Distant Lights, Simulacrum

There are times when music can just be a side note, something you turn on because you’d rather deal with any type of distraction than the loneliness of oppressive silence and wonder why your life still sucks, even though that could just be me self-projecting

Sunaglare, Sunaglare

There is that saying of what once was old is now new again, and it’s proven true by the newest musical export from Sweden, Sunaglare. This band draws its most obvious influence from retro-rockers The Hellacopters; it’s that sound of fuzz-laden stoner-rock, a la Fu Manchu or Nebula…

The Other Night: The Concert for KTRU

It was a strange night. On the one hand, it felt like a full-on party, a wild, wide-grinning celebration of all things KTRU, but on the other, it felt somewhat like a wake. The fight to stop the sale of {KTRU}‘s definitely not over…

Various Artists, KTRU Live Vol. 2

When KTRU Local Show co-host Ian Wells handed me a copy of KTRU Live Vol. 2, the second in the “KTRU Live” series (two discs wrapped in a cool, halfway-DIY cardboard sleeve with sweet, quirky art by DJ/artist Lindsey Simard), back at this year’s Summerfest…

A dream Asleep vs. Skeleton Dick

First be warned that I write this review with extreme prejudice. A dream Asleep and Skeleton Dick are two of my top favorite bands…

CD Release Mania

It seems as if the stars have aligned, hell spawns have been vanquished and every band in Houston has decided that tonight would be a great night to have a CD release party.

Concert for KTRU, This Saturday!

While I’m on the subject of benefit-type shows, I can’t help but mention this one, near & dear to my heart as it is… This coming Saturday, August 28th, supporters of venerable, well-loved Houston radio station {KTRU} will be rocking the house…

Benefit for Mareshah Shepard, Tonight at Walter’s

Man. I hadn’t heard about this ’til very, very recently, and I’m still feeling sick about it; I didn’t know Mareshah Shepard, but as somebody who’s dodged cars many times on Washington Ave

Barefoot for Native, Barefoot for Native EP

I first saw Yvette Barwood and Devora F, the two ladies of Barefoot for Native, at SXSW, and then was fortunate to see them again as they came through Houston and did a show at Dean’s…

Elba, An Avalanche

Seattle indie-rock trio Elba’s An Avalanche is a promising CD of eleven songs full of quick, bright-sounding guitars that carry on in a poppy way, along with the occasional more laidback number. The vocals are nice and complimentary to the music, and the songs are played in a major key…

Theft at Rice University!: Another Appalling Casualty in the War on College Radio

200 people gathered on a Sunday afternoon in Houston, in the middle of August, braving a sweltering, unforgiving onslaught of heat (my iThermometer peaked at 110°), absent any real cloud cover or cool breeze. For what reason would a rational group of adults subject themselves to such punishment?…

Early Week Rundown: Fat Worm of Error + Sad Gorilla + The Protomen + Miniature Tigers + Yppah + Tontons + More

Early in the week, I realize, but there’re some very cool shows going on in the next couple of days, and I didn’t want to do my usual thing and totally ignore stuff that happens before Thursday or so. Here’s what’s up in the next couple of days, just to tide you over ’til the weekend…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Andre Williams (MP3!) + The Lotus Effect (Reviewed!) + Alkari + East Cameron Folkcore + Roller Derby Punk + More

Late, as usual, I know — even still, though, I didn’t want to neglect all the shows going on tonight (Sat., August 21st) and tomorrow (Sun., August 22nd). And yes, there’s quite a pile, and holy crap does it look good. Here’s what’s up…

Save KTRU: Sunday’s Protest at Willy’s Statue + What Else You Can Do

It’s been a rough week. In case you haven’t heard before now — and if you pay any attention to music-related things in this city, it would be hard not to — Rice University made an underhanded, sneakily confidential deal…

The Lotus Effect, Rabbits & Royalty EP

Normally, I get pretty annoyed when a songwriter just comes out and tells you what a song’s about; to my mind, that takes some of the joy out of the music, removing the personal interpretation completely from the equation. I mean, sure, if you think a song’s about X…

Houston Fringe Festival, Going On Now

sigh. I’d meant to post about the damn thing before it got underway, but, as with these things, that didn’t happen… So, instead, here we are, and the FrenetiCore group’s Houston Fringe Festival is under way…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Screeching Weasel + 30footFALL + Kashmere Stage Band + The Watermarks + The Energy + More

A bit late for tonight, but it’s been a crazy-busy day. There’s quite a bit going on this Friday (August 20th, that is), although I’m kind of at a loss to talk about most of it, unfortunately. Here goes…

Mid-Week MP3age: Paleo/Karnivool (Tonight!) + Wayne Hancock + Hey Rosetta! + TV Buddhas + Jukebox the Ghost + Peter Wolf Crier

After the badness of the past couple of days, which’ve frankly left me more down, frustrated, and angry than I would’ve expected, I need some goodness to balance things out. So hey, there’s this pile of MP3 thingies that keep clogging up my Inbox, and lo and behold…

Rice Prepares to Kill Off KTRU, by Selling It to UH (Updated, Slightly)

Oh, how I wish the line above were a joke, but sadly, it’s not. As the {Houston Press} reported yesterday, Rice University is about to sell the FCC license and transmitter of much-beloved local radio station {KTRU}

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: Girls Rock Camp Final Showcase, Tonight! (+ A Few More)

I can pretty much guarantee you won’t know any of the bands playing this show, but I think it’s going to be pretty awesome, even still. In case you hadn’t been paying attention at all to things going on in Houston related to music…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: 500 Megatons of Boogie (CD release) + The Jonx + Gram Rabbit + Pale (video preview) + JBM + More

Still working on catching up on the massive piles of email I found waiting for me back home, but that doesn’t mean everybody else out there is resting, no sir. Here’s what sounds cool to me for this evening…

Tonight: The Tontons/Roky Moon & BOLT/Paris Falls/Side Arms + Eyes Behind The Wall Night #1 + More

Hey, all — yep, I’m back in town after my little jaunt abroad (over to London to visit some of the extended fam), and I’m still working on getting caught up with everything, especially the massive number of new shows that’ve popped up on the radar in my absence…

Mark Yr Calendars: Ghoulsfest Coming Up in October

This one came out of left field, I have to admit; I don’t recall ever hearing about organizers a2z Presents before, until I got the email about the festival they’re putting together for October 30th, Ghoulsfest

The Houston Press Music Awards – In Review

Now that the dust has seemingly settled off the month long serenade of the Houston Press Music Awards, which began innocently enough…

Sea Wolf, White Water, White Bloom

Alex Brown Church – maybe more commonly known as Sea Wolf – and friends are back and just as good as ever with the release of “White Water, White Bloom,” last year. This album follows a very successful debut EP, “Go to the River before it Runs Too Low” and full-length “Leaves in the River,” both released in 2007, and follows in similar style and sound as previous releases…


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