Thursday 12 January 2012 – Rogue Improv: TNM Houston’s First Graduation Ceremony!

Rogue Improv – (Houston, TX )
Wow. Holy Wow. This is big, Houston. This is something we are extraordinarily proud of. We’ll have the following amazing sets on this VERY SPECIAL Thursday night at Rudyard’s:

– Level 1 Recital
– Level 2 Recital
– GRADUATION – These guys are so very special and wonderful and attractive in all the ways. We call them all friends, badass improvisers and above all else, pterodactyls that glitter in the moon light.

8PM $5.00




Sunday 08 January 2012 – Bright Men of Learning * A Sundae Drive * The Magnificent Snails

Bright Men of Learning (Houston, TX)
They practice all the time, hardly ever play, and insist (despite some recent indications to the contrary) they’re “allergic to promotion.” The result is that BMOL is one of Houston’s most criminally under-appreciated bands. Preddy’s whisky-soaked phrasing, Murphy and Kahlich’s lovely guitar work, and Sage and Senske’s solid rhythm section combine to form one of the warmest and most inviting sounds in the city. –

Professed fans of Tom Petty and the Replacements, the Bright Men do a good job of blending the open strum of Petty’s popped-up Americana and the rough edges and everyman focus of the ‘Mats hopped up garage…Just loose and dirty rock and roll with enough tuneful touches to qualify as “pop,” but definitely not pretty. – Delusions of Adequacy

Bright Men of Learning inject a heavy dose of nineties indie rock into a blend of old-style pop and early alternative. At times, the music brings to mind Pavement and The Replacements, seventies-era Stones, and Big Star, but it also showcases the group’s more modern appeal. – Houston Calling

Distant echoes of Black and Blue-era Stones, as well as the more recent releases from Pavement and the Replacements, are all easy to detect on this 11-song collection from this local quartet. – Houston Press

Early last year the band formerly known as Chasmatic hit the circuit with a new name, a whole new batch of material and attitude (something their songs lacked). Now they’ve finally put it all on disc —and it translates. Bright Men are a rock band, but this isn’t necessarily a rock record; it’s more like campfire pop music. Lead singer boy Marshall Preddy’s penchant for the all-too strummy guitar is all but erased in favor of more intertwined guitar work with Chris Kahlich, whose leads don’t quite control every song but definitely guide them. – 002 Magazine

A Sundae Drive (Houston, TX)

For most of the band’s debut EP, You’re Gonna Get Me, it feels like A Sundae Drive just rolls hazily along, serene smiles across the band members’ faces as the music unwinds itself to whatever its eventual destination’s going to be. They nod and sway like they’ve done it forever, but they’re not dreampop (or shoegaze, or whatever you want to call it), not exactly, but they’ve taken pieces of that sound and made ‘em their own.

Take the driving bass at the start of “…And See the World,” for one example — it bumps its way speedily through, Britpop-style, but over the top there’re wavery, watery guitars that bring to mind Teenage Fanclub (or maybe Surfer Blood), as well as some sweetly drifting harmony vocals. On the other end of the spectrum, “I’m a Poster” is right-angled and math-y, with defiant, J. Robbins-like vocals, spiraling guitars, and a jagged, almost stop-start structure. And despite the differences, it all sounds like the same band, which is no mean feat in itself.

Then there’s “Buenos Aires, Manny Pacquiao,” a soft-voiced look backwards at childhood that makes me think of Austinites Meryll more than anything else; both bands craft songs that are intensely personal and reference events that happened when the singer was a kid but still feel utterly relevant to the listener, right here in the present. There’s also a resemblance to Copeland’s gently-rocking post-emo pop, both on “Buenos Aires” or on the steadily-building “So Sleep.”

What’s really interesting about the EP, though, is that A Sundae Drive sound like a pop band that doesn’t really realize it is a pop band. They’ve got all the indie-rock influences poking out from beneath their sleeves, sure, and it’s obvious they love a lot of sharper-edged stuff — the Pixies-esque guitar drone in the background on “Alone Bad, Friends Good” gives that away, not to mention that nice “walking” melody — but the actual songs they’re writing are warm and fuzzy ’round the edges, nodding in a friendly way when you walk in the door.

At the EP’s end, when the band turns down for the up-close, slow-stepping rumble of “I’m Gonna Miss You Like Crazy,” with the droney, half-distorted, Seam-like guitar line and frontman Zeek Garcia’s deliberate, quiet vocals whispering in my ear, it hits me: I really, really like this band. A Sundae Drive don’t need to bash you over the head with how good they are; they’d much rather stand in the corner, plug in, and play until your brain catches up to what your ears already know. – Space City Rock

The Magnificent Snails (Austin, TX)

“Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!” is a winner, blending 60’s pop with Spoon-y syncopations. The rhythmic main vocal hook is a real keeper, the best of many good moments by soulful lead whiner Russell Galis.”

“With touches of horns and experimental torques, the Snails can ripple with softly gleaming harmonies, bounce with a kind of Vampire Weekend punch of infectiousness, and even cut funky garage-glam with effective relish…”

Thursday December 5, 2011 – The Hates * The Drafted * Gut Radio

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 Drafted (Baytown, TX)

The Drafted are from Baytown, Texas and they established themselves in 2003 as a trio with Adam Stanley on guitar and vocals, Ben Gotcher on bass, and Omeed Tabrizi on drums. Early in 2004 they added a fourth member, Aaron Hughes, who played drums while Omeed switched to guitar. The following year Ben was replaced by Rylan Felder on bass. It was at this time that they recorded their first full-length on their new friends’ DIY label Lower Records in Baytown. In the year following this first release they enjoyed much popularity in their home town.

In 2006 Adam went off to college in New Orleans to study music and Rylan went into the Navy and was eventually stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. The band continued playing shows, however. In Rylan’s absence, they brought on their friend Daniel Rideaux to play drums while Aaron covered the bass. Adam would drive in from New Orleans to play shows, and about once or twice a year Rylan was able to perform with the band. For most of 2010 Aaron was back on drums while another friend, Chris Lopez, filled the bass spot. With Chris going off to college in 2011, Daniel was brought back on as a more consistent substitute again.

Now Adam and Rylan back in Texas and Omeed is studying at Texas State University in San Marcos.

They still play as often as they can.

Gut Radio (Baytown, TX)

It was kind of like Chernobyl, but better.

One day, special agent Red Taint noticed that crew leader Death Shark was online, so he sent a Fb text. Through a short conversation the two realized that they would be converging on the same metropolitan area within a few months. A few months after this indeed happened, a pact was made that the bearded rock and roll that would espouse from their alliance would shake the earth from the sonic orgasm that is….

Saturday 07 January 2012 – The Suffers * Ryan Scroggins & The Trenchtown Texans * Lower Life Form

The Suffers (Houston, TX)

Comprised of current and former members of Los Skarnales, Heptic Skeptic, Idigenous, and others, The Suffers are just a few guys(and girl) having a good time playing music that they love.




Scroggins universe – Ryan has made a record unlike anything involved with this genre that I have ever heard. I recommend both – but you’ll know when you hear it. He’s a mad scientist, a gritty professional, and in love with what he does. Everyone will bow to this release. A voice is about to be heard, a strong wind blows out of hustle town, and all who choose will be witness. Big ups to one of the most original fuckers I’ve ever met. 

-Gerald Hooper (Chanel One)

Lower Life Form (Houston, TX)
L.L.F… – Together since 2001, Houston based Lower Life Form has been rocking the streets of Houston for 6 years strong. Originally a two member crew with PhD (vocals), and Ish (djay), they released their debut album “The Lowlife” in 2004 on Liphe Records. .. .. They became twice as strong in 2005 with the addition of full time producer “C.O.S.”, and fellow front man “Brew”. The next two years were spent learning each other, and banging out track after track, until the chemistry was right. Finally, in 2007, LLF birthed their sophmore album entitled “Time Cards”, an ode to the Blue Collar American. This project would end up “maturing” them more than they had ever imagined. .. .. With “Time Cards” on wrap, and C.O.S. going back to school to follow his dreams in art and videography, the group decided to rework things and move towards an idea they had shared for quite sometime. In March 2007, LLF made the move to a more organic feel with the backing of a five piece band. With Eggy on drums, Wayne on bass, Willie on the keys, Cory on sax and flute, and Jon on trumpet, the result was a warm soulful sound, and an energetic live show guaranteed to turn it out everytime they take the stage. .. .. With strong backgrounds in a variety of music genres, the members of LLF combine their common tastes to create music that is not only appealing to the soul, but easy on the ears, all while delivering a clear message with every track. What influences LLF? Alcohol, friends, and fun…..and a common love of good music.

Friday 06 Janauary 2012 – Vertigo Blue * Morgue City * Stage Frights

Vertigo Blue (Houston, TX)

Vertigo Blue (Vertigo Blue TM) – Michael Naus Jr. is an American synthesizer and vocal based solo artist who’s compositions are focused in the Electro Pop and Electronica music genre. With around 300 live performances throughout the United States including opening for Nitzer Ebb, Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus), The Georgia Satellites, John Lefler of Dashboard Confessional, Technical Itch, Dayhota, The Azoic. Vertigo Blue was scheduled to open for A Flock Of Seagulls who had a change of date landing Vertigo Blue to open for Bad Manners. Vertigo Blue began in 1996 as a trio (Mike Naus, Colin Travis and Stacey Quebodeaux) who’s song, “Christmas Day” landed on a Control-Alt-Delete (CAD) Compilation album. CAD was a network of numerous popular synth pop acts including Information Society, Anything Box, Channel 69 and many others. Later, Mike had taken Vertigo Blue to it’s solo role and released an EP “To The Future” in 1998 under the Ultra Trec Records Label. Over the next few years Vertigo Blue continued on with live shows and his songs were featured on seven Electronica compilation albums as well as placed in corporate and radio presentations.

