Greg Cote loves his friends, to begin with. There can be no doubt whatsoever about that. So much does he love friends and friendship that he went on his first tour, LONG before he was ready to do so, simply to so he could finally meet a long time internet pal. That weeklong trip around Texas changed Greg forever. When he got home he kept writing and kept trying his best to put the sounds in his head out into the world. When the sounds became too numerous and intense for just one person he called his real-life friend Jolene who he had secretly wanted to be in a band with for ages. Jolene is a top shelf bassist and all around solid human the match just made sense. Greg happened to run into Moe while attending a midnight showing of Space Jam and that just seemed to perfect of a meeting to not invite him to be in the band right then and there. They played their first show as a full band July 30th, 2016 and since then the jams have flowed like a river. For us it’s about the music bIt’sits also about the people. It’s about real connections. Its about loving the people and things you love with no sense of irony or shame. Lets all be Real Life Friends.
RECORD STORE DAY + Saturday, 4/21/18 @ 10:00am
DJ Session with Giant Kitty
RECORD STORE DAY + Saturday, 4/21/18 @ 1:00pm
RECORD STORE DAY + Saturday, 4/21/18 @ 2:00pm
Bayou City Funk
RECORD STORE DAY + Saturday, 4/21/18 @ 5:00pm
Greg Cote & The Real Life Friends
RECORD STORE DAY + Saturday, 4/21/18 @ 7:00pm
+ Friday, 4/27/18 @ 6:00pm
Austin Punk Invasion Book Release Party! David Ensminger
+ Saturday, 4/28/18 @ 1:00pm
Polish Pete & The Polka I Hardly Know Her Band
+ Saturday, 4/28/18 @ 3:00pm
+ Friday, 5/4/18 @ 5:00pm
Shakey Graves “Can’t Wake Up” Listening Party!
+ Tuesday, 5/8/18 @ 5:30pm
Wristband – Jonathan Cain “Don’t Stop Believin”
“The horn-heavy, continually evolving collective Free Radicals produces a wildly eclectic fusion that has as many influences as there are items in the Houston, Texas, pawnshop in which they honed their sound during all-night jam sessions.” – The New Yorker
In 1998, Free Radicals’ first CD “The Rising Tide Sinks All” warned against George W. Bush’s Iraq War four years before it started. Pakistan’s leading English newspaper, Dawn, later referred to the CD as “a premonition waiting to become true.” In 2012, Free Radicals’ fourth CD “The Freedom Fence” satirized nationalism and border walls four years before Trump made them a cornerstone of his campaign for president. Now on its 22nd year, Free Radicals presents a new 7″ “No State Solution,” their seventh release. Following quickly on the success of their 6th CD, “Outside the Comfort Zone,” No State Solution includes remixes by Nick Cooper and DJ Sun.
Free Radicals is a horn-driven instrumental dance band with a commitment to peace and justice, and is the 13-time winner for “Best Jazz” in the Houston Press Music Awards. Equally comfortable performing in clubs, street protests, punk rock house-parties, art openings, weddings, funerals, and breakdance competitions, Free Radicals prides itself in adaption, and in hitting the streets to support targeted populations.
“They know how to play and aren’t afraid to take you places you’ve never been. A winner throughout—just be sure to strap in before lift off.” — Midwest Record
“I’ve fallen in love with their raucous style in only 4 bars… their music isn’t just on the edge, it’s fallen off the cliff!” — Contemporary Fusion Reviews
“Everything seems to energize by drawing on an inexhaustible source.” — Music Zoom (Italy)
“Redefines serious jazz.” — Lemon Wire
“The beautifully constructed music here just goes straight to your feet.” — Jazz Views
“Quite a special band, with a very special album.” — Gonzo Weekly
“With each song a concise tidbit, even if the solos are stratospheric, they return to earth quickly. Fun and frantic!” — Jazz Weekly
“Free Radicals create unique songs that plant themselves firmly on their own unique planets.” — The Vinyl Anachronist
“The [band]… consistently opposes war, and supports environmentalists, civil rights fighters, immigrants to the US. It equally consistently criticizes the establishment, the presidents – from Bush to, of course, Trump, as
well as ‘well-fed America,’ which indifferently watches what is happening in the ‘third world’ countries.” –Jazz Quad (Russia)
Raised mostly in a holler on the border of West Virginia and Virginia. Formed this past summer while working on a cattle ranch in East Texas. This family band is a second generation alt-country four piece that brings garage-rock speed and power, southern rock harmonies and Modest Mousey punk pomp to their music.
