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

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….