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Thank You, Jeff Rains

28 Mar

I already know that before anyone even reads this entire post, I am going to receive 9,487 messages and comments telling me to drop the RAINS thing.

Before I even start into what I actually have to say, let me get this out there. I challenge you to find anywhere that I have actually shared my side of the story, or even made anything but the most vague comments. I haven’t, so if you are going to be mad, then just stop reading now, because I am about to share my side of the story.

First of all, I have never even so much as spoken to Jeff Rains. In fact, the only interaction we have had was when I texted him the phone number for my attorney, who he rapidly found out was very, very real. The things that happened at the RAINS show at the Ranch were unfortunate, but at no point did I even come into contact with any of the actual band members. All of my interaction was with his management team. The entire situation was something that actually could have been worked out behind the scenes, but Mr. Rains opted to make personal attacks against me in comments he made on a website and also via twitter.

It would appear that his little feelers got hurt because an Internet Entertainment Mogul opted to very publicly state his opinions about the actual performance that RAINS attempted to make that night. THEN, on top of that, a very well-respected local Music Blogger shared his opinion that the show was certainly sub-par.

Because he seems to be unable to accept any kind of criticism, constructive or otherwise, Jeff Rains opted to lash out at me.


His management team and booking agent advised me that I would be blacklisted and would never be able to book another show.

He made a public statement that every local band on the show called me a “complete waste of human space.” That one might be my favorite, if for no other reason than every single one of those bands is working with me on future bookings.

Then he had the great idea to make angry statements about me in a public forum.

He referred to me as “tubby” via twitter, and at that point I knew he was out of things to say. Let me explain something to you, sweetheart, I have never been a small girl, and you aren’t breaking any news to anyone. In fact, all you are doing is announcing to the world that you hav e nothing else relevant to say.

Here’s the only relevant thing I have left to say:


Thank you for all the free publicity.

Thank you for prompting people and bands to approach me and show incredible support in wanting to work on my projects.

Thank you for making the line between what to do and what not to do in any given situation very, very clear.

Thank you for the free web traffic from your tween fans in Fort Wayne, Indiana, who have provided us with even more free publicity, although I would suggest that they spend more time studying and less time listening to your music, as the spelling and grammar in the responses we received was atrocious.

Thank you for showing us that auto-tune does have its place in the studio. Had it not been for your well-produced album, Matt Blake and Jordan Buford would have had no interest in you, they would not have been present at that show, and I would not have the honor and privilege to be booking and promoting Sawed-Off Productions shows with WhiskeyBoy Radio and The Music Enthusiast. Thanks to you, I have been granted the opportunity to work with two incredibly talented individuals, both of whom I am proud and honored to call my friends.

P.s… I hear several people are still waiting on an email detailing exactly how horrible I was to you personally and why I am a terrible person.

Let Me Axe You a Quershion…

18 Mar

Oh, yes… I have decided to do a series of interviews with other people involved with local music. I wanted my interviews to be a little bit different, though… I wanted to know what it is that drives the people who are “behind the scenes,” so to say. I have a list of various people involved with everything from venue management, sound engineering, promotions, band management, music reviewers, podcasters, radio personalities, and more.

The first interview is with Jordan Buford, The Music Enthusiast. I met Jordan when he came out to a Sawed-Off Productions show at The Ranch in Arlington on February 19, 2012 to review a show. Sawed-Off Productions is super excited to be working on a series of showcases this summer with Jordan and  WhiskeyBoy Radio that will be culminating with the Broadcasting For Boobies event in August.

This is Jordan. I totally stole this photo from his facebook page.

Jordan’s show reviews are fair, honest, and insanely accurate. He somehow manages to remember the entire set list, technical details about each song, and the length of songs and set times. HE DOESN’T WRITE ANYTHING DOWN. At all. The links to all of his pages and info are included at the bottom.

What first made you want to get involved in music?

Short answer; To try to spread my love of music to others and get them to check out the bands I love. Long answer; I didn’t always care for music. It wasn’t until 1999 when I happened to discover Aerosmith that I actually began listening to music on a regular basis. I soon “discovered” some more classic rock bands (Springsteen, U2, etc.), which served as the foundation of my passion for music, but it wasn’t until I saw my first local concert that I wanted to get more involved in some way. Like I said, I just want to expose these bands to as many people as possible, and I’m going to do my damnedest to do so.

What was your first concert?

The first show I ever saw was Aerosmith back in 2001. It was during the bands tour in support of “Just Push Play”. They were the first band I ever became a fan of, so getting to see them live was amazing… I just don’t think I fully appreciated it like I would if I saw them now.

