Whether you’re sticking around campus or getting the hell out of Dodge, there are Fall Break shows across the state worth checking out.
Friday, Oct. 9 – Emo’s
Dear and the Headlights w/ Kinch and Rajiv Patel. Have a craving for indie rock with explosive, shaky vocals and elegant piano stabbing? Phoenix-based lyrical masters Dear and the Headlights easily satisfy that hunger. One quick listen to “It’s Gettin’ Easy” and you’ll have no other way to satiate the instantly conjured love of their music than to show up at Emo’s, merch money in hand. The perfect appetizer? A hearty serving of pop rock with just a dash of piano served up by Phoenix kinsmen Kinch.
Saturday, Oct. 10 – Triple Crown
Clay Nightingale w/ Gleeson and Bryce Clifford. San Marcos-based Clay Nightingale is the sort of band you experience with a bottle in hand and a good friend along for the ride. With just the right amount of country-influence and idiosyncratic underproduction these boys are a must-see. In addition, Bryce Clifford and Co.—despite being fronted by a Canadian—will likely offer a decent display of catchy rock, complete with saxophone, without being annoyingly poppy. Well worth the 1-hour drive down 35 and the obligatory Lone Star.
Friday, Oct. 9 – Fitzgerald’s
Los Skarnales w/ The Zydepunks and the usual host of unrefined, unheard-of genre-mixers. If you’ve never been covered in beer by a drunken skanking mass at a Los Skarnales show you don’t deserve to call yourself a Houstonian.
Tuesday, Oct. 13 – Boondocks
Little Joe Washington. Seeing this genius play might require staying in town a little later than you anticipated, but those who are smart enough to hang around for this show will never forget it. Little Joe plays the sort of soul-melting, mind-warping blues that we young’uns rarely have the privilege of witnessing.
Friday, Oct. 9 – Pastime Tavern/The Lounge on Elm Street
Wavves w/ Ganglians and El Paso Hot Button. Don’t let their Myspace music samplings fool you; these lo-fi punks know how to put on a show. Besides, when is the last time you had a chance to punch someone in the face at a good punk show?
Saturday, Oct. 10 – House of Blues
The Sounds. If you miss them Friday at La Zona Rosa, you can catch up with these danceable, New Wave Swedes in Dallas. After having played with the likes of Panic! At the Disco and Shiny Toy Guns, it’s senseless to doubt their entertainment power.