Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Zine Fest + Wanda Jackson + Telekinesis (MP3!) + Portugal. The Man + Skate & Rock + More

Holy crap, is there a lot going on today (Saturday, May 21st). What, didn’t y’all get the memo not to make any plans? Eh; I’ll be partying on no matter what happens, so y’know…

First & foremost on my mind, naturally, is this year’s Zine Fest Houston, although it’s less because of the music — although that part’s pretty neat, too — and more because of the focus of the get-together as a whole. Check out what I posted about the Fest this past week…

I’ve been digging back through my own pile of zines the past week or so (finally adding some of the new(-er) ones to the Zines page), and dammit, I still love this stuff. Go, check it out, look at the various tables, attend the panel if you can, and see what all’s going on with zines and zine-type things in our fair city, eh?

Of course, there’s plenty of more full-on musical stuff, like the double-header going on up at Fitzgerald’s; on one floor, they’ve got rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson — who still has sky-high hair and headlining, playing with the nearly-as-awesome Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs for a floor full of garage-y, boogie-ish goodness.

On the other, there’s trippy, swooning indie-rock oddballs Portugal. The Man, who sound (to me, at least) like The New Pornographers playing with The Polyphonic Spree, only with more of a prog-rock fetish than either of those two bands. There’s also Seattleites Telekinesis (who’ve apparently dropped the exclamation point, which makes me a little bummed), who I’ve liked for quite a while now, and whose latest, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, is easily as good as almost anything the shimmery, bouncy indie-pop crew have come up with ’til now. (Nothing quite beats the gleeful fuzz of “Coast of Carolina,” honestly.)

Check out a track from that album:

Over at The Continental Club, there’s another good one, with Austinites Amplified Heat — who I like, and whose new album, On The Hunt, I seriously need to get on the stereo — and The Happen-Ins & The Ripe. Then, over at Rudz, there’s a b-day party for somebody named Erin, which features local rockers Another Run & Born Again Virgins, both of whom are damn cool. And hey, that one’s free, which is never a bad thing…

Cracked pop(?)sters PAPAYA are playing this evening at the Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark, as part of the park’s Skate & Rock concert series, and they’re encouraging any & all show-goers to bring all their “holy books” with them as some kind of tongue-in-cheek jab at the whole Rapture thing. They’re playing with Satin Hooks, who’re very cool, and The Octanes, too.

Last but not least, the 25th Annual Texas Crawfish & Music Festival is still rolling on down up Old Town Spring. Today’s lineup is particularly cool, with Miss Leslie & Her Juke-Jointers & Jesse Dayton; definitely worth the drive up to the North side, I’d say.

Here’s the full (and I do mean full) list:

Zine Fest Houston 2011, featuring Rotten Piece, Carlos Pozo, Infant Mortality Rate, Muzak John, Organ Failure, The Grass Skirts, & more @ Khon’s Rooftop (2808 Milam; 4-10PM, free!)
Wanda Jackson/Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs @ Fitzgerald’s
Portugal. The Man/Telekinesis/Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Fitzgerald’s
Amplified Heat/The Happen-Ins/The Ripe @ The Continental Club
Erin’s B-day Party, featuring Another Run & Born Again Virgins @ Rudyard’s (free!)
Skate & Rock, featuring PAPAYA, Satin Hooks, & The Octanes @ Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark (7-10PM)
Friends of St. Jude & YPE 3rd Annual Crawfish Boil, featuring Emory Quinn & Mark Jones @ Goode’s Armadillo Palace (12-4PM)
Kenny and the Spider/The Blue Hit/Days N Daze @ Last Concert Cafe
Clandestine @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
Rock Against Cancer Benefit, featuring Maximus @ Mac’s Sports Bar (12650 Telge Rd.)
Erykah Badu @ Arena Theatre
25th Annual Texas Crawfish & Music Festival, featuring Cory Morrow, Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco Roadrunners, Fuel, Lit, Brad Randell & The Zydeco Ballers, Jason Boland, Owen Temple, Fred Rusk & The Zydeco Hi Steppers, Earshot, Dev Electric, Miss Leslie & Her Juke-Jointers, Jesse Dayton, Forever Falls, & Kenny Courville @ Old Town Spring
Gritsy, featuring Bare, Upgreyed, Squincy Jones, Knome, Werm, Nonstopp, Full Effect MC, Kam, Da Monkeys, & Aura @ The Scout Bar (Clear Lake)
2011 Red, White & Bayou Festival, featuring Wade Bowen, Charla Corn, Kyle Bennett, The Zydeco Dots, Mainland Preparatory School Choir, Madigan, & Hunter McKithan & the Offenders @ Hwy 3 & FM 517 (Dickinson)
Jesse Dayton @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe (Galveston)

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