Best concert?

I’ve seen several great ones, and I’m not sure if I can pick just one. Practically every show I saw of The FEDS (which was 25 in all) was amazing. The two that really stand out were their farewell show at The Marque in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January, 10th 2009, and then their reunion performance just a few months ago at the Curtain Club. Both of those will be almost impossible to top.

Worst concert?

Well, there’s this band by the name of Rains… Haha! Yeah, that is definitely THE worst, and I don’t foresee any concert ever being worse than that. With the terrible sounding voice of Jeff Rains aside, it was all in how the show was handled that made it suck. I don’t care what band you’re with, you don’t allow your tour manager to come up on stage and call off a show. In my opinion, when you’re on stage, you need to be as professional as possible, and that was FAR from professional.

Who are some of your favorite mainstream bands?

I’m pretty localized with what I listen to, actually. But some bands would be; The Airborne Toxic Event, Bowling for Soup (though in some ways they will always be a local band), Toadies (who will also always be a local band of sorts), Blue October, The Civil Wars, The Gaslight Anthem, Muse, MuteMath, Ludo, The Sounds, Circa Survive, Minus the Bear… I think that may be all of them. My main thing with mainstream music is that it tends to be so cookie-cutter, but I’m up for listening to anything that isn’t.

Who are some of your favorite local DFW bands?

There are oh so many. Trebuchet and Descender are my top favorite acts at the moment. The former is constantly changing up their set so it’s always fresh, while the latter plays some of the heaviest music around. Air Review is wonderful. Fantasma puts on a hell of a show. Night Gallery, Meridian, Secret of Boris, Nothing More… Jessie Frye might easily be the greatest female vocalist currently in the area. I absolutely love Paco Estradas’ music. That’s just a handful, ’cause there’s so much amazing talent around here. I just can’t remember everybody of the top of my head.

Do you have any musical talents? Instruments? Singing? Do you play the spoons?

Yes, I own at the spoons! Haha. No, I don’t. The guitar interests me, and even the drums do a little bit, but I don’t play anything. Maybe I’ll attempt to learn one, one day. Now I did sing in choir during all three years of middle school, so I can sing to some extent I guess, but only in a lower register. You don’t want to hear me singing along to songs, ’cause it sounds terrible (but still not as bad as Jeff Rains).

How long have you been active in the local music scene?

Well, the first time I went to Deep Ellum to see a show was in March of 2006, so I guess I’ve been really active for about six years now.

What prompted you to get involved in local music?

Well, going back further than six years ago, I had just gotten into Bowling for Soup and they were doing a show at the Plano Centre, not too far from my house. It was an all day event put on by Buzz-Oven (I miss Buzz-Oven) and featured all local bands. That was my introduction to the local scene, and it caused me to really get into music in general. Going back to the band I mentioned earlier, The FEDS, after the second time I saw them the bands singer, Matt Slider, talked to me in length. He thanked me for purchasing their stuff, telling me how much he appreciated it and that, whether they acted it or not, any band whose stuff I bought would be extremely grateful for my support. I was only 16 at the time, but those words stuck with me, and in that moment I thought maybe I could do something for the bands I liked to make a difference… Even if it was on a very small scale.

What prompted you to start blogging/writing reviews?

Again, I go back to The FEDS. When I turned 17 and could actually get into some of the venues, I went to see them and another favorite group of mine, Space Cadet, who were playing at Club Clearview. I loved both bands with every fiber of my being, and I wanted to do what I could to help possible get them some fans. Myspace was THE social networking site at that time, and I wrote a blog on there about the show. They [my blogs] were total shit then. I mean, they’re still only mediocre now, but they were bad then. I basically just went over the bands set list and that was all. For example, “They opened with… and then they did… and then they did…” just one long run on sentence plagued with errors. I just kept doing it for the fun of it, thinking if I could turn one person on to a band, than I had done something good. Eventually it caught on with a few of the musicians I knew, whom I couldn’t believe wasted their time by reading them, and I got good feedback, and since a few people began to expect it and looked forward to reading them, I continued doing it.

How many shows would you say you have seen?

As of answering this question, the count stands at 389. I keep a running log of every show I attend, as well as the number of times I’ve seen an individual band… I guess that makes me a music nerd.

Boxers or briefs? Boxer briefs? Boy shorts?

I’m really liking thongs right now. The way they ride up in the crack is comforting in a weird way… HAHA! Kidding, kidding. Really, boxer briefs is my preference.

What is the worst thing you have ever done to someone you didn’t like?

