In this week's Houston Press cover story, you can read about Kinky Friedman's completely serious campaign to become Texas' next Agriculture Commissioner in the November 2014, a position he hopes will allow him to be the state's leading advocate for marijuana legalization. This is not the first time ... More >>
On this day in 1821 was born the founder of the Christian Science movement, Mary Baker Eddy. She was a girl in poor health who began to see faults in the religious teachings of predestination and original sin. This led her to a worship more centered on God's love, which caused a rift in her extremel ... More >>
"Jazz is a language," Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Bill Evans said to a small crowd gathered inside the University of Houston's Moores School of Music Opera House green room Tuesday evening. He and Noe Marmolejo, the band director, were prefacing a night of music performed by the UH Jazz En ... More >>
Rocks Off was saddened to hear this morning that bluegrass great Earl Scruggs passed away Wednesday in a Nashville hospital at age 88. It's safe to say that the North Carolina native, best known for his fruitful partnership with guitarist Lester Flatt, was the most famous banjo player in the world. ... More >>
For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>
Texas: You're soaking in it.Happy Texas Independence Day, everyone. Today The Only State That Matters officially enters its 175th year of pissing off the lesser 49 states and producing the best music anywhere on Earth. One of Texas' biggest honky-tonk heroes is of course Billy Joe Shaver, who ... More >>
What is classic rock in 2010? 15 years ago, it was was the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, anything Eric Clapton touched and every band your dad played in his car while he was making out with the girls he met before your mom. That's how we know classic rock: Big riffs, big voices, in ... More >>
Venerable windbag Andy Rooney took a break last Sunday from complaining about Hispanic ballplayers and the number of non-functioning typewriters he owns to address the problem of unemployment: Rooney understands your problem, because he's been out of work too...though apparently not since 19 ... More >>
It went without much notice, but jazz/western swing guitar great Jimmy Wyble passed away Jan. 16. Wyble, born Jan. 25, 1922 in Port Arthur, was a popular guitarist on Houston radio during the 1940s. He had a show with Cameron Hill, another noted local guitarist. Wyble and Hill moved to Los Angeles, ... More >>
The infestation of classic-rock threatens the cultural legacy of an entire generation and must be stopped.
Life magazine has thrown open its photo archives. Already, 500,000 of what they say will be 10,000,000 images are on the Web. I did a quick search, and the shots are pretty fantastic, but apparently Life’s photographers weren’t all that drawn to Houston’s music. Except, that is, for this o ... More >>
This documentary film captures the Canadian pianist's visit to Leningrad and Moscow
A man of few words, dance music hero Sasha talks with his hands
Guitarist Huey Long is from all the eras
They're the next step in human evolution. But they're just like everybody else.
Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002
Named after a beer, Honeybrowne strives to be more
Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music (Columbia Legacy)
San Antonian Jim Cullum and his band keep the Dixieland torch alive and burnin'
A knife thrower and a suicidal woman try their hand at romance in Girl on the Bridge
Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
The Groove Collective
It's hard not to dig local saxophonist David Caceres
Coming This Week
March 26-April 1, 1998
Burt Bacharach isn't making a comeback -- he never left
A guide to who's who in the Press Music Awards ballot. Plus, the where and when of the Press Music Awards Showcase!
A dispute with their former label moves Chicago toward the past
Billy Crystal says Forget Paris; good idea
Elder statesman of getting down: Fusion vibist Harry Sheppard