Alex Dezen (The Damnwells) is currently on tour with Salim Nourallah and Billy Harvey and plays in Houston tonight (Tuesday, 5.27.14) at the Mucky Duck. Dezen recently released the second in a series of EPs he’s calling The Bedhead EPs. You can download them from the usual online outlets or at thedamnwells.bandcamp.com.
Here’s a recent video:
More information on Dezen and The Damnwells may be found on Facebook.
Local DJ collective A Fistful of Soul has been educating Houston crowds for more than half a decade. Playing 45s of old soul and R&B songs–some of which you may know, many you will not–A Fistful of Soul knows the perfect soundtrack for nearly any occasion, and this year kicks off the second day of Free Press Summer Festival with a set on the Mercury stage. I have always enjoyed the morning DJ sets that begin each day at past Summer Fests, and this year promises much of the same.
Last year, Houston Press asked the guys for their “top 25 solid gold tracks,” which you can read about here.
A Fistful of Soul plays the third Friday of each month at The Big Top Lounge and performs at the 2014 Free Press Summer Festival this Sunday, June 1st, on the Mercury Stage at 11:10am.
Local musician Lee Alexander draws inspiration from his day job as a teacher for his latest album, Children Of All Ages, and celebrates its release today (Saturday, 5.24.14) with a free in-store performance at 11am at Cactus Music. Alexander promises a lot of fun for kids and adult alike (including a coloring book, popcorn, punch, maracas–and maybe a magician) and his goal for the new album was to make sure that both parents and children would enjoy the songs (a tough feat, to which any parent can attest).
You may recall that Alexander was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, won the “Best Male Vocalist” award in the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards, and was a semi-finalist in the “Songwars” songwriting contest, among other things. He’s been writing and performing songs in the area for more than 10 years. Local writer Jef With One F (Houston Press) wrote an article on Alexander’s early work on the album in 2010, which you can read here, and has updated information on Alexander’s latest effort here.
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.