Better Know an Artist (Vol 34): Katrina Cain (TOMKAT)

TOMKAT is a band out of Denton, Texas, making dreamy electro pop with touches of jazz and soul. They’re fronted by the golden-tressed and golden-piped Katrina (AKA Kat) Cain. Her voice melts on top of the textured electronics to create a slicked up pop dreamscape. Katrina took the time out from dying her hair to answer our questions. Enjoy!

Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?

KC: The first time I performed in public, I was four years old. I knew pretty much immediately that I wanted to be a professional musician, and specifically a vocalist. I’ve always known it’s what I wanted to do. Throughout my childhood, I played quite a few different instruments and sang everywhere I could (I was a band, orchestra, choir nerd). I eventually majored in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas, which is how I started actually gigging and making money. It’s also where I met all the guys in the band. All of us moved to Texas to study music at UNT, and we’ve ended up staying here because of the DFW music scene.

Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?

KC:  I’ve always had trouble classifying our music because I feel like it could fall into several genres. I like to say it’s electro groove pop. We hope people can dance and chill out to our music.

Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?

KC: My early songwriter self was influenced by artists like Tori Amos and Fiona Apple. But this current band, TOMKAT, is a mix of all of our influences. I would say we are influenced by artists like Little Dragon, Banks, Polica, and Haitus Kaiyote.

Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?

KC: Our song, “Big Love”, means the most to me because it’s the first song I wrote for this band. Well, the first song I wrote for us that ended up recorded and performed. It’s actually not about love and not about drugs (like it seems), but it’s a metaphor for the music industry. Basically, an obsession or addiction that I can’t stay away from, but sometimes it feels like it’s killing me. My current favorite song is “Icarus”, which we haven’t recorded yet, but we open every show with it. It’s pretty much the story of Icarus, and again just a huge metaphor for being excited/scared to pursue your dreams. The last lines of the song are, “What if I fly, and if I fly too high, what if I fall?”

Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

KC: Oh, damn. “Dead or alive” makes it hard to narrow down…if we could open for Little Dragon one day, I would be on top of the world. That’s when I’ll have achieved my definition of success. They’ve been one of my favorite bands since I first heard them…I was maybe 18 or 19 when a friend told me to check them out. It’s great to see their progress and how far they have come. In my opinion, they are one of the freshest, most innovative bands out there– without being so “out” that it drives the mainstream listeners away. They do a great job of balancing unique sounds and concepts with feel good grooves. Everything they release just blows me away.

Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?

KC: Our guitarist’s new band, Terra Collective, is blowing us away recently. Sorry for the plug, but they’re doing some cool things. Polica is a band from the twin cities up in Minnesota. They’ve been around for a few years, but don’t get as much credit as they should. I’m excited to see where they go. I look up to them a lot.

Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?

KC: I honestly don’t want to answer this question, because there are so many records I could name.

Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?

KC: I love how different each scene is- I truly feel like Denton, Dallas, and Fort Worth each have a unique vibe and their own unique fan bases to offer. I love Deep Ellum. I love how much studio work there is here. Any negative experiences I have had here, I have also had in every other city we’ve played, so I’m not sure that there are any negatives about the DFW scene in particular. Houston has so far been the least welcoming city as far as other bands/artists, venues, booking shows, etc.

I will say in general: I wish more people were willing to go out and see live music, to tip the musicians and/or just pay the cover charge. I’m a big spoiled because my “day job” is also playing music (at swanky restaurants and weddings), but honestly it’s a bit ridiculous to think that we should offer our profession for free anywhere. Even when it’s original music….especially when it’s original music! No one ever says, “Oh, I thought that haircut and dye would be free. No thanks, then.” So why do people turn back around when they get to the club door and there’s a small cover charge? I promise you it will be worth the $5!

Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?

KC: So far, Trees takes the cake. We had the opportunity to play during the Pin Show’s preview event at Trees in December of 2015 and it was amazing. Really hoping we can play there again. Every show I’ve seen there has been incredible. They book some of my favorite acts, and the sound is always fantastic. I also want to give a shoutout to Jimmy at Dan’s Silver Leaf in Denton for being the best sound guy I’ve ever worked with. He’s also the crankiest, and you can tell him I said that, he knows I love him.

Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?

KC: Absolutely in love with the band Relick, and have always loved hearing Isaac Hoskins play. We also adore playing shows with Rat Rios and Sudie, so check them out as well!

Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

KC: My name is Kat, but I like dogs. I am left-handed. I have never done karaoke.

Many thanks to Kat for taking the time to do this for us. I don’t think TomKat has any local dates upcoming. They’re in Houston and Austin the next couple days. For now, you can listen to their track, “Big Love”, below, and pick up the EP here. Keep an eye out for TomKat dates here.

 

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Top Records for May 2016

So….., May sees the return of my favorite band and one of my favorite young solo artists, and they dropped a couple of the best records of the year thus far, and even after that, there’s several other great records out this month, as well as a few highly anticipated local records. By all means, let’s do this.

1 Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool” 9.1
2 James Blake “the Colour in Anything” 8.7
3 Car Seat Headrest “Teens of Denial” 8.6
4 Anohni “Hopelessness” 8.4
5 the Hotelier “Goodness” 8.4
6 Chance the Rapper “Coloring Book” 8.4
7 Modern Baseball “Holy Ghost” 8.3
8 Hard Working Americans “Rest in Chaos” 8.3
9 Karl Blau “Introducing Karl Blau” 8.3
10 Quaker City Night Hawks “El Astronauta” 8.2
11 Jessy Lanza “Oh No” 8.2
12 Trashcan Sinatras “Wild Pendulum” 8.1
13 Daniel Markham “Disintegrator” 8.1
14 Andy Shauf “the Party” 8.1
15 Mudcrutch “2” 8.1
16 Kvelertak “Nattesferd” 8.1
17 Gregory Porter “Take Me to the Alley” 8.1
18 the So So Glos “Kamikaze” 8.1
19 Yak “Alas Salvation” 8.1
20 Big Thief “Masterpiece” 8.1
21 Flume “Skin” 8.1
22 Against the Current “In Our Bones” 8.1
23 Death Grips “Bottomless Pit” 8.1
24 Marissa Nadler “Strangers” 8

25 Kaytranada “99.9%” 8

I’ll see you next month with some more highly anticipated local records, hopefully. Happy listening.

 

 

Better Know an Artist (Vol 30): Jake Dexter

Jake Dexter is a local indie hip-hop artist with a tinge of pop and soul to it, kinda like the old school sound with poppy beats and a spoken word vocal. His newest album, Echoes, dropped last year, and his track “Who I Am” featuring Daniel Gonzales took off a bit on SoundCloud with over 100,000 plays. Jake sat down and played our little game for us, so this is how that went…..

Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?

JD: I started playing music when I was in Junior High. My dad used to run night clubs in the area and I would see the bands perform at his clubs and just fell in love with music.

Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?

JD: My music is like if pop music, soul music, hip hop music and funk music all had a baby. That would be my music. LOL

Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?

JD: Writing wise, I am heavily influenced by artists such as Bob Schneider, Matt Wertz and the Reign of Kindo, and Jason Mraz because that’s what I grow up listening to. But compassion wise, my biggest influence is Jon McLaughlin. I do a lot of piano work live and his compositions are what inspired me to push mine to their limits.

Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?

JD: The songs off my new album, Echoes, mean the most to me, mostly because every single song is about something or someone who has been in and or out of my life.

Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

JD: If I could open up for any artist in the world, it would probably be Steve Miller or Stevie Wonder. Both of them are unbelievable artists and composers and have been consistently pushing music their whole life.

Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?

JD: Two of my newest favorite artists are Sleeperstar and Michael Toucher.

Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?

JD: Waiting for My Rocket to Come by Jason Mraz. Always gets me through the hard times.

Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?

JD: It’d say one of my favorite things about the DFW music scene, as an artist, is that most venues have their own sound system. Providing your own sound stinks. I am also a fan that so many people are open to the music scene, and will go to concerts randomly, just from invites. The worst thing is the parking. LOL.

Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?

JD: Recently my favorite venues to play at are Trees, and Wit’s End. Wit’s End especially. It’s got great sound, like Trees and some of those other venues, but at the same time, has that close knit home-y feel to it. Very comfortable. As for going to see shows, it would be the same.

Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?

JD: There are so many great acts in the DFW, it’s hard to just pick a few. But I would say Mitchell Ferguson, Trent Rush, Carter Davis, and Quentin Moore are a couple of great ones to look out for.

Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

JD: Hmmm, one thing most people don’t know is that I’ve spent the last 5 years touring as a keyboardist for differet nationally and internationally touring country bands. My music is very hip-hop/Jazz/soul based, and I do spoken word vocals, basically the exact opposite of country music. lol. So, I’m sure some would be surprised if they knew.

Thanks to Jake Dexter for shooting us a submission. You Deep Ellum cats can catch Jake and his band at the Prophet Bar this Thursday (5/26) opening for the Louisiana Purchase, and keep an eye on JakeDexter.com for more shows.

Better Know an Artist (Vol 28): Alexandria Rhea

Alexandria Rhea is a name you’ve probably seen popping up a lot lately in the area, often with bassist and frequent collaborator Maria Demus. Armed with an angsty folky jazz sound, Alexandria wields her simple, charming voice around some gentle guitar playing. With a fresh record ready to drop anytime now, you’ll be hearing much more from her shortly. Alexandria sat down to answer those age-old questions. This is how that went down.

Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?

AR: I’ve been playing music ever since I was a toddler. My mom and dad (and grandparents and aunts and uncles) surrounded me with love and support and damn good music to listen to. If it weren’t for my mom’s extensive collection of Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, and Steely Dan, I just wouldn’t be the same musician. I think I always kinda knew that music is something I’m gonna play forever. I’m so grateful for this gift.

Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?

AR: This question is always hard to answer for some reason. It’s like if Joni Mitchell, Django Reinhardt, and Al Green all had a test tube baby, it would maybe be me. It’s funky lady jazzy souly folky.

Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?

AR: I think a lot of the Motown I listen to shines through what I play. I love Aretha, I love Sam Cooke. I love Aaron Neville. The rawness of soul appeals to my songwriting. I’m way into P-Funk, they just make you feel 100% cooler, like you got shit under control and you’re at peace with the cosmos. I also love a lot of female driven music from the 90’s. Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morrisette, those women were so badass in my preteen eyes. I love CSNY, especially “So Far”. The entire album is flawless. My favorite group on any given day is Steely Dan. Just because. Thanks Mom!!!

Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?

AR: “You are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder takes me right back to my childhood. “Me and Bobby McGee” does the same. Dancing around the house with my mom and brother with complete abandon. “Dirty Work” by Steely Dan….because….just because. “Black Water” by the Doobie Brothers and a rendition of “Why” by Leon Redbone both take me to a time of growth, love and heartbreak. Oh, and I love “Say You’ll Be There” by the Spice Girls. My daughter and I are currently bonding over the Spice Girls and the Doobie Brothers.

Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

AR: Hmm…Simon and Garfunkel, because I bet we would kick it after the show.

Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?

AR: I’m loving what Leon Bridges is doing for and with music. That guy has got it. I just started listening to Brandi Carlile and I’m in love.

Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?

AR: Magical Mystery Tour, I was gonna name a bunch but the rule is that you only get one, right?

Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?

AR: I feel so fortunate to be a part of this community. I feel it growing and myself with it. I’m finding my voice here. I’ve met so many awesome music makers. And the support from the community is just outpouring and crazy generous. So many fans, booking agents, record labels, managers…resources are abundant here. My love for music is overflowing and I’m so happy to be surrounded with all these fine women and men expressing souls alongside mine. Fort Worth is my little musical nest right now.

Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?

AR: They all have something special but Lola’s is probably my current favorite. Camaraderie is always available, it’s low key. The Cellar (RIP) will always rest in a soft spot in my heart. It was the first place I ever played at that also served alcohol. It was hit or miss–many a night, I played to two people, one of them being the bartender. But I still had fun.

Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?

AR: Deanna Valone, Ansley, the Hendersons, Denver Williams, War Party, Jefferson Colby, Luke McGlathery, Vincent Neil Emerson, Nina Ty, Frisky Disco, Jordan Franz, Ginny Mac, Poppy Xander, Magnatite…the list goes on.

Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

AR: I can pick up a pencil with my nose

A big thanks for Alexandria Rhea for taking the time to sit down with us. She’s got her own toddler running around there, so you know I can relate. Anyways, her new record should drop anytime now, so keep an eye out for that, and if you see her playing around town, get out and help a mother out.

Photo Credit: Steve Watkins

Top Records for March 2016

So, March had some really strong releases, including the surprise return of King Kendrick, the full maturation of one of the country’s top young songwriters, and a few strong returns from some of music’s biggest icons. Oh, and the excellent solo debut of what could be the newest country star. Also, like last month, I listened to a lot of stuff this month, so I think I’m going to expand the normal list to 25 this month.

1 Parker Millsap “the Very Last Day” 8.6
2 Kendrick Lamar “Untitled Unmastered” 8.5
3 Margo Price “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter” 8.4
4 Ray Lamontagne “Ouroboros” 8.4
5 Richmond Fontaine “You Can’t Go Back if There’s Nothing to Go Back To” 8.3
6 the Range “Potential” 8.3
7 Iggy Pop “Post Pop Depression” 8.2
8 Loretta Lynn “Full Circle “8.2
9 Esperanza Spalding “Emily’s D+Evolution” 8.2
10 Bob Mould “Patch the Sky” 8.2
11 Damien Jurado “Visions of Us on the Land” 8.1
12 Steven James Adams “Old Magick” 8.1
13 Anna Meredith “Varmints” 8.1
14 Meilyr Jones “2013” 8.0
15 Mmoths “Lunkeworks” 8.0
16 Grant-Lee Phillips “the Narrows” 7.9
17 Thao & the Get Down Stay Down “A Man Alive” 7.9
18 the Coral “Distance Inbetween” 7.9
19 Robert Pollard “Of Course You Are” 7.8
20 Domo Genesis “Genesis” 7.8
21 Matt Corby “Telluric” 7.8
22 Lapsley “Long Way Home” 7.8
23 Sam Lao “SPCTRM” 7.8
24 Hightower “Echo Springs” 7.8
25 Polica “United Crushers” 7.7

 

Better Know an Artist (Vol 18): Lindsay Hightower (Hightower)

One of the first local shows I got out to after a bit of a hiatus was the Grotto’s birthday party a few months back. You might remember me posting pictures of Vodeo, Mountain Kid, and the Hanna Barbarians. However, opening that show, was the band, Hightower. I didn’t quite make it in time to catch most of their set (Asa took a hot minute to go down), but Lindsay’s voice made an impression. I messaged her the next day, and apologized for not getting photos of her, and invited her to this series. Well, she’s got a new album dropping here shortly (I’ve heard it. It’s great) and we’re finally getting around to this interview. Check out what Lindsay has to say and catch her live for the Album release soon (see below).

Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?

LH: Music was always in our home. My mom played piano and my Dad played guitar. I was 13 when I started performing around local opry houses. Then I was introduced to a vocal coach/manager that mainly focused on kids, Kay Lynn Scott in San Saba, TX. She worked with other kids from rural areas like me and just helped groom us for performing. That continued all throughout high school. After high school, I packed up and went to Nashville, where I attended Belmont University for Music Business. Then, I packed up again and moved to Los Angeles. I submersed myself into training as an actor. I don’t want to say I put music on the back burner as I was still in that world, but I was training heavily as an actor. I moved back here and was in a couple of other bands. They would break up and then I finally though I was done/ burned out… but we’re never really done, are we? I went into the business world, but it just wasn’t who I was. Then I had my “money be damned” moment and jumped back into music full time. That was a little over a year ago.

Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?

LH: I like to say that Hightower is a dark, sultry, campy, Texi-Cali band peppered with the influences of Surf, Country and Rock.

Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?

LH: Etta James, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Amanda Palmer and Nina Simone are just some of the first artists that come to mind. The list goes on. While I was too young to understand exactly what they were saying, it didn’t matter, because the pure emotion in their voices just paralyzed me. I fell in love. I would also like to add the Beatles, Neil Young, and Tom Petty.

Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?

LH: “Echo Spring.” It’s the title track and was the first song written for the album. It was inspired by a book I had read “Trip to Echo Spring”. The term comes from the play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. It means I’m going to go “tie one off” or “go on a bender”. While writing “Echo Spring”, I just committed to sit in my feelings and not judge myself for the way I feel, not tie myself to any expectations.

Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

LH: That’s a really difficult question. I’m gonna go with Elvis.

Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?

LH: For sure. They’re not all new, but first and locally, I like what Sudie is doing. Her videos are really beautiful as well. St Vincent, Dovetail, Charley Crockett, as well. Not so local acts: Phantogram, Jim James & Thievery Corporation are some of my tunes that are on repeat.

Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?

LH: I like different things depending on my moods of course. Right now, I would pick the Beach Boys Pet Sounds album, if I were stranded on an island.

Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?

LH: There is something really special about Fort Worth. Coming from other markets, the level of community and support was so refreshing. Not one complaint.

Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?

LH: So many great places in DFW. Love all the music staples. Shipping and Receiving has a special place in my heart cause that’s where we started. They welcomed us when we were just starting out. That means a lot.

Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?

LH: Feletha Black melts my face off. They are incredible.

Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

LH: I like to scare or prank people. Makes me giggle every time.

Much love to Lindsay Hightower for taking the time. You’re going to want to check out her new album. The girl’s voice is gonna getcha. You can catch her live at the album release at Shipping and Receiving on March 12, with Holy Moly and Conway Seavey, starts at 9. Until then, keep on keeping on and support local music.

Top Shows Coming to Town for 12/18/15-12/24/15

So, more holiday shows, and several artists from Texas and neighboring states in this slow season for concerts. So here goes…

1 Josh Groban @ Music Hall at Fair Park (Dallas) Tues 12/22/15

Josh Groban brings his majestic voice to class up the joint this week. I’m assuming there will be Christmas songs to be heard.

2 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ South Side Ballroom (Dallas) Sat 12/19/15

An emerging New Orleans powerhouse, Troy Andrews, has really taken off the last few years. Also, he has the distinction of being Asa’s first concert, when he played Concerts in the Garden a couple years back.

3 Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Myerson Symphony Center (Dallas) Tues 12/22/15 and Weds 12/23/15

From an emerging New Orleans powerhouse to the city’s musical stalwarts, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be spending a couple nights at the Meyerson this week, you know in case Groban didn’t class up your week enough.

4 Drowning Pool w/ Adakain, Dead Scene Believers, Mothership, and Alison Red @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Fri 12/18/15

Forget all this classy stuff. Let the bodies hit the frickin’ floor with the Dallas legends, Drowning Pool.

5 Mingo Fishtrap @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff) Sat 12/19/15

These Austin (by way of Denton) boys play Soul infused Funk with a lot of energy while they do it.

6 Cody Canada & the Departed @ Shipping and Receiving (Fort Worth) Sat 12/19/15

The “Canadian” part of Red Dirt legends, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Cody Canada comes through with his new band.

7 Dirty River Boys @ Granada (Lower Greenville) Sat 12/19/15

These cats from El Paso put on a super-fun live show. A little bit of anything, they’re a multi-genre, multi-instrumental powerhouse.

8 Mannheim Steamroller @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Sun 12/20/15
Trans Siberian Orchestra @ American Airlines Center (Dallas) Sun 12/20/15

Well, since you’d have to pick one, I’m just gonna put these together. Do you like your gimmicky Christmas music synth or guitars?

