Clear out the cobwebs of Halloween and suddenly Old Man 2014 is staring down his nose at you, anxiously looking at his watch -- and you know he's an old man because he's wearing a watch in the first place. Now that the last of the Fun Fun Fun Fest spillover has left town, the tour buses and extended Econoline vans loaded down with amps and road cases will be pretty scarce until well into 2015.
That leaves the locals, who have to contend for cover charges with acts from all over the world the rest of the year. They're certainly worth your attention these next six weeks or so.[jump]
Velostacks/Fat Mannequin Greasy gearhead punks gear up for this weekend's two-day Houston Underground Punk Festival at Last Concert Cafe. (Acadia Bar & Grill, November 13)
Keeton Coffman Former 71's singer serenades HOB's Foundation Room with some soulful pop-rock piano tunes from 2014's The Ghost EP. No cover. (House of Blues, November 14)
Cop Warmth Houston's most reliable noise-punk deviants practice more self-flagellation on this year's Womanizer EP; listen for "Guilt Dick," "Cocaine Moustache," "FKD 4 LYF" and more. (Mango's, November 14)
Finnegan All too rare appearance by one of Houston's premiere indie/folk-rock ensembles, for whom a concert is like a truly satisfying meal: multiple courses, first-class presentation, little to no heartburn. (Continental Club, November 15)
Omotai After issuing Fresh Hell in February, these local art-metal standard-bearers are ending a banner year with a successful appearance at North Texas' No Thanks Fest and this Saturday's opening spot for L.A. wizards Intronaut; catch a preview of their forthcoming third LP too. (Fitzgerald's, November 15)
Space City Beat Battle 18 A passel of H-Town's hottest beatmakers compete for the title of Houston's Best Producer -- but also to network with judges who know the craft backwards and forwards: The ARE (LL Cool J); Mr. Wired Up (#stripclubjunkie); and Cozmos (Radio Galaxy/The Hue). (Warehouse Live, November 15)
Submission Feel the wintry chill of Ceeplus Bad Knives and Mr. Castillo's noirish nocturnal mix; listen for darkwave, synth-pop, industrial, underground disco, Italo; and lots more, plus DJ sets from Houston's Future Blondes and Portland coldwave outfit Delphine Coma. (Numbers, November 15)
Children of Pop Chase DeMaster's febrile electro-pop mind has been brushing up on the Material Girl and is not afraid to express itself on his new "Pre Madonna" 7-inch. Open your heart! (Fitzgerald's, November 22)
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