Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: !Yes Indeed! Fest + American Sharks + Illegal Wiretaps + Wine Fest + Touche Amore + More

And now, on to today — Saturday, September 29th — and holy crap, there’s a lot going on. Seriously, there’s so much happening this afternoon/evening that I’m pretty sure I’m actually missing a bunch of it. Damn…

Looper

God, I would have loved to have been in the pitch meeting for this thing. “Okay, so it’s like The Terminator, right? Except John Connor’s the bad guy, and the Terminator’s target is himself. Oh, and people can move shit with their minds…

!Yes Indeed! Fest Tiger Beat Rundown: Empty Shells

And on we go… The big day is fast approaching — Saturday, September 29th is the date of the bound-to-be-cool !Yes Indeed! Music Fest, so we’re back again with third installment of this little SCR Tiger Beat writeup thing…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Austin Rhoads Benefit + Muhammad Ali + The Wiggins (Video!) + Hearts of Animals + More

I’ve been a bit on the distracted side this week, trying to catch up from my time away — for some reason, I’d assumed I’d have lots of time on my hands in the evenings while up in Cambridge, and that didn’t happen, which was very cool, but means I didn’t get stuff done…

!Yes Indeed! Fest Tiger Beat Rundown: The Ex-Optimists

Here we are again, with the second installment of our SCR Tiger Beat Q&A with bands and musicians playing at this Saturday‘s much-heralded (and rightly so) !Yes Indeed! Music Fest up in downtown…

The Shins, Port of Morrow

Regardless of how you may feel about The Shins, odds are good that you at least know who they are. They’re one of those bands that I feel became popular because of Zach Braff, who really is somebody that I wouldn’t go to for music advice…

!Yes Indeed! Fest Tiger Beat Rundown: Bantam Foxes

As we mentioned a short while back, this coming Saturday, September 29th, marks the debut of !Yes Indeed! Music Fest. It’s up in Downtown…

Live: 2012 Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival

The 2012 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival arrived in The Woodlands like a travelling circus of hard rock and metal music. Unlike the skater-punk vibe of the Vans Warped Tour, this tour is decidedly mainstream nu-metal and hard rock…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2(?): Fishbone + American Fangs + Pretty Lights + Custom Car Fest + More

The last night of the weekend, Sunday, September 23rd, is upon us, and yep, there’s still some good stuff going on. Not as much as over the past few days, true, but what’s there is pretty damn high on the “goodness” scale. Here goes…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1 (er, 2): Text of Light + Eternal Summers (Rev’d!) + The Manichean + Menil Collection B-Day + More

sigh. Sorry, everybody — yours truly spent the bulk of yesterday in the air, flying back home to Houston from Cambridge, Mass., and so the whole show-rundown thing got dropped, I’m afraid. By the time I got home & settled…

Eternal Summers, Correct Behavior

While I thoroughly enjoyed Roanoke, Virginia, trio (well, then still a duo) Eternal Summers’ debut album Silver, I remember thinking that the album was more of a stepping stone for what would come next…

Tonight: Hot Water Music + OFF! + Grandfather Child + Folk Family Revival + Coog Radio Anniversary + More

Sorry for the recent quiet, all, but I’ve been out of town for Day Job work, meeting people & hiking around Cambridge, MA. (Which is very, very cool, incidentally, even if it’s more expensive than God to live here.) However, there is literally a heaping pile of awesomeness happening back on the home front…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Sarah Jaffe + Benjamin Wesley + For The Community III + Electric Attitude + More

Well, damn. This is what I get for half-grumbling that Friday was a teeny-tiny, little bit light on the shows — we get a freaking torrent of ’em for today, Saturday, September 15th, instead. Multiple festivals, some big-name indie folks…

The 71’s, We Are The Seventy Ones

The more I listen to We Are The Seventy Ones, the more it feels like it’s both an album out of its time and one that’s just right for right now. Better still, it’s damn sneaky about it. See, it took me a little while to realize…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Canned Acoustica VI + The Literary Greats + Pale + A Sundae Drive + More

It’s honestly a little bit quiet tonight — Friday, September 14th — at least on the shows front, but what’s out there is definitely still awesome. Gotta keep it brief today, so here we go…

Bad News Time: Guided by Voices Cancels Houston Date

Dammit, dammit, dammit. Just heard the news tonight that Guided by Voices, that awesomely shambolic psych/pop/whatever band from Dayton, OH, who are currently playing with their Bee Thousand-era “classic” lineup…

