Lucas Jack describes himself as a “recovering attorney,” in reference to the five years he spent as a lawyer in Chicago before heeding his true calling as a songwriter and performer. He managed to convert those experiences into fodder for his own unique brand of songwriting. Lucas Jack plays Thursday at House of Rock. He’ll be joined by Peace & Quiet and Jimmy Willden. Doors are at 8:30 p.m. His debut full-length album, “Before I Forget” is “a curated distillation of experiences and impressions drawn from the exhilarating, and at times, heartbreaking moments I spent as an ambivalent twenty-something student and professional in Chicago, searching for meaning in my often-failed relationships and half-hearted career choice,” says Lucas, who is responsible for songwriting, vocals, piano and organ on the album.
Looking for unique art for your home? Or just want to celebrate everything that is ink and printmaking. The Ink Slingers Ball celebrates its fifth anniversary Friday at House of Rock during downtown’s Art Walk. Doors are at 5 p.m. Past celebrations have brought together artists from around Texas, the country and the world and have celebrated all kinds of printmaking on various surfaces.
Indie rock band Quiet Company first burst onto the scene by winning 10 Austin Music Awards in 2012 with its release of “We Are All Where We Belong.” In 2014, the group was named rock band of the year. Expect more accolades to come as the group recently released its latest, “Transgressor.” They’ll be joined by The Rocket Boys, Piqued Jacks and San Antonio’s Hydra Melody on Saturday at House of Rock.Doors are at 8 p.m. Frontman Taylor Muse’s characteristically introspective writing style is in full force as he tells tales of love, despair, pain and redemption, reflecting on his marriage, from burgeoning young love to a relationship tested through time. With its soaring guitars and throbbing bass lines drawing comparisons to Foo Fighters, Pavement and Manchester Orchestra, Quiet Company’s “Transgressor” will be leading the way as rock makes a return to form.
Swingin’ Utters came out of a nearly eight-year hiatus back in 2010 and have been going strong since. They’ll be joined by the Bomb Pops and Noah and The Beyonders on Sunday at House of Rock. Doors are at 7 p.m. The punk rock group originally formed in 1987 in Santa Clara, California, before relocating to San Francisco. After releasing back-to-back albums after reuniting, the Utters came out with “Fistful of Hollow” in 2014, proving they’re not a band who’s ever made the same record twice. While the tones and arrangements set this record apart from their recent work, there’s still plenty of piss ‘n’ vinegar along with all the other hallmarks of a great Swingin’ Utters record: catchy melodies, diverse instrumentation, and intelligent, heartfelt lyrics.
Though it’s been close to five years between albums, Reverend Horton Heat isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. The countrified-punkabilly trio brings all of its classic tunes and a bevy of new ones to perform Wednesday at House of Rock. They’ll be joined by San Antonio’s Koffin Kats, Corpus Christi’s The Knockouts and Master Blaster. Doors are at 7 p.m. 2014’s “Rev” is the group’s 11th album, a collection of hard rocking songs that fit seamlessly among the classics. Jim Heath has been blending country, surf, punk, big band, swing and rockabilly, all played loud and energetically, since founding the group in 1985. Jimbo Wallace has manned the upright bass since 1989 and Scott Churilla, who debuted with the group in 1994, has been back on bass since 2012.
Leopold and His Fiction has been working hard to maintain its sharp edge on stages around the country while broadening its reach. Just this year, the Austin rock trio has toured with Randy Rogers Band and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band — a move to win over fans of different genres with its soul-drenched, bare-bones rock ‘n’ roll that shakes with power of ’73-era Stooges while seducing with the rhythm and blues of Motown. Friday, they’ll be joined by Holiday Mountain and Dead Mockingbirds at House of Rock. Doors are at 8 p.m.
“Delightful, Dirty and Deadly” is After Dark Revue’s latest burlesque show, featuring a double-shot of Vegas beauties, the return of a Portland, Ore., favorite and the usual Texas teases Saturday at House of Rock. Doors are at 9:30 p.m. Hosted by Jade Esteban Estrada, the show features Buttercup Delight (Las Vegas), Aya Fontaine (Las Vegas), Tana the Tattooed Lady (Portland, OR), Honey Cocoa Bordeauxx (Denton), Rosie Rawhyde (Corpus Christi), Marla Mab (Corpus Christi), Maye Applebottom (Houston), Lola Von Deadly (Houston) and Chola Magnolia (Austin). Tickets are available at House of Rock and its website and www.afterdarkrevue.com. General admission (standing room only) is $10, VIP table (limit of four people per table) is $100 and reserved seats are $30.
