Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: Be Alot Cooler If You Did Halloween Show + Tax the Wolf + More

A wee bit slower tomorrow night (Sunday, October 31st), which kinda makes sense, as it’s the actual night of Halloween, and hey, people have trick-or-treating kids & parties & whatnot. But hey, it ain’t totally dead out there on the music front. Here’s what I’ve heard about, at least…

The Chinese Stars, Heaven on Speed Dial

I saw The Chinese Stars — formed out of the ashes of Arab on Radar in 2003 — play about five year ago at Mary Jane’s Fat Cat, with The Mean Reds and The Blood Brothers. I remember them being a loud and heavy dance-punk band, and their third studio album, Heaven on Speed Dial

Funeral Party, Bootleg EP

On the Bootleg EP, Funeral Party is a curious mix of warble and gossip from the likes of NME; its fans consist of a wide range of kids who listen to their music because it’s the latest, because it’s “new and original”…

Last-Minute Addition: the last place you look in Stafford, Tonight

Dang, I just saw this — sorry, y’all… Well, it totally slipped past me, but apparently excellent heavy, post-emo dudes {the last place you look} will be up (er, down?) at The Pour House in beauteous Stafford tonight….

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Ghoulsfest + Ka-Power!Ween + The Eastern Sea + Colour Revolt + The Tyburn Jig + Co-Pilot + More

Holy crap, there are a lot of things going on today (Saturday, October 30th). So many, in fact, that it almost feels like there’s no way I can even begin to write about ’em. Damn… And yet, I have to try; here goes…

Get Ghoulish, This Weekend: Houston’s Newest Music Festival Kicks Off

Well, we are indeed there — tomorrow, Saturday, October 30th is the much-ballyhooed, impressive-looking, hopefully-badass Ghoulsfest. I’ve got a previous thing I’ve gotta do, so yours truly will unfortunately have to miss out…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: listenlisten (Rev’d!) + Callers (MP3!) + Helmet + Somosuno + Invincible Czars + Ghostland Observatory (Rev’d!) + More

Late, late, late — if I’m ever actually early with one of these, it’ll be a damn Christmas miracle. But hey, that’s how it goes some (er, most) days… Anyway, there’s still time to get out & about; here’s where you ought to go…

listenlisten, “dog”

After listening to “dog”, the second full-length from listenlisten, several times now, I think I’m starting to understand. I was surprised at first, because after 2009’s Hymns From Rhodesia, I was expecting something, well, something a bit more grand, really…

Tonight: Benjamin Wesley + The Fresh & Onlys (MP3) + Art Institute + Clutch + Zakk Wylde + More

Yep, it’s a Thursday (October 28th, to be specific), and so naturally I’m scrambling to say something about the surprising plethora of shows going on this evening. There’s quite a bit to choose from, honestly…

Ghostland Observatory, Codename: Rondo

In September, Ghostland Observatory successfully piqued the interest of fans with the free release of the spoken-word track, “Codename: Rondo,” for their new album. With keyboard player Thomas Turner’s dark and funky beats backing a strange and sexual-innuendo-filled monologue by singer Aaron Behrens…

Krunkquistadors, After Hours

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not into rap music, per se. I mean, I’ll always support Lil Wayne, because he came from that same little hell town of New Orleans that I came from, and then he went on to become a mega-superstar…

Clinging To The Trees of a Forest Fire, Songs of Ill Hope and Desperation

If you have ever been to the palatial worldwide headquarters of Space City Rock, you know of the plethora of CDs that litter the mail room. With so many to choose from, it can be tough to decide on which ones to listen to. Being the metal guru that I am, any cover that has a dragon…

Giveaway Time: Win a Pair of Ghoulsfest Tickets

Haven’t heard about the whole Ghoulsfest thing coming up this next Saturday (October 30 at Tom Bass Park) yet? Unlikely, I know, but hell, anything’s possible, right?…

Pianos Become The Teeth, Old Pride

Wow. As simple as that. “Wow” is all I can say about Old Pride, the latest CD from Pianos Become The Teeth. In their press kit, they’re referred to as “screamo,” whatever the Hell that is, but they remind me of a metalcore band…

Legends of The Canyon: Classic Artists

Henry Diltz shot the photo for The Doors’ Morrison Hotel album cover. He tells a great story about that photograph in the liner notes to his DVD Legends of The Canyon, detailing life in the Los Angeles music scene in the late 1960s…

Knights, Age of Revolution EP

I guess it’s kind of redundant to say that some pretty great bands come out of Austin; hard rock progressive bank Knights are no exception. On their EP Age of Revolution

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: Valient Thorr + Red Fang + Kennedy Bakery + Venomous Maximus + Chase Hamblin + More

And then there’s Sunday, October 24th — the quietest day of the weekend, obviously, but still pretty badass thanks to a relatively small handful of excellent-sounding shows. Here’s my list…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: Linus Pauling Quartet (Reviewed!) + Indiehouston Anniversary + Helstar (Reviewed!) + Murdocks + More

Another busy night in H-town tonight (Sat., October 23rd, specifically), but unfortunately, I’m not there — off visiting the fam, so apologies for this being a bit late-notice. There’s some really good stuff that’s literally about to start, so get on out of the house…

Linus Pauling Quartet, Horns of Ammon

First things first: no, this isn’t the next “real” Linus Pauling Quartet full-length. Per the LP4 guys, that’ll be the Bag of Hammers double-LP(!), which’ll be out sometime next year. So, what the hell is Horns of Ammon, then? Well, it’s a mixed pile of odds ‘n ends…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: Dawes + Peter Wolf Crier (MP3s) + Romany Rye (MP3) + The Fox Derby (Reviewed!) + Born Liars + More

