Friday 12 October 2012 – Moon Duo

Moon Duo (San Francisco, CA)
http://moonduo.org/

 

Formed in San Francisco in 2009 by Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada, Moon Duo’s first two critically acclaimed EPs, Killing Time (2009) and Escape (2010), fused the futuristic pylon hum and transistor reverb of Suicide or Silver Apples with the heat-haze fuzz of American rock ‘n’ roll to create tracks of blistering, 12-cylinder space rock.

Their debut album Mazes, recorded in San Francisco and mixed in Berlin during 2010 as the band prepared to move to the mountains of Colorado, explores a far broader, lighter, sound. That’s most clear on the dreamy organ and skipping riff of the title track, which recalls the Velvet Underground, or the handclaps and swinging organ bloops over the potent shredding and guttural riff delivered by Johnson in When You Cut. Throughout, Mazes is the sound of Moon Duo carving out their own identity, looking to the horizon, and moving forward.

Late 2011 saw the release of the darker, mostly instrumental Horror Tour EP around the band’s fall tour of Eastern Europe; Record Store Day 2012 brought a limited edition LP Mazes Remixed which featured remixes by the likes of Sonic Boom, Psychic Ills, and Purling Hiss. Now Moon Duo are set to release Circles, their second full-length LP with Souterrain Transmissions. The band will also set off on a worldwide tour in support of the album in October and November.

Circles is the product of a long winter’s isolation in the Rocky Mountains, though the road to its fruition stretched over six months and several locations. The groundwork for the album was laid at the band’s home in Blue River, Colorado in the early months of 2012, where all songs were written, and the preliminary tracks recorded. For two weeks in early April, Moon Duo moved into a small apartment above Lucky Cat Recordings in San Francisco for an additional recording session with engineer Phil Manley (Trans Am, Life Coach). Like its predecessor, the album was mixed and tweaked at Kaiku Studios in Berlin.

Inspiration for many of the songs themes, as well as the title Circles, came from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay by the same name, on the symbol and nature of “the flying Perfect.” From the opening lines: “The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end.” And so it goes. Rust never sleeps.

Friday 12 October 2012 – Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Henk Rossouw, Justin Chrestman, and Patrick Clement James (7pm)

 

Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts
http://www.gulfcoastmag.org/

Gulf Coast is proud to present its 2012-2013 Reading Series, featuring twenty-one readers from the University of Houston’s nationally-acclaimed graduate program in creative writing.  All readings are free and open to the public. They begin at 7 p.m. on Fridays in the upstairs room at Rudyard’s British Pub, 2010 Waugh Dr., Houston, Texas, 77006.

 

 

A poet, Henk Rossouw grew up in Cape Town. His writing has appeared in The Boston Review, Transom, The Massachusetts Review, Tin House, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Threepenny Review. In 2009 he gave a reading in Times Square as one of the winners of the Poetry Society of America’s Bright Lights Big Verse contest. He graduated in 2011 from the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

 

 

Justin Chrestman was raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He received an MFA from New Mexico State University.

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Clement James, an M.F.A. candidate at the University of Houston, writes and lives in Houston, TX.

Wednesday 10 October 2012 – Laugh In The Face Of Breast Cancer (7pm)

 

Dear family and friends,

As I’m sure you already know, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer eleven years ago. Ten years ago it spread to her liver and it has been a nonstop battle ever since. We participated in the Komen walk for 7 years and I will always cherish those days, but this year I want to do something different. I want to help in a bigger way and find an organization that I know will make a difference and help save lives; this is why I chose the National Breast Cancer Foundation (www.nbcf.org).

So, I decided to hold a comedy show, Laugh in the Face of Breast Cancer. It will be on October 10th at 7:00pm at Rudyard’s British Pub on Waugh. There will be great comedians, including one of my best friends, Danielle Gonzales! Tickets are only $20.00 and can be bought online at www.tinyurl.com/pinkpositiveor at the door.If my family or friends won’t be available that night or don’t live in Houston, a donation will still be appreciated! =) I’m looking forward to a GREAT event for an awesome cause- this is for all women and men dealing with or have had to deal with breast cancer in their lives. I hope you can make it! I’m also relying on you guys to send the flyer and help spread the word! A special “thank you!” to John for helping organize the event!

Much love,
Angie

Monday 08 October 2012 – A Couple Of Stand Up Guys Open Mic

A Couple Of Stand Up Guys (Houston, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/ACoupleOfStandUpGuys

Formed in January 2012, it is a rotating group of comedic talent from the Houston area set on revitalizing the local comedy scene with new talent featuring the best of Comedy and Music culled from the Houston Open Mic scene. Currently the group is performing Bi-Monthly shows within the Houston area.

