Saturday 14 April 2012 – Buskers United presents Acoustic Houston Showcase #2 with Ryan Scroggins & the Trenchtown Texans * Jason Bancroft & the Wealthy Beggars * Dollyrockers * The Witherees

Ryan Scroggins & The Trenchtown Texans (Houston, TX)
Scroggins universe – Ryan has made a record unlike anything involved with this genre that I have ever heard. I recommend both – but you’ll know when you hear it. He’s a mad scientist, a gritty professional, and in love with what he does. Everyone will bow to this release. A voice is about to be heard, a strong wind blows out of hustle town, and all who choose will be witness. Big ups to one of the most original fuckers I’ve ever met.   -Gerald Hooper (Chanel One)

 

Jason Bancroft and The Wealthy Beggars (Houston, Tx)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jason-Bancroft-and-the-Wealthy-Beggars/229491997117544

The Wealthy Beggars, is Jason Bancroft singer/songwriter of the infamous Texas Street Punk band – Black Star Brigade from Austin, Tx. Now back in his hometown of Houston he has been playing music in the Texas punk rock arena for over 15 years and now expands his career with a new sound. The Wealthy Beggars bring a soulful, punk influenced acoustic folk sound with a sense of urgency to a willing audience. The current line up: Jason Bancroft – vocals, guitar & harmonica; Carl Chambless – Drums and Tim Winstead – lead guitar.

 

 

Dollyrockers – (Houston, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dolly-Rockers/120412321218

The DollyRocker vision began in the winter of 2006 by Mike Porterfield and Steve Scholtes, both members of Houston punk rock band Poor Dumb Bastards. Eventually the lineup was completed with the addition of guitarist Dave DaVegas, former Manhole/Come On Come On vocalist AliceSin Gibson and ex Toho Ehio/I End Result drummer extradordinaire, Sean Feeley. The sounds and songs of the band are rooted in a mix of hard rock, rockabilly, outlaw country and southern blues. DollyRockers released their critically acclaimed 10 song debut CD, Hellbound Hoedown.

 

 

The Witherees (Houston, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/witherees

Midori infused acoustic

Michael Castillo
Jimi Cavazos

Friday 13 April 2012 – Morgue City * The Stagefrights * Chairs * Hordes of Moria

Morgue City (Houston, TX)
http://www.morguecity.net/

Morgue City is a band that has gone through many many changes in sound and personnel. Like any successful project in the entertainment world it must be made up of resilient and determined people. This is the case with Morgue City. The band that has a rock attack intensity as well as a more sinister edge as it delves into the darker realms of noiz and it’s concurrent drones. Some of the Morgue City sound is very pop rock oriented but there is always a deviant grind of sound laced in the song work. The band consists of two musicians with a very long history in the music business. Founder, SPIKE the Percussionist, is known from a long list of projects that include Astrogenic Hallucinauting, Childman, Doggebi, Delicate Terror and as the music director for the world renowned flesh suspension group Constructs of Ritual Evolution – CoRE. The lead guitar and vocals are handled by Raul who is a multi instrumentalist and has a long history of studio work and touring. Raul hails from such bands as M-87 and was the former bass player for Bozo Porno Circus. The result is a musical conglomeration both hauntingly familiar and refreshingly new as well as powerful and beautifully dark. Combine the likes of everything from classical to jazz and gloom to power noiz with catchy lyrics, sophisticated beats, and musically diverse melodies and the result is Morgue City.

 

 

The Stage Frights (Houston, TX)
http://www.reverbnation.com/thestagefrights

The Stage Frights are Houston’s hottest Horror rock and roll band. The brain child of Larry Rainwater (Ex-VoTo, Kommunity FK, Ardour of Angels and the Nobody’s) They mash up the Dead Boys, New York Dolls, the Misfits, Ramones and Garage Rock into a fast swirl of dark rock frenzy! With their songs like My Dead Girlfriend’s back we learn just how bad the consequences of standing up your best girl at the prom can be when she returns as a zombie! But it’s not all Si-Fi mayhem here as songs like Never Stop and I’m Feeling Alright the rock is hard and heavy. Never short on Humor and never short on Rock. The Stage Frights will have you rocking with a smile on your face even if they are signing about someone being stabbed sixteen times in the back!

