Saturday, September 24, 2011 – Krullur * TurboKrieg * Peasant * Termination Force * U.Y.U.S.

Krullur (Houston Tx)

THE UNLEASHED FACE-PEELING ATROCITY RETURNS TO BRING FORTH AN ULTIMATE DESTRUCTION…

TurboKrieg (Houston Tx)

Grind From Houston.
Sorry, No info on-line.

Peasant (Houston, TX)

First gig ever. Includes some members of Landfill.

 

 

Termination Force (Houston, TX) –

Based out of Houston, TX, The band was originally named Crusher, formed in early 2005 as a portion of four with Dustin (vocals/guitar), Justin (Bass), Jimmy (vocals) and Matt (drums) and adding Joe later on to play bass where as Justin switched to guitar. The band has released three self recorded demos under the Crusher name, In 2007 they decided to change to their current name, TERMINATION FORCE. They have released a promo CD in 2007. Between 2008-2009, TERMINATION FORCE took a year and half off and is now planning a new demo for 2010. With a few line up changes within the band, the bands current line up now consists of Dustin (guitar/vocals), Justin (guitars), Jimmy (vocals) and Aldo (drums).

 

UYUS (Houston, TX) –

We walked into Fitzgerald’s downstairs to catch an experimental noise song by Grindin’ Teeth before stepping it upstairs to hear the band U.Y.U.S. I never got to see them back in the day, but I remember their flyers/album art. They turned in a good set of straight-ahead hardcore, and the crowd was enthusiastic and steadily building. There was still a slow-moving line, backed up into the parking lot, of people waiting to get in to the club. The band was energized and thankful; they reminisced between songs about the Axiom with sweat dripping off them telling the youngsters in the crowd to “Live it up! ‘Cause it goes by fast!” – Space City Rock

 

 


Friday, September 23, 2011 – Gypsyhawk * Venomous Maximus * Automatic Thrill

Gypsyhawk (Los Angeles, CA) –

“Combining the sound of Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind, and Black Sabbath with – somehow – just a few average dudes out there to return music to the people that appreciate it, Gypsyhawk is a band’s band, a fan’s band…and a god damn rock band when rock and roll needs it most. In a time when music is shoveled down your throat, Gypsyhawk backs up the walk (and mabye a little swagger) with rock. The band’s first… show in their hometown of Pasadena, Calif. yielded an enthusiastic and devoted crowd, showing the promise Gypsyhawk holds in the palm of their hands…well, as soon as this next solo is done. Then they’ll have a free hand…. Turn down the lights and turn up the tunes indeed.”

 

Venomous Maximus (Houston, TX) –

“Yeah, I know I’m way, way behind on this one… For some reason, the debut 7″ from metal dudes Venomous Maximus has just taken a little while to grow on me. I’m not entirely sure why — this stuff is really and truly up my alley, especially lately, when my car’s stereo practically lives on a diet of Red Fang, Priestess, and The Sword. I’d put it in there and listen, expecting to love it outright, but it just didn’t… click, at least not immediately.

In the end, I think it’s drummer Bongo who won me over; try as I might, I just can’t get that stomping, crushing, heavy-yet-not-bassy rhythm on A-side “Give Up The Witch” out of my damn head. Once I was sucked in, I found myself grinning and nodding along, mentally ticking off a big list of all my own metal heroes as I listened. This is the sound of a bunch of guys who I’d bet came up listening to and loving classic metal, from Sabbath to Metallica to Maiden, and they fly that influence proudly, holding it over their collective heads like a flag.

In doing so, they call to mind all three of those bands I mentioned above, especially The Sword, considering the subject matter of “Witch” (it’s about, duh, a witch). B-side “The Living Dead” is a little more contemporary, less in the fantasy-metal vein, but hell, even then it’s nicely busy and bluesy, closer to Red Fang or Early Man than the previous track.

Now, I know it’ll sound strange, but to me the coolest thing about this 7″, honestly, is that the Venomous Maximus guys know when not to overdo it. I hear a crap-ton of metal each week, and far, far too much of it is bruisingly heavy and overloaded, with growly, unintelligible vocals crammed into my ears so deep they give me a freaking headache. I’m all for dynamics and up-front production and all that, definitely, but sometimes it’s really just a distraction.

