Well, at least they're going out with a bang -- you can't really get more indie-hipster than the difficult-to-pin-down Fiery Furnaces, at least in my book. They're a quirky, quirky bunch of people, whose latest release, Widow City, I'm still endeavoring to wrap my head around, honestly -- it's like '70s rock gone totally freakin' insane. But even given that I don't think I entirely get the band, I think it's a safe bet that tonight at The Proletariat is gonna be one killer blow-out of a gig.
After all, Saturday marks the second-to-last day of operation for The Little Club That Could, which rose up out of the ashes of the departed Blue Iguana from back in the day to become a bona fide focal point for a large sector of the Houston scene. I've heard the accusations of cliquishness and hipster bullshit, but what the fuck: it's a bar, people. If you want to hang at a bar, you bring your friends with you. If you go see a band play there & you know nobody, that's certainly not the other patrons' fault, is it?
I'm gonna cut that rant off right there, in honor of the day. It's a day to pay respects, not bitch, right? So if you're out and about tonight, this is where you need to be -- while there are indeed a small horde of cool shows going on (like White Williams, Rings, & Cry Blood Apache up at Walter's, The Delta Block, Cop Warmth, & the awesomely named Strugglebear, among others, at The White Swan, The Gold Sounds & The McKenzies down at The Forum in LaPorte, and, hell, Digital Underground at The Scout Bar in Clear Lake), this is The One, trust me.
Why? Well, beyond the general Irish wake-ness of the proceedings & the aforementioned Furnaces, the soon-to-be-renamed Dimes will also reportedly be playing, as will the excellent, excellent Hearts of Animals (who're also, I'm told, doing a sneaky "early" release of the new 7" they've got coming out), & Elaine Greer, about whom I've heard many, many good things.
So, there it is. Go, raise a glass, enjoy the music while trying not to get all teary-eyed, and hope that the vacuum the Prolo leaves in the scene can be filled somehow, 'cause we're gonna need it...
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