Main Street Block Party

12:56 am by

The second annual Main Street Block Party is set to take place this Saturday, January 28, at what is informally known as “The Island.” Featuring a slew of bands playing across six different venues at Main and Alabama streets in Houston, Block Party will be the place to be all day. What Made Milwaukee Famous will make a rare Houston appearance, or rather a rare appearance for them at all these days. The rest of the line-up mainly consists of an upcoming wealth of Houston-based talent as well as some regional acts that’ve been gaining steam as of late. B L A C K I E, Tax The Wolf, Caddywhompus, Empress Hotel, The League Of Extraordinary G’s, The Handshake, Bang Bangz, The Prairie Cadets and The Literary Greats are all set to perform, as well as a ton of other great, upcoming bands.

I had the best of times at last year’s event which I was also shooting for the Houston Press. Check out my shots of the bands from 2011’s Block Party here and of the crowds here. Before that, though, check out the full line-up, including set times after the jump.

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Wilco & Popeye – “Dawned On Me”

2:31 pm by

Today, the interwebs have been abuzz about the latest viral offering from Chicago rockers Wilco, and for good reason. The new music video features not only an animated Wilco, but also the famed cartoon character Popeye The Sailor Man as well as his list of cronies including Olive Oyl, Bluto, Wimpy and Swee’ Pea. In the sketch, we find Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy vying for the hand of Olive Oyl, only to have a fight put up when Bluto and Popeye start to catch wind. In the end, despite Popeye’s best efforts, Tweedy takes home the prize. Enjoy!

You can read all about the video, pre-order the new iTunes sessions, and find out where you can get your fill of live Wilco in your area here.

It sure seems as if Tweedy and the boys have more fun than the rest.

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The Mountain Goats @ Fitzgerald’s

4:23 pm by

The Mountain Goats @ Fitzgerald's

It had been a long time since the last time John Darnielle had stepped foot in Houston, some 6 years ago when The Mountain Goats played at Mary Jane’s Fat Cat, a former Houston staple that has long since been closed. That was very apparent throughout their Friday night headlining show at Fitzgerald’s when Darnielle mentioned numerous times how sorry he was for denying Houston an appearance. He more than made up for it that night, though, as he brought an unbridled energy throughout the entire set.

Read all about the show and check out some photos after the jump.

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Buxton EPK & Driveway Sessions

2:25 pm by

You can stream Buxton‘s new album, Nothing Here Seems Strange, over at Paste Magazine‘s official site. Also, check out a bunch of tour dates and video of them performing stripped-down versions of their own “Blown A Fuse” and “Lynchburg Ferry” for Austin Harkey’s Driveway Sessions after the jump.

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Langhorne Slim @ Fitzgerald’s

5:57 pm by

Langhorne Slim @ Fitzgerald's

It’s been a pretty great 2012 for live music in Houston, but last week had to have been the best week yet. One of the main reasons was because of Langhorne Slim‘s long awaited return to Houston last Wednesday. With my parents in tow, we headed towards Fitzgerald’s to catch a rousing set from the Pennsylvania native. The downstairs crowd was thick enough to warrant energy from the band, but wasn’t as packed as I’ve seen it which made for better sight lines and less of a muddy tone to the sound. Opening his set with “Cinderella” from his latest LP Be Set Free, he continued throughout the entire show with constant high energy, even during the slower songs. The crowd was really into it, especially with songs like “Rebel Side Of Heaven,” “Hello Sunshine,” “Spinning Compass,” “Back To The Wild,” and particularly during “Worries” which has found a great deal of popularity with its inclusion in a recent, highly played insurance commercial. Closing the show with a rambunctious version of “And If It’s True,” that was highlighted by a ripping banjo solo mid song, Langhorne Slim and co. left the crowd sweaty and in need of more. Unfortunately we didn’t get anymore, but with the good turnout, and what seemed like good sales at the merch table, I’m sure it wont be long before we see him again.

I took a bunch of pictures while dancing along, and also captured “And If It’s True” on video – check them out after the jump.

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Old Settler’s Music Festival 2012

12:53 am by

Old Settler’s 2011 – photo by HashBrowns

Festival season is still a few months away, but now is the time of big decisions. Artist line-ups are dropping every single day, and with that we all have to figure out just where and when we’ll be traveling based on how good or bad the roster of bands are. Wakarusa just dropped their full list of bands, and it’s looking pretty nice, but another local festival was announced kind of under the radar. Old Settler’s Music Festival, which takes place south of Austin at the Salt Lick Pavilion, will feature a slew of great Rock, Americana and Bluegrass over the weekend of April 19-22. Headliners include indie folksters Iron & Wine, big-voiced singer songwriter Amos Lee, southern rockers Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and newgrass champions Railroad Earth.

A bunch of other bands will also be making their way down to the 25th anniversary of the festival. Check out the full line-up after the jump.

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Wakarusa 2012, Full Line-up Announced

7:36 pm by

Michael Franti & Spearhead @ Wakarusa

Earlier today, the final part of this year’s Wakarusa Camping and Music Festival line-up was released. One of the key names released today was The Avett Brothers (you know BOT’s HashBrowns is excited about that!) Making their comeback to Mulberry Mountain are also Slightly Stoopid and Ghostland Observatory.

The rest of the line-up released today includes Matisyahu, EOTO, and Perpetual Groove. You can find the complete line-up after the break. What do you think about it?

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Chris Gray Day In Photos

4:41 pm by

Chris Gray Day

This past Saturday, I headed down to the Main Street “Island” around 6 in the evening to enjoy some solid local music, hang out with a bunch of good friends and to help support my good buddy and boss at the Houston Press Chris Gray. I got there just in time for the start of Hayes Carll‘s set, who chose to perform stripped down with only an acoustic guitar and his voice box for a 45 minute romp of originals and covers. After Hayes finished up, we converged to the patio where we took over a table and started in on some good conversation. I jumped around inside Continental Club and Big Top to snap some pictures of Spain Colored Orange, Changoman, Electric Attitude and a host of other bands mostly playing a bunch of covers, but continually made it back out to our table of rotating cast members. After a while, we took to Big Top to catch great acoustic sets from both Benjamin Wesley and Joe Mathlete before the Wild Moccasins rained down their brand of indie dance pop on the growing crowd in the Continental Club. By the time Buxton hit the stage after the Moccasins, the crowd had surged, their energy being instantly transferred to the group onstage. They served as somewhat of a headliner that night, so it was fitting for them to round off their set with a cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” which was the perfect dedication to the man we were all celebrating that day.

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

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Wu-Tang Clan @ House Of Blues

3:17 pm by

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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Wakarusa 2012 Line-up Announcement, Part 2

11:06 pm by

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

The second part of the line-up announcement for this year’s Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival came earlier today. The additions include Primus, Umphrey’s McGee, Girl Talk and Fitz & the Tantrums.

The final announcement will be on the Jan. 19. Here’s the initial announcement, in case you missed it. Check out the list of additions to this year’s line-up after the break.

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