15 Notable Houston Concerts of 2012

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Photo by Jay Lee
BLONDIE, Arena Theatre
During "One Way or Another," the last song of the main set and one of several hard-charging rockers in a row, security had to remove an overexited woman who couldn't resist a little stage time herself not once but twice. Two different women, right back to back, almost on top of each other. By then, though, Blondie had been priming those two and many others in the crowd for a while. (September 19) CHRIS GRAY


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Photo by Marco Torres
ACTION BRONSON, Numbers
Once the Queens rapper made it to Houston, we were treated with a magical night. Bronsalino began his set onstage, then migrated into the crowd, to the bar, and eventually onto Westheimer. His fans followed him out into the street like lemmings, basking in his unpredictability and grateful for the close contact not often allowed by most rappers. The concert turned into a block party, making this show one of the best of the year. (September 22) MARCO TORRES


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Photo by Matthew Keever
ZZ TOP, Constellation Field
At 9 p.m., as the lights went out, a scene was projected onto the back wall of the stage, emulating a movie trailer. The audience was told that the following preview, while approved for all audiences, was rated "ZZ." Whatever that meant, it got the crowd's blood pumping as a female narrator introduced Gibbons, Hill and Beard to the crowd. A minute later, the band strutted out onto the stage. Beard walked to his kit first, tapping his snare and checking his kick drum. Moments later, Gibbons and Hill walked out together, wearing their suits and shades, an overall air of cool about them. (October 20) MATTHEW KEEVER




Location Info

Map

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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