Rudyard's 35th Anniversary Rudyard's, September 13-September 15
For any business to last 35 years is an achievement, but for a bar with local music built into its business model to last three and a half decades is truly remarkable. But Rudyard's has done just that, weathering both the city's economic ups and downs and the music scene's ever-changing weather to earn its nickname "Montrose's Living Room" several times over.
And it still has the best sound in town, which is why the bands love it so much. (Well, that and the burgers.)
This weekend raise a pint or down a shot to the coziest upstairs stage Houston has ever seen or is likely to see, with a colorful cast of Rudz regulars old and not-so-old. Friday it's Born Again Virgins, Bowel, Dollyrockers, Linus Pauling Quartet and Donkey Punch, while Saturday hardly lets up with Something Fierce, Born Liars, Dead Roses, Hell City Kings, and the return of the Flamin' Hellcats.
Sunday starts even earlier -- and is a free show -- with Richard Cagle & the Voodoo Choir, Buckshot Messiahs, Buxton's Sergio Trevino, Free Radicals, and BooTown Presents Turtle Turtle. Rudyard's has a lot to celebrate all right; really, we all do. CHRIS GRAY
Yes, Indeed Festival Last Concert Cafe/Doctor's Office/Houston House of Creeps, September 14
The suddenly hot "Warehouse District" just northeast of downtown seemed like a natural fit for Yes Indeed, the second-year fest headed up by promoter Phil Peterson (Notsuoh, AvantGarden) and Jason Smith of Houston rockers Alkari. Among the more than two dozen acts slated to perform at Last Concert, the Doctor's Office or Houston House of Creeps include Austin's Quiet Company and the Murdocks, Beaumont's Purple, and locals from PersephOne and FLCON FCKER to Jealous Creatures, Electric Attitude, Knights of the Fire Kingdom and Shotgun Funeral.
"I think it's brilliant," Peterson says of the burgeoning music district on downtown's fringes. "It's inexpensive places and an optimal situation. There's rooms there, equipment there. Someone might be living in one house and go record in another house, just for kicks. Then they might go to 713 Studios that's also up there, and then have it mastered on that same block." CHRIS GRAY
Paul Oakenfold Stereo Live, September 14
Paul Oakenfold may be known as an electronic-music legend, but there's a little known-fact about him you should know: Without him, neither DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince nor their awesome jam "Summertime" would exist. Not only did Oakenfold sign that Philly duo during his short stint as a Champion Records A&R rep, but Salt-N-Pepa as well, leaving an impact on hip-hop before discovering his true talent: DJing.
Over the past three decades, Oakenfold has helped to bring electronic music into the mainstream, essentially introducing the entire UK to EDM (then called "acid house") during the '80s via his work with groups like the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. He also pioneered the style known as trance music, with a little help from his cutting-edge technique and penchant for thinking outside the musical box. ANGELICA LEICHT
More shows on the next page.
Trout Fishing in America McGonigel's Mucky Duck, September 15 (4 p.m. kids' show; 6 p.m. for grownups)
If you haven't heard motley duo Trout Fishing in America, well, you're missing out. Houston natives Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet are true musicians who bust out kid-friendly tunes like "My Best Day" and the silly, stomach-turning "Alien in My Nose" while strumming away on everything from banjo to Clevinger bass. It's relevant, catchy, kid-friendly music that won't make you want to toss your iPod out the window as they entertain both the youngsters and the ones charged with chauffeuring them.
Oh, and just as a bonus, it really couldn't be more endearing to watch the the extremely tall Grimwood play off his musical counterpart, the extremely, well, small Idlet. We really do like these two, nose aliens and all. ANGELICA LEICHT
NINE OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER By Chris Gray
Tim Easton: Only area appearance this time through for rootsy New West troubador. (Cactus Music, 5:30 p.m. September 13)
Foreigner: Feels like the first time. Okay, almost. (Arena Theatre, September 13)
Uncle Lucius: Look for a a slightly crunchier crowd than Reckless Kelly (at House of Blues) for these emerging Texas country-rockers, responsible for sturdy 2012 LP And You Are Me. (Warehouse Live, September 13)
Pasadena Napalm Division: Punishing industro-metal from deadhorse alumni, so you know it's tight. (Scout Bar, September 13)
Chicha Libre: Surfy psych-rock descended from the Andes. Sounds fun. (Continental Club, September 13)
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra: German-born, Flamenco-schooled jazz guitarist explores more Southwestern tableaux on latest LP Dune. (House of Blues, September 14)
Dead Rabbits: "Half Way to St. Patrick's Day" already? Take a closer look at the Raught brothers' crew with Rocks Off's article from earlier this week. (House of Blues -- Bronze Peacock Room, September 14)
Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience: Zydeco. Zydeco! (Dosey Doe -- Music Cafe, September 14)
Lisa Marie Presley: King's daughter/Jacko's ex drew decent reviews for last year's Storm & Grace. (Dosey Doe -- Big Barn, September 15)
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