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Pecos Hank free in-store at Cactus Music today

September 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Former Southern Backtones frontman Hank Schyma (aka Pecos Hank) celebrates the releases of his debut album, El Reno Blues, with a free in-store performance at Cactus Music. There are sure to be a few guest appearances as well.

El Reno Blues is available at Cactus Music as well as at online retailers.

More information may be found at www.pecoshank.com.

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Read Houston Underground: The Bayou City’s New DIY “Golden Age” on Vice’s noisey

September 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Vice‘s music blog noisey released an article by Paul DeBenedetto on Houston’s DIY music scene this week. It’s a great read, and features music by Black Kite, Deep Cuts, Young Mammals, Hearts of Animals, Indian Jewelry, and more.

Check it out here.

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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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