Friday Night: Toadies, Helmet & Ume at House of Blues

Toadies, Helmet, Ume House of Blues July 20, 2012

The '90s were in high demand in Houston on Friday night. Up in The Woodlands, the Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Cracker and more packed 'em in to relive some of the decade's best one-hit wonders.

Downtown, the Clinton-era jams were a little harder. Texas' alt-rock kings, the Toadies, rolled into House of Blues on a co-headlining tour with Helmet, and they brought Austin's Ume along with them. If you'd seen any of these bands before, you knew this was a hot ticket.

Ume's set at Free Press Summer Fest was one I was disappointed to miss, so it was great to see them back in town again so soon. One of the best bands that Houston has lost to the brighter lights up 290 in the last few years, the three-piece fronted by guitar-shredding dreamgirl Lauren Larson came ready to make some new fans. It was nice to see the venue already full when they went on.

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Nathan Smith
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