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Weird Circles: The Best of The Week

Weird Circles: The Best of The Week
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Well, last week felt like a doozy full of great laughs, great out of town bands, and plenty of local goodness.  This week should be prefaced by the fact that one of Houston’s music pioneers, Pam Robinson lost her battle with cancer.  I don’t think there are enough words to express how integral she was for the Houston music scene.  Silky’s, Fat Cats, Mary Jane’s and Walter’s were all her clubs, and her efforts to support the work of people like Hands Up Houston, Pegstar, and other independent bookers paved the way for what our music landscape looks like today.  I’m 100% certain, that we couldn’t and wouldn’t have the ability to host multiple festivals, or have as strong of a lineup of talented musicians here without all she did for our city.  She will definitely be missed and her hard work will always be a part of Houston’s thriving scene.

Well,  it’s Halloween week which means that amateur alcoholics might run someone you love over.  While we all hope that no one we care about gets hurt, there’s still plenty to do not just on Halloween, but the rest of the week as well.  Here’s where the money you would spend on trick or treater’s candy could also be spent.


Wednesday starts off with a pretty strong show, when Fitzgerald’s hosts Oklahoma’s BRONCHO.  So, this pop rock four piece has been blowing up lately, and they’ve made their way on to most critics “bands to watch” lists.  They’ll be playing tunes from their latest, this year’s “Just Enough Hip To Be Woman.”  The album really reminds me of what would happen if The Cars and Cheap Trick formed a supergroup, and should be a treat to hear live.  They’ll be bringing Tulsa’s Low Litas with them as direct support.  Low Litas kind of sound like what a trippy psych three piece with a female sing sounds like.  But to put it in layman’s terms, they remind me a lot of Britpop nineties act Lush.  A band who I could find zero information on, CactusCats is opening the all ages show with doors at 7:00 and tickets between $10.00 and $15.00.


Over at Continental Club, one of the pioneers of alt country music, Jay Farrar will be performing a solo set.  Farrar was in the legendary group Uncle Tupelo alongside now Wilco frontman, Jeff Tweedy.  Tupelo made many amazing albums, and they paid tribute to Texas when they recorded at Cedar Creek in Austin, and enlisted Texas legend Sir Doug Sahm on a song as well.  Post Uncle Tupelo, Farrar lead and still leads Son Volt, who have dropped such amazing albums as their debut “Trace,” and their most recent “Honky Tonk.”  They also recorded here in Houston at SugarHill.  He’ll perform songs from his extensive catalog as well as those from his latest, 2024’s “Terroir Blues: The Dogtown Sessions.”  So, some of these dates have him paired with Gary Hunt, though this might not be one of those.  Either way, Farrar is a true legend and a real badass, and someone everyone should see at least once.  Houston’s multi talented Chase Hamblin will open the show with a solo acoustic set.  I’ve raved about Hamblin in the past, and if you weren’t aware, he’s one of Houston’s best and most overlooked artists.  The doors are at 8:00 and the tickets are $20.00.  Sorry kids, but this is a 21 & up show.


The first of two nights, Dave Mason will be performing out in the woodlands at Dosey Doe’s Big Barn.  These shows fall under the moniker Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam.  Mason is in the rock n’ roll hall of fame, he’s performed with Traffic and Fleetwood Mac, and he’s performed on platinum albums.  This is basically Mason performing all of his hits, and if you’re a fan; then you should make it out for this or the next night’s shows.  Mason is definitely a legend, and scientifically, he might not be around much longer.  Wednesday’s show is 8:00 and includes dinner that is served between 5:30 and 7:00.  The tickets range between $78.00 and $118.00, and there’s a VIP option that runs $125.00 a person.  The VIP details are here.


