DJ Sun The Flat, October 14 Now that some of the well-deserved publicity surrounding DJ Sun's first-ever full-length release, One Hundred, has subsided a little, his true accomplishment on the disc seems even more impressive. In the span of 70 minutes, he pours his 20-plus-year career as one of Ho ... More >>
Little Joe Washington Boondocks, August 6 Out of a Third Ward blues guitar school that has now graduated to the great beyond Albert Collins, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Johnny Guitar Watson and Joe Guitar Hughes, Little Joe Washington is the last man standing. And he's hardly standing still: He's also p ... More >>
Twenty-five Houston music greats who have passed away.
Casey Veggies, Travi$ Scott Warehouse Live, July 22 Casey Veggies has traded the life of one baller for that of another. A high-school star on the hardwood, the Inglewood, Calif., native decided rhyming was more to his liking and began making a name for himself on the L.A. mixtape circuit with song ... More >>
The Airborne Toxic Event House of Blues, April 29 What happens when you layer dynamic, symphonic arrangements, painfully guttural vocals, and a wicked viola player? You wind up with The Airborne Toxic Event, the L.A.-bred indie-rock band known for its rich, lyrically moody folk-rock. Driven by nove ... More >>
Tianna Hall Sambuca, March 4 You could argue that Tianna Hall is the best jazz singer in all of Houston. I mean, you could argue against it too, but it's like arguing that the moon landing was faked. Her smoky voice is a fine mix of skill and improvised magic, and it's landed her on the Grammy nomi ... More >>
Punch Brothers Fitzgerald's, January 29 It's easy to call Punch Brothers a thinking-man's bluegrass band, but even that doesn't describe the kind of ambition and virtuosity we're dealing with here. After flirting with the mainstream on a few pop-tinged albums, Nickel Creek banjo prodigy Chris Thiel ... More >>
Friday, Rocks Off told you about our "Texas 30" project, compiling a list of the best 30 albums of the past 30 years. Today we're about to show you the first of three bubbling-under appetizer lists we did just to put a little oil on the gears. Here, starting with No. 60, is where it gets interestin ... More >>
Photo by Brittanie SheyLittle Joe WashingtonIn the movie Adventures in Babysitting, Houston native bluesman Albert Collins inadvertently assists the getaway of young Elizabeth Shue (meow) and her charges from a gang of thugs, but only after she sings. Collins blocks the attackers with the sam ... More >>
Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. This is our final installment. Great Houston blues guitarists makes a long and storied list indeed, arguably headed up by Albert Collins, Lightnin' Hopkins, Johnny "Guitar" Watson ... More >>
One righteous vintage vinyl party.
A bluesman since age ten, Bernard Allison has learned his lessons well.
Jay LeeLast year around this time, Rocks Off and our buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean both got caught up in multi-day musical benders that left us both dazed and confused (conditions from which some would argue we have never fully recovered). Although our respective paths through those days were very ... More >>
Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.
The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>
Still proud of her family band, Susan Cowsill does her own thing now.
Two arts organizations attempt a new spin on an old event
With the El Orbits and Friends
Friday, April 7, at the Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, 5731 Kirby, 713-523-9999
Johnny "Guitar" Watson gets his due with a terrific two disc set
Saturday, April 9, at the Hawg Stop, 11335 Sheldon, 281-456-7867
If the Sunday-afternoon concert series isn't enough, there are still 10,000 free reasons to go to the Space Place
The Porch (Soullsys Music/Noir Sound)
In your heart, you know the Yuppie Prick$ are right
Red Line (Provogue Records)
The Last Concert Cafe has glimpses from its unique history
Houston blues-rocker Tony Vega has traveled a mighty hard road
Coming This Week
Can a middle-class Midwestern white guy play the blues? Yeah, if he's Mark May.
Johnny Copeland's music stretches from Houston to Africa and beyond
Local blues legend Little Joe Washington finds an unlikely fan base
The 5th Annual Houston Press Music Awards
Juneteenth brings a blues great back to Houston
Ballot, ballot on the wall, who's the folkiest of all?
Handy Houston bluespeople, and the next great wave from -- Katy
Texas guitar legend Albert Collins passes at age 61