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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Buxton – “Boy Of Nine”

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Houston has seen an influx of bands on the rise in the past year, and one of the frontrunners for Houston’s biggest band comes in the form of five of the nicest guys you could meet and one great little lady. Buxton has slowly yet surely made a name for themselves in Houston, and with the help of their new album, Nothing Here Seems Strange soon to be released via New West Records, they have a great opportunity to become known in a lot more markets than their hometown. Recently touted by Esquire Magazine as one of their 2012 artists to watch, Buxton seem to be already gaining a whole heap of new fans several weeks before Nothing Here Seems Strange even hits shelves.

I’ve had a hold of the album for a while now, and have had the ability to truly let it sink in. The ten track effort brings the songs I’ve loved live to a whole new world with beefed-up instrumentation, precise mastering and mixing and an overall haunting feel to the entire album. I’ve been saying these guys were going to be big for quite some time, so it’s been really great to see their rise from a couple of fresh-faced kids from Podunk, Texas to a national touring act on the verge of breaking into the big time.

New West released Buxton’s first video from the new album which features the song “Boy Of Nine.” The video takes us through the lyrics of the tune, handwritten in front of our very eyes, as well as a flashing array of past tour footage and still frames of the band looking ever so serious.

I took a bunch of pictures of Buxton at their recent New Year’s Eve celebration that took place at Houston’s Fitzgerald’s. Check those out, as well as a video of them covering Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” from the same night after the jump.

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My Morning Jacket & Delta Spirit @ Verizon Wireless Theater

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My Morning Jacket

This past Thursday, two of BOT’s favorite bands made their way to Houston’s Verizon Wireless Theater for a three and a half hour performance. We made it there just in time for the beginning of Delta Spirit, and had no problem rocking out all the way through My Morning Jacket‘s final notes of the evening.

Read all about the show and check out a whole bunch 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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Backseat Jukebox: Deer Tick

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My good friend Mark Austin has recently revamped his web series, Back Seat Jukebox, and has posted a plethora of videos from the past few months featuring mostly Houston-based artists to go along with the new website. At Houston’s BestFest a few weekends ago, Austin talked the boys of Rhode Island group Deer Tick into taking a ride with him through downtown adorned in as much Monster Energy Drink gear as they could throw on while playing through one of their latest tracks, “The Bump,” from their most recent LP, Divine Providence. Despite cramped quarters, Deer Tick had no problem killing the acoustic version which sounds more like a comedic, bluesy B-side from Exile-era Rolling Stones rather than the norm from the indie-folksters.

Head on over to the Back Seat Jukebox website to see more videos from the likes of Robert Ellis, Buxton, Fat Tony, Young Girls, B L A C K I E, Mason Lankford, Come See My Dead Person and a whole bunch more. There’s so much good stuff over there, you’d be missing out if you didn’t stop by at least for a minute.

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deadmau5 @ Verizon Wireless Theater

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deadmau5 at Verizon Wireless Theater (Houston)

Regardless of whether or not you know who deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) is or have listened to his breed of electronica, you more than likely recognize his iconic mouse head. I wouldn’t even be surprised if my dad has seen it before. Last Friday night, homemade deadmau5 heads of all sizes and colors flocked to Verizon Wireless Theater for the sold-out Houston stop on his Meowingtons Hax Tour. For those who aren’t in the know, Professor Meowingtons is deadmau5’s cat.

Check out the rest of the review and more photos after the jump.

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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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