Steamboat Amps (and Now, Guitars) Throws Open Its Doors, This Saturday

There’s a hell of a lot of good stuff going on this weekend — and yeah, we’ll hopefully get to that soon — but this one stands out for me. It’s partly because the Steamboat Ampworks guys are good people and partly because, well, if money was no object, I’d already freaking own one…

Bowie Elvis Fest: Celebrate The King & The Thin White Duke, Tonight at The Continental & Big Top

Yeah, yeah — technically speaking, Elvis Presley and David Bowie were born on January 8th, not January 9th, but what the hell, right? I seriously doubt either man would disapprove of all the good people who’ll be celebrating their joint birthday tonight, the 9th, up at The Continental Club and The Big Top

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Chase Hamblin & The Roustabouts (Rev’d!) + Murder the Stout + Clouseaux + The March Divide + More

Getting a late start tonight, unfortunately; sorry ’bout that. It’s Friday, March 29th, y’all, and there’s definitely some good stuff going on tonight, even starting right now. Here we go…

Chase Hamblin & The Roustabouts, VAUdeVILLE

Step right up, folks; duck your head as you make your way inside the tent, then prepare yourself for Chase Hamblin & The Roustabouts as the roll and ramble through their long-awaited full-length, VAUdeVILLE… First things first: the band’s…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: The Escatones (Rev’d!) + Linus Pauling Quartet + From Beyond + BowiElvis Night + Fuzzyfest + More

Yep, we’re well into Saturday, January 5th, now, and weirdly, things seem a little quiet on the show front (unless, of course, I’m just plain missing a bunch of shows or something, which is a possibility). But hey, what’s on is largely pretty damn good, so don’t miss out. Here we go…

Final Caroline Sessions Show Ever, Tomorrow Night

Some bittersweet news for tomorrow night (Saturday, July 28th), I’m afraid, from the folks behind The Caroline Sessions series of low-key acoustic shows that’ve unfolded…

Tonight: Spend Your Valentine’s Day with The Manichean & Ben Godfrey

A bit late, I know — it’s been a bit of a hectic couple of days, sorry — but hey, if you don’t already have plans for your Valentine’s Day (Tues., February 14th) evening, I’d heartily recommend heading on up to La Carafe in downtown…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Linus Pauling Quartet + Burned Out + Art Institute + Ruckus on the Railway + Gretchen Schmaltz + More

It feels like a slow-moving day to me, for some reason, but today (Saturday, January 21st, that is) is really anything but. There’s a crapload of stuff going on; here’s what I think sounds cool…

From The Heart: Chris Gray Day, This Saturday

Yep, you’ve probably already heard about this by now, but just to add to the chorus… As well as being the awesome {Latch Key Kids} show I’ve already blathered about, Saturday, January 14th is also Chris Gray Day, with festivities centered around the Midtown nexus…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Jandek + Caroling at Caroline + El Birthday Metalfest + Jonathan Toubin Benefit + More

On to the next one… Saturday now, December 17th, and while yours truly is currently recovering from a very, very late-night party last night and gearing up for the next, there’s a crap-ton of stuff going on today that is flat-out awesome…

Yr. Weekend: HPMA Madness! + Peter Wolf Crier + The Lotus Effect + hasHBrown + H.I.S.D. + More

Yep, yep, yep. We’re now onto Sat., November 12th, and obviously, there’s still plenty to do. To be completely honest, though, there’s one thing that pretty well overrides all the rest, at least for me…

Gallapalooza, Tomorrow: Help Amy Marie Out

And since we’re kind of on the subject of helping out good people… Tomorrow night (Wednesday, August 24th), there’s a cool, definitely worthwhile benefit show over at Warehouse Live

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Dharmageddon + Bexar City Bastards (Rev’d!) + Niceguys(?) + Mantis + DJ Craig H + More