Ummm… I don’t think anything, mainly because I don’t think there’s anyone I really dislike or hate.

Who was your favorite interviewee?

I haven’t done too many… Matt Slider was great, because he is one of the few musicians whom I actually idolize. Wild Child was really great to, though. Seeing as I had never even met them before doing the interview, they proved to be real easy to talk to and were very friendly.

Where do you see The Music Enthusiast going in the next year? Five years?

I’d like to think a year from now The Music Enthusiast will be a bigger local brand. Some people consider me a celebrity, which I think is crazy. I mean, I’m just a guy who loves music and goes out to concerts. That’s all. Still, I’d like the blog to get a little more attention than it does, but that will happen in due time, especially since its taken six years to get to the point it’s at now. Five years? Well, in five years I will have been blogging about concerts for over a decade. That’s insane to think about. I don’t know. I’m not looking for fame, but if it happens to find me… I have a good friend I’ve met through the scene, Brendan Williams, who has told me for a couple years now he wants to see me writing for Rolling Stone one day. It’d be cool to think that maybe that could happen, you know? Like, having national level bands saying “I want The Music Enthusiast to come out to our show and review it.” Who knows, maybe I’ll be a radio personality since I’ve started doing this podcast and have gotten great feedback from Matt (WhiskeyBoy). I do know one thing for sure, though, life is a journey, and I’m going to savor every step of this, no matter where it takes me.

What is one thing you wish would change about the local scene here in DFW?

I wish that people would realize how many great bands are actually out here. When I first started going to Dallas, the parking lots would be fairly full but then soon tapered off and were nearly empty as Deep Ellum sit on the brink of collapse. People are definitely getting back down there now, but I don’t think many people really realize the full extent of the talent that resides in Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, or any of the suburbs. It’s out there, they just need to support it.

What is one thing you hope NEVER changes?

The neighborhoods, specifically in Deep Ellum. Every few years it seems like there’s talk about renovating the area and giving it a complete facelift or something. If you did that, you do away with the character of the area, which is exactly what makes it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for change if it is beneficial to the area, but not demolition to build condos and such. As long as the area has been a staple of Dallas it should be considered a historical landmark and preserved, but to tell the truth, I’m skeptical of if it will survive for another 100+ years.

Do you like sushi?

I’ve never had it, and I don’t expect I’ll try it either. (My taste-buds are quite picky.)

What do you do with what little spare time you have outside of seeing shows, writing, and podcasting?

I do like exercising and fit it in just about every day. I’m also a big fan of TV and usually watch a good bit of it. Sadly I think that’s about it, I don’t have many hobbies or anything.

Do you have any upcoming shows you want to, as we say at Sawed-Off Productions, WHORE out???

Ha. Whore out is the exact word I use when wearing my The Music Enthusiast shirt. Of course our shows. April 6th at the Ranch with Black Dutch Sioux and the benefit show on August 3rd and 4th (also at the Ranch). I can’t wait to see Air Review on March 24th. They’ll be at Club Dada and the show is being presented by the Homegrown Festival (which by the way is something else I’m looking forward to. It’s the festivals third year and is shaping up to be its best yet.) The Texas Music Unites launch party on March 31st will be great, what with Moving Atlas, Dawn Over Zero and so many other killer acts performing. I can’t wait to see Quiet Company and Smile Smile at Club Dada on April 6th. The Deep Ellum Arts Festival is also going on that weekend and Jessie Frye will be playing it April 7th. The amount of talent she has is mind blowing. Ishi and The Soldier Thread will also be at Trees that night, and Ishi’s new music is astounding! I could go on and on, but I’ll stop myself there.

Are you aware that sometimes you are absolutely hilarious?

Hilarious? No. I know I have my moments (which are generally few and far between) but I didn’t think they were that good, so thanks! I tend to have more of a dry sense of humor, which some people just don’t seem to get.

How the hell did you get hooked up with WhiskeyBoy Radio?

I ask myself that same question every now and then… Just joking. I’d seen Matt at shows for a long while, and he had noticed me, too. I saw his shirt with the website WhiskeyBoy.US, but never visited it. He evidently noticed my blog from other bands posting when I did show reviews about them and began to check it out occasionally. At the end of June this past year he messaged me on Facebook introducing himself and saying I could meet him at a show that night if possible. I did and at first got on as the guy who updated their concert calendar. He told me he’d find something else for me to do with the station, and after a few months he asked me about hosting my own The Music Enthusiast Podcast on the WhiskeyBoy Radio Network he was about to start up. We just seemed to hit it off, I guess partly since we both love local music and aren’t doing what we do for personal gain.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

Ha! It’s funny that I think this is the hardest question of them all. It’s cliché, but flying would be pretty cool. That way you could take off and go wherever anytime you wanted to.