 

Chairs (Houston, TX)
http://www.myspace.com/sriahc

Upon hearing some of our most recent recordings (Fist Of Kong & CHAIRS)… this is what Rob Millis of Climax Golden Twins/AFCGT/Victrola Favorites & frequent contributor to Sublime Frequencies had to say about it…..

“Really enjoyed what ive heard so far…Great low fi pysch distant hazy ethno free twang hillbilly houston jazz strangeness stick the cassette deck up that camels ass and start recording. Top notch work! Must be the Texas water. Suitably fucked in a fine and delightful way. You guys all seem to have really good improv communication and skills.” – Robert Millis

 

This is what Lance Higdon, head of the Resonant Interval Sound Series (a weekly concert series featuring experimental, noisy, freely improvised music with an emphasis on Houston musicians) had to say about Chairs……..

“…No less impressive is the cosmic jazz of Chairs. Featuring veteran Houston musician Charlie Naked, this quartet mines the richest veins of Albert Ayler, Sun Ra and other visionaries of the transporting power of jazz music, filtered through the spiky bite of the post-punk diaspora.” – Resonant Interval

 

Upon listening to 3 hours of Chairs albums on a drive across Texas, this is what Len Howard has to say about his ‘experiences’ with Chairs……

“Straight out of the fuckin swamp, Chairs sling out sounds of a dangerous order. Their alienating performances indoctrinate the crowd, who steps further and further towards the brink of absurdity. I’ve seen some of the soap suckers at their shows in such a fussy they claw out their own hearts and pile them up in the band’s designated organ collection. Those hanging on their last strings of life dangle to the psychologically demented sounds of Chairs while they yearningly greet death. This is an unsound method.” – Len Howard

 

Hordes of Moria
(Sorry, no information available on-line)

 


Wednesday 11 April 2012 – Andrew Jackson Jihad * Joyce Manor * Treasure Fleet

Andrew Jackson Jihad (Phoenix, Arizona)
http://www.andrewjacksonjihad.com/

At their core, Andrew Jackson Jihad is a band made up of a social worker and a gravedigger. Starting in 2004 and hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, they make music that attempts to understand and explain human nature. The music focuses on the horrid and beautiful ways that people treat each other, as well as the possibility that one day we will be able to reconcile these two forces.

Traditionally playing live as a two-person band (Sean Bonnette: guitar, vocals. Ben Gallaty: upright bass, vocals), Andrew Jackson Jihad’s show is a cathartic experience that invites the audience to sing along. With the energy of a punk band, they blaze through song after song, while stopping occasionally to interact with their audience. Their lyrics are tragic yet humorous, crass yet intelligent, heartbreaking yet uplifting. One listener has described the music as “sad in the key of happy.”

In September of 2011, AJJ released their fourth studio album Knife Man on Asian Man Records. This spring they will embark on their first tour as a full band with the help of three of the Knife Man musicians, Owen Evans (ROAR), Preston Bryant (French Quarter), and Deacon Blue Batchelor (Malakai).

The first leg of this tour will feature support by longtime friends Laura Stevenson & The Cans (Don Giovanni Records) and ROAR (Really Records).

Andrew Jackson Jihad has played shows with Frank Turner, The Gaslight Anthem, Xiu Xiu, Titus Andronicus, Against Me!, and Deer Tick among many others.

