Sunday, August 21, 2011 – Buxton * The Donkeys * Steve Reno

Buxton (Houston, TX) -Press Reviews from the 7″ ‘Feather / Flint’..
“…The kind of future collectible thing you’ll want to own when they become famous…One of Houston’s finest bands” The Houston Chronicle

“Feathers alone is my call for song of the year…It’s the stuff that will get you dancing and will take your darkest days and make them bright and joyous.” Ramon Medina, Free Press Houston

“…The 7 incher from Heaven to bring Houstonians what they love.” IndieHouston

“…These songs are good. Damn good.” Michael Dallas Miller, Dryvetyme Onlyne

“…Quickly becoming a Houston trademark” Craig Hlavaty, Houston Press

“The songs are classics; they definitely pay the past a nod, but the band has built solid tunes on a time-tested foundation and then adorned it with a dash of modernity, giving them a timeless quality.” Marc Brubaker, Houstonist

“If there’s an award for Best Hooky Riff of the Year, these guys should be in the running.” Jeremy Hart, Space City Rock

The Donkeys (San Diego, CA) – We would love to be able to say that the Donkeys are simply four California beach bums who love to surf, drink cheap beer and jam as the sun sets over the Pacific. The long legacy of music hailing from California — from Bakersfield to the Beach Boys, Sweetheart of the Rodeo through Slanted and Enchanted — has shaped our sense that everything and everyone “out west” is laid back, comfortable and cool.

And to be fair, when it comes to the Donkeys, some of this mystique is true — two of the band’s members are indeed surfers, and all four have been known to down a six pack or two. But like California, the real-life Donkeys (best friends from Southern California, Timothy DeNardo, Jessie Gulati, Anthony Lukens and Sam Sprague) are much more… real. If their backstory contains those top-down cars and suntanned utopian surf tableaus, it also contains the malaise and the escape fantasies familiar to all suburban kids of the 80s and 90s. Miraculously, the music manages to comfortably communicate both moods at once. Any expression of existential ennui — “is this all there is?” — is simultaneously soothed by an unrushed guitar lick and a harmonized twang that becomes almost, dare we say, meditative.

Part of this magic comes from the fact that there’s no artifice to the Donkeys’ songs, from the matter-of-fact breakup blues of “Boot on the Seat” to the playful recollections of a late, drunken night narrated on “Nice Train.” These are everyday lives in the postmodern world expressed with a deep respect for classic songs from the 70s through the 90s — for spacey grooves and soulful, jangly swagger — that elevates the subject matter beyond the ordinary. Living on the Other Side, the band’s second album, is not meant to hit you over the head with a flamboyant single — instead, imagine Ray Davies jamming with the Byrds, or a Gene Clark-fronted Buffalo Springfield — and you’ll get a sense of the tradition that informs this band.

Living on the Other Side is about rolling down the windows, cranking up the stereo, and hitting the open road. Maybe you’re running away, and maybe you’re not, but either way, everything’s going to be alright.

 Steve Reno (Houston, TX) –

Steve Reno was born and grew up in California, but has lived half his life in Texas,which makes him comfortable enough to say” I told you a million times, don’t exaggerate!” He has played in bands in LA and Houston since he was in high school. It wasn’t until a few years ago that he started playing solo acoustic gigs.

At this time he is releasing a new album entitled ” Soft Shoulders”. His musical style has been described as old school( he disagrees, says it is stone age). It is also called folk and Americana. Whatever you call it, it’s all for fun and fun for all.

Saturday, August 20, 2011 – Pura Pharm * The Stage Frights * Los Area 51

PuraPharm (Houston, TX)

Purapharm is the vision of, and was formed by, long-time singer/songwriter/guitarist, Tessa. She is now joined by bassist, and husband, Paul Adams, Niki Sims on saxophone and clarinet, and Anthony “Buffalo” Rodriguez on the beat machine, vocals, keyboards and guitar. Paul and Tessa are also the founding members of their former band, 61-Cygni (www.myspace.com/61cygni ), and they released two cd’s, “Binaural Beatings” and “Playing In The Halocline”. They played numerous shows in 61-Cygni, making a solid and original impression on the Houston music scene.

With Purapharm, they have maintained the wall of spaciousness provided by Tessa’s guitars & vocals and Paul’s thunderin’ bass groove foundations, but also added the soothing melodies of Niki’s horns and Buffalo’s hypnotic rhythms & melodies. The sound is toned down an iota from the 61-Cygni sound and is slightly more meditative, yet still maintaining the influences of bands like Curve, The Church, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins & Sonic Youth to name a few, that were ever-so present in 61-Cygni.

Purapharm is currently in the studio and in the pre-production stages of work on their debut release.

The Stage Frights (Houston, TX) – 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!

Los Area 51 (Houston, TX) –

Surf!!!

Friday, August 19, 2011 – Irene * Devil Killing Moth * A Spanish Disposition

Irene – (Houston, TX)

Irene Gonzales was our grandmother. She inspired and encouraged. She had passion for life, and loved us unconditionally. All three of us had been playing and performing at an early age. Oscar and I had been in bands together, and always felt a musical bond. We started Jamming with our younger brother Hector, and even though our influences and styles weren’t the same, we liked what was coming out. IRENE became our name without debate. In part as a tribute to the person our grandmother was. In part because we were deep into what we where doing. We had bands in the past, but this was it. All or nothing, into the unknown creating and pushing ourselves and our music. We will not relent. Dan Oviedo (guitar/vocals) .

 

Devil Killing Moth– (Houston, TX)

Devil Killing Moth came to me in a dream.
I never understood what it meant.
I could see it, and I could hear it, but I couldn’t quite explain it.
It was on the tip of my tongue… lyrics are demeaning of man and melancholy isn’t so much the mood as the force of hope and anger.
To prevent being absorbed into the green furry wasteland, we had to move.
Its funny how dreams are…

 

A Spanish Disposition – (Houston, TX) ..
xo-vocals

messy-guitar

goose-drums

richboy-bass

Tuesday, August 16 2011 – Bootown Presents: Grown Up Storytime #38

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.org

 

 

Saturday, August 13, 2011 – Dollyrockers * Dead Rabbits * The Grayces

Dollyrockers(Houston, TX)

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 Dead Rabbits (Houston, TX)

Fueled by proper whiskey and Lonestar beer. The Dead Rabbits have emerged as Houston’s number one Celtic punk band. Charged by the ole songs of Irish rebellion The Rabbits belt out Irish rock with a texas twist…Give us a listen and let us know what ya think…Slainte.. UP THE RABBITS !!!

 

 

 

 

The Grayces (Nashville, TN)

Iz Stone (vocals & guitar), Gaelen Mitchell (drums) and Patrick Ward (bass) complete The Grayces trio.

Comparable influences are: The Stooges, Talking Heads, The Fall, Joan Jet, The Kinks, The Ramones,The Monks, Gary Numan, Broke Rock Blues….

 

Friday, August 12, 2011 – Automatic Thrill (CD Release) * Bexar County Bastards * Donkey Punch

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

 

Bexar County Bastards (Austin, TX) –

Settin’ ’em up, Dickin’ ’em down.

 

Andy Bastard- Vocals/Bass

Shea McCoy- Guitar/Vocals

Dickie James- Drums

 

 

Donkey Punch (Houston, TX) –

GHETTO – Vocals..

ART – Guitar..

CHOW – Guitar..

LENCHO – Bass..

CHEECHUMS – Drums.