Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: the last place you look + Cymbals Eat Guitars (Rev’d!) + Buxton + The Soldier Thread + More

Gaaaaah. This week, I swear… If it isn’t the nerve-wracking deadlines at the day job necessitating long, long hours, or family members falling ill, it’s sewage backing up into the shower from a busted line somewhere under the yard. sigh

Cymbals Eat Guitars, lenses alien

I’ve got to hand it to Cymbals Eat Guitars: I was fished-in right from the start of lenses alien, the Staten Island quartet’s latest full-length. The band makes me think of that sadly short-lived period in where bands got crazy merging…

MonstrO, MonstrO

These days it feels all too rare to find a “heavy” band that doesn’t fit into some neat little categorization or sub-categorization — doom metal, stoner metal, black metal, all these rigid little boxes upon boxes bands get shoved into…

Check Out The Tontons This Saturday at Cactus, Free (UPDATED!)

Got some good news recently about awesomely cool band {The Tontons}, namely that they just released their latest EP, Golden, which folks like me’ve been looking forward to for a few months now. And from a quick initial listen, yeah, it’s pretty jaw-droppingly cool…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: BestFest + Dig Dug + Elliot’s B-Day + Binarium + Wine Fest + More

Sunday coming up — September 25th, to be precise — and somewhat surprisingly, it’s pretty damn busy, at least for a Sunday… Of course, tomorrow night’s the second day of the still-cool Houston Press BestFest

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: BestFest + Literary Greats + Wine Fest + Peloton + Moon Tower B-Day + Mix Master Mike + More

Holy shit, there is a lot going on tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 24th. I can barely wrap my head around all of it, seriously, so I’m going to have to just hit the highlights, y’all. The biggie, of course, is the Houston Press Best of Houston BestFest

Party With the Lights Off: No Power Fest 2 at the Ponderosa

It’s crazy, but tomorrow (Sat., 9/24) is turning into Festival Day 2011, I swear… There’s the awesome-sounding Houston Press BestFest 2011, the Houston Wine Fest

Pre-Opening Sale at Heights Vinyl Tomorrow

There’s a new music store in town, which is extremely cool — the more, the merrier, in my book, and I’m damn glad to see a music store open in this city rather than close. They’re called Heights Vinyl

Walk With Zombies (And Help Wildfire Victims), Tomorrow

It’s not quite the Halloween season yet, no, but the dead’ll be rising tomorrow (Sat., September 24th) all the same… Tomorrow is the 2011 Houston Zombie Walk, apparently…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Art Institute + Fitz Birthday + Sunrise and Ammunition + Bike to Party + Venomous Maximus + More

Yes, yes — it’s now the weekend, and there’s a lot going on. Things’ll get crazier as the weekend goes on, but even tonight, Friday, September 23rd, is pretty damn nuts. First off (and coming up pretty quick), those crazy art-punks in the aptly-named {Art Institute}

Tonight: Atmosphere + Jacuzzi Boys (Rev’d!) + Blueprint + The Handsomes + More

Hey, all — been offline most of this week, sadly, trying to get many, many things handled on various fronts, but I didn’t want to let tonight (Thurs., September 22nd) totally slip through the cracks, because there’re some very cool shows going on…

Jacuzzi Boys, Glazin’

I can’t deny it, no matter how hard the cold, dark parts of my soul want me to: with Glazin’, Jacuzzi Boys have thrown together one of the flat-out cheerful-est things I’ve heard in recent years, and yeah, it’s fun…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: Ben Godfrey + Sergio Trevino + The Antlers (MP3s!) + Destry + More

Back again, still sore from yesterday’s carpentry extravaganza; I always forget how much I loathe doing moulding ’til about a half-hour into it, when I’ve already cut the pieces incorrectly about six times. sigh

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Reptar (Interviewed!) + Jet Lounge Anniversary + White Crime + Mikey & The Drags + More

Hey, all — running late, unfortunately, after spending the whole day cutting and measuring and cutting crown moulding for the hallways…gah. There’s quite a bit going on tonight (Sat., September 17th), though, so I didn’t want to miss out on it completely…

Reptar: All Tomorrow’s (Epic) Parties

The first time I stumbled across Athens/Asheville gang Reptar, I honestly had no idea what the hell was happening. I walked into their debut EP, Oblangle Fizz, Y’all, pretty much blind…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Carla Bozulich + Featherface + Brett Detar (Rev’d!) + Lita Ford + Deadmau5 + More

Dang. There’s a lot coming up tonight (Friday, September 16th, that is — and how the hell is it already mid-September? yeesh…), folks, so I’ll get to it as soon as I can & let you know what all looks good to me…

Brett Detar, Bird In The Tangle

Maybe it’s just me, but some days it sure feels like every emo/punk frontman is secretly a down-home country troubadour at heart. While I haven’t heard much of what Brett Detar’s “real” band, The Juliana Theory, has been doing the past several years…

