Peelander-Z, Chase Gassaway, An Evening with Rev. Matt, Passafire
Peelander-Z comes from outer space and they’re landing at House of Rock on Thursday promising maximum fun and participation. Actually, the Japanese action comic punk band formed in NYC in 1998 (but they’ll tell you they’re from the Z area on the planet Peelander). At their live show, you’ll see the band in colorful costumes reminiscent of Japanese animation (though they describe their outfit as their skin). Their shows guarantee intense audience participation and chance to exercise with the band. “Do human bowling with us. Do limbo dancing with us. Do karaoke competition with us. Hit our cowbell with us,” says Peelander Yellow. ” Don’t be shy, give us your smile! We can beat your stress! See you at our show!” They’ll be joined by Noah and The Beyonders and One Dollar Bob. Doors are at 9 p.m.
Austin singer-songwriter Chase Gassaway doesn’t like to be pigeonholed. Instead of classifying his music into Americana, folk or alternative categories, Gassaway prefers to pursue diversity and eclecticism. “I’ve written full symphonic works, choral pieces, chamber music and folk songs, and they’re all the same for me,” he explains. “I like to think of my style as ‘honest.’ ” Check him out Friday at House of Rock. He’ll be joined by The Independent Thieves and When Autumn Turns Grey. Doors are at 9 p.m. Originally from Arlington, Chase moved to Abilene to study music composition and theory at Hardin-Simmons University. The 2014 New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival has influences that include Jakob Dylan, Jon Brion, Duncan Sheik, Shostakovich and Andrew Bird.
Some of the best in local original music will be showcased during Saturday’s An Evening with Reverend Matt. The lineup includes ECHO (crazy trippy jammy funky blusey heavy rock n roll), Buddy T y Los Chingnons (Americana rock), Lady Kat and the Dead Men (rock singer-songwriter) and Absolum (rock trio). Doors are at 9 p.m.
Passafire is making a swing back through Texas, stopping at House of Rock on Sunday. They’ll be joined by Jah Seed and Flatbroke. Doors are at 7 p.m. The Savannah, Georgia, reggae-rock-progressive-dub band has been going strong since forming in 2003 when a bunch of art school students found each other. After releasing “Start from Scratch” in 2011 and “Vines” in 2013, the group released an EP, “Interval” in 2015.