Archive for December, 2009

1/9 Ton tons @ Walters on Washington w/ Ghost Mountain and Rocky Moon & Bolt! $8

January 9th 2010 @ Walters on Washington

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The Tontons

Roky Moon and Bolt

Ghost Mountain


1/2 Paris Falls @ Mango’s with 100 Flowers (ATX), Cartographers (San Antonio), A.P. Dugas @ Mangos

Come celebrate the new year with us. 100 Flowers and Cartographers are doing a little Texas tour and are really looking forward to the Houston show. $6.




The Sour Notes CD Release Party New Years Day

Come out to Rudyards on New Years Day for Austin pop band The Sour Notes’ first stop on their January tour in support of their new 3rd album, ‘Its Not Gonna Be Pretty’ featuring Row Zero & Spain Colored Orange.


The Sour Notes CD Release Party
New Years Day @ Rudyards
Row Zero
Spain Colored Orang


New Years @ The Mink presents



Featuring Flowers To Hide, If The War Should End, DJ Sets By The Watermarks, Free Kupkakes By KakesByKlassic, And A Champagne Toast

ART|Entertainment,, and The Mink on Main ring in the New Year with a mix of performances by Flowers To Hide and If The War Should End, DJ Sets by The Watermarks, and KupKakes by KakesByKlassic. The event will take over the entire Mink on Main complex, located at 3718 Main St., on December 31, 2009 starting at 9:00pm. Tickets will be available at the door to the Backroom on the night of the event for $10 (18+), with a $12 champagne toast option for those interested and over 21. Entrance to the front bar will remain free as usual.

Long time Houston musicians Flowers To Hide will set the stage for the New Year with their distinctive breed of psychedelic pop. The quartet’s 2008 E.P. Down The Stairs, produced by Steve Christiansen at Sugar Hill Studios, has been considered one of Houston’s most unique releases in the last half-decade. David A. Cobb noted on the Houston Press’s Rocks Off blog that the band, “mixes the anthemic, fist-pumping qualities of Oasis with the low-key shoegazey feedback of Ride, and positively gushes glimmers of glam.”

Contrasting the longevity of Flowers To Hide, local newcomers If The War Should End will showcase their version of textured indie rock to the Houston music scene. The groups layered guitars, atmospherics, and sustained vocals are reminiscent of early Radiohead with a hint of Doves, and a dash of Snow Patrol; all making for a distinctly palette pleasing experience.

The Watermarks will also be on hand to spin some of their favorite tracks as the night goes on. Unlike any other band in Houston, their music gets airplay in the US and Canada, they have been featured in music blogs across the world, and have recently licensed two songs to be used on MTV’s Styl’d. Music reviewer Ted Maider of the infamous Consequence of Sound blog recently said, “The Watermarks are successfully able to maintain a sound that combines elements from post-punk, hard techno, and new wave, all resulting in what sounds like one of Tony Wilson’s Factory bands on steroids.”

If you would like more information, or to schedule an interview with ART|Entertainment,, or any of the artists mentioned in this release, please contact Joseph Fertitta at (310) 592-5158 or email Joe at


Show Reviews: Toys for Tots. Music for Me -Watch out for Giant Princess!

by Frank Soto

Was it worth it? Was my Skeletor action figure worth giving up for Toy Drive this past friday? Most definitely! Not only did the kiddos get an awesome toy, the kind that taught me to be man, but I got a show that was much more than I expected. Ok, so the one drawback was the setup. Shows were lined up back to back– one downstairs immediately followed by one upstairs. Me not being in the best of shape and a smoker, it kinda sucked. Plus, the downstairs room at the Mink has about the same acoustics as the inside of a metal shoebox. But that aside, the show was a very merry feast of rock n’ roll, and by the end, even the most reserved indiehoustonians were gyrating and sweating buckets to Buxton.

A name to suit the sound, Giant Princess was just that, GIANT! The room was packed, and there’s something about being blasted with 110 decibels of “Fun Machine” as you inhale the bouquet of deodorants and lack thereof that really really gets me going. Watch out for these guys; I am making the prediction now. They will be the new big thing in 2010.

Quickly upstairs! Death By Texas is a band I had never heard before Friday night, but was one of the reasons I was more-than-ok with having parted with my dear friend Skeletor. Melodic yet dirty music with spazmatically sexual vocals. Simply put, Death By Texas impregnated me with their music baby.

Onto what we have now confirmed to be Baby Jesus’ favorite band, The American Sharks. With the true spirit of the season, singer and guitarist Mike Hardin made sure to point out their set list of all Christmas music was written by them for Baby Jesus and Santa. Then they proceeded to play their brand of post-punk that’s like mainlining adrenaline into your cochlear nerve.

If your arms and legs lacked the abitlity to move what would you do? Well… if you were B L A C K I E you would put on a show with so much bass and so much energy that you wouldn’t need no stinkin arms and legs, because the audience would be both. B L A C K I E never had to move a muscle as the crowd took him from the floor to pressed against the ceiling and from one side of the room to the other as he pounded the crowd with cutting lyrics and walls of bass.

Buxton, a folk rock band (heavy on the rock) closed out the Toy Drive. The crowd was so pumped up after 11 great sets that everyone, everyone was shaking their good thang to Jason Willis’s mandolin.

Brett Taylor, Paleo, Elaine Greer , Wild Mocassins, Riff Tiffs (with their new bassist Tom from the Ton Tons), News on the March and Wicked Poseur also all put on great sets. A bunch of kids out there are going to have a better Christmas because of you guys. Check out our photos.

Photos by Joe Ortiz



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