Someone asked me recently “Why should local music matter?”. I was, at first, dumbfounded. I thought to myself, “How could it NOT matter?”. I grew up on the local scene in Houston. Bands like Deadhorse, Taste of Garlic, Spunk and 30footFALL were my life. I never knew any different.
If you were to take a moment and actually listen to modern radio you would hear what Clear Channel wants to sell you. There is a reason that NickelBack and Lady Gaga sell so many records. Its because they are played ad nauseum. The sheeple can’t help but rush out and buy this up. I am a musician. Every close friend I have is also a musician. I have listened to the current music being fed to the masses and tried to understand why they are so popular. There is no redeemable quality to this. It’s all protools digital cookie cutter music. Its missing one of the very key elements to music. Soul. It is merely a product being manufactured for the purpose of making money or to sell merchandise to make money. Its not an outlet for the artist to release pent up aggression or anxiety.
Listening to someone like Katy Perry talk about “paying her dues” is a joke. Give me a break. What the fuck do these modern kids know about “dues”? Ask any of the OMBG crew about paying dues (except Dean) and you will get the same answer. Its about heart and soul and hard work. Its not about how many units I moved last week or how quickly I sold out this venue or whatever. Its about Soul. I know that I am repeating myself here, but its really that simple. Heart and Soul.
This is a holiday weekend. Most of you have some extra time off work. Go out and see some live music. If youre in Houston hit up Fitzgeralds, or Rudyards, or Mangos. There are tons of places in town to get your musical feel. There is SO much undiscovered talent out there just dying to get in your earholes.
Arkansas Indie Comic Superstars
Bio – Wet Black Ghost Publishing is Adam Smith (the words,) and Matt Fox (the art.) We’re based out of Little Rock, Arkansas.Mule was our first self-published attempt at a sci-fi one-shot. Long Walk to Valhalla is a bit longer and currently underway as a webcomic. Pages are updated every Monday.
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Lionize – Reggae/Rock
Members: Chris Brooks – Keys Henry Upton – Bass Mel Randolph – Drums Nate Bergman – Guitar (and sometimes) Tim Sult – Guitar
Bio: Genre-bending reggae/rock band Lionize have announced that they will release Superczar and The Vulture, their fifth album, and first on the Pentimento Music Company label on 12/6/11, with distribution by Redeye. The release sees Lionize heading back to Magpie Cage Recording Studio (Against Me!, The Promise Ring, Murder By Death) to record with the legendary J. Robbins. On it, they weave together 70s-influenced heavy psych rock riffs with reggae grooves and deeply soulful vocals, resulting in a record that both challenges and embraces the genres where it finds its roots.Lionize spent this past summer as stand-outs on the Vans Warped Tour, and followed that success with a string of dates across the United States co-headlining with friends Larry and His Flask. This fall sees the band once again on the road, touring the country with labelmates Streetlight Manifesto, Rodeo Ruby Love and friends Reel Big Fish. You can view dates at the bottom of the page. Lionize are no strangers to the touring life, having spent the better past of the last decade touring virtually non-stop with the likes of Bad Brains, Clutch, Steel Pulse, and CKY among numerous others.
Larry and His Flask — Oregon Punk Folk Rock
Members: Jamin Marshall Jeshua Marshall Ian Cook Andrew Carew Kirk Skatvold Dallin Bulkley
Bio: Musical anthropologists interested in the study of just how fast a band can evolve need look no further than the six upright, upstanding men in Oregon’s Larry and His Flask.Formed by brothers Jamin and Jesse Marshall in 2003, the Flask (as the band’s expanding army of fans calls them) spent its first half-decade stuck in a primordial, punk-rock goop, where a blood-sweat-and-beers live show took priority over things like notes and melodies. Don’t misunderstand: The band was (somewhat) skilled and an absolute joy to watch, but the goal was always the party over perfection. Over the past two years, however, Larry and His Flask has gone from crawl to sprint at breakneck speed. First, Jamin Marshall moved from gargling-nails vocals to drums. Guitarist Ian Cook became the band’s primary voice. And a trio of talented pickers and singers — Dallin Bulkley (guitars), Kirk Skatvold (mandolin) and Andrew Carew (banjo) — joined the family. (And no, you didn’t miss something. No one is named Larry.) Determined to make music for a living or die trying, the six brothers set out in a van, intent on playing for anyone, anywhere at any time. From coffee shops to dive bars and street corners to theater stages, the Flask honed their sound and show through experience, attacking each gig like buskers who must grab and hold the attention of passersby in hopes of collecting enough change to get to the next town. By 2009, Larry and His Flask’s train began gaining steam. The band’s new songs are a blurry blend of lightning fast string-band picking, gorgeous nods to old-school country, and sublime multi-part harmonies, all presented through a prism of punk chaos. The boys have grown and changed, yes, but their shows are still gloriously physical displays of live music’s sheer power. In other words, keep your eyes peeled, or risk taking the heavy end of Jesse Marshall’s flailing, stand-up bass right between the eyes. A slot supporting the Dropkick Murphys in the Flask’s hometown led to an invitation to open for the Celtic punk kingpins across the eastern half of the United States, as well as an opportunity to finally record their new, twangier sound. The result is Larry and His Flask’s three-song, self-titled 7″ record, pressed in a limited run that’s quickly being snapped up by the band’s new fans, who’ve been clamoring for a sip of aural hooch to call their own. In mid-2010, the Flask is holed up in their crash pad in Central Oregon, working on songs for their first full-length, playing gigs here and there, and, in the words of Jesse Marshall, “fixing the van and all our broken shit” in anticipation of the next leg of a lifelong tour. Keep up with the band’s never-ending tour schedule at www.larryandhisflask.com