 

Joyce Manor (Torrance, CA)
http://www.facebook.com/joycemanorband

“What separates California band Joyce Manor from the rest of your basic cookie cutter pop-punk bands is the abrasive quality of their music. Typical standards of pop-punk include polished cleans, clear production and more-than-user-friendly guitar riffs; Joyce Manor do none of these. Their debut self-titled full length is near nineteen minute ride through dissonant, messy and unfriendly chaotic riffs joined together by a trembling, exacerbated vocalist that, when put together, crafts one of the more interesting releases in recent memory. Although stretching the boundaries on what counts as pop-punk, Joyce Manor somehow makes all of this work in their ability to somehow make these off-timed riffs one that can’t helped but make the listener nod your head to in unison. From the rough and tumble opening riff of ‘Derailed’, where the melody is so loosely kept together that it threatens to lose all cohesion in the song, to the Gatsby’s American Dream-esque track ‘Constant Headache’, Joyce Manor keep hinting at becoming an unfocused mess yet somehow they manage to keep composure all throughout the short life of the album.

Joyce Manor is over before you even know it, with the shortest track barely clocking at over a minute in length, and most tracks averaging around the minute thirty markers. This works to Joyce Manor’s advantage insofar that it keeps the listener attentive and focused throughout the album. Because it might be somewhat of a chore to fully to listen because of the oddly abrasive nature of Joyce Manor, it is best to let each song resonate with the listener before simply diving into the album. But Joyce Manor, when fully realized, is a treat of an album from a very young band that shows very real potential. No so much a breath of fresh air as it is a reimagining to a genre that is easy to think that all the steps have been realized.” – s/t album review, Sputnik Music

 

Treasure Fleet (Chicago, IL)
http://www.myspace.com/thetreasurefleet

Includes members of Smoking Popes, The Arrivals, Sass Dragons and The Lawrence Arms.

 

 

Friday 06 April 2012 – Daphne * Another Pearl Harbor * Travis Laville

Daphne (Mont Belvieu, TX)

http://www.facebook.com/daphneisaband

Post-hardcore/emo/rock

Buddy Church-bass
Chris Lopez-drums
Tanner Hearren – guitar/vocals

 

 

 

Another Pearl Harbor (Houston, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/anotherpearlharbor

Clint and Casey played for several years in a band called Ill Logik. Jacob had known Clint since high school. All had played in several bands throughout the years. After jamming together for many months off and on they decided to take it to the next level. It took a long time to come up with the right name for the band due to the band’s loose musical direction at the time. They were playing anything from heavy riff laden music to colorful ambience and of course some juicy blues rock. The name had to fit. Another Pearl Harbor was born. After making three different attempts at having a front man, the band decided it was inevitable. A three piece. Casey, whom had been singing cover songs for the band, grew a sack and stepped up to the mic and started writing lyrics. The rest is history.

Another Pearl Harbor sounds like a three-piece guitar oriented rock band with a big sound. Light and airy at times yet razor sharp at others. The music takes you on a journey through sub-genres layered with ambient echoes and bluesy juiciness. The music should evoke the mind as it aims to inspire.

 

Travis Laville (Houston, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003339879334
My story is really no different than a lot of musicians: boy decides to play music for a living; boy writes songs based on personal experience and or failings, boy puts instruments in hock to pay bills. But, here’s a brief recap of the musical history of Travers La Ville for those who care.
I’ve been a singer my whole life, at least what I remember of it. Mom plopped me down in front MTV straight out of the womb and made sure my first live music experience was Michael Jackson’s “Bad” tour. Soon after, I joined every school choir, church choir and garage band I came across. I guess you could say Mom was very intuitive. Anyway, the first time it mattered that I could sing was in 2003 when I was introduced to Ken Tondre (Kevin Fowler/ The Compound Recording Studio). With Ken I recorded my first ep “Farewell to Fairweather.” Funny story: Ken is also the reason I played my first SXSW set on ch. 16 Austin.

One day a very talented keyboard player organizing a SXSW celebration for ch.16 stopped by The Compound while I was recording to ask Ken if he knew a couple of artist that could play on t.v. and not choke. Ken said, “Sure, I know a guy” and then points at a very green, very excited songwriter from Baytown, Texas who had never even seen the inside of a t.v. station – me. I think the keyboard player’s initial response was something to the effect of, “That kid? Seriously?” but after some reassurance from Ken – and a lot of smiling and nodding from me – I had the gig. When the coast was clear, Ken turns to me and says, “Two words of advice kid: never say no to an opportunity and don’t suck.”

