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Volume 70, Issue 5, Friday, August 27, 2004

Life & Arts

Weekend concerts filled with variety

Houston lineup offers quality, not quantity

By Jason Gagnon
The Daily Cougar

As school begins to get going there are surprisingly few shows this weekend. But don't worry, because there are some pretty cool ones to check out.

On Friday, the ever-impressive Tsunami Bomb will explode on Fitzgerald's (with tour mates Audio Karate). It would be a good idea to avoid heading downstairs at the club because the one band in town that just doesn't know when to quit (it should have been ages ago), the Hates, will crank the suck up to 11. Just wait until tomorrow for your punk rock fix, OK?

Pink Floyd fans will want to head out to Pennison's Club to see Us & Them, which is a cover band of the legendary Brit group. Rumor has it that they're pretty stellar too, so don't miss it if you're a fan. Sadly, there will be no laser light show to accompany the music.

Phantom Planet may have lost a Rushmore cast member, but the band will try to rock on this weekend at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease St.
Photo courtesy of Epic Records

For blues and zydeco fans, your best bets are going to be Low Down Brown at the always luxurious Big Easy, 5731 Kirby Drive, and the great Zydeco Dots at the Shakespeare Pub, 14129 Memorial Drive. The John Sparrow doesn't seem to be playing around town very often so it would seem crucial to check them out at Fat Cat's, 4216 Washington Ave., if only to examine the progression of their singer's mullet.

Hip-hop seems to be laying low tonight so get your ya ya's out at the 804 Underground Lounge, 804 Fannin St., for dancehall reggae provided by Steve Swift, BMC and Vitamin A.

Saturday at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease St., you can see if Phantom Planet is a better band without an actor (Jason Schwartzman of Rushmore) on the drums. Fans of The O.C. will probably flock to this show just to hear the theme song. At the River Café, 3615 Montrose Blvd., Flamenco Sol will play some hot Latin beats to dance to.

I said Saturday would be a better day for punk rock and I didn't lie. Hatetank Productions brings the Virus, Clit 45 and Texas natives Complete Control to Fat Cat's. It's really cool of these guys to book this show at this venue and since most of the spiky-haired dorks have caused Fitzgerald's to turn its back on these shows, let's try to take better care of this place and respect its rules.

Finally, Quest Entertainment will be hosting a house party at, naturally, The House, playing neo-soul, R& B and hip-hop until the wee hours of the morning.

Don't forget to check out Fitzgerald's on Monday night for cheap drinks, free pool, darts and pingpong, in addition to DJ Spanky kicking out the coolest rock n' roll jams anywhere in town.

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