It’s a familiar feeling. It happens when the warm South Texas Spring begins to unfurl into a thick colcha of summer heat in early April; Glass Candy’s ‘GETO BOYS’ bops in my head, and Ida No’s whispery lyric is the hazy theme for the next 6 months: “this summer is going to be sick”. It’s a glitz-hop anthem that loops when I stare into a summer lineup of shows I start booking at that time. And this year, No’s line couldn’t glow with any more truth when contemplating all the fucking great bands and artists that have played the valley so far this season.
One of said shows happened May 29th at Cine El Rey’s very young upstairs / balcony / ceiling / loft stage the venue has yet to name. I’m thinking the El Rey Cielo, but, I don’t know, I guess typing it out right now, I’m feeling it might sound like a place with axe body spray and cool pants and yellow beer and ok. Anyways, this show involved Detroit’s most excellent Protomartyr, and major regional support, which included an increasingly rare and always powerful good performance by Deep Woods, as well as sick slots from Brownsville’s rising post-punks, CUTTERS, and a very young re-freshing rock and roll group, BELTS. Photographer and local media wizard, Gabriel Elizondo, was on hand to thankfully capture the night, and I am like, eternally grateful for this. Elizondo sent over some snaps from the night, which are featured here. Feel free to peruse, and thanks again for making this summer the illest: