Tuesday, 19 July 2011 – Bootown Presents: Grown Up Storytime #37

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, 16 July 2011 – Fired For Walking * Rainbow Dragon

Fired For Walking – (Houston, TX )

FIRED FOR WALKING is a heavy-pop/hard-indie/whatever-rock band from Houston, Texas. Formed in 2006, after a drunken challenge to start a band, DREW (bass), JOEL (guitar/vocals), MIKE (guitar/vocals) and RICK (drums) set about writing and fine-tuning a batch of songs that were based on the band’s number one rule; play whatever the hell you want. “I don’t care if someone brings in an idea for a neo-classical, deat…h-metal, rap song…, we should try and play it.” Joel says, adding, “If it sucks, we don’t play it in public.” With this musical philosophy intact, FIRED FOR WALKING unleashed its debut recording in Fall 2008. Released on the band’s own label, Four Letter Music, the self-titled, six song E.P. is a potent example of the band’s ability to maintain a variety of sounds, emotions and energy. It is loose, focused, bright, and dark; a little bit Foo Fighters, a little bit Queens of the Stone Age, with a touch of The Stooges… but the music is always on FFW’s terms. It’s rock and roll that knows what loud amps and good melodies are for.

Rainbow Dragon– (Austin, TX )

Born in a misty mountain top near a coal plant. Cracked open by a woman with big hair. Raised by a big guy in pelts. Reared on love, old TV reruns, big, sloppy dreams and beans. Thunder. Bzzca! This kind of magic, well, it’s special. Magic. Special magic with sprinkles and stuff. Magical stuff.

Friday, 15 July 2011 Horseshoe (Reunion Show)

Horseshoe – (Houston, TX )

An acid rock-loving quintet with a distinct country twang, Horseshoe rose from the debris of Tab Jones, a band that somehow fused rootsy authenticity with the twisted gospel of Pink Floyd’s crazed former leader, Syd Barrett. After that group sputtered in 1992, lead singer Greg Wood, drummer Eddie Hawkins, and guitarist Scott Daniels launched Horseshoe in 1994 with bassist Ben Collis and guitarist Cary Winscott. The burly son of a truck driver with a soft spot for Merle Haggard, Wood had been jotting down lyrics for years — and with input from Daniels and Hawkins, the tunes came pouring out faster than the band could learn them. By June 1995, Horseshoe was putting its ideas on tape with Hawkins, a competent engineer, behind the boards. But money problems ensured that it would be a while before the material could make it to CD. That partly explains the pieced-together feel of the band’s sprawling, fitfully brilliant 1996 debut, King of the World, which enjoyed national distribution on Houston’s Justice Records. A year after its release, Hawkins, Horseshoe’s steadying element, left the group to focus on family life. The band hung in there for a while with new drummer Michael Fischer, before hanging it up for good in 1999. After a harrowing series of personal setbacks and life-threatening medical woes, Wood re-emerged in 2002 with the solo album Ash Wednesday. ~ Hobart Rowland, All Music Guide

Thursday, 14 July 2011 – American Heist * Say Hello To Angels * Jukebox Romantics

American Heist – (Houston, TX )

Hailing from Houston, TX, The American Heist formed in early 2008. As a band they have played with the likes of AGAINST ME!, Mad Sin, The Hold Steady, $wingin Utter$, The Adolescents, Flatfoot 56, The Street Dogs, Fake Problems, The Koffin Kats and Reverend Horton Heat and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. The Heist recorded their first E.P. in April of 2009 in Austin, TX that was released through Cutthroat Records and a full length released August of 2010 through the same label. Vinyl & Digital Downloads on sale now!!!

 

Say Hello To The Angels – (Austin, TX )

“Angular, driven and beyond impressive, Say Hello To The Angels are rewriting the book on post-punk, and including chapters most have not yet even considered. ” – Loud Fast Rules! Magazine, Winter Issue 2007-2008.. ..”Armed with a blistering debut self-titled EP, the Angels’ momentum is certainly rocketing skyward, but strictly on their own terms.” – AMP Magazine, Winter Issue 2007-2008.. ..

 

Jukebox Romantics – (New York)

“The Jukebox Romantics are 5 certifiable and usually belligerent punk rockers from southern NY. Since releasing their debut album on Altercation Records in 2009, the Jukebox Romantics have taken their talked-about live show from coast to coast including dates during Austins SXSW 2010/2011 festivals and the Warped Tour and Gainesville’s The Fest 9 in late 2010. With a genre hopping approach to their sound, the Jukebox Romantics channel their influences of bands like The Clash, Bouncing Souls, and One Man Army through personal song writing and their ability and eagerness to be absorbed by their audiences. The Jukebox Romantics are gearing up for a busy busy 2011. With their 2nd full length, “A Lion And A Guy” being released on May 3rd, the JBR dudes plan on touring the US for most of the summer! Come drink and dance with them in your city!!”

