Roger Waters @ Toyota Center

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Roger Waters @ Toyota Center 

Once in a great while, a concert is announced that you know is going to be great before you even see it. I grew up listening to the greats thanks to my parents, but whenever I picked up both of Pink Floyd’s masterpieces, Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wall, I was stuck. Pink Floyd are their own genre, their own complete type of music, and they own it. I had the opportunity to see Roger Waters perform live once before this date, when he brought Dark Side to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for a late summer mind-blowing performance. When I found out that Waters was once again returning, only this time bringing The Wall, I was immediately pushing to both my Houston Press contact as well as my Live Nation contact about getting into that show. I needed to photograph it – it was going to be the biggest show that I had ever had the chance to shoot. Well, call it dumb luck, but I was accepted to shoot the show in the month leading up to it. Let’s just say that, even though I had a ton of great shows to catch in November, my mind was completely stuck on the thought that Roger Waters would be in Houston very soon. Well, the moment came, and I was standing in the photo pit with a few photographer friends, awaiting Waters’ arrival on the grandiose stage that was set up for his show.

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Win Tickets To See Gorillaz @ The Toyota Center

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We are extremely pleased to have the chance to give away a pair of tickets to see the Gorillaz at Houston’s Toyota Center on Tuesday, October 19th. They will be touring in support of their latest album, Plastic Beach, and will include guest spots from several collaborators including the likes of De La Soul and members of The Clash. Supporting the show will be N.E.R.D.. All you have to do to win is leave a comment with your full name and an e-mail address and/or phone number in which you receive text messages. We will be choosing a winner on Monday, October 18th, so make sure to check your messages throughout the day.

I’ve been dying for a chance to see Gorillaz ever since their debut album came out back in my college days. I took the time to watch their recent performance on Live on Letterman, the new viral video series that has bands play extended sets in the world famous Ed Sullivan Theater, and it made me even more excited for this set. If you’re going to the show on Tuesday night, I highly recommend this video to raise your excitement level.

Good luck! Hope to see you all there! I’ll be the guy taking pictures…

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Through The 50mm: September In Photos

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September has been an incredibly busy month in the music world in and around Houston. I”ve been jumping from venue to venue seeing both local and national touring acts as much as I possibly can. The chances of reaching my goal of seeing 365 different bands this year was greatly increased by the unexpectedly busy September, allowing me to not rush to reach or even exceed my set number towards the end of the year. Along the way I”ve caught shows from an array of acts from the likes of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Dave Matthews Band, ZZ Top, Kings Of Leon, Smashing Pumpkins, The Pixies and The Black Keys among about 40 others including 2 bands with “fuck” in their titles and the one and only Creed.

While I wasn”t able to photograph all of the bands mentioned, I still had my camera in tow for quite a bit of them, so check out my September Through The 50mm:

Fitzgerald

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LCD Soundsystem “Home” – Houston Funwunce Edition

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A couple months back, a post was sent out on our local internet message board and throughout Facebook requesting as many young hip kids as possible to gather together and shoot a video for LCD Soundsystem‘s song “Home” from their latest effort This Is Happening. Well, with a bit of acting added to all of the partying, and a Robot that eventually ends up in an drug-addled orgy scene in a hotel room, the results are now being presented for everyone to see. Created by the Funwunce Supergroup, more specifically Rick Darge and Mark Armes, they bring a new and rather odd perspective to the nearly eight minute dance tune. Check out the video…

So many familiar faces in this video! It’s weird to see someone you know do (fake?) blow off of a robot on video and another one grinding on him in a bikini.

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Win Tickets To See The Smashing Pumpkins At Warehouse Live

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We are excited to give away a pair of tickets to see The Smashing Pumpkins at Houston’s Warehouse Live on Tuesday, September 21. All you have to do to win is leave a comment with both your full name and either an e-mail address or telephone number in which you receive text messages. We will be choosing the winner randomly on the day of the show, and announcing it through either e-mail or text.

This is a rare opportunity to catch The Smashing Pumpkins in such an intimate (for them at least) venue. The last time I saw the Pumpkins, which was headlining Voodoo a few years back, they performed in front of over ten thousand people. While it’s not all of the original members, Billy Corgan does a great job at bringing his songs out with a newly established vigor that wasn’t there many years back during their rockier times. I’m extremely excited for this show, and can’t thank The Messina Group, AEG Live and Warehouse Live for allowing to let a couple lucky people also check it out. Tickets are still on sale for what will assuredly be a sold out show, so if you don’t think you’re gonna win, head on over to WHL’s Frontgate ticketing site to pick up as many as you need.

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Free Press Summer Fest 2011 Blind Pre-Sale

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To go to a music festival is one thing, but to attend one in your own backyard is like nothing else. The 2010 edition of Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest was unlike any other music festival I’ve attended, mainly because right afterward I was able to take a dive into my own swimming pool and clean the sweat off my body from the dance parties known as The Flaming Lips and Girl Talk. Because of the amazing weekend, I will never miss another one – truly, no matter what happens, I’ll be there. To ensure that that’s the case for you all as well, Pegstar and FPH have announced a blind pre-sale that is out of this world. If you want to attend next year’s festival, no matter what the line-up is, it will only cost you a measly $15. If you want to improve your status at the festy, Fancy Pants passes are only $32.50. That’s incredibly cheap, regardless of what bands will be playing next year. If you’re worried about the quality of music scheduled this ensuing year, just take a gander at last year’s line-up. I’d recommend the Fancy Pants while supplies last, because the AC was very nice mid-afternoon.

