Houston Calling

A Day in the Life + the week in music

November 16th, 2003 · No Comments

Visit the newly revamped Swizzle-Stick (www.swizzle-stick.com) for great music news and reviews, including my take on Friday’s concert by NYC’s The Damnwells and Tody and the Falcon in Houston.

Also, I attended the Loud and Clear 2003 charity event last night at Vine Street Studios, sponsored by the Houston chapter of AIGA and 90.1 KPFT. Basically, I paid $30 to drink one lukewarm St. Arnold’s and listen to a band I never would have paid to see (Billy Joe Shaver). I mean, I passed up seeing Travis because it was $20. I passed up Cheap Trick just this past Friday because it was $25. I have passed up numerous shows due to the ticket costs being outrageous and over-inflated. However, it was for a good cause and made the missus very happy. Which is, as everyone knows, most important.

It was a good time, really. We ran into an old friend and his girlfriend, which was nice. Had some good discussions of music. I missed the after-party with the Southern Backtones, but I am sure they put on their usual excellent performance.

Below is a list of bands playing in the Houston area this week:


Punk legends Agent Orange play at Fitz’s with The Hates, The Delayed, and F For Fake

Also, meoWcifer plays at The Proletariat with The Quails, Bonfire Madigan, and Hot Behind You (8:30 p.m. show)


Barenaked Ladies bring their campy Canadian humor to the Verizon Wireless Theater. Enjoy.


Bowling For Soup w/ The Feds and Space Cadet @ The Engine Room
Maria Chavez @ Super Happy Fun Land


New Model Army with Das Automatik and DJ Schoo @ The Axiom. I have wanted to see NMA live since I first discovered them in 1986. I missed them by one night in the late 80’s in Virginia Beach (or somewhere around there), but hope to be able to finally see them at this show. This one came out of nowhere, so that’s great.

The Alkaline Trio w/ Reggie & The Full Effect, From Autumn to Ashes, and No Motiv @ Numbers
Commune Music, featuring The Entertainment System, In Love and Asian, The Facade, & DJ Cuba Gooding Jr. @ The Proletariat
Cody ChesnuTT w/ The Incredible Moses Leroy @ The Engine Room
Lil’ Joe Washington w/ The Swank Countrypolitans @ The Continental Club
Sandy Hickey & the Soul Providers @ Silky’s


Ex Models w/ Groceries and Woozyhelmet @ Fat Cat’s
The Woggles/The Magnetic IV/C’mon C’mon/Ugly Beats @ Rudyard’s
King Diamond/Entombed/Nocturne @ The Engine Room
Die Young (CD release)/Your Mistake/Protagonist/Last Minute Fix @ Fitzgerald’s
Seven Mary Three/Paris Green @ Numbers
Jimmy James & The Enablers/Beetle @ The Continental Club
Drop Trio @ The Twelve Spot (218 Travis, downtown)


This is the show to see tonight: Flametrick Subs with Los Skarnales @ The Continental Club. If you haven’t seen the Subs play before, you don’t know what you’re missing. They offer the best in rockabilly, death, aliens, and cheerleaders. A must-see show.

Twilight Singers @ Rhythm Room
Free Radicals w/ Sketchy and Rosta @ Super Happy Fun Land
Eric Johnson @ Rockefeller Hall (3620 Washington)
Scott Miller & The Commonwealth/Greg Wood @ Rudyard’s
Shania Twain @ Toyota Center
The Steve Steel Band @ Fitzdown
Jack Ingram (in-store) @ Cactus


Tonight’s pick: Drop Trio @ Ovations

Also on Saturday:

Aesop Rock/Mr. Lif/C.Rayz Walz/DJ Fakts One @ Rhythm Room
Movie and Music Night, featuring the Kracker Nutz, The Truth, Lights Out on Sound, Phonographerz, & more @ The Orange Show
Vaux/America Is Waiting @ Fat Cat’s
Los Skarnales w/ The Medicine Show, C’mon C’mon, Hop Sing, Bo Jones, and Work (interview coming soon!) @ Fitzgerald’s
Clouseaux/The Medicine Show/Chango Jackson @ The Continental Club
The Delayed/Angels Heart/Affront/Zombilly @ Silky’s
Opie Hendrix & the Texas Tallboys @ The Warehouse
J. Majik @ Barcode
Sleeping Rubies @ Rudyard’s
ZZ Top @ Compaq Center
Edge (CD release)/Close Call/Hollister Fracus (CD release) @ The Engine Room

Have a good week.

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