Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Muhammad Ali + Wheel Workers + Featherface + Fired For Walking + Rainbow Dragon + Colourmusic + More
Saturday today (July 16th), and while the rain’s scuttled my own weekend beach-going plans, sadly, there’s a crapload of stuff going on right here that’s very, very cool besides. I’m honestly not sure where to start, there’s so much of it…
Let’s see… On the quasi-mysterious side, there’s a big, big one at some place called The Ponderosa that I have zero info on. I’m guessing this is a house show, so if you’re in the know, well, you’re in luck — cool, subversively loose-limbed indie-rockers Muhammad Ali are headlining, and they’re playing alongside cool, metal-ish dudes Peloton, bluesy/garage-y rawk guys Giant Princess, and the ever-entertaining B L A C K I E.
On the somewhat more official end of things, there’s a great-looking show at The Mink tonight, with cool, thoughtful indie-rock outfit The Wheel Workers, nicely murky alternarock crew Jealous Creatures (who are almost ready to release their new full-length, I’m told), and awesome psych-pop guys Featherface all opening for all-girl band The Coathangers, about whom I know nada, sorry.
Tonight’s lineup over at Rudyard’s is somewhat close to my heart, too — not only are fun, grunge-tinged alternarock dudes Fired for Walking playing (as are The Last Cigarette, who I don’t know and can’t find anything about online), but so is Austin band Rainbow Dragon, who I seriously need to see.
The reason I’m really liking the show is because the band includes an old buddy named Hector Lanza on guitar, a guy whose name may look familiar to folks who were around H-town back in the mid-’90s — Hector was in a long-gone band called Big Top, of which yours truly was a big, big fan and was lucky enough to be able to play with quite a few times. Oddly enough, another ex-Big Top-er, bassist Lisa Gallo is also playing tonight, with her new band Jealous Creatures… I haven’t heard a lot of Rainbow Dragon yet, unfortunately, but what I have heard definitely sounds interesting.
Up at Fitzgerald’s, there’s a good lineup, too, with out-of-towners Royal Bangs, about whom I’ve heard great stuff, and Colourmusic, whose most recent album, My ___ Is Pink, has been freaking me out some this week.
Also on the freaking-me-out tip, over at Mango’s there’s a lineup of bizarro heavy strangeness, with Austinites The Zoltars, ex-Harlem members Grape St., and local oddballs The Wiggins and Fiskadoro. I haven’t heard the former, but I’m always entertained by the two latter bands; well worth checking out.
Across the parking lot at the , there’s another good lineup, albeit one that’s more on the “pretty” side than the “weird” side. Sultry singer Winter Wallace headlines, preceded by cool, folky boys Poor Pilate, and drifting, swooning shoegazers Day Sailor, all three of whom I like quite a bit.
Heading on out of the city center, there’s a neat-sounding one out on the Northside at The Concert Pub North — it’s a launch/re-launch party for No Cover Magazine, which I’d heard of before now but hadn’t really known much about. They’ve got a good lineup partying down with ‘em, including very cool band The Lotus Effect.
More out there, of course; full, full list, right here:
Royal Bangs/Colourmusic @ Fitzgerald’s
Muhammad Ali/Tigeraux/Peloton/Clockpole/Exterminating Angels/White Crime/Chicken and Whiskey/Giant Princess/B L A C K I E vs. Cop Warmth @ The Ponderosa
The Wheel Workers/The Coathangers/Jealous Creatures/Featherface @ The Mink
The Zoltars/Grape Street/Fiskadoro/The Wiggins @ Mango’s
Fired For Walking/Rainbow Dragon/The Last Cigarette @ Rudyard’s
Ryan Scroggins and the Trenchtown Texans/The Umbrella Man/Wealthy Beggars @ The Continental Club
Winter Wallace Band/Poor Pilate/Day Sailor @ Avant Garden
Das EFX/Rel the Chosen/DJ Burb @ Underground Live (ex-Groundhall)
Clory Martin @ Cactus Music (3PM)
No Cover Magazine Houston Launch Party, featuring Dustin Condon (Rainchild), The Lotus Effect, Chubbs Malone and Ked, Weston Brown Band, Shadowcode, & more @ The Concert Pub North (FM 1960 & Kuykendahl)
Sweaty. Sultry. Sandy… An Art Happening by Tra Slaughter, featuring Bat City Bombshells, Ceeplus Bad Knives, & DJ Dan Castillo @ War’hous Visual Studios (4715 Main; 6-10PM)
James Hyland @ The Big Top
SRL Summerfest 2011, featuring Slow Rollin’ Lows, Hunter McKithian & The Offenders, Rodney Parker & The 50 Peso Reward, Charlie Hager & The Captain Legendary Band, Jamie Talbert, Neil Austin Imber, & Dewey Wayne @ Firehouse Saloon
Blaggards @ Big John’s
Create A Monster/A Fetish Vendetta/Sonnier Bros. @ Jet Lounge/ECHO