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The Willy Collins Band releases Departures with show at Warehouse Live

January 13th, 2015 · No Comments

The Willy Collins Band has a new album, Departures, and will celebrate its release with a show at Warehouse Live on 1.23.15. Adam Bricks, Second Lovers, and Austin band The Naked Maja are also on the bill.

Tickets are available here.

Visit The Willy Collins Band online at thewillycollinsband.net.

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Bowie Elvis Fest at Continental Club & Big Top features Pecos Hank, Espantapajaros, and more

January 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Tomorrow night (Saturday, 1.10.15), Continental Club Houston and the Big Top hosts Bowie Elvis Fest, which features Pecos Hank (Hank Schyma of Southern Backtones), Marquis of Vaudeville, Dem Damn Dames, Josh Mathis, Espantapajaros, Hayden Jones, Heath Ledet Band, and Ryan Adams Wells.

The fun kicks off at 6pm. $15 cover.

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Win tickets to Artopia 2015

January 8th, 2015 · No Comments

The 7th Annual Artopia–a celebration of Houston Culture & Art (food, drink, art, music and fashion)–is coming up on Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 8PM-11PM at Winter Street Studios (2101 Winter Street).

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Houston Press is awarding local artists with monetary grants for service to the Arts and the Community. These individuals were chosen from a panel of local cultural denizens, philanthropists and community-organizers. Houston Press will donate more than $6,000 in grants to its “Mastermind Awards” winners, who will be featured in a special section of Houston Press, and honored at the event.

Win a pair of tickets to event by emailing me with your favorite local musician or band, and favorite restaurant.

Buy tickets here (use promo code HOUCALLING).

View last year’s event:

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The Answer Page releases The Nightmares of My Dearest Cardinal

January 1st, 2015 · No Comments

Nate McKee, the man behind solo project The Answer Page, quietly released the final album in his trilogy at the end of 2014. The Nightmares of My Dearest Cardinal is currently available on Bandcamp (for free, no less — although McKee says donations will go toward a possible future vinyl release).

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While McKee recently left Houston for Seattle, there’s no doubt the work he made while he was here made a mark on many people. The Answer Page’s second album, Featureless Beast, was one of Houston Calling‘s favorite releases of 2012, and the band’s debut, Orca, was one of Houston Calling‘s favorites of 2011.

You can download (and purchase) a copy of The Nightmares of My Dearest Cardinal–and read more about its background–at http://theanswerpage.bandcamp.com.

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The Tontons, The Suffers, Lee Fields & The Expressions at Warehouse Live tomorrow night

December 18th, 2014 · No Comments

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Drop Trio (no, really) plays free show at Cottonwood this Saturday night

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Space-jazz band Drop Trio plays a very rare show at Cottonwood (Garden Oaks/Oak Forest area) tonight at 8pm.

Should be a good one.

In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a video of Drio Trio doing what they do:

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Paris Falls plays free in-store concert at Cactus

November 19th, 2014 · No Comments

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Former Houstonians Paris Falls make the short jaunt from the Hill Country this Saturday at 3pm for a free in-store show at Cactus Music to celebrate the release of its latest album, Soft Shoulders. I have had both the CD and the vinyl versions for a while now, and count the band’s latest batch of songs among its best. The band shows off more of its experimental side than on previous releases — with more electronics than in the past, for instance — yet the band still retains the classic rock influences that make them one of my favorite bands to come out of the Houston area.

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Soft Shoulders — a 20-track double album — is available on CD, limited edition vinyl, and digitally via iTunes, Amazon, and other sites. Cactus will have it for sale, as well as provide the usual local refreshments.

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Buxton announces new album, Half A Native, available February 3rd

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

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Local favorites Buxton have announced a new album, Half A Native, which will be available on 2.3.15 via New West Records.

Wondering Sound has posted the band’s new song, “Icebreaker,” which you can stream here.

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The Linus Pauling Quartet releases 7″ and video for “C Is For Cthulhu” Saturday at Rudyard’s

October 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Houston’s very own psych legends, The Linus Pauling Quartet, play a show this Saturday (10.25.14) at Rudz, to celebrate the release of the video and 7-inch single for “C Is For Cthulhu”.

More information may be found on Facebook.

Cover is $8 for 21+.

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Mikey and The Drags play with T-Bird and The Breaks this evening at Discovery Green

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

At 6:30pm today (Thursday, 10.23.14), you can catch the excellent Mikey and The Drags play a free show at Discovery Green in downtown Houston.

Austin’s T-Bird and The Breaks headlines the show.

More information may be found at the Discovery Green website or on Facebook.

Purchase music from Mikey and The Drags on Bandcamp.

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