Buxton & The Donkeys @ Rudyard’s

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Buxton & The Donkeys @ Rudyard's

Buxton & The Donkeys perform at Rudyard’s in Houston, TX on March 10, 2014.

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

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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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Buxton EPK & Driveway Sessions

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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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Chris Gray Day In Photos

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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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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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