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13th Floor Elevators

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    May 9, 2014

    The Long, Strange Trip of Austin Psych Festival

    When I woke up last Saturday morning in Houston deciding whether to attend Austin Psych Fest, I had barely wanted to go. When I got to the grounds near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, my worst fears were realized: the heat was unbearable, it was dusty, and I spent that afternoon wandering ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Liberty Hall Founder Michael Condray Recuperating After Brain Surgery

    I last saw Michael Condray five years ago at his home outside Porter. I was working on a story about his legendary Houston venue, Liberty Hall, where Bruce Springsteen found his first success in Texas and where a budding guitarist named Billy Gibbons would occasionally work out. Condray loaned us so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Geto Boys, Amos Lee, Tontons, etc.

    "Welcome to Houston" Concert Arena Theatre, February 28 Is there any better way to salute Houston's brand-spanking-new hip-hop radio station, 93.7 The Beat, than to throw a Texas-size party featuring some of Houston's biggest rappers? Of course not, fool. Especially when the rappers doing the party ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Roky Erickson at the Continental Club, 10/30/2013

    Roky Erickson & Hounds of Baskerville Continental Club October 30, 2013 You don't have to know a whole lot about Roky Erickson to know he's written some of the most touching, sweetest songs around. "Starry Eyes" by itself belongs on any halfway decent pitching-woo playlist. But maybe some other ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Phantogram, Roky Erickson, Zedd, etc.

    Phantogram House of Blues, Monday 28 A duo from upstate New York, Phantogram will scratch that same after-hours electro-pop itch as School of Seven Bells' enchanting 2012 LP Ghostory. On two albums for Barsuk Records and now a new eponymous EP on Republic Records, Josh Carter and Sarah Bechtel slid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    The Moving Sidewalks at Bayou Music Center, 9/28/2013

    Moving Sidewalks Bayou Music Center September 28, 2013 "We're actually remembering this shit," Billy F. Gibbons said after the Moving Sidewalks had played two choppy, fuzz-clouded songs Saturday night at Bayou Music Center. By all accounts, it was his pre-ZZ Top engagement's first public performanc ... More >>

  • Music

    August 1, 2013

    The Houston Music Hall of Fame: The Ring of Honor

    Twenty-five Houston music greats who have passed away.

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    July 16, 2013

    Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues

    Before we go any further, this isn't over. Houston fancies itself as forever moving forward, a "city of the future," but in a relatively short time span -- the past 40, maybe 50 years -- it's managed to rack up an impressive number of live-music stages that have come and gone, and left quite a lasti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils at the Continental Club, 6/22/13

    Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils Continental Club June 22, 2013 When Ian Moore asks for giant bottles of Advil and asks for the house lights to be turned down, you oblige. He is, after all, recovering from being cast as the next blues great where long-haired savants and Stevie Ray Vaughan ruled the ai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Seven Recent Albums By '60s Artists That Don't Suck

    Age gets us all eventually. I'm only in my early twenties and already I'm having to do stupid things like eating healthier, quitting the smokes, and watching my blood pressure. So it really shouldn't come as any surprise that musicians start to slow down in their old age, especially if they've been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Moving Sidewalks Dust Off Their '60s Brooms In NYC

    This weekend the Moving Sidewalks, best known as the band Billy Gibbons was in before ZZ Top formed, were once again a living, breathing, kaleidoscoping musical being. Gibbons and the other Sidewalks - Tom Moore (organ), Dan Mitchell (drums) and Don Summers (bass), all of whom still live in Texas - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    The New Escatones 45 Is Indeed Out of Sight!

    Yeah, I should probably be beaten badly and left in an alley to think about what I did for making that pun, but trust me; The Escatones' "Out of Sight/East Beach Stomp" is indeed worth the price of the 45 record. The Escatones are usually described in conjunction with their jangling surf guitars an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    20 Essential Texas Albums From 2012

    One of the quiet pleasures of (finally) putting 2012 to bed is mop-up duty. All year, I tried to keep a running list of albums released by Texas-based or Texas-related performers that I enjoyed listening to. Sunday night, I tallied them up. For some reason, besides that we've already handled the ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Rolling Stones Let Psych Flag Fly On '67's Their Satanic Majesties Request

    The Rolling Stones' 1967 album, Their Satanic Majesties Request, turns 45 today. The album's subject matter and oddity make it a strange holiday release, but hey it was the '60s. Best-known for the saccharine "She's a Rainbow" and oft-covered "2000 Man," the album gets lost in the Stones' greater l ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2012