9 Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff) Fri 12/18/15

Jeff Liles is killin’ it this week. Texas’s favorite husband and wife duo play their annual Holiday show at the Kessler.

10 Salim Nourallah w/ Billy Harvey & Alex Dezen @ Sons of Hermann Hall (Deep Ellum) Sat 12/19/15

Fresh off one of the best local records of the year, Salim Nourallah’s playing one of Deep Ellum’s most historic spaces.

Also in town this week:
Fri 12/18/15
Son of Stan (DJ Set) w/ Blue, the Misfit, Color TV, Sudie & the Misteries @ Club Dada
Doug Burr w/ Dove Hunter @ Harvest House
Steel Panther @ House of Blues
Randy Rogers @ Billy Bob’s
Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat w/ Bnois King Quartet @ Sons of Hermann Hall
Alexandria Rhea @ Dreamy Life Records Happy Hour
Roaming Soldiers @ Gas Monkey Bar n Grill
Mountain Sprout w/ Bad Mountain, Panther City Pickers & the Blondettes @ Shipping & Receiving
Big Tasty and the Moonshiners @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
the Dangits w/ Bad Blonde, West Side Drunk Punks & Hello Lover @ Lola’s
Zac Wilkerson @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
Red Admirals w/ Caliche Burnout, Satellite Dream & Invisible Signal @ the Grotto
the English Beat @ Granada Theater
Moreland & Arbuckle Buggaboo @ Sundown at Granada
the Ten Tenors @ Verizon Theatre
Hal Ketchum @ Live Oak
Roar Shack w/ Fun Button, Animal Spirit, & Off World @ Rubber Gloves
the Holler Time w/ George Hughen of Black Oak Arkansas @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Sun Over Sea w/ Blue Jay Soul @ the Foundry

Sat 12/19/15
Charley Crockett @ Revolver Brewery
the O’s w/ the Phantom Shakers @ Sundown at Granada
Randy Rogers @ Billy Bob’s
Oh Whitney @ Lola’s
Maajr w/ Lowin @ the Foundry
Colin Boyd @ Live Oak Lounge
Twas the Night: David J Pierce & His Holiday Orchestra @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Mike and the Moonpies w/ Charlie Shafter & the Gnomes @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
Welch Family @ Live Oak Music Hall
Holiday Hoedown: the Shady Rest Band w/ Bomber Spur, Armadillo Creek & Western Skies @ the Grotto
Aaron Watson @ House of Blues
Broken Gold w/ Party Static & Hate Your Friends @ Rubber Gloves
Mushroomhead @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
Reinventing Jude @ Harvest House
Here Holy Spain @ Double Wide

Sun 12/20/15
Classic Cult w/ Mantra Love & Siamese @ Three Links
Kenny Uptain @ Live Oak Lounge
TC Fambro @ Magnolia
Raised Right Men w/ AM Ramblers, Brent Best, Isaac Hoskins and Glass Mountain & Kim Nall and the Fringe @ Dan’s Silver Leaf

Mon 12/21/15
Brave Combo (Christmas Show) @ Meyerson Symphony Center
Grant Bloom @ the Grotto
Jody Jones Songwriting Showcase (the last one, I think) @ Magnolia
Open Mic Night w/ Luke McGlathery @ Lola’s
Paul Slavens and Friends @ Dan’s Silver Leaf

Tues 12/22/15
Torquila Tuesdays: Quaker City Night Hawks @ Lola’s
Open Mic Night w/ Bobby Dade @ the Grotto
Cody Culberson @ Live Oak Lounge
Matt Tedder @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
J Fernandez w/ Wray @ Double Wide

Weds 12/23/15
First Class Fever w/ This Gravity, Whiskey Sour, & Anthony Abdo @ Trees
Bobby Duncan @ Live Oak Lounge
Jacob Furr @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
Song Swap Soiree #3: Andy Pickett, Nicholas Altobelli, Matthew Gray, & Cameron Matthew Ray @ Live Oak Lounge
Rock-A-Holics @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill

Thurs 12/24/15
Ryan Tharp @ Magnolia Motor Lounge

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!