How did you first discover what a donkey show is?

I’m not really sure how I first found out what one was… But I’m somewhat interested in seeing one take place.

Links to all of your pages???

Tumblr Page

Facebook Page


Okay, now everyone go stalk Jordan and like him and read his posts and listen to his podcasts. Seriously. It will lead you on a path to better music choices.

I promise.


8 Mar

That’s me, in case no one else knew that. I’ve been busy, blah blah blah…. I know, I don’t even believe it myself.

Here’s the past 6 weeks, in super fast motion–

had a great birthday show-thank you, thank you, thank you-saw somewhere around 25 bands-job search-margaritas-booking-promoting-probably another 5 bands-margaritas-one bad singer-margaritas-job search-great friends-deep ellum-energy drinks

Here's a Bonus Photo of me seeing a band. In case anyone didn't believe me.

Some of that was pretty exciting, but I actually have MORE exciting news to share, so I am going to skip all that!!!

It’s already been announced elsewhere, but Sawed-Off Productions (that’s me!) is teaming up with WhiskeyBoy (That’s my friend Matt) and The Music Enthusiast (that’s the awesome Jordan) to bring you some FANTASTIC showcases!! Keep your eyes open for Sawed-Off Productions and WhiskeyBoy Radio Present The Music Enthusiast Showcase Featuring….

Yeah, we’ll tell you who later!

I CAN tell you that there will be showcases all over the metroplex, beginning in May, with shows in June and July, leading up to a HUGE show in August…

oh, yes… This does get better!!! I am mega stoked to be a part of Broadcasting for Boobies, benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to be held at The Ranch in Arlington on August 3 and 4, 2012. This is going to be a big one!! Not only is it for a great cause (I am VERY fond of my boobies), both nights will be EPIC musical lineups! I can’t remember if the full lineup has been publicly released yet, and since I hear it is rude to call or text people in the middle of the night just because one happens to be hyped up on energy drinks and fully intends to sleep all day, I will have to come back and update with that information once I get the go-ahead.


I know, pretty awesome, huh? Even better would be for you to go clicky-click all those pretty pink links up there and go like my friends on facebook. They are actually just as cool, if not cooler than I am, and they will be releasing information about all this fantabulousness sometimes even before I do.

Clearly. It took me weeks to update this blog. Go follow them. They are also hilarious. And sexy.

p.s… if you are down for some hilarious reading… Click HERE.


14 Sep

Most of you probably already know that I am a little bit neurotic and compulsive and weird.

I’d like to think that most of you also have a little bit of that going on as well. (If not, we’ll pretend, okay??)

As part of my attempt to battle a chest cold, I’ve spent several hours today at the computer, doing lots of important work watching music videos on YouTube, drinking Gatorade and TheraFlu, and reading emails.

I watched a few videos from the VMAs last night…. Let’s talk about Lady GaGa’s dress while I am thinking about it….

I really like the one on the far right... Although it took two men to get her out of her chair...

Of course, I’m digressing, and what I was really getting at is this…

There are some songs out there I can listen to REPEATEDLY. I mean over and over and over….. Here’s the first one:

Let’s hope that my YouTube posting works. I don’t know why, but I’m obsessed with Beyonce this week.

Then there’s this:

I love this band. I love this song. I love the bass line. I think the lyrics are really cute. This song will stick in your head for days. I love it. I’ve listened to it approximately 9 times while I have been writing.

Please tell me the rest of you do this too… the repetition thing?

I’m excited!!

19 Aug

We at Rock Dogs!! are very excited about a lot of things we have coming up!!

Get ready for lots of hot local bands!! Some of the acts we have coming in have been around for a while, and some of them are brand new…. We have LOTS of bands coming in who have never ROCKED the Rock Dogs stage, and we are excited to show them a fantastic time!! We also have some of your (and our) local favorites who call Rock Dogs their Home booked over the next few months!

If you are in a band or know of a band that would like the opportunity to play Rock Dogs!!, send us a message or have them contact us! We are booking up FAST through the end of the year, and we have a lot of exciting things planned that you will definitely NOT want to miss, including some awesome surprises!!

Please note, we are NOT closing!! We open our doors every weekend for the bands and music lovers in DFW, and there are NO plans to change that!!

As always, we want to thank our loyal patrons and the bands who work so hard to help make Rock Dogs GREAT!!


