Saturday: 21st Annual KTRU Outdoor Show At Rice University

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Photos by Travis Hensley
The Demonic Hen
KTRU Outdoor Show
Rice University
March 17, 2012

In spite of groovy, spacey melodies and an air of mystery about their set, emphasized in part by the lack of overhead light during their performance, the Lower Dens got the short end of the stick at the 21st annual KTRU Outdoor Show. Before the band was even set up onstage inside, people were already packing tightly around the outside stage for Slim Thug's impending performance.

After a 45-minute long set by his DJ, which had ladies from the crowd climbing onto the stage and dancing, the Boss began his set with "Houston," the single he, Paul Wall and Z-Ro released after the Texans clinched their first ever playoff birth, followed by "Like A Boss." The rest of his show was filled with well-known hits like "Still Tippin'" and "Three Kings," and a few oldies and shoutouts to the likes of DJ Screw were interspersed throughout for his more militant fans.

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Slim Thug
Our musically schizophrenic day began many hours earlier with The Demonic Hen, a group of freshly picked (read: young) vegetables (and one turtle?) who advised listeners of the importance of good nutrition. Knitting their message together with heavy guitar riffs, the oddly dressed ensemble, which resembled a parody of those old Hanes commercials, kept the crowd's attention for the entirety of their set.

Their name, we later learned, is actually something of an homage -- a misunderstanding, really -- to Houston's own the Manichean. The Demonic Hen's founding member, whom we will refer to by his dress as Eggplant, is a big fan of that group.

At his first Manichean show, when front man Cory Sinclair belted out, "We are 'the-maw-nuh-key-in," Eggplant heard, "We are Demonic Hen." So when Eggplant realized that the coolest band name he had ever heard wasn't actually spoken for, he rounded up a group of vegans and vegetarians and, under the heavy theatrical influence of GWAR, decided they would don costumes to inform the world of the of the significance of a healthy diet.

Crazy as it sounds, it actually worked. Though, we won't be eating an eggplant any time soon. No matter how much we enjoyed the set, our taste buds just won't take that leap.

Portland's The Thermals make our ears perk up with their upbeat, indie melodies spread thinly under singer Hutch Harris' high-pitched vocal lines. By far, they were our favorite performance of the day.



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7 comments
Dbcsez
Dbcsez

Good try, but that "turtle" is an avocado, Mr. Keever. And the squirrels were out & about, being typically chill Rice U. squirrels, waiting for somebody to drop something edible. I had a very cordial conversation with one of them.

David Cook
David Cook

funny youd say that about titus andronicus. they got rave reviews at sxsw for all their shows, and they truly were one of the best shows i saw. most of the people with me were in agreeance

Ted
Ted

Forgive me, but this show appears to be "inside" -- what gives with the location? Not familiar with Rice or their outdoor spaces.

Evan Mc.
Evan Mc.

Matt, let me make you some eggplant. I promise it will be delicious.

Guest
Guest

The name of the Titus Andronicus lead singer is Patrick Stickles. Eric Harm is the drummer. Maybe next time try to do a modicum of research for your articles. 

LOL
LOL

lol u r mad

Delmar
Delmar

Why don't you write the next article? Maybe because you don't have a modicum of talent for doing so. 

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