Thursday October 20, 2011 – Possessed By Paul James * Westbound

 

Possessed By Paul James (Austin, TX)

Possessed By Paul James is the stage name of multi-instrumentalist Konrad Wert. He was raised Mennonite with Amish roots in the swamps of Immokalee, Florida and presently resides with his wife and son in the Hill Country of Texas.  Wert’s performances are so energetic that he could easily be mistaken for a small crowd. His songs are very honest. Not only are they completely personal and sincere, but they transcend identity and touch on the human condition.  “Possessed is just… possessed by experiences and family (Paul and Melvin James),” Wert says. ”…I connect with that, with the beauty of the brokenness, innocence and/or ugliness.”
PPJ has been around now since 2006 touring domestically and internationally while finding a balance between family and the opportunities of music.  “The goal is to be able to share and benefit both my family and those willing to listen.  That is a success in my opinion and thus far it seems to be working it’s way out.”
In 2006 SYA Records of Milan, Italy pressed Wert’s first LP ‘Possessed by Paul James’ followed by his first European tour.  In 2007 while touring overseas the Rev. Beatman of Voodoo Rhythm Records came to a PPJ show and liked what he heard and saw.  Thus in 2008 ‘Cold and Blind’ was released, Wert’s second album.  Presently we are awaiting PPJ’s 3rd record, ‘Feed the Family’ this time with the intent of going completely independent, pressing both CD, LP and 7-inch.
Needless to say it has been a slow and steady road for the music of Possessed by Paul James.  As Wert likes to put it, “This isn’t a race.  No one is coming in first or last, it’s simply a marathon in the process of music and that feels best.”

 

Westbound (Houston, TX)

Westbound is a high-energy Roots and Americana band from Houston, TX, featuring Rebecca on lead vocals and John on acoustic guitar, banjo, resonator guitar, backing vocals, stomp-box percussion and harmonica. The band is on constant regional tour in the Southeast U.S. in 2011, in support of their album Blackjack Road. Westbound is recording their second album in late 2011 / early 2012, and on national tour of the U.S. in Summer 2012.

 

Tuesday October 18, 2011 – Bootown Presents: Grown Up Storytime #40

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 October 15, 2011 – Orange Is In

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.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 – Nia De-Bose Presents The Late Night Liquid Courage Comedy Showcase

Nia De-Bose Presents The Late Night Liquid Courage Comedy Showcase

There’s a new alternative to the Comedy Club. No drink minimums, and [relatively few] dick jokes. We get it; Airline food sucks, dogs are different from cats, and women love shoes. Moving forward, Houston Comedian Nia De-Bose is providing Houstonians with a new format for comedy. The Late Nite Liquid Courage Comedy Showcase will feature the city’s best and brightest upcoming and established stand-up Comics. Think of the Tonight Show, if it only featured Comedians. With the Average Black Band playing some mean 70′s funk, and libations abound it’s sure to tickle your funny bone and lure you into the Soul Train line! Local stand-up legend Ali Siddiq headlines.

Determination to succeed best describes Ali’s rising star into comedy, building an impressive resume in a short period of time. Ali has hosted and performed at several college campuses, participated in numerous celebrity events and briefly hosted his own radio show, “Tuesdays with Ali”, on KBXX 97.9 The Box. Ali began his comedy career in the penitentiary. Refusing to feel life had defeated him, he emerged from the dreary walls of incarceration as a man with a zealous mission; to become a professional humorist. “To me therapy is comedy, comedy is laughter, and laughter is happiness.” Ali’s hard work and dedication resulted in his swift and steady rise in the comedy arena. In his new life, he quickly took advantage of the opportunities given to him by the owner of the Jus’ Joking Comedy Café, in Houston, Texas. There he emerged as a weekly featured stand-up. Honing his comedic storytelling skills, building his name and quickly catching the interest of some of the most talented comedians in the industry. His off brand style of humor tickles the funny bone of audiences at every show.

