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Your Weekend, Pt. 3: Phantom Orchard + MAE + Buxton + IFest + More [4/26/2009 06:14:00 PM]:
Gotta make it quick for the rundown of good things to check out today, Sunday, April 26th -- doing the family thing, manning the grill all day & now gearing up for the sporadic game of Scattergories. Here's the list:

Phantom Orchard: Zeena Parkins & Ikue Mori @ Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex (2201 Preston St.)
Definitely need to mention this one... The Nameless Sound have brought another intriguing-sounding show to town, this time to the Barnevelder. Phantom Orchard is a duo of accomplished experimentalists, Zeena Parkins & Ikue Mori, the latter of whom got her start in the NYC No Wave scene, drummming in seminal band DNA. They apparently meld electronics, harp, & drums; I don't entirely know what the sound like, but writer Michelle wrote up a little preview of the deal -- check it out here.

Houston International Festival 2009, featuring Cherish the Ladies, Los Lobos, Beoga, Kevin Burke, Joel Guzman, Lil' Brian & the Travelers, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Lucia y Valdemar Gitanerias Flamenco, Jones Family Singers, Ezra Charles & the Texas Blues Band, Clandestine, Danny O'Flaherty, Texas Chainsaw Ceili Band, Cass Irish Dancers, Soular Grooves Sound System, Native Junkaroo Parade, Sirrom School of Belly Dance, Batt Burns, Wyndnwyre, Cal Scott, Tom Creegan, Mike Zito, Flaco Jimenez, Jaime DeAnda, Mark Towns Latin Jazz Trio, Rachid Taha, McTeggart Irish Dancers, St. Thomas Episcopal Pipe Band, Needfire, Los Texmaniacs, Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines, Charles Thibideaux & the Austin Cajun Aces, Nritya Indian Dancers, Grupo de N'Golo, Cosmic Steel, Koumanke'le Dancers, Voodoo Brass Band, & Baba Ifalade @ Downtown Houston
Today's IFest features a bunch of good folks, both Irish & non-Irish -- Cherish the Ladies, Los Lobos, Beoga, Clandestine, Rachid Taha, & Wyndnwyre. Already talked a bit about Rachid Taha, but the other folks are darn good, too.

MAE/Person L/Barcelona/Toyko @ Walter's on Washington
MAE is one of those guilty pleasures bands that's not really a guilty pleasure -- I have this indie-hipster twinge that y'know, I really shouldn't like 'em, but fuck it; they're just too damn good to ignore. Destination: Beautiful, the band's first album, is start-to-finish gorgeous, just about perfect sing-along-in-the-car music, and the next album (the name of which escapes me right now) isn't far off, either. Plus, Barcelona's ode to geek love, "I Have the Password to Your Shell Account," still makes me giggle...

Tera Melos/sIngs/Buxton @ Mango's
I dunno much about Tera Melos, but local boys sIngs & Buxton are darn good -- okay, I've only been told sIngs is good, but I can attest to Buxton being pretty badass. They do a sweet, rootsy-yet-poppy kind of alt-country stuff, like Conor Oberst fronting Uncle Tupelo or something. And they've got a cool-ass 7" coming out soon, so keep an eye out.

South Memphis String Band/Chicha Libre @ The Continental Club
Anal Cunt/Outlaw Order/Strong Intention/P.L.F./N.I.B.I.R.U./The Nothing @ The White Swan
afton: push play, featuring The Orchestra feat. Wes Coas, Tex-T, Tree House Music, Wednesday from the Bacliff Punx, Mutt aka Wolf, Money Mula Mafia, Ja'marr feat. J-Dawg, Self Made Clicc, Joseph, Fedz Hollow feat. Kause, Bobby Earth, Young C, & P. Rafa @ The Meridian
Texas Crawfish Festival, featuring Sun Salutation, Brandon Rhyder, Bon Ton Mickey & the Zydeco HotSteppers, Scooter Brown, Tyagaraja, Studemont Project, & Right to Refuse @ Old Town Spring (Spring)

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