Walters Third Anniversary Walters Downtown, December 26
Walters Downtown has had an eventful year, losing its founder Pam Robinson in October and transitioning into the hands of her son Zack Palmer, so the venue's third anniversary party looks to the future while anchoring itself to one of Houston's most beloved bands. The Wild Moccasins began 2014 optimistic about the release of sophomore New West LP 88-92, and the indie-pop favorites are ending it by enjoying the accolades of esteemed outlets like NPR, who praised singer Zahira Gutierrez as a "glammed-up force of nature" echoing Debbie Harry and Kate Bush in the band's "Gag Reflections" video.
Joining them are a couple of new bands on the scene, Rose Ette -- featuring members of Young Mammals and Giant Princess -- and Black Kite, something fresh from the mind of LIMB's James Templeton. Funk scholar DJ Flash Gordon Parks keeps it sticky between sets. CHRIS GRAY [Note: this paragraph has been edited after publication.]
FOUR OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
Hearts of Animals: Mlee's utterly charming, somewhat baffling Another Mutation is one of 2014's best. (Cactus Music, 3 p.m. December 26)
Robert Earl Keen: Mix margaritas because we all want one; with Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines. (House of Blues, December 26)
Ishi, FLCON FCKER, Josiah Gabriel: Wacky triple bill of top Texas electro talents. (Fitzgerald's, December 27)
Red Hot Chili Peckers, Lemon Yellow Sun: Because apparently the early '90s will never die; the latter is a Pearl Jam tribute, FYI. (Concert Pub North, December 27)
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