Yr. Weekend: Indian Jewelry + Balaclavas + football, etc. + Benefit for Joey + Adelaine + Chuck Berry + More

Gotta make it a quick little rundown, yet again, but there’s a ton of good stuff happening this evening (Fri., March 4th) — you’ve pretty much got your pick, seriously…

Fans of the loud, strange, and noisy should make their way up to Fitzgerald’s; in that vein, at least, there’s no real way to beat the dual attack of Indian Jewelry and Balaclavas, for my money. The IJ folks are probably the more oddball of the two, mining this dark, vaguely threatening/foreboding sound that really kills any comparisons I throw at it, and the one time I’ve seen Balaclavas live, they were fucking amazing, honest, a taut, barbed-wire-wrapped post-punk implosion that called to mind PiL, Wire, Gang of Four, and pretty much every Rough Trade band I’ve ever heard.

Next up, there’s a great show over at Houston House of Creeps — a place I’d only heard of this past month, somehow — with long, long, longtime scene-dwellers O’Doyle Rules (who were playing back when I was in a band; ergo, a really damn long time ago), who I’m glad to see are back around again, raw indie-rock dudes Muhammad Ali, promising-sounding newcomers Rivers, and (most critical to me right now) excellent emo trio football, etc..

I’ve been on the fence about the latter band for a while now, I’ll admit it, but I’ve got their soon-to-be-out full-length, The Draft, right here in hand, and it’s pretty damn amazing. They’re a throwback to the days when emo didn’t mean some whiny kid wearing guyliner, when it was more about music that actually made you stop and think more than any kind of stupid pose, and they do it very, very well, coming off like a cross between Sarge (whom I love/d) and Mineral, with some Pohgoh thrown in for fun.

Lower-key but still cool, over at Rudyard’s there’s a benefit show for skyblue72 friend Joey, who recently lost everything he owned (and his two dogs, too; awful…) in a fire. His music-making pals are thoughtfully trying to raise money to help he and his family get back on their feet, which is a very cool cause, if you ask me.

A little further afield, there’s a neat-sounding show going on tonight at Nutty Jerry’s out in Winnie, where Chuck Freaking Berry will be playing a birthday party bash for radioman Al Caldwell. Holy crap.

And up at the Wildwood UMC in Magnolia, heavy, melodic, emo-ish rockers Adelaine — whom I happen to like quite a bit — are playing the official release show for their just-released-today EP, Take Heart. I haven’t heard all of it yet, but I’m digging it so far; it reminds me of Cruiserweight at times, the gone-to-soon While You Were Gone at others, and even Veruca Salt’s horribly underrated Eight Arms to Hold You (esp. with the vocals). Trust me, these folks are headed for good things.

Here’s the full list:

Indian Jewelry/Cave/Balaclavas/Sic Alps/DJ Chemical Mange @ Fitzgerald’s
O’Doyle Rules/Muhammad Ali/football, etc/Assemble the Skyline/Rivers @ Houston House of Creeps
Omotai/We Were Wolves/Machinotaur @ The Mink
Paul Wall @ House of Blues
Benefit for Joey, featuring Southern Reverb, Penny Arcade, & skyblue72 @ Rudyard’s
Adelaine (EP release)/Jerusalem/The Tempest/Ocean Marie @ Wildwood UMC (5:30PM; $10)
75th Birthday of Radio Celebrity Al Caldwell, featuring Chuck Berry & Longneck Road Band @ Nutty Jerry’s (Winnie)

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One Response to “Yr. Weekend: Indian Jewelry + Balaclavas + football, etc. + Benefit for Joey + Adelaine + Chuck Berry + More”

  1. rocker on September 30th, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I live in China. I was walking around the other day and I counted 24 children. Out of the 24 kids, only three were girls! That is a sex ratio of 8 boys to 1 girl! I once taught a class of 33 students where only 3 were girls! Now I know the official rate is 5 boys to 4 girls, but this is ridiculous. Who are these beloved sons going to marry in 20 years?

    I am aware that China has a one child policy, has a preference for sons as a replacement for a lack of a social security plan, and is backwards and undeveloped, but aborting females for males is beyond cruel. Estimates say that there will be a surplus of 60 million males in ten years.


    Chinese parents can have another child if they have a girl, but not if they have a boy. Chinese, however, often ignore the law, abort the girl, and have two sons. I am also told that China will import women from Russia, Thailand, Japan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and the Philippines to make up for the lack of wives in China. However, these countries do not have an extra 60 million women and India, Pakistan, Nepal, Vietnam, South Korea, and Taiwan also have a severe shortage of women. An imbalanced sex ratio is a serious problem and could lead to social instability and even war.

    If you ever go to China, count the first 20 kids you see yourself. I bet you won’t find the sex ratio is better than two boys to one girl. If you are concerned about this problem, try to raise awareness by discussing this issue with others and ask them if they want to live in a world where everyone has an unmarried son.

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