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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


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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John Evans plays free in-store show at Cactus Music this Saturday to promote Polyester

May 19th, 2016 · No Comments

Photo: Brandon Holley

John Evans recently released Polyester, his first in six years, via Houston’s Splice Records. Evans is playing a series of free in-store record store sets, which brings him back to Houston this Saturday (5.21.16) to perform songs from the album at Cactus Music.

The show starts at 1pm, and copies of Polyester will be available.

Evans’ has been a long-time favorite of Houstonians, earning eight straight years of Houston Press Music Awards (including six-time Best Male Vocalist, four-time Best Songwriter, two-time Musician of the Year, and Best Roots Rock Band) before his move to Austin a few years ago.

Here are some videos from Evans, including “Butterfly Girl,” which is also the title of a documentary film about his daughter, Abbie, who passed away from a rare skin disease in 2013, and was the inspiration for Polyester. You can read more in the Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Free Press Houston, and Houstonia.

More information about Evans may be found at www.johnevansband.com.

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Josh Rouse, Arthur Yoria play House Of Blues on Monday, 5.16.16

May 15th, 2016 · No Comments

I can’t recall when musician Josh Rouse last played Houston, but he’ll be here tomorrow night (Monday, 5.16.16) at the House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room. Arthur Yoria–whose latest video for “Ruff Life” is garnering attention–opens the show.

Tickets to the show, which starts at 6:30pm, are available from Live Nation.

Here is a video of a full show from 2013:

Watch Arthur Yoria’s video for “Ruff Life” below:

Visit Josh Rouse online at www.joshrouse.com. Arthur Yoria’s music may be found at www.arthuryoria.com.

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The Linus Pauling Quartet celebrates digital release of Ampalanche, plays free in-store at Cactus today

April 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

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One of Houston’s most interesting bands, The Linus Pauling Quartet, celebrates the digital release of its latest album, Ampalanche, with a free in-store performance today (Saturday, 4.23.16) at Cactus Music at 3pm.

Ampalanche will be available online via iTunes, emusic, Amazon, Spotify, and Bandcamp. The vinyl version is available via the Vincebus Eruptum label.

More information on The Linus Pauling Quartet may be found at www.worshipguitars.org/LP4.

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