Saturday September 03, 2011 – The Escatones * Infinite Apaches * Art Institute * Tom Gun

The Escatones (Houston, TX) –

“An intriguing band of (relative, anyway) youngsters, The Escatones‘ sound belies their age somewhat; listening to the woozy jangle and whoa-oh-oh choruses, I can’t help but think of ’60s psych-garage bands or revivalists like the fuzzy-edged Dutchess & the Duke. They’re surfy and raggedy when necessary, bright and Beatlesque when that’s called for, and yes, they apparently wear muu-muus (or something like ‘em) when they play. You can download three songs’ worth of smiling, jangly, loopy, surfiness on over here, in the form of free EP Owls in The Headlights of the Sulfur Digging Bulldozer. It’s fun, bright-sounding, nonchalantly goofy stuff, and I’m liking it.” -Jeremy Hart,

Infinite Apaches (Houston, TX) –

Stephen Burton, Carl Rond, Dillon Wilborn, and Lou Miller








Art Institute (Houston, TX)

Brothers Alex and Eddie Art Institute were born in The Netherlands. After the family moved to Pasadena, Texas – Eddie began studying classical piano and Alex took up the sitar. By their early teens, it was Eddie who was playing sitar and Alex had switched to drums.

In 1974, the Art Institute brothers, bassist Michael Anthony and vocalist David Lee Roth began playing local gigs as Mammoth. When they discovered that another Pasadena band was already using that name, Roth suggested the group take the name Art Institute. The brothers didn’t like it at first, but when no one came up with a better name, they went along with it.

In 1976, Art Institute were getting regular work playing clubs on Houston’s Sunset Strip. It was here that they came to the attention of KISS frontman Gene Simmons, who was so impressed with the band that he paid for their first demo tape. In 1978, their self-titled debut album was released, becoming one of the most successful debut albums ever and bringing hard rock into the musical mainstream.

Over the next 20 years, the Art Institutes and Anthony remained the core of the increasingly influential and successful band. Roth left the group in 1985, primarily because of disagreements with Eddie Art Institute. Sammy Hagar, then the lead singer for Montrose, replaced Roth. The “Van Hagar” era lasted until 1996. Gary Cherone signed on for two years, and one album, as lead singer. Hagar rejoined the band for a reunion tour in 2004.

The Roth era brought the greatest critical acclaim, though the Hagar era was the most successful commercially. In 2007, the Art Institute brothers, Eddie’s son Wolfgang and Roth re-formed Art Institute for a reunion tour.


Tom Gun (Austin, TX)s

Tom Gun is an Austin, Texas-based trio comprised of three of the most handsome, charmingly awkward gentlemen this side of the Mississippi. Hunter and Tyler hail from sunny Florida, where they became friends after a dispute over a metal-detecting find on a beach in St. Augustine. Ryan, a film student from Iowa, moved to Austin when he tired of making documentaries about pigs and corn. He met Hunter and Tyler through a friend of a friend of an ex-girlfriend and the rest is history!
Their musical influences range from Bowie to Rush and Primus to Fraggle Rock. One of their musical goals is to make people who don’t have a sense of humor to feel uncomfortable.
Tom Gun is known for their willingness to play anywhere at any time. They have held performances at places ranging from hotel ballrooms, to martini bars, to outdoor festivals. They aim to please!

Fun Facts
-All three of the band members work for the same car insurance company. Cubicle buddies, hooray!
-All three loser hate the movie Top Gun with a passion. We try at all times to distance ourelves from the movie as much as possible.
-If you can think of a third interesting fact, do email me. two seems lacking, no?

Friday September, 02 – Black Congress * The Men (NYC) * Weird Party

Black Congress (Houston, TX) –

Impossible to describe through cheap comparisons to other bands, BLACK CONGRESS’ 2nd EP is nothing if not noise fighting reverb fighting feedback. Underneath this wall of sound is an actual competent band playing some of the harshest music that Houston has seen in a while. Just don’t tell Roy they sound like the Jesus Lizard and everything will be OK.


The Men (New York City, NY)

The Men yes, “The,” are a four-piece post punk outfit from Brooklyn, NY. Their catalog, which began in 2008 with a hand-dubbed self-released demo cassette, has grown to include two LP’s — We Are the Men and Immaculada — two more tapes, and a 7-inch. They have toured three times, played over 75 shows and have grown a following of die hard fans crowding into living rooms and basements throughout the five boroughs, desperately trying to see them. The buzz in their hometown has grown so fervent that the Village Voice debuted this album’s first single, “Bataille,” a full six months before the record was scheduled to street. Named for the famed French pornographic writer, the track review expounds, “rides a pug-ugly joy-punk riff into almost krautrock oblivion — complete with gorgeous voice cracks and face-mooshing distortion.”

