Friday 04 May 2012 – Poor Pilate * Tiziano Dominico * Tyagaraja

Doors 8pm  / Music  9pm / $7

 

Poor Pilate (Houston, TX)
https://www.facebook.com/PoorPilate

Talley, M.B. – drums, groans

David Lascoe – keys, sings
Richard Talbot – guitars, melts
Mills-McCoin – hype, laughs

 

 

 

Tiziano Dominico (Houston, TX)
https://www.facebook.com/tizianodominico

Tiziano Dominico is a singer, songwriter, and visual artist living in Houston, TX. Tiziano grew up in the Northside of Houston in a very loving home as the son of an artist who encouraged and nurtured Tiziano’s creative expression in both music and art. Tiziano has been in several bands, most notably georgia’s Horse.

After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (with a focus in Eastern thought) and Psychology, traveling abroad and living many life experiences, Tiziano has chosen songwriting to be his main form of artistic expression. His subject matter ranges from the literal to the contemplative, all stemming from the most elemental aspects of our human experience

 

 

Tyagaraja (Houston, TX)
https://www.facebook.com/tyagarajamusic

Tyagaraja is a dynamic and innovative artist that brings tangibility and connective energy to very forward ideas. Combined with the ecelctic music, Tyagaraja holds a voice of commanding power yet delicate expression, delivering an underlying message in the lyrics that speaks deeply to all.

The latest invention of his show is called “Art.Music.Life.” Art.Music.Life. features and showcases Visual Artists, Live Music, and a collective consciousness of sustainable from a range of healthy living and eating, Yoga and Meditation to social justice issues. The show is an overwhelming sensory overload that leaves the participant with tools to make their experience on earth a positive one. The AML fest is in one event a powerful rock show fit for theatrical settings, and in the next day a rejuvenating Yoga/Meditation retreat. Tours are being scheduled for Art.Music.Life. Summer 2011 in USA and Winter in India 2011. Many musicians and artists contribute to the tour and will be showcased in correlation with Tyagaraja.

Tyagaraja creates a unique aural experience with powerful dynamics, creative layers, and a notable connective energy that spans across many genres and audiences. Recently, Tyagaraja received 3 nominations for the Houston Press Music Awards including ‘Best LP/CD’ for ‘Open Book’.

Tyagaraja has performed at major festivals such as
Bonnaroo 2010 Manchester TN
Summer Fest 2010 Houston TX
SXSW Austin TX 2008-09, 2010

 

Wednesday 02 May 2012: Bootown Presents: Mijo

Bootown – (Houston, TX )
http://www.bootown.org/

MIJO

At Rudyards. Our non-traditional take on the Benshi show returns! We will grape one of the greatest pieces of Amurrican film history to date: ROADHOUSE. Enough said.

ps – moustaches galore.

OUR FANCY-PANTSY MISSION STATEMENT:
BooTown is dedicated to creating fun, original, collaborative theatre using interdisciplinary methods in non-traditional settings in order to cultivate new audiences.

Sunday 29 April 2012 – Woods * Mmoss * The Wiggins

Woods (Warwick, NY)
http://www.facebook.com/woodsfamilyband

With a title like At Echo Lake, the fifth album from New York’s Woods intimates a modern rock aesthetic fully informed by historical manifestations of teenage along with a concomitant feel for the specifics of time and place. The distance between 2007’s At Rear House and 2010’s At Echo Lake may at first seem only semantic but it more properly represents a move from a kind of informal back porch jam ethos to a fully-committed vision of the infinite possibilities of group playing.

Over the past few years Woods have established themselves as an anomaly in a world of freaks. They were an odd proposition even in the outré company of vocalist/guitarist/label owner Jeremy Earl’s Woodsist roster, perpetually out of time, committed to songsmanship in an age of noise, drone and improvisation, to extended soloing, oblique instrumentals and the usurping use of tapes and F/X in an age of dead-end singer-songwriters. Recent live shows have seen them best confuse the two, playing beautifully-constructed songs torn apart by fuzztone jams and odd electronics.

At Echo Lake feels like a diamond-sharp distillation of the turbulent power of their live shows, in much the same way that The Grateful Dead’s “Dark Star” single amplified and engulfed the planetary aspect of their improvised takes. Some of the material here – the opening “Blood Dries Darker”, the euphoric “Mornin’ Time” – is so lush that lesser brains would’ve succumbed to the appeal of strings and horns but At Echo Lake is more Fifth Dimension than Notorious Byrd Brothers, nowhere more so than on “From The Horn”, a track that is as beautiful in its assault on form as “Eight Miles High” or Swell Maps’ “Midget Submarines”. But despite the instrumental innovation that the album heralds – G. Lucas Cranes’ psychedelic tapework on “Suffering Season”, guest musician Matthew Valentine’s harmonica and modified banjo/sitar on “Time Fading Lines” – At Echo Lake is all about the vocals.