Our Free Comedy Open Mic Show Opens At 9:00. Show starts at 9:30.

 

Sunday 07 October 2012 – Dirty Filthy Mugs * Dead Rabbits * Blackmarket Syndicate

Dirty Filthy Mugs (Los Angeles, CA)
http://www.dirtyfilthymugs.com/

 

There is nothing cute, pompous, or pretentious about Dirty Filthy Mugs. They are here to play aggressive, fun, honest punk rock… And that’s exactly what they do!

Not only are the Mugs one of the most insane live bands in punk rock, they’ve also shown themselves to be prolific in the recording studio. In 2009, they released the E.P.s ‘Half Pint’ and ‘Another Round’ as well as a 7″ single on their own label, Brrapp Records. These releases and live shows caught the attention of DC-Jam Records, who released the Mugs’ first full-length ‘All Yobs In’ in early 2010. In March, 2011, DC-Jam Records released the band’s second album, ‘Up In The Downs’ which has garnered praise by many as “… An instant classic” and “Best Punk album in years”.

Dirty Filthy Mugs show no signs of slowing and continue to bring their incredibly  addictive live punk mayhem to as many punks, skins, skaters, psychos, mods, rockers, hooligans and outcasts as possible!

Dirty Filthy Mugs have played many shows / festivals throughout the U.S. (Punk Rock Bowling, SXSW, Interpunk Great American Skatefest, Punk Rock Picnic, etc…) and have shared the stage with Dropkick Murphys, Stiff Little Fingers, the Adicts, Youth Brigade, Street Dogs, Meat Puppets, Gwar, Aggrolites, Agent Orange, TSOL, JFA, C.J. Ramone, Teenage Bottlerocket, 7 Seconds, Greg Ginn, the Creepshow, Agression, Voodoo Glowskulls, Manic Hispanic, Swingin Utters, The Dwarves, Cro-Mags, Ill Repute, and many others.

 

Dead Rabbits (Houston, TX)
http://www.reverbnation.com/rabbitsofrock

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..

 

WHISKEY AND CELTIC ROCK!

UP THE RABBITS!

 

 

BlackMarket Syndicate (Houston, TX)
http://blackmarketsyndicate.com/

Blackmarket Syndicate is a four piece band from Houston, Texas, whose anthemic music recaptures the spirit, passion and urgency from the golden age of Punk. Since their inception in 2007, the group has performed countless shows in their hometown and across the United States, sharing stages with many internationally recognized acts as well as simultaneously generating their own loyal following from coast to coast. During this time, their continual “go for broke” attitude has ensured not only their survival, but also their development as artists. Insisting on not settling for mediocrity has been paramount in distinguishing their pure charisma from the mass amount of novelty that dominates the music industry today.

After gaining momentum locally, Blackmarket Syndicate went into the studio to record their first full length album, which would be titled “Why Do We Even Try?”. The album was met with wide acclaim from fans, and received radio airplay on Houston’s 94.5 the Buzz FM in addition to also being put into rotation on XM Fungus 53′s Rancid Radio. 100% DIY, the band released and distributed the release on their own label, Times Up Records, and embarked on several U.S. tours in order to support it.

Upon completing the tours for their first release, Blackmarket Syndicate regrouped to begin preparation for their 2nd full length effort. Determined to create a truly compelling body of work, the group spent several months in the writing process. The result was eleven inspired songs which cultivated a unique, genuine and powerful new direction for an album that would be definitively their own. Johnny Rioux (of Street Dogs) offered the band his abilities as producer of the record. His dedication to the project resulted in a masterful product that exceeded any and all expectations anyone would have imagined.

Currently the group continues to perform the explosive shows they are known for, Whilst experiencing more growth from the release of their latest album “And the Peasants rejoiced”. Their relentless drive and uncompromising ethos have enabled them to realize all of the goals they have set out for themselves thus far. They demonstrate the same determination today, sacrificing any and all of their resources for the advancement of their music.

Saturday 06 October 2012 – The Southern Backtones * The Ghost Wolves

The Southern Backtones (Houston, TX)
http://www.southernbacktones.net/

The release of Southern Backtones 4th album, “La Vie En Noir” (ZenHill Records), fuses the best parts of the prior three albums with the Backtones mature voodoo-rock sound into a delightful psychedelic, Spaghetti Western patois.

