Chris Gray Day

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This upcoming Saturday, Houston’s first festival of the year is going to take place in the Main street compound of The Continental Club and Big Top Bar from 10 in the morning all the way until they close their doors at the end of the night. The festival is a benefit concert for my good buddy and boss at the Houston Press Chris Gray, who suffered a major heart attack back in late October, and is now dealing with a heap of growing medical bills. Gray has made it back to his full music loving self, and plans to return to his post come February, but for now we can celebrate his health with a walloping day of music this weekend. Tons of great bands have stepped up to play this event which Gray partially curated, including a recent addition of the one and only Hayes Carll who we caught not long ago at House of Blues.

The tickets are a minimum donation of $20, and you can pick those up either here or when you arrive at the door on Saturday. Remember to get there early to try and bid on one of several great auction items which will include signed pieces of merch from the likes of Willie Nelson, Wilco, Steve Earle, Local Natives and Charlie Louvin as well as a bunch of other great music related stuff.

It should be a great day of music which you can start planning with the full schedule that you’ll find after the jump.

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Buxton – “Boy Of Nine”

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Houston has seen an influx of bands on the rise in the past year, and one of the frontrunners for Houston’s biggest band comes in the form of five of the nicest guys you could meet and one great little lady. Buxton has slowly yet surely made a name for themselves in Houston, and with the help of their new album, Nothing Here Seems Strange soon to be released via New West Records, they have a great opportunity to become known in a lot more markets than their hometown. Recently touted by Esquire Magazine as one of their 2012 artists to watch, Buxton seem to be already gaining a whole heap of new fans several weeks before Nothing Here Seems Strange even hits shelves.

I’ve had a hold of the album for a while now, and have had the ability to truly let it sink in. The ten track effort brings the songs I’ve loved live to a whole new world with beefed-up instrumentation, precise mastering and mixing and an overall haunting feel to the entire album. I’ve been saying these guys were going to be big for quite some time, so it’s been really great to see their rise from a couple of fresh-faced kids from Podunk, Texas to a national touring act on the verge of breaking into the big time.

New West released Buxton’s first video from the new album which features the song “Boy Of Nine.” The video takes us through the lyrics of the tune, handwritten in front of our very eyes, as well as a flashing array of past tour footage and still frames of the band looking ever so serious.

I took a bunch of pictures of Buxton at their recent New Year’s Eve celebration that took place at Houston’s Fitzgerald’s. Check those out, as well as a video of them covering Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” from the same night after the jump.

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Wakarusa 2012 Initial Line-up Announcement

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Wakarusa 2011

Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival released yesterday the first of three rounds of line-up announcements for this year’s event. The line-up includes Pretty Lights, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio, and G. Love & Special Sauce.

This year’s event continues on Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas and runs from May 31 to June 3.

Get your tickets pronto, friends. I’m already excited about this year.

The rest of the line-up will be announced on the festival’s facebook page on January 12 and 19.

Check out the complete list of artists after the break.

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My Morning Jacket & Delta Spirit @ Verizon Wireless Theater

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My Morning Jacket

This past Thursday, two of BOT’s favorite bands made their way to Houston’s Verizon Wireless Theater for a three and a half hour performance. We made it there just in time for the beginning of Delta Spirit, and had no problem rocking out all the way through My Morning Jacket‘s final notes of the evening.

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

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Voodoo Experience 2011: Friday In Review And Photos

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My sixth Voodoo Experience has come and gone, leaving nothing but the taste of booze and debauchery in my mouth. Friday started out with a bang as BOT caught performances from headliners Soundgarden, as well as a full day card featuring the likes of Band of Horses, Steve Angello, Ani DiFranco, Major Lazer, Dirty South, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Mates Of State, The Wombats and Peelander-Z.

Read all about the day and check out a ton of photos after the jump

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Via Colori 2011

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This upcoming weekend features one of my favorite events of the year. Mixing music with art is always a good time, but even better when it features a host of Houston’s best bands as well as a form of art that is not your normal everyday stuff. The best part is that it’s completely free! Via Colori is a street chalk art event that features some incredibly talented artists working for two straight days to bring some eye-popping masterpieces to the asphalt surrounding Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston. While you wander the streets to see some of the amazing pieces of work, you can also hop from stage to stage while drinking a beer, or dining on some quality bites from vendors around the park. Saturday, November 19th, features a cultural mix of great Houston talent including Klockwork, The Zydeco Dots, Solero Flamenco, Ceeplus Bad Knives, Jerk Store and The Texas Toast among others. Sunday, the 20th, features a Houston indie-scene’s who’s who with the likes of Roky Moon And Bolt!, Sideshow Tramps, Benjamin Wesley, Ancient Cat Society, Spain Colored Orange, The Literary Greats, Andrew Karnavas and Two Star Symphony.

My friend over at The Center For Hearing And Speech, the beneficiary who puts on the yearly event, books all the bands, and I can definitely tell which day she personally picked over which day she had to pick to make her bosses happy. Doesn’t matter, should be a solid event all weekend. I’ve always enjoyed myself at Via Colori over the years, but this year definitely promises to be the best one yet.

You can check out the full schedule of bands after the jump.

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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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Grouplove, The Belle Brigade, White Arrows @ Fitzgerald’s

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Hype can be a big thorn in the side if you can’t live up to it when you stroll into town for a live gig. Hype can also be multiplied ten-fold when you stroll into said venue and kill it. It certainly was the latter rather than the former for all three LA-based groups that took the upstairs stage at Houston’s Fitzgerald’s – headliner Grouplove and opening acts The Belle Brigade and White Arrows.

Read about the show and check out some pictures after the jump

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UtopiaFest 2011: Saturday in Review and Pictures

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The second and only full day of UtopiaFest started off a little slow, as each member of our party tried to remedy their hangover in their own specific way. GWIB (Gatorade, Weed, Ibuprofen, Bacon). That’s me. We had plans to make it down the hill for the first of many bands of the day, but it took a little extra time for us to finally get moving.

Read all about Saturday at Utopia after the jump

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UtopiaFest 2011: Friday in Review and Photos

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Last weekend, I joined a really good group of friends for a roadtrip to the third annual UtopiaFest, a small music and camping festival located in the hill country a ways west of San Antonio. Utopia featured a slew of both national and regional acts on their two stages over the course of Friday night and all day Saturday which culminated into a dance party of grand proportions. We enjoyed everything about the festival, especially the ease of travel from the campgrounds to the stages, intimacy of each show, completely relaxed vibe and the ability to bring as much booze around with you anywhere you wanted. The line-up was pretty freaking stellar as well.

Read all about Friday’s events after the jump

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