Running behind again, sadly, which sucks, because there’s one hell of a show going on tonight (Friday, August 12th) up at Fitzgerald’s

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Beer Fest + VegFest + Noah and the Whale + John LaMonica (MP3!) + Liberty Station + More

It’s Saturday, June 11th, Day #2 of the weekend’s madness, and there’s still a ton of stuff going on. First up (in my book, at least), is the inaugural Houston Beer Fest up in Hermann Square Park

Houston in Austin: Hometown Folks Playing SXSW 2011

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m watching the SXSW coverage ramping up and feeling somewhat bummed that I’m not there to witness it. sigh. This may sound a little crazy, but I’ve only ever been to SXSW one damn time…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Spring Forward (Plus Reviews!) + South By Due East + Los Skarnales Tour Kickoff + More

Running out of time yet again, unfortunately, so I’m going to have be kinda brief about what all’s going on today/tonight, Saturday, March 12th… I had been hoping to be able to make it out to the Spring Forward Music Festival

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Art Institute + Steady Boy Showcase + Benjamin Wesley + Jimmie Dale Gilmore + More

Yep, Saturday is upon us (February 19th, that is), and while it’s still a little bit a slow weekend, there’s some good stuff going on. Here’s what sounds cool to me…

Tonight: ThanksTaking with Tyagaraja

Turkey Day today, and a time to be thankful for all kinds of stuff — hopefully everybody out there’s having a good time (or planning to, anyway) with their loved ones… If you’re not planning on spending the evening on the couch, feeling bloated & hanging out with the family unit…

Tonight: Featherface (Reviewed!) + The Fox Derby + The Rocketboys + Holy Fiction + Misfits + Chase Hamblin + More

What? It’s Thursday, seriously? You couldn’t tell it by looking at the schedule, I swear… There’s a crap-ton of good-sounding stuff going on tonight; I don’t have the brainpower left to talk about all of it, but here’s what looks cool…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Dax Riggs + LIMB + Castle Lights + Adelaine + Dead Audio Fest + Chase Hamblin + More

Busy, busy, busy weekend upon us, y’all, so here’s a first taste of what’s going on… Before I get there though, a bit of possibly-depressing news — if you hadn’t heard already, Joanna Newsom‘s show this evening…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: Valient Thorr + Red Fang + Kennedy Bakery + Venomous Maximus + Chase Hamblin + More

And then there’s Sunday, October 24th — the quietest day of the weekend, obviously, but still pretty badass thanks to a relatively small handful of excellent-sounding shows. Here’s my list…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Omara Portuondo + The Wheel Workers + Light Pollution (MP3!) + More

Whoa. I know we’ve had some busy weekends lately, but tonight (Friday, October 8th) seriously takes the cake. There is so damn much going on this evening that I really, truly don’t know where to begin…especially since I’m short on time at the moment, unfortunately…

Tonight (Real Quick): Sage Francis + Whole Wheat Bread + Good Old War + Chase Hamblin + More

Damn…gonna have to just hit it quick tonight (Wed., June 16), I’m afraid; there’s some darn good shit going on tonight, though, so I didn’t want to avoid mentioning it:

Sage Francis/Free Moral Agents/B. Dolan @ House of Blues
Ah, yes. What can I say?…

Summerfest Rundown, Pt. 2: Yokomono + Robert Ellis + Terry Slesser(?) + Growlers + Golden Cities + Grandfather Child + More

Back again with installment No. 2 of my little totally-random rundown of bands & musicians playing the Free Press Summerfest this coming Saturday & Sunday, June 5th & 6th. I’m going to miss half the damn thing, it looks like, unfortunately…

Chase Hamblin, A Fine Time

When I first encountered Chase Hamblin, my instinct was to shrug and dismiss him as yet another Fab Four fan trying to keep the music he loves alive. While the characterization’s not wrong, though, the dismissal’s a big, big mistake. Rather than just rehash the Beatles for the umpteenth time…


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