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.

Check out a whole bunch of photos from the show after the jump.

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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.

Check out a whole bunch of photos from the show after the jump.

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Disclosure @ Warehouse Live

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Disclosure @ Warehouse Live

Disclosure perform at Warehouse Live in Houston, TX on January 29, 2014

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Philip H. Anselmo @ Warehouse Live

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Philip H. Anselmo @ Warehouse Live

Philip H. Anselmo of Pantera performs at Fitzgerald’s in Houston, TX on January 10, 2014.

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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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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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Rusko @ Warehouse Live

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Rusko @ Warehouse Live

Whether you like it or not, dubstep is evolving into one of the most popular genres among younger electronic music fans. This statement became even more evident at the sold-out Rusko (Christopher Mercer) concert at Warehouse Live. He is one of the driving forces bringing dubstep more into the mainstream.

Read all about the show after the jump

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Scissor Sisters @ Warehouse Live

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Scissor Sisters @ Warehouse Live

I had the opportunity to take in a Scissor Sisters performance last week, and I feel like a much more enriched person after. It was intense – in the best way possible. The Ballroom was pretty full at Warehouse Live when Scissor Sisters took the stage, and everyone was pretty amped after the unexpectedly delectable opening set of BATHS just moments earlier. With an unadulterated energy flowing throughout the room, the Scissor Sisters turned the exuberant mass into a sweaty mess by midnight. Making Monday at WHL seem like a Saturday at South Beach, the hits kept flowing, and songs like “Take Your Mama,” “Mary,” “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'” and a peculiar take on Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” made people forget their inhibitions and go all out without the thought of hitting the job-front early in the morn. Confetti, thongs, Marc Brubaker look-a-likes making out with bears, Vin Diesel, leather, fishnets, chaps, booze: the greater things in life. What a show.

Check out my shots from the night after the jump.

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Todd Snider @ Warehouse Live (Studio)

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Todd Snider is one of those guys whose lucky break always seems to be right around the corner – his undeniable talent and engrossing personality leave the universe no other option but to catapult him towards all his wildest dreams, right?  Well, brothers and sisters, I think they have.  It’s rare to see a performer as happy onstage as Mr. Snider was last Thursday – breaking into a grin every time a bandmate nailed a solo or the crowd nailed a singalong.  Who needs success on Nashville’s terms?  As he says in “Just Like Old Times” – “We’re living out a different kind of American dream.”  Most of us packed into the Warehouse Live Studio last Thursday feel the same way.  Some of us were already converts, and those that weren’t assuredly left as washed-in-the-blood Snider evangelists.  I arrived towards the end of Great American Taxi’s set, which closed with Robert Earl Keen’s “I’m Coming Home” and their own “Good Night to Boogie.”  Read on for my take on Todd and the Taxi’s performance, the setlist, and Eggs’ photos.

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Win Tickets To See The Scissor Sisters 4/4 @ Warehouse Live

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We are giving away a pair of tickets to see The Scissor Sisters at Warehouse Live in Houston, TX on Monday, April 4th. All you have to do to win is leave a comment after the jump, linking this contest page to Facebook. We will be choosing the winner on the day before the show, Sunday, April 3rd, and will announce it both on BOT, and through the winners Facebook. Good luck!


As always, thanks to the fine folks at Warehouse Live for giving us so many great tickets to give away! You guys and gals are a bunch of bad-asses!

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