Houston Music

(Almost) Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Axiom

This weekend, one of the most beloved and memorialized clubs in Houston history throws itself a hell of a 25th anniversary party. From 1987 through 1991, the Axiom took a run-down former drugstore/motel in the still very seedy East End of downtown and created a home for punk, metal, thrash, noise and any other kind of alternative rock before Nirvana - who played the Axiom - blew the doors off.

Earlier this week, via email, Rocks Off spoke with three people who were central to the Axiom about the club's illustrious past: Lisa Sullivan, who published underground-music zine Rivethead "more or less as a gimmick to promote local bands" and saw it grow to a circulation of more than 10,000; J.R. Delgado, a member of the Party Owls who owned the club and is co-planning the reunion; and Julie Grob, the Axiom's publicist, booking agent and co-manager. Grob co-planned the Axiom 20th reunion at Fitzgerald's in 2007 and helped on this one where she could; today she's a librarian at U or H who oversees the DJ Screw collection, among other things. (R.I.P. Joe Claytor.)

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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