Nic Armstrong provides the British beat deep in the heart of Texas and will be bringing it to the stage Friday at House of Rock. Nic Armstrong the Thieves will be joined by Otis the Destroyer and Denim Hares. 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.
Otis the Destroyer was born out of the demise of Austin rock band The Couch, who played House of Rock in 2013, opening for Girl in a Coma. The psych rock group is working on its full length debut while it has been building up buzz around Austin with its live performances.
Metal/rock/blues guitar virtuoso Jake E. Lee has a new album and will be showing off his hot licks in his latest band Red Dragon Cartel on Sunday at House of Rock. Doors are at 7 p.m. Joining Red Dragon Cartel are Andy Timmons Band, Switchblade Jesus and Cathouse.
Lee took the place of the deceased Randy Rhoads as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist for “Bark at the Moon” and “The Ultimate Sin.” He’s also been a part of Ratt and had his own groups Rough Cutt and Badlands. Lee didn’t record or perform much between 1998 and 2014 until he Red Dragon Cartel released its debut album in January. The new album, made up ideas he stockpiled during the years of dormancy, showcases his skills as a composer, Lee said. “I was never too comfortable being seen as just a shred guy,” he says. “I was always more interested in the song,” he told Guitar World in an interview. The tour will reunite Lee with his former bassist from Badlands, Greg Chaisson, who was welcomed into the group in November.