 


Saturday October 08, 2011 – David Ramirez * ListenListen * Sara Van Buskirk

David Ramirez (Austin, TX)

I’m a wandering man, got no money in the bank, got no wife at home watching children”. Nothing could more accurately depict the adventurous, carefree spirit of singer-songwriter David Ramirez. Uneasy with being in one place for too long, David repeatedly finds himself on the road playing his brand of modern Americana that fans have coined “Folk-brewed Pop”.

He’s been writing and performing for over 10 years. From his teen years swapping songs with friends in Houston to the struggles of making a name for himself in Nashville, David’s songwriting journey has spanned multiple EP’s and a full-length, American Soil which garnered over 1,200 downloads in a 48-hr. period on Noisetrade. In 2010, David played 150 shows on numerous, independently booked tours. Feeling truly at home on the road, he calls his second home Austin, Texas. It’s here where he wrote and recorded his latest release, Strangetown EP.

The songs, with their heart-yearning lyrics and sparse musical backdrop, tells things as he sees them: honest, unfiltered and true. “Wandering Man” is a revved up, foot-stomper that would make Johnny Cash proud and turn even the most fickle listener into a true believer. “Shoeboxes” and “Argue With Heaven” find David coming to terms with life’s ups and downs and the reality of lost loves and broken hearts. “I Think I Like You” hits your ears like a whispered secret and the title track, “Strange Town” weaves a memorable, melancholy lyric with an infectious, heart-pulsing beat.

David Ramirez knows no luxury. He wants no satisfaction. All he needs is an acoustic guitar and the words in his mouth to tell the true stories of a wandering man. But to see him live, with only that acoustic guitar in hand, spitting those words into rings of fire, is to experience something real…something that cannot be reproduced.

ListenListen (Houston, TX)

rollingstone.com –  “Finally, a band name we can believe in! Mysterious and borderline un-Googleable Houston collective proves expert at putting the ghosts back into Goth-folk. Their upcoming full-length, Hymns from Rhodesia, is a spellbinding collection of country-gospel songs haunted by loneliness and loss.”

austin sound –   “Make no mistake, Listenlisten have this mood down to a science, or at least an art form – each little piece of this huge puzzle of instrumentation is crafted precisely to give an air of the spontaneous, like a true hymn that materializes out of nowhere on one of those travel shows to “unknown” corners of the earth (like Romania).”

gumshoe grove – “Hymns From Rhodesia is cinematic and direly Serious; intense; urgent. It’s the sort of music that starts leaking onto playlists as fall slowly swallows summer with its giant, autumn-leaf-spitting maw.”

space city rock – “There’s an absolute fatalism here, a knowledge that death comes for everyone and could well be right around the corner.”

treble – “Listenlisten is a band that commands the listener’s attention not just through their stunning songwriting, but through their impeccable attention to detail.”

houston press – “several songs on its exceedingly dark, occasionally unsettling debut full-length, Hymns from Rhodesia, really are based in part on century-old church music. “Funeral Dirge; Burial Service” goes them one better, coupling together a pair of Masonic burial songs that the band reckons have been around for 200 years or maybe longer, and that haven’t lost one ounce of creepiness.”

Sara Van Buskirk (Houston, TX)

Houston Press – This weekend, local singer-songwriter Sara Van Buskirk releases her debut LP, The Place Where You Are, after a few years of on-and-off tinkering. It’s a riveting work, built around her muscular voice and backed by a stellar cast of Houston pickers and players.  The ten-track album is relentlessly pretty and tough as nails, showcasing the songs that Buskirk has been workshopping in coffeehouses and venues like AvantGarden for a good five years now.

