With Mechanical Boy, Windsor Drive, Better Luck, Jeffrey Taylor, Tony Oller, Otenki and One Day at a Time, 3 p.m. Saturday, August 1, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483 or www.warehouselive.com.
Too many new acts marketed to the 19-and-under sect sound like they didn't make the final cut for High School Musical. This is a big world — those of us who no longer need our friend's older brother to buy us cigarettes and alcohol can survive without Zac/Jonas/Cyrus impostors plaguing the airwaves, right? Thankfully, while the rest of the country is left to deal with this nuisance, Houstonians are well served by bands like Thee Armada, who may seem like average power-pop at first but pack an admirable ambition to be something more. No need to have an existentialist breakdown to Armada's lyrics; the words are exactly what you hear — simple admissions of feelings. On songs like "New Tattoo" and "Rock, Shock, and Load," Armada sounds like the Cab or the Rocket Summer, but vocalist Joshua Caddy's voice can do more than he allows. Luckily, on "Along the Way" and "This Flick Has Talent," both he and the band's abilities come through without any restrictions.
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