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Friday, November 14, 2024

The Music Crumudgeon's preview for the Week of November 14, 2024

posted by Ramon Medina - LP4 @ 12:01 AM

This Week's Spotlight is on...
Noise and Smoke II!

Saturday, November 15
Noise and Smoke Festival 2024, featuring
Teenage Kicks, B L A C K I E, Cop Warmth, The Takes, Patsy, Vincent Trails, El Desmadre, Mydolls, Balaclavas, Homopolice, & The Born Liars
@ Notsuoh/Dean's Credit Clothing

Wow this is hand down this week's big show. A while back Noise and Smoke #1 was just incredible and a hella lot of fun. The thing was that two nights left everyone pretty beat so this time around the folks putting this together put it all in one night by booking it at Dean's and Notsuoh. Hey they're next door to each other; how smart is that? So get ready to Ping Pong between venues and catch some great bands. Hell a reunion of the seminal Houston Mydolls alone is worth the price of admission. The rest of the line-up reads like a who's who of awesome local bands with a few San Antonio favorites thrown in for added ass whoopitude. Plus, look, Notsuoh may be closing soon so this would be a perfect time to go so you can then say "Ahh yes, Notsuoh! Man that place was cool too bad you missed out!"


Friday, November 14th

The Scrips, Something Fierce
@ Fitzgerald's

Generally speaking I can't get into most of what gets booked ta Fitz. That's no dis against the venue, especially as it's really gotten nicer over the years, but simply acknowledging the fact that their booker's taste and my tastes are quite different. Given my endless admiration for Something Fierce and the endlessly good garagey soul of LA's Scrips it looks like this is one show where our tastes seem to agree.

Forsa Pink's Almost Famous Fashion Show,
featuring Glasnost, The Tontons, SerJ, & Grrrl Parts
@ The Mink

The always phenomenal Tontons are playing - need I say more?

Bigfoot and the Bear, Broman, Tiziano Dominico, Steve Eck, Cory Derden, Baby Hurricane, Airon Paul Dugas
@ Stitched Tire House (1506 Caywood Ln.; 7PM, BYOB)
Wooo! It's a Hootenanny!

The Invincible Czars
@ Rudyard's

Austin's Invincible Czars rock and roll take on The Nutcracker is pretty amusing stuff. Not sure what they have planned for this show but it should be a lot of fun.

Saturday, November 15

Woozyhelmet (CD release), The Jonx, The Wild Moccasins
@ ArtStorm (Caroline Collective; 6:30PM, all ages free)
Man, this is going to kick ass. Why the hell is everything crammed on the same day? Woozyhelmet has a new album (we're psyched!!!) and if you've not seen them live they are a blast. Toss in the muscular punky-prog of the Jonx and the high energy party time Wild Moccasins and you have a sure-fire hit.

Nameless Sound Presents: The Thing
(Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Paal Nilssen-Love)
@ Christ Church Cathedral (1117 Texas)
$13 / students $10 / under 18 free
Man I love Mats Gustaffsson's playing from loud and skronky to soft and nuanced his shows are always brilliant. If you love Free Jazz and want to see three guys rip some skulls live this is your show. I just wish they'd have picked another day because it's ridiculous how many great shows you have to choose from this night.

Two Star Symphony, listenlisten, Golden Arm Trio
@ Rudyard's

See this is what I mean? Why is there all this cool shit going down in Saturday. Two Star are some of the brightest spots in the Houston sky, listenlisten's folk has been raising quite a folky stir around town, and Austin's GAT are no slouchers either.

Ray Wylie Hubbard
@ McGonigel's Mucky Duck
Hubbard most famously wrote Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother. Check him yack it up about the song on this youtube clip; it's horribly endearing (link).

Local Artist Showcase, featuring
Studemont Project, Magnetic, Electric Attitude, Hueman, & Desmond Zavala

@ House of Blues
Well good for the HOB for featuring some local bands.

Drew Smith's Lonely Choir (1:30PM)

Johnny Falstaff (4PM)
@ Cactus Music
Free Free Free! Yes! Cactus Rules!

Secret Saturday Show

@ The Shady Tavern
The always tight lipped SSS is a perfect way to spend this Saturday afternoon.

Miguel Zenon Quartet
@ Cullen Theater
Oh sure Mr. Genius here with is McArthur grant. OK, I kid. Zenon plays some pretty cool jazz that's goin' pretty well with my late night mental state.

