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Young Mammals plays free show at Cactus Music today

July 25th, 2015 · No Comments

One of my long-time favorite local bands, Young Mammals, plays a long-awaited free in-store set at Cactus Music today (Saturday, 7.25.15) at 4pm. You can pick up the band’s latest release, Alto Seco, on CD and vinyl while you’re there.

Check out Young Mammals online here and here.

Read a review of Alto Seco in the Houston Press.

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Vote for your favorite local musicians in the 2015 Houston Press Music Awards

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Vote online here. There are a lot of tough choices.

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Free Press Summer Festival 2015 kicks off at NRG Park today

June 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Follow all the fun of this weekend’s Free Press Summer Festival–which runs today and tomorrow (June 6-7, 2015) at NRG Park in Houston–via Houston Press, Space City Rock, Free Press Houston, Houston Chronicle, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Passes are still available to the festival. Visit www.fpsf.com or Front Gate Tickets for more information.

You can follow Houston Calling on Twitter and Facebook.

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Free Press Summer Festival preview: Scale the Summit

June 5th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Scale the Summit is a band that seems to sometimes fly under the radar locally, mainly because they get so much exposure outside of Houston. Having played with such respected bands as Dream Theater, Protest the Hero, Between the Buried and Me, and many more, the prog-rock group has built a sizable international fan base (and the band’s last album, The Migration, charted in the Billboard 200). The Collective was one of my favorite Houston albums of 2011, and the band has done nothing but progress (no pun intended) since its inception.

Scale the Summit releases its fifth album, cleverly titled V, this summer on Prostethic Records, and plans to get out on the road to support the new music (a teaser of which you can see below, featuring new drummer J.C. Bryant).

You can hear more of Scale the Summit’s new music this weekend at Free Press Summer Fest at NRG Park in Houston. The band plays this Saturday (6.6.15) at 4:20pm on the Jupiter stage.

Here are a few more videos to tide you over:

Find out more about Scale the Summit on its website or on Facebook. You can listen to the band’s music on Rdio.

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Free Press Summer Festival preview: Robert Ellis

June 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Former Houstonian Robert Ellis deserves the praise and attention he’s been getting. His New West Records releases are both excellent (as is his previous work), and he continues to progress as an artist and gain new fans with each new show (while retaining a sense of humor). Ellis returns to Houston to play Free Press Summer Festival this weekend (June 6-7, 2015) at NRG Park.

Here are some videos to get you ready for his sets:

You can catch two sets from Robert Ellis at this year’s Free Press Summer Festival: he plays in the Fancy Pants tent on Saturday (6.6.15) at 3:10pm, and again on Sunday (6.7.15) at 6pm on the Venus stage.

More information on Robert Ellis may be found at his website or on Facebook. You can listen to his music on Rdio.

Also, check out this article on Rolling Stone. The magazine deemed Ellis’ The Lights From The Chemical Plant #19 on its “40 Best Country Albums of 2014″ list.

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Free Press Summer Festival preview: We Were Wolves

June 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

 

Houston rock band We Were Wolves performs this Saturday (6.6.15) at Free Press Summer Festival. The group’s set is sure to start off a blistering weekend of music.

The foursome–vocalist/guitarist Drew Haught, guitarist Vinc Prihoda, bassist Chris Badger, and drummer Zach Elizondo–releases its Ruin Your Weekend EP on June 16th, and recently premiered the lead single from the EP on DIFFUSER.FM. You can find out more information about We Were Wolves at the band’s website or on Facebook.

Here’s a couple of videos to hold you over until Saturday:

We Were Wolves plays at Free Press Summer Festival this Saturday (6.6.15) at 12:20pm on the Jupiter Stage.

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The Damnwells plays two Houston shows this Friday

June 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

The Damnwells–back with the original line-up of Alex Dezen, Ted Hudson, Steven Terry, and Dave Chernis–returns to Houston this Friday (6.5.15) to play a headlining show at Fitzgerald’s. The band also plays a free in-store show on Friday at Cactus Music at 3pm.

The band’s latest self-titled release is its first with the original line-up in seven years. You can pick up the new album at the shows here in Houston or at online music stores. You can also get The Complete Bedhead EPs, from singer/guitarist Alex Dezen, via Bandcamp.

Check out some videos from The Damnwells below.

Here’s a video interview from Kids Interview Bands:

Here’s the trailer for the Golden Days documentary about the band:

You can get tickets to Friday night’s show at Fitzgerald’s at www.fitzlivemusic.com.

Find out more about The Damnwells via Facebook and the band’s website.

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Free Press Summer Festival preview: Band of Horses

June 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Band of Horses is one of the many stripped-down, countrified rock bands out today, but the band is near the top of the pack and an excellent additional to this year’s Free Press Summer Fest line-up. The group’s early releases are undoubtedly its best, however 2014’s live release, Acoustic At The Ryman, shows not only the depth of the band’s songwriting but also how well its songs work in both the rock and acoustic environments.

The band’s set at Free Press Summer Festival 2015, which runs June 6-7 at NRG Park, is sure to draw a large crowd.

You can buy Band of Horses’ music at any online music store, and can listen to songs on Rdio.com.

Here are some videos from the band:

Band of Horses plays at Free Press Summer Festival at 6pm on Saturday, June 6th, on the Mars Stage.

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Free Press Summer Festival preview: Tears for Fears

May 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Tears for Fears is a great surprise on this year’s Free Press Summer Festival line-up. I still remember listening to the band’s cassettes on my knock-off Walkman while walking to and from high school. “Pale Shelter” ranks high among my favorites, but “Head Over Heels” is up there as well. The group was huge in the Eighties, and you likely know at least a couple of the band’s songs even if you don’t recognize the band’s name.

Here’s a few videos from the band, including a cool recent live show via Spotify.

You can catch the iconic Tears for Fears at Free Press Summer Festival on Saturday, 6.6.15, at 6:5opm on the Neptune Stage.

NOTE: Please remember that FPSF has been moved to NRG Park.

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Free Press Summer Festival update: FPSF moved to NRG Park

May 29th, 2015 · No Comments

From a FPSF post:

The seventh annual FREE PRESS SUMMER FESTIVAL (FPSF) will move forward as planned next weekend (Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7) in Houston. The FPSF team remains committed to producing the event their fans have come to expect and the decision was made to relocate the 2015 event to an area adjacent to the city’s beloved Astrodome and NRG Park (Yellow Lot; 1 NRG Park). This move has been facilitated and aided by the cooperation of the City Of Houston Mayor’s Office Of Special Events and NRG Park. This temporary move is being implemented over saturated ground in the park and to not cause any further damage to the newly renovated ELEANOR TINSLEY PARK–parts of which were submerged with more than 35 feet of water. The safety of the guests, artists and staff is of the utmost concern to festival organizers. As part of the relocation plans, discussions are in place for a portion of the proceeds to be donated for flood relief to our neighbors throughout the region. “We come from the school of thought that the ‘show must go on,’” says FPSF co-founder Omar Afra. “We’re looking forward to coming together as we do every June for a great festival.” “Moving forward with the show underlines the perseverance that we as Houstonians have and the dedication we have to our community,” says co-founder Jagi Katial.

Beyond the site move, the FPSF 2015 weekend will proceed as planned and all original tickets will be honored at the new location. Doors will open at 10:00 AM with music kicking off at 11:00 AM.

More information via Houston Chronicle and Click2Houston.com.

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