Keller Williams & More Than A Little @ Fitzgerald’s

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Keller Williams & More Than A Little @ Fitzgerald's

Keller Williams and his new band More Than A Little perform at Fitzgerald’s in Houston, TX on March 4, 2014.

I reviewed and photographed this show for the Houston Press. Check out my work on their music blog, Rocks Off.

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The Tontons, Octopus Project & Buxton @ Warehouse Live

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The Tontons, Octopus Project & Buxton @ Warehouse Live

The Tontons, fresh off the release of their latest record Make Out King And Other Stories Of Love, brought the new tunes to Warehouse Live for a release party featuring Austin’s Octopus Project and Houston’s own Buxton. Starting things off early with a rousing set of new material, Buxton didn’t play like an opener giving. They had a lot to prove apparently, and with a really great list of new songs on the bill they gave their everything to the early goers flooding into the venue.

Octopus Project gave us a short-but-sweet set that spanned the whole map of their discography. While I’ve seen the indietronica group pack the smaller room in that place all by themselves, it was cool to see them open up for one our burgeoning local bands. It really shows how far our local scene has come that a band of that caliber would graciously take the stage before the group of the evening, The Tontons.

It doesn’t seem like a day goes by without hearing about some major music publication mentioning The Tontons, and with a bunch of hype heading into next weeks SXSW, they are set for a big year. Their new record is a polished take on the brand of music they’ve been playing on Houston stages for the past 6 years. They’ve come a long way in that short period of time, and this performance showed why.

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Amos Lee & Langhorne Slim @ Bayou Music Center

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Amos Lee & Langhorne Slim @ Bayou Music Center

Amos Lee and Langhorne Slim rode to town on Friday night and treated a near sold-out show featuring solid performances from both singer-songwriters. Starting with a set from the Pennsylvania native, Slim entertained the crowd with just his guitar and sly smile. Between acoustic takes on some of his more love-themed tunes, Slim told of future failure in the lady department while he gained a whole new fan-base than he’s probably used too.

Playing to a seated crowd of mostly older white folk, Amos Lee came out strapped with an acoustic guitar and backed by a cast of top notch musicians rotating through every type of instrument under the sun. Lee jumps through a bevy of genres during his live show. At some points its the finest indie rock, other times country. When you think it was a twist when the band went bluegrass, they’d turn it into an R&B revue. He re-worked his own tunes both acoustically and with the band and added a batch of well-picked covers in the likes of Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls”, Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You”, The Five Stairsteps’ “Ooh Child,” and a double nod to Houston with Beyonce’s “All The Single Ladies” and H-Town’s “Knockin’ Da Boots.”

Both performers gave their all to their Friday night together, and were excited to be playing to so many more people than they’re used to in the Bayou City. They both have such a unique voice and style of playing that their tour together was the perfect fit. Langhorne Slim’s decision to play solo was a great idea, as it connected him with the specific audience that Amos Lee draws. While it was an older crowd, Lee livened it up just enough to bring a youthfulness to the room with his headlining set. It was a good concert which thankfully got out early enough for me to catch most of The Black Angels set at Fitzgerald’s later in the evening. Double show nights are the best.

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Pixies & Best Coast @ Bayou Music Center

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Pixies & Best Coast @ Bayou Music Center

Pixies & Best Coast perform at Bayou Music Center in Houston, TX on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

I photographed the show for the Houston Press. Check out my friend Cory Garcia’s words and my choice photos on Rocks Off

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings @ House of Blues

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings @ House Of Blues

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings performed at House of Blues in Houston, TX on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

I photographed the show for the Houston Press. Read my friend Chris Gray’s words and see some of my choice photos on Rocks Off.

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Dr. Dog @ Warehouse Live

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Dr. Dog @ Warehouse Live

Dr. Dog perform at Warehouse Live in Houston, TX on February 20, 2014.

Read my review and check out some more of my photos on Houston Press’ Rocks Off blog. Before the show, I interviewed Dr. Dog’s bassist Toby Leaman, which you can also find on Rocks Off.

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Young The Giant @ Bayou Music Center

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Young The Giant @ Bayou Music Center

Young The Giant perform at Bayou Music Center in Houston, TX on February 16, 2014.

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Snoop Dogg @ House Of Blues

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Snoop Dogg @ House Of Blues

Snoop Dogg performs at House Of Blues in Houston, TX on February 13, 2014.

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Queens of the Stone Age @ Bayou Music Center

1:21 am by

Queens of the Stone Age @ Bayou Music Center

Queens of the Stone Age came to Houston for a sold out Sunday night showcase at Bayou Music Center. After a long weekend of music that took me all over the map from Yuck to Paul Simon to Wild Moccasins to Sting to Superchunk to Queens, my energy was a bit on the drained side, but nothing can give me more energy than strapping on my camera and shooting a rock show.

And a rock show is certainly what we got. QOTSA frontman Josh Homme has perfected that suave lead singer/bad-ass guitarist combination, which has helped to vault the band to the successes they’ve seen over the past ten years. Yeah, they’ve got those Buzz rockers that many folks came to hear (including myself, as I’ve never been a regular listener), but it was their non-radio material that really shined throughout the performance.

I didn’t realize how much of their show relied on the quality playing of the band. I figured, mainly based to what I’ve heard from them on the radio, that we’d be hearing a ton of words from Homme through the night. But they focused on what people came to hear — the music. They fucking rocked. They played twelve minute improvisational rockers on top of their already tried and tested tracks, and at times reminded me of some of my favorite jam bands. After looking around, I noticed a few Dead shirts in the crowd. Guess I’m not the only one that’s made that comparison.

There’s a reason that QOTSA have become as big as they are, commanding such a large audience on a Sunday of a very busy musical weekend in Houston. They are just really good at what they do — true performers. I’m guessing their next stop in town will be at a much bigger venue, as the sold out crowd probably could’ve been joined by several more fans if the room would’ve allowed it. It’s cool to see a band of this size right before they become huge. I mean, they’re already pretty damn big, but they’re about to make that final leap into superstardom.

Glad I could catch them before they do.

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Wild Moccasins “88 92” Record Release @ Numbers

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Wild Moccasins, Young Mammals & Bagheera @ Fitzgerald's

Wild Moccasins performed at Numbers on February 8, 2014 for the release of their new album, 88 92. Young Mammals, Young Girls and Bagheera offered support.

I unfortunately missed Young Girls, yet caught burners from the Moccasins, the Mammals and Bagheera. The Moccasins pulled out all the stops with a set that focused heavily on the new record, one which features a dancey mix of culture-bending pop music that touches on a variety of different genres yet is deeply saturated in a healthy dose of the 80’s. The show in itself was also a throwback to the decade of cocaine and neon, with Numbers smacked in the face by a melee of glimmer funk that was fiercely pushed along by the underlying, yet pulsating bass and drum attack.

What was most noticeable about a band that I’ve seen more times than I could count on all of my digits, whom I’ve been seeing live ever since they were a band, was that they finally have that ‘it’ factor. You know, the one that can make a career as a musician or a band. Their time on the road with bigger acts such as recent tour mates of Montreal has certainly taught them a thing or two on how to put on a performance. They’ve finally tied all those little components together that they’ve been diligently tinkering with for oh so long, and have become one incredibly solid unit in all aspects of their being.

This show served as their coming of age. And boy did they come hard.

I’m proud of what you’ve become Moccasins, and am excited about your (very near) future. By the way, 88 92 is the best to be released from Houston in a long while.

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