15 Notable Houston Concerts of 2012

Categories: Live Shots

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Photo by Jay Lee
CRIMSON PROJEKT, Warehouse Live
it was a show I never thought I would get an opportunity to see: a reformed version of King Crimson that is actually an active touring unit. Consisting of most of the more recent line-up of the band, minus Robert Fripp, it was a really exciting moment to finally hear all those classics played live and also to hear not only how great all the musicians still are but how well those songs still hold up after all these years. (July 8) COREY DEITERMAN


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Photo by Victor Pena
SLAYER, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Slayer shows seem to take nothing out of the band -- it looks freakishly easy -- but their crowds are worn out by the midpoint of the set. That's a good thing. A Slayer festival set list is shorn down to the bare and bloody basics, though I was excited to hear "Disciple" from God Hates Us All (released on September 11, 2001 no less) mixed among World Painted Blood material. (July 11) CRAIG HLAVATY


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Photo by Abrahan Garza
SWANS, Fitzgerald's
you had to be attentive to every moving part onstage to get the full story. From my vantage point on the balcony I could watch pieces swell and retract. It was like watching a team weld together an installation piece. (September 15) CRAIG HLAVATY

Location Info

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Constellation Field

1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land, TX

Category: General

Numbers

300 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Arena Theatre

7326 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Fitzgerald's

2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX

Category: Music

Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Eleanor Tinsley Park

500 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX

Category: General

Bayou Music Center

520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Toyota Center

1510 Polk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Continental Club

3700 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music


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24 comments
Houston Press Rocks Off
Houston Press Rocks Off

Speaking for myself, I wouldn't put McCartney amongst everyone else. Not fair to lump him in with the rest. That show floats way above, but that's just me.

Travis Leatherwood
Travis Leatherwood

No McCartney? Him and Radiohead were my two favorites of the year. Also the El-P/Killer Mike/Exquire/Despot show at Warehouse Live was really really good too.

Creg Lovett
Creg Lovett

Slayer, ZZ, and the Lips. Also Jane's addiction was really good at Bayou Place. The first time they've been good in a really long time. And, not that any of you would know this, but Rufus Wainwright at Bayou Place was unspeakably good.

Houston Press Rocks Off
Houston Press Rocks Off

Matt Hackworth, I would have included seeing Mavis Staples, Herbie Hancock and Dr. John on this list if we had room, three acts I saw at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Houston Press Rocks Off
Houston Press Rocks Off

Matt Hackworth, disagree. Donovan and Bruce were both amazing shows. Would have been amazing here too. Plus, we covered them as part of SXSW.

Jason Torres
Jason Torres

Alabama Shakes @ Continental Club / Lee Fields @ Continental Club.

Matt Hackworth
Matt Hackworth

You are setting yourself up for ridicule when you have Austin concerts on this list.

Jon Harvey
Jon Harvey

Mountain Goats @ Fitzgerald's in January.

Thomas Dalton
Thomas Dalton

What Pamela Dalton said. Honorable mention to Fiona.Apple. Rise Against are always great live.

Eric Walters
Eric Walters

for reasons of it being very damn cool, Face To Face performing Ignorance is Bliss acoustic at Fitz. There was some crappy Dubstep or something thumping like a bastard upstairs that night, so they decided to just play out back on the patio while we all sat around campfire style on the new picnic tables. about 60 people got to see this and hang out with Trevor and Scott, and it was much much cooler than whatever was going on upstairs!! a one of a kind show.

Pamela Dalton
Pamela Dalton

McCartney was excellent and I am by no means a Beatles fan! Garbage was incredibly amazing as well.

jenkinshouse55
jenkinshouse55

David Byrne + St. Vincent at The Hobby Center was my number one Houston show.  If I had better seats on the floor, McCartney would have been up there, but in the 400s section it wasn't as big of an impact...

Jake Rawls
Jake Rawls

Without a doubt, Paul McCartney. Nada Surf at Fitz was also exceptional.

Twee
Twee

Couple of non-Houston shows in this list of notable Houston concerts...

Benjamin Yaker
Benjamin Yaker

Saint Vitus and Dixie Witch at Fitzgerald's on 5/31! The fact that my band opened and Wino joined us for a version of Pentagram's Sign of the Wolf probably makes me biased, but I don't care. Speaking of which, my band, Sanctus Bellum, is playing a full set of Pentagram material with Bobby Liebling of Pentagram at Rudyard's on 12/22/12. I'd also have to mention Royal Thunder's set on Halloween at Rudyard's.

Andrew Schmidt
Andrew Schmidt

blondie looks a bit like peelander yellow these days.

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