Austin City Limits wasn't always a cultural institution, nor a repository of some of the finest musical performances ever committed to videotape. In the show's earliest days it was an unusual experiment even for public television, and creator Bill Arhos and his staff did not have the benefit of the ... More >>
A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert Directed by David Deutsch Shout! Factory, 120 min., $19.98 "Tonight is not a night for politics," says a well-coiffed man at the microphone with an unmistakable Southern drawl at the beginning of this concert. "Tonight is the ... More >>
St. Vincent House of Blues, March 10 An adventurous, ambitious singer-songwriter who delights in smearing the lines between art and pop, St. Vincent is quickly becoming one of the biggest indie-rock stars around. Born and raised in Dallas and now splitting her time between Texas and New York, the 3 ... More >>
Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, January 27 For the past few months, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers -- this week features the AFTERVIBES ... More >>
Guitarist Keith Wyatt has been with Phil Alvin's Blasters, one of the most storied roots ensembles to emerge from the '80s, for almost two decades now. But even after 17 years, he's still frequently standing in the shadow of original Blasters guitarist Dave Alvin, who left the band in 1986 to pursue ... More >>
DJ Sun The Flat, December 16 Now that some of the well-deserved publicity surrounding the release of 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, Sun pours his 20-plus-year ca ... More >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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.
With the El Orbits and Friends
Welcome to the inaugural installment of Catfish Reef, Houstoned Rocks's ongoing exploration of Houston's rich musical history. Once a week, we'll rifle through the crates in the Bayou City's collective trash can and dust off a record you really ought to hear and why you ought to hear it. We'll beg ... More >>
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
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