Tonight (Friday, 29 July 2011) – The Squishees * Ghost Town Electric * Dead Mineral

Here is a nice show preview from Non-Alignment Pact

“When I lived in Houston (and they were still around), the Squishees were my favorite local band. I first saw them at No Tsu Oh in 2001? with I wanna say Black Cat Music and the Down and Dirties. I remember they did “Baby Let’s Play God” by the Big Boys and either “This Ain’t No Picnic” or ” Party With Me Punker” by the Minutemen (or both). At the time they were called the Slurpees, and their drummer was a guy who went by the name David Banner I think, who played a lot of fast, riffy fills. They sounded like a cross between the punk-funk greats and the Dead Kennedys. ” -from The Return of the Squishees By Danny Mee


For more details on the show, go to our calendar.

Tonight (Saturday, 09 July 2011) – Hot Punk City presents No Love Loss * Here Holy Spain * Mydolls * Vivian Pikkles & The Sweethearts Über Alles

Tonight is the second part of a two day celebration of the release of Punk Rock Scholar David Ensminger’s new book, Visual Vitriol.

To celebrate my 330 page book on punk street art and subcultures, Visual Vitriol, I have organized cool cheap concerts at Rudyards both Fri. and Sat. night. Friday will include Zipperneck, Kimonos, and Biscuit Bombs (who will be playing a bevy of punk jukebox faves from 13th Floor Elevators and the Nerves to the Dicks and Big Boys!). Saturday night features the classic Mydolls, new art punkers No Love Less, Dallas visitors power trio Here Holy Spain, and grrrl punk rioters Vivian Pikkles! 5 bucks each night. Be there. ” – David Emsinger

More details on tonight’s show here.

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”.