Post-Apocalyptic Videos, Rap Cartoons And Plenty Of Punk History
• Pale, the mainstream-y dark rock band from Houston, has a new video out for their song "Catostrophic Skies," featuring a high-concept post-apocalyptic motorcycle gang. It's kinda goofy. But hell, look at those production values.
• Last month Rocks Off asked Which ACL headliners might play Houston on their swing south. Now we have a answer for another one. Vampire Weekend is coming Oct. 7, reports 29-95.
• Dallas sibling DC9 at Night announces that The Go-Gos have cancelled their upcoming farewell tour due to guitarist Jane Wiedlin's need for surgery following a hiking fall. They weren't comng to Houston anyway, but if you got tickets to their Dallas or Austin gigs in July it's time to start working on a refund.
• Former sister paper The Nashville Scene ran a cover story earlier this month about the lack of women on the production side of the music business. According to the story, Women account for less than 5 percent of producers and engineers. It's an engaging read if you are at all interested in the diversification of the music business.
• Remember that video of the Worst Wedding DJ EVAR we posted last month? Urlesque has a follow-up interview with the guy, who claims the boob-bongo-ing was not planned, the couple nevere paid him, and he's suing the guy who recorded the viral video.
• Solange Knowles dj-ed a gig in New York this weekend, leading Village Voice music blog Sound of the City to call her a hipster.
• Culturemap interviews Houston/Austin native Stephanie Bailey, ass-kicking drummer for The Black Angels, who have a song on the new Twilight soundtrack and a new album coming out later this year.
• Trae the Truth has an animated series? Looks like Episode 3 is up now on World Star Hip Hop. Definitely not safe for kids. Speaking of, Trae Day is coming up July 22, featuring Lupe Fiasco, Wacka Flocka, Yo Gotti and more at the old International Ballroom, 14035 S. Main. More on Trae both in print and on Rocks Off tomorrow.
• Looking for something to do on the upcoming July 4 weekend other than listening to Pat Green caterwaul along the bayou? Head down to Galveston for Bonesrock, a memorial concert for Texas City musician Kevin Bones, who was killed in a triple homicide in San Antonio last Fourth of July weekend.
• The Heights Life blog takes a look inside the 226 Recordings studio on 19th Street.
• And speaking of recording, Ramon Medina at Nonalignment Pact, wonders why Space City Records, a label he's never heard of, is leading the nominees for Best Local Label in the Houston Press Music Awards.
• Over at 29-95, Andrew Dansby reviews Rocks Off contributor Jef With One F's book about his time in The Black Math Experiment, The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change the Fact That You Cannot Kill David Arquette. And Jef wrote us over the weekend to remind us that this week is the last that he'll be donating 100% of his proceeds from the book's sales to Girls Rock Camp. Rocks Off will (finally) have our own review, and interview with Jef, later this week.
• On Saturday, Houstonians/Seattlites Blueprint will reunite for a benefit for Alex Arizpe, who has been in a few Texas punk bands, has cancer and needs help paying his medical bills.
• Also Saturday is the Neopopstreetfunk Festival II in the Heights at Gallery M Squared, 339 West 19th Street. Featuring tons of local fine artists.
• Remember Lake Jackson punk band Macho Machachos? Err, neither do we, but Texas Punk Treasure Chest has posted a 1990s demo from the band, who opened for Screeching Weasel at the Axiom in 1992. We wonder if any of them are still around and planning on attending the Screeching Weasel show August 20 at Warehouse Live.
• Texas Punk Treasure Chest also has the full 1996 7-inch by Houston hardcore band Janitor.
• Houston Public Library's downtown branch is taking a page out of Rocks Off's book for their summer programming by offering Rock Band available for play in the 4th Floor Teen Room every Tuesday from 2:30-7:30 p.m.
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