Thursday, 14 July – 2011 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.

Wednesday July 13 – Feast Of Saint Arnold Beer Tasting Dinner

A Special Beer Tasting Dinner benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital


St. Arnold’s Bewery celebrates The Feast of St. Arnold

We will feature special Saint Arnold offerings and a portion of the proceeds will go to Texas Children’s Hospital IBD Center / Gastroenterology Clinic. Let’s have fun, drink some tasty beers and raise money for a worthy cause. The goal of our fundraising is to make the Texas Children’s Hospital IBD Center the leading center in the country for the treatment and study of IBD related diseases.

7 PM, $60 ($10 per ticket to charity plus $1 per pint)

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 – Day Sailor * Maren Parusel * Jealous Creatures

Day Sailor – (Houston, TX)

michael and amanda became friends because they both have crazy last names, a love of donuts, and a dream to make music. we started writing together in early 2010 and finished a few tracks in February 2011.

 

 

Maren Parusel – (San Diego, CA)

Maren Parusel is now releasing her first full length record on Requiemme Records.

13 new songs crafted from her life growing up in Germany and contrasted with her experiences over the past five years in sunny California. And for someone who writes beat-driven melodic pop songs it may be a bit ironic that she sought out Paul Jenkins from Black Heart Procession to produce. He’s a man known for heart wrenching dark timeless epics, but he found the emotion in Maren’s songs and the two contrasted perspectives combined for a recording with songs that are yes, melodic and catchy, but poetic at the same time.

Parusel and her band; Kyle McGee (bass) and Eric Brozgold (drums) live to play music. Together just over a year, they are building a fan base one at a time as they did on a recent three week tour to the Northwest., two trips to SXSW and another tour coming up in December.

Most recently the band was nominated and performed two songs at the San Diego Music Awards. Maren Parusel at the SDMA 2010

Having left her small home town of Tubingen, Germany just a few years ago for film School in Los Angeles, it has been an enlightening, whirlwind, and sometimes chaotic road as she and her music have evolved from punk rock in an all-girls Zeros cover band to the melodic, layered and heartfelt music she plays in her own band now.

Just off the plane in Los Angeles a few years ago, she was invited to stay at the home of Rolan Bolan (Son of T-Rex Marc Bolan) where given free reign in the studio she rediscovered her love of music. Classically trained on piano, she quickly picked up the guitar and a couple of years later after settling in San Diego she formed a Zeros tribute band Wild Weekend. That band garnered much attention through March 2009, but shortly after Maren decided to form another band to better express the music she had felt closer to and had been writing for the past few years.

Looks like that was the right decision as her new music caught the attention of mega producer Linda Perry who let her record in her Burbank studio and caught her show at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. While on tour in the opening act for a few short dates, Maren Parusel also caught the attention of The Killers and their violin player recorded on her five song demo. She also turned the heads of some music giants while playing at Alejandro Escovedo’s day party at SXSW 2010 and after her showcase was asked by the infamous Runaways Manager Kim Fowley to audition for him and several industry reps.

All of these experiences have made the band dedicated and more determined. There’s something passionate about a band that will not listen and doesn’t seem to care about the endless pitfalls and broken hearts waiting out there in the industry and on the road, as they leave armed with a handful of gigs, some vinyl, CD’s and a well rehearsed set bent on winning over the world.

Jealous Creatures – (Houston, TX )

Taking shape in early 2011, Jealous Creatures began as a collaboration between Houston locals Sarah Hirsch and Josh Barry.

Hirsch had spent time in Austin playing guitar and singing with a number of bands before deciding to return to her hometown and start something fresh. Barry, who had worked his way through a lengthy stint as drummer in Houston new wave band Japanic, was on the lookout for something new.

Reworking Hirsch’s folk-laced demos into riff-driven rock songs, the pair decided to recruit additional members for a full-fledged band. After hooking up with ex-Big Top bassist Lisa Gallo Roth, fellow Japanic keyboardist Rob Smith, and guitarist Ian Hlavacek, the band released its debut album on their own Critter Records label.

The self-titled EP showcases both sides of the band, with full-on rock like “Coffee Stains’ and ‘Faith in Man?,’ paying homage to the gritty pop rock of Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders—while tracks like the subdued Eggs Alone embody a successful mix of raucous indie rock and Norah Jones-like soul.

Currently, the band is pleasing crowds around Texas with their live shows and has plans to return to the studio in June 2011 to record their first full length recording.