Houston Music

5 Shows We'd Like to See at HMNS' Burke Baker Planetarium

Recently I decided to put down the cash and become an honest-to-God card-carrying member of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. I find that walking the halls of the HMNS is a fine way to kill a few hours before a concert.

There is a part of the HMNS that I hold near and dear to my heart, even though it doesn't quite get the respect it deserves from some of my peers: The Burke Baker Planetarium.

Although the laser light shows of the past are a distant memory it still strikes me as a space with the potential for unique musical presentations. They still run one show featuring a famous band and a celestial object (more on that in a bit) which gives me hope for the future. Now that I'm a member, maybe they'll take the following suggestions under consideration.

5. Artist: DJ Spooky Celestial Object: Jupiter

Paul Miller finds inspiration everywhere. He's remixed The Birth of a Nation, collaborated with Slayer's Dave Lombardo, and traveled all the way to Antarctica to record field samples, which he built into a symphony.

With its four moons and Great Red Spot, there's plenty of material related to Jupiter that could provide him with inspiration. The decreasing mass of the GRS, which may eventually become as circular as a record on a turntable, is one of many things that could become the basis of a song.

4. Artist: The Album Leaf Celestial Object: Pluto

Post-rock seems built for this type of thing, but who do you pick: Godspeed You! Black Emperor? Too creepy. Explosions in the Sky? Too obvious. Stars of the Lid? We don't want anyone to fall asleep.

I just saw The Album Leaf live a few weeks ago and was impressed by both their songwriting and the way they were able to meld those songs with their video clips. Now that Pluto has been stripped of its planetary status, I think TAL could come up with a pretty nice set of work about the loneliness Pluto now faces.

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Cory Garcia is a Contributing Editor for the Houston Press. He once won an award for his writing, but he doesn't like to brag about it. If you're reading this sentence, odds are good it's because he wrote a concert review you don't like or he wanted to talk pro wrestling.
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