SXSW is but a distant Los Alamos-like memory at this point, its half-life nowhere near expired, but enough decay having occurred that the feet feel normal and the mind can begin to wander to other musical experiences, both future and past. May is going to be an unbelievably full month of rock in greater Houston, with no less than the Dwarves, the Queers, Suicidal Tendencies, Sick Of It All, Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Kvelertak, Cancer Bats, Black Tusk, Torche, King’s X, Clutch, and The Sword all making stops, many of them at Fitzgerald’s.
Looking in the rear-view, however, and taking the thumb off the heavy scale a bit, one is reminded that you don’t have to trek to the Hobo Hills (my just-now created, absurdly low-shooting nickname for our over-stuffed neighbor to the NW….no, not you College Station, you’re Yokel Holler) or wait for tours to pull through to go see great live rock music.
dUNE TX played Fitzgerald’s with Detroit’s Electric Six back in February and are as fine a powerpop-rock band as you’re likely to see. The normal touchstones are there – Built To Spill, Weezer, Nada Surf, Superdrag – but so are acts as spread apart as the Beach Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, and Fu Manchu.
You probably even remember having one of those five-drinks-too-many good times to dUNE TX along the way (or at least that it happened!); maybe opening for Goo Goo Dolls, or playing one of those balls-out St. Patrick’s Day parties Griff’s used to have. In any case, the good news is, you can still do it. This band is still kicking it at least as well as always and the fact that they haven’t become Houston’s default rock band of choice is as mystifying as it is true.
One more to add to the list of May shows: dUNE TX, Saturday, May 11, at Big Top Lounge. Do yourself right. Feels good.