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The Mars Volta rocks out Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston tonight


Cedric Bixler-Zavala at Bonnaroo 2009 (I was there :)

For lovers of prog-rock (I know, I know, you can’t just stick a label on music like this but sometimes it helps), one of the best “indie” rock/jamout bands of today, The Mars Volta, will be performing tonight at the Verizon Wireless Theater at 8:00pm for $32.50, if tickets haven’t sold out.

I’m ashamed to say I haven’t given The Mars Volta’s latest album, Octahedron, a listen yet. It seems completely up my alley even though I haven’t been keeping up with them for awhile...their previous album, The Bedlam in Goliath threw me off, but I actually listened to it about a month ago and found it fantastic. Anyway, this new album seems different from their usually straightforward prog-rock style, especially since Cedric Bixler-Zavala “wanted to make the opposite of all the records we've done. All along we've threatened people that we'd make a pop record, and now we have.” (Blood-Royale, Frederick. Artist ‘n’ Artist: Frederick Blood-Royale meets The Mars Volta. 2009-06-08.) If I had the money I’d so be there. Cedric is a hot cosmos of energy onstage!

I’ll be checking out the smaller shows with smaller prices this weekend in the meantime…updates to come!