Join the House of Rock family for the 10th annual Tamale Dinner, starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday. The Christmas Eve tradition serves up free tamale dinners with beans, rice and salsa. And don’t forget for guess how many cans make up this year’s House of Rock Lone Star beer can tree. The correct guess will win tickets for every HOR show for the upcoming year.
Once the traditional holiday music dies down, Equal Eyez annual Christmas Show will guarantee there isn’t a silent night Thursday at House of Rock. Filling the night with sounds of local music past and present are The Wild Ones, The Tropical with Shayna Sands, Dorsey and Dorsey and Y Los Frijoles, an all-star Equal Eyez reunion band performing songs by Feedback, thREEFERfive, Eskape Tones, The Make Out Bandits, and Two Day recovery. Doors are at 8 p.m.
Naked, stripped down and aching with adrenaline is the rawness of Leopold and His Fiction. The Austin trio performs Saturday at House of Rock along with The Blind Owls and The Golden Meanies. Doors are at 8 p.m. Originally formed as an outlet for Daniel James to exercise his lessons from his formative years in Detroit, the seminal force of Leopold and His Fiction is the catalyst for soul-drenched, bare-bones rock ‘n’ roll that shakes with the power of ’73-era Stooges while seducing with the rhythm and blues of Motown.
Thursday: Jimmy Willden EP Release Party
Tuesday, singer-songwriter Jimmy Willden debuted his new solo EP. Thursday, he’ll share it House of Rock with his EP release party. He’ll be joined by Lady Katherine and Steven James. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. “Melodies of the Aftermath” features songs about the back and forth of being in a relationship, and the downward spiral of love, Willden told the Caller-Times. Willden said he felt he finally had a cohesive story of songs for a solo release. “I feel like I’ve grown and come full circle and am writing songs that say what I want to say. One of the songs ‘Smoke’ I feel was a gift given to me. It’s a song that transcends me and can speak to everyone.” His plan is to release a full album by late spring.
Friday: Andrew WK
Andrew W.K. brings the hard-rocking party to House of Rock on Friday with Yip Deceiver and IAYD. Doors are at 9 p.m. Andrew W.K. is the King of Partying. Infamous for his bloody nose, famous for his high-life attitude, beloved for his songs like, “Party Hard,” “We Want Fun,” and “You Will Remember Tonight,” Andrew’s goal is to use all forms of entertainment to create feelings of pure joy, fun, love, freedom and possibility — and to rock hard. The tag-team all-analog dance duo Yip Deceiver broadcasts sexxed-up jambox jaunts and lights club floors ablaze at home in Athens, Georgia, and beyond.
Saturday: Sideshow Tragedy
Raw rock ‘n’ roll will be served up Saturday at House of Rock, featuring Austin duo The Sideshow Tragedy, Dead Mockingbirds (Dallas rock ‘n’ roll trio) and The Golden Meanies (Corpus Christi garage rock). Doors are at 9 p.m. The Sideshow Tragedy offers up a dark, murky, glorious slab of garage, blues and rock. The duo’s songs are collection of raw energy and focused poetry, hitched together like old rail cars hurtling non-stop from the Deep South to the East Village.
Sunday: STUF- Mas
South Texas Underground Film will be hosting a Cell Phone Film Challenge this Sunday, December 21. Doors open at 7:30pm. It’s Free to enter and Free to watch! (3 Launch Times, 1 Element, 7 Days to Film! Film on a Cell Phone!!)
THURSDAY: VOODOO GLOW SKULLS
Voodoo Glow Skulls will share their California street music – a high-octane mix of rock, punk, ska and hardcore – Thursday at House of Rock. They’ll be joined by No Questions Asked, Noah and the Beyonders. Doors are at 8 p.m. Formed in 1988, Voodoo Glow Skulls mesh hardcore punk, traditional ska, tough guitar riffs and the Mexican music of their roots to create the prototype for the West Coast ska-core sound. Unflinchingly honest, their songs often used humor to comment on harsh political realities – from racial inequity to unrest overseas. Singing in both Spanish and English, Voodoo Glow Skulls’ bilingual musical tradition has been a hallmark of the band since since the beginning. The group released its ninth studio album “Break the Spell” in 2012.
FRIDAY: CODY AND WOODY’S BDAY BASH
Cody and Woody’s Birthday Bash features and eclectic mix of performers Saturday at House of Rock. This year, Echo, Peace & Quiet and The Pacific Islanders take the stage. Doors are at 9 p.m. Echo navigates its psychedelic/progressive rock with mind-bending jams and tight musicianship. The Pacific Islanders are a Polynesian dance troupe that features a Tahitian drum band, fire dancers and Tahitian, Hawaiian, Maori and Samoan Dancers. Rarely peaceful, never quiet is Peace & Quiet. The indie rock group features a poetic trance of melodic algorithms and fine structure. True to the art, they’re definitely a must for music enthusiast.
