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ACL Interviews: Melanie Martinez ACL Interviews: Emily Wolfe GIANT PRINCESS Music Video for “Gunplay” New Music from The TonTons Live Music with Horse & Everything You Need to Know about Life Through Animals Listen Listen & John Little Red Trower’s Knife Throwing Act
ACL Interviews: Melanie Martinez
ACL Interviews: Emily Wolfe
GIANT PRINCESS Music Video for “Gunplay”
New Music from The TonTons
Live Music with Horse & Everything You Need to Know about Life Through Animals
Listen Listen & John Little Red Trower’s Knife Throwing Act
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Coachella Announces 2014 Lineup

Let the music festivals begin! Coachella has announced their 2014 lineup, and judging from it, the Indio, California valley is definitely shaping up as the place to be this April. The festival takes place April 11-13 and April 18-20. Headlining will be OutKast (reunited, and it feels so good), Muse, and Arcade Fire, who headlined in 2011.

Other performers include Disclosure, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lana Del Rey, The Replacements, The Knife, Zedd, Ellie Goulding, Queens of the Stone Age, Pharrell, Lorde, MGMT, Beck, and Calvin Harris. Check out the full list below.


Nightmare Before Christmas Costume Ball Friday 13th at The Continental Club

Definitely weird enough to post about :) and on Friday the 13th!

Concert-Event-Cont-ClubWHO: Invincible Czars (Austin), Glass the Sky (Houston)

WHAT: Nightmare Before Christmas Costume Ball – Celebrating 10th annual Invincible Czars Nutcracker Suite

WHEN:  Friday the 13th of December 2013 10:00 PM

WHERE: Continental Club Houston 3700 Main St. Houston 77002 713-529-9899



Hunter Hunted to open for Fun. In Houston, Texas Sunday October 6, 2013

We are giving away 2 free tickets to Sundays show with Fun. and Hunter Hunted. “RT I want #HHTix @ IndieHouston @HunterHunted123″ for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Hunter Hunted open for Fun. at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion



Lastly, if we could include the iTunes buy link to their EP, that would be great. Let me know if you need anything

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Indie band Typhoon to play Houston House of Blues October 10th

The band Typhoon will play a show at the House of Blues (Bronze Peacock) on October 10th


Typhoon is an American indie rock band from Oregon.

The band has eleven members. They have released four albums, two EPs, a split 7-inch record withOlympia-based band Lake, and have contributed to a number of compilations. The band originated in Salem, Oregon in 2005 but is now based in Portland, Oregon. They are signed to the indie record label Tender Loving Empire.


Typhoon’s music is marked by complicated arrangements and careful orchestration. Live performances routinely involve 12 or more band members playing at once. According to Lauren Rosenthal at mySpoonful which describes new music: “The group masterfully combines indie rock instrumentals and vocals with violins, percussion, hand claps, xylophone, horns and a choir of other instruments, making for inspiring and catchy songs.

Their early recordings reveal a greater degree of experimentation with various styles, including a number of “sea shanties”, country western and Eastern European-inspired songs. Their more recent output, including their album Hunger & Thirst and its companion EP, A New Kind of House, show a more focused and consistent sound, and a greater focus on creating a cohesive thematic through-line. Many of the songs are preoccupied with mortality and directly reference lead singer and primary songwriter Kyle Morton’s own struggle with Lyme Disease as a child.


Empire of the Sun @ Warehouse Live, Houston on 09/20/2013

Empire of the Sun is playing Warehouse Live in Houston Sept 20th! For tickets, click here.

The band just released its latest album “Ice On The Dune” in June and the new single “Alive” is killing it – #1 Billboard Club Hit, #1 HypeMachine artist & track, support from KCRW & KROQ, performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, press support from Rolling Stone, Billboard, Associated Press and more, plus an out-of-this-world video shot by the folks at JJ Abrams production company.

“Empire of the Sun gets it right. Wherever you dance this summer, you will be dancing to this record.” – Associated Press

“Everything about Empire of the Sun is larger than life: The band name, the futuristic stage personas, the Dune-inspired album art and – most importantly – the music”– Rolling Stone

“It’s hard not to love every minute of ‘Alive’” – Billboard


DAD HORSE EXPERIENCE and THE LUKAS FAMILY to headline concert at Khon’s Rooftop.

German Folk-Gospel singer makes Texas debut in Houston, Texas on September 13 at Khon’s rooftop (above Khon’s Wine Bar).

THE DAD HORSE EXPERIENCE reflects the conflict of salvation and damnation through the sound of

torment and hope. In the tradition of the traveling gospel singer/wandering folk preacher, Dad Horse,

armed with his banjo, kazoo, and foot bass pedal (the traditional tools of his ilk), comes to Houston as

a part of his tour of the Southern United States. The show will happen on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

date arranged via coincidence, but the subtle connection of Friday the 13 themes is serendipitously appropriate.

Dad Horse has a sound and performance that is easy to relate to and share. He’s the confession that

was already at the tip of your tongue, you just needed the courage to let it go. This will be Dad Horse’

first time in Texas, yet his style of “Keller Gospel” will sound right at home in Houston.

Dad Horse will be supported by THE LUKAS FAMILY, an original Houston act that fills out the

songwriting talent of LUKE LUKAS with a full band arrangement that includes the harmonies of RAW

Music Award winning songwriter CLORY MARTIN, Ryan Galbraith (DEVIL KILLING MOTH), and Doug

Falk (THE FREE RADICALS). The band will play many songs from the recently soft-released “The Hand

From Texas” album, selections from Lukas’ back catalogue, as well as covers of traditional songs in

the style and tradition of LEADBELLY, WOODY GUTHRIE, and THE CARTER FAMILY. Other local

songwriters and acts with similar “roots” sounds will also be on the bill, to be announced closer to

A visual show will accompany the music, curated by LUKRATIVE VISUAL PRODUCTS with selections

from local filmmakers and videographers as well as other short films and video clips. Themes of the

visual show will match the rustic and traditional style of the performers with a nod to the modern.


