Friday 20 January 2012 – Zen Archer * Masada * Darwin Prophet & The Chronus Mirror

Zen Archer (Houston, TX)

The band started in 1988 and have put out 7 albums including -Under the Sun, What Goes Around and Dream Machine. The band was voted 2nd best band [ZZ TOP was 1st] in a Houston Press Music poll. They received extensive radio play in the 90’s on regional radio and sold thousands of albums . The group continues to play in various formations working on new material and putting out it’s own brand of prog/pop/rock.

 

 

 

 

Masada (Reunited members of the Zealots)

“The Zealots, a new wave party band in Nacodgoches, TX. … playing the piney woods circuit. Imagine a punkish band with Marshall stacks showing up at a honkey tonk down a bunch of dirt roads deep in the east Texas woods……remember that scene from the Blues Brothers with the chicken wire in front of the stage? It was just like that!” – Russell Callendar (Ex-Zealots)

 

Darwin Prophet &  The Chronus Mirror (Houston, TX)

The Chronus Mirror, like everything on Planet Mi, is made of harmony, there for it has two realities: The Chronus Mirror live (and in linear) is:
Darwin Prophet : songs, voice, guitar, keys
Maestro Lewis Case : violin & assorted stringed instruments
Krystal O : viola, voice, percussion
Tank Solo: Nematic telepathic resonator replicating what can’t be played in linear due to gravity’s limitations & lack of limbs (samples & Darwin tracked bass,pianos,guitars,noises & chutzpah)

The Chronus Mirror on Planet Mi (and in All Time) is the device thru which Mian travelers manipulate mercury & bend the rings of concentric infinity into a single moment, passing thru centuries & visiting myriad spaces and places in history.
To learn more of Mi, visit the Isle of Bliss at darwinprophet.com. All
this skull feeding thought culminates in a fabulous rock show, led by
a mischievous firehead thru the haunting spectrum of legend, woven by
the sibyl of space rock steam pop. Become someone you believe in.

Transmission from Darwin Prophet of the Thematic Guild:

Sharing my Present on this planet with the multiverse of sound in my cage, my focus here is to translate the relative theory of thematic timing through concentric infinity, a concept we call All Time and to share with you beautiful minds the collected color and creative chaos stored in the haloseum of my experience. I am Darwin Prophet, traveler and aural exhibitionist from Planet Mi, the third sphere following the Phantom in the Galaxy Solfege.

Gathering intelligent life forms manifesting memorable art and encouraging the power of individualism is my goal where ever I am in the mobius. I am a member of the Thematic Guild of Planet Mi, and a leader of the subgrid NeoWave Elitists, the progenetors of Art for Art’s Survival – a reflection of the Aesthetic Movement of Victorian England combined with a musical empathy of Earth’s 20th Century new wave phase. Travelers ride the ages unbound by linear, defying gravity, relying on the mercurial nature of Mians to flow in & out of the history and future of the cosmos, bringing harmonic regeneration to life forms everywhere. We call it Timing
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During the circle of time known as now, I am finding more and more reflections, here in linear, of those stepping in and out of phase…in the guise of Steampunk,
embraced by synchronistic notions Airships are collecting round the earth, and the children of the evolution are emerging from the vapid chaos of the 21st century shallows.For all of you creators, I think the best description of our sound is NeoWave Pre-Raphealite Steam Pop.And I shall call you SkullFeeders, because you fill the worlds with thought, and that is what feeds the entire planet of Mi.

 

Thursday 19 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.

Tuesday 17 January 2011 – Bootown Presents: Grown Up Storytime #43

Bootown – (Houston, TX )

The Grown-up Storytime series is a late-night event that takes place the third Tuesday of every month at Rudyard’s British Pub, a bar and venue located in the heart of Montrose. You send us stories, we pick the best ones, and assign them to a rotating crack-squad of expert story readers who show up the night of and wow our socks and/or pants off. It’s on a Tuesday – what else are you going to do?

