Tonight’s the night, folks. 29-95’s False Idols Concert Series touches down at the Continental Club once again with perhaps the greatest lineup we’ve ever lined up, anchored by local favorites Buxton performing the songs of Talking Heads. Any and all sane music fans ought to have had this on their calendars for awhile now, but if for some reason you’re on the fence about making it out tonight, here’s a few impartial observations to help you make up your mind.
TWENTY NINE REASONS YOU SHOULD TOTALLY MAKE IT OUT TO THE CONTINENTAL CLUB TONIGHT
1. This video right here, shot last month at Walter’s. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a little taste test of what’s in store for tonight.
2. Talking Heads have been broken up for over two decades now; aside from going through the motions with a bummer of a performance at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the members have not shared a stage since the Reagan administration, and even though David Byrne still performs Heads songs live (he’s coming to Houston October 6, performing with indie-pop guitar hero St. Vincent), you’re about as likely to see a full-on Talking Heads reunion as you are a full-on Beatles reunion. This is the next best thing.
3. You know what? Scratch that: this is going to be way better than seeing four people who can’t stand each other mounting a cynical cash-grab reunion in their twilight. This is Buxton, one of Houston’s most accomplished and exciting young bands, putting their own spin on some of the most innovative music in pop history.
4. Speaking of innovative pop: we’re pretty thrilled about the openers as well. LIMB (alias James Templeton) will be kicking the night off with a set of his unparalleled acrobatic drums ‘n’ electronics ‘n’ wizardry. To describe LIMB’s set would be like describing an Aurora Borealis: I have no idea what exactly is going on, but it’s an absolute marvel to behold.
5. Easier to describe but no less accomplished are the second act, the recently ascendant JC & Co. Fronted by former Voxtrot member Jason Chronis and newly signed to influential indie label Captured Tracks, tonight marks the garage rockers’ first live appearance in Houston. Word on the street is they are quite good at songs.
6. Speaking of songs, did you know Talking Heads had a lot of good ones? I wonder which ones Buxton are going to play. They’re being all sassy and refusing to let anyone in on their set for tonight… So that’s reason number six to come to the show: Surprises! Who doesn’t like surprises (I bet they play Psycho Killer, though).
7. If you’ve ever listened to Remain in Light or Speaking in Tongues, you may have noticed the Talking Heads use a heck of a lot of percussion. If you’ve ever seen Buxton perform live, you may have noticed that they only have one drummer. But not tonight, no sir! A little birdie told me there will be a “special guest” assisting with the polyrhythms that make songs like “Crosseyed and Painless” and “Burning Down the House” such singular moments. Just who is this guest and how special are they? See reason #6 for a hint.
8. Did I mention the show is free? I really should have mentioned the show is free. It’s a free show. Free dollars and no cents. In this troubled economic climate, blah blah blah blah blah FREE SHOW!
9. And the free doesn’t end there: one lucky concertgoer will be walking away from the show with an autographed vinyl copy of Stop Making Sense, the soundtrack to arguably the greatest concert film of all time. More details to follow, but until then, watch this “interview” clip from the Stop Making Sense home video, and remember to keep in mind David Byrne’s second life as a conceptual artist.
10. We will be announcing the date and lineup of the next False Idols concert tonight at the show, a truly mind-boggling event that you are going to want to be there in person to hear about. It would just be a shame to hear about it on Twitter or something, y’know?
29. Yeah, I skipped a few numbers… Come on, twenty nine is just way too many. I could list my favorite Talking Heads songs, or point out that this is a once in a lifetime (…) opportunity to catch one of the few local bands that you’ll be telling your grandkids about, smack-dab in their prime, stepping outside of their comfort zone and having a blast with one of the greatest catalogues in rock and roll, or talk up the singular benefits of dancing to new-wave art-funk with a belly full of Lone Star and barbecue, but we’re busy people, you and I. I’ll save us both the time and just assume I’ll see you there. Consider yourself on the guestlist.
29-95’s FALSE IDOLS CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS BUXTON AS TALKING HEADS
With LIMB and JC & Co.
Friday August 24 at Continental Club, 3700 Main. 21 and up. Free show. Doors open at 9, after Little Joe Washington's Happy Hour set. Fa fa fa fa, fa fa fa fa fa.