In 2005 Vertigo Blue released his first album, “Area 51″ under his label, Ozmotic Records. Area 51 obtained worldwide club rotation and radio airplay. Mike gives a special thanks to all those in The Recording Academy who had submitted the song “Area 51″ on the Entry List for Nominations for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. In 2006 three songs from the Area 51 album were featured in Jeff Faulkinbury’s “READ ON” film. That same year another song from the album titled, “TUNDRA” was listed on the top ten local songs of ten years on Houston’s radio station 90.1FM KPFT SoundAwake program.

In 2009 the album Area 51 received Best Electronica album along with four other Revolutions Music Awards. Throughout the early years, Vertigo Blue has been active in assisting by performing in charitable events spanning from working with the 2004 Indonesia Tsunami Relief, Children’s Cancer Care benefits, Wounded Warriors, Hurricane Ike Fundraiser and others. In late 2008 Mike took a break after losing his own home and studio from the destruction by Hurricane Ike followed by an accident in 2009. Later that year Vertigo Blue continued on with live performances and working on a second album.

2011 brings the release of the second album by Vertigo Blue titled, “Evolution”. March 2011 album review byThe Houston Press: “Evolution is phenominal work!” The Area 51 and Evolution albums by Vertigo Blue TM are available at most online music retailers in both CD and mp3 format. In May 2011 Vertigo Blue was featured in the cover story of “After Hours” magazine and other reviews of Vertigo Blue were featured in Outburn Magazine, Express Lane Magazine and others which can be found on the internet. Originally from the Chicago, Illinois area, Mike had moved to the Houston-Galveston, Texas area in 1994 where he is currently based. Among those who influenced the sound of Vertigo Blue are Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Nitzer Ebb, Information Society, The Human League, The Fixx, The Cars, The Beatles, ELO, The Crystal Method, Air and the list goes on. Vertigo Blue TM is currently an independent Recording Artist.


Morgue City (Houston, TX)

Morgue City is a band that has gone through many many changes in sound and personnel. Like any successful project in the entertainment world it must be made up of resilient and determined people. This is the case with Morgue City. The band that has a rock attack intensity as well as a more sinister edge as it delves into the darker realms of noiz and it’s concurrent drones. Some of the Morgue City sound is very pop rock oriented but there is always a deviant grind of sound laced in the song work. The band consists of two musicians with a very long history in the music business. Founder, SPIKE the Percussionist, is known from a long list of projects that include Astrogenic Hallucinauting, Childman, Doggebi, Delicate Terror and as the music director for the world renowned flesh suspension group Constructs of Ritual Evolution – CoRE. The lead guitar and vocals are handled by Raul who is a multi instrumentalist and has a long history of studio work and touring. Raul hails from such bands as M-87 and was the former bass player for Bozo Porno Circus. The result is a musical conglomeration both hauntingly familiar and refreshingly new as well as powerful and beautifully dark. Combine the likes of everything from classical to jazz and gloom to power noiz with catchy lyrics, sophisticated beats, and musically diverse melodies and the result is Morgue City.


The Stage Frights (Houston, TX) – The Stage Frights are Houston’s hottest Horror rock and roll band. The brain child of Larry Rainwater (Ex-VoTo, Kommunity FK, Ardour of Angels and the Nobody’s) They mash up the Dead Boys, New York Dolls, the Misfits, Ramones and Garage Rock into a fast swirl of dark rock frenzy! With their songs like My Dead Girlfriend’s back we learn just how bad the consequences of standing up your best girl at the prom can be when she returns as a zombie! But it’s not all Si-Fi mayhem here as songs like Never Stop and I’m Feeling Alright the rock is hard and heavy. Never short on Humor and never short on Rock. The Stage Frights will have you rocking with a smile on your face even if they are signing about someone being stabbed sixteen times in the back!

Thursday 5 January 2012 – 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.

Beer Dinner this Thursday, December 1st at 7pm

All Imperials….get your hop on….

De Proefbrouwerij Saison Imperiale 8.5% ABV

Clown Shoes Eagle Claw Fist 8.00%ABV

Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown Ale 9.8%ABV

Ska Decadent Imperial IPA 10%ABV

Real Ale Russian Imperial Stout XV Anniversary Ale 9.8%ABV

There are spots left, but don’t be left out!!!!