Total Abuse, Rusted Shut Mango's, August 1 Modern hardcore a tad too cute for you? You certainly wouldn't be alone in that sentiment, but take care that you're ready for the alternative. From the all-too-safe environs of Austin, punk terrorists Total Abuse have been savagely battering audiences wit ... More >>
Ben Kweller Though Ben Kweller only lives a short distance up 290 in Austin, it feels like he's never here enough to satisfy the demand for his music. Performing as a trio on Saturday night, Kweller's set was composed of hits from every album in his discography with the exception of one, Changing ... More >>
Background to center stage. Support to headliner. Shadow to light. Everything about Alejandro Rose-Garcia's current life suggests an emergence, even his name. Every exciting opportunity that's come his way -- and there have been many of late -- is a step away from his given name and one closer to ... More >>
A look at iFest and the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival.
As I snapped one little guy in half and pinched all the sweet meat from his tail, all I could think was there must be an infinite number of crawfish in our area waterways. Not all that far away, they had to be eating their share at Weekend 1 of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Here, in Old ... More >>
Waxahatchee Mango's, April 4 Right now acoustic folk is a sleeping giant within the music industry, but Katie Crutchfield (who works under the stage name Waxahatchee) is one name to have on your radar. If you're a fan of acts like Screaming Females, Hop Along and Laura Stevenson, you'll likely find ... More >>
Billy Ocean Warehouse Live, October 11 We weren't sure it was possible for '80s hitmaker Billy Ocean to get any cooler than he was in his "Caribbean Queen" video, where the Trinidad native dances around in a dapper suit surrounded by a puppet saxophone player. These days he's sporting dreadlocks th ... More >>
Sara Bareilles House of Blues June 29, 2013 When I first arrived at House of Blues for Sara Bareilles, I wasn't sure how to process the fact that the show was sold out. For one, it was the same night as Houston Pride, and by the looks of it, half of the city was down in Montrose to watch the parad ... More >>
The quickest way to ruin a music festival? Get actors to show up.
UPDATED (Thursday, 2:50 p.m.) to reflect the Houston-area roots of a few ACL performers this year, as pointed out by reader comments. We stand by our original point, though. As most of our readers no doubt know by now, the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its 2013 lineup at the stroke of ... More >>
Rosie Flores, the Austin-based "Rockabilly Filly" and onetime L.A. cowpunk scenester who played the Continental Club with Mike Stinson in late July, circles back around to celebrate her birthday Tuesday at KPFT's monthy free-show series "Troubador Tuesdays" at Natachee's Supper & Punch. Back then, ... More >>
Brent Grulke, a former Austin Chronicle music writer and editor who rose to the head of SXSW's Music division, died Monday in Austin. The cause of death was a heart attack following oral surgery, wrote Raoul Hernandez, one of Grulke's successor as the paper's Music Editor, on the Chronicle's Web si ... More >>
Ben Kweller Fitzgerald's April 19, 2012 While I can't tell you that Ben Kweller is a polarizing, avant-garde, demiurgic artist, I can tell you that while finding a way to rhyme sexy with spaghetti he remains an excellent musician. Kweller, now 30, has been playing music for years, starting out in ... More >>
Al Green: Fri., April 27. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, Houston. Balaclavas, Black Congress, Psychic Palms: Fri., Jan. 13. Mango's, 403 Westheimer Road, Houston. Ben Kweller: Thu., April 19. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Brandi Carlile: Wed., Feb. 8. House of Blues, 1204 Carolin ... More >>
Trent Reznor, you know, before the Oscar and all the weightlifting. As a music writer, we are asked constantly to compare the new with the old, to decipher the periphery where modern bands' influences come from to understand where we are going and what we are seeing. We can hear everything Ke ... More >>
People often forget that hip-hoppers are humans, too. They breathe, sleep, eat, and salivate at the sight of buttermilk donuts just like us. And, every now and then, they'll geek over other rappers, just like us. It would have been so much easier to compile a list of rappers dissing other ra ... More >>
Photos by Liana LopezBrett Dennen, Dawes Fitzgerald's May 5, 2011 While many celebrated Cinco de Mayo last night with margaritas and sombreros, Aftermath was at Fitzgerald's watching a folk-rock band and a pale, red-haired dude wearing a Golden State Warriors T-shirt. Nevertheless, we're use ... More >>
Photos by Matthew KeeverPete YornPete Yorn, Ben Kweller House of Blues April 14, 2011 By the time Pete Yorn and his band were onstage, House of Blues was comfortably packed, as the crowd enjoyed the jovial and upbeat melodies that sounded as though they could have been theme songs to new-age ... More >>
Bad Boy Bill: Fri., Nov. 26. Rich's Houston. The Batusis, Zipperneck, Blower, Chelsea Hotel: Fri., Dec. 10. Mango's. Girl Talk: Thu., Jan. 13. House of Blues.
Dan Klores CommunicationsTommy, can you hear me?Tonight House Of Blues welcomes the traveling underage rock revue School Of Rock as they re-create highlights from 1985's Live Aid concerts. SOR features three bands or teens and preteens rocking out and learning the ropes of touring and rock. ... More >>
In the third in our continuing series on the music of the five states of Texas, we examine the fictional state of New Texas, comprising Austin and the Hill Country. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here. New Texas Capital: Austin Patron Saint: Willie Nelson Lesser Icons: Roky Erickson/Thirteenth Floor ... More >>
Rocks Off just found this video of Dallas-born, Austin-dwelling indie-cum-roots-rocker Ben Kweller dedicating a melancholy piano ballad to the late King of Pop at Thursday night's House of Blues show. Those of you who cheered when Kweller announced "Michael Jackson is gone" can rest assured you're ... More >>
Ben KwellerWalter’s on WashingtonAugust 17 Better Than: Trying to understand why anyone takes dating advice from Mystery on VH1’s The Pick Up Artist. Download: The super catchy “Penny on a Train Track” or, for more lovin’-touchin’-squeezin’ types, “Sundress” Even though I knew ... More >>
Singer/songwriter jumps from rock to country to hip-hop
A few locals are afflicted with World Cup mania; also: Chango Jackson, KPFT and what touring bands really think of Houston
This Bird Has Flown
...to the ball game. Lauding baseball-in-rock's finest moments.
Pam Kelly hopes to get a Buzz going about local music
Saturday, March 2
Peach-fuzzed trashers Pure Rubbish are Houston's anti-Hanson