Portugal. The Man @ Fitzgerald’s

May 31, 2011 by

Portugal. The Man @ Fitzgerald's

On a Saturday night, there are always plenty of options to choose from musically in our city of Houston. Hell, there were two solid shows at Fitzgerald’s that night alone. While I had the chance to check out the other one briefly (Wanda Jackson, who was awesome!), my choice performance of the evening was Portugal. The Man in the upstairs room at Fitz. This was my third showing from the Oregonians in a little over a year, including last year’s Warehouse Live performance and at Austin City Limits in the fall, so I was no stranger to what they were going to bring to the table live – a solid performance to a packed and sweaty room. The younger audience was much more apparent at this show, rather than the other two, mostly due to a growing radio presence, and the use of their songs in hit teen television programming. Usually it doesn’t bother me when the younger music aficionado’s of Houston join the ranks of us seasoned concert goer’s, but for this particular occasion it was a bit too much. Bringing their high-pitched vocals with them, the quieter songs of the evening, particularly during opener Telekinesis’ set, were all but ruined by the rumblings of the tweens. Thankfully, Portugal. The Man decided to play louder than usual that night, because they destroyed any chance of the kiddo’s conversing throughout the majority of their set. That, and eventually half of them got kicked out for drinking underage just in time for us to enjoy songs like “People Say,” “AKA M80 The Wolf” and a flawless cover of Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind.” All was perfect in the world when they closed their heavier than usual set with the rocker “Chicago,” one of my personal favorites of their growing cannon of songs. It was a great show overall, but would’ve been better if Fitz was 21 and over. Can’t win ‘em all!

Check out the rest of my smoke and laser-filled shots and peep the full setlist after the jump.

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The Avett Brothers @ Verizon Wireless Theater

May 26, 2011 by

The Avett Brothers @ Verizon Wireless Theater

This past Friday, The Avett Brothers, one of BOT’s favorites, made their way to Houston for a make-up show from last months cancellation due to a birth in the family. Well, they more than made up for it with a setlist that featured a wide array of their material from their entire catalog. While we didn’t get a chance to hear some staple songs like “Shame,” “The Perfect Space,” “Die Die Die” and “Weight Of Lies,” the show focused more on material that they rarely play along with some of their bigger songs from both Emotionalism and I and Love and You including “Laundry Room,” “Paranoia in B-Flat Major,” “Kick Drum Heart” and “Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise.” While these songs were all highlights, it was their older and rarer songs and covers like “Colorshow,” “Blue Ridge Mountain Blues” and show-closing “Down In The Valley To Pray” that were the true set standouts. The most memorable moment of the show was a cover of David Childress’ “Prettiest Thing” that was placed in between a sandwich of “When I Drink” and my favorite Avett song “Murder In The City.” Three acoustics in a row… not bad! I’ve now had the pleasure of seeing the Avett Brothers on numerous occasions, but this show was unlike any other. They’re not touring in support of any album, which gives them the opportunity to push the boundaries of song selection and placement, so this is a great time to catch them as you don’t know what you’ll get from the boys. I’m sure they’re working on a new album, which was proven by a few choice new tunes played that evening, so as soon as that drops expect shows to get a bit more standard. Until then, though, I’d highly recommend catching them live if you have the chance.

Check out my photographs of the show and the full setlist after the jump

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Rusko @ Warehouse Live

May 16, 2011 by

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.

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Wilco @ Verizon Wireless Theater

May 15, 2011 by

Wilco @ Verizon Wireless Theater

It’s been a long three years since Chicago alt-rockers Wilco last played a show here in Houston, but when Jeff Tweedy and the boys stepped foot on stage last Friday night at Verizon Wireless Theater, it was more like a meeting with an really good friend you barely get to see rather than the long awaited return it felt like during the days leading up to the show. For my seventh (I think?) Wilco show, I was even more excited than the rest as I now had the opportunity to tote along my camera and stand front and center for the first three songs. I’ve been dying to photograph Tweedy in specific for quite some time, so to finally get that opportunity was out of this world. On top of the photography gig, they pulled off quite the spectacular show with a great setlist to boot.

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Railroad Revival Tour: Marfa

May 15, 2011 by

Railroad Revival Tour

A few weeks ago, on Easter Sunday, I had the incredible opportunity to travel all the way to the other side of Texas, to the tiny town of Marfa, TX. The occasion had nothing to do with the holiday, but rather to be a part of a one of a kind event known as the Railroad Revival Tour. Making six stops from Oakland, CA all the way to New Orleans, a vintage train carried the likes of Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show throughout the American Southwest on a tour that highlighted collaboration amongst the groups above anything else. While the tour also stopped in Austin and New Orleans, much closer destinations than the rest, I opted to put my press request in for Marfa, a good ten hour road trip from Houston. I’d never been to West Texas, so I figured this was as good of a time as any, especially with the stacked list of performers slated to play. We packed our car, and drove off into the afternoon sun, a day before the show to ensure we’d make it on time. After a day gone by, we pulled into Marfa and headed straight towards the one and only bar in town.

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