Tonight: The Wild Moccasins Tour Kickoff (Reviewed!) + Muhammad Ali + Spain Colored Orange + The Watermarks + More

Caveat, caveat, caveat, before I mention anything else: since every freaking road in this city currently appears to be flooding, I make no guarantees that anything scheduled for this evening will be happening. Seriously, if you can get home from work right now, you’re doing pretty well. I wouldn’t be surprised if a bunch of this evening’s shows get cancelled…

Which is a damn shame, because tonight (Fri., July 2nd, that is) is the awesome-sounding tour kickoff show for local sweet-voiced, friendly-as-hell popsters The Wild Moccasins, who’re playing up at Walter’s starting at around 8PM before heading off to parts unknown (don’t worry; they’re coming back, I swear). I’ve been listening to their debut full-length, Skin Collision Past, for quite a while now and have finally gotten ’round to reviewing the damn thing right over here — trust me when I say that it’s phenomenal, miles and miles beyond Microscopic Metronomes. It’s making me see the band in a whole new (and good) light, honestly.

Their live shows, of course, are always pretty amazing in themselves — check out writer Robin B.‘s nice writeup of the band’s CD release a while back for evidence of that. And as an added bonus, tonight’s show also includes weirdo-popster/s The Wiggins and Houston-bred/Austin-dwelling indie-pop heroes The Eastern Sea, the latter of whom I freaking adore, just about as much as I do the Moccasins themselves. Assuming the roof of Walter’s doesn’t cave in, it’s going to be a badass show.

Of course, that’s hardly the only thing (maybe) going on. Muhammad Ali are supposedly blowing the doors off Notsuoh this evening — downtown in the pouring rain! whee! — while Spain Colored Orange and the tantalizingly named Journey Agents are hitting Rudz. There’s also cool alt-rockers Fired for Walking, over at the Big Star Bar, and Mango’s has The Watermarks and Featherface, among others, and…ah, hell, here’s the whole pile:

Muhammad Ali/The Ex-Optimists/God’s Favorite Animal/One Good Lung @ Notsuoh
Ozeal/Spain Colored Orange/The Journey Agents @ Rudyard’s
The Watermarks/Mobley/The On Fires/Featherface @ Mango’s (free!)
Devin The Dude @ Badfish Bar & Grill
Fired for Walking/Novox @ Big Star Bar (free!)
The Psychedelic Furs/She Wants Revenge @ Warehouse Live
Infexious Fridays, featuring VHS or Beta (DJ set), Trash Yourself & Jesse Jamz @ Shadow Bar (213 Milam)
Commotion, featuring Young $uaddy & Danimal @ The Mink
Mardi Gras Party in July, featuring Kermit Ruffins & Papa Grows Funk @ House of Blues
Dart St./Blue Soul Fire/Components of the Modern Age @ Fitzdown
Vans Warped Tour 2010, featuring Action for Animals, After Midnight Project, Alesana, Alkaline Trio, AM Taxi, Anarbor, Andrew W.K., Artist vs. Poet, Attack Attack, Automatic Loveletter, Beachers Madhouse, Breathe Carolina, Breathe Electric, Bring Me The Horizon, Call The Cops, Closure in Moscow, Concrete Wave, Confide, Drums And Disabilities, Emarosa, Emmure, Enter Shikari, Every Time I Die, Eyes Set To Kill, Face To Face, Fake Problems, Far From Finished, Feed Our Children Now, Fight Fair, Four Year Strong, Gardening Not Architecture, Hey Monday, Hollywood Heartthrob, Hope For AM, I Can Make A Mess Like Nobodys Business, I See Stars, In Fear and Faith, Invisible Children, ivy league, Keep a Breast, Last Call Chernobyl, Leave Out Violence, Left Alone, Mayday Parade, Mike Posner, Motion City Soundtrack, Natural High, NeverShoutNever, New Years Day, Of Mice and Men, Parkway Drive, Pierce The Veil, Polar Bear Club, Riverboat Gamblers, Set Your Goals, Sparks The Rescue, Speakeasy Tiger, Suicide Silence, Sum 41, The All-American Rejects, The Bouncing Souls, The Cab, The Casualties, The Darlings, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Frantic, The Mighty Regis, The Pretty Reckless, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Rocket Summer, The Sparring, The Summer Set, The Swellers, Unite the United, VersaEmerge, Victory In Numbers, We Are The In Crowd, We The Kings, Whitechapel, & You Me At Six @ Sam Houston Race Park

(And yes, I know I didn’t mention the Warped Tour; honestly, if you’re going to be going to that, chances are you’re already there. On the positive side, their Website seems to indicate that they’re going to soldier on, deluge or no deluge. Punk rawk in the rain, y’all…)

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