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Westheimer Block Party Lineup Announced

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The annual Westheimer Block Party is coming up Saturday March 24 and the Free Press has announced this year’s lineup:

Penny Royal, Satin Hooks, Scattered Pages, Cee Plus and the House of Bad Knives, Thee Armada, Generic Tribe, Arthur Yoria, Medicine Show, the Dimes, Free Radicals, Muzak John, .belville, Nosaprise, Stadium, Umbrella Man, Flowers to Hide, Honeysuckle, 9Volt, Guy Schwartz, Brains for Dinner, Guns of Detroit, Ninja Stars, National Electric, Police State America, the Krinkles, Million Year Dance, SkyBlue72, Doo Doo Butter, Novice, Mic Skills, the Jane Frequency, Standing Souls, Generation Landslide, Cartwheels in Central Park, Deep Above Surface, the Riff Tiffs, Poison Apple Martini and Organ Failure.

WBP promises 40+ bands, live guerilla arts, come and zine fest, boys, girls, food, booze and police repression spread across Numbers, La Strada, Mango’s and Helios. Sounds like riot… er, a good time. So, get out there and support local music, the Montrose and Houston life in general.

If you randomly happen to be in Austin today – buy your SXSW music wrist bands!

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Are you a SXSW junkie? Will you be getting your geek on during the Interactive conference? Or perhaps rocking your proverbial socks off at the music fest is more your speed? Then you should know this (via the Austin Metblog):

I just got the text message from SXSW.

Waterloo Records (NW corner of 6th and Lamar) is selling SXSW wristbands as of right now. 2 per person. Cash or credit cards.

Don’t kill anyone on the way down there.

Check out the SXSW 2007 bands here. Some of the Houston Metblog kids will be attending the Interactive festival. Let us know if you’ll be there and we’ll drink beer together!

Spawn Lake Trilogy continues…

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Beans Barton & the Bi-Peds has been a Houston institution for more than 20 years. The band will be playing tonight at Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar in the Heights, and the show is something that I think everyone should see at least once. It’s almost impossible to describe, but essentially you’ve got a rock opera involving aliens, open mic night, Elvis, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Lawrence Welk and others rolled into a 2.5 to 3 hour first set that will blow your mind. During the songs the lead singer will be working on a painting, starting from scratch on a blank canvas at every show, and at the end of the night auctioning it off to benefit the Houston Food Bank. And get this: The last few performances of this show have ended in a cliff-hanger. When’s the last time you went to a rock concert and were left hanging at the end wanting to know what happened when the Dark Guitar was stolen?

Belly dancers start the show at 9:15, and the band goes on at around 10. Cover is $10. I don’t know if it’s an all ages show or not, but parents regularly bring their kids, so it’s at least family friendly. (With a band that’s been playing for 20 years, a lot of fans have started families of their own and tend to introduce them to the experience at an early age…) Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar, 1031 E. 24th St., (713) 862-8707 for more info.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck probably doesn’t get near the attention it deserves, which is just fine for those of us who don’t like to share. Where else can you hear the best acts in Folk, Irish, & Americana music with a pint of Guinness or Murphy’s? Nowhere, that’s where. If you’ve never been to this venue, it’s not too late to add another New Year’s Resolution. Look for upcoming shows by Bruce & Kelly Robison, Bob Schneider, The Greencards, Mary Gauthier and Ruthie Foster.

Here’s a video from YouTube of Idgy Vaughn, Erin Condo, and Sofia Gray doing a great Vaughn tune “Mr. Wrong.”

If you’re into Irish, er, I mean Celtic music, it doesn’t get any better this side of the Atlantic than the Wednesday night Irish session. Here’s another video from a devoted fan.

Houston Podcast goodness – what are we missing?

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Here are a couple of random Houstonian tips of the day for you audio lovers:

I love music and I love people who make me feel aurally inadequate with their vast encyclopedic vats of miscellaneous musical know-how implanted in their brains. That’s why I like JMac, a transplanted Canadian music junkie making good in Houston. Be sure to check out his Low End Theory podcast for some really exceptional music selections and a lesson or two in beat-driven coolness.

The Metblog’s very own Chris Doelle has several very good Podcasts for you to keep up-to-date on Texas high school football (Lone Star Grid Iron) and Houston-area citizen journalism (This Week in Houston).

What are your favorite Houston podcasts?

…and a bit of counterculture on Saturday

Make sense this time.
Make sins sublime
Fake fins on pine
Bait bins are prime

Bipedular interaction-dancing of the bellymost
This weekender at the Dan.

BEANS BARTON AND THE BIPEDS
Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar and Campgrounds
No shoking smow
Belly Dancering @ 9:15ish
Mayhem and Haw @ 10ish

Absolutely Alive performance art auctioned to benefit the Houston Food Bank

Tree63 Performing at Sugarland, September 23rd

The Christian Rock band, from South Africa famous for their song, “Blessed be your name” would be performing at Sugarland, for Haiti’s Children Benefit.

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They will be performing at 2140 First Colony Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77479. The tickets, Cost $20.00 and you can contact :281-980-7070 for further information

Are you the next Pussycat Doll?

The new CW television network will be in town this Friday at an as-yet-unannounced location to hold auditions for a new reality show. Do you have what it takes to be the next Pussycat Doll?

As far as I can tell, you just need to be over 18, available to leave town to film the show for a few months, and have a bit of singing & dancing ability. Oh, and you should probably be a woman.

Head over to the CW’s website for the details on the audtion, and information on mailing in a tape if you’re not available on Friday.

I wish I could watch the audtions! They’re sure to have some real classics (much like the first episode of American Idol every season, which is the only one I’ve ever watched)! I’m off to Chicago for a little vacation…

Paul Van Dyk @ Warehouse Live This Wednesday

Not be outdone by DJ Tiesto’s recent set at Warehouse Live on a Wednesday, Paul Van Dyk, who was voted #1 DJ in the world for 2005, will be performing this Wednesday (that’s the day after tomorrow!) at Warehouse Live.

Those of you that are familiar with his sound know that he’s been in the business for a long time, and has graced the top 10 list of DJs since 1998. Expect a night filled with German style trance, with the occasional melodic tune in between.

General admission is $25, and VIP is $40. Doors open at 9pm. Click the image above to view the flyer.

Lit rock comes to Houston with Harry and the Potters

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File this one under extremely random and cool – Harry and the Potters are coming to Houston this Friday August 11th at Kicks Indoor Soccer.

Definitely a family-friendly, kid-focused show the 2 members of the band (Paul “Harry, Year 7” and Joe “Harry, Year 4) rock out to songs about Voldemort, the Gryiffindor quidditch team and other Harry Potter-related awesomeness.

The coolest part about them? They have a band reading list and promise free Harry Potter tooth brushes to anyone who reads one of their book list books and brings in a short book report. Gotta’ love those book geeks, seriously.

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