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Big Week of Music with The Expendables, Wild Adriatic, The Nightowls and Friends & Lovers

expThe 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 adraticWild 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.

nightowlsThe 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.

Hudson Falcons, Burlesque & Phil Friendly Trio This Weekend

FRIDAY: HUDSON FALCONS

What’s with New Jersey and storyteller songwriters? Mark Linskey’s stories and characters come out with each performance of his hard-rocking Hudson Falcons, who play Friday at House of Rock. Doors are at 9 p.m. They’ll be joined by Boston rock group Dressed for the Occasion. Born in the swamps of New Jersey, the Hudson Falcons are following a sound that can be achieved only by playing thousands of shows from the Jersey Shore to Texas to the West Coast to Europe. Over the years, the Falcons have made a habit of offering impassioned, straight-from-the-gut performances. The Falcons come out with all guns firing when they hit the stage, delivering a show that is anything less than heartfelt. The influences of the road have found their way through the well-worn tires of the band van and into the Falcons’ music. There are traces of South Texas and a little bit of heartland stomp mixing in with the New Jersey soul and swagger that has come to symbolize the Falcons. The group has followed up 2011’s “Dancing Underneath the Moonlight” with “Peace of Mind,” which comes out in March but will be available at the show.

SATURDAY: AFTER DARK REVUE

ADR febFLYER copyAfter Dark Revue explores the sexy side of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, horror and anime in its latest burlesque show, “Pulp Fiction,” Friday at House of Rock. Featured performers are Bethany Summersizzle (Austin), Lola Le Strange (Austin), Rosie Rawhyde (Corpus Christi), Marla Mab (Corpus Christi), Lola Von Deadly (Houston), Layna D’Luna (Austin), Emma D’Lemma (Houston), Pelvis Costello (San Antonio), Electra Mourning (Austin), Honey Moonpie (Houston), Miss Kity No Pity (Corpus Christi) and host Al E. Cat (Houston). Tickets (general admission standing, reserved seats and VIP tables) are available at the House of Rock, its online box office and at afterdarkrevue.com. Doors are at 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: PHIL FRIENDLY TRIO

PHIL FRIENDLY TRIOPhil Friendly has learned from has learned from some of the best in country and rockabilly and is carrying on the proud tradition. The Phil Friendly Trio plays Sunday at House of Rock. Doors are at 9 p.m. They’ll be joined by The Independent Thieves. The Los Angeles singer-guitarist has played with and learned from Pete Anderson, Albert Lee, James Burton and Elvis Presley’s TCB Band, allowing him to grow musically and develop his own style that encompasses traditional rockabilly and American roots music.

Fayuca Returns to House of Rock Thursday 2/26

Fayuca2014’s “Barrio Sideshow” represents Fayuca’s new found confidence: They asked for full creative control in recording the new album and got it. Hear the results of as the Phoenix-based punk/reggae/Latin band plays Thursday, Feb. 26 at House of Rock with Tydings, Jahseed Band and Proof of Life. Doors are at 8 p.m.

Founding member Gabo considers the album a big step up from their previous album, “The Assassination.” “We poured our heart, blood, sweat and tears into every song (on The Assassination) but we were still a little careful about what we put on the recording and we hadn’t really developed into the musicians we are today,” he told Monterey County Weekly. “We’ve evolved as musicians and we’re not scared to try new things and we write music that we love,” Gabo said.

Gabo believes the group’s fans have latched onto the band’s name, Fayuca, which is Spanish slang for black market swap meets in Mexico featuring contraband from all over. Initially, the name was intended to be temporary, but it stuck. “Since we take genres from different cultures all over the world, like reggae, Latin, cumbia and punk, and mash them all into one, Fayuca turned out to be the perfect name for us,” Gabo said. The group also released two EPs last year, “The Acoustic Sessions” and “La Veganza,” and scored the theme to “Matador,” a new series by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

Lynnwood King, Migrant Kids & more this weekend

LYNNWOOD KINGLynnwood King continues to do double duty, this time returning to House of Rock on Friday with his band The Revival. They’ll be joined by The Golden Meanies. Doors are at 9 p.m. King, the frontman for San Antonio rock band The Heroine, started the gritty soul rock ‘n’ roll group as a side project while The Heroine continues to record and perform — the group finished up a tour opening for Clutch earlier this year. The Revival gives King a different but equally vibrant outlet for his passionate, charismatic stage presence and Christian roots.

PEACE AND QUIETSongs from Austin psychedelic rock group Migrant Kids simmer and build in intensity before exploding into a colorful soundscape of emotions. Check them out Saturday at House of Rock with and Peace & Quiet (Corpus Christi indie/psych rock band). Doors are at 9 p.m. The group’s songs have been called “stadium-sized, yet intimate” as the trio explores the subtler side of its songs before dropping the hammer on shear rock bliss. They’ll be heading out on the road soon, opening for another HOR favorite, Bright Light Social Hour.

Rush Tribute, Rockabilly with Jane Rose & the Deadend Boys

Thursday: Working Man- A Tribute to Rush

WORKING MANCrimson Head, Ape and Harper’s Corner offer up Working Man: A Tribute to Rush on Thursday at House of Rock. Doors are at 9 p.m. Check out local musicians as they offer their interpretations of the Canadian classic progressive rock trio.

Friday: ArtWalk with Jane Rose and the Deadend Boys

Jane Rose’s affinity of rockabilly started with love of the culture and style of the genre. Now she’s contributing to it with her own band Jane Rose and the Deadend Boys. They’ll play Friday at House of Rock. Doors at 9 p.m. The alt-country, rockabilly, blues band is front by singer/guitarist Jane Rose and is backed by the rhythmic stylings of some of Nashville’s finest musicians. Rose founded the band 2010 and has released two albums, including 2014’s “Damaged Goods.”

After Dark Revue presents The Great Gilded Burlesque Show

ADR Jan 2015 Flyer (2)Glamour and glitz takes the House of Rock stage Saturday as The After Dark Revue presents the Great Gilded Burlesque Show. Tickets (for general admission standing, reserved seats and reserved tables) can be purchased the House of Rock, its online box office and at afterdarkrevue.com. Doors are at 10 p.m.

Tana the Tattooed Lady, a singing, dancing, one-woman-arts-district debuted in 2004 with Seattle’s Atomic Bombshells and as one of El Vez’s Elvettes. Notable performances include Miss Exotic World competition, Vancouver, Dallas and N.Y. Burlesque Festivals, Tease-O-Rama, Tiki Oasis, Teatro Zinzanni and Burla Festival in Portugal.

Texas native Honey Cocoa Bordeauxx puts the “B” in bombshell. Her diverse shows range from 1950s Las Vegas and old Hollywood glamour to ’60s sci-fi and ’70s glitz. Honey was named one of the top five performers in Texas for 2011, and winning “Most Classic” at the 2011 Southern Fried Burlesque Festival in Atlanta and the 2013 Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival. She competed at the 2012 World Burlesque Games for the World Female Crown and has had the pleasure of being a featured performer at 2013 and 2014 London Burlesque Festival, Amsterdam Burlesque Weekend 2014 and the Edinburgh Burlesque Festival Spring Ball in Scotland.

Lola Von Deadly (Houston) is a curvaceous go-go dancer, and all-around sex kitten. She enjoys incorporating her Hispanic roots as well as telling unique stories through all her performances. Her background includes ballet folklorico, ballet, as well as jazz dance. She may seem sweet, but her fiery curves will set the stage on fire and keep you sweating for days.

Rosie Rawhyde (Corpus Christi) entered the burlesque world in Las Vegas circa 2004; she has founded and run three burlesque troupes, produced, directed and starred in countless burlesque shows in Corpus Christi with The After Dark Burlesque Revue and is the Head-Mistress of The Starlet Within. She has performed all over Texas, California and various points in between and in 2013 won Best Tease at the second annual San Antonio Burlesque Festival.

Marla Mab (Corpus Christi) is a petite package of explosive wonderment and “99lbs of dynamite”, Marla Mab is a long-time performer for The After Dark Burlesque Revue.

Joining them are Honey Hula La, Lola Estrange, Doubledown Dixie, Elle Du Jour and host Tifa Tittlywinks.

Pinata Protest, Two Tons of Steel and more at House of Rock!

 Beer Wednesday PintWEDNESDAY

Bar Nutz will be playing the next six Beer Wednesdays at House of Rock. The rock trio boasts of three seasoned musicians who combine Influences in classic rock, new rock, funk and pop. The result is laid-back, island-style entertainment downtown. They’ll be playing 9 p.m. to 1-ish, giving you a perfect chance to grab dinner from the House of Rock kitchen (featuring half-price appetizers Wednesdays) and a $2.50 beer from an extensive craft beer selection.

independent thieves photoTHURSDAY

Consisting of two guitar-playing singer-songwriters, The Independent Thieves were formed so they could here themselves. You can hear them Thursday at House of Rock as the group celebrates its CD release with Lady Katherine and Mathias Isassi. Doors are at 9 p.m. Garrett Wieland and David King met at the weekly Executive Surf Club open-mic and soon began working on tunes together. Both fans of classic rock, folk music and Americana, the Thieves cite among their influences Van Morrison, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bob Dylan and The Band. Having started their musical careers in raucous electric bands (where they could never hear themselves), the focus of this new group is to pare down the instruments and work on the songs, songs that tell stories. No frills, no smoke and mirrors, just good tunes.

 two tones of steel

FRIDAY

Two Tons of Steel, with vocalist/guitarist Kevin Geil, Jake “Sidecar” Marchese on upright bass, Brian Duarte on lead guitar and Paul Ward on drums, continues to push the line between country and punk. They’ll be joined by Ty Dietz and Stephen Rushlow at Friday’s show at House of Rock. Doors are at 9 p.m. Before there was Americana, before there was Texas Country, Geil and his original band, “Dead Crickets,” rocked a sound that blended the best of musical worlds and pushed the envelope of Texas sound. Two Tons Steel has continued that push since forming in San Antonio in 1992. The group’s latest release was “Unraveled” in 2013, produced by Lloyd Maines.

pinata protest pictureSATURDAY

Accordion-fronted punk band Piñata Protest has been called an intoxicating border mash up of The Ramones and Ramon Ayala. It’s Selena meets Slayer. The band brings its irreverently self-described “mojado punk” to House of Rock on Saturday. They’ll be joined by Black Tarpoon, Rock Bottom String Band and The Knockouts. Doors are at 8 p.m. Piñata Protest boasts a cohesive mix of punk rock aggression, cheeky riffs on Mexican standards and original songs reflecting their lives, influences and desire for a mosh pit, Tejano style.