Woods’ secret weapon is the quality of Earl’s voice, osmosing the naive style of Jad Fair, Jonathan Richman and Neil Young while re-thinking it as a discipline and a tradition. Here he is singing at the peak of his powers, in a high soulful style that is bolstered by heavenly arrangements of backing vocals. At Echo Lake feels like the transmission point for teenage garage from the past to the future. Deformed by contemporary experiments, bolstered by magical traditions from the past, it’s the sound of now, right here, At Echo Lake.

-David Keenan/Glasgow/March 2010

 

Mmoss (New England)
http://www.facebook.com/internetmmoss

“Local band cultivates psychedelic garage rock and the cassette tape revival on the Seacoast.

Two dueling projectors splashed trippy images on sheets draped behind the stage at The Barley Pub in Dover on Nov. 17. At one projector, a volunteer held a blue rubber bathmat under the light, casting an image of large azure bubbles on the wall behind the band. She continually folded and rotated the mat, making the bubbles appear to pulsate and undulate. At the other projector, another volunteer manipulated a plastic bag full of multi-colored fluids to produce a liquid lightshow on the adjacent wall. The two projected images overlapped in the middle, resulting in a strangely visceral effect, like bodily fluids coursing between throbbing internal organs.

It felt like a hazy flashback to a Jefferson Airplane concert in San Francisco, circa 1967. But the band onstage was Mmoss, a Dover-based quartet of 20-somethings featuring Doug Tuttle on electric guitar, Rachel Neveu on organ and flute, Justin DeArmitt on bass and Brian Levin on drums.

The group offered a psychedelic stew of retro rock, often with harmonized vocals and strong organ presence from Neveu. Even their physical appearance harkened back to the late ’60s, with Tuttle sporting a mustache, Levin wearing a bushy beard and DeArmitt flaring thick sideburns and wavy hair.

And yet it would be an oversimplification to call Mmoss a derivative band. They have aptly been described as “garage folk” and “garage prog,” mixing elements of post-punk, and shoegaze into their droning, psychedelic sound. ”  – The Wire

 

The Wiggins (Houston, TX)
http://www.myspace.com/thewigginsrox

 

Lo-fi living… THE WIGGINS have played these cool as f*** bands: DANIEL JOHNSTON, GANG GANG DANCE, INDIAN JEWERLY, THE BLACK LIPS, KONG SAUCE, STEREO TOTAL, QUINTRON, FINALLY PUNK, RUA MINX, TIMES NEW VIKING, and GLASS CANDY!+ some others(you know who you are!!)…. played at SXSW 2007, yeah, rad.. And here’s a recent review from PUNK PLANET!!! check it: Part electro surf punk from outer space, part David Lynch outtake, and part home brewed garage opiate, I’m not exactly sure what The Wiggins are, but whatever it is, it’s in’ rad. Think the redefinition of lo-fi, Lou Reed in a garage disposal, Johnny Thunders’vampire alter-ego, leper underwear parties, and successful amateur noir snake charming. Rumor has it there’s just one local Houstoner behind all this madness, which makes the effort even more impressive. This is the stuff of magic that gluttonous hipster vultures and college radio DJs will be getting all weak the knees about once Pitchfork clocks in a 8.372, so do yourself a favor and get it while it’s fresh. (BM)

Friday 27 April 2012 – Something Fierce * Occult Detective Club * Muhammadali (Free Show !!!)

Something Fierce (Houston, TX)
http://www.somethingfiercemusic.com/

Something Fierce is a three-piece punk/pop band from Houston, Texas whose music combines the sound and attitude of first-wave 1977 punk with an energy and outlook that’s thoroughly contemporary, updating the attack of the Clash and the Buzzcocks for the 21st century.

Something Fierce were founded in 2005 by guitarist and lead vocalist Steven Garcia (ex-Gun Crazy and Born Liars) and bassist and vocalist Niki Sevven (formerly with the Neckbreakers); the group went though several drummers before teaming up with Andrew Keith, who they recognized from his frequent presence at local shows and parties.

In 2006, Something Fierce recorded their debut album, Come for the Bastards, which they released themselves. The release was followed by frequent touring through the Southwest, with occasional road trips into the South and Midwest; they group also recorded a handful of 7″ releases, including a split single with the Hangouts. In 2008, Something Fierce released their second full-length album, There Are No Answers; while the first pressing of the album was distributed by the band itself, the Portland, Oregon-based punk label Dirtnap Records liked the disc and reissued it after signing the band in 2009.

