Saturday October 15, 2011 – Orange Is In

Orange Is In (Houston, TX)

Orange is in brings together a variety of disparate influences including ’60s pop, ’80s post punk and rootsy Texas rock that borrows from influences like Springsteen, Costello, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Wilco to create a sound that is uniquely their own.

The band, made up of veterans of the Texas music scene including George Kovacik (vocals), Jeff Balke (bass) and Chris Rogers (guitar) and Joseph Earthman (drums), prides themselves on bringing it live having performed from New York City to Honey Grove, Texas.

The band has released two albums, Another Lame Semi-Tragedy in 2006 and Come and Take in 2007 as well as the web-only single “Someone Came to Help Me” in 2010. Both albums were listed among the top releases of 2006 and 2007 by Houston music blog, Houston Calling.

Saturday October 08, 2011 – David Ramirez * ListenListen * Sara Van Buskirk

David Ramirez (Austin, TX)

I’m a wandering man, got no money in the bank, got no wife at home watching children”. Nothing could more accurately depict the adventurous, carefree spirit of singer-songwriter David Ramirez. Uneasy with being in one place for too long, David repeatedly finds himself on the road playing his brand of modern Americana that fans have coined “Folk-brewed Pop”.

He’s been writing and performing for over 10 years. From his teen years swapping songs with friends in Houston to the struggles of making a name for himself in Nashville, David’s songwriting journey has spanned multiple EP’s and a full-length, American Soil which garnered over 1,200 downloads in a 48-hr. period on Noisetrade. In 2010, David played 150 shows on numerous, independently booked tours. Feeling truly at home on the road, he calls his second home Austin, Texas. It’s here where he wrote and recorded his latest release, Strangetown EP.

The songs, with their heart-yearning lyrics and sparse musical backdrop, tells things as he sees them: honest, unfiltered and true. “Wandering Man” is a revved up, foot-stomper that would make Johnny Cash proud and turn even the most fickle listener into a true believer. “Shoeboxes” and “Argue With Heaven” find David coming to terms with life’s ups and downs and the reality of lost loves and broken hearts. “I Think I Like You” hits your ears like a whispered secret and the title track, “Strange Town” weaves a memorable, melancholy lyric with an infectious, heart-pulsing beat.

David Ramirez knows no luxury. He wants no satisfaction. All he needs is an acoustic guitar and the words in his mouth to tell the true stories of a wandering man. But to see him live, with only that acoustic guitar in hand, spitting those words into rings of fire, is to experience something real…something that cannot be reproduced.

ListenListen (Houston, TX)

rollingstone.com –  “Finally, a band name we can believe in! Mysterious and borderline un-Googleable Houston collective proves expert at putting the ghosts back into Goth-folk. Their upcoming full-length, Hymns from Rhodesia, is a spellbinding collection of country-gospel songs haunted by loneliness and loss.”

austin sound –   “Make no mistake, Listenlisten have this mood down to a science, or at least an art form – each little piece of this huge puzzle of instrumentation is crafted precisely to give an air of the spontaneous, like a true hymn that materializes out of nowhere on one of those travel shows to “unknown” corners of the earth (like Romania).”

gumshoe grove – “Hymns From Rhodesia is cinematic and direly Serious; intense; urgent. It’s the sort of music that starts leaking onto playlists as fall slowly swallows summer with its giant, autumn-leaf-spitting maw.”

space city rock – “There’s an absolute fatalism here, a knowledge that death comes for everyone and could well be right around the corner.”

treble – “Listenlisten is a band that commands the listener’s attention not just through their stunning songwriting, but through their impeccable attention to detail.”

houston press – “several songs on its exceedingly dark, occasionally unsettling debut full-length, Hymns from Rhodesia, really are based in part on century-old church music. “Funeral Dirge; Burial Service” goes them one better, coupling together a pair of Masonic burial songs that the band reckons have been around for 200 years or maybe longer, and that haven’t lost one ounce of creepiness.”

Sara Van Buskirk (Houston, TX)

Houston Press – This weekend, local singer-songwriter Sara Van Buskirk releases her debut LP, The Place Where You Are, after a few years of on-and-off tinkering. It’s a riveting work, built around her muscular voice and backed by a stellar cast of Houston pickers and players.  The ten-track album is relentlessly pretty and tough as nails, showcasing the songs that Buskirk has been workshopping in coffeehouses and venues like AvantGarden for a good five years now.

