Failure, one of the many unsung bands of the 1990s, is currently touring (!) and stops at House of Blues in Houston on Wednesday, June 11th. Tickets are available online from LiveNation.
This will be an excellent show. To refresh your memory, check out AllMusic’s write-up of the band’s excellent Fantastic Planet album. You can hear and purchase the band’s new song, “Come Crashing,” on Bandcamp. This song marks the Failure’s first new music since 1996, and is also included on a tour-only EP, titled Tree of Stars, which includes live recordings of “Let It Drip,” “Frogs,” Sergeant Politeness,” and “Heliotropic.”
Houston New York City Queens is a band from which I continually look for exciting new things. Their music, especially the song “Roman Candles,” always makes me do a double take when it comes on. The band’s 2012 album, Burn Out Like Roman Candles, is full of lush, catchy songs that bring to mind early Coldplay and mid-period Radiohead, and that are intricate enough to make you stop and actually listen.
Here’s a video of the band performing “Roman Candles” live:
Local musician B.E. Godfrey‘s official album release show for the Robert Ellis-produced Wild Desperation is tomorrow night (Saturday, 5.17.14) at House of Creeps. He also plays an in-store show at Cactus Music at 3pm tomorrow.
Country crooner Dwight Yoakam is somewhat of an anomaly in the country music industry. While many modern country artists are disposable pop, Yoakam has continually challenged himself and his fans by seemingly never giving into trends. With more than 20 albums to his credit since the 1980s, Yoakam continues to make his mark in the industry, and last year was named artist of the year by The Americana Music Association.
Here’s a video of my favorite Dwight Yoakam song, “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere”:
Passes are still available for the 2014 Free Press Summer Festival, which is held in Houston’s Eleanor Tinsley Park on Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 1st. Sure, it’ll be blazing hot, but where else can you get such an eclectic line-up both national and local acts? Jack White, Wild Moccasins, Dwight Yoakam, The Kills, A Fistful Of Soul, New York City Queens, Deftones, Los Skarnales, The Tontons, Washed Out, and many more bands and DJs will grace the stages at this year’s festival. It’s going to be a great couple of days, as always.
Stay tuned for more of Houston Calling‘s coverage of FPSF.
Since 1986, the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival has been keeping crawfish and music fans in the Houston area fat and happy. The festival–held in Spring–has grown over the years, and kicks off two weekends of food and music tomorrow (Friday, 4.25.14). This year, the event runs 4.25-4.27 and 5.2-5.4.
For my money, it looks like next weekend is the best for music–The Suffers, The Tontons, Ben Kweller, Matt Ellis, and Heartless Bastards all perform on Saturday, 5.2.14–but other days of the festival also host a slew of musicians, including Folk Family Revival, Los Lonely Boys, Nick Greer and the G’s, Alejandro Escovedo, and the Charlie Daniels Band.
More information about the festival may be found on Rocks Off.
Here are some videos from some of the bands playing this year’s Texas Crawfish Music Festival:
Tickets to Friday’s kickoff are $10, and $13 online/$15 at the gate for the rest of the festival.
Come out and help the Houston music community raise money for BeTheMatch.org. Several Houston area bands are joining together for this cause, which is tomorrow night (Saturday, 3.22.14) at Fitzgerald’s.
The line-up includes:
Featherface as Big Star
New York City Queens as Tears For Fears
Rivers as White Stripes
Another Run as At The Drive In
BLSHS as La Roux
Carnival Talk as Air
Midnight Norma Lane as Smashing Pumpkins
The Beans as Nile Rodgers
Cover is $10, which will be matched by Pegstar and donated to BeTheMatch.org.