What Not To Name Your Band…

25 Jul

I had a conversation on the way home from work tonight with two of my favorite people concerning band names.

I’m not going to lie. Unless I really really know you or I really really know your band, there is a very very good chance that I do not remember the name of your band unless it is really really original. Or funny.

If you want my opinion and you are naming a new band (and you probably don’t, but I am going to tell you anyway), Please avoid using the following words in your band name:














I think that’s it… Not that a great band name wouldn’t be Fallen Goat Stab Wound Southern Demon Destruction….

It’s just that I might accidentally call you Northern Flying Elephant People.

Of course, it’s also possible that I might get too animated and call you Money for Meanies, too.

I kid. Kinda.

Really, though, I like originality.

I also regularly change the words to metal songs from things like….




When this happens I usually have to remove myself from the pit/band/stage area because I have amused myself to the point of ridiculous laughter and that is never acceptable during things like death, dying, and stabbing.

Maybe there’s something wrong with me…..

i’m hardcore…

6 Jul

Or so they tell me.

Jilly Jill gave up early on us last night. And by early, I mean that she was back at the hotel and in bed by, oh, about 10 pm. I’m glad I’m not a day walker.

We got to go to the Dive Bar yesterday, which was spiffy because the bartender remembered us from last time and she’s fun. They had a live acoustic act there last night, and he wasn’t very good. Well, that’s rather rude. What I mean is that he definitely had a Texas Country style and voice without knowing he was Texas Country, which made for a rather awkward show.

So we left.

Kunuu and WG and I went to Blue Jean Blues just down the street. I love that place. I was probably born about 50 years too late. They also had the greatest pizza I have ever eaten. YUM.

We also went to the Elbo Room, because we seem to be drawn there. We had one beer and went to Blondie’s next door, which is also a fun place.

We were back on the beach sometime between 5 and 6 am, watching the sunrise while Kunuu napped in the sand.

He woke up when we buried him up to his knees in sand. . . . which I am sure was probably a pretty confusing way to wake up.

I love the beach in the morning; it is such a calming and peaceful place.

Ah… now it’s off to Primanti Brothers for one hell of a tasty sammich.

catching up…

22 Jun

On everything!!!

Let’s see… Iron Maiden was a pretty good show, although I didn’t know much of what they played until about the LAST FOUR SONGS. I felt silly until some of my FAR more musically experienced fellow concert-goers were complaining as well. I CAN say that Bruce Dickinson looks pretty stinkin’ good for however old he is.
Here’s a picture so you can all agree with me…
Bruce Dickinson

After we left Dallas, we booked it Nascar Style back to Fort Worth and Sam’s Trouble to see Cockpit. They are always a lot of fun and a good show….

WhiskeyDick was a lot of fun the next night, as usual. They will be back at Sam’s Trouble with me behind the bar this Thursday, June 24. You should all be there. Just sayin’.

This past Wednesday, June 16, we saw Joey C Jones (Sweet Savage) and Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses) at Trees in Dallas. It was a lot of fun…. I just love Deep Ellum; the buildings are all full of character. I DO hate driving down there, or even trying to navigate for someone else with GPS in hand. It scares me.

I’ve had some crazy days, but I waited too long between posts to have anything really great to tell….

OH, except I discovered that it REALLY IS Illegal to have drinks in a bar after 2:15 am in the state of Texas. I found out the hard way…… And they made me cry, even. I won’t be doing that again.

I went this past Friday afternoon to take Denise at Sam’s Trouble a couple boxes of match books… and left at midnight…. Drunk and with a new tattoo. I know better, but I really like this one and had been thinking about it for a while.

New School Tattoo

This is Jesse at New School Tattoo, and yes, I AM wearing pajamas.

Newest Addition, note the horseshoe and ladybugs I had added for my grandfathers.

It took me a couple of days to recover from that one, since I have “friends” who felt the need to slap me on the leg. I’ll be ready to get it colored in within a week or two.

I had it together enough to make it over to see Ball & Chain at Rock Dogs on Saturday night, and they sounded AWESOME. It’s always a good feeling to see good friends rock the stage.

The upcoming week, of course, has lots of fun things going on! Wednesday and Thursday I will be working at Sam’s Trouble, so please come see me and donate to the “Katie Desperately Needs Two New Tires  Fund” … And Thursday night we will have WhiskeyDick playing! Friday night at Rock Dogs we have Sedated with China Kills Girls & The Swingin’ Dicks. . .. Saturday is Broken Teeth, and Sunday is 2 Choices with WhiskeyDick! Next Monday I will rest again. WHEW!!!

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