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  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    The Natural: Laura Stevenson Returns to Houston

    Listening to a Laura Stevenson song conjures up words like "natural" and "organic," which may seem at odds with someone so strongly associated with punk music. Still, it came as little surprise when she talked dogs, donkeys, squirrels and other beautiful natural creatures in advance of her show Sund ... More >>

  • Film

    March 13, 2014

    These Kids Yesterday

    The engrossing Teenage shows why they are who they are.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Five More Musical Texas Politicians

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Happy Birthday Christian Science! 5 Musicians of the Faith

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Bill Evans Leads UH Students On a Jazz Odyssey

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    RIP Earl Scruggs: 4 Other Icons For Odd Musical Instruments

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2011
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    March 2, 2011

    "Whacko From Waco" & 10 Other Batsh!t Texas Songs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    What Is Classic Rock Today?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Go F*** Yourself, Andy Rooney

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: R.I.P. Western Swing Guitar God Jimmy Wyble

    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 >>

  • Music

    May 14, 2009

    Going Viral

    The infestation of classic-rock threatens the cultural legacy of an entire generation and must be stopped.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    SXSW: Dave Alvin's Chris Gaffney Tribute at the Continental Club

    Before his stunning, soul-stirring tribute to late best friend and sometime bandmate Chris Gaffney (Hacienda Brothers), who passed away last April from liver cancer, roots-rock eminence grise Dave Alvin was out back of the Continental Club talking to a mutual friend about his flight to Austin from D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2008

    The Ballad of Peck Kelley

    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 one ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 16, 2008

    Glenn Gould, The Russian Journey

    This documentary film captures the Canadian pianist's visit to Leningrad and Moscow

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2007

    Rotation: Jon Rauhouse

    Jon Rauhouse Steel Guitar Heart Attack Bloodshot Records Ace sideman and session player Jon Rauhouse almost left us a couple of years back. Guys as young as Calexico collaborator Rauhouse aren't supposed to have heart attacks, but all those years of touring with tear-ass bands like the Waco Brother ... More >>

  • Music

    October 7, 2004

    Don't Speak

    A man of few words, dance music hero Sasha talks with his hands

  • Music

    April 8, 2004

    A Century of Progress

    Guitarist Huey Long is from all the eras

  • Music

    April 10, 2003
  • News

    December 19, 2002

    Alien-ated Youth

    They're the next step in human evolution. But they're just like everybody else.

  • News

    July 18, 2002

    Hot Tunes, Summer in the City

    Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002

  • Music

    September 27, 2001

    Birth of a Texas Bar Band

    Named after a beer, Honeybrowne strives to be more

  • Music

    January 25, 2001

    Various Artists

    Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music (Columbia Legacy)

  • Music

    October 5, 2000

    Rollin' on the River

    San Antonian Jim Cullum and his band keep the Dixieland torch alive and burnin'

  • Film

    September 28, 2000

    Pointed Love

    A knife thrower and a suicidal woman try their hand at romance in Girl on the Bridge

  • Calendar

    May 4, 2000

    For Swingers Only

    Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

  • Calendar

    February 10, 2000

    Boogie Nights

    The Groove Collective

  • Music

    January 13, 2000

    The "It" Guy

    It's hard not to dig local saxophonist David Caceres

  • Music

    November 25, 1999

    Jazz Couplet

    Coming This Week

  • Music

    February 25, 1999
  • Calendar

    September 17, 1998
  • Music

    August 13, 1998
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    July 30, 1998
  • News

    June 11, 1998
  • Calendar

    March 26, 1998

    Night & Day

    March 26-April 1, 1998

  • Music

    February 19, 1998
  • Music

    January 8, 1998

    Baby, It's Him

    Burt Bacharach isn't making a comeback -- he never left

  • Music

    July 24, 1997
  • Music

    June 26, 1997

    Houston Press 1997 Music Awards Preview

    A guide to who's who in the Press Music Awards ballot. Plus, the where and when of the Press Music Awards Showcase!

  • Calendar

    April 24, 1997
  • Music

    September 26, 1996
  • Music

    August 29, 1996
  • Music

    July 13, 1995

    Big Band Boon

    A dispute with their former label moves Chicago toward the past

  • Film

    May 25, 1995

    Not Worth Remembering

    Billy Crystal says Forget Paris; good idea

  • Music

    June 16, 1994

    Good Vibes

    Elder statesman of getting down: Fusion vibist Harry Sheppard

  • Calendar

    March 31, 1994