If you’re up for a laugh, then the guys at Hans Bier Haus, which is a fancy way of saying bar; will be hosting The Uncle Fest Tour with Brandie Posey & John Michael Bond.  Posey is kind of everywhere, she hosts the “Lady To Lady” podcast, she’s performed on San Francisco Sketchfest, and she appeared on the “Holy Fuck!” album.  John Michael Bond has been on tons of festivals and is a regular road dog.  They’ll perform while Gabe Bravo will host the show, only to be followed by the Hans’ Bier Haus Comedy Open Mic.  The show starts at 9:30, there are FREE burgers with beverage purchase, and the admission is 100% FREE.


On Thursday, Fitzgerald’s will bring the alt american Southern twang of Tennessee’s J. Roddy Walston & The Business to town.  So, I caught these guys when they came with Diarrhea Planet, and I’ll just say wow.  They’re pretty epic to see live and their 2024 album, “Essential Tremors” is as good as its’ title suggests.  They’ll have support with Fly Golden Eagle of Nashville.  So this five piece has the kind of sound that’s basically a mix of old school psych and early sixties British garage.  They dropped an album this year, “Quartz” that’s so trippy and melodic, that it could give you flashbacks.  If you’re down to catch two great Southern bands, then this is your show.  The doors are at 8:00, it’s all ages, and the tickets are between $12.00 and $16.00.


There might be some of you who’d rather bang your heads to some fuzzed out guitars, which you can do when Melvins bring their legendary sounds to Warehouse Live.  So, i love Melvins, and they might be one of my favorite all time acts.  I even caught their lead singer, King Buzzo solo recently, and even that was great.  They’ll be here in support of their latest rocker, “Hold It In,” from this year.  Now that former Butthole Surfers and my former neighbor, Jeff Pinkus is playing with them, I feel like this is a band everyone should see.  There doesn’t appear to be an opener, but that could change.  The doors are at 9:00, it’s an all ages affair, and the tickets are between $15.00 and $20.00.


There’s another show at Warehouse Live for any fans of hip hop, when G-Eazy performs in the ballroom.  G-Eazy also known as Young Gerald, has been blowing up since he started dropping mixtapes that had actual hit songs on them.  This year, the Oakland native dropped “These Things Happen” which charted at number one on Billboard.  The chill mix of trap and future bass sounds on it, almost guarantee that he’ll be great to see live.  He has guests Iam$u! and Jay Ant on the bill with him.  Iam$u’s debut album, this year’s “Sincerely Yours” has collaborations with 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa, and has a pretty dope sound.  Jay Ant has been getting praise from not just the Bay Area where he’s from, but pretty much all over.  His 2024 release, “Blue Money” was interestingly made to accompany his great rhyme flow.The show is all ages, the doors are at 6:00, and the tickets are $30.00.


Improv has some funny going on, when Affion Crockett brings his mix of acting, stand-up, rapping, and impersonation to town.  Crockett dropped a hilarious album two years ago called “Watch The Clone” where he rapped, sang, did impressions, and cracked jokes on; and he should be a killer performer to see live.  As per most shows, two of Houston’s best and brightest comics will perform the feature act and host duties.  There are shows Thursday through Sunday, with one on Thursday and Sunday, and two on Friday and Saturday.  The Thursday show is at 8:00, and tickets are between $20.00 and $30.00.


There’s also a downstairs show at Fitz where San Francisco’s K-Flay will bring her trip hop sound to Houston.  Flay has been getting praise since her early years when she attended Stanford and started rapping.  Here’s the deal, she can actually sing, and when she mixes her amazing voice with her quick rhyming skills; it’s pretty awesome.  Her “Life As A Dog” album that dropped earlier this year is definitely worth giving several listens to.  The electro pop rock of California’s Night Riots will be on the bill, and they’ll bring their independently run operational skills to the show.  Last year these guys put out a six song album called “Young Lore” that’s been getting them praise since everyone heard the powerful way in how they make music.  The nature meets dance groove sounds of Houston’s Yung Slutty will get the show started.  Slutty has the ability to add all kinds of beats and sounds into his music, that it almost feels like he’s constantly just trying to outdo one track from the next.  The show is all ages with doors at 8:00 and tickets between $8.00 and $12.00.