Yellow Red Sparks Talk Headline Tour, Favorite Lyrics, and Visuals


by Ivan Guzman

It almost felt patriotic seeing Yellow Red Sparks at Walters Downtown on the eve of July 4th. Maybe it’s because of their festive name. Maybe it’s because I am just a really, really good American. But it’s probably because their music is just so darn feel-good and nostalgic, that listening to it makes you feel like you’re spending the day on the beach or out sailing on a lake in the country somewhere, vintage polka dot bikini and everything.

Yellow Red Sparks was originally singer/songwriter Joshua Hanson, who then recruited Goldy (drums/background vocals) and Sara Lynn Nishiwaka (upright bass/background vocals) to form the magnetic trio that they are now. Hanson is said to be the “genius behind the magic”, coming up with the band’s music and even winning the International Songwriting Competition for the YRS song, ‘Monsters with Misdemeanors‘.

“Joshua started the band,” says drummer Goldy. “A few years ago, we met and I sent him some of my music – not just of my drumming, and it worked out. He does everything, too. He writes all of the song melodies and lyrics and then sends them to us, but once we hear it, we try to contribute our own thoughts and suggestions as well.”

However, Hanson tells me that when the three play together is when Yellow Red Sparks truly feels “as one”.

The band just started their second headlining tour, playing different bars and more intimate venues around the US, and they tell me that touring is their favorite thing to do.

“We love to see our fans in the flesh – they’re the people who listen to the music, who support us,” Hanson says. “We have a really diverse crowd. There’s not any specific gender or race that come to our shows, and meeting them, as well as people like you, is the best part of touring.”

“The only thing I would change though is that I would hire someone to drive the bus for us [laughs],” Goldy says.

“Playing these songs on stage is a very spiritual experience for me,” Hanson says. “When I’m up there, I  get in the moment and really tap into my emotions, listening to the lyrics to feel what the songs are really about.”

And you can feel that emotion from the audience, as well. Their live shows are very humble, if that adjective makes any sense when applied to a concert. Whether they’re playing the folky and bittersweet-sounding ‘Buy Me Honey’, the up-tempo and sharp ‘Machine Gun’, or even the dramatic and eerie ‘A Play To End All Plays’, you still feel a sense of friendship and anxiety relief from their performances. With their overwhelming aura of knowingness and subtlety, YRS kind of seems like an ambitious group of friends from high school that just felt like forming a band and suddenly made it big.

As well as sometimes bringing out the banjo, Sara Lynn stands behind Hanson on stage swaying back and forth, front and back with her upright bass, and it adds a certain classical feeling to the band, which is unique and specific to YRS.

“Growing up, I was really inspired by Etta James as well as lots of classical musicians and lots of non-classical musicians. I just really loved music,” Sara says. “I did some singing in choir in high school, but that was about it.”

“Me and Joshua are alike in what we grew up listening to and what we listen to now,” Goldy says. “We both really loved Radiohead and all of those bands, and now in 2013, a band we’re pretty inspired by is Portishead. They’re amazing.”

We got into the topic of music videos (Goldy suggested we watch one of his favorite videos, ‘Lotus Flower‘ by Radiohead) which got me excited. The band’s music video for ‘A Play To End All Plays’ is a little bit disturbing, in a good way, and they say that visuals are important to them, but it’s not something that they put all of their focus into.

“For me, the actual music and the music videos are two separate things,” Joshua says. “I think music videos are solely for the eyes and your viewing pleasure, but the songs go much deeper than that. They’re something you can really take in and feel.”

“The ‘A Play To End All Plays’ video has a really cool concept. Our friend Claire originally sent us the treatment, and we went with it. We loved it. It’s about a men that gets forced into a relationship, and he ends up breaking her heart and getting blamed for everything that went wrong. It starts out with a children’s choir, and it all just creates this dramatic, spooky, tense atmosphere.”

The trio collectively describe their music as “cinematic folk”, and it seems like the right direction for the band to start getting involved in film, which is something they’re very interested in.

“Our music has been put in some films, but nothing you would know about – they were much more underground. It is something that we’re working on right now, because we’d love to do it and think that cinema is a good setting for the music. You might see something soon,” Hanson says.

It’s something that could go two different ways, really. If you grab onto the mood of their songs, you could most easily imagine them at the end credits of a film, but if you listen to and comprehend their telling lyrics, you may start to think that Yellow Red Sparks is more suited to be read on a page or in a poem than to top off a movie-watching experience that may have been good or bad for the listener. There is too deep of a meaning in the band’s lyrics, and in fact way too many standout lines, for them to potentially be ignored.

“My favorite lyric is from the song ‘Yellow Red Sparks’,” Goldy says. It says ‘I’ll make you custard with yellow red sparks.’ I don’t know if this is what Josh meant, but for me it means that ‘I made you custard – something so sweet and tasty – but I went through so much to make it for you. It cost me lots of sweat and blood to make this beautiful thing between us.'”

“For me, one of my favorite lines is, ‘And there’s one thing I’ll regret, but you’d be the last’,” Joshua says.

When it was Sara’s turn to answer the “favorite lyric” question, she took a bit of time to think through all of her favorite lines and stanzas and said, “I’ll have to get back to you on that one.”

Check out Yellow Red Sparks’ tour dates here, and watch their video for ‘A Play To End All Plays’ below.



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