Category: music

flaming lips

I think we’ve seen more shows in Houston over the last three years than all the years previous. Last night’s performance by the lips was one of the most theatrical and enjoyable of all time; mac deMarco did a great job priming the crowd. We were delighted to find that Wayne Coyne was as charismatic and eccentric as we’d hoped, belting out most of the classics and a couple of newer songs as well.  The band also put on a spectacular light show, punctuated by plenty of vibrant and crowd pleasing props.

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avett brothers

Per kind favor of good friends we were privileged to see avett brothers on the 18th down in sugarland. Energetic, touching show with a heartbreaking tribute to incredible talent chris cornell (a rendition of black hole sun). I fondly remember seeing avett brothers in ’07 during bumbershoot in seattle. Eddie vedder did a few surprise duets with crowded house, and I heard the shins live for the first time too. I digress.

pixies @ white oak

We took in the Pixies on April 30 at the bucolic outdoor venue at White Oak, right after an enjoyable hour or so at raven tower next door. The seating on the green hill with resplendent view of the stage and city skyline was perfect, as was the generous set from the Pixies. They powered through all the classics, including my favorite Velouria, throwing in a few new tracks that were just as good as anything they’ve ever done. The Houston weather over-delivered, providing a dry, temperate evening that overall made for one of our most memorable outings. pixies

sleigh bells @ granada theater

We made the trek to Dallas last weekend in the wolfsburg with new front suspension, making the ride on 45 north out of Houston slightly less hazardous than usual. Upon arrival, checked into the beautiful Magnolia hotel, former home to the old oil company of the same name (that ultimately became Mobil), replete with exquisite tiled ceilings and décor, circa early 20C.  Our uber driver informed us on the way to the Granada Theater that lower Greenville is home to a not insignificant St Patrick’s day parade, confirmed on arrival by the swaying lime green crowds. Swell. Turned out to be quite a friendly group, we even made some new friends in the hours before the Sleigh Bells show. Euphoric is the only way to describe their performance,  one that still reverberates in the ears and gladdens the heart. So very glad we made the pilgrimage.

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brmc @ house of blues

Several years ago now we had planned to see BRMC at (what is now called) levitation, alas, fire ants and sunshine intervened; you can read about the details here. We finally made it to one of our favorite acts, who played house of blues nov 3. The openers included deap vally (also from LA) and death from above 1979. Both bands complemented BRMC well, deap vally in particular was a really pleasant surprise, we hadn’t heard them before. Picture below of Bec with the ladies. Reassuring that there’s still a few bands out there carrying the torch in the name of rock / good music in an increasingly bland / middle of the road musical world.brmcdv

the kills

As usual I’m a little slow to the punch, however we took in the kills a couple of months ago at the White Oak Music Hall. Was an absolutely stellar show from the consummate musicians and performers. With almost unbearable levels of talent and chemistry, one of the best shows we’ve seen, in Houston or anywhere else.

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black angels

We managed to catch our favorite band a couple of months ago at the silver street studios, playing for free courtesy of lone star beer, along with other talented acts like the old 97’s. Was also Bec’s birthday weekend, making the show all the more memorable. Great set and venue, really looking forward to the next event at silver street studios.

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dandys

We took in the dandy warhols at numbers last thursday, after a perfect dinner at Rudyards. The dandys put on an outstanding show, still a great act twenty years later. The opener was the Shivas, a vibrant garage pop/rock outfit that lived up to the hype. All in all a stellar night out; good music and company is a gift.

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