Thursday, 14 July 2011 – American Heist * Say Hello To Angels * Jukebox Romantics

American Heist – (Houston, TX )

Hailing from Houston, TX, The American Heist formed in early 2008. As a band they have played with the likes of AGAINST ME!, Mad Sin, The Hold Steady, $wingin Utter$, The Adolescents, Flatfoot 56, The Street Dogs, Fake Problems, The Koffin Kats and Reverend Horton Heat and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. The Heist recorded their first E.P. in April of 2009 in Austin, TX that was released through Cutthroat Records and a full length released August of 2010 through the same label. Vinyl & Digital Downloads on sale now!!!

 

Say Hello To The Angels – (Austin, TX )

“Angular, driven and beyond impressive, Say Hello To The Angels are rewriting the book on post-punk, and including chapters most have not yet even considered. ” – Loud Fast Rules! Magazine, Winter Issue 2007-2008.. ..”Armed with a blistering debut self-titled EP, the Angels’ momentum is certainly rocketing skyward, but strictly on their own terms.” – AMP Magazine, Winter Issue 2007-2008.. ..

 

Jukebox Romantics – (New York)

“The Jukebox Romantics are 5 certifiable and usually belligerent punk rockers from southern NY. Since releasing their debut album on Altercation Records in 2009, the Jukebox Romantics have taken their talked-about live show from coast to coast including dates during Austins SXSW 2010/2011 festivals and the Warped Tour and Gainesville’s The Fest 9 in late 2010. With a genre hopping approach to their sound, the Jukebox Romantics channel their influences of bands like The Clash, Bouncing Souls, and One Man Army through personal song writing and their ability and eagerness to be absorbed by their audiences. The Jukebox Romantics are gearing up for a busy busy 2011. With their 2nd full length, “A Lion And A Guy” being released on May 3rd, the JBR dudes plan on touring the US for most of the summer! Come drink and dance with them in your city!!”

Thursday, 14 July – 2011 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.

Wednesday July 13 – Feast Of Saint Arnold Beer Tasting Dinner

A Special Beer Tasting Dinner benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital


St. Arnold’s Bewery celebrates The Feast of St. Arnold

We will feature special Saint Arnold offerings and a portion of the proceeds will go to Texas Children’s Hospital IBD Center / Gastroenterology Clinic. Let’s have fun, drink some tasty beers and raise money for a worthy cause. The goal of our fundraising is to make the Texas Children’s Hospital IBD Center the leading center in the country for the treatment and study of IBD related diseases.

7 PM, $60 ($10 per ticket to charity plus $1 per pint)

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 – Day Sailor * Maren Parusel * Jealous Creatures

Day Sailor – (Houston, TX)

michael and amanda became friends because they both have crazy last names, a love of donuts, and a dream to make music. we started writing together in early 2010 and finished a few tracks in February 2011.

 

 

Maren Parusel – (San Diego, CA)

Maren Parusel is now releasing her first full length record on Requiemme Records.

13 new songs crafted from her life growing up in Germany and contrasted with her experiences over the past five years in sunny California. And for someone who writes beat-driven melodic pop songs it may be a bit ironic that she sought out Paul Jenkins from Black Heart Procession to produce. He’s a man known for heart wrenching dark timeless epics, but he found the emotion in Maren’s songs and the two contrasted perspectives combined for a recording with songs that are yes, melodic and catchy, but poetic at the same time.

Parusel and her band; Kyle McGee (bass) and Eric Brozgold (drums) live to play music. Together just over a year, they are building a fan base one at a time as they did on a recent three week tour to the Northwest., two trips to SXSW and another tour coming up in December.

Most recently the band was nominated and performed two songs at the San Diego Music Awards. Maren Parusel at the SDMA 2010

Having left her small home town of Tubingen, Germany just a few years ago for film School in Los Angeles, it has been an enlightening, whirlwind, and sometimes chaotic road as she and her music have evolved from punk rock in an all-girls Zeros cover band to the melodic, layered and heartfelt music she plays in her own band now.

