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Houston Two Gallants show leads to arrests, alleged police brutality

As you can read in the Houston Chronicle and various places online, a show here on Friday night at Walter’s On Washington ended up in an insane scene of violence after a lone Houston Police Department officer, according to reports, advised the bar to reduce the volume of Two Gallants’ music after a noise complaint from a nearby resident.

As you can see here on YouTube, the place got crazy after–at least what I can tell from the videos–the police officer panicked and used excessive violence with the crowd. Judge for yourself, and anyone who attended the show (I did not) please feel free to post comments or start something in the Houston Calling message board.

Here’s some account of the incident I found on MySpace:

so two gallants were on their 4th song i believe and a cop shows up for a noise complaint. he did not go to the soundboard but immediately heads to the stage. he has some words with the singer adam and then the cop grabs his guitar. adam pulls it back and then the cop grabs him around the head and slams him down on the stage. tyson (teh drummer) jumps up from the drums and jumps into the mix. some other dudes get on stage and a bunch of others swarm up and start taking pictures. someone gets between adam and the cop and is calming things down. it could’ve ended here as everyone is calming down. then the cop turns on my friend greg who is taking pics and says ‘stop touching me’ or something like that and knocks greg’s camera out of his hand. great is all like what the fuck? and then the cop jumps off stage and starts pushing greg in the chest across the room while greg is just backing away. the cop also is waving his tazer around at this point. he eventually backs greg into that corner where everybody puts their instruments (to the right of the stage) and pushes him down into a pile of drums and the standup bass the opening band was playing. people freak out and about 20 people rush over there including the dudes from the opening band and adam and tyson. i thought at this point the cop was going to get the shit kicked out of him. but i guess everyone was just standing around yelling or something so anyway the cop manages his way out of that pack and then starts chasing adam. adam runs across the stage and around the back of the bar with the cop right after him. he runs behind the bar and jumps over the front of the bar and runs out the door and down the street. later that evening my friend jennifer was riding her bike home and saw adam walking in the neighborhood. she took him back to her house until around 2 when he got ahold of his manager who had a hotel room already. she took him to his hotel room. meanwhile, the cop comes back around the door and is yelling at everyone to leave. he then walks outside and grabs tyson and cuffs him. he tells tyson something like he is being arrasted for what his buddy did. meanwhile some other people are yelling at the cop and he is walking around with his handcuffs out threatening to arrest everyone. he then grabs another dude and arrests him. then about 9 other cop cars showed up and those cops all jump out of their cars. we walked across the street so as not to get arrested or anything. i see them then arrest my friend greg as well as 4 or so other people. i hear they were arresting the opening band folks but that pam (the club owner) got them out. that is all i know. except that the first cop that came was a fukcin lunatic. you do not walk into a show and do what he did. he seemed way more interested in fuckin shit up then he did in calmly difusing anything. that guy had a real chip on his shoulder… i have just never seen anything like that… i guess they are never coming back to houston again.

Another account on MySpace is here.

What puzzles me is if this was some sort of sting around town — I was at another show near Midtown and was leaving to see Veruca Salt at Engine Room around 11pm or so when about half a dozen HPD officers were entering The Roof telling the doormen that the band had to be shut down due to noise complaints.

The local ABC affiliate has this short story about the Walter’s incident and the related photo is all about how the police officer received injuries so I assume this will be spun into some crazed music fan thing — hopefully not.

Can’t we all just get along?

New issue of Wired features the future of music + Pitchfork article

Imagine my surprise when I opened the September copy of Wired (cover shot of Beck) — there’s a big article on indie music site Pitchfork. It basically talks about how the site helped the career of Broken Social Scene, among others, and destroyed Travis Morrison’s solo debut. It’s not a bad article, actually.

There are also articles on various ways musicians and labels are planning to distribute new music to consumers. The Barenaked Ladies, whose management is Nettwerk, plan to release their album in the ProTools format — actually, more than 200 formats (45 of which, the article indicates, will be distributed via a small USB drive).

Also, Beck plans to again let his new album’s songs be available for fans and other musicians to diddle with at will.