I played a lot of shows after that- Andy’s in Denton, Teeter Totter Fest at Texas Lutheran University, St. Thomas University, Lee College, The Sidecar Pub, Super Happy Fun Land, Dirty Bay Brewery, Coffee Oasis and some I’ve forgotten. I was billed with a few different musicians on the road: Roger Creager, The Spill Canvas, Leeland, Buxton, Taylor Davis- to name a few. I then released and another ep in 2005 with producer John Glover and repeated the process for two more years before going on hiatus. Today, the same challenges lie ahead but the game plan is much simpler, “…never say no to an opportunity and DON’T SUCK.”

Thursday 05 April 2012 – Gut Radio

Gut Radio (Baytown, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/gutradio

It was kind of like Chernobyl, but better.

One day, special agent Red Taint noticed that crew leader Death Shark was online, so he sent a Fb text. Through a short conversation the two realized that they would be converging on the same metropolitan area within a few months. A few months after this indeed happened, a pact was made that the bearded rock and roll that would espouse from their alliance would shake the earth from the sonic orgasm that is….

 

Saturday, 31 March 2012 – A Couple of Stand Up Guys April Fools Eve Party

Hot off the success of our January Show at Super Happy Fun Land, we are at it again!

Do you like Stand Up? Music? Being 21 or older?

Then come on down to Rudyard’s Mar. 31st. Doors open at 8:30 and the show begins at 9. Tickets are $10. Purchased at location during the show.

Hosted By John Mills-McCoin

See up and coming local stand up acts:

Kevin Farren
Joe Bates
Thad Sweigert
Will Seagrim
Cody Greenlee
Dusti Rhodes
Tim Mathis
Ku Egenti
Devin Finch

Musical Acts To Be Announced!

So come on down to Rudyard’s March 31st so you can laugh, dance, and most importantly drink!

Friday 30 March 2012 – My Education * Super Robot Party * A Sundae Drive

My Education (Austin, TX)
http://www.myeducationmusic.com

Trying to pigeonhole the music of Austin’s My Education is akin to trying to stuff a pigeon in a hole: the sound is calamitous, there’s movement all around, the frenzied beating of wings against wall, and somewhere something is pumping out blood. There is an oddly, compelling tension that rears its head when the night hits its darkest hour and the crescendos hit their highest peaks. This is the feeling you get when My Education’s newest LP, ‘Sunrise’, takes off with soaring, cinematic instrumentals – an amazing concoction of guitar drones, melodic viola, and thundering rhythms.

Sunrise, a new album of pieces from their original score for F.W. Murnau’s 1927 silent masterpiece “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans”, finds the band in peak form. Having perfected the material with live film performances over the last two years with sold out shows across the USA, My Education has captured 40 plus minutes of a soundtrack to the long dark night of the soul. Sunrise is an aural experience that is original and unique. This soundtrack finds parallels with the soundscapes Popol Vuh created for Werner Herzog’s films. All told, this is their most diverse and mature release to date.

Since forming in 1999, the band’s membership has expanded and contracted while the sonic landscapes have grown with each release. My Education has released 5 full-length albums, several singles, compilation appearances, and a 12″ vinyl collaboration with avant-hip hop duo Dalek. Recordings have been remixed by members of bands Kinski, Pelican, the Red Sparowes and Dalek. Albums include 5 Popes, Italian, Moody Dipper, Bad Vibrations and the latest Sunrise out on Strange Attractors Audio House in the USA & Canada and on Golden Antenna in Europe.

Several tours throughout the country have kept fans abuzz with My Education’s experimental blend of stoned drones and noisy tones. The sonic squalls captivate the listener with intoxicating waves of aural exhilaration. The music of My Education takes you on a journey of mischief & mayhem – from sunset to Sunrise.

