Voodoo Experience 2011: Friday In Review And Photos

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My sixth Voodoo Experience has come and gone, leaving nothing but the taste of booze and debauchery in my mouth. Friday started out with a bang as BOT caught performances from headliners Soundgarden, as well as a full day card featuring the likes of Band of Horses, Steve Angello, Ani DiFranco, Major Lazer, Dirty South, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Mates Of State, The Wombats and Peelander-Z.

Read all about the day and check out a ton of photos after the jump

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Via Colori 2011

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This upcoming weekend features one of my favorite events of the year. Mixing music with art is always a good time, but even better when it features a host of Houston’s best bands as well as a form of art that is not your normal everyday stuff. The best part is that it’s completely free! Via Colori is a street chalk art event that features some incredibly talented artists working for two straight days to bring some eye-popping masterpieces to the asphalt surrounding Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston. While you wander the streets to see some of the amazing pieces of work, you can also hop from stage to stage while drinking a beer, or dining on some quality bites from vendors around the park. Saturday, November 19th, features a cultural mix of great Houston talent including Klockwork, The Zydeco Dots, Solero Flamenco, Ceeplus Bad Knives, Jerk Store and The Texas Toast among others. Sunday, the 20th, features a Houston indie-scene’s who’s who with the likes of Roky Moon And Bolt!, Sideshow Tramps, Benjamin Wesley, Ancient Cat Society, Spain Colored Orange, The Literary Greats, Andrew Karnavas and Two Star Symphony.

My friend over at The Center For Hearing And Speech, the beneficiary who puts on the yearly event, books all the bands, and I can definitely tell which day she personally picked over which day she had to pick to make her bosses happy. Doesn’t matter, should be a solid event all weekend. I’ve always enjoyed myself at Via Colori over the years, but this year definitely promises to be the best one yet.

You can check out the full schedule of bands after the jump.

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Ghostland Observatory @ Warehouse Live

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If there had to be one band that could have been with BOT from it’s very beginning, I wouldn’t have another one than the band we featured in our very first review. The band I’m speaking of is Austin’s Ghostland Observatory. We covered them before the days of photo passes and fancy cameras, when the idea of what BOT was to become was little more than a glint in our eyes. They always manage to entice the biggest dance parties at their live performances, and with the help of lazers, lights and sick dance moves from singer Aaron Behrens, they are also a complete visual stimulation just as they are auditory. The other night, before shipping off to New Orleans for Voodoo, we made our way to Warehouse Live for another showing from the funk/punk/crunk duo.

Read about the show, and check out a bunch more pictures after the jump

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Grouplove, The Belle Brigade, White Arrows @ Fitzgerald’s

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Hype can be a big thorn in the side if you can’t live up to it when you stroll into town for a live gig. Hype can also be multiplied ten-fold when you stroll into said venue and kill it. It certainly was the latter rather than the former for all three LA-based groups that took the upstairs stage at Houston’s Fitzgerald’s – headliner Grouplove and opening acts The Belle Brigade and White Arrows.

Read about the show and check out some pictures after the jump

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UtopiaFest 2011: Saturday in Review and Pictures

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The second and only full day of UtopiaFest started off a little slow, as each member of our party tried to remedy their hangover in their own specific way. GWIB (Gatorade, Weed, Ibuprofen, Bacon). That’s me. We had plans to make it down the hill for the first of many bands of the day, but it took a little extra time for us to finally get moving.

Read all about Saturday at Utopia after the jump

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