Magnus Karlsson, Freefall

To put it simply, Magnus Karlsson’s Freefall is an exquisite work of melodic metal. I really can’t emphasize that enough. The songs are satisfyingly heavy, with plenty of guitar pyrotechnics and double-bass drumming, but they have a sense of melody that is stunning…

Captain Phillips

On April 8, 2009, four individuals from Somalia boarded the cargo vessel Maersk Alabama, marking the first time a U.S.-flagged vessel became subject to an act of piracy in a century. Over the next four days, the drama of the capture played out in real-time for American audiences, as the pirates abandoned the ship aboard its lifeboat with its captain, Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), as hostage, attempting to make for the coast of Africa…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Featherface + New York City Queens + Something Wicked + Restorations + Tiny Empires + Days N’ Daze + The Dead Rabbits + More

Alright, so it’s Saturday, October 26th, and I’m already feeling fried from chasing the kids all around the ArBOOretum thing at the Houston Arbouretum, but there’s a big, big pile of things going on today/tonight. So many, in fact, that I’m going to have to breeze past some of ’em, but I’ll hit the ones I can…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: YAMATO + Something Fierce + Mean Jeans + The Moondoggies + Rose Windows + Lee Bains III + Ragged Hearts + Holy Ghost! + More

Yes, it is once more the weekend, starting off with tonight, Friday, October 25th. And trust me, alongside the usual Halloween-ish stuff, there are a ton of awesome shows going on this here weekend. Let’s begin, shall we?…

8-Bit Awesomeness: Nintendo Madness, Tomorrow Night at the Avant Garden

Very, very cool. I’ve been away from video games for a couple of decades now, sadly, but in my quasi-misspent youth, I played a fair amount, both on our back-in-the-day Atari and our now-venerable Nintendo Entertainment System. Some days, I truly miss Legend of Zelda

Live: The Manichean at The Alley

Sometimes a show is just a show. That sounds sad, but it’s the truth; not every show is mindblowingly awesome, and even the good ones are just “hey, that was cool”-level good, most of the time. Call me a cynic if you want, but I’ve been to a ton of shows…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: And So I Watch You From Afar (Rev’d!) + TTNG + John Fogerty + Funeral Horse + Oceans of Slumber + More

Hey, all — it’s Sunday, October 20th now, and as I sit here recovering from the gorgeous day outside and wishing all year could be like this (please?), I feel compelled to mention that yes, there’re still some great shows going on tonight. Here goes…

And So I Watch You From Afar, All Hail Bright Futures

Joy and wonder. That’s the key, at least a fair amount of the time — it’s not always what’s most important in music, but when I go looking for new bands or songs or albums to love, what I’m really looking for is that feeling, that wide-eyed…

Two Star Symphony Does The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Tonight

Damn, damn, damn. Not sure how, but I totally missed this one in today’s roundup of cool shows… Tonight — Saturday, October 19th, if you just came to — the utterly awesome, utterly cracked chamber music group Two Star Symphony, will be playing up at the equally-awesome Orange Show starting at 7:30PM, doing their original […]

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: The Legends + Hanni El Khatib + Second Lovers + Waco Brothers + Cool Piss Video Shoot + Zombie Walk + Clear Lake Celtic Fest + More

Rolling on into Saturday, October 19th, and holy crap is there a lot going on. Seriously; tomorrow is like a nonstop buffet of badass music. Here’s what looks/sounds cool to me…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Wil Wheaton vs. Paul & Storm + Avenged Sevenfold + Deftones + Kyle Hubbard + Infinite Apaches + The Beans + More

Hey, all — it’s Friday, October 18th, and the start (well, “pseudo-start,” since last night had some very cool shows, as well) of a very full weekend of awesomeness. Here we go…

Video Time: Second Lovers + Featherface + Night Drive

It’s been a while since we last took a peek ’round town at what our favorite local folks have been doing, video-wise…and it turns out that, holy crap, there’s been a lot of cool videos released over the past 8 months or so. Here’re a few…

Tonight: The Phlegmatics & Alkari Up at Rudz

I just got the review of the band’s newest album, Life is Better with a Soundtrack, up on the site, I know, but dangit, tonight’s CD release show for here-then-gone power-pop-punk heroes {The Phlegmatics} is well worth a second mention…

The Phlegmatics, Life is Better with a Soundtrack

There are bands that frustrate me because they don’t quite hit the mark, and then there are bands that frustrate me because they do hit the mark but never actually capitalize on it. The Phlegmatics are that second kind of band…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: The Tossers + The Dead Rabbits + Haute Wheels + Cancerslug + Days N’ Daze + Handguns + A Loss for Words + More

Coming into the end of our rainy/hot weekend now, with Sunday, October 13th upon us, and yep, there’s still q fair bit going on that looks/sounds cool (to me, anyway). On a down note, though, I’m saddened to report that it looks like the {Jandek}/Mike Donovan show that we had listed up at Mango’s tonight isn’t happening…

Today: Zine Fest Houston Rides Again, Bigger & Better Than Before

Okay, that’s awesome. When Zine Fest Houston organizer guy Shane Patrick Boyle left town for the wilds of Arkansas, I’d hoped that the show would go on but was a little nervous at the back of my mind…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: the last place you look + Haute Wheels + Dawes + Kid Congo Powers + Bayou City Art Fest + For The Community VI + Cameo + Shellee Coley + More

Yeah, it’s a hot-yet-stormy Saturday (October 12th), and what that means, unfortunately, is that there’s a lot of awesome-sounding stuff going on…and I’m not sure what has or hasn’t been rained out yet. Your mileage may vary, alright?…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Sara Van Buskirk + Wandering Bufaleros + The Growlers + Not In The Face + We Were Wolves + Billy Ocean + More

Alright, folks — let’s do this thing. It’s Friday, October 11th, and lo and behold, there is magical musical magnificence at which we can all gaze/listen in wonderment and awe (or something)…

Badass-Looking Houston Rap Book Now Available for Pre-Order

Hell. Yeah. The attentive among you might recall back in the spring, when expat Houstonian writer/photographer team Lance Scott Walker and Peter Beste came through town to talk about their forthcoming one-two punch of books…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Andre Williams + Only Beast + The Docs + Fidlar + The Orwells + Cancerstock 2013 + More

Argh. Yep, it’s Saturday (October 5th), and I’m late yet again; spent all day solo with the little guy, and there’s barely been a moment to breathe, so y’know… Anyway, there’s still good stuff happening, even this far into the evening — here we go…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: New York City Queens + Second Lovers + Young Girls + Blackmarket Syndicate + Le Castle Vania + Mills-McCoin + More

What a freaking week… I’ve had a lot on my mind besides music, and I’m running way, way behind, but I’m still psyched to see a pretty packed weekend coming up, starting tonight, Friday, October 4th. I’ll keep it brief so I can get this out the door quick; here goes…

Tonight: Young Mammals & The Wheel Workers (New Video!), at Discovery Green, for Free

Hey, y’all — there’s some very, very cool stuff happening tonight (Thursday, October 3rd), and I didn’t want to let it slip through my twitchy little fingers without it getting a mention up here…


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