Last Night: Canned Acoustica III At Warehouse Live

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Deep Ella
Canned Acoustica III
Warehouse Live Green Room
May 26- 2011

How do you soundtrack a good cause? Why, yes, with a good dose of what our friend Haj calls "folksy acoustic stuff." There was plenty on display Thursday at Canned Acoustica III, a homegrown charity event which spotlights local musicians while helping a great cause.

The third installment was a benefit for the Japanese Red Cross Society. For a criminally low $5 donation, fans saw performances by Two Star Symphony, Fat Tony, Hilary Sloan, The Manichean, Jeff Crowder (of Deep Ella), Holy Fiction, The Handshake, Tax The Wolf, and Alicia Gianni.

Host and mustache therapist Mills McCoin kept the crowd thoroughly entertained in between sets, tossing jabs at everyone from band members to chatterboxes.

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Among the highlights was Hilary Sloan (above), who set her love narratives against the backdrop of a giggly fiddle. Her voice pierced every corner of Warehouse Live's Green Room and probably scared a few rodents out of their holes.

Almost every song utilized the same build and release system, starting calm and ultimately exploding into an ecstatic yowl. Sloan's pensive performance starkly contrasted the sunny disposition of what was to follow.

Jeff Crowder of the band Deep Ella brought some lighthearted acoustic fun to the room. "I contemplated doing this solo," said Crowder, "but I thought it would be fun to bring this guys with me." Flanked by his bandmates, Crowder gave the crowd a brief tour of his solo cuts, a new Deep Ella song, and a cover of Radiohead's "Black Star."

Another highlight of the evening was Holy Fiction. The six-piece ensemble synthesized smart and sophisticated without being pretentious.

Location Info


Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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It's "acoustic folksy shit." I demand that the Houston Press write an entirely separate article apologizing for misquoting me, while emphasizing the importance of jouranlistic ethics and integrity. I am so angry.


Saw Holy Fiction for the first time at Canned Acoustica on Thursday and was blown away--then went to see them on Friday at the Mink..These guys are effing amazing live. Def one of the best bands in Houston and makes me wonder, how many other awesome bands are hiding in the shadows of Houston?

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so good i "liked" the "some guy" quote twice #TrainwreckTony


what about the other bands?

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some guy

Any other video besides trainwreck Tony? That can't be the highlight of the show

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