“Los Tormentos de Amor” (1998): Clever surf-punk ditties played with precocious passion, all owing allegiance to a strong “whatever-a-billy” or “Spaghetti Western” influence. Quite the classic, the album has become an underground jewel and sells for upwards of one hundred bucks.

The Formula (2002): A furious denial and overthrow of the pearl button, greaser-roots-rock heritage. Punk-ish songs of superficial lust gone wrong dove-tailed with South-of-the-border, Tex-Mex crooners.

The third album, simply self-titled “Southern Backtones” (2007):  A dark cinematic embracement of Brit-pop and psychedelia in a philosophical search for more bohemian influences.  Songs “Forever” and “Everything” were featured in the indie feature film “Drop Dead Sexy” starrring Jason Lee and Crispin Glover.  Music Video “Forever” (produced by Zenfilm) has had international airplay on MTV2, MuchMusic Canada, CNBC and more.

“Cinematic songs begging for a movie to live up to their promise.” San Francisco Bay Times

“Brooding paeans to loves won, lost, and unrequited infused with smart, poppish melodies.  The only way some of this stuff could get any beautifully darker is if it grew black wings and flew away.”  Fort Worth Weekly

“Southern Backtones is not Southern rock. It is a sea of expansive, dark rock with the unmistakable, vampy touch of David Bowie and the indigo mood of Echo & the Bunnymen.”  Houston Chonicle

“The musicianship and songwriting are top notch… Highly recommended.” Exclaim.ca (Canada)

“The songs are rich-sounding, well-crafted rockers with plenty of rootsy and modern influences. But the lyrics are provocative and thoughtful in surprising ways.” ASCAP.com

“This moody, ethereal retro-tinged modern hard rock act (think U2, Nick Cave, The Cult) from Houston, seems primed for massive underground success.”  connectsavannah.com

WINNERS: “Best Traditional Rock” 2006 & 2007 and Nominated “Best Song-writer” 2008. Houston Press

WINNERS: “Best Local Band & Best Local Vocalist” 2000. houstoncitysearch.com

 

The Ghost Wolves (Austin, TX)
http://www.theghostwolves.com/

 

“They play stomping blues-garage-punk possessed by who knows what kind of demon….their music has just the right overdose of voodoo punk that never spoils. Fuzz, skull with a hat and two crossed maracas. The Ghost Wolves have an album out – In Ya Neck! – and, sooner or later, we’ll see them on tour in Europe to transform all of us into living dead werewolves.” – Rolling Stone Italia

“The pair to…ur relentlessly, showing a joy in the turn-it-up that evokes the visceral virtues of rock at its most raw and elemental.” – Lenny Kaye for emusic.com

“A primal musical jewel in wolf’s clothing….” – BP Fallon’s Wang Dang Doodle

“Primal, grungy, lo-fi, disruptive, exhilarating…” Blurt! Online

“…they opened the evening with a roar both from the stage and, by set’s end, from the audience, too. They played so well with such obvious delight that it was impossible not to get on board.” Nippertown, Albany, NY

“This duo — female singer/guitarist and male drummer — provides raw, energetic rock that sounds more like it came from the Voodoo-soaked streets of New Orleans or back alleys of New York City than the farmlands of Texas. Punk sensibility, blues style, crashing drums, scattershot harmonies and moments of folk simplicity define the band’s six-song EP, In Ya Neck!.” — Jeff Hahne, Creative Loafing

“This new Texas based duo blend gritty backwoods blues with hints of Pyschobilly and folk that are conjuring up garage ghosts from the 60’s and demons from the Delta. Known around the city for their energetic live show and infectious on-stage chemistry, The Ghost Wolves have been relentlessly touring their debut album, In Ya Neck!, bringing the raw and rabid rock and roll sound from their digitally unscathed record to dive bars across the plains.” – Band Soup

“When the Austin band finally let us off the hook and left the stage, the only thing I could think of was the fact that I wanted more. I was ready to take the tunes well into Friday morning, not well short of midnight.” – Loopster Live

“Rabid Garage Blues” – Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle

“The Ghost wolves made a mighty punk-rock noise in a powerful opener…their spunky energy engaged the crowd so well they whipped up a noisy singalong” – Albany Daily Gazette

“Their live show is a bit of a spectacle, with Wolf, dressed all in white with a matching Warhol-esque wig, jumping around the stage as she plays. Konya is chatty between songs, making jokes and pushing the record. It’s not your typical Austin act…” – Peter Mongillo, The Austin American Statesman