After working, practicing and finding their sound, Western Star jumped headlong into playing as many shows as possible: Texas to Baltimore, Baltimore to Boston. Regularly gigging over the past two years, they’ve opened up for Old 97’s at a sold-out 9:30 Club in Washington D.C., are able to pack the Ottobar in Baltimore, and, hitting Manhattan’s Mercury Lounge early on as a headlining act, Western Star has been rocking nightclubs in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Asbury Park, Baltimore, Harrisonburg, Virginia Beach, Raleigh, Greensboro, Nashville, Mobile, New Orleans, Shreveport, Tyler, Dallas and Austin, getting around and doing two week legs and weekends as much as they can handle. They’re new album, Fireball, is available via Saustex Records
Bayou City Funk is a collection of All-star musicians and brass players that have come
together to form (one of) Houston’s premiere funk band. All members have been involved with
other musical projects, but a shared passion for funk and roots music was the catalyst that
forged this talented group of seasoned players. Drawing inspiration from the originators and
pioneers, to the heavy hitters shaping the modern funk scene, BCF built their unique sound
that spans the spectrum of funk. Their debut album ‘Down to Funk’ captures both the eclectic
funkiness of the Bayou City, and the spirit of their high-energy performances.
Galveston, Texas might be known as a coastal destination for Texas vacationers, but for the pedal soaked music of El Lago, Galveston is home. Mixing sounds that remind you of what would happen if Cocteau Twins and Ringo Deathstarr covered the music of Spiritualized, the band has been known to cause a stir with their dreamlike performances.
The four piece has always crafted plenty of soundscapes to complement the vocals of lead singer and guitarist Lauren Eddy, and their recent recordings with Austin Sepulvado (Buxton, Dollie Barnes, Ancient Cat Society) and Grammy winning engineer Steve Christensen (Robert Ellis, Khruangbin, Destiny’s Child, Steve Earle) seem to capture the magic that the band crafts together.
Debut full length Colors is out now on Miss Champagne Records. The band is set to perform and tour in support of the album, including a set at In Bloom Music Festival and an August tour.
Performing songs from the new Guess Genes album as well as the Ancient Cat Society album which was just issued on vinyl.
Rebecca Loebe, Grace Pettis, and BettySoo have known each other for nearly a decade. They each met in the same place: Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas. All three women are winners of the prestigious New Folk Songwriting Contest and have spent many summers over the years performing, attending and teaching at the festival, which is a mecca of sorts for songwriters nationwide.
As staples of the national folk music scene and veteran troubadours, these critically acclaimed songwriters and performers have shared stages occasionally over the last decade. Throughout, they’ve remained close friends and loyal fans of each others’ work. It was not until recently, however, that they considered joining forces to create music together. Nobody’s Girl was originally conceived as a one-time tour; a chance for three like-minded peers to travel and perform together for a few weeks.
Originally dubbing their tour concept “Sirens of South Austin,” Rebecca, BettySoo, and Grace recorded a music video on a shoestring budget to help book shows. That video, a live performance of “Fast Car” (originally written by Tracy Chapman) filmed on iPhones, was released without fanfare. With $0 of paid promotion, it racked up close to 20,000 views and hundreds of shares in less than 48 hours. Rebecca, Grace, and BettySoo’s booking agents began to receive emails from venues across the country, asking about the group’s availability. A 20 city tour was booked before anyone could blink.
An inclination to take the tour-turned-side-project seriously brought the three friends to Lucky Hound Music’s Firefly Studios in Fischer, Texas for a two-day songwriting retreat. That collaborative effort yielded three brand new co-written songs. Nobody’s Girl was born. Lucky Hound signed the group on the spot. A new EP was promptly recorded with veteran Austin producer Michael Ramos at the helm. That recording is expected to be released soon.
Since its inception, Nobody’s Girl has been working hard to keep up with its impressive momentum. The ladies will embark on their highly anticipated national tour debut in April of this year. Expect great things.
