It’s that wonderful time of year again when Spring Break and SXSW collide, giving House of Rock a full slate of music Thursday through Sunday:
Alesana – Thursday 3/13
Alesana brings its emotionally-charged, post-hardcore sound to House of Rock on Thursday with Get Scared, Farewell My Love, Hearts and Hands, Megosh and Hundreth Counterparts. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Raleigh, N.C., band is relentless with its three-guitar attack, wrapping around an intricate weave of screamed, sung and growled vocals.
Ballyhoo! – Friday 3/14
Ballyhoo! brings its fun-loving reggae-infused pop to House of Rock on Friday with Flatbroke and Jahseed. Doors open at 8 p.m. The Baltimore, Md., band has been the life of the party since 1995 and isn’t planning on letting up anytime soon. The group released its fifth album, “Pineapple Grenade,” in 2013. Corpus Christi’s roots/reggae/jam rock trio Flatbroke opens.
Against Me! – Saturday 3/15
Laura Jane Grace brings the personal tale of transformation with a new album and all the older, familiar songs of Against Me! to House of Rock on Saturday. Doors are at 7 p.m. 2014′s release of “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” offers Grace a chance to share firsthand with fans thoughts of going from Tom Gabel to Laura Jane. “Getting up onstage in front of an audience that for years has known you as a male punk rock singer, and to express your fears over the way your relationships will change with people, and drastic changes that you’re going to make to your body, either through plastic surgery or hormone replacement therapy, and having that be something that people are dancing to? That for me is pretty revolutionary as an artist, to be able to pull it off after years of being perceived a certain way, of getting up and having that be the song you play each night and people are dancing to it. For me, it’s pretty groundbreaking,” Grace told the Village Voice in January. Besides having a critically-acclaimed new album, it doesn’t hurt to have six albums that resonate with the fans to fall back on. ”With the older records having been well-toured on, I know what works and I know what kind of reactions you get from what songs. You try to build a set list where you really come out of the gate swinging, and get everyone really going, and then you have moments where you dip things down so people can catch their breath before you build it back up, and bring it back down, only to bring it back up in the end and go out with a bang.” Lansing, Mich., power pop band Cheap Girls and indie/pop multi-instrumentalist Laura Stevenson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and her band open.
The Dollyrots – Sunday 3/16
The Dollyrots with Wolf-Face and Buck and Cosmo on Sunday at House of Rock. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. The Dollyrots are sugar-sweet with their pop but will suckerpunch you with their punk. “Barefoot and Pregnant” came out in February and is the fifth album released by the Los Angeles group fronted by Kelly Ogden (vocals and bass) and Luis Cabeza (vocals and guitar). Wolf-Face, a Clear Water, Fla., rock band with a ”Teen Wolf” fascination, and Buck and Cosmo, a hard rock duo from Corpus Christi, open the show.