Sound and the Fury 

A week on the scene

Bang your head

While the TV show "O.C." might portray SoCal as the land of rich, surf-lovin' mall rats, Orange County metal band Eighteen Visions, takes a darker view of life.

If you're a Headbangers' Ball fan (and who isn't, deep down?), you can hear the crushing "Waiting for the Heavens" from the band's latest record, Obsession (Epic), produced by Mudrock (Godsmack, Powerman 5000).

Eighteen Visions performs at Sanctuary on Wednesday, January 18. Also on the bill are Emery, Remembering Never, and Misery Signals. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tix are $10.

Get a lifeline

If you've ever wanted to portray a music star's girlfriend in a video, then comb your hair and put on some lipstick: Hip-hop artist Core is seeking women ages 18-22 to audition for the video for "Lifelines," a song from his first album.

Auditions are scheduled for Friday, January 14 at 10 a.m. at 1216 West Avenue. The video shoot is planned for Saturday, January 22 or Sunday, January 23. Pay is $50 a day, plus meals. No nudity or explicit scenes. Info: Dora at 694-4677 or doralpena@hotmail.com.

Music can be hazardous to your health

Smoke-filled rooms, amps cranked to 11, a constant supply of booze: Being a musician isn't the healthiest profession - especially if you don't have insurance.

To address those topics, the Texas Music Coalition is hosting a free program, "Musicians' Health Concerns," Tuesday, January 18 at Borders Books & Music at the Quarry, 255 E. Basse. Networking begins at 6:30 p.m. the panel begins at 7.

Confirmed panelists include Express-News music columnist Jim Beal, representing the Healthy Music Experiment, which has been addressing musicians' health care dilemmas; Mark Carter of the National Association for the Self-Employed; audiologist Stephen Lamson; and chiropractor Dr. Don Phillips.

A list of additional panelists will be posted on the TMC website, www.texasmusiccoalition.org/ More info: quinndixon@yahoo.com

Houston Street Live is dead

The space that housed mega-club Houston Street Live is for lease. Located in the basement level of the Kress Building, Houston Street Live featured a restaurant and five nightclubs, including a Cheers bar with dueling pianos, a karaoke room, the Midnight Rodeo dance hall, a disco, and Ocean Drive, a Miami-style nightclub. Very '70s, very '80s, and very over.

Compiled by Lisa Sorg


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