The 10 Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend: Lera Lynn, Metacrisis, Artopia, The Suffers, etc.

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Lera Lynn
McGonigel's Mucky Duck, January 23

Suggesting both Norah Jones and Gillian Welch, Lera Lynn's music is rootsy and refined, homespun without pouring on the twang. The young Nashville-based singer-songwriter -- who was actually born in Houston and grew up in Georgia -- stirred up lots of "one to watch" talk, and eventually landed herself on David Letterman, with 2014's The Avenues. Recorded with a cast of top L.A. session players, Lynn's second proper album exudes a wan melancholy tone that suggests staring out a rain-streaked window after midnight, waiting for the phone to ring, and watching a candle burn down to the nub.

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Mid-Main Clubs Stand Tall Despite Construction Woes

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Photos by Matthew Keever
The first phase of the construction around Mid-Main (3600-3700 Main) is scheduled for completion in April.
Parking issues have always plagued Midtown, especially on weekends, which is why it was an especially pleasant surprise to pull onto Travis Street and see a couple getting into their car just after 9 p.m. this past Friday.

Once we had secured the spot, a few friends and I walked around the corner to the Continental Club, where we expected to find that the nearby construction had negatively influenced attendance.

Not in the slightest.


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FLCON FCKER Is Houston's Ultimate Collaborator

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21st Century Renaissance Man at Work: FLCON FCKER
Every movement requires a central figure to converge like-minded individuals willing to take risks and set out on adventures that may never yield any rewards. Enter FLCON FCKER.

He composes and performs electronic music, but he is not a musician. He constructs intricately sophisticated visual backdrops for musicians, but he is not a visual artist. In fact, for FLCON FCKER, labels exist as creative boundaries.

"I try to avoid definitions," he says while outside a local café. "By avoiding labels, it prevents people from putting you into these comfortable pockets that, in a moment, can allow them to quickly acknowledge what you do and then dismiss it altogether." Pointing to an imaginary bookcase next to him he states, "'Oh, you play this kind of music? Well, let me place you on this shelf here.'"

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The Suffers' Time to Shine Is Right Now

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Photo by Daniel Jackson/Courtesy of the Convoy Group
See the Suffers Saturday, because it may be a while before their next Houston show.
Fresh off the recent successes of last month's Red Bull Sound Select program at Warehouse Live, the Suffers will again showcase their jazzy tunes in Houston, only one month removed from their last hometown performance. This time, however, they're bringing some physical product with them: their debut EP Make Some Room, which is already available for your streaming pleasure via Consequence of Sound.

Vocalist Kam Franklin made time to answer some of our questions in advance of the popular Houston group's release party at Fitz this weekend, discussing everything from J.J. Watt and Beyoncé to local collaborations and future gigs.


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More Info on the FPSF Blind Pre-Sale & Pegstar's New Venue

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FPSF returns to Eleanor Tinsley Park June 6 and 7. The lineup will be announced in a few weeks, co-founder Jagi Katial says.
In just a few hours, or right now if you're just waking up, the blind pre-sale for this year's Free Press Summer Fest begins at 10 a.m. at fpsf.com, and tickets should disappear faster than a rich banker when the collection plate in church gets passed around. For those who may have swallowed too much bongwater, that's your first opportunity to buy passes to the seventh edition of the Bayou City's annual bacchanal in Eleanor Tinsley Park, where the only thing hotter than the acts onstage is the temperatures in the portapotties.

This year's FPSF is scheduled for June 6 and 7, and if you remember, last year's presale did not quite go off without a hitch. Namely, when last year's was announced, some people saw the increased price tag and said, "Say what now?" But Jagi Katial, co-founder of the festival and the man behind Pegstar Concerts, the local promoters who are building their own concert venue on Houston's near Northside (more on that in a bit), promises that fans are not in for another case of sticker shock. Prices this year, he promises, are "more in line with last year."


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Houston's Best Concerts This Week: Hamell On Trial, Mushroomhead, John Doe, etc.

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Hamell On Trial has a weapons-grade vocabulary.
Hamell On Trial
Poison Girl, January 19

With his shaved head, dizzying wordplay, and acoustic guitar, Ed Hamell, aka Hamell on Trial, was an institution at Austin's Electric Lounge in the '90s, and fittingly wound up on Ani DiFranco's "anti-folk" label Righteous Babe. Surviving a serious van accident on tour that nearly took him off the board for good, Hamell has since relocated to New York City and procreated, spawning not just a child but the 2006 musical parents' guide Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs. Monday night he winds up his weeklong Texas tour behind last year's New West LP The Happiest Man In the World with a both a brief set of songs and a longer stint mixing at the Westheimer cocktail lounge's turntables.

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Ben Godfrey Talks Moving to NYC and His New EP Wild Desperation

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Ben Godfrey is back in Houston at Walter's after moving to New York City.
In the summer of 2014, Houston-based musician Ben Godfrey packed up his belongings, sold what he didn't want, and headed to New York City. Yet despite his relocation, Godfrey hasn't given up on the Lone Star State just yet; in fact, he's set to perform Saturday evening at Walter's Downtown.

Once known for his time as the frontman for listenlisten, Godfrey took to the stage as a solo artist in 2012, performing under the name B.E. Godfrey.

"It's an acronym, but what for, I can't tell you," said Godfrey. "Even I don't know. It's all part of my carefully cultivated aire of mystery."

Mysterious is one way to describe him, if nothing else.

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10 Houston Bars You Might Have Missed

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C & F DRIVE INN
The C & F stands for Cortez and Family, and this Heights neighborhood ice house has indeed been run by the Cortez family since opening in 1987. A loyal crowd of regulars made up of people from the neighborhood and beyond drop in for the cheap drinks and laid-back, friendly atmosphere. A game of pool costs only 50 cents, but if you knock the ball off the table you are required to put a dollar into the jukebox; when the weather warms up the large back yard allows for barbecues and games of horseshoes and washers. Football is popular here, and former University of Texas Heisman winner and Houston Oilers legend Earl Campbell even stopped in for a beer once.

6714 N. Main Street


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Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Fall Out Boy, John Legend, Pitbull Head Up 2015 Rodeo Lineup

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Fall Out Boy at The Woodlands, August 2014
Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Fall Out Boy, John Legend, Ariana Grande are among this year's Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo entertainers, the rodeo announced moments ago on its Web site. Top country acts all familiar to rodeo fans include Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry and Brad Paisley.

Church, Grande and Fall Out Boy are rodeo first-timers; other recent returnees include Pitbull, Legend, Zac Brown Band, Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. Jackson, McGraw and Paisley are this year's senior entertainers, with Shelton and Lambert not too far on their heels.


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Houston's 10 Best Monday Night Bars & Clubs

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AVANTGARDEN
Come visit this converted turn-of-the-20th-century house in Montrose on Monday nights starting at 7pm for "They, Who Sound," a weekly showcase where local and visiting musicians perform experimental sounds, noise, improvisational music, and pretty much whatever else they feel like. Nick Cooper's jazz ensemble, Free Radicals, are back every Monday at 10pm after a brief hiatus; the Radicals' 2012 album The Freedom Fence won the Houston Press Music Award for Local Album of the Year.

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