Emmure’s take-no-prisoners attitude has allowed the band to rise to the top of the metal scene. The New York deathcore group will play Sunday at House of Rock with The Acacia Strain, Fit for a King, Kublai Kahn and Skylar. Doors are at 6 p.m. Emmure delivers and unhinged blend of blistering hardcore and punishing death metal featuring unapologetic lyrics with their rage-infused roots. You’ll definitely feel their powerful low chugging, technical riffs and bone-crushing drum work.
WEDNESDAY: Three Bad Jacks brings its high-octane renegade rock ‘n’ roll to House of Rock on Wednesday. They’ll be joined by Corpus Christi’s own rockabilly veteran trio Matt Hole and the Hot Rod Gang. Doors are at 9 p.m. The Los Angeles trio displays a mastery and understanding of American big beat heritage. Singer-guitarist Elvis Suissa, bassist Ruben Ibarra and drummer Adam Jones play rockabilly and psychobilly with a modern original sound that recalls the late 1950s and early 1960s.
FRIDAY: The 5th Annual Rolling Art Show is this Friday during ArtWalk at House of Rock presented by Dyano Cycle. Check out custom motorcycles that will be displayed throughout the venue and enjoy live music. Doors open at 5 PM.
SATURDAY: After Dark Revue tempts and teases with its December presentation, The Whirly Girl Show, at 10 p.m. Saturday. The show is hosted by Miss V Haven (Houston) and presents Ginger Valentine (Dallas), the Queen of Burlesque of the 2011 New Orleans Burlesque Festival. Also featured are MaryLynn May Hem (Dallas), best solo 2014 San Antonio Burlesque Festival; Jolie Goodnight (Austin) 2012, second runner-up for Miss Viva Las Vegas; Rosie Rawhyde (Corpus Christ), best tease 2013 San Antonio Burlesque Festival; Lola Von Deadly (Houston) and more. Standing room tickets, reserved seats and VIP tables are available in advance at afterdarkrevue.com and the House of Rock box office.
Come get your fill as House of Rock serves up a heaping feast of music this Thanksgiving week.
What’s a Thanksgiving Eve without Sweet Daddy? The veteran Corpus Christi rockers once again will deliver their hard-rocking original tunes in the annual Wednesday night festivities at House of Rock. They’ll be joined by Anchor Babies (Corpus Christi hard rock band) and Black Lung Conspiracy (Corpus Christi hardcore/metal band). Doors are at 8:30 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Chavar Dontae brings his music — indiesoulrocknroll — to House of Rock on Thursday. He’ll be joined by Violet Crush (Corpus Christi alternative rock band) and Jimmy Wilden (Corpus Christ roots singer-songwriter). Doors are at 9 p.m. Dontae’s original songs mix soul, rock and indie electronic music in a fresh way with hints of influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Prince to Imogen Heap, MGMT and Cee-Lo Green.
Girl in a Coma’s Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva continue to make beautiful Chicana punk rock with their side project, Fea, which appears Saturday at House of Rock. They’ll be joined by Ese (Houston punk rock band) and The Knockouts. Doors are at 8:30 p.m. The group has a new lead singer (Letty “Fea”) and guitarist (Aaron “Feo”) from the last time they played at HOR but continues along the same punk path laden with with inspirations of Bikini Kill, Alice Bag and Les Butcherettes.
Corpus Christi folk/Americana singer-songwriters Hope & Hostility performs Wednesday at House of Rock. Doors at 8 p.m. The talented roots group released its superb debut album, “Heart/Aches,” earlier this year.
Pake Rossi returns to House of Rock on Thursday with Shayna Sands. Doors at 9 p.m. Austin-based singer-songwriter Rossi blends rock, country, folk and blues with a roots attitude. The show will be his first in Corpus Christi since last December. He’ll be joined by Sands, a Corpus Christi singer-songwriter and fellow roots-rocker, who has plenty to say in song and a great voice to express it with.
San Antonio alternative rock band Nancy Silva Project is building buzz in its hometown and beyond with heavy guitar licks and plenty of swagger. The group will play Friday with Violet Crush (Corpus Christi alternative rock band) and Civil Lion Rebels (Corpus Christi female-fronted alternative rock band) at House of Rock. Doors at 9 p.m. Silva brings her songs to life with a passionate, energetic vocals. Check out the group’s 2013 album, “A Part of Me,” on iTunes.
Local talent gets the spotlight Saturday at House of Rock with The Blind Owls (retro/garage rockers), The Golden Meanies (alternative/psych rock trio), Peace and Quiet (alternative/shoe gaze/psych rock) and The Tropical. Doors at 9 p.m.
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.