In early 2017 the Astros were beginning a remarkable run. Polish Pete and the Polka I Hardly Know Her Band were set on watching every game from spring training on. Knowing the strengths of The ASTROS’ fearless, fun-loving leader JOSE ALTUVE, this was to be the Astros’ year! As the season progressed, the excitement level in Houston rose to an all-time high. Polish Pete crafted THE ALTUVE POLKA while watching his favorite Astro play baseball with such joy and enthusiasm. The band went directly into the studio to record and video the now infamous hit single THE ALTUVE POLKA. It was released via YouTube during the Astros historic playoff run and quickly spread across the internet and local Houston media amassing over a quarter of a million views through the various websites. The single was certified a hit when, after seeing the video again on the MLB Network, JOSE ALTUVE exclaimed on national TV, “I LOVE IT!”
The Astros organization was so thrilled by the power and positivity of THE ALTUVE POLKA they invited Polish Pete to sit behind home plate for the now legendary World Series game 5, where he sat next to Larry King. Larry revealed that although he was a Dodger fan, he loved THE ALTUVE POLKA.
Polish Pete got word through the organization that some of the Astros were feeling a little left out by not having a song about them. Polish Pete loves the Astros so much, he wrote another song entitled, I LOVE THOSE HOUSTON ASTROS. This follow-up smash names all the members of the Houston Astros World Series Championship team and was released in the middle of the World Series to give the rest of the team that lift they needed to complete the victory and brings the World Series Championship Trophy home to Houston.
When the Astros caught the final out of game seven to win the World Series, the call was made to Polish Pete and the Polka, I Hardly Know Her Band to lead the World Series Championship Parade through the streets of downtown Houston. A float was built for Polish Pete, complete with a gigantic Astros baseball and booming PA system, to spread cheer throughout the city with the two hit songs, THE ALTUVE POLKA and I LOVE THOSE HOUSTON ASTROS. Nolan Ryan, Reid Ryan, Jeff Luhnow, and Jim Crane, along with their families, all joined Polish Pete on the Polka Float to ride through the streets of downtown Houston. One million Astros loving polka fans lined the streets to sing along with THE ALTUVE POLKA and I LOVE THOSE HOUSTON ASTROS, as Polish Pete and The Houston Astros rolled by.
A limited pressing of these two legendary songs is now available on Collectors Orange 45rpm, with THE ALTUVE POLKA on side A and I LOVE THOSE HOUSTON ASTROS on side B. The release date for the single is MLB Astros Opening Day Thursday, March 29th 2:05 PM to coincide with the first ASTROS pitch of the 2018 season. Polish Pete and the Polka, I Hardly Know Her Band, right alongside the returning Astros Championship Team are together again, set to make another magical run towards back to back World Series Championships for Houston! Go STROS ! Go POLKA!
According to The New York Times, Wade Bowen is “…an earnest and direct singer who wrings feeling from a small vocal gestures and whose songwriting…is graceful, with a twists like small sighs.”
“Texas-based troubadour Wade Bowen returns on February 9th with his long-awaited new album, Solid Ground. Working with friend and producer Keith Gattis, Solid Ground features eleven tracks that exemplify the varied musical soundscapes that are the Lone Star State. From the roots-rocking opener “Couldn’t Make You Love Me” to the Gattis-penned Tex-Mex seasoned tale of lost love “Day of the Dead,” the bittersweet harmonica and keys accented “Acuna” and the nostalgic “So Long 6th Street” the melodies and stories on Solid Ground carry you throughout Texas, imparting an auditory guide of the singer-songwriter’s beloved home state.
On Solid Ground, Bowen and Gattis balance grittier tracks with heart-rendering ballads, tunes which Bowen has always had the ability to craft well, and continues to do here, including the haunting, remorseful “Broken Glass,” album stand-out “7:30,” an achingly painful yet beautifully universal story, and “Anchor,” a tale of crumbling love. Solid Ground is rounded out with the jaunty bluegrass-flaired ode to love “Compass Rose,” the rollicking “Fell In Love On Whiskey,” and the Guy Clark inspired solemn and comforting shuffler “Death, Dyin’ And Deviled Eggs,” before closing out with the moody, cinematic “Calling All Demons” a track that, at almost eight minutes long, perfectly completes an album that is varied, cohesive, and yes, incredibly solid.” No Depression