“The music on the duo’s debut EP “In Ya Neck” is the kind of mud-splattered, fuzz-covered, goes-to-eleven garage rock you’d expect from an act whose frontwoman is strutting across the stage in a homemade leather minidress.” – The Daily Times Knoxville, TN

“The rock & roll of The Ghost Wolves has deep roots…Carley and Jonny are children of the south.” – Radio FM4, Austria

“Their music is influenced by shamans, wolf dogs, and blues legend RL Burnside – that the Ghost Wolves makes it one of the most exciting newcomer band from Austin.” – On3, Germany

“The two-piece band Ghost Wolves, one of several acts on the lineup from Austin, offered a twist on the White Stripes formula when drummer Jonny Wolf switched places with guitarist Carley Wolf for a song.” – USA Today

“The Ghost Wolves might be a mere duo (Carley plays a vintage hollow body guitar, Jonny thrashes the drums and they both sing) but they play hard enough for a full band. Playing second in a four-band showcase (including the Krektones, Alligator Indian and ER Airplane) at Jack of the Wood last Friday, the Ghost Wolves had the crowd on its feet.” – Mountain Xpress, Asheville ,NC

“From the opening, bluegrass twang of ‘Gonna Live’, to the gorgeous live recording of ‘First Love’, it is clear that the duo’s relentless gigging – as well as their strong musical heritage – has produced a collection of tracks that is both exhilarating and infectious.” – Chybucca Sounds U.K.

“The Ghost Wolves prove they are separate commodities not to be lumped in with The White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and other known blues rock hybrids. Carley and Jon are in their own swamp-world building their own boussilage of organic punk-blues blight. Now all that’s left for us to do is get drunk, dirty, and dance.” – Bandsoup

“Bluesy fuzz-rock…” – The Miami Herald

“All the right elements are there….confidence, a DIY ethic, and great talent all shine through.” – Chief and The Doomsday Device

“While they each have their own impressive musical resumes, together they are an otherworldly presence.” KUT- Austin

“The Ghost Wolves’ energy and potential lift their live show, which finds Wolf flying around the stage, and they manage to translate some of that energy to the album, where their big, gritty sound renders their bass-less status a nonissue.” – Review in The Austin Statesman

“(The Ghost Wolves)…have a sound that I like to compare to Flat Duo Jets, The Kills, and of course The White Stripes.They self released their first EP In Ya Neck! in April of this year. The songs on this EP give off vibrations of backwoods folk-blues infused with psychobilly that really are interesting, fast paced and in your face. I’m really interested to see what comes next from this band. They have an awesome and unique style that isn’t too common these days.” Rabbit’s Black Music Blog – L.A. & San Francisco, CA

“Musically, you’ll find hints of popular acts in the mainstream such as The White Stripes, but you can definitely feel a bit of Texas lurking…At times, Carley sounds a bit more ferocious than comparable groups, but that sort of passion only strengthens the band’s sound. We’re really excited about this group. – Austin Town Hall (austintownhall.com)

“Another great band brought to light…” – VivoGig

“…this is not your typical blues-rock set. Songwriters and musicians Carley Wolf and Jonathan Konya give it a gritty edge and a rough ’60s garage rock sound that turns heads.” – Laurie Gallardo, KUT’s Austin Music Minute

“They’re able to present the very best of the lovely deep traditions of rock; primitive song structure, pleasingly-familiar progressions, face-melting riffs, unfettered noisy productions.” – Austin Independent Music

“In Ya Neck,” the debut release from Austin, Texas based duo, the Ghost Wolves is an incendiary six-tune EP responsible for puttin’ the shake in your shimmy and the roll within your rock. Lead singer and guitarist, Carley “Carazy” Wolf, and drummer Jonathan “Little Hammer” Konya, have clearly done their homework and are channeling their inner delta blues knowledge and throwing those roots into a cement mixer with ’60s-esque garage rock…” – Chris Hislop, Spotlight Magazine, Seacoast, NH

“Pirei em “Gonna Live”, na vibe White Stripes, na voz de Dolly Parton, nas botas, no conversível, no baterista perto do teto… sensacional.” (English Translation) – “Freaked out on “Gonna Live,” the White Stripes vibe, sung by Dolly Parton, the boots, the convertible, the drummer near the ceiling … sensational.” – Boo Monster Bop – Brazil

“Was wurde eigentlich aus den White Stripes? Genau, die Vergangenheit! Nicht, dass Jack and Megan White das letzte Rock ‘n’ Roll Paar ever gewesen wären. Da gibt es zum Beispiel noch die Kills oder die Ghost Wolves aus Texas. Noch härter, staubiger und traditionsbewusster als die White Stripes arbeiten sich Carley Wolf und Jonathan Konya an den ewigen, in drei Minuten abgehandelten Wahrheiten zwischen Prärie und Jukebox ab. Ein Newcomer-Portrait von Christian Lehner.” – FM4 Radio, Austria

“The Ghost Wolves dial up the amplifiers, marrying spooky blues with a little bit of 1960s rock ‘n’ roll.”- Flagstaff Live Magazine, Flagstaff AZ

“Totally inappropriate…” – Folk radio music director (after hearing “In Ya Neck!”)

