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Drop Trio (no, really) plays free show at Cottonwood this Saturday night

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Space-jazz band Drop Trio plays a very rare show at Cottonwood (Garden Oaks/Oak Forest area) tonight at 8pm.

Should be a good one.

In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a video of Drio Trio doing what they do:

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Paris Falls plays free in-store concert at Cactus

November 19th, 2014 · No Comments

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Former Houstonians Paris Falls make the short jaunt from the Hill Country this Saturday at 3pm for a free in-store show at Cactus Music to celebrate the release of its latest album, Soft Shoulders. I have had both the CD and the vinyl versions for a while now, and count the band’s latest batch of songs among its best. The band shows off more of its experimental side than on previous releases — with more electronics than in the past, for instance — yet the band still retains the classic rock influences that make them one of my favorite bands to come out of the Houston area.

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Soft Shoulders — a 20-track double album — is available on CD, limited edition vinyl, and digitally via iTunes, Amazon, and other sites. Cactus will have it for sale, as well as provide the usual local refreshments.

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Buxton announces new album, Half A Native, available February 3rd

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Buxton, Half A Native

Local favorites Buxton have announced a new album, Half A Native, which will be available on 2.3.15 via New West Records.

Wondering Sound has posted the band’s new song, “Icebreaker,” which you can stream here.

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The Linus Pauling Quartet releases 7″ and video for “C Is For Cthulhu” Saturday at Rudyard’s

October 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Houston’s very own psych legends, The Linus Pauling Quartet, play a show this Saturday (10.25.14) at Rudz, to celebrate the release of the video and 7-inch single for “C Is For Cthulhu”.

More information may be found on Facebook.

Cover is $8 for 21+.

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Mikey and The Drags play with T-Bird and The Breaks this evening at Discovery Green

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

At 6:30pm today (Thursday, 10.23.14), you can catch the excellent Mikey and The Drags play a free show at Discovery Green in downtown Houston.

Austin’s T-Bird and The Breaks headlines the show.

More information may be found at the Discovery Green website or on Facebook.

Purchase music from Mikey and The Drags on Bandcamp.

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Sad news: Walters owner Pam Robinson passed away

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Most local bands owe a great debt to Walter’s owner Pam Robinson, who gave  a lot of bands places to play and booked them as openers for national acts. I just found out (on Instagram, no less) that she lost her long battle with cancer yesterday.

More information via Houston Press.

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Young Mammals release new album, Alto Seco + release show tonight

October 11th, 2014 · No Comments

One of my favorite Houston bands, Young Mammals, released its new album at the end of September. Alto Seco is now available at local music stores, and on Amazon, iTunes, and Bandcamp.

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The band plays its release show tonight (Saturday, 10.11.14) at Fitzgerald’s.

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Reminder: Untapped Festival at Discovery Green tomorrow (The Suffers, Robert Ellis, Toadies, BLSHS, Featherface, and more)

October 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Untapped Houston

View the schedule here.

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Untapped postponed, but you can still see The Suffers

September 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Catch The Suffers for free today at 8th Wonder, as part of the postponed Untapped Fest festivities.  6-9pm

There’s also a karaoke party at MKT Bar tonight, starting at 9:30pm, hosted by Robert Ellis and Kam Franklin. 

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DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist pay tribute to Afrika Bambaataa at HOB show

September 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Renegades of Rhythm tour 2014

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist (!) play House of Blues Houston tomorrow night (9.20.14), celebrating the musical legacy of the legendary Afrika Bambaataa. You can get tickets here.

Here’s some info from the press release:

As part of the ongoing retrospective into Bambaataa’s enduring legacy, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist have signed on to tell the story of the birth of Hip-Hop in New York through Bambaata’s vinyl collection. This show will reflect a true NYC story stemming back to hip hop’s roots in 1973 and taking the audience through the many facets and eras of the genre and its various cultural influences (ex: Graffiti street art, fashion, punk, funk, etc), as well as showcasing Bam’s influences (from Rap and Soul to Salsa, Calypso and dub) leading up to today.

With Afrika Bambaataa’s blessing, Shadow & Cut dug through The Afrika Bambaataa Master of Records Archive, which was excavated and preserved by Boo-Hooray and now resides as part of the Cornell University Library Hip Hop Collection. Together, they selected 650 pieces of vinyl each from the collection, which they will spin on six turntables backed by a unique visual show to document the imagery incorporating what was happening in the NYC during this time…

This is undoubtedly going to be an interesting and incredible show.

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