Houston’s House of Blues played host to this great summer kickoff show. Loond and I went to check it out, and here’s some of what we heard and saw. Clutch did its normal spectacular job of laying down a rockin’, rump-shaking, yet oh-so-heavy groove. They are truly a band apart, creating a whole each and every show which doesn’t only eclipse the sum of its parts but succeeds in transporting the audience to a different time and space. If they’re not already, they will soon be the US’ cultural equivalent of Motorhead. The Sword laid out the metal and Dixie Witch the boogie, but the only other band on the bill that came close to touching the headliners was show-openers American Sharks. Meeting at the crossroads of garage, punk, and stoner, yet performing with deceptive (and likely Satan-generated) precision, they provided heaping helping of hope for America’s rock n’ roll future.