 @ Cactus - Beach House “Bloom” Listening Party (1pm), Brian Keane (3pm)


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

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