My Education, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Question: when was the last time you listened to a soundtrack? Better yet, when was the last time you listened to the soundtrack of a silent film? If you answered anything but “never” for the last question, then consider yourself a pathological liar not fit for civil society…sort of…

Jef With One F Signs His (Awesomely Fun) Book, Tomorrow at Cactus

It’s a little weird to think about, honestly, but I’ve heard a lot of rambling/accusing about nepotism and favoritism lately: writers promoting their buddies’ bands, regardless of how good they are, etc., etc. And yeah, I’ve gotten dinged for it myself, rightfully or not…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: The Batusis (Cheetah Chrome/Sylvain Sylvain!) + Pik-N-Pak Pre-Party + Mink Anniversary + More

Folks, we have one heck of an amazing-ass weekend in front of us. Seriously, from everything that’s going on, you’d think it was some big holiday weekend or something, not just some random second weekend in December…

Giveaway Time: PEASE OUT New Year’s Eve Party, Pt. 2

Okay, so there was a teeny-tiny little something I neglected to mention last Friday, when I posted about the pair of tickets we’ve got here at SCR to give away…

Happy 5th Birthday to The Mink, Tomorrow

Yep, another happy occasion is upon us: tomorrow night, Friday, December 10th, cool Midtown venue/bar The Mink will be celebrating its 5th Year Anniversary

Girls Rock Camp Christmas Benefit, Coming Up

Lots of good/big shows coming up, and I wanted to get a little bit of a jump on ’em, at least, and mention one that’s pretty near & dear to my heart. If you’ve read this blog much, you probably know how big a fan yours truly is of the Girls Rock Camp Houston deal…

Dogtooth

Premiering at the MFAH December 16-19, director Yorgos LanthimosDogtooth is the family unit as Madagascar. An isolated, claustrophobic, continental island where familiar situations play out counter-clockwise…

Rooftops, A Forest of Polarity

I have a bit of a knee-jerk negative reaction to instrumental rock bands. Let’s face it — “instrumental rock” can be code for “stoned late-night jam sessions.” That’s why Bellingham, Wash., math-rock band Rooftops was such a pleasant surprise…

Join Us at Metal Summit 3, This Saturday

The Dread Lair and Sound Exchange are proud to present Metal Summit 3. This is a gathering of metal brothers and sisters to network and exchange ideas on how to make the local metal scene in Houston better…

Iron & Wine, Walking Far From Home

Wait, wait…who am I listening to, again? I’d heard rumors of a stylistic shift happening in the Iron & Wine camp, with frontman/songwriter Sam Beam moving away from his trademark downhome, low-key folk, but looking back, I honestly had no idea…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: Smashing Pumpkins/Jimmy Eat World + Darkest Hour + Doggebi + Krampus Day + More

Sunday, December 5th is indeed upon us, and it’s looking pretty damn busy, at least as Sundays go. Here goes…

24 Hrs of Hardcore, Online

Thanks to Craig Hlavaty of the {Houston Press} for this one… Steven Blush, the author of the book American Hardcore: A Tribal History has a new(?) section of his Website…

Art Institute, First in a series of audio demonstrations

Let’s be up-front about it: if you’re looking for polish, Art Institute’s First in a series of audio demonstrations doesn’t have it. Not much of it, at least. In fact, the band consciously seems to shy away from today’s hyperproduced sounds…

Golden Triangle, Double Jointer

Golden Triangle borrows its sound from the White Stripes, crossed with a bit of that wall-of-sound feel of Sonic Youth. On Double Jointer, their debut, the band thrashes along at garage-punk tempos, but the vocals are woozy-sounding, sort of like Janet Bean if she’d been drinking…

Awesome New Republic, Rational Geographic Volume 1

Now, I had picked this up because the artist had seemed vaguely familiar, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised to hear ANR’s unique mix of guitar drones, power-pop synths, and pitched vocals; it strangely seems to work…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: listenlisten (LP release) + Two Star Symphony + Bright Men of Learning + The Tyburn Jig + Sabra Laval + More

Day #2 of the weekend, Sat., December 4th, and damn, it’s a busy one… Can’t talk about all of it, unfortunately, but I’ll hit the highlights, below…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: The Orbans + Sara Van Buskirk + Art Institute + Jody Seabody & The Whirls + Winter Wallace + More

Behind tonight, I’m afraid — Midget #2’s been sick, so it’s been a rough few days… There’s still some cool stuff going on tonight (Fri., December 3rd), if you hurry-hurry out of the house asap…

Giveaway Time: Tickets to the PEASE OUT NYE Bash, with Warpaint, UME, & More

As you can probably imagine, there’s going to be plenty going on ’round here when New Year’s Eve rolls through. There’re a few shows that jump out, though, notably the PEASE OUT 2011 NYE Party thing…

Librarians, Present Passed

Librarians are an indie psychedelic/pop band from West Virginia. Present Passed, released earlier this year on Postfact Records, is a follow-up to 2006’s Alright Easy Candy Stranger and captures beautifully — although at times boringly — the band’s unique version…

Saving KTRU: Right Down to the Wire

The fight to save Rice University‘s student-run/-built radio station {KTRU} has entered the final stretch over at the FCC — while both parties have agreed to the sale, the Commission still has to approve the sale…

Wails, Wails

There’s a bit of a head-fake going on with “Lucky,” the opening track for the self-titled debut EP from Houston trio Wails. The song starts off fuzzy and hazy, with rising-falling guitars and staticky drums that sound like they fell right off a Darling Buds B-side…

A Conversation with DJ Lil’ Randy of The Screwed Up Click on the 10 Year Memorial of DJ Screw’s Death

“Everything I do is guided by DJ Screw. 100% of it. I do exactly what he would have done.” I was talking to DJ Lil’ Randy of the Screwed Up Click from his small studio…


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