Just off the plane in Los Angeles a few years ago, she was invited to stay at the home of Rolan Bolan (Son of T-Rex Marc Bolan) where given free reign in the studio she rediscovered her love of music. Classically trained on piano, she quickly picked up the guitar and a couple of years later after settling in San Diego she formed a Zeros tribute band Wild Weekend. That band garnered much attention through March 2009, but shortly after Maren decided to form another band to better express the music she had felt closer to and had been writing for the past few years.

Looks like that was the right decision as her new music caught the attention of mega producer Linda Perry who let her record in her Burbank studio and caught her show at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. While on tour in the opening act for a few short dates, Maren Parusel also caught the attention of The Killers and their violin player recorded on her five song demo. She also turned the heads of some music giants while playing at Alejandro Escovedo’s day party at SXSW 2010 and after her showcase was asked by the infamous Runaways Manager Kim Fowley to audition for him and several industry reps.

All of these experiences have made the band dedicated and more determined. There’s something passionate about a band that will not listen and doesn’t seem to care about the endless pitfalls and broken hearts waiting out there in the industry and on the road, as they leave armed with a handful of gigs, some vinyl, CD’s and a well rehearsed set bent on winning over the world.

Jealous Creatures – (Houston, TX )

Taking shape in early 2011, Jealous Creatures began as a collaboration between Houston locals Sarah Hirsch and Josh Barry.

Hirsch had spent time in Austin playing guitar and singing with a number of bands before deciding to return to her hometown and start something fresh. Barry, who had worked his way through a lengthy stint as drummer in Houston new wave band Japanic, was on the lookout for something new.

Reworking Hirsch’s folk-laced demos into riff-driven rock songs, the pair decided to recruit additional members for a full-fledged band. After hooking up with ex-Big Top bassist Lisa Gallo Roth, fellow Japanic keyboardist Rob Smith, and guitarist Ian Hlavacek, the band released its debut album on their own Critter Records label.

The self-titled EP showcases both sides of the band, with full-on rock like “Coffee Stains’ and ‘Faith in Man?,’ paying homage to the gritty pop rock of Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders—while tracks like the subdued Eggs Alone embody a successful mix of raucous indie rock and Norah Jones-like soul.

Currently, the band is pleasing crowds around Texas with their live shows and has plans to return to the studio in June 2011 to record their first full length recording.

Saturday, 09 July 2011 – Hot Punk City presents: No Love Loss * Here Holy Spain * Mydolls * Vivian Pikkles & The Sweethearts Über Alles

No Love Loss – (sorry, no info on-line)

 

Here Holy Spain– (Dallas, TX )

Members: Wes Todd, Erica Guagliardi, Scott Brayfield

Here Holy Spain is a punk influenced aggressive rock trio from Dallas, TX. Spawned from a shared appreciation of loud music, the DIY scene and cold beer. Debut album “Manic” is now available through Idol Records, with exclusive cover art by James O’Barr, artist/creator of The Crow.

Holiday single “God-Damn This Christmas” featuring guest performers from The Toadies, Smile Smile and Young & Brave is also now available – again with incredible, exclusive cover art from James O’Barr.

Album Review – Division
Blistering, driving and tearing from one song to the next, Here Holy Spain show no signs of slowing down on Division, the bands sophomore release on Idol Records. And while some bands would cringe at a review that used the words “loose,” “menacing” and “gritty” to describe their music, that’s exactly what Here Holy Spain are aiming for. … other words come to mind – words like “huge,” “thrashing” and “explosive.” … nowhere on this record is there a lack of energy. On Division, Here Holy Spain prove that they know exactly what they want. ~Daniel Hopkins, DALLAS OBSERVER

Mydolls – (Houston, TX )

Mydolls began in 1978 in Houston, Texas with Dianna Ray and Trish Herrera writing songs together. Later Dianna and Trish were joined by Linda Bond/Younger and the three went in search of a drummer. After several attempts of working with drummers, Trish’s cousin, George Reyes joined the band and the sound took off with his powerful connection to Dianna’s bass playing. This gave Trish and Linda a lot of room to play with th…eir guitars in a very unconventional way. Linda would sometimes play the top three strings, while Trish played the bottom three, or vice versa giving the sound a somewhat textural body. The vocals were mainly shared by Trish and Linda with Dianna adding some chanting and George singing while playing drums on a few songs.