    The 30 Best Texas Albums

    Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

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    December 12, 2012

    Behold the Texas 30, Plus Albums 40-31

    At this point, hopefully you know what the Texas 30 is and why Rocks Off is counting down to the Top 30 Texas albums of the past 30 years, as determined by a statewide panel of professional music writers. The short answer is, of course, because we can, and because it was a great excuse to listen to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators & 10 Early Texas Psych Bands You Should Know

    Forty-six years ago today, rock and roll got a hell of a lot weirder in the state of Texas. On Nov. 30, 1966, Austin garage band The 13th Floor Elevators released their The Psychedelic Sounds Of album on Houston's International Artists label. Powered by the raw, fluttering classic "You're Gonna Miss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    Last Night: Sir Paul McCartney at Minute Maid Park

    Sir Paul McCartney Minute Maid Park November 14, 2012 Seeing Paul McCartney live is a lot of things. It's communing with a spirit that touched millions and will touch millions for as long as humanity lurches forward. It's hearing the old schmaltzy bedrock anthems and the proto-everything blasts tha ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Who Are the Greatest Metal Bands In Texas Music History?

    When I asked our friends on the Rocks Off Facebook wall who they thought were the greatest heavy metal bands in Texas music history, the response was larger than I thought it would be. I assumed five of you would say Pantera, deadhorse and King's X and go back to sleep, but no. You stepped up and g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Saturday Night: Roky Erickson at the Continental Club

    Roky Erickson Continental Club July 14, 2012 With the arid summer of 2011 fresh in our memories, it's easy to forget that Houston's often a sweaty, swampy mess. Saturday night it was no different, having rained for a week straight. Though the rain was done by evening, the air was thick and balmy t ... More >>

  • Music

    July 12, 2012
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    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    The American Bandstand (Extended) Hot 100

    Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Dick Clark, Rock & Roll Benefactor, Dead At 82

    Television producer, idol maker, and eternal teenager Dick Clark has died today at the age of 82 from a massive heart attack, TMZ is reporting. Clark's show American Bandstand helped foster rock and roll's development through its early years, and later he branched out into other television franchis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Friday the 13th: 13 Ways to Say "Eff You" to The Phobia

    It's Friday the 13th. What's good about it: There's not another Friday the 13th movie coming out. What's bad: Awful things may happen to you, according to tradition, lore and urban legend. If you're scared of today (and no, we're not going to attempt to look knowledgeable by cutting-and-pasting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Chris Gray Day: A Few Auction Item Photos

    On Saturday, there will be some amazing bands at Chris Gray Day, which is completely appropriate when you consider who this is for. There is also the whole "let's raise some money for Chris Gray" thing. Really, this should be enough for you to want to show up and spend some cash. But, yesterday whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    5 Bands Your Musician Friends Love...But You Don't

    austinpost.comYep. Robert Plant "copped everything" from this guy.​In a 2005 interview with Esquire, Johnny Depp discusses the unwavering authenticity of Hunter S. Thompson, and likens his late friend to another great, often-troubled mind, saying: "...like Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    The 15 Best Bill Graham Presents Posters And Artwork

    Photo By Tony MorelliBill Graham in 1974​Twenty years ago this week, legendary concert promoter Bill Graham went to the big backstage party in the sky after the helicopter he was riding in flew into a high-voltage tower in Vallejo, Calif. Also killed in the crash was Graham's girlfriend, Melis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    You In Color: The Black Angels' Christian Bland Talks Film Scores

    Photo By Craig HlavatyThe Black Angels' Alex Maas at Free Press Summerfest in June​Tomorrow night the Black Angels hit Houston for the third time in about a year, with a gig over at Fitzgerald's with fellow retro-doomers Dead Meadow and Spindrift. The last time the Angels were in Houston it wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Saturday Night: Roky Erickson At The Continental Club

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Roky Erickson Continental Club October 1, 2011 Roky Erickson, the godfather of Texas psychedelic music and one of the state's most beloved musical figures, has come far since his days of disabling schizophrenia and poor health. Saturday night he roared through an hour o ... More >>

  • Music

    June 3, 2010

    Seeking Joy

    Jill Scott returns to the studio after various screen projects and a son.

  • Music

    May 20, 2010

    The Walking Dead

    Texas City's Come See My Dead Person is very much alive.

  • Music

    April 29, 2010
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    March 4, 2010

    Chatter: Say Hey

    Spearhead leader Michael Franti's Middle Eastern trip inspires an unlikely Top 40 hit.

