Leon's Lounge Closes Abruptly...Sort of

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Photo by Chris Gray
The scene outside Leon's about an hour ago. Note HPD officer in the left doorway and "Private Property" sign on the right door.
What should we come across on our way to work this morning but two HPD patrol cars and a U-Haul truck parked in front of Leon's Lounge, and the staff removing furniture from the wizened Midtown bar as fast as they could carry it?

Owner Pete Mitchell, who was standing outside with his wife, Vera, and a couple of Leon's employees, said his lease was up at the end of the month anyway, but it appears his landlord forced his hand. She was also there, but did not seem like she was in the mood to be interviewed. The last thing we heard was one of the officers asking Mitchell, "Do you have an attorney"?

Mitchell said he and his landlord were constantly arguing, particularly about the condition of the old building. The sewer line, which Mitchell said he thought it would take "massive" repairs to fix, was a principal sticking point. Even the deck out front, which Mitchell installed a few years ago, was being dismantled piece by piece. Although the situation looked like it arose out of nowhere, Mitchell said it was nothing new -- that he had been considering moving on for the better part of a year.

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Upcoming: Bill Medley, Curtis McMurtry, Dangerous Toys, Hamell on Trial, Mickey Gilley, Reverend Horton Heat, etc.

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Mineral Wells, TX Singer-Songwriter Amanda Shires plays McGonigel's Mucky Duck and Dosey Doe Music Cafe in February
7th Annual Houston Press Artopia: With New York City Queens, Purapharm, BLSHS, DJ Ceeplus Bad Knives, CHNNLZ., Sat., January 24, 8-11 p.m., $45 to $100. Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter, Houston, 713-862-0082.

Alan Haynes: Sat., January 31, 8 p.m., $5. The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, 5731 Kirby, Houston, 713-523-9999.

Alyse Black: Fri., February 6, 7:30 p.m., TBA. Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant, 2007 Grant, Houston, 832-767-2785.

Amanda Shires: Tue., February 3, 7 p.m., $20 to $22. McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, Houston, 713-528-5999. Thu., February 5, 8:30 p.m., $20. Dosey Doe Music Cafe, 463 Fm 1488, Conroe, 936-271-2171.

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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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L7, The Legendary Rock Band May Be Reuniting

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Photo by Bruno Casonato
L7 rocked as hard or harder than any of their male contemporaries.
L7 was formed in 1985 by Suzi Gardner and Donita Sparks, and released their first recorded material in 1987. The all female, hard rock band roared into the '90s along with the grunge movement, and, while successful, they never got the full credit they deserved.

Fortunately, there's hope on the horizon for fans, or for people who never got a chance at seeing L7 the first time around. The band has recently made an announcement on Facebook that they are considering a reunion based on a wellspring of support they've been receiving from fans. To make that happen, the band is asking that people go to their website and sign an email list. With so many mediocre bands reforming to record or tour again, it would be amazing to have the opportunity to see one of the best heavy bands of the '90s back doing what they always did best.

A lot of early press tried to pigeonhole L7 as an easily-marketed "Girl Band." They resisted, and that made them outsiders to a certain degree. I always got the impression that the music press didn't know quite how to cover L7, ill-equipped to handle a female band who didn't seem interested in being promoted as some sort of sexy girl group. The women in the band seemed disinterested in playing by the rules established for crappy female groups that came before them, not content to be dismissed due to their gender, or to be promoted in the same way that, say, Vixen (or other vaguely hard rock female groups) had been.

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Upcoming: Anvil, The Derailers, Evan Dando, The Mavericks, Pete Yorn, Shawn Colvin, etc.

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Old-School Canadian metallers Anvil invade BFE Rock Club February 21
10 Years: With Otherwise, The Glorious Sons, Luminoth., Fri., February 27, 7 p.m., $21 to $25. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay, Houston, 281-335-0002.

Adam Hood: With Zach Aaron., Wed., January 14, 6 p.m., $15 to $25. Main Street Crossing, 111 E. Main, Tomball, 281-290-0431.

Amazing Lights: With Albert Fix, Sam Thompson DJ RN, Mateusz, Elemir, Ryan Henry, Stvrchvsr, Izay. Fri., January 16, 9 p.m., Free to $5. Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond, Houston, 832-251-9600.

Anvil: With Lord Dying., Sat., Febuary 21, 7 p.m., TBA. BFE Rock Club, 11528 Jones, Houston, 281-894-1811.

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Upcoming: Dr. John, Elton John, John Doe, Kat Edmonson & Robert Ellis, Zola Jesus, etc.

