Westheimer Block Party Preview: Updates from Elaine Greer, Bolt, Linus Pauling Quartet, Future Blondes and More

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The second in Rocks Off's series of self-penned updates from bands playing Saturday's Westheimer Block Party. If this also applies to you, please send yours to chris.gray@houstonpress.com.

Elaine Greer: "I have been working on my first-ever EP, which is set to be released in May, and am playing next on the SugarHill Sessions on April 2." (2:40 p.m., City of Montrose Stage, 203 Westheimer)

Mechanical Boy: "We just finished shooting our first video while in Austin for SXSW. It should be ready in late April. We have also been planning for our next tour, which kicks off in Houston on June 5!" (3:45 p.m., KTRU Stage, Numbers parking lot)

Bolt: "Yeah, we just got back from playing SXSW, too. We've been recording a bit (three songs more or less in the can) and are getting ready to record a couple more at the end of the month for a compilation that you'll be hearing more about pretty soon. Other than that, we're still writing, bulking up the set with some more material, and are gonna be playing a lot around town to cut our teeth before we head out on the road hopefully sometime in the summer or fall. We've got a bunch of really big ideas right now that we're trying to figure out how to pull off while staying within our means, but at the same time not half-assing it. So there ya go." (7:20 p.m., Avant Garden Upstairs)

Linus Pauling Quartet: "We've been annoying our old German record label, working on new songs for a new release, and most importantly we've upgraded from beer to whiskey at rehearsals." (4:30 p.m., KTRU Stage, Numbers parking lot)

The Watermarks: "The Watermarks have been recovering from a long week and two shows at SXSW. They have also been working on new music in their home studio." (2 p.m., City of Montrose Stage, 203 Westheimer)

Future Blondes: "Future Blondes have just returned from SXSW - we are currently working on our full-length LP for Dull Knife Records, a cassette/CD from Skrot Up Records in Denmark - and a live video shoot to be aired on PBS with Balaclavas April 3 @ the Artery (open to the public). www.arteryhouston.org." (5:15 p.m., City of Montrose Stage, 203 Westheimer)
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