Nonprofit news outlet the Texas Observer partners with local booker Trish Connelly for an evening of local punk with social justice conversations between sets. From Xetas’ convulsing collisions to Pleasure Venom’s gritty glam guided by Audrey Campbell’s singular howl, or Honey & Salt’s cerebral existential ennui, it all feels politically charged. Blxpltn’s thundering, industrial-tinged punk on latest singles “Education Destruction” and “No English” stand out as biting commentary.
Loosely conceptualized around Philip K. Dick’s Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, the eponymous, self-released debut by Houston experimental pop duo Twin Lovers – Melissa Jean and Markus Cone – carries its weight in musical ideas, recalling the ethereal dream-pop of Chromatics and AI-keen artist Holly Herndon, with nods to Tangerine Dream’s mood-building savvy. Bookends come local glam-pop headliners Mother Water House and Vegetable Kingdom’s opening tape-loop soul noise.