Joke Joint Comedy Showcase will host the rising talents of comedian Chris Fairbanks.  Fairbanks has been getting bigger and bigger since he moved to Austin, and he’s had appearances on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, and Comedy Central.  A sports correspondent for Fuel network and a contestant on “Last Comic Standing,” his 2024 album “Fairbanks!” is pretty damn hilarious.  As always, the club will have two of Houston’s better comics perform the roles of feature and host.  There’s one show on Thursday and two on Friday and Saturday.  The Thursday show is at 8:00 and the tickets are $16.00 each.


On Friday it’s Halloween and the massive amount of to do’s starts off over at Warehouse Live with the gypsy punk of Gogol Bordello.  This band of misfit musicians has been around for the past fifteen years and they’ve made appearances all over TV and film.  The Lower East Side New Yorkers are insanely amazing to catch live, and one of those bands that’s a “must see” at least once.  High energy, chaos, and great songs is the best way to sum this eight piece up.  They have a pretty hefty discography, but they’ll breeze through Houston in support of last year’s “Pura Vida Conspiracy.”  This group will tell a story with humor and random costume changes, and if you’ve never caught them live, then you’ve been missing out.  There doesn’t appear to be an opener, but that may change by showtime.  The doors are at 8:00, it’s an all ages show, and the tickets are between $23.00 and $27.00.


Of course, there will be some of you who’d rather go see Julian Casablancas of The Strokes over at House of Blues.  Casablancas will be here with his new backing band, The Voidz who just released an album earlier this year called “Tyranny.”  To me, it sounds like a bad Ministry cover band, where only about 25% of the songs were good.  If you would rather heed the warning of a guy who saw him perform with these guys already, then have a good time.  There’s no opener, the show is all ages, and the doors are at 8:00 with tickets running $34.75.


Fitzgerald’s has a pretty stellar billing when they have the proggy and emo math goodness of California’s Tera Melos.  So, this three piece kind of took off where the first wave of emocore ended, like they were fans of Promise Ring, June of 44, and Owls.  They mix electronica sounds with melodic guitars, and then use math rock time signature; which is music nerd mathematics for awesome.  Their latest album, “X’ed Out” from last year, was a tour de force for the band, and blended more pop elements into their already great sound.  If you can believe in miracles, then you’ll love that James Templeton of LIMB’s old band, Alvin’s By The End of Tonight is reuniting to play on this show as well.  By The End of Tonight was an instrumental emo band that used jazz structures and math prog methods to achieve amazing sounds.  These guys were best known for their amazing string of albums, including my favorite, 2024’s “A Tribute To Tigers.”  They disbanded in 2024 only to return in 2024 for two shows, including one at FPSF; so this is a real treat.  The guys who picked up where BTEOT left off, Houston’s Sunrise and Ammunition will be there to get things started.  So, if you’ve never read this before, these guys dropped such an outlandishly great album last year called “Tesseract,” that blended psych and prog elements into one of the most math based sounds of beauty I’ve ever heard.  It only makes them better to note that the three piece brings an energetic element to their songs in a live setting, that gives me hope for the future of music.  The show is all ages, the doors are at 8:00, and the tickets are between $10.00 and $14.00.


Walter’s will have a great show as well when they have pop punk of New York’s State Champs in town.  This four piece has the kind of sound that’s like a mix of Major League, The Wonder Years, and oddly, early Get Up Kids.  Last year they released a pretty infectious album with “The Finer Things,” and they just dropped an acoustic version of that called, “The Acoustic Things.”   The acoustic solo sounds of Ohio’s Front Porch Step will be on board performing songs from his 2024 album, “Aware.”  California’s Heart To Heart will also perform, and they’ll play songs from their 2024 emo punk album, “Dulce.”  Carolina’s pop punkers Brigades will bring their dual guitar speed to the show as opener with the doors at 6:0 and tickets between $13.00 and $15.00.