Tonight: Mission of Burma (and The Gary & Black Congress) at Fitz

Holy hell-yes, people. I honestly nearly did a spit-take when I first saw on the {Pegstar} calendar that mindblowing, massively-influential, Boston-dwelling post-punk band Mission of Burma were coming…

This Is Not a Photograph, It’s a Hi-Fi: Mission of Burma Never Slows Down Again

Okay, so let’s say you’re in an indie-rock band. (I mean, c’mon, isn’t everybody, these days?) If you do, well, you owe Boston punk experimentalists Mission of Burma a big, big debt. I know that sounds like a pretty far-fetched blanket statement…

Twin Shadow, Confess

When you’re as confident as George Lewis Jr., life must not present much of a challenge. After all, how difficult are things for Lewis when the desire to picture an “attractive male on the cover of [his] album” is fulfilled with a glamour shot of himself?…

Future of the Left, the plot against common sense

First off, let me confess that I’ve loved this album since the very first note, and here’s why: Future of the Left combines the sound of many of my favorite bands. In any particular song, I can hear something like System of a Down without the metal, Sex Pistols and…

High-Five Time: Black Queen Speaks Opens for Slash Tomorrow & Linus Pauling Quartet on RCRDLBL/Spinner

Got good news on a couple of fronts recently and wanted to share & virtually high-five the bands on the receiving end. This one’s a little more time-sensitive, since it’s happening, um, tomorrow, Sunday, September 9th. See, that’s when Slash, legendary guitar-god…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Buxton + Ben Nichols + Nava’s Tour Kickoff + Miss Leslie + Crystal Method + More

Hey, y’all — yours truly spent the whole damn day fighting something, got wiped out around lunchtime, and just barely made it back on his feet after. sigh. So yeah, this is somehow, unbelievably, even later than yesterday’s little rundown…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Street Dogs + David Ramirez (Rev’d!) + Blackmarket Syndicate + Hello Chief + More

Damn, damn, damn. Way, way late on tonight’s little rundown, sorry; it’s Friday, September 7th, and there’s definitely good shows going on. Here we go…

David Ramirez, Apologies

I know this’ll sound weird, but go with me on it, okay? There’s this great, great feeling of downtrodden world-weariness to David Ramirez’s Apologies, one that infuses every track, even the more upbeat, more overtly roots-rock-y songs like “Stick Around” or “Mighty Fine.” Ramirez sings like a man who’s been broken down by the very life he’s chosen, roaming from place to place to place, never really finding a place of his own to hold onto…

!Yes Indeed! Music Fest, Coming This Month

Wanted to get a mention in relatively early on this one (although not earlier than the {Houston Press} it would seem), because it sounds like it’s going to be damn good…

Live: Identity Festival Houston 2012

You’ve gone to one electronic music festival, you’ve gone to them all, right? Naaah. Yes, superficially it might seem as though they seem to imitate one another — an echoing hard electronic beat here, a neon tutu and furry leg warmers there, perhaps…

Keith Sewell, The Way of a Wanderer

The title track of Keith Sewell’s album The Way of a Wanderer can be seen as a declaration of purpose for this singer, songwriter, and musician. In creating the album, he chose to play most of the instruments himself, infusing bluegrass melodies…

Black Pistol Fire, Shut Up!

With Shut Up!, Black Pistol Fire has delivered a five-song EP that is the songs of Little Richard, only with their BPF sort-of punk rock sound added into the chorus. Confession: whenever I get music, I never actually read the press release. Well, sometimes I do…

Rebekah Higgs, Odd Fellowship

As I continue to hear these self-named female musician/songwriters (you know, like Tori Amos and Lisa Loeb, as opposed to .that dog and Letters to Cleo), I continue to hope for something better than what I last listened to and cast aside…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: The Tontons + Featherface (Rev’d!) + Blackmarket Syndicate + The Mink Last Call + More

And here we are at Sat., September 1st, the start of yours truly’s very own birth month, and there are a crap-ton of good shows happening, almost all of ’em stellar H-town lineups. Here’s what sounds/looks good to me…

Featherface, Actual Magic

If you listen closely enough to Actual Magic, the debut full-length from Houston-based psych-pop band Featherface, you realize suddenly that the whole thing’s going in about eight different directions all at once. And yet, they’re subtle about it…


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