The Expendables are back at House of Rock on Wednesday with their Winter Blackout 2015 tour with Ballyhoo! and Katastro. Doors are at 6 p.m. Born out of the laid-back lifestyle growing up in Santa Cruz, California, The Expendables have rocked from coast to coast since debuting in 1997 with their blend of reggae, punk rock and ’80s metal dueling guitar solos. Aberdeen, Maryland’s pop-punk/reggae/rock band Ballyhoo! released its latest EP, “The Cool Down Vol. 1,” in October. Tempe, Arizona, band Katastro has its own potent mix going, blending rock, funk, blues and some hip-hop. Katastro’s latest album, “No Mud No Lotus” came out in November.
Wild Adriatic digs on the soulful, dynamic sounds of 1970s arena rock, blazing its own high-energy, riff-heavy trail. The power trio, originally from Saratoga Springs, New York, has relocated to Austin and will be playing Thursday at House of Rock with Hydra Melody and Collective Dreams. Doors are at 9 p.m. Wild Adriatic’s sound recalls bits of Humble Pie, Free and Led Zeppelin as the group formulates and delivers its own powerhouse live show. The group’s debut album, “Big Suspicious,” came out in January 2014.They’ll be joined by San Antonio instrumental/indie/experimental band Collective Dreams and San Antonio indie alternative rockers Hydra Melody, who are making a return trip to HOR. They’re working on their debut album, slated for spring 2015.
The Nightowls are a modern blast from the past. The 10-piece Austin soul band plays Friday at House of Rock. Doors are at 5 p.m., show is at 9 p.m. Formed in the fall of 2011, The Nightowls have garnered accolades and praise for their unique blend of vintage and modern soul music, combined with high-energy, foot-stomping live performances. They have spent time recording their latest album, a follow up to 2013’s “Good as Gold,” at the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Local art abounds as Friends & Lovers Art presents its show “Skin” on Saturday at House of Rock. More than 30 artists will display their works from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friends & Lovers Art is made up of artist who get together to share their art with one another and with the city of Corpus Christi. Twin Mountain Coffee Co. will set up with their artisan coffee and House of Rock’s kitchen will cater the event. Music will be provided by Wrongsong.