Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: The Suffers + We Were Wolves + Co-Pilot + Boats N Hoes + More

It’s now Sunday, June 30th, the last day of the weekend, and there’s still good things happening. Here’re a few worth checking out…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Giant Battle Monster + P.L.X.T.X + dead horse + David Garza + Funeral Horse + More

Been taking a bit of a break today — Saturday, June 29th — to hang out with the kids at the neighborhood pool, eat burritos at Freebirds & ice cream at Amy’s, and watch Lilo & Stich with the munchkins. But hey, there’s plenty of good stuff happening tonight; here we go…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: The Manichean + Scale The Summit + Omotai + Cyndi Lauper + Peace Not Brutality Benefit + Valient Thorr + More

Wow. It’s promising to be a hell of a weekend, folks — there is a lot of good stuff going on these next few days, so I’m going to have to be a little brief when going through it. As always, let’s start with what sounds/looks cool for tonight, Friday, June 28th

Scale The Summit, The Migration

Frankly, reviewing The Migration, the new album from Houston-based instro-metal shredders Scale The Summit, has prove to be a little trickier than I’d thought, primarily because the album’s not so much a collection…

Tomorrow Night: The U.S. Air Guitar Regional Qualifiers Hit the Avant Garden

Hey, everybody: do you like rocking out on guitar but actually, um, can’t rock out on guitar? Not a real one, anyway? Are you all thumbs and no fingers? Do your friends groan and move away when you pick up your buddy’s beat-up old acoustic and start trying to work out “Stairway”…

The Bright Light Social Hour Rocks Out for Wendy Davis

While I do try to keep the political stuff a little low-key on this blog, sometimes I can’t help it. So, here we go: I, like a lot of folks down here in Texas, apparently, spent Tuesday night (and parts of Wednesday) glued to the TV/Internet as Senator Wendy Davis

Get Yourself in Order: Talking Comics with Travis Starnes of the CMRO

Travis Starnes charts the complete chronology of Marvel Comics on his Website and in his podcast, The Complete Marvel Reading Order (CMRO). He strikes an informative and entertaining balance, with assistance from his brother…

The Manichean Performs LOVERS Again on The Big Stage (at The Alley)

Keen-eyed observers of things musical (and artsy) in our fair city may remember around this time last year when ultra-cool, ultra-dramatic rockers {The Manichean} debuted their then-new album, LOVERS in an unusual setting…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: Deafheaven + Peloton + MDC + Marriages + Verbal Abuse + Some Nerve + More

Yeah, I know I’ve been skipping a lot of Sundays lately; what can I say? Recently they’ve been pretty quiet, y’know, but there’s a handful of good things going on tonight, June 23rd. Here we go…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Cheap Trick + Springboard South + The Uncluded + Invincible Czars + Nothing More + the last place you look + More

Moving on to Saturday, June 22nd, now, but before I get to the shows that are going on, there appears to be one that isn’t. I haven’t been able to completely confirm it, but it sure looks like the Pull The Plug Fest that’d been originally…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Steve’s Magical Mix Tape + American Fangs (Rev’d!) + Valens + Del Tha Funky Homosapien + The Invincible Czars + More

It’s that time, y’all — weekend’s here, starting with tonight, Friday, June 21st, and there’s plenty going on; I’m at the casa for the evening, sadly, watching Wreck-It Ralph with Munchkin #2, but there’s a lot to do for the rest of y’all. Here we go…

American Fangs, American Fangs

These days, it’s no picnic being a rock band. Hey, quit laughing — I’m serious, dammit. It really isn’t an easy deal lately, I swear, and here’s why: because everybody wants to be in a rock band, and yet fewer and fewer people out there seem to…

Cool Movie-Ness Tonight: Change In The Game Screens at Domy

Those Treaty Oak Collective folks are sponsoring a cool (if somewhat odd for them, generally speaking) thing tonight, Friday, June 21st, up at Domy Books on Westheimer…

Tomorrow Night: Get Yr ’90s Emo Fix On (Plus Brand New Hearts, This Year’s Tiger, & Tigerparty)

Trying to get a little bit of a jump on the weekend’s festivities, in part because yes, this one particular show seriously appeals to me… At Fitzgerald’s tomorrow evening (Friday, June 21st)…

The Suffers, “Slow It Down”/“Step Aside”

First of all: it’s about damn time. I know The Suffers haven’t been around that long, it’s true, but ever since I first ran across ’em in 2011, I’ve been dying to get my hands on an actual, decent-sounding release. Call me paranoid if you want…

Baths, Obsidian

Obsidian isn’t Cerulean Part II. The cheerful awkwardness and simple enchantment of Baths’ Cerulean helped push Will Wiesenfeld to the forefront of the glitch-pop scene, and then a more atmospheric but slightly repetitive encore album, Pop Music/False B-sides

Yr. (Late) Weekend, Pt. 1: The Manichean + Omotai + Co-Pilot + B.E. Godfrey + Sarah Hirsch + DJ William Michael Smith + The Snow Indian + More

Argh. Well, I started this several hours ago, and then other things intervened, and now here it is late as hell, and I’m behind. sigh. It’s Friday, June 14th, and it’s already a damn busy weekend; here’s what looks & sounds cool to me (and yes, you’ve still got time to get out & see ’em)…

Rock N Roll, In Photos: See Marc Brubaker’s Concert Photography, Starting Tonight

If you’ve been to any shows around this town since the year 2000 or so, odds are good that you’ve run across photographer Marc Brubaker without even realizing it. He’s a photo ninja, somehow hiding that lanky frame ’til just the right second to get the shot, popping up in the photo pit and then…

Yr. (Late) Weekend, Pt. 2: Eisley + For The Community V + Queensryche + Sunrise and Ammunition + Will Play For Food + More

Yes, we’re pretty well on into Saturday, June 8th, I’m afraid — seeing as last weekend was fully devoted to FPSF, yours truly had to spend yesterday & today doing family-type stuff. What can I say?…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Purple Rain Party + American Fangs + For The Community V + Night Beds (MP3!) + The 1975 + Circa Paleo + More

Yep, it’s the weekend yet again, and I feel in some ways like I’m still staggering back to my feet after last weekend, with all that FPSF madness… But it’s not last weekend, it’s Fri., June 7th, and we must soldier on…

The Ex-Optimists, Bee Corpse Collector

With Bee Corpse Collector, The Ex-Optimists sound like a band resolutely out of time, out of step with anything that’s happening today. To which I have to say: awesome. More power to ’em. They’re not that far retro, of course, skipping…

Remembering the Fallen, Tonight: Benefit for Houston Firefighters at Saint Arnold’s (with Second Lovers & Corey Power)

Quick notice, y’all; there’s a very cool, very worthwhile benefit show being thrown tonight up at Saint Arnold’s Brewery in honor of Houston’s brave firefighters and EMTs. They’re always deserving of our support, to be sure…

FPSF 2013 Rundown, Pt. 5: The Suffers + Matt & Kim + Geto Boys + The Bronx + Midnight Norma Lane + Orents Stirner + The Postal Service + More

Alright, folks — this is it, right here. We are nearing Go Time for Free Press Summer Festival 2013, and I’m both excited as hell and more than a little freaked out. I’ve never been a big fan of crowds, honestly…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Killswitch Engage + Adam Bricks + The Heligoats + Mobb Deep + White Ghost Shivers + More

So…what’s up this weekend? Isn’t there some kind of big-ass festival thing going on up on the edge of downtown? Could’ve sworn I heard something about that… Anyway. There’s some very cool stuff going on tomorrow, Saturday, June 1st, for those who…


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