HPMA Showcase: Sunday's 12 Best Random Moments
Besides all the music, Rocks Off asked our writers to keep an eye out for the unusual at Sunday's HPMA showcase -- because it's everywhere -- and let us know if they found anything especially offbeat or otherwise noteworthy.
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Photo by Groovehouse thelastplaceyoulook, good neighbors
Best Sportsmanship: The fellas in thelastplaceyoulook forgo a few minutes of their closing set at the Bronze Peacock Room to accommodate the Niceguys, whose DJ Candlestick was a latecomer to the venue and in the slot before them. The Niceguys also managed to shout-out new Houston transplants We Were Wolves in their shortened set, who have apparently moved to Houston from Beaumont. Welcome aboard, duders. CRAIG HLAVATY
The Catacombs: Having only been in the Bronze Peacock's Foundation Room a few times before, I was unfamiliar with the layout. Around 8 o'clock, I moseyed that way in search of a restroom. After awkwardly leaning my head into three or four separate rooms, in which groups of people on the couch gawked at me with a look that read, "Who the hell are you?" I literally bumped into someone who seemed to be looking for the same thing as me. After I asked him if he knew where I could relieve myself, he shook his head and muttered, "It's like Pan's Labyrinth in here." MATTHEW KEEVER
Missed Connection: I don't know if it was connected -- I assume it was -- but right when Caretta Bell was telling the crowd at Lucky Strike her band's keyboardist had suddenly turned up missing, I happened to look at the drummer and he was on the phone. Not texting, talking. The lost musician turned up shortly, so the call must have worked. CHRIS GRAY
Photo by Groovehouse Caretta Bell
There Goes the Sun: Hearing Beatles cover band Beetle doing "Here Comes the Sun" inside Dirt Bar was a surreal, random moment. And, yeah, I double-checked the definition of surreal in the dictionary. One of the sunniest -- harhar -- songs in the Beatles catalog played with perfect, loving care inside one of the most decidedly nighttime-oriented bars in Houston.
The only thing better would be the Wild Moccasins covering the Archies inside Marfreless. Don't steal my idea. Apparently I also missed the Beetle-men covering "Yellow Submarine" with members of CHangoMan earlier in their set. Sad face supreme, with a side of woe is me. CRAIG HLAVATY