 

To purchase your blind pre-sale tickets check out this site, and while your doing that, see how many times you can spot me in the video above (note: it’s more than five, less than twenty).

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Delta Spirit @ Warehouse Live

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Delta Spirit @ Warehouse Live

After a fun acoustic set from the boys of Delta Spirit at Cactus Music, they headed across town to Warehouse Live to headline a packed room of Houston hipsters and bro’s. They aborted their acoustic instruments of earlier in the day, and dawned their electrified cousins as soon as they made their way to the stage. After a sneak peak at the setlist, I saw that they were starting with one of the many songs I was longing to hear, “People, Turn Around,” so I decided to leave the rest of the set a secret and stopped reading from there. After an abbreviated version of the sing-a-long, Delta Spirit tore into a run of songs alternating between cuts from the new album, including “Bushwick Blues,” “911” and “White Table,” as well as a choice of classic songs like “Strange Vine” and “Streetwalker.” The energy was in abundance during the first half of the set, but didn’t really explode until an off-the-cuff cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” that led into the always fun to hear “Trashcan.” Two of my favorites from the new album, “St. Francis” and “Vivian” followed, and the set ended with the one-two Ode To Sunshine punch of “Children” and “People C’mon.” After a quick encore break, the group returned for what was supposed to be a run through their scorcher, “Crippler King,” but was really a cover of the Isley Brothers “Shout” that found frontman Matt Vasquez joining us in the audience and bringing everyone to their knees – ala the scene from Animal House – before bringing everyone back up for a huge dance party. The show finished with a classic cut, “Gimme Some Motivation” which kept the energy going, and left everyone dripping with sweat after jumping up and down throughout the end.

 

Even after seeing them six times, they always seem to amaze me with ease. They are a solid young band that has a huge career ahead of them. They write songs that are easy to relate to, yet also fun to dance or sway along to. Vasquez is what you want in a front man, with unbridled energy from start to finish and a personality to match. With his Houston roots, it was a great homecoming for him, and the rest of the band also seemed very comfortable here in the Bayou City. I can’t wait until I get another chance to see Delta Spirit again – I’m guessing by the size of their crowd for this show, that they will definitely be making a return trip to Houston on their next go-around.

I took a bunch of photos from the show, which you can find after the jump.

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Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music

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Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music

A while back, San Diego indie-rockers Delta Spirit came to town for a headlining spot at Houston’s Warehouse Live. Before that show, which I have a ton of pictures and video to post from, they made their way to our fair city’s best record store, Cactus Music. Frontman Matt Vasquez held the reins, performing 6 acoustic numbers with additional support from the rest of the band on auxiliary instrumentation. The set started with four of their best new tracks including “White Table,” “Bushwick Blues,” “Random Man” and “Ballad Of Vitaly,” as well as a rare gem that left Vasquez alone and a rollicking countrified full band version of “Trashcan” to close out the short in-store performance. It was a great showcase by a great band, which only got our group of friends in attendance even more excited for the ensuing electrified performance later in the night.

You’ll soon hear more about the Warehouse Live show, but for now browse a collection of my photos from the Cactus Music performance after the jump.

Delta Spirit at Cactus Music

Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music

Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music

Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music

Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music

Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music

Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music

Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music

Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music

Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music

Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music

Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music

Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music

Delta Spirit @ Cactus Music


Words and Photos by Jim “Eggs” Bricker

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Robert Ellis @ the HPMA Showcase and Walter’s

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Robert Ellis & Derek Dunivan – “While You’re Cheating On Me”

Note from the greasy desk o’ Bacon: I couldn’t be happier to welcome Beau “CroissanWich” Henry to the intermittent writing staff here at BoT. Beau is a fellow map nerd by day and a screenwriter by night. He also moonlights as a superhero to those of us lucky enough to know him, and often hosts the best goddamn movie night in Houston. After you read his work, I’m sure you’ll join me in hoping that his contributions last long past this magical Summer we call 2010.

Words and Video by Beau “CroissanWich” Henry

If I may re-purpose one of the great hyperbolic utterances of rock criticism: I have seen alt-country future and its name is Robert Ellis. Such hyperbole is necessary if only to stand among the local press that this guy has been getting. I’ve seen Robert Ellis four times, all in the last month. The first was his triumphant return to Whiskey Wednesdays at Mango’s. A friend said, you should come to this. I went in blind. It’s been noted elsewhere just what it is that will blow you away about these shows. The Houston Press likened it to the Armadillo World Headquarters in the early ‘70s when Willie Nelson managed to get rednecks, hippies, bikers, and heads to stand in one room without killing each other. At Mango’s there were parents, grandparents, and a swath of young people that could be labeled (and negated) as hipsters, but let me try to illustrate it quickly: the best two-steppers had the most tattoos and piercings. A scant two weeks later, Whiskey Wednesdays was put on hiatus; although the promise of its rebirth at Fitzgerald’s in late September portends an autumn of delightfully nauseating Thursday mornings. On Saturday, Robert Ellis played two shows; check out a review of both, along with a ton of videos after the jump.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 Line-Up

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The 2010 edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest, taking place the 5th, 6th and 7th of November, announced its line-up yesterday, and oh boy it’s a strong one. The annual indie, punk, hip-hop and hardcore festival held in Austin’s Waterloo Park is set to feature an assorted list of performers including Devo, MGMT, Slick Rick, Man Man, RJD2, Pharoahe Monch, The Hold Steady, Mastodon, Animal Collective’s Deakin, Bad Religion, GWAR and nostalgic 90’s funnyman “Weird Al” Yankovic.

This four stage festival is sure to delight many with its wide range of performers – see who else will be performing over the course of the three days after the jump.

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