Luke Bryan, Lee Brice Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 19, 2014 Among the various forms of popular music, country seems to age the most gracefully. An old rapper can keep trying to put out new music, but it's often just kind of embarrassing. Old rockers stay out on the road playing the hit ... More >>
It was like landing on the moon. The thought ricocheted through Joleena Malugani's mind as she took in the vast, dusty expanse of the corner of West Texas claimed by Midland and Odessa. Malugani was fresh out of college when she came across an Ector County Independent School District booth at a job ... More >>
Easton Corbin Reliant Stadium March 21, 2014 Perhaps in the future the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo can line up one shameless throwback entertainer per season, not some old veteran whose days of heavy airplay are long behind him or her, but a commercially viable younger artist who demonstrates th ... More >>
As one of the biggest entertainment-based enterprises on the planet, not just in Texas, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is one of the few local events that people halfway across the country and around the world travel to see. As such, its concert calendar has become increasingly crowded with pop ... More >>
Texas Concert For Conservation Featuring Dwight Yoakam, Robert Earl Keen, Hayes Carll & Ray Wylie Hubbard Sam Houston Race Park May 18, 2013 If I wanted to make a dopey analogy, which I'm going to do anyway, I'd say Texas' coastal waters and our wry but soulful singer-songwriters are two of this s ... More >>
George Strait Reliant Stadium March 17, 2013 Sunday night, George Strait wrangled 80,020 fans into Reliant Stadium for what is surely to be just one of his first "farewell" shows here in Houston. This glut of country fans -- only few thousand short of the total population of Santa Monica, Californi ... More >>
Jason Aldean Reliant Stadium March 11, 2013 Somewhere along the way Jason Aldean rubbed me the wrong way, and whenever I did have a stray thought about him, the words "massive tool" weren't far behind. I spent most of his RodeoHouston concert Monday night at (a packed) Reliant Stadium trying to fig ... More >>
Now more than a decade old, the Eli Young Band is the rare Texas country act whose lyrics are not dominated by their home state and its musical heroes. Their music is largely fiddle-free, rather cut from the same cloth as pop-rockers like Tom Petty, Matchbox 20 and the Wallflowers, and if someone in ... More >>
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo wii do whatever it takes to keep its revolving stage from going dark.
As it turns out, Texans indulged in all seven of the deadly sins.
Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.
The U.S. Attorney's Office has charged two people with conspiring to transport and harbor illegal aliens, but their case is more serious than that. Prosecutors say Demi Mishel Muniz, 33, and Luis Aceituno, 26, were tranporting illegal immigrants in a van from Houston to Los Angeles when one of the ... More >>
In 2005, rappers put Houston on the map. Then the spotlight moved on. Some musicians are working hard to turn it back this way.
Marc BrubakerEvidently shooting George Strait from this angle and distance is OK.Rocks Off does our best to shield our readers from all the red tape we have to go through in order to bring you a steady stream of concert reviews. For one thing, it's pretty boring - a bunch of emails and relea ... More >>
Mario Gallegos opens up with both barrels on Terry Grier‚ÄčTexas State Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr. has gone on the attack against Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier and his reform efforts, sending out letters to the school board and state legislators, in which he says his office has been investi ... More >>
Get in, get out. Refugees have a shrinking window of support until it's time to fend for themselves.
[Note: This week Rocks Off is looking at the musical heritage, highs and lows, for each of the five possible states that might result should Texas secede from the U.S. like Gov. Rick Perry wants it to. Yesterday we began with the Panhandle/West Texas "Palo Duro" territory; today it's northeastern qu ... More >>
Like the man himself said, easy come, easy go. Happy as we are that it's Friday, and almost quitting time to boot, Rocks Off a little sad too, because that means George Strait Week is almost over. But not quite. We're putting it to bed the only way we know how - with the King's five best Texas song ... More >>
Someone gets your social, ruins your credit, upends your life. And gets away free and clear.
Does the U.S. belong with the Axis of Evil?
A case for a new or different, anyway state song
Former country superstar. Now starring in a courtroom near you.
It's 1995 all over again...and again
The CAMH remembers the work of a late Houston sculptor
Texas struggles with what to do with its overabundance of Equus caballus, while Europeans wait with open mouths
Our food critic reports on the state of the Texas burger -- and recommends 18 you need to try immediately
Champa is the champ of our DJ competition at South Beach
Today all the best poets are singers. That's why a singer should be Texas's next poet laureate.
Those campaign donations aren't buying yard signs and pamphlets
The naked truth about why Houston isnít the third coast
Former Houstonian Kev Russell talks about Snoop Dogg and Cow Fish Fowl or Pig
Storytellers practice their craft in a concert for all ages
Davy and Mike, ExCEPtion to the Rule, Heat's On
Jesse Dayton knows a great many words - and how to sell them
Stay true to Pantera. They're true to you.
A judge has serious hang-ups over state prisons listening in on inmate-attorney calls
As part of the Bush legacy, a special law can hide polluting industries
Ant Farm explores the fine art of... waiting
Councilman Chris tests the waters against Brown
The guy who designed Cadillac Ranch wants to build a dolphin space station. Is it any wonder UH is divided over the return of Doug Michels?
Robert Earl Keen leadsTexas acts on tour
Go to the Austin Hill Country and meet some folks who are taking Y2K very seriously
A midlevel city attorney's ruling causes months of angst in the Heights over who has the rights to that land behind the back fences
Success has been anything but a cinch for Atticus Finch
The Sunset Tea Room gives way to some new ideas about old-fashioned food
Funland's learned the art of getting up after falling down
Need a baseball fix? Hop over to Beaumont for Kerfeld's Frogs