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    January 21, 2014

    Remembering Steve Fromholz: The Poet Laureate of Texas Music

    Steve Fromholz, who witnessed the flowering of the Austin music scene in the early '70s and for many folks became the official face of Texas country music for his Tex-centric "Texas Trilogy," died of an accidental gunshot wound Sunday. According to numerous reports, Fromholz, 68, was on a feral hog ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Kimberly McCarver, Missouri City's Meadowlark

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Sometimes a hunch will pay off. Kimber ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013

    UPDATED: The Rocks Off 100: Kimberly M'Carver, Missouri City's Nightingale

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. UPDATED (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.) Corrects the ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Aimee Bobruk Is "Two of a Kind" All By Herself

    Austin's singer-songwriter darling Aimee Bobruk will be in town at Anderson Fair this weekend, and to herald her arrival, she recently recorded a fantastic music video for her tune "Two of a Kind." It's a simple yet fetching throwback to the days of silent film, with Bobruk playing both her feminine ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Houston's Top 10 Unsung Music Venues

    There's no other way to say this except to say it: Houston has a lot of music venues, a lot of music venues, but most of the high-profile shows around here get routed into a handful of places. This happens for any number of reasons, most of them financial: Very few promoters in town can afford to pu ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Here Come the Trishas, Texas' 4-Part Harmony Queens

    Does anyone else miss the Dixie Chicks? Is it even OK to say that in Texas? We hope so, because a week or two ago Rocks Off stumbled across "Tonight the Heartache's On Me" again and have been on a serious Chicks kick ever since. But as the song says, that trio is a long time gone at this point. The ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    Meet the 2012 HPMA Showcase Nominees: Matt Harlan

    Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back. Catch up with the other showcase nominees and see our the rest of our HPMA coverage Rocks Off: When and where was your ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Duct Tape Messiah Redux

    Part of a storied singer-songwriter scene, former Houstonians Gurf Morlix and Blaze Foley were living in Montrose during the Urban Cowboy craze but were not impressed. In fact, according to Morlix, they worked so much they "hardly ever had a night off, and if we did we certainly weren't going to dri ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011
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    November 24, 2011

    What We Are Thankful For This Year

    Like most years, 2011 has been...complicated. We've heard some great music, seen some killer shows and lost some amazing people. We also nearly lost one of our own. That's how it goes in this world and it's why the things we are thankful for take on added meaning as the year begins to wind down. Th ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Crusty Texan Bounces Watch The Throne From Amazon's Top MP3 Album Spot

    Now Kanye has something else to cry about.​Proving once again that old age and treachery beats youth and skill every time, grizzled Texas singer-songwriter emeritus Guy Clark has knocked Jay-Z & Kanye West's Watch the Throne from the top MP3 albums sales spot on Employing the same ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011


    Anderson Fair alumna Lucinda Williams returns to Houston.

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    March 31, 2011

    Final Four Visitors: Ten Alternative Places to Visit in Houston

    You can skip the Beer Can House​So, you've made it to town for the Final Four and you are shocked to find out there are no tumbleweeds, we all aren't walking around in 10-gallon hats and the area surrounding downtown and the medical center is not filled with strip malls and urban decay. Welcom ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    John Fullbright: Woody Guthrie Sells A Lot Of Hamburgers​John Fullbright, playing a writers-in-the-round with Jess Klein tonight at Anderson Fair, looks like the kid at the grocery store sacking groceries or gathering carts from the parking lot. The innocent look masks an old-soul singer-songwriter and one of the hottest youn ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    For the Sake of the Song: Sanitized, Still Essential

    ​No discussion of Houston music history is complete without mentioning Montrose folk venue Anderson Fair. The list of performers alone is staggering, but there's more to the old spaghetti restaurant than just the people who've graced the stage, and that's what documentary For the Sake of the S ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    For the Sake of the Song

    PR maven Sarah Gish celebrates a decade of success

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    September 20, 2010

    Open Tab: Things Are Changing, Holmes

    Pull up a chair, start a tab and order a round of shots, because this is Rocks Off's weekly roundup of the goings-on in the Houston bar scene. Ups and downs, openings and closings, we will cover it all. Hit us up with any hot tips at Craig Hlavaty​During our t ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Dream of Life Offers An Intimate Look At The Newly Widowed Patti Smith

    ​Dream of Life, the 2008 documentary about Patti Smith, opens with Smith's own narration of the many loved ones she's outlived over the years. Among those names are her husband, MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith; her brother Todd; and controversial photographer and close friend Robert Mapplethorpe. ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Documentary On Anderson Fair Gets Thumbs-Up From Hollywood Reporter