Live: Hippiefest 2011

On Friday, September 2nd, Houston was served up a wonderful and reflective night of peace, love, and retro-fitted classic rock from the ’60s and ’70s, as “Hippiefest 2011” came groovin’ into the Arena Theater

Tonight: Miniature Tigers, The Wheel Workers, & Alkari @ Fitz

Damn, damn, damn. This show just might make me break out of the weekday-evening slump and head on up to Fitzgerald’s, because I really, truly like all three damn bands playing up there tonight…

Live: IDentity Festival Houston

We came, we saw, we left early. We were berated for lack of press pass (thanks, booster club!). We rather unsuccessfully tried to reaffix our apparently fictional press passes back to our shirts, pants, sweaty legs, and, finally, camera bags. We jammed…

Tonight: Fat Tony & B L A C K I E Tour Kickoff

Sorry I neglected to post about yesterday’s shows, folks — ended up spending the weekend down in Surfside, digging in the sand for little clams and crashing through the waves, and the wi-fi was less than reliable, sadly…

Omotai: Unite All Inhuman Monsters

I’m just going to come right out and say it, folks: Omotai isn’t really a “band.” What they are, rather, is some sort of massive sonic beast birthed beneath the crust of the planet, way down where it’s dark and hot and inhuman…

Sideshow Tramps, Revelator

It was the kid who opened my eyes on this one; I can’t take credit, not really. I’d put the Sideshow Tramps’ brand-new full-length, Revelator, on in the car on the way to school/work, and partway through lead-in track…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Sideshow Tramps (Rev’d!) + Black & White Years + Houston Rocks! + Ryan Lee Hanson + More

It’s Friday yet again — September 9th, this time — and as (almost) always, there’s plenty going on that sounds pretty cool… I’ve only got time to hit a couple right now, but I’ll do my best. Cool? Cool…

Tonight: football, etc. + Reverse the Curse + Pswingset + Yes, Inferno + Square & Compass, at Vinyl Junkie

While I’ll admit that part of me is desperately wishing I could hang with Mos Def & Talib Kweli at the House of Blues tonight…

A Damn Shame: Rest In Peace, Kathy Johnston of Mydolls

When bad news hits, it all hits at once, it seems like, and this week’s no exception; got word the other day that {Mydolls}/{No Love Less} guitarist Kathy Johnston, passed away

J Mascis, Several Shades of Why

I suppose it’s only appropriate that J Mascis, the king of the slackers, released his first solo studio album after 25 years of guitar-lacerating band recordings. An almost entirely acoustic album, Several Shades of Why stretches his talents…

The Mink Gets Sold, and (Probably) Won’t Ever Be the Same Again (UPDATED #2)

Damn. In case you hadn’t already heard, there’s been some news — of the bad variety, in my view, but I’m sure there’re others out there who’ll be happy — regarding Midtown indie-hipster venue The Mink

The Black and White Years Come to Town, This Friday

In a day when most label-bound music is starting to sound eerily similar, it’s rather refreshing to uncover a band like The Black and White Years. The critically-acclaimed, Austin-based quartet…

Sevendust, Cold Day Memory

Back in the late ’90s, I was in a magazine with Atlanta metal dudes Sevendust. No, really; okay, so it wasn’t me so much as it was my now long-dead band, but still. It was a pretty monumental thing for us at the time…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: Balaclavas + Venomous Maximus + The Hunger + Faceplant + More

Sunday, September 4th, heading on into Labor Day, and there’re a few cool-ass shows still going on, despite everybody heading out of town for the three-day weekend & all that…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: #HelpAmy + Active Child (Rev’d!) + The Dodos + Andre Williams + /Crustaceans\ + More

As hinted at yesterday, there’s a veritable crapload of stuff going on tonight, Saturday, September 3rd. There’s so much I’m honestly having a hard time even talking about all of it…

Page One: Inside the New York Times

The fact that you’re reading this on a Website rather than in a newspaper or book somewhere should tell you, whether you realize it or not, the current state of flux in media. The newspaper, and the news business as we have known it, is dying…

Yr. Weekend (& Beyond), Pt. 1: Black Congress + Weird Party + Diplo + Goodnight Summer + Jealous Creatures + Blaggards + More

Heading into the Labor Day weekend with Friday, September 2nd, and I have to say, I’m feeling pretty psyched, not just about the weekend and not just because it’ll be yours truly’s birthday this coming Saturday, September 3rd

Active Child, You Are All I See

Take the most stately, delicately grand — but not overwhelming — music Kate Bush ever recorded, all fragile, glacially beautiful keys and soaring, angelic vocals, then weld to it a funkier, more ’80s-influenced sound…

The Debt

It’s not a surprise to say that Hollywood — and audiences in general — loves a good revenge thriller. Watching a hero blow things up and kill villains is fun, and with bad guy who has it coming, it’s even more fun…


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