Finger Guns is a Houston based Emo band that formed in the summer of 2015 with their release of a split album with The Daphne Blue (Formerly Valens). Since then, they have gigged tirelessly around the Houston area and surrounding Texas cities.
Deriving from influences such as Small Brown Bike, American Football, and Pavement, their debut album, “Life On The Floor” displays a mix of many punk sub genres in both English and Spanish that the band holds near and dear. It was also an effort realized completely by the band itself, using no outside help to write, record, mix and master the entire album.
Waterparks will be performing a very short set and will be signing after their performance. Wanna be here for the pre-kickoff party before their performance with All -Time Low later that evening?
STARTING MONDAY, 6/26, AFTER 5:00PM –
Pre-buy the “Double Dare” vinyl or purchase the “Double Dare” CD From Cactus Music and receive a WRISTBAND to this event.
NO HOLDS and NO PHONE ORDERS.
A Sundae Drive is kinda punk, shoegaze, new wave, dream pop & indie rock. Since ’05, ASD’s been making melodies & harmonies play w/ noise & effects. Songs of love & loss, childhood mishaps, politics & justice, & some good old-fashioned angst are the themes revisited by these 4 out of Houston. We are Zeek (guitar & vocals), Sergio (guitar & vocals), Mike (drums) and Jennifer (bass, keyboards, & vocals).
It has been said that the sum is always greater than the parts. The parts can be good but together they are exceptional and that holds true in the case of MVP. The Milligan Vaughan Project or MVP is a musical partnership between Austin’s highly acclaimed vocalist Malford Milligan – and – guitar slinger Tyrone Vaughan both of whom have a rich musical history steeped in The Blues and Rock and Roll. It was at an early age that both were introduced to music that would become an integral part of their lives.
Some of Tyrone’s earliest memories go back to the early days of Antones, Austin’s legendary Home of the Blues. The legendary Muddy Waters gave him one of his harmonicas which he proceeded to blow on, and Muddy put cotton in Tyrones ears before starting his set. He found himself sleeping in Boz Skaggs guitar case and as a kid wearing out his toy guitars in no time. His first true guitar given to him on his 5th birthday by his uncle Stevie Ray Vaughan was an old Harmony scored at the local pawn shop. Later on it was Stevie, Lou Ann Barton and WC Clark all pitching in and buying Tyrone a Fender Musicmaster. Stevie Ray was very proud of that small neck guitar and happy that his nephew was following in his and his father Jimmie’s footsteps. Since those early years, he has performed with Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Doyle Bramhall, Doyle Bramhall II, (Little) Jimmy King, SRV’s Double Trouble, Pinetop Perkins, John Popper and Eric Gales. In April of 2015, Vaughan joined Royal Southern Brotherhood (RSB) featuring Cyril Neville on vocals, in result of 2 albums on Ruf Records, one recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL and the other album recorded at Dockside Studios in Maurice LA.
No stranger to the blues, Malford Milligan was born in Taylor, Texas but as a young child music took a back seat to just trying to get by. In 1981, after a short stay in Lubbock, TX as a student at Texas Tech, Milligan moved to Austin to begin studies at the University of Texas. Instead of academics, singing took precedent and Monday night blues jams became the beginning of a life in music. His local band, Stick People, launched his career as a talented singer. In 1994, he helped form the Texas super group, Storyville, David Holt, David Grissom and the rhythm section from Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble, which included bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton. Storyville released two stellar albums on Atlantic Records along with the independently released CD/DVD titled LIVE AT ANTONES. As a session singer, Milligan was in great demand. He toured and worked on albums together with other outstanding musicians, including Hal Ketchum, Marcia Ball, Alejandro Escovedo, Sue Foley and Eric Johnson. He has also appeared on The Voice NBC TV series on September 30, 2013 and was recently named “Vocalist of the Year” at The Austin Chronicle Music Awards.
Both Malford and Tyrone have a deep love for the Blues, along with a strong mutual respect for each other, and both share a part in Austin’s rich musical history. At the time when each were looking to see what the future held and what musical path they might take – one phone call followed by a short meeting brought the two together – and The Milligan Vaughan Project was launched. There is a feeling of family here. Though not technically related the bond between them is still strong. The stage is where they are both most comfortable and the synergy between these two musicians which will bring you to your feet.
So what does 2017 hold for these two talented musicians? After an inaugural performance for Austin’s SUN Radio, followed by a public show at South by Southwest, look for MVP to head into the studio to record their debut CD followed by a worldwide tour. Hold on! This ride is just starting and the future looks mighty bright indeed.
Allison Iraheta + Halo Circus is a critically-acclaimed bilingual alternative rock band, featuring its star singer Allison Iraheta. Crafting “anthems for introverts,” Iraheta digs deep into dark places and transforms this anguish into lush, unforgettable melodies. Admired by millions as a finalist on American Idol, Iraheta released her debut album Just Like You shortly after her elimination in 2009. The album sold approximately 32,000 copies in its first week, debuting at number 35 on the Billboard 200 album chart. While touring in support of the album, she met songwriter and producer Matthew Hager. The pair began writing together and later decided to form a band, leading to the formation of Halo Circus in 2012.
