And yep, there's plenty else going on this weekend -- today (Saturday, February 27th), in particular, is pretty damn crazy -- here what sounds good to me:
Sat., February 27:
Free Press Houston 7 Year Anniversary Celebration, featuring Golden Axe, Papermoons, The Wild Moccasins, Young Mammals, Juzcoz, The Mahas, The Handshake, Fat Tony, Woozyhelmet, Black Congress, & Ceeplus Bad Knives @ Mango's (8:30PM-2AM; $10)
Okay, so in posting about the Mink's festival, I'll admit I've given somewhat short shrift to this one, the Free Press Houston 7 Year Anniversary Celebration, which is extremely unfair, esp. considering the lineup. Fully half the bands playing (The Wild Moccasins, Young Mammals, Fat Tony, Woozyhelmet, & Black Congress) are among my absolute favorites in town right now (plus Houston-gone-Austin band Papermoons), seriously, which makes the anniversary party damn enticing.
Btw, I've got to hand it to Omar & the rest of the Free Press crew A) for beating the odds and H-town history by keeping a real-live, non-electronic indie paper going for 7 freaking years in this city, B) for constantly expanding and growing and doing new shit, and C) for helping to make the Houston music scene as deep and amazing and flat-out cool as it is right now. Congrats, y'all -- I hope you keep it up for many years to come.
The Festival #2, featuring White Rhino, The Manichean, Alkari, DuneTX, The Sour Notes, Giant Battle Monster, Flowers to Hide, Gretchen Schmaltz, Covington, The Dry Season, & Orents Stirner @ The Mink (6PM-2AM)
And here's the competition, festival-wise. Like I said, talked about this one a couple of times already, but I'll say it again: it's gonna be a good damn show. Plenty of good, good bands.
Tegan and Sara/Holly Miranda/Steel Train @ Warehouse Live
Sadly, I haven't heard much of anything lately by Tegan and Sara, but I love-love-love their older stuff, at least; the back-and-forth vocals, the intertwining melodies, the smart, sharp-edged lyrics -- all mindblowing.
For their respective parts, I like what I've heard of Holly Miranda and Steel Train. The former is a sweet-voiced indie-pop songstress, breathy and nicely delicate, while the latter smartly eschews a lot of the typical post-emo bullshit to walk a Pixies-ish/Talking Heads-ish line full of wiry, pointy-sounding guitars and high/low vocals. Check out Tegan and Sara & Steel Train, below:
Tegan and Sara - "Walking With A Ghost"
Steel Train - "Turnpike Ghost"
Something Fierce @ Cactus Music (3PM)
H-town's Best Punk Band Going. Period. (No offense, other punk rockers; it's just damn near impossible to beat songs like "Teenage Ruins," "Where You Goin' Man," or "Aliens"...)
13 Black Coffins/Ese/The Dead Rabbits @ Hot Dog Shop
Day-glo colored, Goth-y, garage-y punk rawk at, um, a hot dog joint. No, really. That's just damn cool, if you ask me.
The Unknown, featuring music by The Invincible Czars @ Alamo Drafthouse Theater (7:30PM)
Not a "show" show, per se, but rather an old-school film experience. Austinites The Invincible Czars are playing at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater at West Oaks Mall, providing live music for the silent-film cult classic The Unknown, a weird-ass-sounding carnival flick starring legendary silent/horror movie actor Lon Chaney. The Czars are an entertaining bunch who do a lot of cool stuff w/traditional classical works, so it'll be interesting to see what they do with a bizarro silent film...
Latch Key Kids @ Trash Bar (Humble)
Few things have made me happier these past couple of years that to see some of my favorite bands of Days of Yore claw their way out of their filled-too-soon graves and stagger to their feet. And these guys, in particular, really needed to come back, 'cause the Latch Key Kids were high-flyers then and now, setting the bar for loud, fast, melodic pop-punk with hardcore guitars. Glad they're back.
Felix Da Housecat/Chris Anderson @ Wired Live (formerly The Meridian)
Not a huge Felix Da Housecat fan, I'm afraid, but I like what I've heard, and this should be an interesting one anyway -- it's the official-shmofficial (re-)opening of Wired Live, which show-going people might know as The Meridian. Same building, I'm told, but it's apparently being built out nicely; interesting to see how it turns out.
Keaton Branch & The Figure Eight/Prairie Cadets/Jacob Trevino @ Dean's Credit Clothing ($5)
Before There Was Rosalyn/Close Your Eyes/Uprise of the Fallen/In Vain/Waverly Hills/Scars of Eden @ The Junction (8302 N Eldridge Parkway)
Madlib/H.I.S.D./DJ Sun/B-Boy Craig @ Numbers
Johnny Cash Bash, featuring The Skeletons, Glenna Bell, The Band In Black, Craig Kinsey Band, & W.S. "Fluke" Holland @ Continental Club
500 Megatons of Boogie @ PJ's Sports Bar
Carolyn Wonderland/Stateside Stereo @ Dan Electro's Guitar Bar
Windsor Drive/Versecity/Abandon Kansas/Good Try/Street Car Scandal @ Fitzgerald's
Rotten Piece (CD release)/Wasp and Pear/Amputee/Gel Tab @ Super Happy Fun Land (9PM) The Battle for Atticus Metal Tour II, featuring The Nephilim Terror, Legion, Dinner at Dahmers, Injurious Physical Violence, Xatarus, Wasting the Day, & The Brace @ Wired Live (formerly The Meridian; The Channel) Haiti Relief Benefit, featuring Earhart, O Victori, KThanksBye!, Austin Norman, Fiskadoro, Fighting for Adella, Kelby Losack, & Skyline54 @ The Cherotel (Lake Jackson)
Sun., February 28:
Resonant Interval Sound Series, featuring Together.We Are Instruments @ The Husk (2808 Milam; 7:45PM, $5)
Another installment (#16, I think?) of the good-hearted, smart-minded Resonant Interval Sound Series, wherein organizers Lance Higdon & his gang showcase some of the best & coolest experimental stuff around, both from here in H-town and elsewhere. This Sunday's a "locals" show, with strange, "stonedustrialonic" band Together.We Are Instruments manipulating electronics to create oddball pseudo-ambient noisescapes. Should be intriguing...
No Resistance @ South Side Roller Derby (halftime show; 7PM)
Okay, so I know zero about the band, it's true; I just think it's extremely cool that they're playing the half-time show at a roller derby match.
The Transgressions @ The Mink (9PM)
Can't tell for sure if this is the band The Transgressions that's out of Madison, WI -- they are playing Texas right now, but their Myspace says they're playing Austin Sunday, not Houston -- but damn, I hope it's them. Great, awesomely catchy/crunchy shout-along pop-punk that could've stepped straight off anything from Lookout! Recs.
Atreyu/Drive A/Otenki/Fighting for Adella @ Wired Live (formerly The Meridian; The Channel)
Shock Treatment, featuring Blower, Chelsea Hotel, Dogs on Parole, The Dead Rabbits, & Mohawk Steve @ Rocbar
Hamilton Loomis @ McGonigel's Mucky Duck
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