Alkari, Alkari (DVD)

It is really, truly a different age for making music, folks. Not to get all grandpa-like, but back when I was in a band — which wasn’t that long ago, honestly, in the grand scheme of things — I only knew one band who’d ever put together a video…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 1: South By Due East + Ryan Scroggins + Hell City Kings + The Lion of Wall Street + More

Kind of a slow-ish Friday tonight (March 11th, to be exact), which has me a little nervous that I’ve missed some big-ass show or another somewhere out there, but unfortunately, I just haven’t had time to look this week. sigh

SXSW Overflow 2011: Day Three (Ugly Elephant & Shut Up Sidney)

Okay, so I’ve lucked out yet again; utterly swamped & out of time all this week, and lo and behold, here comes another relatively-light day of the SXSW Overflow Fest over at Super Happy Fun Land

Yr. Early-Brief Weekend: Future In Stereo + GOBBLE GOBBLE (Rev’d!) + Bare Wires (MP3) + Ragged Hearts + More

Yeah, so I know the What Cheer? Brigade set at the SXSW Overflow Fest isn’t the only thing going tonight (Thurs., March 10th), but dammit, I’ve gotta keep this brief…

SXSW Overflow 2011: Day Two (What Cheer? Brigade, Vockah Redu, & The C-4 Band)

Day #2 of the Super Happy Fun Land SXSW Overflow Fest, and yes, here I am, back again to tell you all about (okay, some about) who the hell’s playing tonight…

GOBBLE GOBBLE, Secret 7″

Okay, so I’m honestly not sure what this release is, really. I know SF-by-way-of-Canada electro-pop visionaries GOBBLE GOBBLE have two separate 7″s out right now, Wrinklecarver and Lawn Knives, and this pile of songs includes the title tracks of each…

Something Fierce Gets Sampler-ed in Paste

Nice. Got word this AM from Steven Garcia of always-awesome local pop-punks {Something Fierce} that a cool-ass digital sampler by the band’s label, Dirtnap Records

We Will Run Through You: The What Cheer? Brigade Prepares to Invade Houston

I was never in marching band. It wasn’t that I hated the brass or snare or tuba, nothing like that — it’s just that I saw all those poor bastards practicing outside on the parking lot tarmac in the Texas afternoon heat, wearing those hideous, heavy woolen uniforms…

SXSW Overflow 2011: Day One (Driftless Pony Club & Heresy Theory)

Yep, it’s Day One of the Super Happy Fun Land SXSW Overflow Fest, and I have to admit, I’m kinda glad it’s a relatively “light” one…

Live: Can Linkin Park Cure Cancer?

Cancer is no joking matter, but if we ever want to be closer to a cure, we need to first try a Linkin Park IV of Mike Shinoda synths and Chester Bennington vocals, with Joe Hahn‘s scratches, Rob Bourdon‘s drumming…

Spring Forward Fest, This Weekend

Of all the festivals and pseudo-festivals floating around lately, this one’s probably at the top of my list; I’d posted about it a while back as the “Downtown Music Festival” one of the guys from Mobley mentioned…

Owen Plays in Somebody’s Living Room — Get Tickets Now

Okay, so d’you remember when I mentioned a little while back how David Bazan would be playing Brandon‘s house here in H-town in mid-April, but that the dang tickets were already sold out?…

SXSW Overflow Starts This Week at the Super Happy

Yep, it’s that time again, the middle of March, when all kinds of bands come to town, bands that wouldn’t ever end up here otherwise. No, I’m not talking about that thing up in Austin, but about the now-annual SXSW Overflow Fest that’s going on at Super Happy Fun Land

The Warriors, See How You Are

Back when Oxnard-based metalcore dudes The Warriors released their last album, Genuine Sense Of Outrage, I listened and mostly gave a shrug, pushing it off to the side as yet more hardcore-tinged metal pit filler…

