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Friday, May 1st, 2015

Houston's Austin Jones Band Sets Showdate at Last Concert Cafe

Hoola Hoop contest adds to fun night of musical entertainment.

Houston, Texas based the Austin Jones Band is scheduling shows to support the release of their long-awaited EP Chasing the Wind. The popular indie rock band known best for their original and unique music woven with beautiful melodies and textures is proud to present the 5-song set to fans worldwide both old and new. The Austin Jones Band has been compared to Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, and Kings of Leon.

The show at Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nuance St., Houston, TX will be held on May 16th beginning at 5PM. Other bands performing are The Rest of the Guys, Lyle Harrison, American Martens, Spacebear, Solitude Endeavor, Erase the Virus, and Cosmic Serenity. For directions to the venue, please visit the venue web site at http://www.lastconcert.com.

Admission for all 8 bands and the hoola hoop contest is $10 advance; $15 at the door. Bring your own hoola hoop! You can purchase advance tickets at https://www.stubwire.com/venue/lastconcertcafe/houston/1929/

The Austin Jones Band has also released the debut video from Chasing The Wind for the song "Living It Out". The video is available on YouTube here.

A live video from the release party is located here.

Additional Austin Jones Band tourdates at austinjonesmusic.com

link: http://www.austinjonesmusic.com/

Saturday, Mar 7th, 2015

Houston's Austin Jones Band Releases Long-awaited EP Chasing the Wind

Houston, Texas based the Austin Jones Band has released their long-awaited EP Chasing the Wind. The popular indie rock band known best for their original and unique music woven with beautiful melodies and textures is proud to present the 5-song set to fans worldwide both old and new. The Austin Jones Band has been compared to Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, and Kings of Leon. "We are so proud to release our follow-up EP to On Sin and Cynicism, remarks Austin Jones. "It's a thrill to bring our new music on Chasing the Wind to the world, hoping our fans will truly love and relate to our original songs." As described by the band members, their songs are written with important reasons featuring their light and dark life experiences, and presented to the audiences in a macabre, desolate, but beautiful and hopeful way. In addition, The Austin Jones Band has released the debut video from Chasing The Wind for the song "Living It Out". The video is available on YouTube at the link below.

link: New video debut accompanies EP release

Monday, Jan 19th, 2015


Sinead O'Connor, Alt-J, The Killers, Aimee Mann, Dustin Lynch, Rosanne Cash, and More Sign On As Judges

December 17, 2014 - Unsigned Only Music Competition revealed today its high-profile judging panel for the 2015 competition, which is now accepting entries. The renowned panel consists of iconic recording artists and journalists and will determine the winners in eleven categories representing a wide variety of commercial genres of music.

Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label, Unsigned Only's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist. Unsigned Only gives away over $100,000 in cash and prizes, including $10,000 in cash and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives to the overall Grand Prize winner. First and Second Place winners in each category will also be chosen. The deadline to enter is March 18, 2015. Original and cover songs are accepted in all categories except for Screen Shot which accepts original songs only.

Artists may enter into any of the following categories: Adult Album Alternative (AAA) Adult Contemporary (AC); Americana; Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; Screen Shot; Teen; and Vocal Performance.

Screen Shot is a new category that has been added this year, and it is geared toward helping artists get their music in film, TV, video games, and advertising. Music execs who are looking to place music in various projects will be judging this category and will also provide advice on music licensing to the winner of the category. Included are: Michelle Bayer (Shelly Bay Music); Michelle Silverman (Modern Planet); Ani Johnson (Monomyth Media); Evan Stein (Experience Music Group); Velma Barkwell (East End Music Productions); Jen Taunton (Level Two Music); and more to be announced.

"Last year Screen Shot was a special promotion that we ran for entrants," says Founders/Directors Candace Avery and Jim Morgan. "The response was huge and was a great success for many artists who were able to secure licensing deals for their music. This is just another way for Unsigned Only to help its entrants, and we are excited to be able to open these new doors for independent artists."

Judges include: Aimee Mann; Alt-J; Dustin Lynch; Sinead O'Connor; The Killers; Rosanne Cash; David Crowder; Robert Smith (The Cure); Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Ray Wylie Hubbard; Aaron Shust; Lucero; Kelly Price; Colt Ford; Frank Foster; Jason Gray; Rapsody; Kool And The Gang; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Kyle Anderson (Senior Writer, Entertainment weekly); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post); Michael Hann (Music Editor, The Guardian); Shirley Halperin (Music Editor, Billboard and Hollywood Reporter); Lucy Jones (Deputy Editor, NME); Hardeep Phull (Music Critic, New York Post); and more to be announced.