Not here, though — for being a heavy, sharp-edged slab of metal, the record is relatively clean and straightforward, sound-wise. On both songs, I can make out every damn word frontman/tattoo artist Gregg Higgins is bellowing into the mic, every twisting, distorted riff that comes out of Christian Larson’s guitar, and even the surprisingly melodic little bass bits Trevi Biles throws into the mire on “The Living Dead.” And that’s very cool, at least to me.

So there you go. Late though I am in saying it, yeah, I’ll admit it: I’m fucking loving these guys.” – Jeremy Hart, Space City Rock

 

Automatic Thrill (Houston, TX) –


Houston’s very own heavy metal, rock’n’roll, local band developed for your aural pleasure.

Tony Fulco-singer

Stevie Sims-drummer

Ryan Poole-guitar

Travis Massacre-guitar

Chadwick Davis-bass

 

 

 

Thursday, September 22 – Rogue Improv

Rogue Improv – (Houston, TX )

Rogue Improv is a long form improv comedy ensemble performing shows every Thursday (except for the last Thursday each month) beginning at 8:00 p.m. at Rudyard’s British Pub at 2010 Waugh, Houston, TX, 77006. $5 cash admission, great bar, great food.

In each show, Rogue takes a suggestion from the audience, using it as the inspiration to create a completely improvised, unscripted, 25-30 minute theat…rical universe. Rogue concentrates on “grounded” improv that instinctively creates the funny. Come see it to believe it. Rogue also offers classes for new aspiring improvisers and workshops for parties and corporate events.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 – Bootown Presents: Grown Up Storytime #39

Bootown – (Houston, TX )

The Grown-up Storytime series is a late-night event that takes place the third Tuesday of every month at Rudyard’s British Pub, a bar and venue located in the heart of Montrose. You send us stories, we pick the best ones, and assign them to a rotating crack-squad of expert story readers who show up the night of and wow our socks and/or pants off. It’s on a Tuesday – what else are you going to do?

Interested in submitting a story or reading someone else’s story?!? Email us at grownupstorytime@bootown.o​rg

Saturday, September 17, 2011 – Luxurata * August 83 * The Cocksmen

Luxurata (Houston, TX)

Get lost in the sonic rock and delicate melodies of this dual guitar band. The unique alt-pop/indie rock sound will leave you wanting more. Luxurata was formed in the spring of 2002 and consisted of long time musical collaborators Mike Porterfield (vocals & bass) and Brian Schack (guitar), Dave Darby (drums, formerly of Ruskabank). Texas guitar legend Harry O’ (from the famed Zealots) joined in 2011. The diverse musical background of its members comes together in the unique alt-pop/indie rock sound of the band. Compositions range from sonic guitar rock to delicate melodies.

 

August 83 (Houston, TX)

August 83 was Born from a Houston cover variety band called Spare Parts. Lead singer Linda Lambert’s extraordinary vocal prowess lends heartfelt vocals to their melodic songs. Songwriter & Guitarist, Mike Lambert’s songs are memorable & novel. Lambert’s vocals are complimented by keyboardist Jeff Ball’s sophisticated piano lines. Drummer, Dale Bankston and bassist Marco Yepez drive the band as a solid, hard hitting rhythm section and Dan Carpenter’s soulful sax is a signature part of the August 83 sound. Their first original CD “Music From Bedrooms” has been described as “Pop for Grownups” ~ Joey Guerra Houston Chronicle

 

The Cocksmen

(Sorry no verifiable infomation on-line)

 

Friday, September 16, 2011 – Orange Is In * Juke Joint Sandinistas

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.

 

Juke Joint Sandinistas (Austin, TX)

Jamie Zanelotti, vocals, guitar;
Larry Cooper, vocals, guitar;
Kenny Braun, drums;
Brian Tomlin, bass, vocals;
Dusty McClellan, guitar, vocals

 

Thursday, September 15 – Rogue Improv

Rogue Improv – (Houston, TX )

Rogue Improv is a long form improv comedy ensemble performing shows every Thursday (except for the last Thursday each month) beginning at 8:00 p.m. at Rudyard’s British Pub at 2010 Waugh, Houston, TX, 77006. $5 cash admission, great bar, great food.

In each show, Rogue takes a suggestion from the audience, using it as the inspiration to create a completely improvised, unscripted, 25-30 minute theat…rical universe. Rogue concentrates on “grounded” improv that instinctively creates the funny. Come see it to believe it. Rogue also offers classes for new aspiring improvisers and workshops for parties and corporate events.