January 30th, 2012

The Look Ahead (Live Music): Anthony Green, Mike Pinto, G. Love and Special Sauce, Bob Schneider, The Tontons, Buxton, Bangbangz

It’s going to be another wild week of music. Have you made your plans yet? Didn’t think so.

Take a look. Including a The Tontons tour kick-off and Buxton’s record release party, there are a bunch more options. G. Love and Special Sauce? Why, thank you very much, tour scheduler. Bob Scheiner? Already knew about it.


Anthony Green with The Dear Hunter at Warehouse Live

Where: Downtown — Warehouse Live [813 St. Emanuel St., 77003]
When: Tuesday, January 31st | Doors at 7:00PM; Show at 7:30PM
How much: $15 – $16 General Admission

We walked in a little late to capture photos, but early enough to really enjoy the set that The Dear Hunter had put together the last time they were in town. This time, they’ll be opening up for Anthony Green the man who usually leads Circa Survive.


Mike Pinto with Ugly Lion + Eagger + Idiginis

Where: The Heights - Fitzgerald’s – Upstairs [2706 White Oak Dr., 77007]
When: Wednesday, February 1st| Doors at 7:00PM
How much: $10 General Admission

“A friend with weed is a friend indeed.” I feel like that’s an adequate lead into how this show. The island vibe will be ever-present from start to finish when Mike Pinto is around. Dreams of the beach and coconut cocktails will be with you for the rest of the week. Also, you don’t want to miss the rest of the All-Texas line-up: Ugly Lion (Dallas), Eagger (Houston) and Idiginis (Houston). Check out “Tricky Nicky” for a taste.


Bob Schneider at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Where: Upper Kirby — The Mucky Duck [2000 Lyons Ave., 77020]
When: Thursday, February 2nd | Two shows: 7:00PM and 9:30PM
How much: $25 in Advance; $28 at the Door (find them at 7:00PM and 9:30PM)

I feel like it might be redundant to mention any Bob Schneider tour dates. A rabid Texas following usually beats us to the punch. There are probably 100 people in Houston that know his tour dates before Schneider signs the dotted line. In case you Schneidheads didn’t know, he’s got a double show at The Mucky Duck this week. Fight amongst yourselves for tickets.

G.Love and Special Sauce at House of Blues

Where: Downtown – House of Blues [1204 Caroline St., 77002]
When: Thursday, February 2nd | Doors at 7:00PM; Show at 8:00PM
How much: $15 to $25 General Admission

Richard got himself two tickets to this show to celebrate his birthday this year. There will most definitely be one Loopster in attendance to see the man from Philly with a west coast vibe take over the stage. We’ve been fans since the first time we heard “Rodeo Clowns” (the song that got Jack Johnson started). Expect that and a lot more on Thursday.


The Tontons (Tour Kickoff) with Wild Moccasins + A Sea Es at Fitzgerald’s

Where: The Heights - Fitzgerald’s – Upstairs [2706 White Oak Dr., 77007]
When: Friday, February 3rd | Doors at 8:00PM
How much: $8 in Advance; $10 at the Door

It’s another new beginning for The Tontons. On Saturday they’ll receive their hero-like send-off from Houston as they embark on a tour. Their travels will take them to the west coast and back through the midwest before they feel the comfort of home again. Join the rest of the crowd (and there will be a crowd) to see of one of Houston’s buzzing bands.


Bangbangz with Grrrl Parts + Hello Chief + New York City Queens at Fitzgerald’s (Downstairs)

Where: The Heights - Fitzgerald’s – Upstairs [2706 White Oak Dr., 77007]
When: Saturday, February 4th| Doors at 8:00PM
How much: Free for 21+ ($5 if Under the Age)

Bangbangz have been everywhere lately. You need a band that will be ready at a moments notice for a performance… make sure you have their number on speed dial. They are intent on crashing the Houston music scene party, but when it meets you with open arms, what does that mean? Two things you need to know: Free show(!) and high energy. Make it happen. Unless of course you want to travel upstairs for…


Buxton (Record Release) with Marmalakes + Featherface at Fitzgerald’s (Upstairs)

Where: The Heights - Fitzgerald’s – Upstairs [2706 White Oak Dr., 77007]
When: Saturday, February 4th| Doors at 8:00PM
How much: $8 General Admission

We just mentioned “buzzing bands” from Houston. Buxton takes the cake in that regard. Just a couple weeks ago, they found themselves pegged as a “band to watch” by Esquire. They’re showing a lot of promise and the new record Nothing Here Seems Strange (which you can stream at Paste Magazine) won’t disappoint fans both old and new. See what I mean? Two national mag mentions equals buzz.

— Paul


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