Townes Van Zandt w/ Blaze Foley – Snowing on Raton

Mar 7, 2011 by

What’s on your agenda today, y’all? Perhaps exercise, dinner, a show, Netflix, and/or casual alcoholism? If you don’t have “watch Townes Van Zandt videos until you run out of tears” penciled into your Trapper Keeper’s calendar entry for March 7th, then you have shamed your family by forgetting what today is: Townes Van Zandt’s birthday. The heartbreaker’s heartbreaker would have turned 67 today, so “have a little shot of booze and play a blue and wailing song” in his honor. The above video features Townes playing “Snowing on Raton” with another performer who was lost too soon, Blaze Foley.

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Welcome To Breakfast On Tour 2.0

Mar 7, 2011 by

It’s been a long time coming, but Breakfast On Tour has finally undergone a complete transformation. Thanks to Mss. HashBrowns and Cafe Con Leche, we have a fresh new look to the website, and I couldn’t be happier! Things have been kinda slow around here lately, but with the new design, plan to see loads of content in the very near future. If you would’ve asked me when starting this website that it would blossom into what it has become, I would’ve given you a crazy look. I’m so proud of my baby, and couldn’t continue to do it without the amazing BOT staff that have put so much time and effort into making everything about this website so much bigger and better.

Here’s to a great future for BOT!

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Pitchfork Features Fat Tony’s New Video “Nigga You Ain’t Fat”

Mar 3, 2011 by

Houston’s best rapper and local indie music champion, Fat Tony, recently unveiled his video for “Nigga U Ain’t Fat,” the first track off his RABDARGAB LP. As of today, the video is being featured on Pitchfork.com. Houston hipsters, we have arrived! loljk.

The video, directed by Joey Graham, follows iPodAmmo as he hallucinates Fat Tony’s disembodied, rapping head and, more disturbingly, body parts that transform into food, like Kit-Kat fingers, spaghetti hair, and a human cupcake. A ravenous Ammo can only hold out so long.

There’s also a fantastic performance by Katie Menowsky, a friend of the blog!

And once you’ve seen Fat Tony’s video, be sure to buy his shit at your favorite independent record store, or iTunes if you’re lazy.

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Free Press Summer Fest 2011 Line-Up

Feb 15, 2011 by

Free Press Summerfest 2010: Saturday, June 5

Last night, while lovers were spending their precious little Hallmark holiday moments together, the people behind Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest were treating the fine music loving folks of this fair city to the announcement we’ve all been waiting for. For the past few weeks, tons of speculation over who would be playing the third-year event clouded the minds of those who have been waiting since The Flaming Lips played their final notes last year. Well, the wait is over. Omar at Free Press and Jagi at Pegstar and the many other people behind Summer Fest have been working diligently to make this year the biggest and best to date, and with a line-up that features the likes of Weezer, MF Doom, Ween and Yeasayer among many others, they have already stepped up their game.

As an avid festival goer, to have something of this magnitude a mile from my doorstep is something else. It’s slowly and steadily helping to transform Houston to a destination for music, rather than a place bands avoid. Add to that the many great local bands, like Buxton, Grandfather Child, Robert Ellis and The Wild Moccasins, that are picked to grace the stages of Summer Fest, and I couldn’t think of another place I’d rather be that weekend.

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Keller Williams @ Fitzgerald’s

Feb 7, 2011 by

Keller Williams @ Fitzgerald's

For the first time in over five years, time and travel tested performer Keller Williams brought his one-man circus to the most appropriate venue I’ve seen him at in years, Houston’s newly revamped hot-spot Fitzgerald’s. After a conversation Bacon and I had with Kellerlast year before his gig in Dallas, we learned his absence in Houston was due to many things, but mainly stemmed back to his young children and his propensity to be with them on more of a regular occasion. No worries Keller, we still love you and will welcome you with open arms any time you decide to come back. Hopefully, though, it’s sooner than 2016.

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Flogging Molly Kick-Off Tour in Texas

Feb 3, 2011 by

flogging molly

In case you weren”t aware, St. Patty”s day is around the corner. For seven years, the countdown has been kicked off by Flogging Molly with a celebratory Green 17 Tour. And this is no ordinary tour. Standard Flogging Molly shows are intense – but Green 17 lets the band celebrate St. Patty”s day each night – resulting in an unprecedented evening of musical chaos.

And strangely enough, Green 17 is kicking off in Dallas on the 8th. We”re so Irish. Plus, they”re hitting Houston the day after, so we Texans are banking. If that isn”t enough – they”ll also be debuting material from the new album due out in May. Trifecta.

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Peace From The Hills CD Release

Feb 1, 2011 by

Peace From The Hills CD Release @ Arsaga's

Fayetteville is home to a great artistic community, proof of that was the Peace From The Hills CD release party at Arsaga’s on Wednesday, January 26.

Peace From The Hills is a compilation of music and poetry by local Fayetteville artists intended to help support A Ride Till The End.

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Tame Impala @ The Loft with Stardeath and the White Dwarfs and Kuroma

Jan 11, 2011 by

Tame Impala

I knew it was going to be a great night before I even entered The Loft, but more on that later. This particular evening, I went to The Loft to see the headlining band Tame Impala. There were also two solid opening acts that I wanted to catch as well – Stardeath and the White Dwarfs and Kuroma. I would say that all three bands have a psychedelic rock sound, but it’s as if they’re influenced from different decades. Tame Impala would be more of the 60’s/70’s, Stardeath is more modern, and Kuroma would be the 80’s.

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Wakarusa 2011 Initial Lineup

Jan 7, 2011 by

Welcome to Wakarusa

Waka waka. The initial lineup for one of BoT’s favorite festivals has been announced, and it’s so good it makes me sad. Sad because it means us Houstonians will probably be forced to skip Houston’s premiere local fest, Free Press Summer Fest, to attend. With a lineup that includes My Morning Jacket, Mumford and Sons, Umphrey’s McGee, Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Thievery Corporation, Galactic, Ghostland Observatory, and Langhorne Slim, how could we not? Add in the fact that it’s in the most beautiful festival setting I’ve ever experienced and will be chock full of old friends and Arkansas family, and I think the decision has been made. If the Free Press lineup can Top That I will bow down at their altar and sacrifice a hippie. Check out the full lineup:

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RIP Frankie 45 *Updated*

Jan 3, 2011 by

Frankie 45

Photo by Allison V. Smith

Yesterday was a sad day in Dallas music. Frankie Campagna, lead singer of greaser punk band Spector 45, passed away. Frankie, or Frankie 45 as his friends affectionately called him, has been playing music in venues across Dallas for nearly a decade, and his energetic, wild shows had been getting more and more attention. They were named the best Dallas punk band in 2009 and 2010, and their song “Try, Try, Try” was named one of the best local songs of 2010 by the Dallas Observer. I had the privilege of seeing Spector 45 perform at the Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase, and to call him a friend.

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