Although the concept hasn't died completely, these days the idea of a city having a "music scene" seems a little quaint. At least it does in the sense of a group of like-minded musicians whose bands play the same clubs, hang out at each other's shows and the same record store, sometimes sleep with each other's girlfriends and get excited that their city could be the "next Seattle." That idea of a "music scene" went out either when the movie Singles was released or when someone created the first MySpace Music page. But there have been glimmers of that kind of camaraderie around Houston in the past few years, and something like that happened here in the late '80s and early '90s, too. United by a DIY attitude, generally heavy sound and not much else, these older bands' commercial ambitions were minimal: "We just wanted to play and have fun and hang out and party," Taste of Garlic's J. Schneider told the Houston Press in February 2011, when an early cut of his and Brent Himes's documentary about those days, When We Ruled H-Town, screened at Fitzgerald's. Now the film is complete, the DVD is ready and a number of those bands — deadhorse, Manhole, Taste of Garlic, Wishbone Bush, Poor Dumb Bastards, Dinosaur Salad, 30footFALL and more — will gather for the two-night release-party weekend at Fitz. (The film premieres Thursday night at the Rice University Media Center.) A limited number of $40 weekend passes include a copy of the film. See much more on When We Ruled H-Town, including reviews of the film and reunion shows, on our Rocks Off music blog at blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks.
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