A solid album, to me, is what I have dubbed a "Front-to-Back." I have two definitions for Front-to-Backs: 1) albums that are structured to listen to as an entire piece of artwork (like Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, or Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea); and 2) alb ... More >>
After years of dreaming, planning and even a little begging, the University of Houston broke ground on a new on-campus football stadium this month. It's a pretty darn exciting development for the Cougars that marks the beginning of a new era of UH athletics: The program will play its first season in ... More >>
David Grissom has a résumé that most guitarists can only dream of. From his early days with Hank III in Killbilly, Grissom went on to playing, along with Jimmy Pettit and Davis McLarty, for Joe Ely from 1985 to 1991. A hell-for-leather band that could hang with the Clash or just about anyone else, ... More >>
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are married both to each other and their musical careers. She with a busy solo schedule, and he with full-time gigs fronting the Derek Trucks Band, playing guitar with the Allman Brothers Band [Derek's uncle is founding member Butch Trucks], and minor side-jobs with t ... More >>
Warren Haynes has one of the ultimate guitar player resumes, having played for years with the Allman Brothers, many tours with the Grateful Dead and offshoot Bob Weir and Friends as well as his own wildly popular jam band Govt. Mule. He's also toured with Dave Matthews. Haynes comes to town ... More >>
Musicians in their 70s and 80s are keeping Houston's traditional blues scene real.
Bright Lights, White House: Bright Light Social Hour in front of Obama's DC crib. With a sound influenced by Sly & The Family Stone, The Allman Brothers, Daft Punk and Muddy Waters, Austin's Bright Light Social Hour has become one of the city's most prominent party bands. Imagine Foxy Shazam ... More >>
It wasn't until we were discussing its release this week that Rocks Off realized we're basically the same age as Led Zeppelin's debut album. Recorded in October 1968 and released the following January, Led Zeppelin is 42 years old. It suffers from some of the same ailments as all of us who r ... More >>
Shore Fire Media In this week's print edition of the Press, Warren Haynes talks about juggling his membership in the Alpha and Omega of jam bands, the Allman Brothers Band and The Dead, with the musclebound blues-rock engine he started in 1994, Gov't Mule. The Mule pulls into House of Blues Satur ... More >>
Gov't Mule main man Warren Haynes swears he takes time off, but we don't really believe him.
Clint Broussard is a local boy who was born with the music of the Gulf Coast in his chromosomes. Broussard works as a bartender at Ginger Man, a clerk at Cactus Records and volunteer disc jockey with a great old-time R&B radio show on Rice University station KTRU. Rocks Off asked Broussard, ... More >>
Kansas City's Get Up Kids have Something to Write Home About all over again.
Photos by Kim Douglass There are few experiences in life that act as true rites of passage: Learning to ride a bicycle or drive a car, or that first kiss with that special post-pubescent someone. Then there's virginity, both the kind that gets lost in between the sheets and the kind that takes pl ... More >>
There are so many artists coming to Houston this summer and fall who should pick up on the "classic album" trend Rocks Off could hardly stop at just five. See our picks for Nos. 6-10 here. 5. Blondie (Arena Theater, August 23) Album: Eat to the Beat (Chrysalis, 1979) After 1978's Giorgio Moroder-ass ... More >>
The Snake Charmers Been Gone Too Long www.snakecharmers.net Contrary to popular belief, the blues is mostly about restraint; a few carefully chosen and timed notes are almost always preferable to a shower of technically precise show-offery. Luckily, the Snake Charmers don't have this problem. T ... More >>
If you like your Southern rock with liberal doses of B-3 and a lotta bluesy swagger, try on Atlanta-via-Auburn, Alabama, quartet Hightide Blues on for size. After a couple of MySpace listens, HTB seems seem best suited for the same full-tilt boogie as the Allman Brothers (try "Katie Can You Hea ... More >>
Jay-Z, House of Blues, October 16: "Jay-Z and his dozen-man band tore through the Brooklyn rapper's phone-book-thick catalog -- topped by the thunderstruck, 'Back in Black'-borrowing "99 Problems" -- as Bun B, several Houston Texans (and Texans Cheerleaders) and the rest of the sold-out house ... More >>
Much More Than Words Cavender Castle
Attempting to survive 11 straight hours of the Grateful Dead
Sunday, September 25, at Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-225-8551.
Friday, April 22, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717.
Haven't heard of Junoon? They've sold 20 million albums, and they're at the Meridian this week.
Sunday, May 2
Thin Places (New West Records)
Friday, February 20
It Still Moves (ATO/RCA/BMG)
Grab your gift certificates and trade in your white elephants -- here's what you really wanted for Christmas
The blues is back -- rawer and louder (and punker) than ever
Southern rock comes in for another revival
Big Dipper, Self-Released
Thursday, October 17
Drifter's Craig Feazel hates jam bands, Ryan Adams, radio and a lot of other stuff
Co-founder Dickey Betts is gone from the Allman Brothers Band, while Gregg Allman hits the road on a separate mini-tour
Clifford Antone looks to diva Barbara Lynn and others to help him regain some R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Local Music News
Can a middle-class Midwestern white guy play the blues? Yeah, if he's Mark May.
The return of Hollywood's most famous dog and pony show
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