The Summit will be having a Halloween bash of their own, when they have the Holla-Ween in Hustletown show.  Houston’s  hip hop impresario, DJ Dayta will headline the night.  It goes without saying that Dayta has been dropping remixes longer than many in the genre around town, and his top notch style is undeniable.  2014 FPSF alum, Gracie Chavez will also be on hand to drop a DJ set on the crowd as well.  Chavez is co-founder of Bonbon, the crazy tropical dance party collective.  She adds her own mix of Latin fusion and and trip hop to everything she’s done for the past decade.  Houston’s DJ Klinch will also be a part of the set, and will bring a varied mix of trap and bass to the show.  Navo of Bonbon will be a part of this crazy line up too, and will bring his tropicali mix that’s infused with standards meeting future Latin sounds.  Houston’s DJ Act Badd will be there alongside Yung Slutty who will add a crazy mix of nature and everything else as opener.  FLCON FCKER will provide his insane glitch visuals for the entire evening.  There’s a costume contest at midnight & complimentary beverages provided as well.  The doors are at 10:00, I think it’s 18 and up, and the tickets are $20.00.


The Annual Halloween Bash at Rudyard’s will be in full swing this year when they have the power punk pop of Houston’s Something Fierce.  These guys and a girl have a really good mix of The Clash and The Jam kind of thing going on.  Their 2024 album, “Don’t Be So Cruel” was so good that I think we’re all waiting for its follow up.  Hogleg will also be on the bill, though since they have no internet presence, I have no idea what they sound like.  The fuzz rock of Houston’s Donkey Punch will also be on hand.  The fast and sleazy sounds of The Guilloteens will get things started, and they’re definitely a band to watch.  They feature ex Pagans member Robert Conn and Pablo from Electric Frankenstein; and their sound is fast, fuzzy, and intense.  The show is 21 & up, the doors are at 10:00, and it’s 100% FREE.


Numbers won’t change their plans too much when they have their Friday Night Classic Numbers show with Wes Wallace.  The twist on this event is that they’ll have a costume contest and all sorts of specials.  The evening is 18 & up, but the cover is only $5.00 until 10:00 for the 21 & up crowd.  The doors are at 9:00.



Continental Club will have a show that’s costumed guests only that will feature the disco cover tunes from Disco Expressions.  If you’re one of those who believes that disco music “doesn’t suck,” then this nine piece act is right up your alley.  They’ll have The Allen Oldies Band opening the evening with their fifties and sixties era covers.  The show is 21 & up and the tickets are $15.00.


Our city also has tons of haunted houses who’ll be packed to the gills with those who want to get scared out of their minds.  Some of our city’s best haunted houses would include, Screamworld, Phobia, Houston Terror Dome, The Haunted Trails, and Nightmare On The Bayou.  If you want something more family friendly, Discovery Green will offer the Scream On The Green evening.  This all starts with the screening of the film, “Frankenweenie.”  There’s also plenty of candy, face painting, and games as well as a costume contest.  Things get started at 6:00 and the movie begins at 7:00.  It’s 100% FREE.  Please be responsible and have fun in visiting any of these.


Saturday, the day of the dead gets kicked off with the Third Annual HTX Bike Fest at Market Square Park.  This is an everything bikes kind of event that brings all kinds of bike vendors together, bmx tricks, and music..lots of music.  For some reason, they don’t seem to have the schedule together, but we can list the music.  In the DJ department, they”l have DJ Ill-Set, DJ Fredster, Eric Ceeplus Badknives, DJ G. Wizz, Frankie 5X, and DJ Arithmetik.  On the bands side of things, only Another Run is listed; but I don’y think you’d need anyone else.  After slaying the crowd at the Finch show this week, they’ll be in line to play some new stuff from their new record that should drop sooner than later.  This is a FREE event that offers a $5.00 donation option to benefit a local dog rescue association(also not available at press time).  Things get started at 10:00 in the morning and run until 6:00 pm.


