Right on schedule - things are slowly returning to normal at Rocks Off HQ after the onslaught earlier in the week - here's your weekly Friday-night video playbill. We'll start with one of the better indie bills around these parts in a while: local trio Sharks and Sailors' CD release at Walter's with the Jonx and Austin's Ume:
Metalheads Bullet for My Valentine flash some British steel at Verizon with Bleeding Through and Cancer Bats:
Blue Mountain, Christian rock, country and Spain Colored Orange still to come.
Multiplatinum Christian rockers MercyMe, who formed in Dallas in 1994, testify at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with Natalie Grant, the Afters and Addison Road:
East Texas native and avid fisherman Jason Allen previews his new album The Twilight Zone at a free 6 p.m. Cactus Music in-store. Here he's singing the "John Boat Blues":
More country, this time from Beaumont's Zona Jones, at Sam Houston Race Park with the Casey Donahew Band. Remember to hand over those keys if you get in a "Whiskey Kind of Way."
Mississippi roots-rock trio Blue Mountain returns to the Continental Club bearing not one but two new albums (packaged together for your convenience): the all-new Midnight in Mississippi and all-new recordings of old favorites Omnibus.
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And, circling all the way back to Houston indie-rock royalty, freshly recrowned Best Indie Rock HPMA winners Spain Colored Orange preview Sneaky Like a Villain at the Mink with Arthur Yoria, YouGenius and Program.
Check back tomorrow morning for Saturday and Sunday shows. - Chris Gray