Houston Music

The Wayback Machine: Five, Ten and 15 Years Ago in Houston Music

15 years ago in Houston music: Global Village performed at Party on the Plaza…War was declared at Rockefeller’s, with the L.A. funksters basking in many a rap sample at the time…Sting was at The Woodlands and Carolyn Wonderland was at World Bait Headquarters on Greenbriar…The Galactic Cowboys “swaggered into Tower Theater” on what Brad Tyer called “the strengths and weaknesses” of their second album Space in Your Face…Alejandro Escovedo, Will Sexton and Troy Campbell performed together in the round at the Mucky…Joe “Guitar” Hughes was at Local Charm…Poor Dumb Bastards performed with Baby-M and Toxic Karma at Catal Huyuk…Flaming Hellcats played The Edge (2301 W. Alabama)…Johnny Rivers played at the Hop on Kuykendahl…The Simon Jeffery Moore Experience serenaded the Pik-N-Pak…Take Two was at Savage’s on Bissonnet…deSchmog and the Goo Goo Dolls held down Friday and Saturday night (respectively) at the Vatican…The Hightailers performed at the Last Concert Café.

10 Years Ago in Houston Music…In Hobart Rowland’s telling, Pete Droge performed before 50 drunk and disinterested people at Instant Karma…Spoon released major-label debut A Series of Sneaks and performed at Rudyard’s…Pissing Razors was at the Abyss…Joe “King” Carrasco was at the Outback Pub, and something purporting to be Iron Butterfly performed at the Rooftop at the Village Brewery…If Rice Village was in acid-rock mode, Numbers was as lost in the ‘80s as ever; Gary Numan took his “Cars” for a ride there with openers Switchblade Symphony…Scarface rhymed at the Astro Arena with Too Short, Tela, Lil’ Keke, Young Blood, and the 5th Ward Boyz…Myrne from Rudyard’s appeared as “this week’s Urban Guide!” in the Camel ad page, urging readers to “Come to Rudyard’s, where you get service with a snarl”…Poor Dumb Bastards were at the Blue Iguana and Horseshoe was at Mary Jane’s…The Fuckemos played at Emo’s…Dennis Lange’s Original Music Showcase was at the DaqFac on the Richmond Strip…Beans Barton and the BiPeds and Jimmy Raycraft and the Roaring Calhouns played at DanElectro’s… The Hightailers performed at the Last Concert Café.

Five years ago in Houston music…DJ Navdeep spun Indian-inflected jams at Stuka…Preliminary filming was underway for a proposed movie about Fitzgerald’s…KPFT hip-hop show Damage Control celebrated its first anniversary back on the air with a backyard party featuring Zin, Witnes, Billy Cook, Paul Wall and Chamillionaire, Short Texas and many more appearing…Pete Mayes performed a Memorial Day Weekend show at the Double Bayou Dance Hall…Mando Saenz opened for Lisa Novak at Rudyard’s…The Greg Wood Band played at St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin…The John Sparrow was at Stuka and the Axiom…The Datsuns brought their overhyped Kiwi garage rock attack to the Engine Room…William Michael Smith trashed the debut CD from locals F. Co…Middlefinger and Janitor supported 30footFall on their 10th anniversary show at Fitz’s…The Hunger was at Liquid Lounge, which is now called the Scout Bar…Los Skarnales, the Sadies and Friends of Dean Martinez were on one bill at the Continental Club…M87, MenMechanical and F Is For Fake played Cardi’s 2000, while 61 Cygni and *mytwilightpilot* were at the Hard Rock…White Heat, Gun Crazy and Swarm of Angels played together at the Axiom…Musiq Soulchild and Jaguar Wright were at Numbers, of all places…Studemont Project was at the Underground Lounge on Fannin… The Hightailers performed at the Last Concert Café.

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