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Live Show Reviews and Previews by Penny Robinson

August 21st! ASHBURY KEYS CD RELEASE at Engine Room

The highly anticipated third album from Askbury Keys 'Growing Up' is slated for official release at the Engine Room. Original guitarist for AK, Alex Tittel, is now back with the band along with former drummer of Galactic Cowboys Alan Doss on keyboards.

David, Alan and Darwin also do great unplugged shows around town. Alan playing bass. It's always a kick to catch them during these shows inparticular because you never know what they'll come up with, dirty lyrics and all (courtesy of David.) These shows are informal and always a load of fun.

Since being introduced to the band several years ago I've been out to many shows and have to honestly say AK is one of my favorites. I've only seen them as a three piece until I recently caught a show at Engine Room. Having Alex back with the band along with Alan, AK is nothing short of incredible.

Ashbury Keys is also doing an in-store performance at Cactus Music & Video the 14th, so be sure to go and pick up a copy of 'Growing Up'. Come out and show your support for Ashbury Keys at the Engine Room the 21st!

I'll see you there...


7/04/04- The Burden Brothers, The Hunger @ Scout Bar

Holy Mother of God....Scout Bar had about 1000 people at the club for this show. Now every night that I've been to Scout Bar they've always had a good sized crowd. The club does a very good business. This night was insane. No exaggeration. We were packed in like sardines, so many people the a/c couldn't keep up, so needless to say it was a bad hair night.

The Hunger, as usual, put on a killer performance opening for The Burden Bros. These guys have one of the most energetic stage shows ever. They just got off the road not too long ago, ending thier Texas tour with Orgy. When Liquid Lounge still existed in the new Scout Bar location, Thomas invited me out to several shows. Back then Liquid was half the size of Scout Bar. It was a nightmare trying to order a drink during a Hunger show it would be so packed. Now, Scout Bar is over twice the size of the old Liquid, and crammed wall to wall with people. Between both bands, they drew in a hell of a crowd on the 4th. Below you'll see pics of The Hunger, Zakk United, who is hosting The Texas Buzz live broadcasts from Scout Bar every sunday. Also Jeff's son Gage Wilson and his lovely cousin. I think after Gage got his new sick cool mohawk, Jeff decided to follow suit.

Speaking of the Burden Brothers...what amuses me is that I went to the Burden Brothers show at the Meridian a month ago it was the same situation. Packed house. I'll share a little tale with you about this band. Several years ago when I was booking at a club in Galveston, Jason Price (Engine Room booking agent) kept telling me about this band and suggested I book them in Galveston. He informs me the singer is Todd Lewis former Toadies front man, and drummmer Taz Bentley was formerly of Reverand Horton Heat. This sparks some interest, but the show in Galveston never materialized. I finally see these guys with Janes Addiction and Blue October last year at Verizon.

What a loss the show in Galveston didn't happen, and I feel like an idiot that it didn't. I was completely blown away by this band. How fortunate we can claim this is a Texas band and they are playing smaller venues. It's really incredible to think a band of this caliber are people you'll see in your hometown, and be able to walk up to and strike up a converstion.
They've very nice people, very approachable. They hung out in the club over an hour after load out and signed anything and everything (use your imagination) and then chatted with friends and fans.

The Burden Brothers are now on the top of my list of favorite bands, and I'll be sure not to miss another Houston show.

A special thanks to Brian Moore for the photography. You're the best!

See you guys at the show! Please support the local music scene.


7/03/04- The Nadas @ Sidecar Pub

I've heard so many good things about The Nadas that I had to make the trek to Sidecar Pub to catch the show on the 3rd. Am I glad I did, what a great band! Really tight rock and roll with a cool groove in the mix. I looked up a little history on the band and discovered thier latest album 'Transceiver' was produced by Todd and Toby Pipes of Deep Blue Something and mixed by Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, The Promise Ring). I was told the show on the 3rd was thier 1st Houston date ever. Hard to believe that's the case as long as these guys have been around. I think someone is lying.....

We had a smashing night at Sidecar. A Drunken Twister game ensued once the
band began to tear down, what a sight. I think someone out there took a
few compromising photos...scary.

The next time I hear The Nadas are coming our way I'll be sure to give
everyone a heads up. You won't want to miss them.

See you soon!

SILVERLEAF CD Release Party @ Numbers

What a crazy night it was at Numbers for the official CD release party for Silverleaf's new album 'The Show'! Pilot Radio started the night off with an incredible set, all original except for a Tom Petty tune which they pulled off brilliantly. I've seen the Pilot Radio boys perform many times and this band just keeps getting better and better. I've decided I'm keeping the jacket Ricky. Better luck next time!

The club was just about at capacity by the time Silverleaf hit the stage. The band owned the crowd that night and put on a blistering performance. I had the fun task of trying to push through the audience to get close enough to the stage to take a few pictures. It wasn't easy, but I did manage to take a few. Just not enough of Paul's sexy ass (so says he).

On a personal note, I thoroughly enjoyed the show, and special thanks to Rhonda Radliff for guesting me. Silverleaf is one of the best bands to come out of Houston, and I strongly suggest if you haven't seen these guys live, get out and see them soon. They never disappoint.

