Monday 15 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 14 October 2012 – Gardens & Villa

Gardens & Villa (Santa Brbara, CA)
http://www.gardensandvilla.com

Gardens & Villa is the project of five college friends from Santa Barbara, formed following the collapse of a noisier post-punk band and a hitch-hiking journey up the west coast. Members Chris Lynch, Adam Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop began playing in earnest as Gardens & Villa in 2008. The name is pulled from the location of their house on Villa Street, and the property’s lovely garden to which they tend. The music they make is very much connected to coastal city they call home — the stoney bike rides, dance parties, a scene free of judgment. For two weeks in the summer of 2010, the band camped behind visionary and now-labelmate Richard Swift’s Oregon studio. No shower, no kitchen, but all the magic you could ask for. After taking a band oath to always play all parts live — a la Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense — the band added member Dusty Ineman to supremely execute the live incarnation of the band.

 

Saturday 13 October 2012 – The Holdouts * Grizzly

Carl Hayn and The Holdouts (Houston, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carl-Hayn-and-the-Holdouts/60912002790

Carl Hayn comes from a long line of songwriting greats and has performed with many of his heros.
From Townes Vanzant to Guy Clark and Rodney Crowell..Just to name a few..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grizzly (Houston, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grizzly/175346702477569

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.

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.