Punk Rock, Reggae and Pink Floyd Tribute This Weekend at House of Rock



Japanese action comic punk band Peelander-Z brings its colorful, high-energy act to House of Rock on Wednesday. They’ll be joined by The Johnny Five and DJ Johnny Hotcakes. Doors are at 8 p.m. Formed in 1998 in NYC by Peelander-Red, Peelander-Yellow and Peelander-Blue (they all hail from the Z area of Planet Peelander and their colors are their skins, their story says), the group has spread to other colors of the rainbow as new members have been introduced. What hasn’t changed its Peelander-Z’s intense punk energy that thrives on audience participation.




7 Seconds continues its three-decade run of playing the finest hardcore punk Thursday at House of Rock. They’ll be joined by The Briefs (Seattle pop punk band), The Interrupters (L.A. ska band) and Avenue Rockers (Corpus Christi punk rock band). 7 Seconds is one of the oldest continuously active bands in hardcore, forming during the first wave of California punk in the 1980s after relocating from Reno, Nevada. They are considered by many as godfathers of the modern hardcore movement. The Briefs rock out in 1977-era punk fashion and count Buzzcocks, The Adverts and The Undertones as influences.



Any Colour You Like offers up it finest Pink Floyd tribute Friday at House of Rock. Doors are at 10 p.m. Named after track 8 of “The Dark Side of the Moon,” expect classic covers of Floyd classics and tasty jams.

Artist Kyrie Coye will have her artwork on display in the venue during ArtWalk. Kyrie Coye is an expressive artist raised in Port Allen,La. She discovered her talents at a young age experimenting with painting and applying makeup. Kyrie is now pursuing her career as both an Esthetician and an artist. She expresses her emotions through abstract art, using positive energy and music to help her create her pieces. She has learned through the years that she expresses herself best by using her hands to transfer her feelings into art.

The Supervillains are back Saturday at House of Rock with their super blend of reggae, rock, punk and ska. They’ll be joined by Through The Roots (Cali-reggae rockers). Doors are at 7 p.m. 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.

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Events All Weekend at House of Rock


House of Rock has all the treats — no tricks — for three days this Halloween, starting on Devils’ Night and finishing on Dia de los Muertos.

Thursday: Devils’ Night kicks off the festivities Thursday at House of Rock. Hardcore bands Fortunes, Stand Strong, Voices, Resurrect the Auspex, No Harm, As Above and So Below are featured. Doors are at 7 p.m.

Friday: DJ Johnny Hotcakes and The Electrotypes will provide the soundtrack to this year’s 10th annual Zombie Prom on Friday at House of Rock. Doors are at 9 p.m. Show off your costume creativity and come dressed as your best zombie or ghoul for a chance to be crowned king or queen of Zombie Prom.

Saturday: Girl in a Coma’s Nina Diaz will headline the Dia de los Muertos Festival afterparty Saturday inside House of Rock. The show follows the downtown street festival at 11 p.m. with Corpus Christi’s own Lady Katherine. Diaz, on break from Girl in a Coma, debuted music from her solo project in June in Austin. The album is slated to come out before the end of 2014. The HOR kitchen also will be getting in on the festival fun with street tacos, made fresh just for the party.

Ape Machine to Rock the Venue This Thursday with Switchblade Jesus & more

Ape Machine’s name is a nod to the days of reel-to-reel magnetic tape audio recording; a fitting moniker for the heavy-hitting quartet as the band plays through vintage tube amplifiers and lays down its songs using exclusively throwback quality studio equipment. The Portland, Ore., rock band plays Thursday at House of Rock with Switchblade Jesus and The Burning of Rome. Doors are at 9 p.m.

With a heady mix of animal aggression and technical precision, Ape Machine’s music carries an organic depth and warmth that recalls rock’s glorious early years while infusing modern sensibility. The group shows and earth-shaking ability to rock and has been called “a rock ‘n’ roll band with a finger on the pulse of the ’70s and their asses firmly in the present” and “real heavy-psych for the iPhone generation

Michael O’Connor Song Swap, The Contortionist & Film Screening this Weekend


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Corpus Christi’s Michael O’Connor and Taylor Pie return home with special guest Jeff Plankenhorn for a song swarm show Sunday at House of Rock. Doors are at 5 p.m. What is a song swarm? O’Connor explains the format: “A song swarm is not like a song swap when you go to see a concert with three songwriters sitting on the stage, two of them with guitars folded in their lap, looking bored or drinking their beer while the third sings his song only to have the whole thing rotate and start over with the other two looking. No, a swarm is not like that. There are three songwriters on stage, but we have all written songs together and we perform together and back each other up as instant sidemen, like a band … only it’s not a band because bands break up. It is something very special and very cool when I get to spend time with Plankenhorn or Pie, even better when we can all get together in the same room at the same time.”

This will be O’Connors first time back to Texas since relocating to Colorado. Pie, born in Jacksonville, Texas, moved to Corpus Christi in teens and was a founding member of the Pozo Seco Singers folk group in the 1960s. Her songs have been covered by Tanya Tucker, Bette Midler, Forrester Sisters, Mickey Gilley and Terri Hendrix. Plankenhorn is a multi-instrumentalist who has played with everyone from Ray Wylie Hubbard to Ruthie Foster to Slaid Cleaves and more while releasing his own solo albums.