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Pakistani singer Adnan Sami performs at Arena Theatre on March 28
The .07 Blues Band: Fri., January 16, 8 p.m., $5. The 19th Hole Grill & Bar, 202 Sawdust, Spring, 281-363-2574.

80 Proof: Fri., January 9, 8 p.m., $5 to $10. Concert Pub -- Galleria, 5636 Richmond, Houston, 713-278-7272.

Action Frank: With Fuska, Khobretti, Young Costello. Fri., January 9, 8 p.m., $5. Mango's, 403 Westheimer, Houston, 713-522-8903.

Adnan Sami: Sat., March 28, 7:30 p.m., TBA. Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Fwy., Houston, 713-988-1020.

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Upcoming: Asleep at the Wheel, Bahamas, Brian McKnight, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mineral, etc.

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Amarillo native Aaron Watson plays Big Texas Dancehall in Clear Lake on January 9.
1100 Springs: Sat., December 27, 8 p.m., Free. Redneck Country Club, 11110 W Airport, Stafford, 281-809-4867.

6-man Jam: With Jody Booth, Jason Allen, Tim Nichols, Mike Bowen, Cory Green, Presley Lewis., Fri., January 2, 7 p.m., $10. Cypress Saloon, 12710 Telge, Cypress, 281-304-7777.

Aaron Watson: Fri., January 9, 6 p.m., $6.25 to $18. Big Texas Dancehall & Saloon -- Clear Lake, 803 NASA Road 1, Webster, 281-461-4400.

The Aftervibe: With Learned Astronomer., Sun., January 11, 8 p.m., Free. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay, Houston, 281-335-0002. Thu., January 29, 10 p.m., $5 to $10. Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston, 713-529-9899.

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Upcoming: Hozier, John Prine, Sleater-Kinney, Steve Miller Band, Taylor Swift, Wilco, etc.

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Singer-Songwriter Adam Carroll co-headlines with Owen Temple at Main Street Crossing
An Acoustic Christmas: With The Bourbon Cowboys, Raf Rivera, Jordan Tyding, Matt Cash, Jordan Appleby., Thu., December 25, 8 p.m., Free. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay, Houston, 281-335-0002.

Adam Carroll & Owen Temple: With Zach Aaron., Fri., December 26, 6 p.m., $15 to $25. Main Street Crossing, 111 E. Main, Tomball, 281-290-0431.

Amanda Miguel & Diego Verdaguer: Sun., February 15, 8:30 p.m., $39.50 to $59.50. Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Fwy, Houston, 713-988-1020.

American Aquarium: With Mike & the Moonpies., Fri., January 23, 9 p.m., $15 to $20. Firehouse Saloon, 5930 Southwest Fwy., Houston, 713-977-1962.

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Upcoming: 30footFALL, Black Oak Arkansas, Dan & Shay, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, etc.

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Photo by Jill Hunter
The Allen Oldies Band will ring in 2015 at Continental Club.
30footFALL: With Dead to the World, the Ballistics. Thu., December 25, 8 p.m., $12 to $15. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838.

Abby Gough: With American Stereo Type, Feral the Earthworm, Los Vagabundos., Sun., December 14, 8 p.m., $3 to $10. Acadia Bar & Grill, 3939 Cypress Creek, Houston, 281-893-2860.

The Allen Oldies Band: With Picture Book, Thrill. Wed., December 31, 7 p.m., Free. Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston, 713-529-9899.

American Aquarium: Fri., January 23, 9 p.m., TBA. Firehouse Saloon, 5930 Southwest Fwy., Houston, 713-977-1962.

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Upcoming: Buddy Guy, Deadhorse, Lana Del Rey, Idina Menzel, Mushroomhead, Spoon, etc.

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Los Angeles post-punk band 13th Sky
13th Sky: With Brumes, DJ Hex, DJ Deathchurch. Fri., December 5, 9:30 p.m., $5. Mango's, 403 Westheimer, Houston, 713-522-8903.

7th Annual New Years Eve Ball featuring Dyro: With Surain, Sam Thompson DJ RN. Wed., December 31, 9 p.m., $20 to $50. Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond, Houston, 832-251-9600.

8 Seconds: Fri., December 5, 8:30 p.m., $10. Dosey Doe Music Cafe, 463 F.M. 1488, Conroe, 936-271-2171.

Abduktion: With AlimaƱas, Sex Pill, Gast, GFF, Licker. Sat., December 20, 9 p.m., $8. Mango's, 403 Westheimer, Houston, 713-522-8903.

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