Halo Circus’ debut earned instant acclaim, with LA Magazine declaring, “Allison Iraheta has moved beyond reality TV, forming a group that Duran Duran bassist John Taylor called ‘the best live band in the U.S.A.’ Think: dark, anthemic rock with a knack for soaring hooks” Rock NYC also admired the band, praising, “Hard-hitting and infectious rock and pop melodies, very diverse songs with bi-lingual lyrics [English and Spanish] and even covers – but not any covers, rather powerful renditions of hit-songs – all transformed by Allison Iraheta’s powerhouse vocals – this was the most impressive part about the whole band, no matter how many groups have tried to get to this rock sound fronted by a big-voiced female, very few can do it with such ease and confidence.”
Halo Circus quickly earned a reputation for their impressive live performances, which led to a series of high profile bookings, including: The Grammys “Women Who Rock – Festival At Sea” with Heart, Emmylou Harris, and other iconic female singers; a four- week Friday night residency at the prestigious Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles; and “Say It Loud! A Night of Cultural Disruption”; at the legendary Troubadour. Iraheta also performed on The Tonight Show, making history as the only guest vocalist to sing with the show’s band for an entire week.
On February 8, 2016, Halo Circus shocked the music industry by announcing, via Billboard, the first fully crowd-sourced American tour ever to be attempted on such a large scale. Through Road Nation, the band declared that any town in America that raises $600 would get Halo Circus to play there this summer and fall. Nine weeks later, the campaign reached 100% backing by fans, making music history with the first successful US crowd-funded tour to date, with 30 cities confirmed.
Next up is the release of Halo Circus’ highly anticipated debut album, Bunny, produced by Matthew Hager and mixed by multiple Grammy Award-winner Craig Bauer (Kanye West, Smashing Pumpkins). Iraheta explains, “our aim was high: play as much as possible, and try to develop a reputation as a great live band before releasing an album. Somehow along the way we learned how to play these songs to an audience and the band actually started to take on a life of its own.”She continues, “We decided to re–record what we recorded a year before. We wanted to capture the evolution of our live sound. We wanted Halo Circus to have the opportunity to record an album with the same quality and attention to detail that was given to bands in the 90’s.” And this band’s effort for perfection is paying off. The first single off the album, “Desire (Lo Que Vale La Pena)” was downloaded 647,000 times in its first week of release in a promotion with BitTorrent Bundle. The album, entitled Bunny will be released on June 24.
For Allison Iraheta, life before and with Halo Circus is like night and day. The daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, she was raised in South Central L.A., with Spanish as her native language. She draws from her background as inspiration for Halo Circus’ most popular songs: “Yo Me Voy,” “All I Have,” and “Desire (Lo Que Vale La Pena).”
Individually, the members of Halo Circus are veteran musicians. Prior to forming Halo Circus, bassist/keyboardist Matthew Hager was a No. 1 Billboard multi-platinum producer who crossed multiple genres working with the likes of Duran Duran, Scott Weiland, Mindi Abair, and Mandy Moore. In addition to being an accomplished Cantonese and orchestral drummer, Veronica Bellino’s previous work with Jeff Beck and DMC of Run DMC has helped to shape her live performances with Halo Circus. Brian Stead is a relentless guitar aficionado who evokes energy and charisma. He is a thoughtful guitarist with his own voice, one that makes him unique. Together, the band is one unstoppable force to be reckoned with as they continue down the rabbit hole and embark on the next chapter of their sound.
Iraheta concludes, “Magic happens in this band. It happened when we were writing, when we were recording, and when we were failing. The only thing that mattered was keeping it honest and getting it right, whatever that means. We may be inconvenient, but we continue to attract believers.”
Austin, TX based duo The Ghost Wolves met in 2011 backstage at a local music festival and have been an inseparable force ever since. To Carley & Jonny rock n’ roll is an intangible spirit — an expression of absolute creative freedom, not a binding genre. Their stage show is wild, energetic and infectious. Bombastic guitar riffs, wild lyrical tales, explosive sing-alongs, scratchy acoustic cuts and slow-burning muddy grooves are delivered with glee. The songs stick in your head like a recurring dream. The Ghost Wolves simply deliver. Their second full-length album, “TEXA$ PLATINUM” was released in March of 2017 by German rock & roll label Hound Gawd! Records.
Wanna Be Your Man is the debut album from Houston, TX based Sam Turner & the Cactus Cats. Equal parts grit, croon, and home-cooked, comfort-food goodness, Wanna Be Your Man spotlights songwriter Sam Turner, who belts out carefully crafted lyrics in that indescribably iconic way only soulful men and women of yesteryear are known to do. “It’s neurotic,” Turner laughs while describing his own singing, “A blend of fear and hopefulness.” But that may also be because Wanna Be Your Man shares wisdom and confusion found in the wake of a master lyricist’s journey from the first love of his life to the next. The album even starts with an optimistic bravado in the title track Wanna Be Your Man, while finishing with burning realism in Thank You, I Love You, Goodbye. Drawing inspiration from legends like Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Townes Van Zandt, and others who found something new to sing on old matters of the heart, Turner ponders on what he had, has, and wants — and whether there’s ultimately any true difference between the three.
