Cate Le Bon @ Fitzgerald’s

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Rancid @ House Of Blues

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Rancid @ House Of Blues

Rancid’s a band that’s been close to my heart for the better part of fifteen years, every since I was a young teen sporting chain wallets and getting my band tees at Hot Topic on a regular basis. Well, if you could believe it, it’s been a very long time since I’ve stopped into a Hot Topic, and even longer since Rancid was at the forefront of my playlist, so when the California punkers made their way to Houston’s House of Blues it was a pretty major blast from the past.

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The Polyphonic Spree and The O's @ Fitzgerald's

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The Polyphonic Spree & The O

The Polyphonic Spree came to Houston last week, and boy were they great. On the final night of the tour, the 16 piece band gave it their all to a sweaty crowd in the upstairs venue at Fitzgerald”s. Openers, The O”s, started the night off right with their brand of bluegrass and folk. They reminded me most of the Avett Brothers, only with a touch more Dallas involved in their sound. I wrote all about the show for Houston Press” Rocks Off blog, so I”m gonna save my words here, but I have an overflow of photos from the night that I figured someone might like to see.

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Lil Wayne, T.I. & 2 Chainz @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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Lil Wayne, TI & 2 Chainz @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Sunday night is usually an evening to sit back, relax and get ready for your work week, but this past one was a bit different. Hip-hop heads from around the city made their way up to the Woodlands for a tour dubbed as “America’s Most Wanted,” featuring a slew of rappers, but namely T.I., 2 Chainz and the evenings headliner Lil Wayne. Since the shows at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion are usually a bit more family friendly, I’m not too sure if the folks that run the venue really knew what they were getting into by booking this one, but the night was upon us and away we went.

Read all about the show and check out a bunch of photos after the jump.

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Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms & Fastball @ Arena Theater

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Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms & Fastball @ Arena Theater

The “Under The Sun” tour made its way to Houston on Saturday, featuring Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms and Fastball. I reviewed and photographed the show for the Houston Press, but had a plethora of photos left over I thought to share. To read my words, head over to Houston Press’ Rocks Off blog. Otherwise, check out the rest of my photos after the jump.

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Heart & Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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Heart & Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Last Night, the Heartbreaker Tour hit the stage at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion featuring 70’s classic rockers Heart along with Jason Bonham, son of famed Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, with his Led Zeppelin Experience.

Going into the show I was a bit leery as aging rock acts are always hit or miss, but I love me some Heart so it was really no question on if I’d be in attendance. Thankfully I made it out, because it was pretty damn incredible.

Check out a bunch more words and photos as well as a link to my photos on Houston Press’ Rocks Off blog after the jump

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The Walkmen, Milo Greene & White Arrows @ Fitzgerald’s

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The Walkmen, Milo Greene & White Arrows @ Fitzgerald's

The fall music season is in full swing, and with a bounty of festivals in our area fast approaching, I can almost smell the patchouli in the air. With the onslaught of festivals come tours, and the amount of bands hitting Houston is certainly swelling from our late summer drought. This last weekend served as somewhat of a kickoff to my favorite time of year when Fitzgerald’s hosted The Walkmen and Milo Greene upstairs and White Arrows down. There were several other great shows going on around town, so I was expecting it to be a bit under attended, but as soon as The Walkmen came on, the building was nearing capacity.

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Beach House @ House Of Blues

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Beach House & Dustin Wong @ House Of Blues

Beach House came to town on Wednesday night, to the biggest venue yet for them in Houston, House Of Blues. I’ve seen them all over Houston and Austin at much smaller venues like the Orange Show and Walter’s on Washington, so it was a bit odd being surrounded by hundreds more people. It was definitely noticeable once Beach House were into some of their quieter songs, with the chatter level reminding me of a few years ago when Houston crowds were notoriously terrible in the department of paying attention. All didn’t matter, as it seemed like Beach House decided to combat the talking with louder more aggressive takes of some of their tunes, which made the entire set just that much better. Their latest record, Bloom, is on my regular play list, so it was nice to finally hear all of the new songs live. Match that with a huge list of old tunes, and it made for one hell of a set. While we originally planned on seeing Blondie and Devo at a venue across town, I’m glad we made the decision to head to HOB for the Beach House show. What a great time!

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

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Akron/Family & Hello Chief @ Fitzgerald’s

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Akron/Family & Hello Chief @ Fitzgerald's

Akron/Family and local openers Hello Chief hit the upstairs stage at Fitzgerald’s to a smaller than usual crowd, but had no trouble keeping everyone that made it to the show fixated on what they were offering. I hadn’t seen Akron/Family since they hit Walter’s a few years back with Warpaint and local heroes Buxton, so I was excited to see what they had to offer after putting out a few new albums since then. Openers Hello Chief, from just down the road in Beaumont, I’d heard of before, but had never listened to or seen. I walked in a few songs into their set, and was very surprised at what was coming from the stage. A trio of kids, that I’m not sure could buy a drink yet, were pumping out some very experimental tunes that perfectly fit with what Akron/Family has released over the years. They were what Animal Collective should sound like. Akron/Family, while starting out pretty slow, put on one of the most intense performances I’ve ever seen. I loved every minute of their set, which saw them performing both on and off of the stage for a good 90 minutes. Playing both new music which they are now currently recording in El Paso, and adding several more classic cuts from earlier efforts, the trio effortlessly twisted and turned their way through quite an entertaining set of music. From what I heard that night, their new record should be pretty aggressive, and I couldn’t be happier at the thought of that.

I took a bunch of pictures of both bands that night, which you can find after the jump.

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Free Press Summer Fest 2012 In Review

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Free Press Summer Fest

Another year of Houston”s biggest party, Free Press Summer Fest, has come and gone, leaving a trail of hangovers throughout the town. I”m finally starting to shape up from what was one of the best musical weekends of my life. Living much closer to the festival this year than ever before (three blocks away from the gate), we had the opportunity to catch pretty much the full weekend of music from the opening notes of the Sideshow Tramps on Saturday morning until Pretty Lights shut things down with a firework display that matched the intensity of his set on Sunday night.

Read about the weekend and check out a bunch of photos after the jump

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