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Buxton, By The End Of Tonight, Cosmic Sound at Mango's on Fri. Sept 30th

Mango's is one of those Houston venues that has long supported local up and coming acts (think Tontons) as well as more established acts, both Houston-based and from far-flung corners of the world. More intimate than Fitzgerald's and as a fully functioning restaurant as well as a music venue, Mango's provides a more, shall we say "homey" feeling than that rickety but well-known and loved club.

Headlining there on Friday, Sept. 30 is Buxton, a (fairly) young band that labels itself "Americana / Folk Rock / Indie" on their MySpace profile. Their ringing guitars are certainly reminiscent of both the celebrated, self-proclaimed champions of Americana, the Old 97s, as well as the vanguard of the so-called "Freak Folk" movement, Fleet Foxes. But what sets Buxton apart from their contemporaries is their song-arranging. Crazy time and key changes that owe more to jazz than the standard approach to song arranging that the aforementioned bands take have set them apart. This may be alienating to some, but it keeps the listener on their feet, that's for sure.

Which is why By The End Of Tonight is a perfect foil for Buxton. Similar ringing guitars and a DIY attitude place them in the same category, but the time changes and song arrangements are even more manic and the band is almost entirely instrumental. In fact, Blackie has re-mixed some of their stuff, placing them in an almost electronica category while remaining true to the spirit of rock and roll.

Cosmic Sound open the evening.

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