Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Holy Fiction (Reviewed!) + Sara Van Buskirk + Squishees + Rivers + Eric Dick + More
Top of the pile for me, at least, is the show over at Warehouse Live, with headliners Holy Fiction — they’re a phenomenal band, seriously, the kind that’ll make you want to smack yourself in the face for thinking you can write songs. Last year’s Hours From It was a stunning debut, and earlier this year they followed it up with a reworking of the whole damn thing as a majestic, playful synth-pop opus, Hours From Dance. Believe it or not, it works really, really well — check out the full review over here.
For this show, though, I’m assuming they’ll be in folk-pop(-ish) mode, playing epic, gorgeous songs that merge Peter Gabriel’s more soaring music with both Fleet Foxes delicate beauty and early-U2 shimmer. They’ve got some good openers in the pile, too, like Castle Lights, who I hear are pretty great, and singer/songwriter Sara Van Buskirk, who I know full well is pretty great. The lady writes songs that make me break down, I swear.
Beyond that, The Squishees, a band I’d thought had been long consigned to the dustbin of H-town musical history, have apparently lurched back to their monstrous, moss-covered feet and are playing Rudyard’s tonight — does this mean they’re back for good? No clue, but I damn well hope so, ’cause they’re a lot of fun. See Danny Mee‘s cogent explanation as to why that is over at Nonalignment Pact… Plus, they’re playing with country-tinged doom-metal/stoner-rock dudes Ghost Town Electric, whom I love, and Dead Mineral, whom I’m liking so far in their new incarnation (they used to be called Novox).
Then there’s a cool-sounding fashion show apparently going on at Jet Lounge/ECHO/whatever, next to the old Engine Room/new Underground Live venue, with post-grunge rockers Rivers, who are badass (still got “Spirit Child” stuck in my head, y’all), excellent Irish/Scottish folk-rockers Murder the Stout, and soul/funk outfit Ozeal, among others (hip-hop crew Lower Life Form is apparently no longer playing). I’ve got no idea what the “fashion show” part of it’ll be like — if it’s even still happening — but hey, the music’ll be good.
Down at The Mink, there’s another good one, with a double-set show by Britrock-gone-wild band Inner Lights, who I’ve always meant to check out but keep missing…dang. Oh, and in between sets, Stewart Anderson of A Fistful of Soul (and sadly-departed punks Teenage Kicks) will be spinning cool tracks, so make sure you stay inside for that part, as well…
What else, what else…well, erstwhile guitar hero George Lynch (ex-Dokken, for folks old enough to remember that far back) has resurrected his Lynch Mob band and is playing again, including tonight at new-ish venue The Flamingo Room (although, um, they’re not listed on the Flamingo Room’s Website; hrm), while Second Lovers, about whom I’ve heard good stuff, is also playing at Fitzgerald’s.
On the political side of things, lawyer extraordinaire Eric Dick is having a benefit/BBQ shindig tonight at the S.P.J.S.T. Lodge in the Heights for any and all supporters in his bid to get elected to the Houston City Council (At Large Position #2), and while he & I don’t see eye-to-eye a whole lot politically, he’s still a good guy.
Scene-watchers from long, long ago may also remember him from a band called Inbred Whiteboy, where he was known for his bass-playing, half-screamed vocals, and seemingly continual vomiting. If that doesn’t qualify you for City Council, I dunno what does… (Kidding! Well, kind of.)
Here’s the full list for tonight:
Holy Fiction/Quiet Company/Castle Lights/Sara Van Buskirk @ Warehouse Live (Studio)
The Squishees/Ghost Town Electric/Dead Mineral @ Rudyard’s
Fashion Show, featuring Ozeal, Rivers, Murder The Stout, Only Beast, & Darling You’re Stunning @ Jet Lounge/ECHO
Inner Lights/Stewart Anderson @ The Mink
Second Lovers/Johnny Strat/Tame Blonde/Handsome Ransom @ Fitzgerald’s
The Creamers/Secret Prostitutes/Noguey @ Vinyl Junkie (7PM)
Lynch Mob/Rainchild/The Aftershow @ The Flamingo Room
Coffin Case/Jetspeed Fashion Show & Concert, featuring Von Horror & Julia, Sid 17, Bayou City Outlaw Band, Fallacy, Otenki, The Apostles, & more @ Warehouse Live
Eric Dick for City Council Benefit/BBQ, featuring The Good, Bad and Ugly @ S.P.J.S.T. Lodge (1435 Beall; 7-11PM)
Blasphemer/Cerebral Effusion/Disfigured/Uncleansed/Venomous Supremacy @ Walter’s
Spanish Rock Invasion!, featuring La Sien, Paulette, Zapatito, & Changoman @ Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar
Slave To The Beat, featuring Juan Maclean, Ceeplus Bad Knives, Mr. Castillo, & G Wizz @ Boondocks
The Wagoneers/The Umbrella Man/Allen Oldies Band @ The Continental Club
Blaggards @ R&R Sports Bar & Grill (Friendswood)