Freezepop may take its name from a novelty ice treat band members once found in a freezer after a party, but the electropop trio from Boston doesn't want to be just a novelty band. "We try to strike a balance between cheesy and interesting," says vocalist Liz Enthusiasm. "It's hard writing happy stuff all the time, but we're not angry, bitter people, and so you won't see a lot of angst in our music." Indeed, the group's latest full-length album, Fancy Ultra Fresh, features a collection of catchy, funny tunes that will give you a happy lift without sending you into sugar shock -- which could explain its appeal to such a wide variety of audiences. "Goths really like us," says a seemingly puzzled Enthusiasm. "I guess we're the token happy band." Freezepop rocketed to fame following the release of a couple of video games that featured its music. "Suddenly junior high kids in the Midwest were e-mailing us about live shows," explains Enthusiasm. She also says the fan base the band has attracted via MySpace.com "has been incredible." "We're reaching people we never would have reached otherwise." Enthusiasm says the growing electropop scene in Texas, especially in Houston, has been a draw for the band to play here. But it ain't just the music that brings them to the Lone Star State. "I wouldn't say the Dr Pepper was not a factor in coming to Texas," says Enthusiasm. Cuba Gooding Jr. and DJ Fredster open at 9 p.m. Sunday, October 23. The Proletariat, 903 Richmond. For information, call 713-523-1199 or visit www.theproletariathouston.com. $8. -- Mary Templeton
Deco's Angel Wings
To cure a hangover, all you have to do is have a drink when you wake up. Coffee with whiskey works especially well. The problem is most bars don't open till after 3 p.m. Deco Lounge (510 Gray, 713-659-4900), however, opens its doors at 6:30 a.m. I don't know if they pour booze that early, because I wouldn't be awake at that ungodly hour. But by around 10:30 a.m., I'm sitting at the bar. I ask this gorgeous bartender what kind of coffee drinks Deco has. She smiles divinely and, looking up as if waiting for God to give her the right answer, she says, "Well, how about an Angel Wings?" As I peer at her backside to make sure she doesn't have some herself, she whisks away toward an espresso machine. She comes back with a white mug of coffee and liquor covered with whipped cream. After one sip, I realize this is the best way to start off a long day of debauchery, and I float over to one of the cozy couches. Thumbing through Envy magazine (I just like to look at the pictures of the smoking-hot models), I suddenly notice that I'm looking at pictures of the very bar I'm in. The cocktail lounge quickly turns into a fashion show, and as usual, I'm way underdressed. I have holes in my shoes, for chrissakes. I finish my drink and tip the bartender nicely, thinking it might someday get me through the pearly gates.
1 ounce Frangelico
1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream
4 ounces flavored coffee
1 ounce half-and-half
2 ounces whipped cream
Pour the Frangelico and Baileys into a mug of hot coffee, then top with half-and-half and whipped cream. Drink enough coffee and booze, and you'll think you have wings. -- Jason Kerr
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Florida native DJ Icey is best known throughout the turntable world as the "King of Funky Breaks." In the early '90s, Icey turned the fruitful dance scene in and around his native Orlando into a thriving metropolis of breakbeats. A sort of Johnny Appleseed of the decks, he's toured the globe year after year, spreading the fertile seeds of his dizzying skills and watching his audience grow. To date, he's released more than 200 singles, scores of remixes and six full-lengths. Catch Icey's stop at the Meridian this week, and you'll be in for one cool night. 9 p.m. Saturday, October 22. 1503 Chartres. For tickets, call 713-225-1717 or visit www.houstonbeats.com. $18 to $23. -- Travis Ritter
Bring Back the Natives
The Houston Press just named Tex Kerschen and Erika Thrasher of Indian Jewelry the Best Band to Leave Houston in the Last Year. The duo departed sunny, humid Houston for sunny, less humid Los Angeles, and since then, they've added two members to help drive their oft-morbid, synth-driven assault. Now promoting their new CD, Invasive Exotics, they're traversing the country on their Exotic Invasion tour and will invade the Bill Hicks Resurrection Laboratory this weekend for a special hometown set -- one that'll remind how much we miss them. The Wiggins and the Skullening open at 9 p.m. Saturday, October 22. 2915 Delafield. For tickets, call 713-921-1924 or visit www.geocities.com/billhicksresurrectionlaboratory. $5 . -- Travis Ritter