Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Indian Jewelry (Rev’d!) + The Wiggins + A Place To Bury Strangers (MP3!) + Ben Sollee + Public Image Ltd + More

sigh. Another late, late Friday (November 2nd) evening, and I’m running far beyond due to having promised our ailing 8-year-old a took-way-too-long game of Scrabble. Apologies, all, for this being so damn late; I’ll have to keep this short.

First, though, hopefully you’ve already heard, but two of the coolest-sounding shows of tonight have been cancelled, namely the Baroness show that was scheduled for tonight up at Warehouse Live — cancelled back in September, actually, when the band got in a bad bus crash over in England — and the Rakim show that was supposed to be up at Fitzgerald’s tonight; he had to cancel because, well, he lives in Long Island, and his family’s currently got no water, power, or gas. Hope everybody’s okay on both those fronts…

Anyway, here’s what’s still on:

Indian Jewelry (record release)/The Wiggins/Lowlife (Jana Hunter)/Her Body (mem. of //TENSE//) @ Walter’s
Head over to Walter’s, and brace yourself for a steaming pile of noisy, messy, dirt-under-your-fingernails post-punk, not only from headliners Indian Jewelry, whose album release this is (for Peel It; check out the review over here), but also from rusty-edged, raw garage-rocker The Wiggins, who’s pretty awesome in his own right.

There’s also a couple of newer bands in the mix, like Lowlife, which I’m told is ex-Houstonian Jana Hunter‘s new band, and Her Body, which is apparently members of //TENSE//. Not a clue what they sound like, but the pedigrees are pretty promising for both…

A Place To Bury Strangers/Bleeding Rainbow/The Watermarks @ Warehouse Live (Studio)
Damn, damn, damn. I’ve been meaning to listen to Bleeding Rainbow for a while now, and shit, I blew it yet again…

But hey, I dig A Place to Bury Strangers quite a bit, with their hazy, shimmery, overfuzzed Jesus & Mary Chain-/Black Rebel Motorcycle Club-esque brand of noise-rock; I’m a sucker for anything even remotely dreampop-y, seriously, and from what I’ve heard of new album Worship, APTBS definitely fits the bill.

Take a listen (and download) “You Are The One,” off the new album, right below:

Ben Sollee/Old Man Markley/Trust/Broncho @ Fitzgerald’s
This one’s interesting, not least of all because of headliner Ben Sollee, who plays sort of a folky blues-pop that comes off like Bon Iver if that band/man were from Kentucky, and who I’m aware of less because of his music and more because of his activism on behalf of ILoveMountains.org, a group opposed (and rightly, to my mind; your mileage may vary) to mountaintop-removal coal mining. Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore did a charity album on the subject back in 2010, Dear Companion, and it’s pretty neat.

He’s playing with Broncho, too, who I was able to hear a while back and was pretty impressed by. Get on up to Fitz if you can, eh?

Public Image Ltd @ The Scout Bar (Clear Lake)
Yes, that Public Image Ltd, the one fronted by John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, aka The Grumpy Elder Statesman of Punk (Who Never Really Liked the Term Anyway). I’m not the biggest fan of PiL, frankly, but I do happen to like a lot of the bands Lydon & co. inspired, and I’m glad to see they’re alive & touring again. The Houston Press‘s Craig Hlavaty got to chat with The Man Hisself a couple of days ago, and it’s damned entertaining reading — check it out here.

Runners-Up:
7th Annual Feast with the Beasts, featuring Blues Traveler @ Houston Zoo (7-11PM)
Elyse/Tiziano Dominico @ Mango’s
Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man/The Wurly Birds/Picture Book @ The Continental Club
Zwee @ House of Blues (Crossroads Restaurant)
Kelly Doyle Trio/Nori/Tightrope @ Avant Garden
Alejandro Escovedo @ Dosey Doe Coffee Company (The Woodlands)


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