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Day For Night festival almost a week away — get tickets while they last

December 8th, 2016 · No Comments

Houston’s Day For Night, a music and art festival which hosts a slew of legendary artists such as The Jesus & Mary Chain, Bjork, Aphex Twin, John Carpenter, and Squarepusher and a smattering of locals (such as Wild Moccasins, Fat Tony, and LIMB), is next weekend–December 17-18, 2016–on the edge of downtown Houston. Passes are still available, but rumored to be going fast.

More information may be found at www.dayfornight.io.

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Get rid of the holiday blues with Local H and Helmet at White Oak Music Hall this Friday

November 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

One of my long-time favorite live bands, Local H, returns to Houston to play White Oak Music Hall with Helmet this Friday night (November 25, 2016). I last saw this line-up at the Houston Whatever Fest and the bands did not disappoint. Tickets are still available, and this will be an excellent way to see these bands up close and personal.

Get tickets via StubWire.

Here’s a video from Local H’s excellent album, 12 Angry Months:

Here’s the song that introduced me to Helmet:

Visit Local H online at www.localh.com. Visit Helmet at www.helmetmusic.com.

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Young Mammals celebrate release of Jaguar with free in-store set tonight at Cactus Music

November 11th, 2016 · No Comments

Young Mammals, a band that consistently grows and creates interesting music with each release, plays a free show tonight (Friday, 11.11.16) at Cactus Music. Show time is 7pm.

Young Mammals, Jaguar

The band’s latest album, Jaguar, is now available online and at local record stores (including Cactus Music).

You can also catch the band live on 12.8.16 at Satellite Bar in Houston.

More information may be found on the band’s Facebook page. Download Young Mammals’ new album online via Bandcamp.

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Tickets still available for tonight’s BRMC, DFA1979 show at House of Blues

November 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

Tonight (November 3, 2016), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) returns to Houston to play House of Blues with Death From Above 1979.

Here’s a live BRMC set from KEXP:

Also, watch Death From Above 1979, live from Glastonbury in 2015:

Tickets to tonight’s Houston show may be purchased at the House of Blues box office.

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Houston Open Air festival features The Cult, Anthrax, Deftones, Slayer, Ministry, Alice in Chains, and more

September 24th, 2016 · No Comments

This weekend (Saturday, 9/24/16 and Sunday, 9/25/16), NRG Park hosts the inaugural Houston Open Air music festival. Check the line-up below.

More information may be found at www.houstonopenair.com.

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Day For Night 2016 festival schedule announced: Squarepusher, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Wild Moccasins, Thundercat, Aphex Twin, Limb, Fat Tony, Matmos, Lower Dens, Washed Out, and many more

September 14th, 2016 · No Comments

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This year’s line-up for the experiential arts festival Day For Night–to be held in the former post office in downtown Houston at 401 Franklin St.–has been announced. The featured artists include:

Aphex Twin | ODESZA | Travis Scott | Kaskade | Björk (unique digital sets) | Run The Jewels | Nick Murphy (Chet Faker) | Banks | Butthole Surfers | Blood Orange | Little Dragon | The Jesus and Mary Chain | Squarepusher | Blonde Redhead | Thundercat | Kamasi Washington | Unknown Mortal Orchestra | RZA feat. Stone Mecca Rider | John Carpenter | Washed Out | Ariel Pink | Lightning Bolt | Arca | DJ Windows 98 | Oneohtrix Point Never | Liars | Lower Dens | S U R V I V E | Matmos | Clams Casino | Mykki Blanco | Marcel Khalife | Chelsea Wolfe | Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats | Welcome to Houston | SG Lewis | SOPHIE | Tobacco | Nothing | Soulection | Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler | Fat Tony | Jock Club | Wild Moccasins | Buoyant Spirit | Vacation Eyes | Limb | Hevin | -Us. | Jerk | MNYNMS | Maramuresh | Pfaff | Splendid Emblem | Kult Dizney | DIVISION | Night Drive | Josh Dupont | From Beyond | Futurelix

Tickets to the event are available at www.dayfornight.io. More information may be found at www.freepresshouston.com.

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Aphex Twin to play Houston’s Day For Night festival in December

September 14th, 2016 · No Comments

Irish musician Richard David James–aka Aphex Twin–plays his first U.S. show in eight years in Houston this December, at the Day For Night festival. Tickets are available at dayfornight.io.

Read more about Aphex Twin’s U.S. gig annoucement here.

The line-up for this year’s Day For Night is incredible, and will be officially announced at 10am today (9.14.16).

Day For Night will be held December 17-18, 2016.

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Free Press Summer Festival preview: King Finn

June 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Indie rockers King Finn have been a part of the Houston music scene for a while, and continue to make a name for themselves both locally and around the state, playing festivals and clubs. The group–Chris Gallego, Jeremy Ortiz, Jakub Ausobsky, and Michael Lucio–recently released its latest single, “The Flow” (which you can hear via Bandcamp), and gets a good chance to get for people to hear its music at this weekend’s Free Press Summer Festival, which will be held June 4-5, 2016, at NRG Park Yellow Lot.

You can read more about the band in Free Press Houston (here too), and visit the band’s website and Soundcloud.

King Finn plays Free Press Summer Festival this Saturday (June 4, 2016), from 11:20am-12pm, on the Venus stage.

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Free Press Summer Festival moved again to NRG Park

May 30th, 2016 · No Comments

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Due to the recent rains in Houston, Free Press Summer Festival is moving locations to NRG Park’s Yellow Lot.

The fest will be held Saturday & Sunday, June 4-5, 2016, and single-day tickets are available here.

Line-up and schedule may be found at www.fpsf.com/schedule.

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Free Press Summer Festival preview: Violent Femmes

May 27th, 2016 · No Comments

There was a time, nearly 30 (!) years ago, when I was a member of the Violent Femmes fan club. With my membership came two prized possessions during the latter half of my high school days: a “Gimme The Car” bumper sticker (which resided in the back window of my Oldsmobuick) and a T-shirt with a bizarre I-still-don’t-know-what-it-was image.

I assume most people’s introduction to Violent Femmes’ music was/is “Add It Up” or “Blister In The Sun.” But, if I recall correctly, I bought the band’s 1986 album, The Blind Leading The Naked, at the Musicland in a suburban mall on a whim. Sometimes it’s great coming into a band’s catalog a couple of albums in, and while I remain a fan of their third album, the first two–their self-titled debut and Hallowed Ground–without a doubt deserve the most attention.

The Milwaukee-based band never played Texas back then (that I knew anyway), and I never saw the band live until some Houston radio station parking lot concert on the Richmond strip in the early- to mid-90s. But it was a great show, and one I remember fondly. I haven’t really kept up with the band much, so it was great to learn that Violent Femmes will perform at this year’s Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park near downtown Houston. The festival runs June 4-5, 2016, and passes are available at www.fpsf.com.

Here are a few videos from the band to tide you over:

Violent Femmes play the Free Press Summer Festival on the Venus Stage, Sunday, 6.5.16, at 7:30pm. 

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