Warped time signatures, percussive mathematics, spider-fingered fretwork, dazzlingly atmospheric keyboards and immediately arresting vocals collide as The Contortionist plays Saturday at House of Rock. They will be joined by Intervals and Polyphia. Doors are at 6 p.m. The Indiana based prog-metal alchemists conjure the kinetic texture of Rush, the cinematic musicality of Dream Theater, the heavy but heady metallic might of jazzy death wizards Cynic and the studied experimental precision of Between the Buried and Me while simultaneously fashioning an overall sound uniquely their own.


Just in time for Halloween, STX Media Studios is presenting a free screening of its “Dreadtime Stories,” a horror anthology by executive producer Sal Hernandez and directed by Jacob Grim on Friday at House of Rock. Doors are at 7 p.m. “Dreadtime Stories” is a film consisting of 10 tales of terror. Full of nightmarish monsters and dastardly doings, STX Media promises that you will be sleeping with the lights on after you see it.

Packed Weekend of Events for Bike Fest



Zero Platoon will celebrate its first anniversary with a party Thursday at House of Rock. Doors at 7 p.m. The Sunshine Collective, Fader Friend and DJ Johnny Hotcakes. Mike Henneberger is a Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi graduate and Army veteran who helps servicemen and women who are diagnosed with depression adapt to military life through music. Henneberger created Zero Platoon in October, recording musicians where they are, sometimes in the back of a car, while they perform acoustic songs and talk about how music has helped them through difficult times in their lives and posts the videos on YouTube.”I saw a lot of kids struggle with leaving their home, family and getting into this life where you leave being your own person behind,” Henneberger told the Caller-Times. “It was a struggle for me and I was 25. Music always helped me get through problems in my life, and I wanted to give these kids who are going through the same thing a little bit of hope.” The first 25 people will receive Zero Platoon T-shirts and the first 50 will receive stickers. Giveaways will be held for tickets to events at Concrete Street Amphitheater, Chuckles Comedy Club, Brewster Street Icehouse and Friday Night Haunted House.


John Cortez Band will be honoring Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bushbullit will be honoring ZZ Top on Friday at House of Rock. Doors at 8 p.m. John Cortez Band has been recreating Vaughan’s music faithfully for quite some time along with their own blues/rock originals and covers. ZZ Top has long been a Busbullit staple as they play their own Latin-inflected, Texas blues/rock originals and covers.


The Toasters return to House of Rock with The Attack on Saturday at House of Rock. Doors at 8 p.m. The Toasters, enjoying their 33rd year, are one of the longest-serving third wave ska bands. Robert “Bucket” Hingley started the band in 1981 after seeing The Beat perform in NYC. The Englishman has been the lone constant member in a group that fuses ska, pool soul, reggae and punk rock with lyrics that deal with themes of love, unity and sociopolitical topics in high-energy live performances.

Kick off October with The Heroine on Thursday and Dillofest on Saturday



The Heroine kicks off a tour that takes the San Antonio band out west with a show Thursday at House of Rock. Doors are at 8 p.m. Their original hard rock sound has been described as Motorhead meets Thin Lizzy with Kiss theatrics.

The group of carpenters/contractors and an avionics technician has been going since 2002 but got its big break in 2008, making the final six of Guitar Center’s Make Rock History contest and playing a show at L.A.’s Whiskey A Go-Go for a chance to play with Motley Crue. The group didn’t win but has released three albums of soulful, high-energy, Southern rock ‘n’ roll, including 2012’s “Playing for Keeps” and 2013’s “Songs from the Southland” EP.


Killamora, Black Lung Conspiracy, Count Your Dead, Lucid Haven, Deaths Embrace, Until the Grave, Funeral Ash, Votan, No Questions Asked and Bomb Hoarder are the lineup for this year’s Dillofest on Saturday at House of Rock. Proceeds from the 14th annual showcase benefit kids with cancer. Doors are at noon.

A festival that started with only five bands has grown in its existence. Dillo started his career in the music industry by working the ins and outs of stage and production manager. His resume includes Concrete Street Amphitheatre and Ozzfest to name a few.

While attending festivals such as Lollapalooza and The Clash of the Titans Tour, Dillo came up with an idea of bringing a music festival to Corpus Christi and that is exactly what he did.

Rock with The Independents on Friday, Roadkill Ghost Choir on Saturday


The Independents are touring in support its new album, the horror-punk band’s first in six years. They’ll be joined by Tricounty Terror, Avenue Rockers and NQA on Friday at House of Rock. Doors are at 9 p.m. The Florence, S.C., band formed in 1992 and was championed and produced by Joey Ramone. The group continues its hard-rocking ways with “Into the Light,” the band’s latest release.




Roadkill Ghost Choir has emerged from the desolate heart of Central Florida to make unsettling, powerful American rock — Tom Petty by way of Radiohead and Cormac McCarthy. The folk/rock group plays Saturday at House of Rock with The Eastern Sea and Modern Explorations. Doors are at 8 p.m. Set against a ghostly steel pedal, singer and main songwriter Andrew Shepard triumphantly conjures an allegorical American landscape of drifters, specters and violent saints. The group released its full-length debut album “In Tongues” in August.

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