Friday October 07, 2011 – Grizzly * The Last Cigarette

Grizzly (Houston, TX)

At the end of 2008 a Craigslist add was answered by a country style trio to enlist a singer-songwriter. In one fell swoop, singer-songwriter Chad Lyles managed to find a group of like minded musicians to help bring Grizzly to fruition. Grizzly at that point was a four piece that brought simplistic story telling and raw energy together that spanned the age and genre gaps. After a year of writing and a 3 song demo the boys in grizzly felt that there was something missing. After much debate, Chad’s long time friend and jazz student/teacher Matt Peters was recruited as a lead guitarist. This brought Grizzly to a whole new level of musicianship. With the impeccable timing of Ric’s drumming paired with Joe Varner’s catchy pocket bass lines and held down by Brian Ramsey’s solid rhythm guitar sprinkled with his own memorable melodies, Matt’s wandering leads and the raspy story telling of Chad’s vocals, Grizzly intertwines rock roots with classic country, punk and rockabilly to create a new style of Southern Americana. In the summer of 2009 Grizzly met Eric Tucker (Jesse Dayton/ Whiskey Boat) who was interested in producing a record with them. After a few months in the studio, and with the guidance of Eric, Grizzly’s first baby was born; ‘How Fast They Fade’ A six song EP, that is the culmination of the band’s hard work and late night debauchery. Looking toward the future Grizzly is currently writing new songs, playing shows and looking forward to taking their music on the road.

 

The Last Cigarette (Houston, TX)

Country, rock, blues, punk thrown in a blender. Add some fuck-yer-face to that, and you’ve got The Last Cigarette.

“I moved to Houston because my best friend Nathan Taylor was starting his band, Speedqueen, and he wanted me to play guitar for him in that band. I said I’d do it on one condition – he had to play bass in my power-trio. He said, “Of course.”

We got a drummer, played some shows, drummer quit, we got a new one (thanks Peter Bas), and we’re still playing shows. And we plan to hit the studio soon with our good friend and all-around guru, Truman Cox, at the helm.”

 

Thursday October 06, 2011 – Honkey * DeadEnd Cowboys * The Burns

 

Honky (Austin, TX)

The first thing you see on the flyer for the Honky show at the Funhouse is what’s in parentheses: “(J.D. Pinkus of Butthole Surfers).” “If people come to see a psychedelic show, they’re definitely going to leave having seen something different,” says the parenthetical Pinkus of his new band. While “the Butts,” as he calls them, incorporated a 17-year-old Pinkus in 1985 on their way to patenting their acid-dipped Southern art-punk freak-out, Honky is straightforward rock and roll.

“We’re not trying to be groundbreaking; this is the most timeless music there is,” says Pinkus in an Austin drawl, adding that the band’s sound is “so basic it’s hard to explain.” But let’s give it a shot: Put an old Molly Hatchet record on the spinner and put your Urban Cowboy tape in the VCR. Turn up the record player, turn down the TV, and hit yourself about the head–hard–with an iron skillet. To hear Pinkus tell it, Honky makes the ladies shake their butts, which in turn makes the men buy more beer. “A winning combination,” he calls it. “When we have 300 people at our shows, they tend to drink like they’re 600.” Despite the acid-fried/Southern-fried distinction of the two very different bands, there are similarities, however thin. On songs like “Your Bottom’s at the Top of My List,” from House of Good Tires, Honky’s third full-length (a fourth will be out on local label Dead Teenager this spring), Pinkus and crew closely approximate the way the Butts lulled you in with a whispered folk song, then dragged you out through a sludgy jam on the other side. Are the two bands different sides of the same coin? That’s a bit of a stretch, but if it’s me–or one of the many longhaired unkempt acid diehards–who’s tossing, I’m going to bet on the Butts to land faceup. “I have a band that’s a little bit more like the Butthole Surfers, too. In fact, we’re probably more like the old Butts than the Butts were,” Pinkus says of Areola 51, in which he is joined by guitarist Brett Bradford from Scratch Acid and drummer Max Brody from Ministry. Dead Teenager’s putting that one out, too. Me and the longhairs can’t wait to hear it.” – Seattle Weekly

 

DeadEnd Cowboys
(Houston, TX)

 

Spaghetti Western Porn Soundtrack for Bull Riding While Under the Influence Of Jim Beam.