Nick Chiericozzi, Mark Perro and Chris Hansell recorded this album at Python Patrol in 2010. Rich Samis joined the band shortly after and is now their full time drummer. Having three songwriters in the band allows them to pull from innumerable post punk sources, referencing drone, metal, shoegaze, and even Suicide lyrics on Leave Home. Recording to tape for the first time here, using elements of distortion, feedback, pop hooks, and a couple of beautifully destructive instrumental passages, The Men have been described by Mishka as, “more composers than musicians.” They have breathed new life into the genre of hardcore and created a seminal album that is truly for punks of all ages.

Weird Party (Houston, TX) –

Why the fuss about a band yet to play a show debuting songs on a college radio show? For one, Weird Party’s pedigree is hard to fuck with: helmed by (former?) Fatal Flying Guilloteens frontman Shawn Adolph and featuring once-and-future members of Sugar Shack, Muhammadali and Welfare Mothers, they’ve earned the right to at least some of the hype they’ve been generating. –







Thursday, September 01 – 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.

Thursday, September 1 – Rest^vrant

Rest^vrant (Victoria, TX)

Troy Olaf Murrah and J State met at either a keg party or a football game while attending rival junior high schools in a small South Texas town called Victoria. They didn’t start playing music as a band until years later after moving to Los Angeles to write the Great American Bromantic Comedy screenplay and work at a slot car race track/Cirque du Soleil respectively. Their musical collaboration be…gan one fateful evening after “last call.” An indefatigable desire to keep the good times rolling would inspire the well-intentioned abuse of a Wurlitzer organ, an empty beer box and some slide guitar that went deep into the night in the confines of a moldy Silverlake apartment . This was the first Restavrant show, played to a drunken friend who was so riveted he promptly passed out. Some of the artists that inspired this radness are Mississippi Fred Mcdowell, The Fall, Too $hort, Doo Rag, George Jones, A Tribe Called Quest, Ugly Casanova, Hank Williams, Bo Diddley, Bobby Fuller, Mel Brooks, Desmond Dekker and the Aces, The Country Teasers, The Pogues, The D.O.C., Joseph Cornell, Run D.M.C., Halle Berry, Chuck Berry, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cap n Jazz, Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston, The Clash, Afrika Bambaata, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Mance Lipscomb, The Pharcyde and Val Kilmer.



Rudyard’s Pub 33rd Anniversary Party with Automatic Thrill * Texxxas,* Richard Cagle & the Voodoo Choir

Here’s to 33 years of fun in the Montrose!
Come eat & drink & collect raffle tickets for the Great Bar Stuff Giveaway from 6-9pm downstairs! Get a raffle ticket for each purchase starting at 4pm. 

The door opens at 9pm for the bands – &, yes, Kiddos, it’s free! The bands?

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



Texxxas – (Sorry No Info on line)

The vision/concept for this album came to me several years ago. I knew I wanted to produce a Blues album, but instead of putting together a band, writing the songs, rehearsing and then recording, I wanted to do it all at once. I wanted it to be a true Zen moment. So, I invited some of the best musicians in Houston to join me in this adventure. The simple concept for each session is; four of us walk into our garage studio without knowing what we’re going to play. “Not caring about yesterday or what’s going to happen tomorrow. It’s just about what happens this moment”. In most of the sessions, the players had never met each other, much less ever played together. We wrote the song right then, and turned on the recorder to capture the results. Streaming our parts is the best way to describe it. Each of the songs on this album took an average of two and a half hours to write and record. After the initial songs were written and recorded, I brought in Rick Thompson to play keys on all of them, Gary Sapone played Harmonica on two of the tunes, James Hoover replaced my bass on Uptown/Downtown, and Gideon Cheshire helped me fine tune the lyrics. I’m proud of the outcome of this project and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did creating it. The Blues is all about feeling, and on this project, we all poured our hearts into it.

