January 20th, 2012

The Look Ahead: Houston’s Future of Live Music

Well, well, well… Didn’t think we’d see another “The Look Ahead.” Thank goodness, though. Right?

The music scene is really picking up in this early part of 2012. We feel downright obligated to tell you about it. We wouldn’t want to be so excited about things without passing the word along to our readers. So here it goes.


The Mountain Goats w/ Nurses at Fitzgerald’s

Where: The Heights - Fitzgerald’s – Upstairs [2706 White Oak Dr., 77007]
When: Friday, January 20th | Doors at 7:00PM
How much: $18 General Admission
Scoop’d from: Paul

I was going to write about what to expect from this show, but this quote is too good to pass up:

“The title refers to an apocryphal tarot deck, though Darnielle explains that the album’s fascination with the occult originates in having run across the word ‘occult’ in a textbook in his nursing-student days. ”Occult’ just means ‘hidden’ or ‘not immediately obvious’ in medical terminology. There was a nursing directive to be aware of ‘occult blood.’ I thought it was the greatest thing I’d ever heard,’ he says.” - show promo


Burned Out: Chase Hamblin, The Sideshow Trams and Literary Greats at Fitzgerald’s

Where: The Heights - Fitzgerald’s – Upstairs [2706 White Oak Dr., 77007]
When: Saturday, January 21th | Doors at 8:00PM
How much: $5 General Admission
Scoop’d from: Paul

We got the lowdown on this show a few months ago. Unfortunately we’ve been sitting on it until now. The idea is that each of these three Houston icons take the stage with songs you’ve been burned out on for years (probably decades, in some cases). “Stayin’ Alive”, “Lola”, “Sympathy for the Devil”, “You Sexy Thing”, and “Kiss” are all on the set list. You can bet there’s going to be a lot more where that comes from too. We’re honestly hoping for a few songs that we’re not only burned out on, but have sworn off completely due to how terrible they are. Hopefully someone will cover Creed’s Human Clay in its entirety.


Awolnation w/ The Epilogues + The Last Place You Look at Warehouse Live

Where: Downtown — Warehouse Live [813 St. Emanuel St., 77003]
When: Tuesday, January 24th | Doors at 7:00PM; Show at 8:00PM
How much: $16 – $18 General Admission
Scoop’d from: Paul

Awolnation set the country on fire this year with the single “Sail” and following it up by touring constantly. They were one of the surprising “must sees” at Austin City Limits this year, and, man, are we glad we saw them. They’re high energy and completely thankful for the crowd. Perhaps its just a bit of being awestruck by the rise to fame, but we’ll be hoping for more of the same on Tuesday.


Cory Morrow at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Where: Upper Kirby — The Mucky Duck [2000 Lyons Ave., 77020]
When: Thursday, January 26th | Two shows: 7:00PM and 9:30PM
How much: $25 in Advance; $27 at the Door (find them at 7:00PM and 9:30PM)
Scoop’d from: Paul

Cory Morrow was one of the first artists that ever agreed to an interview with us. We couldn’t believe it at the time, but we’re really hoping it still holds weight when we walk up to the doors at the Mucky Duck on Thursday night and demand free tickets. Just kidding… maybe. He has an double engagement on Thursday night at 0wn of our favorite singer/song-writer spots in town.


The Features w/ The Live Lights + The Docs at Fitzgerald’s

Where: The Heights - Fitzgerald’s – Upstairs [2706 White Oak Dr., 77007]
When: Thursday, January 26th | Doors at 7:00PM
How much: $8 in Advance; $11 at the Door
Scoop’d from: Paul

I don’t know who first recommended I take a listen to The Features, but I may be forever in their debt. My obsession started with “Lions” and just spiraled out of control after that. Soon I was scooping up any album I could find. When you throw The Features on the stereo, they practically jump out of the speakers at you. There’s no telling what will happen when they’re two feet away. Plus, this show is downstairs, the action’s going to be right on top of you. If we need to make even more of a case to go to this show: we really need to take some better photos of The Live Lights.


Quiet Company w/ Electric Attitude + Young Girls at House of Blues

Where: Downtown – House of Blues [1204 Caroline St., 77002]
When: Friday, January 27th | Doors at 8:00PM
How much: $10 General Admission
Scoop’d from: Paul

Talk about striking while the iron’s hot… Quiet Company, coming off a fantastic show at Fitzgerald’s last Friday, will be at it again in, deepening their Houston roots. They’re bringing along a couple of our favorite local groups along for the ride as well. Still riding the high of their HP Music Award (and wriggling into our hearts), Electric Attitude will play the boys from Austin in. Also playing: Young Girls whom we wrote this about “the lo-fi, recorded-in-a-tin-can style is experiencing a revitalization, and Young Girls are doing it as well as any Houston band I’ve heard.” Yep, it’s going to be a good night.

— Paul


Katy W. — Friday, January 20, 2012 7:02 pm

The last time I saw Nurses, it was with Dominant Legs at Fitzgerald’s – and let me just say, what an amazing time I had! These guys really know how to engage an audience – and not with petty clap-your-hands-to-the-beat requests, but with the ethereal experience their music (and vocals) brings. Granted it was small, I imagine this one will be a bit bigger thanks to the headliner. But in all honesty, I couldn’t care less about seeing The Mountain Goats; Nurses are where it’s at.

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