Artopia, Honky Tonk Blood & A Gang Of Music News

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Another Friday, another Magnolia City Mixtape, assembled just for you. Seriously, we put in a lot of time crawling through the internet just to bring everyone up to date on the scraps of local music news floating out there in the cyber-abyss.

For this week's soundtrack, how's about this instrumental funk/jazz album from Chadlee, Starrs Forever? We stumbled across it on Bandcamp this week.

Or, perhaps you'd like an actual soundtrack. Remember that Honky Tonk Blood movie we mentioned? The tunes from the film popped up on Bandcamp as well.

As usual, we're going to talk about shows going on this weekend before we delve into the rest of our news. Besides our own Artopia - of course - the big daddy of them all is Free Press Houston's 8th Anniversary Party on Saturday, which features a diverse lineup topped off by Professor Trill himself, Bun B. Some Summer Fest passes will be given away, but despite what you may have heard, Omar Afra and co. aren't quite ready to unveil this year's lineup yet.

Also at Fitzgerald's is a free show tonight with Fired For Walking, Side Arms and Bright Men of Learning. These bands play a little less frequently, so don't miss it - we really dig BMOL's latest record, Fired.

We also got a quite peculiar email about A Thousand Cranes show coming up at The Mink on Saturday night. Within was promised a "temporary autonomous zone of self destruction, obsession, black sunshine, alien frequencies and tantric purpose. The primordial wisdom of chaos." Huh. Also playing are Thou Shalt Not Kill...Except, The Lady Jung, Julia Wallace, and Dead Roses.

Rodney Crowell is performing not one, but three shows at the Mucky Duck - two Sunday, and one Monday night. Or stop by Cactus Music at 4 p.m. Monday to catch a free in-store.

In looking up shows, we discovered that White Swan has a new Website - and that they might actually update their concert listings this time around.

What's the weirdest thing we found this week? Well it's got to be this promo for the new 7" from Lower Dens, led by former Houstonian Jana Hunter. Is it a cooking show? Who cares, it's mesmerizing.

More gratuitous video content:

  • For those who had forgotten, metalcore band Before There Was Rosalyn is indeed from Houston. Stay up to date with them via their new video tour diary.
  • Pre-sale options for the new Scale The Summit album, The Collective, are up now in the band's Web store. Check out this studio update, which features clips of the band recording several songs.
  • We reviewed the hell out of last week's Ozzy & Slash show, but what's one more? This post from Audio ADD contains several videos from the night.
  • Espantapajaros sent us their new, and first, music video, for their track "Where Do You Go?"
  • Runaway Sun wants fans to chime in on how they should release their upcoming album. The band also posted a video of the song "Let's Run" from a recent show at Rudyard's.
  • And finally, this is just cool. We love time-lapse videos, so check out this one of the Gritsy setup at Warehouse Live this month.

Want to hear Joe Mathlete take on Depeche Mode? Check out this popped-up cover of "New Life."

More new tunes:

  • Football, Etc. shared a pair from upcoming full-length, The Draft.
  • New band Fox & Cats put a pair of demos online, and is looking to play some shows.
  • Artopia band Peekaboo Theory added their songs to Bandcamp this week.
  • The new mixtape from Dirty of Dirty & Nasty cropped up this week.
  • And there's this disco tune that surfaced on the Hands Up forum.
  • We also stumbled across this new album from Harborside - which technically is a Galveston band, but that doesn't stop us from digging the ambient tunes.

Did you know Chingo Bling is going to be in a movie? With Edward James Olmos? And Lou Diamond Phillips? Now you do.

Finally, some congratulations are in order for local famous father and TSU professor Mathew Knowles (Beyonce & Solange's daddy), who is being honored by The Living Legends Foundation.

Remember - to make sure that MCM sees your news, send your tidbits to marc [dot] brubaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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