Mydolls traveled to London, England after the release of their first 45 and were warmly greeted by Mayo Thompson of the Red Crayola and Rough Trade fame. They were also invited to be on the BBC Radio and be interviewed by John Peel. Mydolls did three major US tours in addition to playing around Texas and Louisiana, which took them though the Midwest to college towns and small alternative venues then all the way to New York City to play the NY Film Festival premiere of Wim Wenders movie, Paris, Texas. Mydolls appear in the movie in the bar scene where Nastaja Kinski reconnects with Harry Dean Stanton. Later, Paris,Texas would win the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

Dianna’s life partner, Kathy Johnston who played guitar in WWI (Women with Instruments), Black Dresses and They Should Have Been Blondes, guitar, now joins in Mydolls shows now along with Ralph Kaethner on sax.

In 2005, Mydolls complete works on CD on the Grand Theft Audio was released. This CD A World of Her Own includes 2 CDs, a 24 page booklet of their song lyrics, plus photos and flyers.

Audiography: Nova Grows Up / Therapist CIA Records 45 rpm, Exorcist/ Imposter CIA Records 45 rpm, Soldiers of Pure War on Cottage Cheese From the Lips of Death compilation, Savage Song on Sub Pop 7 compilation, Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick on CIA Records 45 LP, A World of Her Own on Grand Theft Audio CD.

Vivian Pikkles & The Sweethearts Über Alles – (Houston, TX )

Members

April Brem Patrick – Vocals
Matthew Hall – Guitar
Tess Siegel – Guitar / Vocals
Captain Boner (aka Niki from Something Fierce) – Drums
Anna Garza – Bass / Vocals

About
Boy. Beers. Burgers.

Description
What they don’t know about us is that the homecoming queen’s got a gun.

 

Friday, 08 July 2011 – Hot Punk City presents Kimonos * Jealous Creatures * Biscuit Bombs * Zipperneck

Kimonos– (Houston, TX )

The Kimonos are currently recording a new album. The Kimonos are also rewriting their “band bio”.

The Kimonos have been described as “not as good as Whirlwind Heat”. The Kimonos have no idea who that is but are flattered nonetheless.

 

 

 

Jealous Creatures – (Houston, TX )

Taking shape in early 2011, Jealous Creatures began as a collaboration between Houston locals Sarah Hirsch and Josh Barry.

Hirsch had spent time in Austin playing guitar and singing with a number of bands before deciding to return to her hometown and start something fresh. Barry, who had worked his way through a lengthy stint as drummer in Houston new wave band Japanic, was on the lookout for something new.

Reworking Hirsch’s folk-laced demos into riff-driven rock songs, the pair decided to recruit additional members for a full-fledged band. After hooking up with ex-Big Top bassist Lisa Gallo Roth, fellow Japanic keyboardist Rob Smith, and guitarist Ian Hlavacek, the band released its debut album on their own Critter Records label.

The self-titled EP showcases both sides of the band, with full-on rock like “Coffee Stains’ and ‘Faith in Man?,’ paying homage to the gritty pop rock of Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders—while tracks like the subdued Eggs Alone embody a successful mix of raucous indie rock and Norah Jones-like soul.

Currently, the band is pleasing crowds around Texas with their live shows and has plans to return to the studio in June 2011 to record their first full length recording.