Be sure to come out to Scout Bar June 20th to see Silverleaf perform for the Texas Buzz Sunday showcase! Check websites for further information.

See you at a show soon~


Located in the heart of Clear Lake, SCOUT BAR grand opening is this
Thursday, April 29th featuring The Hunger with
special guests Liquid Sand.

Scout Bar will feature various genre's of live bands and also has a
separate Red Velvet Lounge featuring DJ's Tim Pearson and Brian Lee.

Zakk United will host the Texas Buzz showcase featuring 3 local/regional
bands every Sunday.

Club location is 18307 Egret Bay Blvd. Phone is 281-335-0002. Thomas
Wilson is proprietor.

Please check the website for further information.

See you there!


It's not every day that a local rock band goes from playing small clubs to major arenas in less than one year! Silverleaf, a modern rock band from Houston, TX has done just that.

Silverleaf is recognized on a national level with a feature in the August 2003 Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top unsigned bands in the country. Exclusive sponsorship from Budweiser True Music gives Silverleaf the opportunity to play for larger and larger audiences. The band's energy, musical ability and powerful songs are always crowd pleasers. Performing in front of thousands at such venues as Reliant Stadium (home of the Houston Texans), Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros), and Toyota Center, Silverleaf has developed a loyal following. The combination of talent, opportunity, hard work and the support of amazing fans has Silverleaf positioned for a huge new cd release event in spring 2004.
Silverleaf is Paul Gross (lead vocals), Matt Radliff (bass), Rob Swonke (guitar), Zac Renfro (guitar), and Bruce Rios (drums). Their powerful sound coupled with their passionate performances has pushed the band to the forefront of the Houston music scene. Their first single 'Reach Me' has already gotten significant airplay on several radio stations including 94.5-The Buzz.

Silverleaf has a Budweiser True Music moment radio spot as part of a promotional campaign that featuring such national acts as Hoobastank, Goo Goo Dolls, and The Donnas. Silverleaf had an opening spot at the 2003 Earthday Festival where they shared the stage with Jewel, Bowling For Soup, and Michelle Branch. Recently, Silverleaf performed live at the Super Bowl event at Reliant Stadium.

Currently Silverleaf is working on their debut album "THE SHOW" at the famous Sugarhill Studios. The album due out in Spring 2004 will feature 12 emotion-filled songs packed with melodic ingenuity and ready for commercial success. While the Silverleaf sound is hard to categorize, singer Paul Gross sums it up best, "We write great songs, focus on the heart of the music, and our love for the audience. Labels are hard to define and harder to get free from. We want to be known for reaching
people and connecting with the audience." While 2003 has certainly been a great year for the band, they are very excited about the future and the new album and look forward to the opportunity to bring their music to fans across the country.
Silverleaf, a band from humble beginnings, is on it's way…

…Bring on "THE SHOW."

~ Penny


April 8th- BLUE OCTOBER with special guests GREATNESS IN TRAGEDY formally known as Lesermor at Houston's newest venue The Metropolitan!!!

The Metropolitan is located at 1503 Chartres, on the 59 feeder between Leeland and Bell, across from the Brown Convention Center and Toyota Center. The venue is right in the heart of the newest up and coming section of downtown.

Advance tickets are $15.00 and $17.00 at the door.
For more information, call Bob at 281.802.2656 or email to:


@ The Engine Room. Tickets are $13.00, doors open at 8pm. All
ages show.

April 11th- THE DARKNESS with special guests THE WILDHEARTS @ Verizon Wireless Theater. $ 15.00 for General Admission $ 13.50 for Grand Tier, tickets available through Ticketmaster.



1/29/04 ~ NFL PLAYERS PARTY featuring FUEL with Special Guests PUSHMONKEY @ 610 Arena


Multi Platinum recording artists FUEL will be at 610 Arena for the NFL PLAYERS PARTY Jan 29th at 610 Arena in support of their 3rd album 'Natural Selection'. Austin's own PUSHMONKEY opens the show at 8pm. Tickets: 713-734-SHOW (corp office) or 713-734-8200 (box office). General
Admission tix are $40, VIP tix are $125 includes meet-n-greet, food, keg and cash bar. Tickets are also available thru Ticketmaster.

Doors open at 6pm..

See you there!

1-30-04 FREE SHOW!! Staind with Endochine @ Minute Maid Park

That's right, this is a FREE SHOW. Staind will hit the stage at 9:30pm, and Austin's own Endochine goes on at 8pm. Additional bands TBA. I will have a limited number of tickets available to give away.


You can find me this weekend at the iSOLA/Deep Ella/Endochine show Friday Jan 9th @ Whiskey Blues, and also @ Rudyards the 10th. I will also be at Sidecar Pub Jan 17th for the 5591 shows, and the Fuel show Jan 29th @ 610 Arena. Be sure to look for me and ask for tickets. I hear additional tickets will be made available next week at Cactus Records and Video. You might want to call Cactus and verify.

See you there!

1/17/04 @ Sidecar Pub ~ 5591 featuring Justin Furstenfeld.
Two show, 9-11pm and 12-2am. Tickets available through Skytravel

Rare appearance of 5591 featuring Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October. I've heard the first show is sold out, so order your tickets online asap for the second show.

I'll see you there!


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