Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: When We Ruled H-Town + Sing Your Life + RACES (Rev’d!) + More

Oof. Heading into a freaking great weekend, and one that’s managed to creep up on me somewhat, I have to admit; I’ve been so wrapped up in other things this week (read: work + hanging w/family from London) that some of the biggest, most awesome things happening the next few days & nights caught me off-guard. Damn.

Before I go too much further, though, I just wanted to note that contrary to what the Shows list has been saying these past several weeks, apparently The Wild Moccasins are no longer playing tonight’s show up at The Continental Club, with Deadbeat Darling & a handful of other folks. It still sounds like a good show, don’t get me wrong — just don’t want to mislead anybody.

On to the rest for tonight, Friday, August 3rd:

When We Ruled H-Town DVD Release, featuring dead horse, Manhole, Tread, Wishbone Bush, Taste of Garlic, 30footFALL (as The Dead Kennedys), & Monster Soup (as The Ramones) @ Fitzgerald’s
Hell, yeah, it’s finally here — the long-awaited Houston ’90s scene documentary, When We Ruled H-Town, has arrived at last. And holy crap, am I psyched. Believe it or not, I missed out on most of this whole era of rock in our fair city, coming in at the tail end to catch people like 30footFALL and {Dead Horse} and Poor Dumb Bastards when they heyday of the scene had already been & gone.

Still, I’m figuring I’ll see some familiar faces in there, once I can actually check out the film. Unfortunately, there was apparently a screening last night at the Rice Media Center, but I didn’t hear about it ’til today…argh.

At any rate, tonight’s Night #1 of a two-day extravaganza up at Fitz to celebrate the movie’s release, and it looks like it’s going to be awesome, with full helpings of old-school punk/metal/rock goodness from back in the day. Heck, the 30footFALL guys will now be playing both nights, it seems — they’ll be doing Dead Kennedys songs tonight, while Monster Soup does Ramones songs. Awesome.

Sing Your Life Acoustic Showcase, featuring Taylor Lee (Finnegan/The Literary Greats), Gilbert Alfaro (Spain Colored Orange), Blake Shepard (Electric Attitude), Arthur Yoria, Sydney Harkreader, Charles Peters, Brent Nettles, & more @ The Big Top (9:30PM-1:30AM; free!)
Whoa. Speaking of missing things, how did I now know about this ’til today? Damn, I’m more behind than I’d thought. I love the whole Sing Your Life series of showcases, just the general idea behind ’em, y’know? And beyond that, the folks playing tonight are all, all amazing. I’m a big Arthur Yoria fan, for one thing, and have loved pretty much everything Taylor Lee‘s been involved in, namely Finnegan and The Literary Greats. Check it out…

RACES/Saint Motel/Generation Landslide @ Rudyard’s
This one I was a little unsure of, at first — I’ve liked what I’ve heard of Saint Motel, but it hasn’t been a whole heck of a lot, unfortunately, and when I first listened to RACES full-length, Year Of The Witch, I was somewhat underwhelmed. Fast-forward a couple of weeks, though, and I can’t get the damn thing out of my brain. Excellent, low-key, beautiful roots-pop gorgeousness that’s like Clem Snide, The Arcade Fire, and Eisley rolled into one. (Full review on over here…)

Runners-Up:
Charles P. and the 10%/Eugene Swank/Holly Hicks/Sarah Hirsch (mem. of Jealous Creatures) @ Bohemeo’s
Kiss/Mötley Crüe @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Deadbeat Darling/Frontier Brothers/Deep Ella/Picture Book @ The Continental Club
Music Loves Fashion, featuring Los Skarnales & Tax the Wolf @ Warehouse Live (Studio)
Blaggards @ Ashford Arms (13308 Westheimer)
Deceased/Krullur/Termination Force/Chocolate Crucifix/Cruxiter/Belligerency @ Walter’s (1120 Naylor)
The Elite Party, featuring The Houston Elite MC’s & DJ iPod Ammo @ Warehouse Live (Green Room)


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