Sunday, November 16

DJ Melodic Benefit
DJ SUN, DJ Chicken George and Nick Cooper
@ Block21 (2420 Washington Ave.)
EARLY SHOW!!! 1-4PM Tickets $10,
Raffle Tickets $5 each or 5 for $20.
If you listen to KPFT's Soular Grooves I'm sure you are familiar with the work of Ben "Paco" Jennings AKA DJ Melodic. Sadly, earlier this month, he suffered a cardiac arrest - shocking news especially given how young the fellow is. The good news is he recently came out of his coma. Unfortunately, there is the matter of the medical bills. Thankfully, some of his friends are putting together this benefit to help him and his family out. We want to extend our best wishes and sympathy to him and family and hope to hear him back on the air and around town soon. Try to make it out for this one but, if you can't make it, know that you can chip-in by making a contribution on line at

@ McGonigel's Mucky Duck
Hey what do you do if you are a Bluegrass Camp counselor? Why start a Bluegrass band. And that's what the young whippersnappers in Anchorage, Alaska's Bearfoot did. Nice stuff really.

Teens For Teens Charity Rock Concert,
featuring n
@ Verizon Wireless Theater

From the TFT website: "The concert will feature the Austin rave band, nelo. It will benefit teenagers impacted by the horrors of Hurricane Ike and the teens at Camp For All who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses and special needs."

White Album for Purple Songs
Benefit for Purple Songs Can Fly Project

featuring Love Street Light Circus
@ Rice Hotel (Crystal Ballroom)

From the LSLC website: "Enjoy open bar drinks, unique auction items and delicious appetizers and Savoy Truffles from some of Houston’s top restaurants as The Houston Symphony Orchestra’s Brett Mitchell serves as Master of Ceremonies of this ...Gala Evening celebrating the music of The Beatles and the magic of giving to children in need. Created to support the Purple Songs Can Fly Project at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, the evening will honor special guests Mayor Bill White and artist David Adickes and showcase the art of Don Bertram’s Celebrate Imagination. See...bands come together to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Beatles’ White Album, performing it live on stage, in its entirety, accompanied by a live orchestra."

@ Minute Maid Park

Celbrate Madonna's 50th birthday (well 50 and 1/4 to be exact).

Monday, November 17

The McKenzies, The Gold Sounds
@ Boondocks
Double your ass whoopin' power with two of Houston's finest. The Mckenzies do that light nimble pop that you can't help but love and Gold Sounds is no less melodic and hook riddled but they do it with a bit of havy lifting muscle; check out "Two Ways" on their my space - freaking brilliant!

Tuesday, November 18

Dragonforce, Turisas, Powerglove
@ House of Blues
Lets face it Dragonforce can't write a good song to save their lives but lucky for them they are so over the top that moments like the classic guitar duel at 3:21 in this song (link) makes the rest of the crappy song almost forgivable.

Black Sheep, Nice & Smooth, Orgone, J. Period
@ Warehouse Live (free!)
One sheep, two sheep, free sheep - Well free is you RSVP here is my undersatnding (Link)

Dave Alvin
@ McGonigel's Mucky Duck

The younger Alvin of The Blasters (not to mention stints in X, The Flesheaters, and the Gun Club) hits the Duck.

@ Toyota Center
I like a few Coldplay songs...I'm not proud of it.

Da Camera of Houston
Hommage à Max Ernst: A Musical Collage
@ The Menil Collection

Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg tossed this little program of Satie, Schumann, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Puolenc, Antheil , and Cage insipred by Menil's Max Ernst exhibition. Neat.

Wednesday, November 19

Danielson, Cryptacize, The Mathletes
@ Walter's on Washington

Ha! So here I am listening to Danielson and thinking man this should be paired with The Mathletes and, sure enough,...ding...they are! OH OH and NAP did a nice interview with Cryptacize this week (check it).

Method Man, Redman, Termanology
@ House of Blues
I'm sure by now How High is seen as an American cinematc masterpiece on par with Citizen Kane.

Flosstradamus, Le Boom
@ Numbers
Take two DJ's from Chicago with a terrible name like Flosstradomus and the result is a whole lotta booty shakin sillyness

Thursday, November 20

Mad Happy, Tha Fucking Transmissions
@ Boondocks

I make no bones about the fact that I about as un Hip-hop as they come so I hope that the fact that I think Tha Fucking Transmissions are a phenomenal live band doesn't hurt their street cred.

Augustina, Tody Castillo, Antarctica Starts Here
@ Walter's On Washington
I can't say I really dig the headliner here but the local openers are pretty rock solid Americana and shoegaze.

The Black Crowes, Buffalo Killers
@ House of Blues
OK so I have to admit a soft spot for Atlanta's resident stoners.

Metallica, The Sword, Down
@ Toyota Center

OK so yeah Metallica hasn't really made me make a Dio Metal sign since "...And Justice for All" but they do have that elder statesman of Metal thing going. The Sword, on the other hand do get the Dio sign in spades.


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