“… the opening two tracks are where the Ghost Wolves really carve out their own exciting sound. “Gonna Live” is a simple bluesy stomp written by the Vulgarians’ Michelle Glaw that builds into a huge, cathartic shout-along by the end. Wolf channels My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden on her vocal performance, and the whole thing retains a rootsy feel reminiscent of the video linked to above. “Curl Up and Dye” has a much faster, more vicious feel to it, bordering on punk. These are the two best songs on In Ya Neck!, establishing Ghost Wolves as a blistering force to be reckoned with.” – Review on OVRLD.COM

“With nothing but a four-piece drum kit and a hollow-bodied guitar equipped with only one pickup, the Ghost Wolves’ onstage rig is anything but Texas-sized. Rather, it’s a study in defying the standard laws of minimalism, and the two-man (well, one man and a lady) Delta freakblues outfit stands as proof that you don’t need the biggest instruments to fill a room with a witch’s brew that’s haunting in its simplicity — haunting, period” – Austin Music Weekly

“Konya and Wolf….have incredible chemistry during the show, making their music even more compelling.” – The Daily Vidette, Bloomington, IL

Friday 05 October 2012 – 500 Megatons of Boogie * No Love Less * Zero Heroes

500 Megatons of Boogie (Houston, TX)
http://www.reverbnation.com/500megatonsofboogie

A spin-off of the Squishees, who were a spin-off of the Slurpees, who sprouted spontaneously out of a disregard for trademark laws, 500 Megatons of Boogie promise to make you sweat, to make you crave, to make you stink.

“Formerly known as The Squishees, who were formerly known as The Slurpees, 500 Megatons of Boogie offers up an original, post-punk sound. Led by Erik Westfall, who has played with such notable names as Randy “Biscuit” Turner, the group conjures up comparisons to Gang of Four, The Melvins and Link Wray. The three-piece also features longtime bassist Johnny Todd and former Squishees drummer Kent “The Fireman” Hassinger, who adds the much-needed danceable yet skillful beats the group missed in his absence. ” – Houston Press

 

 

No Love Less (Houston,TX)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Love-Less/172577996102889

 

Since their debut in Fall 2010, they have paved a fiery path in the Deep South, arranging shows across the state of Texas with cohorts like Zipperneck, Poor Dumb Bastards, Adrian and the Sickness, The Hates, The Biscuit Bombs, and longtime punk idols the Mydolls.The band features two members of the Mydolls – well-honed bass player Dianna Ray and nimble guitarist and singer Trish Herrera – who ha…

ve spent thirty years thriving in Houston’s punk community, dating back to key clubs like the Island (Houston), Raul’s (Austin), Bonham Exchange (San Antonio), and the Hot Klub (Dallas). They are joined by David Ensminger, drummer for the Biscuit Bombs (featuring Randy “Biscuit” Turner of the Big Boys) and many other blatantly local heroes like Magnetic Four and London Girl. Ensminger, whose book on
punk street art is due out in Summer 2011 from the University of Mississippi, also writes for Maximum Rock’n’Roll, Popmatters, and the Houston Press. Lastly, savvy multi-instrumentalist and singer Kristen Kemp is a powerful tour-de-force of lady punk who works actively with Girl’s Rock Camp initiatives and has played with bands Her Majesty’s Sweatbox, The Ramps, and Common Spy.New Nation is their first single, recorded at infamous southern studio Sugar Hill, which has captured decades worth of premier performances, including the 13th Floor Elevators, Howlin’ Wolf, Really Red, and even Destiny’s Child. With the oversight of Dan Workman, guitarist for art-punk pioneers Culturcide, No Love Less forged a five-song EP that offers a platter of terse, taut, and frenetic songs that combine narrative storytelling, glued-to-the-heart politics, roaring ruckus, and funk-punk finesse.The band is currently seeking a label and do appreciate your time and willingness to listen to our efforts.

 

Zero Heroes (Sorry, no verifiable information at this time)