Saturday, August 27, 2011 – Punk Rock Payback: Poor Dumb Bastards * The Hates * The Wrong Ones

Poor Dumb Bastards (Houston, TX) – PDB was formed in March 1991 by long time hetero life partners and musical collaborators, Mike Porterfield and Byron Dean. The initial interest was to find a means to get into Emo’s for free, later they discovered Emo’s was always free. Drawing on their collective influences and experiences from some of their earlier work, bands like Cretinoid, Plutonium Flatheads and the Byron Weird Group, Mike and Byron set out create a genre all their own, hence “Texas Drunk Rock” was born. Add the non bass playing talents of Steve Scholtes and the competent, metronomic drumming of Chi Chi Macoola, and PDB were able to carve their initials on the bathroom door of the Texas music scene. Through the many years and many lineup changes, but these Ill-minded sewer rockers have stayed true to their founding principals. POWER, PERFORMANCE, PERVERSION

Punk Rock Payback. Wear your PDB gear get in free. (in a stroke of marketing genius, t-shirts will be available at the door).
Lineup to be annouced.   One “lucky” Bitch or Bastard will have the thrill of lifetime, the opportuity to design the evenings attire for the Big Bastard himself…No electricity or fireworks please… ”  – Poor Dumb Bastards


The Hates (Houston, TX)

Legendary newspaper journalist Bert Woodall might just have hit the nail on the head, by giving the HATES the epithet: “Houston’s First and Last Punk Band”.

Almost 30 years since the band’s formation, prime mover Christian Arnheiter a.k.a. Christian Anarchy is the only original member left, but his band has become an institution that still wreaks some old-school punk rock havoc upon the Houston, Texas music scene.

On January 4, 1996 Hobart Rowland of the Houston Press said:

Christian Arnheiter has every excuse to sit and sulk. For two decades, his band the Hates has been thrashing away in blissful obscurity, all the while upholding the tattered flag of the punk aesthetic. And now he has to watch as bands such as Green Day, Rancid and the Offspring cash in on the resurgence of a sound that his Houston group had a hand in fashioning in the first place. If he had a mind to, Arnheiter might muster up a few putdowns to go with his been there, done that attitude. But instead of anger, all Arnheiter can come up with is indifference. True punks, Arnheiter will tell you, stow their frustration. They save it for their songs; they use it for inspiration; they take it out on their guitars. And rest assured, Arnheiter is as true as they come, a living, breathing, Mohawked anachronism.


The Wrong Ones (Houston, TX)

“The end of the world has been on people’s minds lately, what with the Mayans apparently penciling in the apocalypse next year and the Rapture rain-checked for October of this ‘un. That preoccupation with the end of the world is why we skipped straight to ‘Doomsday Transmission” on the Wrongs Ones’ new album, Deceiver (Cutthroat Records).

In most of their moments, the Wrong Ones are a textbook punk band. That’s not meant as a knock against them, but what expectations you hold in your head when you’re told that an album is a punk album will be met within standard parameters when you throw on Deceiver. True, it’s a bit angrier than modern punk, and there is a curious lack of artistic difference in that sung vitriol.” – Houston Press





Friday, August 26, 2011 – Tody Castillo * Milk Bomb

Tody Castillo (Houston, TX)

Steve Earle first heard Tody Castillo’s music when shopping for producers for Townes, his recent tribute to Townes Van Zandt. One listen to Castillo’s songs gave Earle enough confidence to hire Houston producer Steve Christensen, who helped produce and engineer the recording of Windhorse.  Born out of personal tragedy, yet teeming with hope, the songs on Windhorse show Castillo’s depth of songwriting. They range from the dreamy lullaby to all-out rock-and-roll anthems.  Castillo played most of the instruments on the recording, as well as being the only writer and singer.  His beautiful voice has range and depth rarely found in today’s rock scene.  This work maintains the cross-genre appeal that helped his 2005 self-titled release find a broad audience, earning the musician Houston Press‘ Best Unsigned Act award in 2005 (along with nominations for Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Best Rock/Pop). The album was also the top-selling release at Cactus Music and Video in 2005, outselling even the likes of Coldplay.

“This record unique for me because I’m such a different person,” Castillo says. “I released the first record in February 2005, a few months after I got married. A few months after that, I lost my brother due to an accident. That kind of thing is devastating. My wife then lost someone close in her family as well at the end of 2005. We joked about that year as being ‘the year of the death.’ The following year while playing and promoting the first record, my first son was born.  So I lost a brother, and became a husband and a father all around the same time. This record is about that.”

Recorded during coffee-fueled sessions at The Treehouse, the Houston Heights garage apartment studio of Steve Christensen, Windhorse is a series of intimate snapshots into Castillo’s life. The heartbreak over the death of his brother and the joy of becoming a father echo throughout this work.  Musicians Eddy Hobizal, Chris Masterson (currently with Son Volt), Steve Brown, and Ryan Biddle helped the duo by adding their skills to the piano, guitar, bass, and percussion on several songs.

Album highlights include “The Shape Of My Heart,” “Spoken Up Sooner,” “The Other Side of Love,” “Hearts On A String,” and “Mustang Island”.