Saturday Night: Sick Puppies At Warehouse Live

Sick Puppies Warehouse Live June 4, 2011

Aftermath is not going to lie: Leaving Summer Fest early to go see Sick Puppies at Warehouse Live wasn't a top priority for us, but a show's a show, and we thought we would do our best to keep our heads up, our ears open and our hearts light, in spite of having to leave an awesome music festival.

We didn't have to try very hard.

Before long, we were bobbing our heads alongside everyone else at Warehouse. It was no Summer Fest, but the Puppies put on quite the show for the nearly-full venue, and it wasn't just another cookie-cutter rock and roll concert. That's another thing we thought going in, but the Australian trio kicked it up a notch.

Four songs in, the members disappeared backstage. Candles and stools were brought out to set the stage for an acoustic performance, while the Jeopardy! theme played through the PA.

They came back out, promising something special and began their acoustic set with a cover of Oasis' "Wonderwall." How cool, we thought. Showing love for your predecessors while staying relevant with your fans? Well done.

But the covers kept coming.

The Australian alt-rockers covered Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name Of," Cee-Lo Green's "Fuck You" and Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." And those are only the ones Aftermath remembers.

Some fans began to gripe at the number of covers after a while, and a few even walked out; but just as many, if not more of them were cheering the Puppies on and singing along. Our question is, what's the rule on covering a bevy of other bands' songs? It seemed like covers made up about a third of their set.

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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business. Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.
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