Unsigned Only is sponsored by: Sony Creative Software, Guitar Center, D'Addario, Disc Makers, Ultimate Ears, Lurssen Mastering, Master Tour by Eventric, and The Music Business Registry.

For entry and general information, please go to http://www.unsignedonly.com

link: http://www.unsignedonly.com

Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014

2014 INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC) Deadline To Enter Extended Until November 4, 2014

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now in its extended deadline period, and the deadline for entering songs is November 4, 2014. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform and Sonicbids or through the mail. In addition, ISC will be offering some special promotions and incentives through the end of the year.

This year, ISC has expanded on the participation of music industry executives, offering the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the highest level of decision-makers in the music business. Judges include Presidents and CEOs from Republic, Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Columbia UK, Virgin UK, Sony Music Latin, Mercury UK, Wind-Up, Tommy Boy, Alligator, Blind Pig, Fat Possum, Robins Entertainment, S-Curve, and Concord Music Group. Coupled with additional high-profile industry executives and an notable group of recording artists, many of whom are currently dominating the charts - ISC offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the most impressive and elite panel of judges yet.

ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in prizes. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. Past winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists, amateur songwriters, and everyone in between, including Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; and many more.

2014 ISC judges include: Tom Waits; Sarah McLachlan; American Authors; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Avicii; Wayne Shorter; John Hiatt; Bela Fleck; Keane; DJ Snake; Robben Ford; Natasha Bedingfield; Danilo Perez; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Martina McBride; Newsboys; Jon Secada; The Chainsmokers; Jason Isbell; Femi Kuti; Afro Celt Sound System; London Grammar; Michael W. Smith; Craig Morgan; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jean-Luc Ponty; James Cotton; Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; J. Holiday; and more to be announced...

Please visit http://www.songwritingcompetition.com for an entry form or more details.

link: The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

Saturday, Jun 14th, 2014

International Songwriting Competition (ISC) announces 2013 Winners

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), recognized as the most prestigious and respected international songwriting competition, has today announced its 2013 winners.

ISC's overall Grand Prize is awarded to Japanese trumpeter Shunzo Ohno for his song "Musashi," entered in the Jazz category. This is the first time in the 13-year history of ISC that the Grand Prize has been awarded to either an artist in the Jazz category or an artist from Japan.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges which included Imagine Dragons, Martina McBride, Joshua Redman, Josh Turner, Keane, Jon Secada, Dido, Garbage, Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.), James Cotton, Boney James, Jason Isbell, Anoushka Shankar, Monte Lipman (Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Republic Records), Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records), Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK), and more.

Founder and Director Candace Avery states, "It is vital for all artists to be recognized for their talents and awarded the due respect for their accomplishments. This year we have awarded the ISC Grand Prize to a Jazz artist, and we applaud the importance of this genre in our musical landscape. The recipient, Shunzo Ohno, greatly deserves this honor, and ISC is proud to bestow this award on him."

Shunzo Ohno is a virtuosic jazz trumpeter and an accomplished composer and arranger. Ohno has performed with jazz legends Art Blakey & The Messengers, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, Larry Coryell, Machito & His Afro-Cuban Orchestra, and many more. With numerous recordings under his own name as a leader, he has also appeared on over 30 more as a sideman and has collaborated on two Grammy winning recordings.

Ohno has been described as modest and seemingly shy, and he has overcome health challenges in his life that would have potentially ended any musician's career. Surviving both a serious car accident in which his teeth and lips were permanently damaged and a later bout of throat cancer which forced him to relearn his playing, he is a testament to determination and courage, even inspiring a biography and documentary in Japan about his life.

For a more in-depth bio on Ohno, please go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/pressreleases

ISC awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to amateur and professional songwriters around the world. The Grand Prize winner is awarded $25,000 in cash (US) and an additional $35,000 in merchandise and services. Previous ISC winners include Bastille, Passenger, Lindsey Stirling, Gotye, The Band Perry, Kasey Chambers, Gin Wigmore, King Charles, Kimbra, Gregory Porter, Omar Sosa, and many more.

For a complete list of 2013 ISC winners and to hear the winning songs, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners

link: International Songwriting Competition (ISC) announces 2013 Winners

Saturday, Mar 8th, 2014

Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition Announced. Nine From Texas, One From Houston.

Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) have now been announced. Recognized as the most prestigious international songwriting competition in the world, ISC awards excellence in the field of songwriting. Representing a broad variety of musical genres, finalists were selected from 124 countries worldwide. To view the list, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners

Nine of the finalists are from Texas including one from Houston.

AMERICANA - Stick Around

David Ramirez (Austin, TX, USA)

CHILDREN'S MUSIC - The Fairy Tale Song

Deborah L Wedekind, Don Koch (DeDe) (Houston, TX, USA)

COUNTRY - Breathe

Matt Aslanian, Kent Bell, Kyle Gaston, Justin Haber (Breaking Southwest) (McKinney, TX, USA)

Miss You Anywhere

SaraBeth Swagerty, Dean Sams, Misty Rae Carson (SaraBeth) (Murphy, TX, USA)


Aaron Wagner, Tyler Halford (Weatherford, TX, USA)

PERFORMANCE - When I Found You

Nakia Reynoso, Barry Goldberg (Nakia) (Austin, TX, USA)

POP/TOP 40 - Boy With A Kite

Joe Moralez (Dallas, TX, USA)

RAP/HIP HOP - Holy Water

(RAS) Riders Against The Storm (Austin, TX, USA)

TEEN - Homework

Victoria Celestine (San Antonio, TX, USA)

Winners will be announced at the end of April, 2014. Prizes include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services (including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and $40,000 in additional prizes). ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters from all over the world, including bands and solo performers. Winners are selected by a panel of high-profile recording artists and music industry executives.

In addition to the winners selected by the panel of judges, ISC opens voting to the public to pick their favorite song. The ISC People's Voice runs for the entire month of March and is open for voting at http://www.facebook.com/internationalsongwritingcompetition.

Over the years ISC has become a benchmark for songwriting talent, and winning ISC can be a tremendous career booster. Winners have included artists such as Gotye, Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Band Perry, Passenger, Bastille, Kasey Chambers, Gregory Porter, Lindsey Stirling, and many more. Many winners have gone on to be signed to record label deals and have secured publishing deals, licensing deals, and distribution deals, in addition to getting more gigs, fans, and recognition.

ISC is now accepting entries for 2014. More information can be found at http://www.songwritingcompetition.com.

link: Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition

Saturday, Feb 15th, 2014

Unsigned Only Music Competition Deadline Is March 13, 2014.

The "Unsigned Only Music Competition" is now taking entries for the 2014 competition - with the deadline of March 13.

The Unsigned Only Music Competition, is a unique international music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. If you are signed to an independent label you ARE eligible to enter this competition. Unsigned Only is looking for outstanding, talented artists: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the gem that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

Judged by a roster of celebrity notables, prizes include merchandise plus $10,000 cash to the overall Grand Prize winner and $1,000 to the First Place winner in each category. Prizes will also be awarded to Second Place winners in each category. Additionally, the Grand Prize winner will receive one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper echelon music industry executives, ranging from label presidents to heads of A&R. Mentors have included professionals from labels such as Universal, Sony, Atlantic, Capitol, Vagrant, Word, Bad Boy, Big Machine, Disney Music Group, G-Unit, Razor & Tie, J Records, RCA, Grand Hustle, and many more.

Judges include: John Oates (Hall & Oates); 3 Doors Down; Neon Trees; David Crowder; Rosanne Cash; Craig Morgan; Delbert McClinton; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Of Monsters and Men; 3 Doors Down; Black Francis (Pixies); Aaron Shust; G. Love; Jason Gray; Dustin Lynch; The Mountain Goats; Alt-J; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post) , and more to be announced.

Genres of music accepted are: AAA (Adult Album Alternative; AC (Adult Contemporary); Americana; Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; Teen; and Vocal Performance. Unsigned Only accepts original and cover songs in all categories.

