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

9a979e88bbbe00a7fbddf6aaafc8f8c9Hey, 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/TTNG/Mylets/Sunrise and Ammunition @ Fitzgerald’s
This is the big one, to me, not least of all because I’ve been listening to And So I Watch You From Afar‘s new album, All Hail Bright Futures, nearly nonstop for the past two days. And holy fucking wow, is it amazing. The Belfast instro-rock outfit mashes together supremely technical prog-rock guitars, bouncy Afrobeat rhythms, crunching epic metal, and ridiculously infectious melodies together into something that’s unlike anything I’ve heard before (and I’ve heard quite a bit). Check out the full review over here.

Plus, they’re playing with Oxford band TTNG (formerly “This Town Needs Guns,” before this year), who are also pretty darn cool — they’re similarly prog-influenced, but quite a bit quieter and more thoughtful, with an almost jazz feel to it. They’re almost like a British American Football, really (and boy, is that a confusing sentence). SCR reviewed their latest album back in May, right here.

Opening up the night is about the most appropriate band the Pegstar folks could’ve picked, Houston’s own Sunrise and Ammunition, who also straddle the line between pop melodicism, prog/jazz technicality, and flat-out rock. Finally got to see S&A at Yes Indeed! Fest last month, and honestly, they were better than I’d even hoped they’d be. Get up to the Fitz now, y’all.

John Fogerty @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
I’m pretty sure every student at the college I went to was required by law to own three albums: the Beastie Boys’ Check Your Head, Abba’s Abba Gold, and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Chronicle. For some reason, one of the three seemed to get played at every dang party I ever went to in school, and it was a pretty rare afternoon when you could cross the Quad without hearing one or the other of ’em.

And hey, that was fine by me, because even as a kid, CCR was one of a handful of rock bands from my parents era that I actually did think lived up to the hype that came after. I still know the words to every damn song on that one compilation album, even songs I could’ve sworn I’d forgotten years ago, like “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.” So I’m glad to see John Fogerty is still alive & kicking & playing his old songs once again; love to be able to see him live one of these damn days.

1391555_10151884273493911_1500831593_nWidower/Destroyer of Light/Funeral Horse @ Rudyard’s
On the darker side, Rudyard’s has a cool-looking lineup tonight, too, with a heavy (and heavy) helping of sludgy, doom-y metal to get you through the remains of the weekend. I’ve only heard of Austin bands Widower and Destroyer of Light, but everything I’ve heard has been good; on the flip side, I have heard opening band Funeral Horse, who are themselves a spinoff of the sadly-departed Art Institute, and have been mightily impressed by their sludgy awesomeness, despite the band claiming they’re a trio of half-asses. Don’t believe it — these guys are damn freaking good.

Oh, and if you hurry, you might be able to catch a little bit of the Level Up show with Michael Priest that’s going on right now…

Periphery/Born Of Osiris/Dead Letter Circus/Twelve Foot Ninja/Oceans of Slumber @ Fitzgerald’s
And speaking of metal… The other floor of Fitzgerald’s has a promising-looking slate of metal/metal-ish bands, some of which I’ve heard of & some I definitely haven’t. Heard good things about Chicagoans Born of Osiris, although the deathcore thing isn’t much my scene, and prog-metallers Periphery are supposed to be good, too. The ones I’ve actually heard, though, are local dudes Oceans of Slumber, who do a very cool mishmash of death metal speed and bluesy rock and whom I like quite a bit. Get there early for this one, folks.

Michael Bublé @ Toyota Center
A Day To Remember/Pierce the Veil/All Time Low/The Wonder Years @ Reliant Arena
Local Live Houston Fall Carnival, featuring The Minx Delilah, Cassette Tape, EnSane, Kose, Staci’s Edge, Screwtape, Steve Krase & The Unusual Suspects, Sydnee Jane, Devil Killing Moth, Sand Dollar Swing, DeadEnd Cowboys, Grant Harrison, Myrna Sanders, The Mighty Orq, Lonestar Disciples, Abby Gough, C4 & Rory Jagdeo, & Wendy Elizabeth Jones Band @ Last Concert Cafe

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