Glamorous Glue: The Best of The WeekMorrissey. Photo: Jason Jordan
This week brings in an appearance by English legend Morrissey alongside sets from acts like Killswitch Engage, Madeon and Loudon Wainwright III while a slew of locals, including 30 Foot Fall and Fox Parlor, help fill in the gaps. Houston, here’s how to plan the next seven days.
On Wednesday you can begin at Station Museum of Contemporary Art for the Station Sound Series. This edition headlined by Houston’s Colin Hedrick of Splendid Emblem will also feature performances from Edison Carhuaricra of Peru’s Colores En Espiral, Megan Easley and more. There’s more information here for the all ages event that has doors at 6:30 pm and it’s 100% FREE.
If that’s not your thing then you can head upstairs at White Oak Music Hall when indie pop duo and married couple Tennis bring their infectious sounds to town. Originally from Colorado, these two make songs that are hard not to like and their latest release Yours Conditionally is almost like modern day ABBA. The indie pop rock of Kansas City’s The Greeting Committee will be on as direct support and openers for the all ages show with doors at 7 pm and tickets between $13 and $17.
Ku Egenti. Photo: Daniel Paniagua
At Improv you can get your laugh on with your “favorite African” when Ku Egenti swings by to headline the famed club. Ku is pretty much the American dream, his jokes are always on point, and the fact that this is his first headlining gig at the club and his DVD taping, means that it will more than likely be packed. Roxxy Haze, Tressa Eleby, Stacy Anderson, and more will all be there as well for the 18 & up show with doors at 7 pm and tickets for $15.
Over at Nightingale Room you can enjoy the indie rock of Houston’s VODI. Like a mix of REO Speedwagon and War On Drugs, their live shows are more intense than their recorded music, and their last single “Talk” is hard not to love. Houston’s Whit will be on hand as direct support and opener for the 21 & up show with doors at 7 pm and it’s 100% FREE.
Thursday you should head to Mucky Duck to catch the always rousing sounds of NOLA’s Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue. Known for an eclectic dynamic and intense live show, this five-piece makes country songs that remind you of the past without sounding dated, and their last release, Last To Leave, is pretty grand. The 21 & up show has doors at 7 pm and tickets between $20 and $22.
Nightingale Room will have the pop punk of Houston’s 30 Foot Fall over to more than likely pack the house. While they haven’t dropped new music since Acme 143 twenty years ago, these guys are always worth catching live. The 21 & up show has doors at 7 pm and a $5 cover.
El Lago. Photo: Jordan Asinas
Rudyard’s will host the spacey indie rock of Houston-Galveston four-piece El Lago. Mixing a multitude of pedals with sincere hooks and melodies, the single “Tell Me How It Ends” is great although it doesn’t do their live show justice. Austin’s Jonathan Terrell will hop on as direct support while the rockin’s sounds of Californian-turned-Austinite Elijah Ford will open the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and a $7 cover.
Friday you could get your laughs in with Sebastian Maniscalco over at Revention Center. The comic from the Chicago area is always pretty hilarious, and his 2015 album Aren’t You Embarrassed? is solid. While there’s no mention of host or feature acts, the all ages show with doors at 6 pm has tickets between $43 and $253, the latter being a VIP option with meet and greet, photo, signed DVD and more.
Out in the Woodlands at the Big Barn at Dosey Doe you can catch the always entertaining sounds of Loudon Wainwright III. Author, humorist, and a heck of musician, this guy knows how to capture your emotions at his shows and his latest single “I Had A Dream (30 Days, 30 Songs Live)” is a trip. The all ages show has doors at 6 pm with dinner included in your ticket priced between $68 and $108.
Morrissey. Photo: Jason Jordan
I’d guess that most of you were planning to be on the lawn at White Oak Music Hall for the legendary sounds of Morrissey, though the show has now been moved to Smart Financial Centre in Sugarland. While Moz lead iconic group The Smiths and has had a storied solo career, the fact that he’s eluded Houston stages for several attempts might have some gun shy. However since you can’t really stream his latest release World Peace Is None Of Your Business, he should make his appearance known at this show with a deep set list. All of your favorites like “First of The Gang To Die,” “The Last of the Famous International Playboys,” and more will likely find their way onto the set list mixed with newer songs as well. No matter what, if you’ve held out on catching Morrissey, you should make it out for the all ages show with doors at 7 pm and tickets between $49.50 and $124.50, and tickets purchased from White Oak will be honored as well.
The Secret Group will host the indie folk pop of Austin duo The Wind+The Wave. Here in support of last year’s Happiness Is Not A Place and this year’s subsequent acoustic version, these two are known for infectious songs and a fun show. The sultry voiced sounds of Portland’s Haley Johnsen will be on as direct support with Alabama’s Allison Pierce on as opener for the all ages show with doors at 8 pm and tickets for $12.
Rockefeller’s will bring the punk sounds of Houston’s Blueprint back for what looks like a one-off appearance. Blueprint was on track to get big 20 years ago, and while they didn’t exactly make it, they always had amazing live shows full of energy. Houston’s The Tie That Binds will be on as direct support with the ska punk of The Inverters on beforehand. Narrow Head will open up the 21 & up show with doors at 8 pm and tickets for $10.
Over at Satellite Bar the Final Girthday Extravaganza birthday for Ryan Girth will take place. Of course, the Bury The Crown and Patterns member will host some killer sets from The Velostacks, Op Ivy cover band Junkies Running Dry, Los de Verdad, and Patterns. The all ages affair gets going with an opening set from Revels with doors at 8 pm and a $12 cover.
