Unsure how to keep up with all that local music news during the holidays? Fear not, Rocks Off makes it a point to mine those Internets each week, bringing the finest recap of Houston's musical cyber-territories. It's full of win, as they say, and our holiday gift to everyone out there.
For our MCM soundtrack this week, consider pulling up Living Shred's new "Vibe the Fuuuck Out" mix - an almost hour-long chill session that is sure to relieve that late December stress.
Remember, there are still shows going on this week, for anyone in need of an escape from the in-laws, an excuse to go drinking, or just some local music. A few that caught our eye:
- The Energy, Weird Party, Rudyard's, December 25: We'd say how much we love these bands, but that's already hit broken-record status. This one's also free.
- 30FootFall's annual Christmas show, Fitzgerald's, December 25th: This is tradition, and that just can't fucked with, nawmean? Other bands on this show include Skeleton Dick, Something Fierce, Caddywhompus, and The Cutters, all Rocks Off approved.
- American Fangs, Life As Lions, Another Run, Legacy Falls, Born Again Virgins, Fitzgerald's, December 26: We've heard a lot of buzz around the Virgins, but we've yet to see them. Hahaha, chastity joke. The American Fangs fellers have been doing quite a bit of touring, so offer them a welcome home.
- Two in-store performances at Cactus Music on Sunday: Young Girls at 2 p.m. and Roky Moon & BOLT! at 4 p.m. Take those relatives and introduce them to two of Houston's finest new[ish] acts.
Vinyl Junkie has just posted a bunch of new stock, in case you need a record or two.
In case you hadn't heard them yet, a few tracks on House of Dreams that weren't previously available for streaming are up on Hollywood FLOSS' Bandcamp page. Hip-hop site DJBooth.net has another new track, "I'll Be Honest" up for streaming, along with some nice press for the local rapper.
Clory Martin has some new video content up on her Reverbnation profile, including a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel's "Oh, Comely."
VerseCity has been spamming the Interwebs with their new single, "Pressure!"
Mark Austin drops in with another video, this time an acoustic song from Tyagaraja called "The Sparrow."
The Ton Tons have been in SugarHill, finally getting some new songs down on tape. Word is that the drums are done.
Stephen Farris, who performs under the moniker Cosmic Sound as well as being a member of our beloved Ghost Mountain, has a new EP on Bandcamp, entitled Indigo. It'll cost five bones to put the tracks on a hard drive, but it's worth it.
Sky Lounge wants everyone to hear a demo of their new song, "Don't Feel a Thing."
Andrew Karnavas is giving away a new song, "Maybe This Time"
How's about some videos from last weekend's Temporary Insanity Fest, eh?
The Energy, "Girls Don't Like Me" from Mark Armes
And, finally, here's a little piece of KTRU nostalgia for you: G.G. Allin, on-air in 1993.
Remember bands: send your emails to marc [dot] brubaker [at] gmail [dot] com, to ensure that we see that bit of news that you'd like posted in MCM.
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.