Bayou Music Center will have the hilarious Nick Swardson for a one night only show.  Swardson has made appearances in his own show on Comedy Central, “Pretend Time,” he’s been in “Blades of Glory” with Will Farrell, and he’s made some spots in Adam Sandler films as well.  He’s also dropped a bunch of funny albums that include his latest, “Seriously, Who Farted?” from 2024.  The doors are at 8:00 and the tickets are $53.00.


House of Blues is getting local, when they have the Noche de los Muertos Celebracion featuring Houston’s La Sien.  The Spanish rock quintet recently dropped their debut album, “La Sien,” and cemented their importance in the Houston music scene.  The album is wrought with emotional vocals that swing in and out with powerful percussion and swaying guitar.  The best part of their sound is that it sounds like Houston, and you don’t have to speak Spanish to love it.  The second track alone is enough to become a fan.  They’ll have another Houston act on the bill when Satellite D’Homme brings their prog rock meets jazz infused electro pop sound to the show.  We’re all just counting the days until the remnants of Tax The Wolf drop their debut album, and anyone who’s seen them live can attest to their power.  The show takes place in the Bronze Peacock room and there’s an after party featuring the Latin sounds of  DJ Boris.  The show is 18 and up, the afterparty is 21 and up, and the tickets are $5.00 to the show with doors at 8:00.


The hip cats at Continental Club will have a pretty great post Halloween show, when they bring the pride of Dumas. Texas, Joe King Carrasco to town.  So, if you don’t know the king of Tex-Mex rock n’ roll, then you’ve been missing out.  Carrasco is a living legend who has had members of the legendary Texas Tornados in his band, and he paved the way for their sound with his blend of Texas country and Latin accordions and horns.  He’s in town to support his 2024 album, “Rucca,” where he keeps in tradition of his signature sound.  He’ll round out the Dia De Los Muertos celebration with the multi-talented sounds of Zenteno Spirit getting things started.  This act will knock your socks off while they stay in tradition with sounds that echo Jose Feliciano and Brasil 66.  It’s a 21 & up show with doors at 9:00 or so and a $15.00 cover.


There’s a benefit happening at Mango’s where the proceeds go to The Wildlife Center of Texas, called Fuzzy Fest.  The event will be headlined by one of the best punk bands you’ll see in a good while, Houston’s Some Nerve.  When I reviewed their album earlier this year, I found it to be a refreshing return to the core of hardcore punk.  These guys have crazy energy, and they sound like a mix of GBH and Sick Of It All.  There’s also drudge scream punk from Houston’s Dress Code.  I say drudge scream because their singer sounds like he’s wearing a mask when he sings, but the band’s music reminds me of Minor Threat.  In fact, their s/t release this year had two songs that sounded a little too close to some stuff off of “Out Of Step,”  not that that’s a bad thing.  Paranoid Chant, also from Houston will bring their Flipper meets Karp sound to the show, while Temple’s Shfux will be there to play their blend of garage metal punk.  The fuzzed out guitar punk of Marla Strange will also be on hand, and so will one of the three bands in the world; two of which are punk, named Blunt.  Failed Project will be there with Mindkill opening things up.  I have no idea which Mindkill this is, the one from Iowa, the one from LA, or possibly some other one.  The doors are at 5:00, the show is all ages, and the cover is $7.00.


If you’re up for some indie pop, then you should head to Fitzgerald’s for NYC’s Bleachers.  If you’re into the band Fun, and you like catchy hooks, and if you really like that song “I wanna’ Get Better;” then you should be at this show.  These guys have gotten all kinds of praise since they dropped their debut this year, “Strange Desire,”  and this show will more than likely sell out.  Nashville’s Wild Cub will open the show with their electro pop sound.  The five piece has just gotten bigger and bigger since they released their album, “Youth” this year.  The all ages show has doors at 7:00 and tickets from $25.00 to $27.00.