  • Music

    February 4, 2010

    Corky's Debt

    The Red Krayola's Mayo Thompson isn't sentimental about much...except Houston.

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Album of the Week: Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm

    As much as he deserves one - make that several - Doug Sahm is a tricky subject for a tribute album. The late San Antonio native known as "Sir Doug" was a true musical polymath, a master of just about every form of post-WWII popular music, both the big ones - country, blues, rock and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    The Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    [Note: This is the first in a series of articles that constitute Village Voice Media's year-end music package. The others - pop, indie-rock, dance mixes, Latin, country, alt-country/Americana, metal, rap/hip-hop and special graphics breaking down the year in charts and 2008's worst lyrics - will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2008

    SugarHill Studios Moves to Caroline Collective

    Temporarily, anyway. The long-running Houston recording studio, normally headquartered at 5626 Brock, is shifting all its operations except for previously scheduled recording sessions to the Caroline Collective, 4820 Caroline, between 2 and 6 p.m. this afternoon. SugarHill president Dan Workman will ... More >>

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    June 27, 2008

    Remembering Houston's '60s Psych Clubs

    Besides here, here, here and, OK, Stone Temple Pilots - if you're going, at least go early enough to catch opener Black Francis, whose new EP s vn f ng rs is excellent - and a bunch of free instores at Cactus Music, it's kind of a slow weekend for music in the Bayou City. That makes it an ideal wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008

    RIP, Father of LSD

    On Tuesday, one of the most important contributors to the development of most popular Western music and culture in general passed away at 102 years of age at his home in Switzerland. I am speaking, of course, of Albert Hoffman, the Swiss chemist who invented LSD. Think where the world would be with ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008

    Reverberations: Bipolaroid’s E(i)ther Or

    Saturday night, hit Boondocks for the Reverberation throw-down. Get drunk and dance. If you miss this one, you’ll have to wait until next month, and four weeks is a long time to wait for a proper fuzz fix. For now, give this record from New Orleans a shot… Bipolaroid, E(i)ther Or Bipol ... More >>

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    April 11, 2008

    Marty Stuart's American Odyssey Does Houston

    Marty Stuart is definitely one of the more interesting also-rans of Travis Tritt-era popular country. He only had a couple of real hits - "Hillbilly Rock" and "Little Things" both reached No. 8 in 1990 - but he's got a great pedigree. He was married to one of the Carter daughters, and was a good pal ... More >>

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    February 28, 2008

    Reverberations: Opening Up the Garage

    Welcome to Reverberations, a weekly column on all things garage rock… There was a time – between the British Invasion and the eventual manifestation of Television – when a bunch of guys who’d come up on the cutting power of surf noise and the Yardbirds’ filthy, oversexed blues took what t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2007

    Lingering Long on Love Street

    Before you check out the Black Angels this weekend at Warehouse Live or watch Roky Erickson’s recently taped Austin City Limits episode (featuring special guest Billy Gibbons; scheduled to air January 12), David Adickes will help you brush up on the early days of Texas psych 7:30 p.m. tonight at N ... More >>

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    October 10, 2007

    Pop Numerology: How High Can You Go?

    Futzing around with my iTunes, I discovered I have a song with every number in it up through the number 25. I stall out at 26. Anybody know one with that number in it? Here’s my list: “Splash 1,” Thirteenth Floor Elevators “Two Girls,” Townes Van Zandt “Three Sixteens,” U.G.K. “Fou ... More >>

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    September 25, 2007

    The Houston 100: From Mack Hayes to Hersal Thomas

    Below are songs 90-100 from our Houston 100, five-score of the best songs ever from Houston. We will be running these lists ten at a time here on Houstoned Rocks, and we'll unveil the Top 20 tomorrow in the print edition and on the Web site. – John Nova Lomax PS: I have decided to bar all songs m ... More >>

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    August 21, 2007

    The Houston 100: The Best Bayou City Songs Ever

    13th Floor Elevators? Yes. Over the next few weeks and months, the music staff here will be assembling a top 100 of Houston songs. To qualify, a song must be either by Houstonians or about Houston, or must have been recorded here or released on a local label. Thus, “You’re Gonna Miss Me” b ... More >>

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    March 15, 2007

    South By Lomax: Part One

    The Dude. Drove thru intermittent rain to Austin with my dad, who is here in his newish capacity as the manager of country chanteuse Sunny Sweeney. It's great to have him back in the game after his few years of semi-retirement. Over the years, he has managed Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Kasey ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 16, 2000

    Psychedelic Cheeseburger

    For serious meat-on-a-bun surfers

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