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

97986fdcbd0f76763f76ae4b0ba69798Wow. 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:

The Manichean Presents LOVERS @ The Alley Theatre (9PM)
Already talked about this one, but trust me, it’s gonna be awesome

Intronaut/Scale The Summit/Mouth Of The Architect/Omotai/Oceans of Slumber @ Fitzgerald’s
METAL! Of the heavy, heavy, heavy, kinda-sludgy, kinda-proggy variety, with headliners Intronaut, about whom I’ve heard good things, and Scale The Summit and Omotai, both of whom are awesome. Review of STS’s new album, The Migration, right over here.

Muhammad Ali/Dante Higgins/Talk Sick Brats/Loveable Old James/4 Hour Letter/Madstsoia @ East Side Social Center (4202 Canal)
Nice. I’d wondered what happened to Muhammad Ali — they’ve been relatively quiet lately, so I’m relieved to see they’re still doing their raw, loud, yet ridiculously catchy ’90s-tinged indie-punk thing.

Cyndi Lauper/Hunter Valentine @ House of Blues
Quirky ’80s pop star Cyndi Lauper is seriously underrated as a songwriter, in my book. And no, I’m not talking strictly about “The Goonies R Good Enough,” even if it holds a special place in my soul.

Valient Thorr/Gypsyhawk/Ramming Speed/Born Again Virgins @ Fitzgerald’s
METAL. Again, and this time of the more “classic” variety… Valient Thorr are badasses, and I seriously like what I’ve heard from Gypsyhawk so far; plus, locals Born Again Virgins are freaking great.

Peace Not Brutality Pt. III: Benefiting The Peaceful Streets Project Houston, featuring Jon Black, “Downer,” Elyse, Hoffle Stoff Awaffogus, Gio Chamba, & Thera @ Walter’s ($6)
A cool-sounding benefit for The Peaceful Streets Project, which works to stop police mistreatment of the citizens of our fair city; cool idea, plus some good folks playing, like Jon Black & Hoffle Stoff Awaffogus

Folk Family Revival @ Firehouse Saloon
We Are Computers/Rivers/Crashing Colors/Carter @ Notsuoh ($3/$8)
D.I./Fuska/No Resistance/Conflikto/Decthect @ Mango’s ($15)
La Sien/Electric Attitude/The Trimms @ House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room)
The Journey Agents/Cassette Tape/Come See My Dead Person/The Please Please Me @ Last Concert Cafe
Skyrocket!/Little Joe Washington @ The Continental Club
Clandestine @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
Matt Harlan/Bob Simpson/Emily Lewis/Daniel Amedee @ Super Happy Fun Land
Swank Disco, featuring Ceeplus Bad Knives, Mr. Castillo, & more @ Grand Prize Bar (1010 Banks)
Dokken @ The Concert Pub North (2470 FM 1960)

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