On the road leading up to the release of Wanna Be Your Man, Turner joined with musicians who tastefully match and coat his powerful singing: the Cactus Cats, with Michael Trakhtenberg on lead guitar (of Backyard Beehive), W.D. Hesser on bass/vocals (of As Eden Burns), and Troy Tabner on drums/vocals (a.k.a. Baby Lucy). Since 2014, Turner & the Cats have honed their live game at fundraisers, a wedding, a city marathon, a goat roast in the country under a full moon’s sky — as well as many, many bars, lounges, halls, pubs, and watering holes. The casual listener may hear them and think ‘laid back college rock’ or ‘indie desert folk pop’, but press from their recent Texas tour aptly described the group as: “a honky tonk’s wet dream.”
Hearkening back to the songwriter’s biggest influences not only in composition but in music production, Sam Turner & the Cactus Cats recorded Wanna Be Your Man over the course of 48 hours. All together in the same room. Live. Onto half-inch tape with only eight tracks. The decision to forego the studio magic of recording individual parts on multiple tracks speaks to the unified and present force of this musical collective. “It’s not a polished recording, but what you hear is a direct result of us playing and listening to one another,” comments drummer Troy Tabner, who also co-engineered the album.
In Wanna Be Your Man, Sam Turner & the Cactus Cats deliver a powerfully satiating and driven sound to get you out of your mind and up off your seat, all while promising to have you home before midnight.
Wanna Be Your Man was recorded at Steamboat Ampworks studios in Houston, TX — with the support of many friends, pups, BBQ, and brews. All songs written by Sam Turner (BMI) and performed by Sam Turner & the Cactus Cats. Album produced by the Cactus Cats; engineered by Harold Scott, W.D. Hesser, and Troy Tabner; and mastered by Justin Perkins of Mystery Room Mastering. All 300 records were pressed on beautiful, translucent, green-colored 150 gram vinyl. Each LP includes a digital download code and an inner sleeve with photo collage listing additional production credits.
Roofus & Friends Records 2017.
Seattle-based Teresa Kolo is a performing songwriter who embraces her art with wit and optimism. Her strong and percussive guitar style lays a foundation for her primary offering — honest and intelligent songwriting. Kolo grew up in Houston and devoured all the music played in her home — Jimmy Reed, Joan Armatrading, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Dana Cooper and Randy Newman. The list goes on. What she culled from her exposure to these diverse artists was the ability to use lyrics to surprise and affect her growing audience. Performing live is where her talent shines most. She is emotive and comfortable on stage, delivering her songs in a way that can only be described as original and authentic.
“…I can’t overemphasize how excited we are that Teresa has returned to performing. Her warm and fuzzy but in your face quirkiness is heart-tugging and jaw dropping. — Tom Yeager, Songbird Sanctuary
“In a cookie cutter world of formulated music, Teresa Kolo is an inspiration and a standout. Her songs are tough, vulnerable, funny and poignant…sung in that voice truly unlike any I’ve heard before, young and old at once and haunting in its’ beauty”. — Dana Cooper
“These are songs by a confident woman, reflecting on relationships without sappiness, blame or regret. Teresa’s unique vocal style catches you unaware…she employs just the right tone and inflection to lend power to her words.“ –Pete Mitchell, Under the Volcano (Houston, Texas).
Action star of stage and screen, Texas music legend, Johnny Falstaff resurrects the ghosts of honky tonk past and conjures the demons of early rock n roll to craft a unique style in the Ameripolitan genre.
The 2008 release of the critically acclaimed CD “Honky Tonkin’ Daddy launched two years of relentless touring through the U.S. and Europe. As the flames caught hold, the Falstaff inferno was scorching with releases in 2010, “Live in Köln” and the smash indie film, “Honky Tonk Blood”.
A non-stop European tour in the summer of 2011 afforded Falstaff the “International Band of the Year” award from the Austrian Country Music Federation.
In 2012, Johnny recorded and released the soundtrack/concept album, “Death Western”.
In 2014, Falstaff again captured the Austrian Country Music Federation Award for “International Band of the Year”, and began recording his sixth album, Metro-Billy, released later that year.
With the release of his seventh album, “Best of Johnny Falstaff”, dropping on vinyl in May of 2016, the Falstaff camp issues twelve favorites handpicked by Johnny and his fans.
In 2015, Johnny was nominated in the “Outlaw Country” category in the Ameripolitan Music Awards, based in Austin, Texas.
2017 promises to be smoking with plans to release new music and videos, as well as a few new surprises. Stay tuned…..
Passerbye is a mixed genre project from Houston,Texas. The group was formed in 2016 by frontman DC after developing a life altering disorder. What started out as songs recorded on a computer to simply stay active became Passerbye . The group incorporates multiple instruments, both organic and electronic and thrives on performing live.