In the land of MCM, it's always Friday and there's always a treasure trove of local music news. That's because we happen to structure it as such, but make no mistake, we've got a full truckload for everyone this week.
However, in what might be a MCM first, we don't have an actual mixtape from a rapper this week. Thus our soundtrack this week is the forthcoming EP from sloppy punks Crime Wave, Modern Lobotomies, which is due out on vinyl this June from Agro-Wax Records.
There is, to put it lightly, an abundance of live music available to everyone this weekend. Tonight offers something for everyone: from Lady Gaga at Toyota Center to Roky Moon And Bolt's tour kick-off at The Mink (we hear that Sig's Lagoon still has a few tickets for that). The Houston Sound series continues with Benjamin Wesley and Motel Aviv, Chingo Bling steps into House of Blues (with Fat Tony), George Clinton lands at Arena Theatre, while Warpaint and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart headline the rooms at Fitzgerald's.
Don't forget, KTRU's annual Outdoor Show, which is free as dirt, is Saturday, and features Mister Heavenly and Washed Out.
The party continues with Maserati unleashing an onslaught of sound at The Mink on Saturday. My Education and Co-Pilot round out the bill.
Tuesday features a pair of big shows as well, with Coheed & Cambria stopping at Warehouse Live and Gogol Bordello sure to make a mess of House of Blues.
Finally, MCM favorites and Austin-ites Oh No Oh My drop into The Mink on Wednesday, while Hunx & His Punx and The Raveonettes respectively headline downstairs and upstairs at Fitz.
Attention: Do you have a daughter interested in music? Or perhaps, reader, you are a girl interested in playing music? Registration for this year's Girls Rock Camp: Houston is now open for all girls ages 8 to 18.
Free Press announced the lineup for Summer Fest's Dancey Pants tent, featuring a host of national and local names, including Chromeo and Neon Indian. While these tickets aren't cheap, they feature access to an exclusive section of the festival and other perks - like free food, drinks, and massages.
Slim Thug's gotten a lot of notice for his freestyle over Lil' Wayne's "6 Foot 7" - appropriated as Thugga's height, "6 Foot 6" - from his Welcome To Texas Vol. 2 Mixtape. Now there's a video for it. Attention: Thugga, we'd love to chow down on some Sparkle Burger with you anytime.
Luke Lukas returns with yet another video this week. This time it's for his song "Aint True."
New band in town TameBlonde wants to open some shows. Check out a pair of demos on (ack!) MySpace.
There's a new Trills track featured on this compilation from Sectioned 2.0, from net-label Section 27.
If it's not in your blogroll already, start following Bayou City Soul. Aside from being a generally awesome DJ, Brett Koshkin is a notorious crate digger who posts gems and music ephemera like this TSU Tornadoes track "A Thousand Wonders" and tidbits like the Tornadoes invoicing Burger King.
B L A C K I E declares that his new album is almost finished.
Horders has a new split 7-inch with Cleveland outfit Rot In Hell. Give Up's got a post that showcases the artwork he made for the release, as well as info on how to order it.
We seriously don't understand how Trae manages to put in as much work as he does. After the slew of tracks over the past few weeks, he's back with features on this new collaboration with Wyclef Jean, this Young Jeezy track, and this track from Mya. Oh, and Trae also announced that he'll be releasing King Of The Streets on June 7.
Squincy Jones takes on none other than the Purple One in this week's Screwed Tuesday installment.
Jett I. Masstyr, meanwhile, uncovered an old beat from his vault, the ever-encouraging "We Can Make It."
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File Under Jeff returns with "In The Morning."
We'll leave everyone with an entire live set from Featherface. Watch (or at least listen to) this video of them at The Mink, however we're pretty sure that the date is incorrect, because it's in the freaking future.
Remember, send all those bits and pieces to marc [dot] brubaker [at] gmail [dot] com.