The band continued to tour extensively and released a 7″ on Action Town Records in 2010 before recording their third album, Don’t Be So Cruel, in 2011. The third album found Something Fierce’s sound evolving in a more sophisticated, pop-influenced direction without losing sight of their punk roots. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

 

Occult Detective Club (Carrollton/Denton, TX)
http://occultdetectiveclub.wordpress.com/

Occult Detective Club are from North Texas. The band is D. A. Anguiano (Maaster Gaiden, Secret Bangs), A. Mess (A.N.S, Stymie), Chris Reeves (Collick, Stymie) and Tyler Shults (Druids on Parade, Koji Kondo, Mass Sterilization). They released the ten song LP Tortures in spring 2010 on Red Lounge Records. Their second album Crimes was released February 2011 on Alive Natural Sound Records.

 

 

 

Muhammidali (Houston, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/muhammadalitheband

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 23 April 2012 – Bob Log III * Mr. Free & the Satellite Freakout

Bob Log III (Tucson, AZ)
http://www.boblog111.com/

Bob Log III is a One Man Band Slide Guitar Party.

Bob Log III is an American, Slide Guitar, One Man Band. During performances, he plays old silvertone archtop guitars, wears a full body cannonball man suit, and a helmet wired to a telephone which allows him to devote his hands and feet to guitar and drums. The spectacle has been described as a guitar dance party, full of sweaty smiles, jumps and kicks. Touring over 150 shows a year in more than 30 countries, Log and his guitar never, ever quit. Bob Log’s version of quick Delta blues is a continuation the sound that Bob Log and Thermos pioneered in the duo, Doo Rag. The major differences are: greater emphasis on guitar showmanship, and drumming -one man band style-with his feet. It sounds like three drummers, two guitar players, and one sort of singer. Based in Tucson, Arizona, and Melbourne, Australia, he has made frequent tours of North America, Europe, Japan and Australia, Mexico, and Iceland.

The upcoming release of his long awaited new album, MY SHIT IS PERFECT, begins the onset of another slew of adventures. Geography be damned, Bob Log III intends to take these songs and his unique slide guitar party to the good people of the world. There is no town too remote, there never has been.

 

Mr. Free & the Satellite Freakout  (Tucson, AZ)
http://www.satellitefreakout.com/

The carnivalesque brainfreeze that is Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout is spasmodic, schizophrenic and somehow still grounded in songs you can’t shake. This band must been seen to be believed. Mr. Free, he is not just a singer- he’s a performer. Often with bizarre makeup, costumes, and drooling paint, this group doesn’t just play…they put on a show. Freely winding his way through the audience, toying with fans—getting in their faces, rubbing against them, sitting among them. He can be frightening, hilarious and confrontational, but never boring. It’s a delicate balancing act between music and performance art. The performance would be enough in itself, but then there’s the music- dense, dark, whimsical and everything in between, MFSF! manages to create music that is both complex and hook-filled.

Sunday 22 April 2012 – Tweak Bird * Defending The Kingdom * Sleeping Ancient

Tweak Bird (Illinois)
http://www.tweakbird.com/

 

“Tweak Bird is the LA by-way-of Illinois brother duo of Caleb and Ashton Bird. Produced under the helm of the impressive production team Deaf Nephews (Melvins’ Dale Crover and Altamont’s Toshi Kasai), the duo’s debut is a sweeping seven-song intro to a band exploring the depths of heavy experimental, progressive, and psych-infused rock. A sort of musical Armageddon that’s constantly on the horizon, looming out of the unabated, swirling fuzz….

…think Melvins meets Meat Puppets. Stoned distorted baritone guitar riffs are the main driving force, while the drummer flails all over the place.” – Amazon.com

 

 

 

Defending The Kingdom (Houston, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/defendingthekingdom

“brawny, burly, bluesy stoner rock” – Houston Press

“This one was probably the biggest surprise of the night… About all I knew about Defending the Kingdom beforehand was that at least one of the guys in the band used to be in well-regarded metalcore(?) outfit Tana’ri, and that didn’t help much, seeing as I totally missed that band when they were around.

They were even more of a surprise due to their sheer metal-ness — they were heavy as fuck, with crunching, punishing guitars, screamy/roaring vocals, and slow, thundering, bass-heavy, head-rattling beats. The whole thing reminded me at points of Isis, Helmet, pre-melodic Cave In, or even Jawbox (I swear, I caught some nicely math-y bits lurking in there), all welded to a solid metalcore spine.

