Dubbed “Houston’s fire-breathing dragon” by the Blueshound from 90.1 KPFT radio, Steve Krase (rhymes with ACE) plays live in the Greater Houston area venues.
His new CD “Some Day” was put together with award winning talent, such as James Henry, “Spare Time” Murray, and guest appearances by Tommie Lee Bradley on vocals and Eric Demmer on saxophone.
CD features hard hitting lyrics with a twist, with influences by The J Geils Band, Wilko Johnson, and the antics of Pub Rockers “Dr. Feelgood.”
Steve was born in Brooklyn NY and has spent time in Ohio, California and Louisiana. Now almost 20 years in Houston, Steve has blended his high energy style with the soulful vibe that runs through the great city of Houston.
Steve spent 10 years as the harp man for the legendary Houston band Jerry Lightfoot and The Essentials. After the Essentials broke up Steve spent a few years as a sideman with Matt Leddy & The Meatcutters before forming Steve Krase & The In Crowd. Steve Krase & The In Crowd were winners of the 2004 and 2005 International Blues Challenge, moving on to the finals in Memphis both years.
Infamous “low-tech” print masters, Texas-born The Amazing Hancock Brothers look to shock as much as inform. Their bold, unabashed style combines screen printing, woodcuts, and acrylic into mixed-use pieces that resemble part Circus Freak posters, part insane patterns, and all crazy, in-your-face attitude. Brothers Charles and John often chuck all sense of propriety out the window, then rip down the curtains, screen clowns or skulls or grotesque portraits on them, and then chuck that out the window, too. As members of Dirty Printmakers of America, they are able to use their ferocious, fearless talent to push the awareness and accessibility of printmaking to the huddled masses, democratizing art and technique.
Rich Hopkins is in a heroic struggle against mediocrity and complacency. A prolific writer, singer, guitarist, producer and humanitarian, Hopkins is concerned for the well-being of his fellow man and wonders about the events that have shaped us as a nation and a race. Letting him into your life with his music and stories on “Tombstone,” just might help you make sense of it all in some small way.
Hopkins, who has been a part of the American music scene since 1985, is, amazingly, still an undiscovered talent to some. Founding the Tucson, Ariz. based Sidewinders(RCA 1989-91)/ Sand Rubies (Polygram 1993), Hopkins toured the U.S. and celebrated success with college/indie rock classics “Witchdoctor” and “We Don’t Do That Anymore” (both went to #5 on the CMJ charts). In 1991, Hopkins formed Rich Hopkins and The Luminarios as a side project; it soon became his full time band when the Sand Rubies stopped touring. He has consistently cranked out new records (26 in all) and tours yearly in Germany/Europe (25 tours) where, in 1996, he was one of the first artists signed to Germany’s Blue Rose Records.
A new member of the Tucson Musicians Museum (Class of 2013), Hopkins enters music history as the quintessential desert rocker, a constant in the bedrock of alternative music. Showcasing an ability to create unmistakable guitar tones that drive a hallmark sound, as the years pass, Hopkins continues to reinvent and motivate himself for yet another album and tour as evidenced on “Tombstone,” the latest release from Rich Hopkins & The Luminarios.
You’re Dead! is a shamanic pilgrimage into the psychedelic unknown of the infinite afterlife. A sonic, visual and metaphysical fusion of technological innovation and technical virtuosity that amounts to a transcendent, mind-expanding plasm that could only exist between our world and another. The enduring universe of Lotus supporting cast has expanded and evolved to feature in order of appearance, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Niki Randa, alongside mindblowing original artwork by Japanese comic book artist Shintaro Kago. The album isnt about the end, it s really the beginning. Its a celebration of the next experience. Its the transition and the confusion. Its not hey you’re dead. Its hey you’re dead! You’re Dead! is released on 7th October 2014 on Warp Records.
Sukierae features 20 new songs penned by Jeff, performed by Tweedy father and son along with a host of musical guests. “When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing, ” Jeff said. “Solo to me meant that I would do everything write the songs, play all the instruments and sing. But Spencer’s been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo. “
The cassette is back by somewhat popular demand and we’ve got fun stuff on deck to celebrate the format’s continued resurgence. Sure, the cassette tape was sure to warp and melt in your car while losing sound quality with every play, but you know that you love it.
Cassette Store Day at Cactus Music
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH
– Freddie “Steady” Krc – 1PM
– Def Perception – 3PM
SAVE MONEY ON NEW MUSIC
Present any old cassette tape and receive $2 off any regularly priced LP or CD priced $9 and up.
SAVE MORE MONEY
Pick up a Back To Old School coupon sheet on CSD that includes 10 coupons good for the next month. 1 per person.
SELL YOUR CASSETTES
Present any pre-loved, factory prerecorded (no old mix tapes please) cassette tape and, if we make you an offer, tell us “I heart Cassettes” we’ll pay you 50% more than the original offer.
DEF PERCEPTION CASSETTE RELEASE
Local Houston Hip Hop act and Houston Press Music award nominee, Def Perception will be making a short run of their recent self titled CD available on Cassette for this special occasion. Their last in-store performance was a monster so we wanted to present an opportunity for you to catch them if you missed them a few weeks ago.
In honor of the cassette, we are presenting a poetry contest. Create a Haiku about the cassette tape and you might win a Cactus gift card loaded with $100 in credit. You’ll not only walk away with a buncha cool loot, but you’ll be the star of the Cactus weekly email and we’ll post your winning poem in our store. The winner will be picked by the Cactus staff and announced on Friday 10/3. Submissions are due by 9PM on Saturday 9/27.
C’mon, you should enter. It’s easy and fun.
LOTSA COOL CSD RELEASES
Many exclusive releases from and of course, Burger Records.
Like a modern-era Wanda Jackson, Nikki Lane turns the vulnerable singer-songwriter stereotype on its ear, craftingsongs that crucify ex-boyfriendsand have no problem with one-night stands as long as she can bolt town right after. Her cooing-yet-brutal vocals are a perfect fit with an aching, mournful guitar. Her upcoming album, tentatively titled Seein’ Double—produced by, yes, Dan Auerbach—is one of Nashville’s most anticipated releases. “My songs always paint a pretty clear picture of what’s been going on in my life, so this is one moodyrecord,” she says. “There’s lots of talk of misbehaving andmoving on.”
Born in South Carolina, Lane moved to New York City and, after a messy breakup, picked up a guitar and set her sights on a music career. But the cost of living in New York proved to be too high an obstacle, so she turned to Nashville, a city she had visited extensively. “I was hell bent on living in a big city and I just couldn’t work up the nerve to come back to the South,” she says. “[When I did,] Nashville was the obvious choice for me because of my fondness for it.”
Once in town, she released the 2011 album Walk of Shame to rave reviews, as well as opening High Class Hillbilly, a pop-up vintage clothing stall, where a chance meeting with Auerbach turned into a full-fledged partnership. “During the first round of recordings, I was in an awkward mood every night I left the studio,” she says. “It was hard for me to trust that Dan was right when he said I should move a verse around or add an extra chorus. He pushed to find the right feel for each track one by one, and a few months later I found myself with a damn good record.” – Garden & Gun, April/May 2013