You might be up for some acoustic folk pop, and if you are, then the greenroom at Warehouse Live will be where you’ll wanna’ be when they host Shaylee&Scott.  The duo combines the beautiful marriage of two Nashville artists with wonderful two part harmonies and folky pop sounds.  They’re in the stages of dropping singles before a full length, but once you hear their song, “Different Angle, Perfect View,” I’m sure you’ll be a fan.  There isn’t an opener listed, but the doors are at 6:30 with tickets between $10.00 and $12.00 for the all ages show.


There’s also hip hop at Warehouse Live in the ballroom, when Nipsey Hussle performs his massively popular rhymestyle sounds.  Hussle has been gaining steam as a producer and performer in California, and his most recent album, “Crenshaw” from last year cements that rise in popularity.  The all ages show doesn’t list an opener, but that will probably change with doors at 9:30 and tickets between $25.00 and $50.00; the latter being a VIP option with T-Shirt, a pack of papers, a poster, and early entry.


The craziest show of the week might be down in Clear Lake, when Scout Bar has The English Beat perform.  I would guess that you’ve heard their hit song, “Save It For Later,” but The Beat has always been so much more than that song.  They lead the two-tone revolution in the seventies British ska music era, and their singer Dave Wakeling was also in the new wave pop band General Public.  They’re here because they’ve remastered their classic album, “Special Beat Service.”  They’ll have direct support from The Skatastrophics of Houston, who’ll bring their mix of slow jam ska and traditional roots ska to the show.  It’s an all ages event with doors at 7:00 and tickets between $25.00 and $30.00.


Sunday you can make your way over to House of Blues to catch the double billed show featuring The Psychedelic Furs and The Lemonheads.  The Psychedelic Furs have been around since the late seventies, and their British roots are cemented in the new wave scene they helped create and inspire.  They have all kinds of hits though “Love My Way” was probably their biggest.  Their last two or three albums have been hits collections, so this is the old money grab kind of show.  The Lemonheads have steadily dropped new material while rehashing their hits as well.  Their latest new material was the progressive and poppy sounding “Varshons” from 2024, and they’re here to support a compilation of songs from this year called, “If Only You Were Dead.”  These guys are best known for their hit album, “Come On Feel The Lemonheads,” though I feel like “Car Button Cloth” was overlooked;  they’re usually pretty good to see live.  The New Orleans formed and now Austin transplants My Jerusalem will be opening the show up.  This is an indie rock supergroup with Jeff Klein and Dave Rosser of Twilight Singers, and Rick Nelson of Polyphonic Spree.  Their 2024 album, “Preachers” was like a modern day version of Afghan Whigs.  The doors are at 7:00 and the tickets are between $34.00 and $51.00.


On Monday, you have some options that start off with Dads over at Fitzgerald’s.  I had the pleasure of seeing Dads earlier this year, and I can say that they’re pretty great to see live.  The New Jersey natives have relocated to Michigan, which makes me wonder if they just like poverty stricken places to call home, or what.  Their newest album, this year’s “I’ll Be The Tornado” mixes the pop side of old school emo while bringing hook laced guitars.  They really remind me of a mix of Knapsack and Promise Ring.  The emo sounds of Minnesota three piece Tiny Moving Parts will also be on the show, and they should bring their Braid meets Cap’N Jazz sound to life.  They just dropped a new album this year called “Pleasant Living” that captures the spirit of first wave emo, with the talented hooks of the second wave.  Choir Vandals of St. Louis will get the show started with their alt rock sound.  Their four song ep “At Night” is thick with big guitar sounds while having plenty for all to like.  The all ages show carries a ticket price between $10.00 and $14.00, and the doors are at 7:00.