Friday October 07, 2011 – Grizzly * The Last Cigarette

Grizzly (Houston, TX)

At the end of 2008 a Craigslist add was answered by a country style trio to enlist a singer-songwriter. In one fell swoop, singer-songwriter Chad Lyles managed to find a group of like minded musicians to help bring Grizzly to fruition. Grizzly at that point was a four piece that brought simplistic story telling and raw energy together that spanned the age and genre gaps. After a year of writing and a 3 song demo the boys in grizzly felt that there was something missing. After much debate, Chad’s long time friend and jazz student/teacher Matt Peters was recruited as a lead guitarist. This brought Grizzly to a whole new level of musicianship. With the impeccable timing of Ric’s drumming paired with Joe Varner’s catchy pocket bass lines and held down by Brian Ramsey’s solid rhythm guitar sprinkled with his own memorable melodies, Matt’s wandering leads and the raspy story telling of Chad’s vocals, Grizzly intertwines rock roots with classic country, punk and rockabilly to create a new style of Southern Americana. In the summer of 2009 Grizzly met Eric Tucker (Jesse Dayton/ Whiskey Boat) who was interested in producing a record with them. After a few months in the studio, and with the guidance of Eric, Grizzly’s first baby was born; ‘How Fast They Fade’ A six song EP, that is the culmination of the band’s hard work and late night debauchery. Looking toward the future Grizzly is currently writing new songs, playing shows and looking forward to taking their music on the road.

 

The Last Cigarette (Houston, TX)

Country, rock, blues, punk thrown in a blender. Add some fuck-yer-face to that, and you’ve got The Last Cigarette.

“I moved to Houston because my best friend Nathan Taylor was starting his band, Speedqueen, and he wanted me to play guitar for him in that band. I said I’d do it on one condition – he had to play bass in my power-trio. He said, “Of course.”

We got a drummer, played some shows, drummer quit, we got a new one (thanks Peter Bas), and we’re still playing shows. And we plan to hit the studio soon with our good friend and all-around guru, Truman Cox, at the helm.”

 

Thursday October 06, 2011 – Honkey * DeadEnd Cowboys * The Burns

 

Honky (Austin, TX)

The first thing you see on the flyer for the Honky show at the Funhouse is what’s in parentheses: “(J.D. Pinkus of Butthole Surfers).” “If people come to see a psychedelic show, they’re definitely going to leave having seen something different,” says the parenthetical Pinkus of his new band. While “the Butts,” as he calls them, incorporated a 17-year-old Pinkus in 1985 on their way to patenting their acid-dipped Southern art-punk freak-out, Honky is straightforward rock and roll.

“We’re not trying to be groundbreaking; this is the most timeless music there is,” says Pinkus in an Austin drawl, adding that the band’s sound is “so basic it’s hard to explain.” But let’s give it a shot: Put an old Molly Hatchet record on the spinner and put your Urban Cowboy tape in the VCR. Turn up the record player, turn down the TV, and hit yourself about the head–hard–with an iron skillet. To hear Pinkus tell it, Honky makes the ladies shake their butts, which in turn makes the men buy more beer. “A winning combination,” he calls it. “When we have 300 people at our shows, they tend to drink like they’re 600.” Despite the acid-fried/Southern-fried distinction of the two very different bands, there are similarities, however thin. On songs like “Your Bottom’s at the Top of My List,” from House of Good Tires, Honky’s third full-length (a fourth will be out on local label Dead Teenager this spring), Pinkus and crew closely approximate the way the Butts lulled you in with a whispered folk song, then dragged you out through a sludgy jam on the other side. Are the two bands different sides of the same coin? That’s a bit of a stretch, but if it’s me–or one of the many longhaired unkempt acid diehards–who’s tossing, I’m going to bet on the Butts to land faceup. “I have a band that’s a little bit more like the Butthole Surfers, too. In fact, we’re probably more like the old Butts than the Butts were,” Pinkus says of Areola 51, in which he is joined by guitarist Brett Bradford from Scratch Acid and drummer Max Brody from Ministry. Dead Teenager’s putting that one out, too. Me and the longhairs can’t wait to hear it.” – Seattle Weekly

 

DeadEnd Cowboys
(Houston, TX)

 

Spaghetti Western Porn Soundtrack for Bull Riding While Under the Influence Of Jim Beam.

 

 

The Burns
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