    ​For the Sake of the Song , the documentary on Montrose's legendary Anderson Fair, is about to make the festival rounds; this week it had its world premiere at SXSW.The influential trade publication Hollywood Reporter reviewed the Austin showing and was enthusiastic, which is always a good thing.T ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    Anderson Fair Documentary Premieres At SXSW; Hits Houston Worldfest April 10

    ​ One of the cinematic highlights of SXSW was yesterday's world premiere of For The Sake of The Song: The Story of Anderson Fair. Produced by Houstonians Bruce Bryant and Jim Barham, the film documents the forty year history of one of the most storied Texas music venues. The old spaghetti rest ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Old Home Weekend at Anderson Fair

    Two alumni of Houston's fabled folk scene return to Anderson Fair this weekend. Vince Bell lives in Santa Fe, N.M., these days, but he will always be associated with the heyday of the Houston folk scene and Anderson Fair. Mentored by Townes van Zandt and Guy Clark, Bell had a major influence on Lyl ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Tonight: Songwriting Legend Mark Germino at Anderson Fair

    ​Veteran Nashville songwriter Mark Germino will be making a rare Houston appearance tonight at Anderson Fair. The last time Germino played there, no less a fan than Steve Fromholz drove over from Austin to catch the show. A songwriter's songwriter, Germino is one of the most revered writers in the ... More >>

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    October 6, 2009

    Tonight: Anderson Fair Vet Vince Bell at Brazos Books and Under the Volcano

    ​Vince Bell's Houston roots go way, way back. When Anderson Fair opened its doors in the early '60s, Bell was one of the troubadours who not only played the joint, he also lived in the Montrose. If you can believe him, he ate so many of his meals at the club that he often refers to Anderson Fair i ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: A Brief Chat With Mickey Clark

    Unless you were around here almost 30 years ago and traveling in the music scene, Mickey Clark probably means nothing to you. But the inside liner sleeve on Clark's new album, Winding Highways, is the Anderson Fair music calendar for March 1980. Nanci Griffith and John Grimaudo both had two-day ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009
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    July 9, 2008

    Tonight: Dustin Welch at Under the Volcano

    Anyone who caught Dustin Welch opening for Mark Germino last month at Anderson Fair, or for James McMurtry at the Continental earlier this year, is already aware of a singular talent rising through the ranks of Americana music. Welch, the son of Oklahoma songcrafter Kevin Welch, brings a new level o ... More >>

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    May 29, 2008
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    January 18, 2008
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    September 26, 2007

    The Houston 100: From Harry Choates to Johnny Preston

    The Houston 100 continues. Click here for numbers 91 to 100. 90. “Jole Blon,” Harry Choates, 1946. The unofficial Cajun national anthem was first recorded in Houston, by Choates, a Port Arthur-raised hellraiser who would die in a fit of delirium tremens in the Austin jail at 29 five years ... More >>

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    June 1, 2007
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    March 1, 2007

    Mark Germino

    In the span of four weeks back in 1984, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, and Mark Germino were all signed to major label record deals. Historically this watershed event was a reaction to the Urban Cowboy phase running out of steam and has been humorously dubbed "the Great Nashville Credibil ... More >>

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    February 23, 2007

    Playbill: Albert & Gage

    Along with folks like Dana Cooper, Albert & Gage could be poster children for the Kerrville Nation. Christine Albert and Chris Gage are exactly the kind of folk duo you'd imagine if someone asked you to imagine an Austin folk duo. You want some meaningful poetic stuff? They've got it. A little Weste ... More >>

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    February 2, 2007

    Playbill: Two High String Band

    Bill Ellison Pristine, clear, Rocky Mountain high air surrounds much of what the Austin trio Two High String Band throws down as bluegrass. For the most part this banjo-less ensemble that calls Houston's Blue Corn label home tends toward tunes with a dawdling, we're-stoned melodic pace; the ... More >>

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    December 1, 2005

    Dana Cooper

    Made of Mud

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    December 16, 2004

    New Year's Eve Guide

    Where will you be hoppin' when the ball is droppin'?

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    February 26, 2004

    Bar Brawl

    Fighters duke it out in no-holds-barred cage matches

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    November 27, 2003

    Albert and Gage

    At Anderson Fair (Moonhouse)

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    January 16, 2003

    The Queen Bee

    Pam Kelly hopes to get a Buzz going about local music

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    September 30, 1999

    Local Rotation

    Local Music Reviewed

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    May 14, 1998
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    April 23, 1998
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    December 4, 1997
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    October 10, 1996
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    May 23, 1996
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    May 11, 1995
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    January 19, 1995
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    September 29, 1994
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    September 15, 1994

    Big Band, Big Press Kit

    Ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones! (Yawn...)

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    February 10, 1994
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