We hope that you will enter, and we look forward to hearing your music. Again, the deadline to enter is March 13.

link: For more information and to enter, go to http://www.unsignedonly.com

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Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
Name: julian
Loo king for a lead singer: but who can play drums or guitar... Don't have to play drums while singing, I'll take care of that, but if you can play guitar and sing that's cool but not needed. Our project is very innovative. We play STRAIGHT UP ROCK -N- ROLL, no death rattle crap or country, and our blues is different from all the other ga-zillion Texas blues band beats out there. We have originals and want to find some one who can be creative and be experienced, if you got the time let's do a meet-&-greet..
Phone: 409- 934-3204
Email: julian.kainawa@hotmail.com

Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
Name: Joe Day
Looking for a lead guitarist for our band. Jazz RB classic rock. Or if you want to jam out with us come along. We practice once a week. If interested, please contact Joedbox@yahoo.com Or call or text 832-754 9859.
Phone: 832-754-9859
Email: Joedbox@yahoo.com

Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
Name: Metal Guitarist
We are looking for a Keyboard player who can play progressive metal. We are starting to work on a new cd and need someone who can play progressive metal. We have been around for years and we play Christian metal but are changing it up a bit and playing more progressive stuff. If interested please contact us. We practice in the Channelview area. We have an air condition studio.
Email: metalguitarist1@gmail.com

Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE tribute band looking for a lead guitarist! Looking for someone with some re al chops and that's looking to seriously bring it energy wise. Laid back personalities please no egos or control freaks. We've kind of got our foot in the door in the tribute scene and we are looking to be the top RATM band out there so if interested text or call me. Also we have live video.
Phone: 832 468 2327
Email: Royster2021@yahoo.com

Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
Name: Pat Saxon
Keyboard player seeking full-time touring country band that is established and working, no start up bands please. Playing styles of rockin' piano, honky tonk country piano, and B-3 organ blues. Web site includes sound demo available and You Tube of me playing live with the Billy Bourbon band from Houston, Texas. More than 21 years of professionally playing on stage, full time touring, utilizing the Nashville Number System, and play by ear method. www.patsaxon.com or call 615-585-1884.
Phone: 615-585-1884
Email: skbe@icloud.com

Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
Name: Let\'s jam!
My name is Jeffrey. I'm 21. I play guitar (which is pretty common). I play some leads. I could probably sing if I had to. I'm not really a vocalist, but I figure if I really tried I could form a tolerable singing voice. Basically I have no problem with being a frontman. Furthermore though, I'm just looking for people to jam with. Particularly a bassist and a drummer. A vocalist and another guitarist isn't necessarily out of the question either.
Phone: 2817932685
Email: Teamtogurofan@yahoo.com

Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
Name: Jonah
If anyone is looking for a drummer or rythmn guitar contact me, I play fast paced music, post hardcore, metal core, stuff like that and alternative and idy too.
Phone: 4098776403
Monday, Jun 29th, 2015
Name: Billy
We are looking for a Progressive style keyboard player, We ply metal but will be playing a little more progressive metal. We have 2 cds out now with a third coming soon and we have begun writing the 4 cd but need a keyboard player. We have a Roland G7 for practice but you will have to bring your own keyboard to shows. We have an air conditioned rehearsal room. We practice in Channelview, TX. We have been signed to labels twice and have labels interested in us once again. Must be able o practice once a week, and twice a week before a show. We are a Christian Metal band. Please just serious players call, we need someone who can play stuff like Symphony X Dream Theater and so forth. Not that we play this, but this is the kind of keyboard playe r we need.
Phone: 832-407-7932
Email: metalguitarist1@gmil.com

Saturday, Jun 27th, 2015
Name: Steve
**LA GUNS -- BULLET BOYS** I have tickets available for the LA Guns/Bullet Boys at Concert Pub North for July 10th. It's $25 at the door, but only $15 for a ticket. If you're interested, let me know (email or call).
Phone: 281-507-8422
Email: stevesmith480@hotmail.com

Saturday, Jun 27th, 2015
Name: Gary
Selling my Peavey 3120 3-Channel 120 watt all-tube head. In very good condition. Comes with footswitch for channel switching and cabling. These are $999 new. Tubed with Ruby EL-34s that have plenty of life on them. Killer price. The 3120 is in the XXX line and is newer than the XXX. Same awesome gain structure. $350 Firm. No trades please
Email: gswick1980@gmail.com

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Friday, Jul 3, 2015
8:00 pm

Toologi - A tribute to Tool Rusted Cage - A tribute to Soundgarden
House of Blues
1204 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 77002
All ages show. Buy tickets at hob.com or you can visit the Facebook page of Rusted Cage to get free tickets.

Thursday, Jul 9, 2015
8:00 pm

The Dirty Skips
Acadia Bar
3939 FM 1960 West
Houston, TX 77068

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015
9:00 pm

The Dirty Skips

Friday, Jul 17, 2015
8:00 pm

Summerland Tour 2015 with Toadies, Everclear, Fuel, American Hi-Fi
Bayou Music Center
520 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015
8:00 pm

Sublime with Rome
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380

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