Rocks Off readers, if the cold weather has bogged down your day, we've got just the trick - a slew of local music news hot off the presses. Our soundtrack this week is the folky Sarah Neidermeyer and the Devil, the new album from Horse. It's available now, so give it a listen and maybe even put it on that hard drive, if you're so inclined.
More late-breaking weather-related cancellations: Skyrocket at the Continental Club, Mike Stinson at the Spot and Jamey Richards at Blanco's.
Two Star Symphony is trying to raise $7,000 to record their score to the Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre's production of Titus Andronicus. Help them out here.
For those who are brave enough - and, hopefully, smart enough to know how to drive in these conditions - there are still shows out there. Willie Nelson's gig at Verizon might be postponed until April 28, but here's where we'd head to grab a whiskey and warm our bones with some music.
- We got word that Aurora Picture Show's Soul Nite is canceled tonight due to the weather, but it's still on for Saturday. Don't leave those dancing shoes at home.
- French composer Yann Tiersen drops by Fitzgerald's tonight, as well as a Cactus Music in-store at 6:30 p.m.. He's best known for his work on the Amélie soundtrack.
- Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights visit Walter's tonight, with Truth & Salvage Co. also on the bill.
- Tomorrow brings the screening of When We Ruled H-Town at Fitzgerald's. The documentary sheds light on Houston's music scene in the 1990s, and the bill features a slew of old acts reuniting for the show, including Tread, Spunk, Manhole, Monster Soup, Dinosaur Salad, Taste of Garlic, and Hoss.
- A crew of punks is set to turn Mango's into a sweatbox tomorrow, with Darwin's Finches, The Busy Kids, Funboys, Somosuno and Clockpole all on the bill. Expect a plethora of balloons and piñatas as well, if our intel is right.
Agro-Wax Records informs us to expect a Crimewave 12" in the near future.
This comes as little surprise to Rocks Off, considering that Craig Kinsey recently signed with the label, but the Kinsey-fronted Sideshow Tramps have also signed with ZenHill Records.
One of our favorite things about SXSW is the Flatstock poster exhibition, so we were pretty excited when we caught word that Houston's own Shelby Hohl will have a booth this year.
We have a veritable truckload of tunes new this week. It'd be rude of us not to share with the class, so here goes:
- Hollywood FLOSS has an uplifting new jam featuring Dannie Walker, "When The World's Against You".
- Squincy Jones' latest Screwed Tuesday endeavor takes on Soulja Boy's "Pow."
- Roky Moon & BOLT posted "Growin' Up Fast" and "Five Dollar Fame" on their Facebook page this week, in case anyone hasn't heard them.
- Local prog-metal wunderkinds Scale The Summit have unveiled a track from their upcoming album, Collective, "Whales." Hear it at the Metal Sucks blog.
- The 71s are giving away three songs via NoiseTrade - all they ask is that you tell your friends.
- The Literary Greats also let a track from their upcoming album slip - check out "Ol' Daddy Bill" off their third full-length, Black Blizzard. Expect the album to be available within the next month.
- Cuddy Mane dropped a new track, "H-O-E."
- The Shallows released three new tracks on Bandcamp: "Thick Skin," "Paper" and "Fly One Way."
Western Standards got a really nice writeup over at the OMG Vinyl blog. Word from WS is that the new vinyl Space Is a Place will be in within two weeks, and that pre-orders are going fast.
We'll leave everyone with some movies to watch, so curl up with that hot cocoa and enjoy the following shorts:
- Ozeal wants to give everyone a sneak peek into some rehearsal time for his upcoming EP.
- Andrew Karnavas (above) shows up in a new music video for his track "Film Noir."
- The Wild Moccasins' Andrew Lee has been filming a lot at shows lately - here's an attempt to capture the frenetic Muhammadali playing their song "Drugs."
- Thanks to Fat Tony's Tumblr, where he provides video after video of music education, we came across this old video of DJ Screw mixing it up on the turntables.
- And finally, we've discussed the soundtrack for the upcoming indie horror flick Honky Tonk Blood, but a trailer is now available online too. Expect to recognize several places and faces.
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