February 13th, 2012

The Look Ahead (Live Music): Polyphonic Spree, Yelawolf, Los Campesinos!, Poor Pilate, John Egan and Battle of the Bands

As we get geared up for SXSW, our attention gets focused on the music. There’s going to be a ton on hand in the coming weeks. No better way to get yourself prepared than by getting your butt in a seat today. Our local acts are chomping at the bit to be noticed. Do the right thing. Notice them.

For instance… on Saturday Fitzgerald’s hosts Handsome Ransom, Rivers, Pleasure Shapes, and Future Blondes (all from Houston) along with St 37 and Mellow Riot for the low, low price of free or five bucks. Or maybe you need to be at Fitz the day after Valentine’s for Don’t Poke the Bear, PJ Bond, Prairie Cadets and Blackie Dammett for the same kind of deal.

Here’s more where that came from…

Polyphonic Spree w/ New Fumes at Fitzgerald’s

Where: The Heights - Fitzgerald’s – Upstairs [2706 White Oak Dr., 77007]
When: Tuesday, February 14th| Doors at 8:00PM
How much: $16 General Admission

Don’t forget it’s Valentine’s Day. Seriously, dudes… The dudettes want you to remember such matters. It doesn’t get more bubbly and happy and feel-good than Polyphonic Spree. You’ll find yourself in a sea of daffodils even if you don’t have the bank account to fly your loved one to such a destination.

Yelawolf at Warehouse Live

Where: Downtown — Warehouse Live [813 St. Emanuel St., 77003]
When: Wednesday, February 15th | Doors at 8:00PM; Show at 9:00PM
How much: $18 – $23 General Admission

From his Yelawolf’s bio page: “Though he’s been releasing material since the early 2000’s, Radioactive qualifies as Yelawolf’s official “debut.” Unlike his prior efforts that were recorded in basements and garages, only to be appreciated by his first core of loyal fans, this album was captured amidst rigorous touring, growing anticipation and now, expectation. If his ability to survive the last ten years are any indication, Wolf will rise to the occasion and beyond.”

Los Campesinos! w/ Parenthetical Girls at Fitzgerald’s

Where: The Heights - Fitzgerald’s – Upstairs [2706 White Oak Dr., 77007]
When: Thursday, February 16th| Doors at 7:00PM
How much: $12 in Advance; $15 at the Door

Los Campesinos! have one of those sounds that create a divide. You either love them or you can’t stand them. This creates something of a cult following for the band from Wales. Barely a year after their third album, Romance is Boring (eponymous single above), they released Hello Sadness at the tail-end of 2011 which they will be touring through Houston to promote. You fans out there know who you are, and you won’t be missing this show.

Poor Pilate w/ T Bird and The Breaks + Blackie Dammett at Warehouse Live

Where: Downtown — Warehouse Live [813 St. Emanuel St., 77003]
When: Friday, February 17th | Doors at 8:00PM; Show at 9:00PM
How much: $7 General Admission

It doesn’t take much to win us over, but Poor Pilate sent us straight to the interwebz to download their self-titled first album when we saw them last month. The Houston band will no doubt continue to win over new fans this week when they take over the Warehouse Live studio. With only a $7 cover, you’re best bet is shilling out the eight bucks for the album before hand to get acquainted. Beware, they have the 10:00PM slot. Don’t show up too late.

John Egan at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Where: Upper Kirby — The Mucky Duck [2000 Lyons Ave., 77020]
When: Sunday, February 19th | 6:00PM
How much: $15 in Advance; $16 at the Door

We haven’t seen Mr. Egan since spending some time at Under the Volcano on random Wednesday nights. We bought the live recording of one of those sessions at Cactus Music. Luckily there’s good news on his next studio effort: “John Egan will release his new album “Phantoms” on January 31st, 2012. It consists of 9 new recordings that feature his haunting blues sound and dynamic guitar playing. Recorded at Sugarhill Studios by Grammy winner Steve Christensen, the resulting album is a bold statement and not to be missed.”

Gorilla Music Battle of the Bands Final at Fitzgerald’s

Where: The Heights - Fitzgerald’s – Upstairs [2706 White Oak Dr., 77007]
When: Sunday, February 19th | Doors at 3:30PM
How much: $9 in Advance; $10 at the Door

Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition. Honestly, unfriendly competition is as good if you’re on the outside looking in. The doors open early, and you’ll want to be there to participate in the madness. Don’t blow an eardrum out there, but do. You know what I mean…

— Paul

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