Buxton EPK & Driveway Sessions

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You can stream Buxton‘s new album, Nothing Here Seems Strange, over at Paste Magazine‘s official site. Also, check out a bunch of tour dates and video of them performing stripped-down versions of their own “Blown A Fuse” and “Lynchburg Ferry” for Austin Harkey’s Driveway Sessions after the jump.

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Old Settler’s Music Festival 2012

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Old Settler’s 2011 – photo by HashBrowns

Festival season is still a few months away, but now is the time of big decisions. Artist line-ups are dropping every single day, and with that we all have to figure out just where and when we’ll be traveling based on how good or bad the roster of bands are. Wakarusa just dropped their full list of bands, and it’s looking pretty nice, but another local festival was announced kind of under the radar. Old Settler’s Music Festival, which takes place south of Austin at the Salt Lick Pavilion, will feature a slew of great Rock, Americana and Bluegrass over the weekend of April 19-22. Headliners include indie folksters Iron & Wine, big-voiced singer songwriter Amos Lee, southern rockers Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and newgrass champions Railroad Earth.

A bunch of other bands will also be making their way down to the 25th anniversary of the festival. Check out the full line-up after the jump.

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Chris Gray Day In Photos

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Chris Gray Day

This past Saturday, I headed down to the Main Street “Island” around 6 in the evening to enjoy some solid local music, hang out with a bunch of good friends and to help support my good buddy and boss at the Houston Press Chris Gray. I got there just in time for the start of Hayes Carll‘s set, who chose to perform stripped down with only an acoustic guitar and his voice box for a 45 minute romp of originals and covers. After Hayes finished up, we converged to the patio where we took over a table and started in on some good conversation. I jumped around inside Continental Club and Big Top to snap some pictures of Spain Colored Orange, Changoman, Electric Attitude and a host of other bands mostly playing a bunch of covers, but continually made it back out to our table of rotating cast members. After a while, we took to Big Top to catch great acoustic sets from both Benjamin Wesley and Joe Mathlete before the Wild Moccasins rained down their brand of indie dance pop on the growing crowd in the Continental Club. By the time Buxton hit the stage after the Moccasins, the crowd had surged, their energy being instantly transferred to the group onstage. They served as somewhat of a headliner that night, so it was fitting for them to round off their set with a cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” which was the perfect dedication to the man we were all celebrating that day.

I took a whole bunch of pictures from the event, which you can check out after the jump.

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Wu-Tang Clan @ House Of Blues

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Wu-Tang Clan @ House Of Blues

I’d been waiting quite a long time to finally get my chance to see Wu-Tang Clan for the first time way back in 2006 when they were one of the bigger acts performing at Voodoo Festival, but upon arrival to the festival, they’d backed out only to be replaced by New Orleans rapper Juvenile. They were one of the main reasons I attended my first Voodoo, and although I had a great time, them backing out always kinda pissed me off. Fast forward 5 and a half years, and Wu-Tang Clan were finally about to be on a stage in front of me at Downtown Houston’s House Of Blues, and from what I could tell, they were not backing out this time.

Read all about the show and check out a ton of pictures after the jump.

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Chris Gray Day

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This upcoming Saturday, Houston’s first festival of the year is going to take place in the Main street compound of The Continental Club and Big Top Bar from 10 in the morning all the way until they close their doors at the end of the night. The festival is a benefit concert for my good buddy and boss at the Houston Press Chris Gray, who suffered a major heart attack back in late October, and is now dealing with a heap of growing medical bills. Gray has made it back to his full music loving self, and plans to return to his post come February, but for now we can celebrate his health with a walloping day of music this weekend. Tons of great bands have stepped up to play this event which Gray partially curated, including a recent addition of the one and only Hayes Carll who we caught not long ago at House of Blues.

The tickets are a minimum donation of $20, and you can pick those up either here or when you arrive at the door on Saturday. Remember to get there early to try and bid on one of several great auction items which will include signed pieces of merch from the likes of Willie Nelson, Wilco, Steve Earle, Local Natives and Charlie Louvin as well as a bunch of other great music related stuff.

It should be a great day of music which you can start planning with the full schedule that you’ll find after the jump.

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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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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: Friday in Review and Photos

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Last weekend, I joined a really good group of friends for a roadtrip to the third annual UtopiaFest, a small music and camping festival located in the hill country a ways west of San Antonio. Utopia featured a slew of both national and regional acts on their two stages over the course of Friday night and all day Saturday which culminated into a dance party of grand proportions. We enjoyed everything about the festival, especially the ease of travel from the campgrounds to the stages, intimacy of each show, completely relaxed vibe and the ability to bring as much booze around with you anywhere you wanted. The line-up was pretty freaking stellar as well.

Read all about Friday’s events after the jump

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UtopiaFest Preview: Keller Williams

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Keller Williams @ Fitzgerald's

Of all the performers playing this years festival, I have seen headliner Keller Williams more times than any of the other bands combined. I spent the early-to-mid 2000’s traveling around trying to catch Keller wherever I could. Hell, in 2005 I even traveled to Amsterdam to see Keller for three nights in a row at the very first Jam In The Dam festival. He’s been apart of numerous side project that all usually bear his name, and feature his songs, but his best performances are the ones that find him alone on the stage with his arsenal of instruments. He’s an acoustic guitar virtuoso, that combines live looping and the use of other toys and instruments to build each of his songs from scratch every time he performs them. Just like a snowflake, a live Keller Williams song is never the exact same. Employing a host of covers to his repertoire, Keller will always surprise you with a reggae take on a Grateful Dead song, or a stripped down acoustic version of an Amy Winehouse song. You never really know with him. That’s why he has been and always will be one of my absolute favorites.

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