Archive for October, 2008

Halloween w/ ListenListen!, Benjamin Wesley, Robert Ellis, Phillip Foshee, Scatter Improv!, Bootown -Biatch! presented by Caroline Collective and Indiehouston.org

Halloween Bash @ Caroline Collective with Listen, Listen, Benjamin Wesley, Robert Ellis, Phillip Foshee, Bootown, and Scatter Improv presented by indiehouston.org & caroline collective! So we asked 5 of the best bands that we thought still hadn’t gotten as much exposure as we thought seemed fit – and were hoping for one- 3 of them were down – and they all happen to be one man artists – We couldn’t possibly say no. Just Added Phillip Foshee, Robert Ellis, and Benjamin Wesley -formerly of Bases Loaded. Bring your costumes and your pumpkins. We’re celebrating Halloween, eating candy, and sipping on St. Arnolds Beer.

Listen Listen is phenomenol and if you haven’t checked them out yet please see below. Rather than just have bands again, we decided to mix things up  with some improv theatre by Scatter! and Bootown’s Grown Up Story time series. What is Bootown? Here is how the format has worked in the past. Bootown sends out a call for stories based on a theme -in this case Halloween or Scary Stories. They pick out the best and then hand it off to a crew of actors, writers, and friends that can cut it/chop it/embellish/read/or act it. The result of there being so many options is usually a collage of creative folk entertainment.
http://www.myspace.com/listenlisten
 

The Mathletes, American Sharks, Grrl Parts, Fat Tony, Japanther @ C C Sunday October 26, 2008

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Our newest member, Joel has set up a cross-genres show in Houston with an amazing lineup that will benefit the Workshop Houston initiative. Joe Mathlete’s contribution alone to the Houston music community is epic, with enough fuel to burn bridges with Bright Eyes’ Connor Oberst and lyrics that will stand the test of time. Find out more about him at our Joe Mathlete Link. American Sharks evoke thrashing, moshing, and head stomping rock -leaving the hipster agenda behind, moving audiences forward to a better, more efficient way of kicking ass. Fat Tony brings hip hop lovers to their knees and is hands-down one of the up and coming artists this city has been waiting for. Grrl Parts will be setting the mood throughout the show. When she dj’s she packs clubs and her schedule is booked solid. Japanther will also be playing, and those of you who know of them can definitely attest that they are well-suited for this benefit show. Many fans know them from their musical appearance on the indie film documentary B.I.K.E. They are described as a noise rock band, but judging by the number of people who are psyched about their appearance at this show, they clearly attract a diverse crowd. Come out to this show because unlike most business going on Sunday, this will be one of a kind.
-Posted October 28th
Event was a success – Write Up coming Soon
Enjoy Slideshow

 

The Mathletes, American Sharks at FPH Westheimer Block Party

From Indiehouston.org archives in early October- Free Press Houston Westheimer Block Party

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3:20 The Mathletes tune up outside Mango’s. The weather is what passes, in Houston, for “a pleasant fall day.” The four-piece band opens with a mellow cover of the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” Frontmen Joe Mathlete and Ryan Goodland are good at sharing-who gets to sing, who gets to stand in the middle of the stage, who gets to play the cool red Stratocaster with the Hello Kitty guitar strap. In the past, Joe would record a CD all by his lonesome, then hastily train a band whenever a show was booked. It’s been amazing to watch the Mathletes evolve from a dysfunctional thirteen-person revolving band playing thrift store instruments into a tight pop group.  Joe Mathlete’s smart lyrics are still the main attraction. Hornless unicorns and bitter androids populate Joe’s lyrics which are often hilarious and occasionally weirdly apropos-like when he sings, “Don’t like punk rock/ don’t like to dance/ except for the whitey head bop,” over a sea of gently bobbing lumberjack hats.

Visit Joe Mathletes Blog.

They also usually have a list of shows on our calendar!

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4:16 is the official time that people are finally drunk enough to start dancing. I’m back outside Numbers for the American Sharks show. Two passionate fans are head-banging and moshing with each other. The Sharks can rock. The lead singer looks like a jolly, pudgy Charles Manson in brown polyester. The kids inside the moonbounce have stopped jumping and are clinging to the protective netting, watching the band. I ask them what they think of The American Sharks. “They’re good, but they’re crazy,” Maureen, age 8, tells me.

“I think they rock!” her younger nephew shouts, and he resumes jumping.

“I like the one in the red,” offers a shy, pale girl. She’s referring to the lead guitar. With long, stringy hair and torn cutoffs, I can’t tell if he’s actually from West Virginia or just that hillbilly style of hipster. Either way, I agree with the kid. His solos are riveting, and he leans into them with that certain rock n’ roll je ne sais quoi.

4:42 Walking between bars, I overhear a girl in a green tutu shouting, “Where’s my fucking ukelele?” In front of me, a real live python is eyeing me hungrily from where he is draped over some guy’s shoulders. Bobbing above the crowded sidewalks are tall, wooden signs painted with bizarre slogans like, “Oh Wait, That’s Just Alchemy,” and, “Gimme Shoe.” These “Signs of Our Times” are the work of Sean Carroll. Squatting outside of Numbers, Carroll asks passers-by to carry one of his signs on a loop of the festival. Along with the “Nickel Cra—I mean ‘Artwork’ Auction,” happening between sets at Mango’s, Carroll’s signs are one of the few reminders that the Block Party began as a local arts festival back in the 70’s.

5:00- Neat rows of small, wooden desk chairs give the upstairs venue at Avant Garden an old-time schoolhouse vibe. Waiting for Alkari to start playing, I meet Betty and Dwight—a middle-aged couple from the heights who fill me in on the history of the festival. They lament the good old days of the 90’s, when the Westheimer Street Festival encompassed twenty blocks of spring-break-style revelry. This pissed off the steadily gentrifying Montrose community, so for several years the festival was exiled to Eleanor Tinsley Park. “That was no good,” Betty said, “I’m glad it’s back on Westheimer. But still—only three blocks.” Betty shakes her head in dismay. Most Block-Party-goers are younger than Betty, however, and have shorter memories. The consensus among them seems to be that the Block Party is getting better and better. I, for one, am having a blast.

Alkari starts playing mellow, trance-like, instrumental jams. Heavily distorted riffs are repeated fifty times and passed from one musician to another, slowly building in volume and energy. That’s awesome if you’re into it. I head back to Mangoes to catch the Riff Tiffs.

More pictures at below link

by Charlie Brite

 

The Mckenzies w/ Health, Blackie, Female Demand, Wiggins October 22, 2008

We still love the Mckenzies!  We love Houston Music!

 

University Of Houston Indiehouston Series with Judgment Day

Indiehouston.org puts on two shows each month at the University of Houston. By bringing emerging artists to campus, we hope to revitalize student interest in Houston’s independent music scene.

The next show will be November 18, 2008 with The Mckenzies and another band TBA. [11:30am-2pm at UC underground]

Here are pictures of our last showcase, featuring Judgement Day:
see our flickr at
http://flickr.com/photos/indiehouston/sets/72157608110315971/show/with/2949051482/

 

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