Interested in submitting a story or reading someone else’s story?!? Email us at grownupstorytime@bootown.o​rg

Saturday 14 January 2012 – Worlds Most Dangerous (Final Show) * The Burns

“After 5 crazy ass years we are calling it quits. Come party with us one last time at Rudyards in Houston TX. Our buddies in the Burns will be opening the show for us. More details soon to come. We hope to see all of our friends through the years there.” – WMD

 

 

World’s Most Dangerous (Houston, TX)

Born out of the belly of Hurricane Katrina, the sounds of the Crescent and Bayou Cities collided, forming the foundation of the WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS. With an allstar lineup the boys took their unique flavor of southern rock, blues, and punk to the masses along the Gulfcoast. Known for their explosive live shows and “life of the party” atmosphere, the boys from the South continue to represent hard rock-n-roll. With your help they will dominate the world.

Southern Fried Throwdown, the band’s debut full length CD is now available through the band’s myspace page & online stores  and a regional tour will follow.  The band is also seeking management and label interests.

 

The Burns (Houston, TX)

Formed in the summer of 07 we are a by product of the Texas bands, Simpleton, Dive and Donkey Punch. Our sound is a product of a variety of musical interests varying from classic country to hard rock. Our set consists of both electric and acoustic material.

 

 

Friday 13 January 2012 – The American Heist * Blackmarket Syndicate * Jason Bancroft and The Wealthy Beggars * Radio Blackout (all acoustic/unplugged)

 

The American Heist (Houston, TX)

The American Heist is a punk band from Houston, TX. They have been wowing audiences for just over a year now and are gearing up for the release of their debut full-length and upcoming tours.

 

 

 

BlackMarket Syndicate (Houston, TX)

Formed in late 2007 in Houston Texas, Blackmarket Syndicate has managed to survive several line up changes, two U.S. tours, a full length LP and is finishing their much anticipated 11 song follow up album due to be released by summer 2009. They have performed countless local and out of town shows with fellow Houston bands including Molotov Compromise, Rats in the Attic, and the Quarantines as well as the likes of internationally touring acts the Casualties, Rancid, Street Dogs, Time Again, Reverend Horton Heat, the Briggs, Angry Samoans, Left Alone, Fear, Krum Bums, as well as countless others. They have had the good fortune of being able to perform on some great stages for some truly great audiences including Vans Warped tour, Hellcat Night at Hollywood’s Knitting Factory, and of course their hometown’s legendary Southmore House (R.I.P.). After a long exausting road of trials… Blackmarket Syndicate has come out unscathed, Bringing with them their own cultivated style of raw anthemic punk. The new album (currently in the final stages of production) is certain to astound fans in the growth of Blackmarket Syndicate as a band, expanding the depths of their influences in style and songwriting. Blackmarket Syndicate has employed Johnny Rioux of the Street Dogs as producer for this body of work. His contributions have far exceeded their expectations in every way. You are stoked!

 

Jason Bancroft and The Wealthy Beggars (Houston, Tx)

The Wealthy Beggars, is Jason Bancroft singer/songwriter of the infamous Texas Street Punk band – Black Star Brigade from Austin, Tx. Now back in his hometown of Houston he has been playing music in the Texas punk rock arena for over 15 years and now expands his career with a new sound. The Wealthy Beggars bring a soulful, punk influenced acoustic folk sound with a sense of urgency to a willing audience. The current line up: Jason Bancroft – vocals, guitar & harmonica; Carl Chambless – Drums and Tim Winstead – lead guitar.

 

 

Radio Blackout (Houston, TX)

Johnny – Guitar
EJ – Guitar
Matt – Bass
Jimi – Drums
We will play any stage that will have us and to any crowd who will listen!

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. – 29-95.com

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.”
-BIG WESTERN FLAVOR

“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…”
-THE AUSTIN SOUND