Pam Robinson is not going anywhere. The outspoken owner of Walters Downtown -- and now an inductee into the Houston Music Hall of Fame -- has felt better, true. Recently her doctors discovered that the experimental drug that had been attacking her cancer was going after her heart just as aggressive ... More >>
As the mid-late 1990s bloomed in the much-hyped "alternative" era, a whole new crop of dual-gender-fueled bands arose in Houston, including the brazen New Wave leanings of Japanic and Modulator, arthouse traditionalists Vulgarians, guitar heroes Gun Crazy, Lucky Motors' limber indie-rock, the Oi! st ... More >>
Ledisi Bayou Music Center, May 16 Though a true breakthough into the mainstream pop world has thus far eluded her, New Orleans native Ledisi (born Ledisi Young) has clandestinely become a star among fans who love little else than to dim the lights and turn up the grown-folks music. (She also has a ... More >>
Who? The man who goes by DJ Sun was born in The Netherlands, grew up in the small South American country of Suriname and moved to Houston in 1985. He began DJing in 1993 and has headed up KPFT's Saturday-night program Soular Grooves (9 p.m.-12 a.m.) for 18 years. After a couple of EPs and 45s, Sun's ... More >>
Who? Very busy Victoria native Anna Garza grew up in Houston and, she says, "I have been involved with the local punk scene longer than some of my friends have been alive." Early on, Garza says she made zines and put together local shows. The first big one, at the Wade Rd. Skatepark in Baytown, she ... More >>
Your guide to the bands and venues.
Photos by Marc BrubakerAll Together Now: Girls Rock Camp Houston's 2011 alumni sing "Don't Be Afraid to Be Weird."Girls Rock Camp Houston showcase Fitzgerald's August 7, 2011 The six bands formed at this year's Girls Rock Camp Houston filled the upstairs area at Fitz Sunday afternoon with a ... More >>
Photos by Allison WagonerCampers Zoey and Lilli show off their DIY album art.Today is the last day of Girls Rock Camp Houston and Rocks Off has already cried twice. It's only 7 a.m. We never thought we'd get so emotionally involved - psych, we're babies - but being surrounded by these gifted ... More >>
Natalie HebertLast year's campRemember when you were growing up as a an odd kid and there were a few people you admired for reminding you that you didn't have to play with dolls or listen to the Spice Girls? They encouraged you to get the Penny Hardaway basketball shoes you wanted and play he ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyHouston's Girls Rock Camp 2010 alumni join together to close out Sunday's showcase with their self-penned anthem, "Don't Be Afraid to Be Weird."Girls Rock Camp Houston 2010 Showcase Walter's on Washington August 15, 2010 Sunday evening, Walter's on Washington was the ... More >>
Ed. Note: Houston musician and now Art Attack blogger Meghan Hendley spent this past week as a counselor at the first-ever Girls Rock Camp Houston. Here's how it went. Rocks Off asked her to Girls Rock Camp Houston started as a conversation after Anna Garza viewed the indie documentary Girls ... More >>
Girls Rock Camp Houston recently surpassed its fundraising pledge goal with room to spare, but that doesn't mean the hard work is over. This week the nonprofit, which organizes a musical summer camp for girls aged 8-18, will have two more fundraising events to help buy supplies for the inaugural ... More >>
Girls Rock!, the 2008 movie about the students of the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Ore., will screen next Thursday, June 3, at Beaver's Icehouse as part of a fundraiser for the first Girls Rock Camp Houston. The Portland camp, which started in 2005, was the first of its kind in the cou ... More >>
• At the Pachinko Room, behind the Continental Club, a few guys are trying to start up a Thursday night patio movie series. It starts this week with Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains. • Pitchfork gives Houston all kinds of kudos in this article. • 29-95 interviews Anna Garza about her ... More >>
Girls Rock Camp Houston, the musical summer camp for girls aged 8-18 that will take place this August, has started its formal fundraising process with a Kickstarter account, a local music showcase and a special visit to an area elementary school to recruit camp registrants and volunteers and to s ... More >>
It was Matthew Wettergreen's idea. Wettergreen, who co-hosts KTRU's local-music/news show Revelry Report and is the mastermind behind BandCamp, had a vision of getting a group of Houston-based music writers from all kinds of media together to address the question of how we could better serve the mu ... More >>
What we'd like to see happen in Houston music this year.
Photo courtesy of Anna GarzaThe Girls Rock Camp Houston Board (l-r): April Brem Patrick, Linda Younger, Dianna Ray, Anna GarzaLong before Anna Garza thought that Houston needed a girl-centric music camp, she put the city on the map as a viable tour stop for indie bands as talent buyer for booking ... More >>
Skills erode as new technology broadens the field. And the old-school cats don't care.