8 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Linus Pauling Quartet, Swap Meet, Etc.

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Artwork by Shelby Hohl
Houston's Linus Pauling Quartet releases their latest stupendous collection of screwed-and-chopped, hair-flipping stoner metal, Bag of Hammers, at Fitzgerald's with Modfag (featuring J.R. Delgado from Party Owls), From Beyond and Hearts of Animals. (Above is the uber-awesome cover art.) Congrats guys. Free show.

As long as blues legend Texas Johnny Brown keeps playing the Big Easy for $5, like he is tonight (9 p.m.), Rocks Off will continue recommending our readers go see him. It's a promise.

Poor Dumb Bastards return to Rudyard's this evening with Project Grimm and Luxurata. This one also looks like trouble.

Continuing the "shows that will be tough to sleep off Saturday" theme, Mango's has a free one tonight with White Crime, Lazer Cuntzz and Viper. The first two bands are also headed to the "Endless Bummer" showdown Saturday night at Austin's Spiderhouse, so that ought to be some drive back Sunday.

Don't forget it's Pride Houston 2012 pretty much all day Saturday, pretty much all over Montrose. See this blog for Rock's Off''s music picks. Here's the Houston Press' Pride 2012 Guide, too.

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Houston's Kathryn Hallberg plays a Cactus Music in-store at 3 p.m. Saturday to support her recent EP Nocturnal. Rocks Off's Jef With One F is kind of a fan. "Everything she does, including Nocturnal, is too good to stand," he wrote back in April. "I really, really hate this kid." Not playing: Leah White & the Magic Mirrors, who had to postpone their 1 p.m. event due to an "onstage injury sustained during the Sprinkler Dance." Ouch.

Now this looks like fun. Saturday evening Walter's is hosting another Swap Meet, described as a sort of "punk rock/indie garage sale." "We've had records, vintage clothes, bike parts, amps etc.," explains Treaty Oak Collective's Brandon Lemons. "We've got a dude screening shirts on site and steamboat ampworks provides all of the gear for bands (except guitars and drums)." Music this time by DJ Travis Smith and local prog-indie quartet excuseMEsir. 6 p.m., free.

Red Dirt rockers Cody Canada & the Departed burn down Firehouse Saloon Saturday night with the Scooter Brown Band, owners of the perfectly titled album Between Hell and Texas.

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Location Info


Walters Downtown

1120 Naylor, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Firehouse Saloon

5930 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cactus Music

2110 Portsmouth St., Houston, TX

Category: Music


403 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2010 Waugh, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club

5731 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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