Live: Norma Jean/Impending Doom/Of Legends/A dream Asleep

This time I arrived at Warehouse Live right on time for the interview with Cory Brandan Putman, lead singer from Norma Jean. When I called the tour manager, he told us to come inside and hang out during sound check…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: Caroline Sessions + The Slackers + Ryan Scroggins + nmperign/Jason Lescalleet + Warbeast + More

And now we roll on into the last day of the weekend, which happens to still be pretty busy, relatively speaking… Today (Sunday, March 6th) definitely has some cool-sounding shows, starting at 2PM over at the Spacetaker offices…

Yr. Weekend, Pt. 2: By the End of Tonight Reunion/Benefit + No Pain For Zain + Mink Metal + Young The Giant Cancels + More

Doing the show rundown thing a little bit differently this weekend, I know, but it seems to be working okay, so what the hell — let’s keep it rolling, shall we? For tonight (Sat., March 5th) I’ve already talked about a couple of things that’re going on, like the awesomely heavy-sounding lineup…

Role A|F|M Magazine Launch & Party, Tomorrow

There’s apparently a new magazine in town, a publication called Role A|F|M that’s aiming to cover the realms of art, fashion, & music (hence the “A|F|M” in the title), and it looks pretty intriguing so far…

HoustonTX@SW 2011 Announces Showcase Lineup

Been waiting to hear the final verdict on this one, but it looks like the HoustonTX@SW gang (formerly known as “Houston@SXSW” these last two years) have settled on the lineup for their March 14th showcase…

Yr. Weekend: Indian Jewelry + Balaclavas + football, etc. + Benefit for Joey + Adelaine + Chuck Berry + More

Gotta make it a quick little rundown, yet again, but there’s a ton of good stuff happening this evening (Fri., March 4th) — you’ve pretty much got your pick, seriously…

Roky Moon & BOLT Prepare to Burst Forth Into the World — Be One of the Lucky Few to Bear Witness

A bit late on this, unfortunately, but I wanted to give these guys a shout-out, even still… Back on Monday, the cool, cool people in Roky Moon & BOLT officially announced the kickoff show for their forthcoming West Coast tour, which’ll start Fri., April 8th

Tonight: Canned Acoustica II + Linkin Park + The Walkmen + Jucifer + Fair To Midland Rescheduled + More

Argh. Don’t have a lot of time right now, unfortunately, but trust me when I say that the weekend started early tonight (Thurs., March 3rd, that is); there’s so much good stuff going on I really don’t know where to start…

Puppets Gone Wild, Starting Tomorrow

I love puppets. Seriously, I do; they’re simultaneously creepy as hell and really, really neat, especially when they’re done well — one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen was this elaborate Elizabethan puppet stage I saw at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London…

Live: The Cutters/The Mahas/Full Rainbow/The Examples

Facebook lies. That’s one of the main lessons I learned from the show a week or two ago at The Mink; I could swear the Facebook invite said the doors would be at 8PM, but when a friend and I rolled in at 8:30 or so…

A Night of Heavy, Loud, Metal Music, Coming Up This Weekend at The Mink

Got a very cool show coming up this Friday, March 5th at The Mink that I wanted to mention before the weekend madness is upon us… Mink booking honcho Brandon and Jaron from {Fight Pretty} have put together an awesome lineup…

Tonight: Occult Detective Club + Something Fierce + The Busy Kids + Noguey, at Vinyl Junkie

Tuesday, March 1st, and there’s some awesome pop-punk goodness going on tonight up at Vinyl Junkie. Denton’s Occult Detective Club are the headliners, and they’re pretty damn good, I have to say, in a seriously Ramones-y vein…

Black Mountain, Wilderness Heart

What is it about Canada and its proclivity for musical collectives? Black Mountain is yet another, based in Vancouver, with a large regular lineup (check) and an even bigger group of people on records (check). But unlike a similar group who recently performed at the Grammy Awards…


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