Late Notice: Benefit for Victor Torres (With Springfield Riots & The Factory Party), Tonight

Late, late, late, I know; I got bogged down in Daddy-and-Little-Guy stuff this evening, but I didn’t want to let this slip completely through the cracks… The festivities started at 8PM over at Mango’s, but you can still make it out tonight (Thursday, February 28th) in plenty of time for a cool-sounding benefit…

FPSF 2013 Lineup, Announced This AM

Boom. There it is, y’all — those crafty people over at {Free Press Houston} just released the lineup (so far, anyway) for this year’s Free Press Summer Fest. Take a look at the poster over there on the right…

A Time To Live, A Time To Die

As with any niche, there’s a caricature about world cinema. It is slow, it is minimalist, and it tends away from straightforward entertainment and more towards naturalism, to the point of distraction. Basically, it’s Tokyo Story on and on…

Anna Karenina

Mediocre movies are all alike; bad movies are each bad in their own unique way. The bad movies come from people who just don’t know what they’re doing, or have had tremendously bad luck. The mediocre movies, more often, are from the talented who have lost the plot completely…

Redgrave, National Act

Oftentimes I feel like music is judged too harshly based upon what it sounds like, rather than how it actually sounds. On one hand, you could have a band that sounds like The Beatles and think of that however you choose — good or bad…

Bad News Time: Norma Zenteno Passes Away (But Benefit Show Still On)

Damn, damn, damn. What a shame, really & truly… In case you hadn’t already heard, the Houston Press broke the news the other day that legendary local musician Norma Zenteno unfortunately lost her fight with cancer and left us. Which is pretty mind-boggling, honestly — I can remember first hearing about Zenteno when I moved […]

Yr. (Late) Weekend, Pt. 2: Buxton + He’s My Brother + Bebel Gilberto + Dangerous Toys + Skramansion Benefit + More

Hey, all — sorry this is so damn late, but it’s been a weirdly non-stop day for yours truly, involving a lot of driving to and from Jacinto City and down to somewhere just east of Missouri City. I’m finally back in front of the computer, and holy crap, look at the time…sigh

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Matt Pond + Hoofprints + Brand New Hearts + Junius + Featherface + We Were Wolves + M.O.D. + More

Brace yourselves, folks, because tonight, otherwise known as Friday, February 22nd, is promising to be one hell of a night, rain or no. There’s a metric crap-ton of good shows happening this evening, so you’ve honestly got your pick; here’s what I think looks cool…

No Grand Plans: H-Town Supergroup Brand New Hearts Creeps Quietly Onto the Stage

Long, long ago, yours truly was in a band. We weren’t all that good, I’m saddened to admit, but we played some shows, recorded some songs, and had a blast for a while there. We found ourselves part of this amazing little scene and played, a lot of the time, only for ourselves…

Tonight: Foxygen & Unknown Mortal Orchestra Up at Fitz

Okay, so I know the Ra Ra Riot show tonight up at Fitz is all sold out, but don’t lose hope just yet. You need to head to the other floor of the club, instead; trust me on this, people…

Foxygen, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

The two guys who make up Foxygen, believe it or not, are kids. No, they really, seriously are; despite all appearances to the contrary, Sam France and Jonathan Rado graduated from high school just a handful of years ago. And trust me, I get why that’s…

Tonight: Two Star Symphony Raise Money to Make a Real-Live Video

A bit of a late-notice thing, I know, but I didn’t want to let this completely slip through the cracks… I’m always happy when cracked chamber-music quartet {Two Star Symphony} poke their heads out from their collective lair, and this time’s no exception; they’re playing a special benefit show

Ramona Falls, Prophet

Don’t be fooled by the gentle, quietly-smiling, lull-you-to-sleep vibe of Ramona Falls’ second album, Prophet: this isn’t music to fall asleep to. At least, not unless you want to dream of singularities and confluences and galaxies…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: Flogging Molly + Dave Hause + Jucifer + Peasant + Life As Lions + Cavernous + More

It’s now Sunday, February 17th, and yep, we’re winding down the weekend, but never fear, there’s still some awesome stuff going on. Here’s what I happen to think looks/sounds cool…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Badass Weekend (Still) + Jon Black + Cordial + For The Community IV + Co-Pilot + Rakim + Valens + More

Holy fucking wow, y’all. Here I thought Friday was pretty jam-packed with shows, but it turns out it’s got nothing on Saturday, February 16th. There’s so damn much going on, I’m not entirely sure where to begin, but here goes…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Bad Ass Weekend + Burned Out IV + The Chieftains + Suzanne Vega + More

Well, dang. Here we are at the weekend, y’all, and it’s looking mighty crazy out there. In case you haven’t heard, there’s the NBA All-Star Game in town, which means there’re a bunch of parties going on and a whole bunch of celebrities floating around the city…

Badass Weekend Is Upon Us, Friday & Saturday

Yep, it’s true; Badass Weekend is well and truly upon us, and it promises to be pretty fucking amazing. “Yeah, yeah — don’t you say that every damn weekend?” Okay, that’s a good point, but in this case I’m talking about one specific show…

Atlas Genius, Through the Glass EP

There’s something to Through the Glass, the debut EP from Aussie duo Atlas Genius, that definitely feels like a warning shot, a quick burst to say, “hey, look over here!” It’s good — and yeah, I’ll get back to that, don’t worry — but it feels a little abrupt…

Tomorrow Night: Help Out Lucas Gorham of Grandfather Child

I’ve gotten info about a bunch of different benefit-type shows lately, and while I fully intend to post about all of ’em at some point, this one really grabbed hold of me, in large part because it’s a benefit for awesome, insanely talented cool dude Lucas Gorham, a mainstay of the Houston scene and the […]

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: excuseMesir (Final Show!) + Balmorhea + B.E. Godfrey + Omotai + Blackmarket Syndicate + Jason Smith + More

Moving on into Saturday, February 9th, now, and damn, it’s going to be a busy day. I won’t be able to make any of tomorrow night’s shows, myself, because the wife’s planned some special pre-Valentine’s Day that she’s being very mysterious about…

Yr. (Late) Weekend, Pt. 1: Square and Compass + The American Heist + Blues Control (MP3!) + Jody Seabody + Loretta Lynn + More

Argh. Late, late, late… Sorry for being so quiet this past week or so, y’all — early February is Birthday Time at our house, so most of my waking non-work hours in recent days have been spent running birthday-related errands or shepherding large gaggles of extremely loud 8/9-year-old girls around (with much shrieking)…

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The Tontons, Bones

At first I wasn’t clear why both the A- and B-sides of the Tontons’ latest 7″, Bones, are both titled, um, “Bones” (“Bones 1” and “Bones 2,” to be specific), but after hearing one roll straight into the other, yeah, I’m starting to get it. I couldn’t tell you if it’s intentional or not, but the two tracks flow together beautifully…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Project Grimm + Brand New Hearts + The Gary + Ruiners + Sarah Jaffe + More

sigh. Friday, February 1st, and I am sorely, sorely behind on the never-timely-to-begin-with weekend rundown, I’m afraid. Apologies for that, folks; been dancing with midgets all evening and am only now able to get back online. But hey, you’ve still got plenty of time to get on off the couch — here we go…

Hear This Now: Brand New Hearts + Hoofprints + Oceans of Slumber + Valens

I know I tend to not follow through with stuff like this, but dangit, we’re gonna do this thing, people. So here’s the second-ever installment of Hear This Now, which is where we shine a brief spotlight on a handful of new(-ish) bands…


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