Biscuit Bombs – (Austin/Houston, TX )

In 2004 Randy “Biscuits” Turner of the Big Boys put together the Texas Biscuit Bombs with Maximum Rock’n’Roll and Left Of The Dial writer David Ensminger. Their set list included many Texas punk classics (Really Red’s “Teaching You the Fear”, The Dicks “Hate the Police”, and of course many Big Boys numbers), as well as not-so-punk classics (ZZ Top, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Spencer Davis Group).

 

 

 

 

Zipperneck – (Houston, TX )

A train wreck between the Clash and Loretta Lynn
Mel Hell-Bass & Vox
Jd=Guitars & Screams
101101= drums

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 07 July 2011 – Jimmy Pizzitola * Hilary Sloan

Jimmy Pizzitola – (Houston, TX )

Jimmy Pizzitola is a Houston based singer/songwriter, night-time landscaper, and lover of all things jellicle (except Cats).  His early musical influences, driven into his three year old skull while being held captive in the back of a 1968 blue Malibu by his carpool-driving mother, were the singer-songwriters of the 1970’s.  Between dropping off and picking up siblings and assorted neighborhood ruffians, Jimmy was force-fed Jim Croce, Neil Young, James Taylor, Gerry Rafferty, and of course, Der Weinershnitzel corn dogs.  Come weekend, he would often head out to South Texas with his father and grandfather to shoot at things.  Sitting on the console of a Ford Bronco, squeezed in between stacks of 8-tracks and bottles of V.O., he would sing along with Waylon, Willie, Hank Williams (Jr. and Sr.) Don Williams, and other country-fried offerings of the time.

Fast forward ten years.

Strictly in the name of research, his father would often venture out into various ice-houses and beer joints in order to update his blog (betterbeicefreakingcold.org), which focused on the relative temperatures of Miller Lite in different sections of the city.   Jimmy would often accompany him on these outings and it was there that he observed first-hand the so-called “Texas Singer-Songwriter” in his original habitat.  Needless to say, it had a lasting effect.  He quickly blackmailed his father into buying him a pawn-shop guitar and started learning Townes Van Zandt songs.

After returning to Texas from Colorado in 1998, Jimmy began writing songs and fronting a Houston-based Alt-Country band, Jimmy James and The Enablers.  Songs like the honky-tonking “Where the Hell’s The Johnny Cash in Your Jukebox?”  and the quirky “Sweet Marie” were instant fan favorites.  After a failed attempt to cut a record the old-fashioned way – with an investor, producer, hired guns, etc…, and the birth of a child, Jimmy took a performing hiatus and tried having a real job, with an income and everything.  It didn’t take and it didn’t take too long before Jimmy had a fresh batch of songs and began hitting the clubs again.  He also started devoting more time in his home studio and began working on the record that would eventually be Poet On The Run.

In 2007, Jimmy was included in Steve Harris’ book “Texas Troubadours” alongside the likes of Billie Joe Shaver, Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, and others.  He joked at the time that he was the only one in the book without a record.  With the 2010 release of Poet On The Run, all joking aside, Jimmy is sure to carve out a place all his own in the long line and deep-seeded tradition of the mythical Texas Singer-Songwriter.

 

<empty> Hilary Sloan – (Houston, TX )

“Sloan sings like an angel and fiddles like that demon who kicked Charlie Daniels’s ass on this all-too-short collection of twangy styles ranging from cowboy jazz (“If We’re All the Same”) to brooding, reverb-heavy Appalachian rock (“Valley of Shadows”) to Sinéad O’Connor-ish Celtic-tinged dirges (“Midnight on the Stormy Deep”). When Sloan’s dark, as on “Midnight…,” she’s really dark, and when she dances, she does so like nobody’s looking, as on “Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.” There’s also an elegy to Rachel Corrie, the American activist crushed in the West Bank by an Israeli bulldozer. And “Hard Luck Town” is a cantering waltz to which anyone who has clocked a few years on this city’s music scene can relate: “If I could get out of this town / oh Lord I’d find me a place where I could settle down,” she sings in her honeyed alto, “Stop drinking and running around / if I co