You are off tomorrow, possibly even Friday, and you wanna put your party pants on around family time on Thursday. And maybe you can even fit back into your party pants back on Thursday night.
Could be tough, though. We all tend to expand on the third Thursday of November each year, don't we?
For fans, Houston bands have plenty on the proverbial plate Wednesday night, offering up tons of gigs for you to rave about over turkey and dressing, annoying your fundamentalist relatives.
Look at it this way -- if your ears are still ringing on Thursday afternoon from the Hell City Kings show, you won't hear but half of the insults your fam' is hurling at each other, or you. Just smile and nod.
Let's give thanks to these musicians (especially the touring acts) for booking shows around the holiday, when they could be sitting at home doing nothing. God bless your greedy/poor souls.
Now is your chance to show your out-of-town friends and relatives one of the coolest honky-tonk bars in Houston. And see the legendary Hollisters.
Get down and dirty with American Fangs, a Houston group that is going to come aboveground in a major way in 2013. They've been recording a monster of an album this past year.
Spend a night with the Heathens, but go easy on that Mucky Duck chow. Instead invade the Duck's beer list.
"Nah mom, I think that smell on my jean jacket is incense. Yeah, incense. It's not weed smoke, not at all. I don't do drugs."
The Hell City Kings release a new 7'' tonight at Rudz featuring the songs "Devil's Law" and "Surfin' On The A." The single is out on Little T and A Records, a new label run by HCK member Bill Fool. By now you all know how cool Fool is from his Rocks Off 100 piece. And yes, the name of the label is a Stones reference.
Dance the night away at Stereo Live with Dillon Francis and a gang of other EDM artists. The wub-wubs will numb you for Thursday.
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Houston's own thelastplaceyoulook was just added to this House of Blues show. Go tug on one of their beards and buy some merch.
Scout Bar, that noisy Clear Lake outpost, always knows how to throw a holiday party, and you can't go wrong with The Hunger and Erase the Virus. Sadly, though, there will be no bikini girls this evening. Come back next Thursday for that.
Straight outta New Orleans, two-man outfit Generationals is finally starting to gather steam outside of the Crescent City with synths and vocals that recall prime Pet Shop Boys.
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Escape the horror show of your family's Thanksgiving - and, what the hell, pre-party for Black Friday - with this triple-shot of garage rock. Young Mammals, Mikey & the Drags and Caddywhompus headline upstairs at Fitz, offering a prime opportunity to share war stories from the previous 12 hours over a beer or six with friends. Can I bum a cigarette?