Chingo Bling‘s situation is “stickier than molten queso fundido,” writes David Dunlap Jr. in his review of the Houston MC’s major-label debut, They Can’t Deport Us All. Chingo Bling has a solid rep in H-Town’s hip-hop scene, working with Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, and others, but Hispanicized rap parodies and critiques of immigration policies might not make for a rap star. Read Dunlap’s review here.
Aaron Leitko wasn’t a fan of Travis Morrison‘s previous solo album, 2004’s Travistan, and he wasn’t alone; Pitchfork famously dismissed it with a 0.0 rating. But Leitko says the former Dismemberment Plan frontman is in much better form on his new album, All Y’All, recorded with his new band, the Hellfighters. Read the review here and listen to a stream of the album here.
If you’re a regular reader of Cheap Seats and City Desk, you might remember the Points as the house band at the now-defunct Shaw skate park, Fight Club. The band plays the Rock and Roll Hotel’s first anniversary blowout on Saturday, and in One Track Mind Justin Moyer talks with drummer Travis Jackson about the Points song “Rock n Roll No Rules,” which you can listen to here.
(Speaking of the Rock and Roll Hotel, in the spring the club’s owner, Joe Englert, gave a few local third-graders a tour of the place, as well as a few other joints in the rapidly gentrifying club district. Read about it in this week’s Show & Tell.)
Plus our picks for the week: Michael J. West on “breakbeat jazz” maestro Mocean Worker, Friday at the 9:30 Club; Jason Cherkis on atmospheric Baltimore duo Beach House, Sunday at the Rock and Roll Hotel; Maggie Serota on Sonic Boom‘s post-Spacemen 3 project, Spectrum, Sunday at the Black Cat; Matthew Borlik on Chicago give-the-drummer-some-more trio Mass Shivers, Wednesday at the Velvet Lounge; and Cherkis on Philly noise-rockers Clockcleaner, Thursday at the Black Cat.