Warehouse Live will have to make sure that Andrew Youngblood is off work when Bam Margera and FuckFace Unstoppable come to town.  So, this year these guys dropped the album “Ffu” and most people panned it.  That was for good reason because its mix of cheesy metal and arena rock doesn’t sound good on its’ own; much less with Bam’s mediocre singing.  As a pro skater, Margera is and was one of the best and most creative.  As a reality TV star, Bam was funny and intriguing while playing the fool in a non stop grab for attention.  But as a singer, Bam needs to get back on his board and do what he does best.  I would guess that he’ll show up in his mystical homeless millionaire gypsy attire, with enough rings and bracelets on to make Liberace blush.  The alt rock meets alt blues of Maryland’s Lionize will be on the show as well.  There’s nothing worth mentioning about these guys, as they mix stuff like reggae in with their formulaic sound.  Think Creed meets Sublime, then plan on not watching them.  The opener for the show will be Maryland’s Polkadot Cadaver, who’s also not worth checking out.  They sound like a mix of a crappy 311 cover band and a very watered down version of Infectious Grooves.  After listening to everyone on this bill, I have to wonder how bad the rest of Maryland’s music scene is.  The show is all ages, the doors are at 7:00, and the tickets fall between $20.00 and $24.00.


The week is closed out on Tuesday when Walter’s has MC Lars pay Houston a visit.  Lars is from Oakland, and he describes his sound as post punk laptop rap, which isn’t that far off.  His music is funny like something that was penned by Weird Al, except he has a better rhyme flow.  His 2024 ep, “The Edgar Allen Poe EP” contained his pseudo hit, “Flow Like Poe,” and he’s been getting bigger since.  He’ll have another underground and nerd rapper with him, when MC Chris brings his “Fette’s Vette” type songs to the show.  Chris is seriously one of the nicest and most fan centric artists around, and his honest and sweet funny rhymes are pretty epic.  He definitely brings it live, and his latest album “Foreverrr” covered new ground for the Illinois native.  The Outkast tangent work of DJ Rew under the guise of Spose will open the show.  It’s all ages with doors at 7:00 and a $15.00 cover.


Fitzgerald’s has a dope show when hip hop genius and rhyme flow specialist Perseph One of Houston headlines an epic show.  Perseph can rhyme better than most guys I’ve seen and her speed on a mic is intense.  Her 2024 album “Eartha Spitts” is a good example of this skill.  If you attended the Sammy’s, then you saw her with Josiah Gabriel.  Well, the tables have turned and he’s featured with her this time.  The hip hop styles of NOLA’s Boyfriend will also be on hand for her album release.  Boyfriend is sex positive and has grabbed headlines from all over for her lyrical content and impressive style.  She’s dropped songs like “Tomorrow”  that prove she’s definitely an “A Game” rapper.  In a crazy twist, Houston’s own Jawwaad will be performing, which doesn’t happen here much.  Jawwaad is from Houston, but his never ending touring with the likes of Janeiro Janel, MF Doom, and pretty much every other bad ass in jazz or hip hop has him somewhere other than home.  The Mad Wikkid will also be there to drop his future bass hip hop vibes.  The New Orleans native does a trippy bass heavy live sound thing that has the world singing his praises.  The break core sounds of P.L.X.T.X. x Nikkhoo should bring a crazy rhyme flow to the opening of the show.  It’s an all ages show with doors at 8:00 and cover for a measly $5.00 for under 21, and it’s FREE for 21 & up.


House of Blues has the Hasidic hip hop of Matisyahu in town as well.  Matisyahu might be one of the strongest and most unconventional artists I’ve ever seen.  You’ll know him from one of his many hits and his traditional attire.  However, the artist is so much more than all of that, and he drops hits left and right.  His newest release, this year’s “Akeda” falls in line with his different approach to songwriting.  The hip hop rock mix of Radical Something will be bringing their poppy sound to the bill as openers with doors at 7:00 and tickets between $40.00 and $112.00 for some strange reason.


That’s not a bad week filled with more options than not on more days than just Halloween.  If you insist on drinking on Halloween, remember to drink like an adult, and be mindful of those around you.  Halloween is great for little kids so don’t be the jackass who hits one with your car because you were too stubborn to hand someone your keys.



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