It will be interesting to watch how things like this affect the future of music and how it is distributed.

New DJ Shadow streams

Streams of new songs by DJ Shadow are available online.

Windows Media stream
Real Audio stream

“You Made It”
Windows Media stream
Real Audio stream

Visit DJ Shadow’s official site or his MySpace page.

Today’s the day! 6pm Houston Calling show at The Proletariat

Here’s the line-up for today’s show at The Proletariat in Houston.

6:30-7pm: The Dimes
7:15-7:45pm Sitka Sound
8-8:30pm: Miranda Sound
9-9:45: Tody Castillo

Actual set times may vary, but it’ll start by 6:30 and be over before 10pm.

View flyer here.

Syd Barrett dead at 60


Pink Floyd co-founder Roger “Syd” Barrett has died at the age of 60, reportedly due to complications from diabetes. The artist, who left Pink Floyd in the late 1960s after his mental health began to decline, spent the better part of the past 30 years living in seclusion with his mother in Cambridge, where he was born on Jan. 6, 1946.

“The band are naturally very upset and sad to learn of Syd Barrett’s death,” the surviving members of Pink Floyd said in a statement. “Syd was the guiding light of the early band lineup and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire.” (full story)

I’ve been a Pink Floyd fan for what seems like forever now, and always enjoyed Barrett’s solo material, especially The Madcap Laughs and The Radio One Sessions. Can’t say I haven’t expected this for years, but it still is sad. Shine on…

Street Scene festival line-up announced

This just in from

Kanye West and Tool will headline the 22nd Street Scene festival, to be held Aug. 4-5 outside San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. Among the other acts confirmed to appear at the event include Wu-Tang Clan, Queens Of The Stone Age, Snoop Dogg, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Modest Mouse.

The lineup on Aug. 4 will feature West headlining, alongside AFI, Social Distrotion, Bad Religion, Yellowcard, Lupe Fiasco, She Wants Revenge and Nine Black Alps, among others.

The second night will be anchored by Tool and will also feature My Chemical Romance, Sean Paul, Bloc Party, Tricky, Futureheads, Tapes N’ Tapes, G. Love & Special Sauce and the Subways. (full story)


Houston rapper HAWK killed in shooting

Houston rapper HAWK, who had recently released a CD, was killed in an overnight shooting in Houston. Details are minimal, but the Houston Chronicle and the HoustonSoReal blog both have information on their websites.

Echo & The Bunnymen U.S. tour

Echo & The Bunnymen are touring the U.S. this summer.

6.9.06 Chula Vista, CA / Coors Amph
6.10.06 Mountain View, CA / Shoreline Amph.
6.11.06 Santa Ana, CA / Galaxy Concert Theatre
6.12.06 Los Angeles, CA / Henry Fonda Theatre
6.13.06 Cabazon Key Club @ Morongo
6.16.06 Dallas, TX / Gyspy Ballroom
6.17.06 Austin, TX / La Zona Rosa
6.18.06 Houston, TX / Warehouse Live
6.20.06 Atlanta, GA / The Roxy
6.21.06 Lake Buena Vista, FL / House Of Blues
6.23.06 Charlotte, NC / Amos Southend
6.24.06 Norfolk, VA / The Norva
6.26.06 Washington, DC / Black Cat
6.27.06 Hartford, CT / Toads Place
6.29.06 Philadelphia, PA / TLA
6.30.06 Boston, MA / Paradise Rock Club
7.1.06 New York, NY / Irving Plaza

Tickets at the normal outlets.

The Flaming Lips, The Shins on ACL tonight

Check your local PBS listings for tonight’s broadcast of Austin City Limits. The show features The Flaming Lips and The Shins.

More information can be found here. You can search for your local listings from the website.

Pixies fans, go see The Dimes!

For those already in Austin, check this one out tonight:

March 14, 2006
The Lone Star State of Mind @ Redrum (401 Sabine St.)
6 pm

The Lone Star State of Mind SXSW Showcase:

The Boy (dj from London) between sets / Grace and the Grackles / Muldoon ( / The Dimes ( / Hundred Year Storm ( / This Will Destroy You ( / Whitman