7 Cool & Cheap Things to Do This Weekend: Lee Fields, Quiet Company, Shellee Coley, Etc.

That guy, Lee Fields (above), is playing the Continental Club with his band the Expressions. Tonight. Some of Fields's songs include "The Bull Is Coming," "She's a Lovemaker" and "The Funky Screw." Could get steamy. Locals Nick Gaitan & the Umbrella Man open, and should have a new album out any day now.

Happy birthday to Texas Johnny Boy, who will blow out 59 candles (58 and one to grow on) at The Big Easy tonight and celebrate by playing some new songs. $5.

Austin's latest hottest band, Quiet Company, winners of an eye-popping, not-at-all-inflated ten Austin Music Awards this year, visit Warehouse Live's Green Room tonight with two reasons to go all by themselves: Recent ex-Houstonians The Eastern Sea, whose new LP Plague is sweet and fragile, and bookish local roots-rockers the Literary Greats, who we hope put out another album of their own soon.

Houston singer-songwriter Shellee Coley, beloved by Rocks Off's Jef With One F, has an in-store at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cactus Music. Look for songs from her most recent album, this year's Where It Began, which Jef says are "big people's music, not the frantic energy of the young or the dark plumbings of the tragic artiste."

7 Cool & Cheap Things to Do This Weekend: Lee Fields, Quiet Company, Shellee Coley, Etc.

Saturday night, megaproducer Twilight Circus Dub Sound System (above), whose list of credits would stretch well into next week, visits our current favorite venue to type right now, Houston House of Creeps. Mr. Twilight even took the time to e-mail us himself. Here's an interview our sister blog in San Francisco All Shook Down did, and here's a sampler of Twilight's work.

One last plug for two festivals entering their second and final weekends awash in live music: The Texas Crawfish & Music Festival in Spring and Houston International Festival (iFest). See each festival's Web site for complete lineups, but both are eminently worthy of your time and pretty good value for your dollar.

Slick retro-soul men Mayer Hawthorne & the County close out the weekend on a classy note Sunday at Fitzgerald's.

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