Ballyhoo, Nic Armstrong and Motionless in White

Ballyhoo! Hi-Res_smallBallyhoo! is back. The Baltimore-area foursome joined The Expendables on a winter tour that brought them to Corpus Christi in March and now headlines Friday’s show at House of Rock. They’ll be joined by Coral Thief, Audic Empire and Proof of Life. Doors are at 7 p.m. Ballyhoo! combines elements of pop, punk, alternative rock and reggae for its ebullient sound. The group released its latest EP, “The Cool Down Vol. 1,” in late 2014. The latest full-length album was 2013’s “Pineapple Grenade.”

nic armsrtongNic Armstrong provides the British beat deep in the heart of Texas and will be bringing it to the stage Saturday at House of Rock. Nic Armstrong the Thieves will be joined by Steven James and The Jaded. Doors are at 9 p.m. Born and raised in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Armstrong arrived in Austin in the mid-2000s with critics taking notice of his debut album “The Greatest White Liar.” Utilizing and drawing from a wide field of current and off-kilter resources and influences, he composes scratchy, hook-laden, left-field, rock ‘n’ roll with a dip of tobacco psychology. Temporarily confined to playing select showcases and residencies, Armstrong released an EP, “Pocketless Shirt,” in 2013. Steven James and The Jaded (Corpus Christi indie rock/Americana) recently celebrated the release of their debut album “Baby L.A.”

Motionless in White makes a top here Tuesday at House of Rock. Doors are at 6 p.m. The Scranton, Pa., metalcore band combines industrial and gothic influences to get its wicked brew of original music. “Reincarnate,” the group’s third album, was released in 2014. “I’m very proud of this band because we’ve spent years cultivating this sound and image and we’ve gone through hell and back to get to this point,” says frontman Chris Motionless.

The Supervillains this Friday & Fred Eaglesmith this Saturday

The Supervillains are back Friday at House of Rock with their super blend of reggae, rock, punk and ska. Doors are at 7 p.m. They’ll be joined by Audic Empire, Flatbroke and Tydings. The Florida-bred swamp reggae rockers enjoys bending musical genres, partying hard, touring the world and leaving tales of joy and destruction in their wake. Audic Empire was formed in late 2010. Since then they have been turning heads in the Austin music scene with their psychedelic, reggae/rock and feel-good tunes.

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Are you Fredhead? You will be after seeing Canadian singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith on Saturday at House of Rock. Doors are at 8 p.m. The award-winning performer is known for mixing rock with stand-up comic attitude and has had his songs recorded by Miranda Lambert, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Cowboy Junkies and Todd Snider. Eaglesmith, who was born in rural Ontario, began his career in the 1980s with a folky outlaw country sound and lyrics that simultaneously parodied and honored that tradition. It was before they started calling the genre alt-country. Tif Ginn opens and is a member of Eaglesmith’s band Traveling Steam Show.

Blues, Country, Rock and Punk All This Weekend!

DEVON ALLMANWhether appearing solo, in an all-star supergroup, in groups playing his original songs or playing with his father, Devon Allman lives and breathes blues/rock/soul music. Allman appears Thursday at House of Rock. He’ll be joined by Rich Segura and Cathouse. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. Allman, who grew up in Corpus Christi, has been playing shows with his band while backing is father, Gregg. Thursday, it’ll be Devon and his band on his material, which he has been hard at work at — releasing 2013’s “Turquoise”, followed by 2014’s “Ragged & Dirty” and 2014’s “HeartSoulBlood” with Royal Southern Brotherhood, his collaboration with Cyril Neville.

Before heading out for a West Coast tour, local veteran rockers Avenue Rockers present a “variety” show featuring music of various genres, comedy and burlesque. Avenue Rockers and Friends takes place Friday at House of Rock. Doors are at 9 p.m. In addition to Avenue Rockers, featured musicians are Shadow of the Giant, Shayna Sands Band, The Knockouts and Glenndejo. Guest comedians are Dan Pretzker and Hadar Dinn, and burlesque performers are Miss Wicked Kitty and Sadie Sin.

Local rockers Shattered Sun will celebrate the release of the group’s debut album Saturday at House of Rock. They’ll be joined by Switchblade Jesus and Of Serpents and Saviors. Doors are at 9 p.m. The Alice metal group is celebrating the release of “Hope Within Hatred.” What sets Shattered Sun apart from the crowd is the group’s message of hope a positivity in a time where it seems most heavy music is about negativity and angst.The group just released news it will be joining a national tour this fall with Soulfly, Soilwork and Decapitated.

At 60 years old, the songs, albums, shows and experiences continue to mount for prolific singer-songwriter Steve Earle. Earle has amassed thousands of stories, three Grammys, six ex-wives and 16 studio albums recSTEVE EARLE DUKES MAY 2015orded over three decades. His latest, “Terraplane,” is a collection of blues-based songs he wrote during a difficult separation from his latest wife, songwriter Allison Moorer. Earle plays Sunday at House of Rock. He’ll be joined by The Mastersons, who also are part of his band, The Dukes, Pake Rossi and Ty Dietz. Doors are at 7 p.m. “Terraplane” is a blues record, Earle told Mother Jones in an interview. Not necessarily, Texas blues, “but I’m from Texas. There’s not a Los Angeles shuffle. There’s not a New York shuffle. There’s only a Chicago shuffle and a Texas shuffle. Chris Masterson, my guitarist, was born in Louisiana but he grew up in Houston, and his dad fixed everybody’s amps. He was out playing in pretty serious blues bands, sitting in at Antone’s in Austin when he was 14, 15. He was one of those guys.” It’s also a breakup album of sorts as he separated from Moorer in 2014. “I’m going through it right now with Allison. She’s heard some of the record and gotten pissed off about it. I don’t have any other experience to write about this year. I wish I did.”

Check Out Live Music Every Day This Week

LUCAS JACK 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. QUIET COMPANYExpect 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 baSwingin Uttersck 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.

The Rev, Leopold and Burlesque All Hitting the Stage This Week

Rev. Horton Heat photographed in Chicago, Illinois.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 APRIL 2015Leopold 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, theadr april flyer 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.

Live Music Everyday This Week at House of Rock!

DESTROYER OF LIGHTFormed 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 thesTX Hard Rocke 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 APRIL 2015Making 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 I prevailcatching 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.

LetLive Wednesday, Pake Rossi & Ty Dietz Thursday

LetliveLike 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.

PAKE AND TYSouth 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.”

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