Rocks Off mines away all week at this mysterious mountain of Internet just to find all the precious local music news we can.
This week's honorary soundtrack comes courtesy of HasHBrown, who dropped his Relationsh*t EP on Valentine's Day.
MCM is sad to say goodbye to Weird Party and, belatedly, long-term alt-rockers While You Were Gone, who bowed out of the scene a couple months ago, but say hello to Square And Compass, a post-punk/post-hardcore gang we came across this week. Preview their tunes on their site as well as their Reverbnation profile.
IndieHouston also sheds light on Bunny Talk, a new project from Patrick Sailor.
On top of that, The Julys are back and active. We thought this band might have thrown in the towel too, but it seems they were just on hiatus. They've got a spiffy new video for a track called "Bowie" and are prepping to record an EP.
Let's talk about shows, shall we? As previously mentioned, Gossip Girl's Taylor Momsen will be at House of Blues tonight with her band Pretty Reckless. There's plenty more on the calendar as well.
- The Wheel Workers release have a CD release at Walter's tonight, with The Orbans and Featherface rounding out the bill.
- Chase Hamblin is set to re-release his A Fine Time EP on Steady Boy Records, with a show at The Continental Club on Saturday, as well as a stop at Cactus Music earlier that afternoon.
- Also, Robyn brings her sparkle to Warehouse Live on Saturday.
- On Monday noted instrumentalist Unwed Sailor comes through town, with Giant Cloud, Co-Pilot, and Warbler PL as support.
- Next week's traditional Whiskey Wednesday will be even stronger proof, as Robert Ellis opens for Memphis ruffians Lucero.
Houston, here's a shot at being in another music video. James Templeton and Chris Patterson are working on one for LIMB and are looking for more people. They'll be shooting Sunday and Monday night, and this Hands Up post has the details. They've already posted a trailer for "Smootherboy" on Vimeo, and it looks quite intriguing.
There's been a lot of activity in Trae Tha Truth's camp lately. First he dropped his new 48 Hours mixtape, which is all freestyles. Then he shows up on a Yung Quis track. Thursday, seemingly out of the blue, a new song from Wiz Khalifa's mixtape featuring Trae slips out, and we learned that a Trae track featuring Wiz will pop up soon.
Several more local rap tracks came up in our feeds this week, too:
- Hollywood Floss has a new single, "Go On & Cry."
- ESG has a new track featuring Z-Ro, "Internet Thugs" - and, oddly enough, it's introduced with a quote from the movie 300.
- The Niceguys show up with a new single, "Somebody."
- A remix of John Dew's "Richman" got mentioned at DJBooth.net.
- A new Juan Gotti and Carolyn Rodriguez number, "Gangsta Girl," is on YouTube.
- Ensane and That Purple Bastard collaborate on "Situations."
The Reverend himself, Craig Kinsey, also has a new Twitter account.
Space City Rock reports that new things from Omotai and Something Fierce are on the way - including SF's third full-length, Don't Be So Cruel.
Luke Lukas announced an album release at Khon's on Feb. 26, with a video for his song "Yr So Green."
Word also came through the tubes this week that Tom Triplett is now part of The Mahas, bringing the lineup to Scott, Billy, Tom and Jacob.
AllHipHop.com has a fairly hefty interview with Chamillionaire.
"Gallows" - another new song from Scale The Summit's upcoming album, Collective, is now streaming on the Prosthetic Records Web site. In addition, you can watch the band rip through some guitar tracking during their recording sessions.
"Marigolds" and "Nothing Worth Keeping," two more tracks off The Literary Greats' new Black Blizzard are now streaming on MySpace.
The Live Lights also premiered a new song, "The Space Between," from a soon to come EP.
The latest Live From SugarHill is up, featuring Tax The Wolf and probably the last time you'll ever witness The Jonx perform.
Jonathan Jindra posted a video of a ten-minute electronic set of his project Midmir performing at the Contemporary Arts Museum.
The Tontons are heading out on tour soon, kicking off next week with a show at Fitzgerald's. Along the way they'll play at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco and The Troubadour in West Hollywood.
The premiere of Hank Schyma and Johnny Falstaff's Honky Tonk Blood will be at River Oaks Theater next Thursday.
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