October 26th, 2011
Just Up, Just Out and Just Missed (Music)
Hello, again. It’s that time of the month when we try something new. We’ll compile for you some of the things you need to keep an eye out for (Just Up), that which has already happened (Just Out) and news we wish we had covered (Just Missed). We’ll sort it out and spit it back at you.
Just Up: A Few Concerts You Won’t Want to Miss
Ghostland Observatory w/ Ceeplus Bad Knives & PRKL8R
Warehouse Live — Thursday and Friday, October 27th and 28th
Back again for the Halloween weekend, the Austin duo will take over the stage at Warehouse Live on back-to-back nights. The electronica with accompanying light show and costumed audience should provide enough entertainment to last you another year.
Thursday $25 Tickets; Friday Tickets (sold out)
The Wombats w/ The Postelles & The Static Jacks
Fitzgerald’s — Saturday, October 29th
Liverpool stages an invasion of Houston in a few days. The Wombats have grown up over four years, the span between their two albums. I happen to prefer the youthful exuberance of A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation over the newest effort. If you were around for the White Lies (whose music The Wombats The Modern Glitch seems to gravitates toward) you’ll enjoy this one.
Boots Electric w/ Fiskadoro
Fitzgerald’s — Sunday, October 30th
Eagles of Death Metal are one of those fun, niche bands that I adore. Having not heard about Boots Electric before seeing this tour date, I’m willing to go out on the limb to say the front man for EoDM, Jesse Hughes, will be worth seeing on Sunday night. The guy just seems crazy. A great kind of crazy.
Mates of State w/ The Generationals
Fitzgerald’s — Friday, November 4th
Friends turned groupies pretty quickly the last time the Generationals rolled through town. Their light-as-helium tunes were infectious and nearly stole the show from the headliner. That might not happen with a band with a legion of ensconced fans like Mates of State, but don’t count it out. This is one of the best one-two punches I’ve seen on the upcoming calendar in a long time.
The Ugly Beats w/ The Woggles
Continental Club — Friday, November 11th
The hollow sound of 60s garage rock gets the full treatment by The Ugly Beats. Out of Austin, the band is sure to provide as energetic a show as can be had at Continental Club. Beware of the organ blasts and jangling guitars. They’re going to make you move.
Devin the Dude w/ Paul Wall
Warehouse Live — Wenesday, November 23rd
We smelled Devin the Dude take the stage before we ever laid eyes on him at the 2009 Summer Fest. They’ll probably be a lot of the same when he hits Warehouse Live with Paul Wall. The two Houston hip hop icons will take over downtown in late November.
Just Out: The Concerts We Covered
Judas Priest at the Woodlands Pavilion
I said it once, I’ll say it again. Alexander learned the rest of our staff about how to shoot a concert. Heavy Metal isn’t dead… It’s just a little older than it used to be, but they sure remember how to put on a show.
Liam Finn at Warehouse Live
Not too many people showed up for the Kiwi’s performance at Warehouse Live, but that didn’t dampen his spirits. Liam Finn left it all out on the stage for the small crowd. Hopefully the word-of-mouth campaign gains some momentum before his next North American tour.
Cowboy Mouth and Candlebox at Warehouse Live
It was an odd pairing, but definitely worked well. Cowboy Mouth and Candlebox made their names back in the 90s, but their still going strong. CM prefers, actually they demand that you partake in their on-stage party. And Candlebox reminds us they weren’t just one-hit wonders.
Toro y Moi at Fitzgerald’s
They skipped town before SXSW earlier in the year, but the danceathon was worth the wait. Chillwave is apparently a thing and it won’t be going away anytime soon as long as Toro y Moi have a keyboard in front of them.
Houston Press BestFest 2011
Alexander thought the crowd of BestFest deserved a little more bang for their buck than what was offered by the headliners, Cake. Even Hayes Carll, who is one of his favorites, was less than exciting. I guess you can’t win all of ‘em over all the time.
Just Missed: Did We Mention…?
The Black Keys new single “Lonely Boy“
Yeah, I couldn’t be more excited for this album. My calendar is marked, The Black Keys. Say no more.
Wild Child debuts “Pillow Talk”
Skip to the 5:30 mark for a taste of the first album by the Austin duo, Wild Child, Pillow Talk. Not exactly what you would expect from a band with that name, but it’s coming together quite nicely. I’ve been streaming the new album which came out yesterday, October 25th. It’s folky. It’s light. It’s just what my doctor ordered. Hopefully, he also orders a Houston tour date and a full album review soon.
White Denim and Manchester Orchestra at Warehouse Live
Many apologies for missing a write-up of this amazing show. I walked into it as “kind of a fan” of Manchester Orchestra and now pledge a strong fandom of White Denim. The group out of Austin blew me away. After checking them out, their live show and studio recordings couldn’t seem more different. Filled with extended jams of each song while on stage, they won my heart.
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