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The House Harkonnen keep the Spice flowing

Lauren Shafer
Members of The House Harkonnen - Left to Right: Mike Doty (lead guitar), Alex Johnson (vocals and rhythm guitar), Dave Shafer (bass), and Andy Grayson (drums)

Riding rock n' roll like a "Sandworm," Arlington's The House Harkonnen turn the notion of traditional Texas music on its head.

Taking their name from a faction in Frank Herbert's fictional "Dune" universe, The House Harkonnen embodies elements from punk to classic rock, and reconstitutes them into a gritty rocking sound of their own. Vocalist Alex Johnson recently took some time to check in with Notably Texan, on the verge of their appearance in Dallas on Friday. 

The House Harkonnen performs Friday, June 27 in Dallas at The Boiler Room with Bathylite, Spacebeach & Fogg.

Notably Texan can be heard weekdays from Noon-3pm on KETR.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Matt moved to the Sulphur Springs area in 1990 and settled in Commerce shortly thereafter. Having dreamed of working in radio since childhood, he began working at KETR while taking Radio-Television courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1993. Matt has transitioned from a part-time worker and pupil of KETR, to the station’s Chief Announcer/Producer and supervisor of student broadcasters. A familiar voice of 88-9 KETR, Matt has hosted such shows as The Late Nite Lion, and can currently be heard as host of Notably Texan.