Formed in 2012 from a constantly boiling musical cauldron that is Austin, Destroyer of Light has taken a straight-forward approach to tempering the disparate and harmonious parts of their influences into a total sum of slow motion tidal heaviness that bows to no altar but that of the riff. Doom/sludge rock trio Destroyer of Light brings its heaviness to House of Rock on Wednesday along with the Golden Meanies. Doors are at 9 p.m. With the smoky flavors of hazed-out doom and the stomping cadence of rock’s heyday, the band tickles and deafens the ears with the theatrical flashes of Mercyful Fate, the ominous tones of Electric Wizard and the ferociously feral feedback of a Sleep dirge. The group’s latest release is “Bizarre Tales No. 2.”
Sons of Blackwater says somewhere in metal these days they forgot about rock ‘n’ roll. The group’s goal is to bring it back. Sons of Blackwater, the self-proclaimed baddest band from Texas since Pantera, plays Friday at House of Rock. They’re bringing in the Texas Hard Rock Takeover tour with Anchor Babies, Eden Burning and Infernal Night. Doors are at 8:30 p.m. Comprised of members from Houston bands Spank, Lastman, Vatos Loco and Project Dopamine, the group has played all venues in Houston and Louisiana that it could fit its gear into. The group’s latest release is 2014’s “Fueled by: Anger, Alcohol, and Everything in Between.”
Making Movies makes music that matters. Built upon a heavy foundation of Afro-Latino rhythms, they have created a bilingual, psychedelic re-envisioning of what it’s like to be a Latin American “son.” Making Movies plays Saturday at House of Rock. Doors are at 11:30 p.m. The band’s second album, A La Deriva, (“adrift” or “swept away”), produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, tells a story based on the struggles of an immigrant family that tragically falls apart in America, and the consequential impact on the following generation. Taking cues from Latin American folklore, the band’s sound swings intensely, at times sounding like Compay Segundo (a Cuban guitarist) being played by Jimi Hendrix and at other times like The Talking Heads digging deep into a dembow — a reggaeton rhythm or beat. Members of this band hail from Panama and Guadalajara, Mexico and came together in Kansas City, Missouri.
I Prevail, an unsigned post-hardcore band from Detroit been catching quite the buzz. Catch them Sunday at House of Rock with Chasing Safety and Too Close to Touch. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. I Prevail independently released its debut EP “Heart vs. Mind” in December of 2014, which received rave reviews and quickly rose to No. 1 on the iTunes rock album chart, where it remained for over a week, as well as hitting No. 2 on the Google Play rock album chart. The band also released a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” which hit No. 1 on the iTunes rock singles chart, where it stayed for seven consecutive days.
Like those that paved the path before them, Rage Against the Machine, Deftones, Mars Volta and At the Drive In, Letlive transcend passing trends and scenes with a focus that is entirely devoted to their art and furthering their creativity through music. Letlive plays Wednesday at House of Rock. They’ll be joined by Of Serpents and Saviors, Stolis and Shadow of the Giant. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. L.A.’s volatile four-piece rock band first fanned the flames of discontent with their critically praised record, “Fake History,” and have returned to be the rebellious voice, the fist in the air raging against hypocrisy with their 2013 release “The Blackest Beautiful.” Named #1 on Kerrang!’s list of “The 50 Greatest Rockstars in The World Today,” Jason Butler, along with cohorts Ryan Jay Johnson (bass), Jean Nascimento (guitar) and Jeff Sahyoun (guitar), meld hardcore, punk, metal and even elements of jazz and R&B on the album, creating a progressive, indelible sound that walks the line between aggressive and melodic. “The mindset was certainly a holistic one when regarding this record,” Butler said. “The vibe developed on its own as we wrote it. While we certainly indulged particular tastes, stylistically, as individuals, we made sure that the product culminated as something we could all enjoy. Essentially we all got to explore elements we had always wanted to and somehow found a way to marry them tastefully on one album.” Just announced this week, the group will be going on an extensive summer tour with Rise Against and Killswitch Engage.
South Texas, The Coastal Bend, and The Hill Country all claim Pake Rossi as their own. In return, his songs reflect each place he has passed through and tie together his first two records “For All That It’s Worth” (2010) and “Mercy Of The Mountain” (2013). Rossi will be joined by Ty Dietz on Thursday at House of Rock. Doors are at 8 p.m. Rossi’s latest project “Twisted In The Vine,” produced by David Beck at Fast Horse Studios in Austin, is set to be released May 12. He’ll have early copies available at the show. This album is simple and to the point, based on the idea that happiness is a choice and life is what you make it. “So brothers keep in mind, there’s nothing finer than flyin’ free but just ’cause you’re twisted in the vine it don’t mean you’re not where you should be.”
