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  • Steve Forbert Still Looking for Inspiration -- and Finding It

    Steve Forbert Still Looking for Inspiration -- and Finding It

    published Apr 17, 2015

    After almost 40 years in the music business, Steve Forbert could be forgiven for taking it easy or resting on his laurels, but the singer-songwriter who comes to McGonigel's Mucky Duck Saturday night ... More >>

  • Pinata Protest Returns to Headline Texas Taco Music Fest

    Pinata Protest Returns to Headline Texas Taco Music Fest

    published Apr 16, 2015

    San Antonio punks Pinata Protest return to Houston this weekend after an extended absence for the Texas Taco Music Festival. The explosive ensemble headlines the festival that also includes performanc... More >>

  • Rich Iacona: You've Never Heard of Him But You've Heard Him

    published Apr 14, 2015

    Chances are high you've never heard of pianist/composer Rich Iacona. But believe me, you've heard him. While Iacona, a New Yorker who comes to town this week for a series of clinics and shows with th... More >>

  • Maiden Houston Voyage for Yellowjackets Drummer Will Kennedy

    published Apr 08, 2015

    Will Kennedy, drummer and producer for L.A. jazz fusion giants Yellowjackets, is stepping out into the Houston jazz scene this Friday and Saturday at Cezanne. After three years living quietly in Katy,... More >>

  • How Shinyribs Became Texas's Hottest Band

    How Shinyribs Became Texas's Hottest Band

    published Mar 27, 2015

    Winfield Cheek is just happy to be here. Now into his eighth year as funky keyboardist with Shinyribs, one of the fastest-moving bands in the Texas scene right now, Cheek seems content with his place ... More >>

  • Webb Wilder Keeps the Crackle in His Groove

    published Mar 26, 2015

    Webb Wilder, who rolls into McGonigel's Mucky Duck on his first-ever solo tour Sunday, is a lifer, a rock and roll true believer who refuses to give in to the modern-day music business model. Thirty y... More >>

  • The Bluebonnets Deserve Better Than They Got Saturday

    published Mar 23, 2015

    The Bluebonnets Continental Club March 21, 2015 Austin hard rockers the Bluebonnets do for me what that other, more famous all-female Texas band, the Trishas, don't: they rock your ass off and make y... More >>

  • Canada's Whitehorse: It's Just Roots Music to Us

    Canada's Whitehorse: "It's Just Roots Music to Us"

    published Mar 18, 2015

    Melissa McClelland, one half of the Toronto-based marital duo Whitehorse, has a little bone to pick with this Americana thing. She and husband Luke Doucet operated as two independent solo acts before ... More >>

  • Alt-Country Wit Ramsay Midwood Has a Quip for Every Tune

    published Mar 11, 2015

    Ramsay Midwood, who rolls into Under the Volcano Wednesday, wants everyone to know he's a nice guy. "You're not going to print all those terrible things I said about people, are you," he asks as he's... More >>

  • Dwight Yoakam Sideman Brian Whelan Heads Off on His Own

    published Mar 05, 2015

    After four years of road-dogging with Dwight Yoakam's band, multi-instrumental utility man Brian Whelan has quit and struck out on his own. He rolls into McGonigel's Mucky Duck Saturday for a song swa... More >>

  • Jordan Donald Comes to "Lay the Funk on Heavy"

    published Feb 25, 2015

    Two years ago, Jordan "Chili Sauce" Donald came to our attention via TSU faculty member Dr. Horace Alexander Young and the great jazz pianist Joe Sample of Crusaders fame. Donald was one of the solois... More >>

  • Renowned Mariachi Gabriel Solis Croons at Numbers Tonight

    published Feb 19, 2015

    Don't look now, but local singer and promoter Eddie de las Casas has pulled off a major coup in bringing internationally famous Mexican mariachi singer Gabriel Solis to town tonight. Usually an arti... More >>

  • Local Judge Brings Veteran Punks to Play for the Pooches

    published Feb 19, 2015

    It only takes a few minutes of phone time with Judge Michael Schneider of the 315th District Juvenile Court to get the feeling that here is a public official who is genuinely trying to make a differen... More >>

  • The Blasters Show the Young'uns How It's Done

    The Blasters Show the Young'uns How It's Done

    published Feb 16, 2015

    The Blasters Continental Club February 14, 2015 Old age and treachery will overcome youth and exuberance every time. No one who saw the Blasters, the everlasting kings of early-'80s roots-rock, at th... More >>

  • Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

    published February 5, 2015

    Buddy Holly had a brief 18-month career. In that short time, the Lubbock-born rock and roller carved out a Mount Rushmore-like place in pop... More >>

  • Spirited Buddy Holly Revival Overplays Texas Accent

    Spirited Buddy Holly Revival Overplays Texas Accent

    published Feb 09, 2015

    While the well-heeled, mostly gray-to-graying crowd was quite happy with Society of Performing Arts' presentation of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Jones Hall Friday night, one nagging issue hampered... More >>

  • Billy Hinkle Brings East Side Ethic to Poison Girl Turntables

    published Feb 09, 2015

    Pasadena hardcore outfit H.R.A., named after television personality Marvin Zindler's "heavy roach activity" blurb from his famous and often-amusing weekly rundown of local health-inspection violations... More >>

  • Rodney Crowell Goes Geographic on "East Houston Blues"

    published Feb 05, 2015

    Leave it to the Houston Kid, Rodney Crowell, to debut a new song about his former home town live on BBC. Rocks Off received a message from local music savant Father Sean Horrigan early Wednesday with ... More >>

  • After the Fire Is Gone: A Near-Forgotten Willie (and Tracy) Nelson Classic

    "After the Fire Is Gone": A Near-Forgotten Willie (and Tracy) Nelson Classic

    published Feb 04, 2015

    To hear Tracy Nelson tell it, her decision to ask Willie Nelson to sing a duet with her on "After the Fire Is Gone" was mostly just kismet meeting standard industry practice. "I loved that song and k... More >>

  • Friday Night Shaping Up to Be a Rocker

    published Jan 30, 2015

    Friday is shaping up right nicely for those of us who frequent H-Town's lower dens. The biggest news is that the Paul Collins Beat is at Walter's as the centerpiece of a record fair sponsored by Soun... More >>

  • Mike Barfield's Funk Machine Was One for the Vice Squad

    published Jan 30, 2015

    Mike Barfield Under the Volcano January 28, 2015 I missed the first song of Mike Barfield's set at Under the Volcano Wednesday night, but walking in midway through "Funky Popcorn," I immediately knew... More >>

  • Rock and Roll Hero Buddy Holly Lives On via Buddy

    published Jan 29, 2015

    Todd Meredith, who has the lead role in Society for Performing Arts' production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, has turned the musical into what could well be a lifelong career. "I always aspired to... More >>

  • Fred Eaglesmith's Traveling Circus Hits the Mucky Duck

    published Jan 28, 2015

    Fred Eaglesmith McGonigel's Mucky Duck January 27, 2015 Nothing renews the faith in rock and roll like a Fred Eaglesmith show or a visit with the man himself. Just the sight of his beat-up Woodstock... More >>

  • The Elders of Country Music

    published Jan 08, 2015

    The recent passing of 94-year-old Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens, along with the late 2014 death of the Cajun Cowboy, Jimmy C. Newman, gave us pause to consider the dwindling list of country... More >>


    RIP Blues Man Don Kesee

    published Jan 07, 2015

    Longtime Houston bluesman Don Kesee, known by all who met him for his good nature and huge, friendly smile, passed away Wednesday afternoon after an extended illness. He had been on dialysis for some ... More >>

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