In June 2010 the band completed a series of improvisational recordings with Salt Lake City ensemble Theta Naught that were edited and mixed by the Bump Boyz in Headbump Studios and released April 2011 on Differential Records. “Sound Mass” performances at festivals SXSW and Austin Psych Fest were greeted with wild acclaim, and a Daytrotter Sound Mass session was released in July 2011. My Education’s collaboration with the Noble Motion dance company premiered to three sold out shows in June 2011 at the Austin Ballet. More shows are planned under this collaboration in various cities around the nation. Expect to hear a new album of Sunrise remixes in early 2012 as well as an out-of-print album (“5 Popes”) remastered and re-released in 2012 in a nice vinyl package. The band are currently keeping busy in the studio putting the finishing touches on tracks for a forthcoming new album titled “For All of Our Friends”. A SXSW 2012 showcase has been confirmed as well as a European tour in Fall 2012.

 

Super Robot Party (Pasadena, TX)
http://www.superrobotparty.com/

I hadn’t seen Super Robot Party, but I know the guys from 10 years ago. Matt Crow was in mytwilightpilot, and there’s a definite mtp stamp on their sound, but the vocals take the band in a decidedly britpop direction, so it comes out a little like if you slowed down and then Americanized the sound of Doves. in other words, beautiful!
-Jason Smith – spacecityrock.com
Super Robot Party: This new reverb-laden five piece crafts ethereal shoegaze drones, touched with tidbits of folk. The experimental mixture sounds a lot like someone’s garage in 1991, heck even a blend of several garages on the street, full of kids and guitars. The Pasadena group has nearly three dozen tracks available on Soundcloud, or for the full experience, catch them tonight at Dean’s with Jealous Creatures and A Sundae Drive.
-Marc Brubaker – The Houston Press

 

A Sundae Drive (Houston, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/asundaedrivemusic?sk=info

For most of the band’s debut EP, You’re Gonna Get Me, it feels like A Sundae Drive just rolls hazily along, serene smiles across the band members’ faces as the music unwinds itself to whatever its eventual destination’s going to be. They nod and sway like they’ve done it forever, but they’re not dreampop (or shoegaze, or whatever you want to call it), not exactly, but they’ve taken pieces of that sound and made ‘em their own.

Take the driving bass at the start of “…And See the World,” for one example — it bumps its way speedily through, Britpop-style, but over the top there’re wavery, watery guitars that bring to mind Teenage Fanclub (or maybe Surfer Blood), as well as some sweetly drifting harmony vocals. On the other end of the spectrum, “I’m a Poster” is right-angled and math-y, with defiant, J. Robbins-like vocals, spiraling guitars, and a jagged, almost stop-start structure. And despite the differences, it all sounds like the same band, which is no mean feat in itself.

Then there’s “Buenos Aires, Manny Pacquiao,” a soft-voiced look backwards at childhood that makes me think of Austinites Meryll more than anything else; both bands craft songs that are intensely personal and reference events that happened when the singer was a kid but still feel utterly relevant to the listener, right here in the present. There’s also a resemblance to Copeland’s gently-rocking post-emo pop, both on “Buenos Aires” or on the steadily-building “So Sleep.”

What’s really interesting about the EP, though, is that A Sundae Drive sound like a pop band that doesn’t really realize it is a pop band. They’ve got all the indie-rock influences poking out from beneath their sleeves, sure, and it’s obvious they love a lot of sharper-edged stuff — the Pixies-esque guitar drone in the background on “Alone Bad, Friends Good” gives that away, not to mention that nice “walking” melody — but the actual songs they’re writing are warm and fuzzy ’round the edges, nodding in a friendly way when you walk in the door.

At the EP’s end, when the band turns down for the up-close, slow-stepping rumble of “I’m Gonna Miss You Like Crazy,” with the droney, half-distorted, Seam-like guitar line and frontman Zeek Garcia’s deliberate, quiet vocals whispering in my ear, it hits me: I really, really like this band. A Sundae Drive don’t need to bash you over the head with how good they are; they’d much rather stand in the corner, plug in, and play until your brain catches up to what your ears already know. – Space City Rock