Epi Chavez or Epi III is an alternative rock solo artist from Austin, originally from Sequin, who performs Thursday at House of Rock. Doors are at 9 p.m. After a great run in a few amazing groups a new writing process began. Something tragic had written something beautiful. A poison of calm movement in sound. A loss of a piece of life rewound time and placed a belief and drive in the heart all over again. Between all the numbing and all the hurt there were cracks of light shining and showing a moment. The moments that can’t be forgotten the moments that present greatness. His album “Between the Lithium” comes out May 26. Chavez will be joined by Corpus Christi acoustic musician Blacksmith (Alex Herrera) and Hope & Hostility, a folk/Americana duo featuring Gary Robert and Bethany Golden.
Any Colour You Like offers up it finest Pink Floyd tribute Friday at House of Rock. Doors are at 9 p.m. Named after track 8 of “The Dark Side of the Moon,” expect classic covers of Floyd classics and tasty jams.
Los Angeles melodic hardcore band The Ghost Inside stops by House of Rock on Monday on its Out of Control tour featuring The Acacia Strain (Massachusetts deathcore), Gideon (Alabama hardcore/metal) and In Hearts Wake (Australian post hardcore). Doors are at 6:30 p.m. Lead vocalist Jonathan Vigil is the last man standing from the founding 2004 lineup. The group was influenced by an older generation of bands such as Throwdown, Bury Your Dead, Misery Signals and Killswitch Engage will forging its own path on the hardcore scene. The group’s latest album is “Dear Youth,” released in November 2014.
Passafire returns to House of Rock on Thursday on its spring tour. They’ll be joined by Stranger and Synocasea. Doors are at 7 p.m.The Savannah, Georgia rock/reggae/progressive/dub band continues to progress toward what they feel is their true identity as a reggae rock band. They bring a harder rock edge while grounding their music in a progressive reggae, never settling for what people expect of them. The group’s new EP “Interval” just came out this week.
The fourth annual Autism Rocks benefit concert Friday at House of Rock is packed with tons of local talent — Steven James and the Jaded (Americana/indie rock), Violet Crush (alternative rock), Jimmy Willden Band (alternative/folk rock) and Chavar Dontae (indiesoulrocknroll from Ohio). VIP buffet and meet-and-greet is at 7 p.m. and the concert is at 8 p.m. A silent auction of donated goods will take place throughout the night. The event benefits the Autism Spectrum Resource Center, whose mission is to provide affordable support services and make a positive impact on the lives of the individuals with, and the families of those on the autism spectrum.
Honky, an Austin superboogie trio, proudly carries the torch held by the likes of Scratch Acid, Pantera, ZZ Top and Willie Nelson. The group plays Saturday at House of Rock with Switchblade Jesus. Doors are at 8:30 p.m.The trio was founded in 1996 by longtime Butthole Surfer and part-time Melvins bassist JD Pinkus, Bobby Ed Landgraf (Down, Gahdzilla Motor Company, Blowfly) on guitar , and Michael “Night Train” Brueggen (Blackula, Syrup, Supagroup) on the drums. The result is the best lo-fi, hi-sleaze rock ever cut to wax, tape or CD.
The Take Action Tour thunders in to House of Rock on Thursday, featuring Memphis May Fire (Dallas metalcore), Crown the Empire (Dallas post-hardcore), Dance Gavin Dance (Sacramento post-hardcore) and Palisades (New Jersey post-hardcore). Doors are at 6 p.m. Memphis May Fire leads the charge. The veteran rock band, formed in 2004, has released four albums, including last year’s “Unconditional.” A portion of the ticket sales benefit Living the Dream Foundation, which makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening afflictions while enriching their lives with the positive message and family of Living the Dream.
Two Tons of Steel takes the opening slot in a doubleheader of music Friday at House of Rock. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. The San Antonio-based band pushes the envelope of country/Americana with its raw punk energy. The group released its album “Unraveled” in 2013. In a separate show later Friday night, Houston progressive reggae band Tydings headlines the official afterparty at House of Rock for Feelin’ Fine Fest, which takes place earlier Friday at Concrete Street Amphitheater and features Tribal Seeds, Fortunate Youth and several others. Doors are at 11:30 p.m. for Tydings. Admission is free for anyone with a ticket stub from Feelin’ Fine Fest.
Speaking of doubleheaders, Circa Survive headlines back-to-back nights at House of Rock, playing Saturday and Sunday shows with Balance and Composure and Chon. Doors are at 7 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Formed in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in 2004, alternative rock band Circa Survive rocketed to critical acclaim with the release of “Juturna” in 2005 and has continued it ascent with the release of the group’s fifth album “Descensus” in 2014.