 

 

The Burns
(Sorry, No Info On-line)

Saturday October 01, 2011 – Letters To Voltron * Taunto * Haksaw Man

Letters To Voltron – (Houston, TX )

From the future form the past, Letters to Voltron began their quest to conquer the world through auto-erotic musical stylings and homemade macramé. Shortly after being introduced into modern society Robert Callicotte and John Wayne Comunale, and Marty Eck abandoned the macramé and started their own internet company at the age of twelve only to have it fold after six and a half months. Leaving thousands of disgr…untled shareholders in their wake the three pressed on with their sex crazed Robot to take on several other musical endeavors, including being loosely associated with Taint Magazine for a very short time. Now, under the Omega Prophet umbrella L2V are poised to take their endeavors into the 10th dimension.

 

Taunto
(Sorry, No Info On-line)

 

Hacksaw Man
(Sorry, No Info On-line)

 


Friday, September 30, 2011 – One Red Martian

One Red Martian (Dallas, TX) –
Some of today’s greatest rock bands, including Muse and Kings of Leon, incubated their unique sonic signatures far away from big city “scenes” and have preserved them with close-knit, unchanging line-ups. Following in this formidable tradition comes One Red Martian: three brothers and a childhood friend who first made music in rural Upstate New York.

Though they relocated to Dallas in 2008, ORM’s unusually organic coming-together as teenagers four years earlier (the oldest member of the band is still just 21) has forever shaped them. “That’s a huge part of how we got to where we are today,” says singer/guitarist Jimi Woodul. “It’s even more intense than that now, because we’re better musicians and we’re more dedicated… [But] in many ways it’s very much similar to when we were just up in my family’s barn playing music.”

One Red Martian fuse influences from their parents’ record collections (Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, classic blues) with more contemporary fare (from Josh Ritter to Rage Against the Machine) into what they intriguingly dub “intensely lyrical ballad rock” and “genre-busting piano metal”.

“We want our songs to really say something,” says Jimi. “But, at the same time, we also want to be the heaviest piano band ever. We were very influenced by Ben Folds and Muse, but we wanted to take it a step further and make it as heavy as we can while still retaining some real substance in the lyrics and having extreme dynamics.”

Following their debut full-length, Studio Dog Sessions, self-recorded in their high school music room on borrowed equipment in ’08, ORM have now realized their aural ambitions with newly-released Spit My Brain. “we’re much more proficient with our instruments and much tighter as a live band [now],” Jimi, the band’s principal songwriter, explains. “and it was easier to go for more bold concepts lyrically because I’ve just become a better writer. The concepts are much more defined. I guess the theme of the album is seeing yourself as outside of yourself and having everybody else see that very pure view of yourself – you’re spitting your brain outside of your body.”

Recorded over 10 days in Texas, Spit My Brain includes the title track (the most personal song I’ve ever written”) and “Demondroid”, which was mixed by legendary rock producer Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Ratt etc.) yet, while Spit is their finest recorded statement to date, One Red Martian remain focused on live performance. “When I hear a band and they’re totally sublime performers, with totally sympathetic vibrations going out into the crowd, it does something to me inside that I would like to give to somebody else,” says the singer. “And I think we’re capable of giving somebody that feeling.”

“We’re so committed to doing this, [but] it’s not really like we’re committed to success – It’s that we really, honestly want to make really great music…and nothing really gets in the way of that.”

Thursday, September 29 , 2011 – Rudyard’s Beer Tasting Dinner with Joe Apa Featuring Selections from the Karbach Brewing Co.

This month we are thrilled to host Houston’s newest home team, Karbach Brewing Company, for the September dinner. Brewmeister Eric Warner – erstwhile of Flying Dog Brewery – will be on hand to give us the lowdown on the brewery’s offerings. Joe Apa has ‘sampled’ all the new brews which are just now appearing in your favorite pubs around town & is matching them with some of the fall’s earliest local produce. This first dinner of the fall is gonna rock!

And the line up is…(drum roll):

Hopadillo IPA
Weisse Versa Wheat
Sympathy for the Lager
Karbach’s as yet unnamed Porter
Surprise Beer Cocktail Concoction

All you need to do is call the bar at 713-521-0521, get your reservation by Monday for $40 ($45 after that). Then, get up to Rudz Thursday night & get ready for the fun to begin.