The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: Rosie Flores, Otep, Mission of Burma, Etc.
Rosie Flores, the Austin-based "Rockabilly Filly" and onetime L.A. cowpunk scenester who played the Continental Club with Mike Stinson in late July, circles back around to celebrate her birthday Tuesday at KPFT's monthy free-show series "Troubador Tuesdays" at Natachee's Supper & Punch.
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Back then, Flores told Rocks Off's own William Michael Smith about her work getting the music of Janis Martin -- the late rockabilly singer known as the "Female Elvis" -- released after nearly 60 years, as well as her own upcoming album Working Girl's Guitar and one not-competely-unsuprising reason why she never quite fit in in Nashville: "They took the punk and rock and roll parts out of me."
Dictionary.com defines "atavistic" as an entity that exhibits the characteristics of atavism, the sudden reappearance of traits of a distant ancestor that have disappeared in subsequent generations. Primitive, in other words, or throwback. Last year L.A.'s Otep titled their sixth album Atavist, and we're guessing it wasn't a coincidence.
Front woman Otep Shamaya, whose vivid lyrics advance both her leftist causes and occult spirituality, is certainly one of the most outspoken and unusual front women to emerge in the 2000s, in metal or any other genre. Her goth-inflected band's music neither asks for nor gives no quarter, even tacking on a cover of the Doors' "Not to Touch the Earth" to the end of Atavist. Otep plays Scout Bar in Clear Lake Wednesday with Butcher Babies, One Eyed Doll and Adamantium.
One of Austin's hardest-working, top-drawing groups for almost 20 years now, Mingo Fishtrap inaugurates the fall season of Discovery Green's Thursday-night free concert series, now sponsored by Green Mountain Energy. As most recently heard on 2011 LP In the Meantime, Fishtrap plays an endurance-testing, horn-heavy blend of rock, soul, R&B and the oft-maligned "jam-band" designation. They're partial to the second-line sound of New Orleans' finest like the Meters and Rebirth Brass Band, but they like Stax and Motown too, and their live shows are a workout.
Joining Fishtrap is local rocksteady wonders and reigning HPMA Best New Act the Suffers. For the past few weeks, the group's Twitter account has been clogged with terse reports from their album in progress; Pink's Pizza figures heavily. This free show starts around 6:30 p.m.