Yep, another weekend is upon us, and once again yours truly will be (sadly) headed out of town. Argh. It sucks, because there’re quite a few good shows going on this weekend; most are tomorrow night, mind you, but there’s still some good stuff happening tonight, Friday, October 22nd

The Fox Derby, Regular Dreams

There’s an intriguing British-ness to most of Regular Dreams, the debut full-length by The Fox Derby, a kind of cool, distant, almost New Wave-ish feel to the bulk of the songs that’s amplified by the intricate, often baroque arrangements…

Tonight (in Brief): Built To Spill + Frightened Rabbit + Ragged Hearts + Warbler Pl + More

Gotta make it brief for this evening, I’m afraid, but I didn’t want to miss out on tonight’s shows like I have the earlier part of the week’s (what, like you needed me to tell you Gorillaz & the Deftones were going to be badass? please…)

Tax the Wolf, Hold the Sun

What is it that makes Tax the Wolf a man among boys, yet still so youthfully refreshing? They’ve been compared to early Radiohead and Mars Volta. They’ve been called progressive, indie, and all manner in between, but you know what I say to that?

Helstar, Glory of Chaos

The first time I heard about Helstar was in the pages of Hit Parader. The magazine had a feature on new bands, with Houston’s own Helstar there, and the first words mentioned were “Jose Elliot Chupa Los Huevos”…

Live: Local Natives/The Love Language/The Union Line

In our fair city, it’s not often that two meaningful concerts are scheduled for the same day; however, that was the case on Thursday. And those of us who resisted the temptation of squirrely guitars over Afro-pop beats were certainly pleased with one of the best concerts in recent memory…

Another Run, I’ll Be There

It’s refreshing when a rock band isn’t afraid to mellow it out, groove a bit, and be emotional. I had heard of Another Run, and before I had a chance to listen to their music, I had this image of them in my head…

Gospel Gossip, Dreamland/Drift

With the release of their debut full-length album, Sing Into My Mouth, in 2007, Gospel Gossip put themselves on the list of young bands to watch out for. The three-piece band from Northfield, Minneapolis, recorded Dreamland, a lengthy 6-song EP, two years later…

Co-Pilot, The Course of Empire

I can’t say whether it’s the song/album titles or the fact that I’ve been reading far too much about the battle of Thermopylae lately, but when I listen to Co-Pilot’s The Course of Empire, I find myself consistently thinking about war — about some long-ago clash between two rival armies…

Tonight: The Futureheads (MP3) + The Soft Pack (MP3) + Accept + Andrew WK + Art Institute + Vinyl Junkie + More

What the hell? It’s a Wednesday, for crying out loud, but tonight (October 13th) is looking like a Friday, instead (or at least a Sunday). There’s quite a bit going on, and a fair amount of it’s good. Here’s what I like, anyway…

KTRU: Down, But Not Out

Damn. Got the news today that I’d really hoped I wouldn’t hear — the sale of Rice U.‘s beloved, ultra-indie radio station, {KTRU} to the University of Houston has been finalized. Rice and UH have both signed on the line that is dotted…

Catfish

With the explosion of social media and the mainstreaming of virtual relationships, it was inevitable — and maybe even necessary — that someone was going to try and document (in fiction or non-) what that explosion’s actually like and how it affects us as human beings…

Dyslextasy, Live.Die.Repeat

Hey, Houston — we’ve got another Seattle pop-rock/grunge/punk band, only they’re striving for a more formidable approach and tackling issues of drunkenness, cop cars, last call, and party-crashers. Definitely “keen observations of human behavior,” you know…

Blitzen Trapper, Destroyer of the Void

It’s a little weird, but with all of the backwards-pointing, ’60s/’70s-loving bands I’ve been hearing lately, from The Dutchess & The Duke to Wolfmother, have forced me to at least attempt to re-learn as much as I can about the music of those two long-past decades…

Co-Pilot Release Show, This Thursday

This coming Thursday (October 14th, to be exact) is going to kill me, I swear — not only is it the night of the final-ever(?) show by {The Jonx}, but it’s also a rare appearance…

The Satellite Room

Interesting-sounding place; The Satellite Room is apparently attached to the All About Music music school, and possibly because of that, it’s one of a very, very small number of venues in town that are not only non-smoking…

Stereo Live

6400 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX. 77057 “stereolivehouston” at “gmail dot com” 832-251-9600 Dunno much about this one, except that in days of old it used to be Bar Rio. These days they seem to mostly have electronic/DJ-type acts coming through, and some of ’em have been fairly major, for that.

SCR Gets Twitter-ified

Yep, it’s true — yours truly had been reluctant for a long time now to dive into the whole Twitter thing, in part because, well, we’ve got a whole lot of other stuff to keep up with here at SCR HQ as it is…

Ghost Town Electric/Defending the Kingdom, Ghost Town Electric/Defending the Kingdom

Now, this is what vinyl’s really meant for, as far as I’m concerned: two sides of badass, heavy, bang-your-head rock on one solid slab of wax. Of course, in this case each side’s by a particular band, but since the bands in question are both heavy and raw…

Space City Rock Goes Inside the Campaign for Governor

2010 Texas Gubernatorial Race: In our first-ever SCR Election Preview, the pubishing/editorial staff of Space City Rock would like to officially endorse Bill White for Governor of Texas. Furthermore, we call on Rick Perry to debate his opponents in an open forum…

Sammy Hagar, Cosmic Universal Fashion

Well, you have to hand it to the Red Rocker: he refuses to let Father Time slow him down. He recently headlined the festival circuit, then got together with former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony, guitar whiz Joe Satriani, and Red Hot drummer Chad Smith and released the excellent Chickenfoot CD…


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