Madeon. Photo: Paradigm Agency
You can get your dance on when French producer Madeon swings by Stereo Live to drop a DJ set of his extremely popular brand of nu disco. After catching this guy go off at Day For Night, I can say that he’s definitely an act you should check out. With dance heavy jams like last year’s “Shelter” and his fun 2015 album Adventure, he’s a good guy to get down to. The 18 & up show has doors at 9 pm and tickets between $20 and $25.
On Saturday you should head to Discovery Green for the annual SpringWorld International Festival. The diverse and eclectic performances, the food, and the fun are all a part of this event that showcases cultures around the globe while benefitting local youth programs in Houston schools. The all ages and family friendly event gets going around 10 am and it’s 100% FREE.
The Mowgli’s. Photo: Paradigm Agency
Later on in the ballroom at Warehouse Live you can get your pop rock fix when Arizona’s The Maine swing by. Here in support of their latest release American Candy, the five-piece known for heavy hooks and should bring a fun and energetic set. The indie pop of LA six-piece The Mowgli’s will be on as direct support while the indie pop jams of Beach Weather will open the all ages show with doors at 6:30 pm with tickets between $22 and $25.
The Secret Group will help you get some money together for Planned Parenthood when the Dead Dialect Podcast presents the Friends with Benefits show. Featuring a slew of artists, the show will see a headlining set from Second Lovers. There’s also sets from Whit, Handsomebeast, Whale Bones, Mark Drew, Bernie Pink, and Sherita Perez. The 18 & up show with doors at 7 pm will get opened by Vaudevillian and the tickets are between $8 and $10.
Jonathan Toubin. Photo: Alexander Thompson
Walter’s will host a barn burner when famed DJ Jonathan Toubin brings his Soul Clap set and Dance Off to the venue. Toubin has been featured in Spin, Rolling Stone, Vice, and basically every music publication due to his impressive skills. And as the show itself turns 10 years old, he’s taking it on the road away from his home in NYC. This will be an event you don’t want to miss. This show is the most popular dance party in the US and he’s also the first DJ to get a 7” through cassette label Burger Records. There’s also a dance contest following Toubin’s set with a cash prize of $100 judged by a pretty stellar panel of judges. Vockah Redu, legendary artist Archie Bell, Zahira Gutierrez of Wild Moccasins, Darenda Weaver of Here Come The Girls, and Brad Moore owner of Grand Prize and Big Star will all judge as A Fistful of Soul’s Alex Larotta spins jams to dance to. Grab your dancing shoes for the all ages event with doors at 8 pm and tickets between $8 and $10.
Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall you can catch the grimy blues rock of Houston’s Fox Parlor. These guys write catchy songs, their shows are full of energy, and their release Hell or High Water sticks with you. The blues heavy guitar of Clay Melton will be on as direct support and Houston’s Alex Riddle will go on prior. The all ages show has doors at 8 pm and it’s 100% FREE.
Purple Bastard. Photo: Mes Sina
Over at Satellite Bar you can get all the hip hop vibes when Fullmetal drops a set for his latest release For 3. You might not know this guy, but he can spit and with singles like “Nothing Like It,” he’s a guy you need to see live. The trippy sounds of Space Villains* will be on as well as a set from Arkansas’ Big Piph. Purple Bastard will bring his sick instrumental hip hop on as well as Mark Drew and DJ Discipline. The all ages show has doors at 8 pm and tickets between $7 for 21 & up or $10 for minors.
Rudyard’s will have the seventies rock inspired doom metal of Houston’s Blues Funeral. I caught these guys a couple of weeks ago and I was impressed. They mix in psych elements all over their album, The Search and they’re impressive live. The metal sounds of Houston’s The Scourge will also be on and the grimy metal of Metalloyd will open the 21 & up show with doors at 9 pm and an $8 cover.
On Sunday you should swing by Insomnia for the Total F*cking Blasphemy Art Show. The show, will feature art from the likes of Sawblade, Brandon Bowers, Diablo Macabre and many many more. Evil art, dark art, and things that aren’t for the little ones will all be on display at the all ages event with brews and food with more information here. Things get going around 6 pm and it’s 100% FREE.
Anthrax. Photo: Jimmy Hubbard/Herfitz PR
Monday at House of Blues you could get all of the metal you’ll need Killswitch Engage and Anthrax co-headline a show that should be brutal. Killswitch Engage will be here supporting 2015’s Incarnate while Anthrax will bring their old school sounds back supporting For All Kings from last year. The Devil Wears Prada will also be on hand while the all ages show will get opened up by the insane metalcore of Pittsburgh’s Code Orange. The doors are at 6 pm and tickets are between $35 and $59.
Downstairs at White Oak Music Hall you can get all of the feels when second wave emo act Bayside swings by. The New York group has been going strong for a good while and their latest release Vacancy is pretty solid. Say Anything will be on as direct support while the silliness of Reggie and the Full Effect will open the all ages show with doors at 6:30 pm and tickets between $21 and $25.
Walter’s will have the weirdo comedy of Baltimore’s Wham City collective over to perform. This group of performers make stuff for Adult Swim and they have their own show on IFC. It’s bizarre but hilarious, and the tour should be a real trip. The out of the ordinary and all ages show has doors at 8 pm, and tickets for $10.
Tuesday at Rudyard’s, you can join in on the fun of Bootown’s Grownup Storytime. The popular show that features funny people reading funnier stories, has become a go to spot for anyone visiting Houston, and it’s always a great time no matter what. The 21 & up shows have doors at either 8 pm or 10 pm, both with $5 cover charges.
That’s about all that’s happening around the city this week. No matter what you decide to do, remember that acting like an idiot and not getting home safely does no one else any good. Be responsible and know that a safe ride home is just an app away.