Narrow Head (Houston, TX)
Middlechild (Houston, TX)
Bask (Houston, TX)
Gulf Coast Literary Journal Presents
Gulf Coast Reading Series
Beth Ann Fennelly and Molly McCully Brown
accompanied by Theodora Bishop and Justin Jannise from University of Houston’s nationally acclaimed Creative Writing Program.
Friday November 17, 2017
Doors open at 6:30. Reading will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.
The Gulf Coast Literary Journal is a literary magazine founded by Donald Barthelme and Philip Lopate over twenty years ago, Gulf Coast continues to be published today out of the creative writing department of the University of Houston. We publish poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, interviews, and reviews, as well as a full-color visual art features and critical art writing. For subscription information and submission guidelines: http://www.gulfcoastmag.org/
Join Gulf Coast for a feature reading by Beth Ann Fennelly and Molly McCully Brown, accompanied by writers from University of Houston’s nationally acclaimed Creative Writing Program.
Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants and awards from the N.E.A., the United States Artists, a Pushcart, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Fennelly has published three poetry books: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables, a book of nonfiction, Great with Child, and The Tilted World, a novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin. Her newest book is Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs (W.W. Norton, Oct. ’17) Fennelly and Franklin live in Oxford with their three children.
Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017), which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. She lives and works in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she is the inaugural Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow at The Oxford American magazine.
Theodora Bishop’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Arts & Letters, and Short Fiction(England), among other journals, anthologies, and exhibits. A Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee, Bishop was the winner of The Cupboard’s 2015 contest for her short story chapbook, Mother Tongues, judged by Matt Bell. Theodora Bishop holds an MFA from the University of Alabama and is pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Houston. Her novella, On the Rocks, is forthcoming from Texas Review Press.
Justin Jannise holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His work has appeared in the Yale Review, North American Review and The Awl. He lives in Houston, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston.
Two Byrds Productions and Houston on the Map present Winter Weekender Last Call 2017
Friday November 10, 2017
Patriot, DDC, The Cops, Disowned, Lost City Souls
Saturday November 11, 2017
Sheer Terror, Smart Boys, The Industry, Concrete Elite, Hooligan 45, Assault and Battery, Thug Boots
Tickets: $25 per day OR $35 for both days.
Tickets Available at: http://twobyrdsproduction.com/merch
Sheer Terror (New York, NY)
HARDCORE PUNK BAND DRIVEN BY SKINHEAD AGGRESSION…FUCK YOU.
Smärt Boyz (San Antonio, TX)
Can’t suppress the killer rock n roll style of Smärt Boyz. Two overdriven lead guitars uniting the hard-as-nails rythym section attitude of the tough glam/Oi backbeat, the San Antonio, Texas natives formed in early ’16 and immediately began infiltrating ‘stages’ of varying music sets. Strong vocals broadcasted with huge choruses and gang sing-a-longs top off the 50’s–styled rock n roll delivery, a la Heartbreakers, Slade… Lyrical content ranging from delinquent juvenile yearnings to depression and joy, plus mobs of hooks, fun times, and Killer Rock N Roll!!
The Industry (Phoenix, AZ)
Concrete Elite (Austin, TX)
Concrete (Elite) combines driving Oi! with a heavy street punk sound. Manny, lead vocals, has a surprisingly powerful, gritty set of pipes that really give them a unique sound and provide a bright contrast against a growing trend of poppier Oi! bands. Their live show is just as awesome and is not to be missed!
Hooligan 45 (Texas City, TX)
Assault and Battery (Milwaukee, WI)
Assault & Battery is a streetpunk/oi!/hardcore band from Milwaukee, WI. Formed from members of Get Rad, Brutal Dildos, Cry Coyote, and Reckless Reasons.
Thug Boots (Houston, TX)
“Don’t let the promotional photo fool you! The four guys and a girl that form Thug Boots might not look like your average Oi! band. But as proven on their previous release, the “Elite Breed” demo, this Houston, TX outfit knows how to put the boot in and they continue to grow stronger and stronger on their debut EP “The Justice”!
I really like the sound of Thug Boots, because besides not looking like your average Oi! band, they don’t sound so either! Thug Boots has a real raw, hardcore-punk influenced bite to their sound that, as I already stated in my review of the demo, has a strong resemblance to their fellow Texans of CONCRETE….
…if you are into bands like 86 Mentality, Semper Eadem, Negative Approach or Hired Goons you’ll be rockin’ the shit out of “The Justice” EP! After “Elite Breed” I wanted to hear more by these thugs and I am liking what I hear! Banger!”
Patriot (Chapel Hill, NC)
Patriot is a four piece Oi! band, first formed in October of 1990 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (USA), a town known far more for its post-granola hippie and elitist alternative/indie music scene – not the most fertile soil to grow Oi! and streetpunk in, but as they say, “Spread enough shit around, and something’s gotta grow.”
The original lineup consisted of Eddie Bastard, Gordon Sharkey, John Macneal, Joey Osment.
About a year-and-a-half in, both John and Joey left the band. Brian Lawton jumped on board as the new bassist, and Chip Harris took over on the drums. This lineup remained as the band’s longest-standing to date, and it was these members that were responsible for almost everything of significance that was written and recorded.
Chip took a year off, citing personal reasons, and Jeff Morin filled in for him on drums. Chip later returned after an 8- or 10-month hiatus. In 1996, Jack Freeland joined on rhythm guitar, filling out that wall of sound and opening the doors to push the envelope of Patriot’s music.
Eventually, the band was plagued by “creative differences,” and Brian Lawton ended up leaving in late ’99. Brian “Deuce” (so-called as he was the second bassist in Patriot named Brian) took over and remained until the eventually split in October of 2000.
A reunion at the 2004 Beer Olympics met with much enthusiasm and signaled plans of a return for Patriot. After 4 years of not being able to do shows because of lineup instability, Patriot is back and playing live again. East Coast Oi! Fest 2008 was the first show.
DDC (Atlanta, GA)
Founded in early 2011 as a four-piece with the intention of just playing the occasional show belting out hard hitting street punk they soon began playing regular shows in their hometown of Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. DDC delivers a special blend of street punk that includes elements of pop punk, Oi!, and hardcore. They’ve shared the stage with the Business, Fatskins, Old Firm Casuals, Patriot, Victory, 7Seconds, The Tossers, Gang Green, Hudson Falcons, Reno Divorce, and many others. In 2013 they released a six-song 10″ EP on Vinyl4Bootboys and in 2014 will release a split 7″ with Antagonizers ATL, a split EP with Assault & Battery, as well as appearing on various compilations.
The Cops (Houston, TX)
“There was a time when punk music didn’t make a statement, but it was more fun and politically incorrect. Acts like NoFX did kind of whatever they wanted while still dropping some quality punk records without apologizing for the sentiments expressed within their songs. Part of the aesthetic to punk music is to buck whatever the mainstream does, so it should come as no surprise that there’s a new punk band who is far from politically correct. Houston’s The Cops, featuring members of Talk Sick Brats, dress like police officers and sing songs from the cop’s point of view. Like the way KISS put on makeup and became the characters they portrayed, this four-piece dons police attire and become characters singing what you’d expect a cop to sing about. This year they dropped four singles that are tongue in cheek and far from serious, but they’re also some pretty solid punk jams that are catchy and hard to ignore.” – Free Press Houston
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Lost City Souls (Houston, TX)