The Tontons & Ancient Cat Society @ Warehouse Live

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The Tontons & Ancient Cat Society @ Warehouse Live

This past Thursday, Houston indie-pop quartet The Tontons kicked off their east coast and mid-west tour with a rousing show in the Studio of Warehouse Live. Playing a mix of songs that will be featured on the soon-to-be-released EP Golden, as well as a handful of their older cuts, The Tontons had no problem entertaining the nice sized crowd that made it out for the event which included friends and fans and the one-and-only Bun-B. The show was one of the better I’ve seen from the group, and assuredly put a little pep in the step of the youngsters before they hit the road for the next few weeks.

Also performing that night were openers Sun Hotel and Ancient Cat Society. I didn’t really catch much of Sun Hotel as I favored socializing with friends old and new, but the brief moments I did happen to see sounded pretty decent. I did, however, get a chance to see ACS. Made up of the singing half of local heroes Buxton, the trio expanded to a quartet with the help of Houston’s go-to auxiliary musician Geoffrey Muller who sat in on stand-up bass and helped to fill out ACS’s folky sound. While I’ll always be partial to Buxton because they rule, ACS is the perfect outlet for singers Sergio Trevino, Haley Barnes and Austin Sepulvado to perform their quieter, more melodic material that wouldn’t work as well in a full band format. Although it was shorter than recent shows of theirs I’ve been to, it was a nice little treat, and the perfect way to start a great night of music and camaraderie.

I took a bunch of pictures of the show, check them out after the jump.

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Best Of Houston BestFest

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Just the other day, the fine folks over at Houston Press” Rocks Off Blog began announcing bands for the first ever BestFest. Centered around the Press” annual Best of Houston list, which focuses on the finer things throughout the city, the inaugural music festival will happen on the 24th and 25th of September and feature a host of both local and national talent. Announced so far are the one and only Cake, indie-folksters Deer Tick, local hip-hop kingpin Bun B and the up-and-coming Houston roots-rockers Buxton. The full line-up will be announced in the next coming weeks, and just like the list that this is centered around, the line-up will be mostly Houston-centric with a few more national acts rounding out the main stage.

We”ll be announcing more acts as they happen, so stay tuned to BOT for more coverage. I”m thinking they”ll add some bands that start with an E, F, G or H next. Just a guess based on the first four. Actually, though, I”d be happy if it were just those four. I love you Houston!

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UTOPiAfest 2011

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The other evening, my better half was trolling through Facebook and her friend had posted something about a small camping festival in Central Texas called UTOPiAfest that was advertising the ability to have campfires and that you could bring your own booze. Not even seeing the line-up, the idea of a decently close camping festival in the middle of the hill country that I could go to on the cheap was almost enough for me. As soon as we clicked on the link from facebook, and jumped to the line-up page, the first two names I saw were Blitzen Trapper and Keller Williams – two bands I’ve loved for quite some time. A bit more investigation (scrolling down a bit further), and it was all I needed to see to ensure that I was definitely going to attend – current obsession by myself, everyone associated with BOT and all of our friends, Dawes was also listed to play the festival. Some more scrolling brought more excitement as bands like Avi Buffalo, Grupo Fantasma, Cornmeal and Black & White Years were all on the list. Finally, at the very bottom sat Japanese comic-book punks Peelander-Z – a band that will never fail to incite a party and the final straw needed to seal my trip to Utopia, Texas in Mid-October.

They are only selling 1500 tickets to the event that are most likely going to sell out pre-event, so if you want to spend a couple nights under the Texas stars with Dawes, Keller and the BOT crew, I’d suggest getting your pass soon. Until then, browse the entire line-up after the jump.

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My Morning Jacket – “Holdin’ On To Black Metal”

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With MTV turning 30, and the MTV generation a wee bit older than that, music videos have steadily returned to their state of relevancy as of late. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with all of the recent MTV nostalgia that everyone these days are having, but we are, on a daily basis, reaping the benefits with a host of ocular treats. While there is no chance in hell in flipping the telly to said station and seeing any form of music videos anymore, it’s good to know that it certainly brought the art of the music video to the mainstream. Now, these days, even though videos are getting less facetime in popular culture, bands are now spreading the interwebs with their take on the now classic art form.

Just today, My Morning Jacket, have released their latest video for the catchy-as-hell “Holdin’ On To Black Metal,” which starts with MMJ-meets-Rock-afire-Explosion-on-LSD and ends on Lucifer’s beach. Also, intertwined with the psychedelia is live concert footage from the 2011 Bonnaroo Music Festival that they co-headlined earlier this year. Check it out in all of its twisted glory.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011

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I’ve been awaiting the announcement of the 2011 Fun Fun Fun Fest for quite some time now, pretty much ever since I left the park that held the fest last year. Moving to a much bigger park across Austin, Auditorium Shores, and adding a third day, the 6th edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest is set to take place the first weekend of November, the 4th-6th. Today came the announcement of who will be entertaining us on the four stages, and boy is it a doozy.

The Orange Stage will feature the likes of Passion Pit, Lykke Li, Blonde Redhead, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Okkervil River, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot and a boat-load more of similar indie-rock fare.

The Black Stage will be much louder with bands like Slayer, The Damned, Danzig Legacy, Kid Dynamite, Murder City Devils, Boris and Thee Oh Sees amongst a bunch more.

The Blue Stage, where I’ll be spending most of my time, will feature a hip-hop and dance card with the likes of Public Enemy, Major Lazer, Odd Future, Diplo, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Rakim and so many more.

Finally, comedy and variety acts are the focus on The Yellow Stage, where Henry Rollins, Brian Posehn, Reggie Watts, Upright Citizens Brigade and Donald Glover are topping the bill.

Houston also has a presence on the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 line-up, with local rappers and friends of the site Fat Tony and B L A C K I E both set to play The Blue Stage.

Check out the full line-up after the jump!

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