— Feathers and Wax

Live music in Houston: Spring 2016

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While Houston’s fantastic local music scene carries on apace year-round, there’s certainly a season for the touring bands that come through our city, and that season is beginning now.

It will amp up in mid-March as bands swing by on their way to or from South by Southwest, and it will peak in the summertime with Free Press Summer Fest and other big-name tours.

I’m happy the season is starting up again because until this past weekend, I hadn’t been to a show since…Peaches…in November. Yikes. Read on for the shows I’m the most excited about!

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I kicked off this year’s show-going with the War on Women set at Walter’s Downtown last weekend. I came for the driving punk rock guitar and drums and I stayed for the in-your-face feminist lyrics. It was like seeing the empowering, no-holds-barred, riot grrrl band of my dreams.

The group hails from Baltimore but lead singer and songwriter Shawna Potter is a Houston native, lending the “Don’t Mess With Texas” t-shirt she wore for the show a kind of insider irony rather than being an outright poke in the eye.

She won major bonus points from me when she admonished a bunch of dude moshers for knocking over her beer, ha.

“Keep it to this area in the middle,” she said to the guys, “and girls, you gotta start taking up some room too!”

A girl after my own heart. If you missed this one, be sure to check out their music on Spotify.

I may not go to all the shows I currently have on my calendar, but here are the ones I’m the most interested in:

  • Santigold, March 21 at House of Blues
  • Bleached, April 5 at Walter’s: This group has a totally dreamy, surf rock vibe going on.
  • M83, April 9 at White Oak Music Hall: Already have my ticket for this, can’t wait!
  • Operators, April 15 at The Raven Tower: I’m still sad that Handsome Furs broke up, but SO happy that Dan Boeckner has a new project with a similar sound.
  • Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, April 22 at Warehouse Live
  • Chvrches, April 29 at White Oak Music Hall
  • The Cure, May 14 at Toyota Center: This one is unlikely for me. Love The Cure, hate big arena venues, 10/10 would rather just put on a record at home.
  • Grimes, Florence + the Machine, May 17 at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion: Might end up being a ditto of the above. Love both of these ladies, but The Woodlands? Ugh.
  • Free Press Summer Fest, June 4-5 at Eleanor Tinsley Park: The lineup will be released next week! Check their site at 10am on Tuesday to see who’s playing. Lineup leaks: Swedish hardcore band Refused announced a FPSF date with its other tour dates, apparently unclear on the whole “don’t leak the fest lineup” concept. Refused is touring the US with the super-rad all-girl Atlanta punk rock band The Coathangers, so it stands to reason they will play the fest as well. I really hope this turns out to be the case because I love them. Also likely is another band on the Refused tour, California punk rockers Plague Vendor. We’ll see for sure next week!

There are also LOTS of great shows in mid-March, but I will miss most of them because of my trip to Mexico (not even mad about it). I remain fully heartbroken that Le Bucherettes cancelled their March date at Rudyard’s, and I really hope they book another Houston show soon.

If you want to find out what my list is lacking, check out Pegstar and Pollstar and see what’s going on.

What shows are you looking forward to this year?

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