I didn’t have high hopes when they started off, honestly, but the sludgy, heavy-yet-atmospheric sound and impressive musicianly skills won me over. I had to bail before their final song, unfortunately (I’ve tried making a phone call while standing in the same room as a metal band before; doesn’t work so well), but I dug the hell out of what I saw/heard.” – Space City Rock

 

Sleeping Ancient (Houston, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/sleepingancient

 

Sleeping Ancient is an instrumental, sludge-rock band from Houston, TX
Artists We Also Like: Russian Circles, Defending the Kingdom, Co-Pilot, Gifts from Enola, Deafheaven, Odessa, Omotai, From Beyond, Black Congress, Alaskan, Cavernous,

 

 

Saturday 21 April 2012 – Project Grimm * Linus Pauling Quartet * From Beyond

Project Grimm (Houston, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Project-Grimm/121509194528707

A decidedly less experimental group than its most direct predecessor, the Mike Gunn, Project Grimm was formed in 1995 by Gunn frontman and guitarist John Cramer to satisfy his urges to be a bit more straightforward in his approach to guitar rock. Interested in looking to build a band around this new direction, Cramer called local drummer Rick Costello (…of Houston band Bleachbath) who volunteered his services straight away. Drew Calhoun joined on bass, and former Schlong Weasel (University of Houston “branch”) member Jim Otterson rounded out the lineup as second guitarist. Their first show, on July 3, 1995 was followed by recording sessions that would result in their first album, Lying Down out on Linus Pauling Quartet’s Ramon Medina (also a former Schlong Weasel-er) Worship Guitars label in 1996. The pace of recording and releasing would slow down considerably for the band, which wouldn’t quite get around to releasing the follow-up until 2003. In the meantime, Bo Morris would take over on drums for the kicked out Rick Costello, and Cramer would work with former Mike Gunn colleague Scott Grimm on his Dunlavy project. July 2003 would see the release of Project Grimm’s second album, Huge Beings (released on Camera Obscura’s Australian sister label Camera Lucida), but it would also see the band split — on the very day of the album’s release. Leader John Cramer would later appear as a solo artist working under the name the Powers of Light & Darkness, and played sporadic shows around Houston. – Chris M. True via allmusic.com

The Linus Pauling Quartet (Houston, TX)
http://www.worshipguitars.org/LP4/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Linus-Pauling-Quartet/16831955249

Pure guitar muscle and Texas Stoner Metal Psych insanity with universal themes like drugs, beer, sci-fi/fantasy, and Bongs of Power. If you like your riffs heavy, the solos unyielding, and the smell of the bong to billow out of your stereo, the LP4 is your band.

“a core point about the Linus Pauling Quartet isn’t merely that they’re a great psych band, but a great band period, able to embrace a lot of styles and moods and work them well. ” – Ned Raggett, Allmusic.com

“Anthemic, stupid and selflessly unrestrained, the LPQ eventually attain self immolation of sorts during the sprawling chaos.”– Phil Mc Mullen, Ptolemaic Terrascope (UK)

“Variety through dementia indicative of excessive drug use and boredom.”– Flipside

“Compulsory listening for anyone interested in modern American guitar rock, or just plain alternative music.”–Crohinga Well (Belgium)

” [the band] should consider doing a few less bonghits”–Michael Davis of Option Magazine

“A quartet of Texas weirdos who’re smart enough to play it real stupid, mining that fine line between drug-induced idiocy and conceptual genius for way more than you might’ve thought it was worth.”– Kevin Moist, Deep Water.

“I don’t know what kind of drugs they’ve put in the Texas water supply, but I hope they keep doing it, because now we have these mutant sons of Yeti.”–Factsheet 5

“…possibly the most enigmatic yet bombastic rock band to emerge out of Texas inthe last 10 years.”–Mats Gustafsson & Lee Jackson – The Broken Face(Sweden)

“… a 2,500-microdot dose of conceptual zig-zaggery so daunting that Roger Dean would get a hernia trying to sketch the album sleeve. Imagine Captain Beefheart’s magic Band “reworking” Pink Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother right on the cusp of the Rapture. ” –Fred Mills – Magnet(US)

“Not surprisingly for a product of the same hometown as the Red Krayola and Rusted Shut, Houston’s Linus Pauling Quartet is equal parts demented and lovable. A sevenpiece with several guests, the Quartet specializes in waves of psychedelic slog thicker than humidity coming off Buffalo Bayou in August. At the same time, C6H8O6 doesn’t abandon humor or melody in its overwhelming sonic onslaught…Like Slater says in Dazed and Confused, “You couldn’t handle that shit on strong acid, man.” On second thought, maybe that’s the only way you could.” – Christopher Gray, Austin Chronicle

From Beyond (Houston, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/FromBeyondBand
http://musicfrombeyond.bandcamp.com/track/one-year-live

Impossibly Heavy Crushing Space Doom. There are no reviews available because nobody has seen the band and lived to tell about it. They are that good!!!!!!