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Brett Koshkin

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Flash Gordon Parks, DJ as Funky Professor

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? If you see Flash Gordon P ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Vinyl Gets Another Spin

    Showing it has more lives than a cockroach, vinyl has been reborn, resulting in some beautiful music. But sometimes production values in records and turntables are lacking.

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    February 17, 2012

    Boondocks Hit With Yet Another Noise Ordinance Citation

    Thursday night, the Houston Police Department was called to Boondocks for the third time in less than a month due to complaints about the noise. Three more citations were given, this time to DJ Elroy Boogie and DJ Klinch, and -- for the third time -- Ryan, Boondocks manager. Here are my notes from ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    New Orleans' Ponderosa Stomp: A Photo Diary

    Photos by Brett KoshkinNew Orleans' Ponderosa Festival thrives on 45s.​Maybe it's age or my ever-increasing tailspin of stagnating taste, but I just don't find music festivals palatable in the slightest these days. Multi-day romps to summertime smorgasboards is for the birds. No matter if it t ... More >>

  • Music

    April 14, 2011

    Soul Patrol

    Several Houston DJs are discovering it's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod world.

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    April 8, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Tickets Sold to the Astros Home Opener...a LOT More

    ​In the land of MCM, it's always Friday and there's always a treasure trove of local music news. That's because we happen to structure it as such, but make no mistake, we've got a full truckload for everyone this week. However, in what might be a MCM first, we don't have an actual mixtape fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Arcade Fire Tickets On Sale Next Friday

    ​We'll lead off this week's Magnolia City Mixtape with, well, the headline. It's 10 a.m. next Friday (March 4) at livenation.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. In other late-breaking concert news, Bob Seger hits Toyota Center April 30. Tickets for that one go on sale next Saturday. Our soundt ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Happy Hour Scene: Boondocks

    Boondocks, pictured more crowded than during happy hour​ The Place: Boondocks 1417 Westheimer 713-522-8500 The Hours: 5 to 8 p.m. daily The Deals: $1 wells and $2.50 for any draft The Scene: Boondocks has earned a dirty reputation, thanks in part to a long stretch of routine closing time fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    KLOL Lives; DJ Shortee Benefit Sunday; Dallas Loves Indian Jewelry

    • The always-entertaining video blog Keep Houston Rich shared with us this early-'90s television commercial for "Houston's only album rock station," KLOL. "Word on the street is that this ran during a Miami Vice episode," the bloggers write, which reminds us of this epic TV spot covering Morriss ... More >>

  • Music

    February 11, 2010

    Absolutely Fabuloco

    East L.A.'s Los Fabulocos have big zapatos to fill — and are up to the challenge.

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    September 16, 2009

    Houston Music Fight Club: Brett Koshkin vs. Ceeplus Bad Knives, Late Nite Pie vs. Mai's, Nick Gaitan vs. ???

    ​This week brings three new bouts and a special announcement to all past winners and losers of our imaginary brawls on Houston Music Fight Club. Next Tuesday, Rocks Off is presenting David Fincher's Fight Club at our (mostly) weekly Movie Nite at the Mink. We would like all past winners and losers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Aftermath (Literally): Area Musicians Remember the Days Following Hurricane Ike - "You Could Smell Rotten Stuff About 13 Miles Away from the Causeway"

    Bill OliveSilver Jews (and some very grateful fans) at Walter's on Washington, September 18, 2008​Rocks Off originally meant to post this on Friday, but one thing led to another and if memory serves, on September 14, 2008, we were still without power, living out of an ice chest and wondering what ... More >>

  • Music

    March 12, 2009

    Bayou City Buzz

    Houston's SXSW class — and we mean class — of 2009

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    February 16, 2009

    Tonight: Original Sin Burlesque at House of Blues

    What's the secret of a good burlesque dance? Well, choreography, costumes, agility, flexibility and old-fashioned seductiveness all have their place, of course, but it would be a poor burlesque show indeed without the proper strip-worthy tunes. Perhaps you can pick up a few pointers from tonight's f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Led Zeppelin Pulls a Van Hagar

    As Gomer Pyle used to say, well surprahs, surprahs, suprahs. Billboard and several other news outlets reported yesterday that Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham (son of John) will tour next summer as Led Zeppelin, which was pretty much guaranteed when last year's reunion at an Ahmet Ertegu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    The Michael Chertoff Show, Starring Michael Chertoff

    Wearing only the latest in fashion, baby blue guayabera, Department of Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff stepped off his military helicopter yesterday looking more like he was headed for vacation than the disaster zone that is Galveston. Chertoff came down to the island to assess damage and c ... More >>

  • News

    September 18, 2008

    Ike, You Bastard

    Houston gets hit with big one

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    FEMA Not Looking Too Good in Greenspoint

    We've just received word from reporters Craig Malisow and Brett Koshkin that the point of distribution center at Harvest Time Church near Greenspoint Mall has plenty of water and ice -- but no food. Sources with the Houston Police Department and the church say that FEMA took over on Monday from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008
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    September 15, 2008

    George R. Brown Serves Again

    The George R. Brown Convention Center transformed itself from expo center into a shelter for those affected by Ike. Fortunately, things seemed to go a bit smoother than when Katrina landed plenty of survivors on our shores. Ike brought some 1,600 people, arriving from varied locales and different a ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008
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    August 19, 2008
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    August 14, 2008

    Wax Museum: MP3s from the Americans of '71 (and '72), Bobby Bland and Bobby & the Premiers

    The Americans of ’71, “The Cancer Stick, Part 1” And you thought it was only in the ‘80s when people got all self-conscious and started with the anti-smoking rhetoric - but Houston’s the Americans of ’71 were doing it back in, well, 1971. This talented local group probably had the most ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008
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    August 7, 2008
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    August 5, 2008
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    August 4, 2008

    Riot for Rover

    This photo, taken by Brett Koshkin at 7:35 p.m. at the Petco on Shepherd, is proof that 1) people love their pets or 2) the Dinty Moore pickings are getting mighty slim at local grocery stores. Let's hope for the former. -- Keith Plocek

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008
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    July 30, 2008

    Stageside Blogging the HPMAs

    Chris Gray and Brett Koshkin coming to you live from, well, Warehouse Live, where the Mighty Orq (above) is warming the slowly-arriving crowd with some bluesy guitar pyrotechnics. (Here's's Cactus Music's Quinn Bishop watching attentively.) We've got the mobile command center set up at stage righ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2008

    Fried Rice: Brian's Johnson causes some drama

    Houston Press Clubs Listings guy Brett Koshkin just stopped in to tell about Brian's Johnson. He heard from a friend that they heard that somebody else heard (okay, really it was second-hand) that the AC/DC cover band got kicked out of Roc Bar because the singer got on the microphone and said "This ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008
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    July 23, 2008

    Slip Inside This House: MP3s from the Great Believers, Bobby Mabe and the Outcast and the Ninth Street Bridge

    [Ed. Note: This is the companion to Rocks Off's Wax Museum feature, focusing here on Houston's psychedelic and garage-rock legacy.] The Great Believers, "Comin’ Up Fast, Part 1" I figured we might as well start this thing off with a bang, and there could be no better Houston garage 45 for ... More >>

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    July 17, 2008
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    July 8, 2008

    Aftermath: Geto Boys at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Mark C. Austin. For a slideshow, click here. Better Than: Grandma’s potato salad and watching the fireworks downtown. As a born-and-raised Houstonian, I haven't witnessed firsthand much legitimate local history. Watching the 1986 Astros in the NLCS with Mike Scott and Nolan Ryan was h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2008

    Billy Gibbons Tells an Awful Blonde Joke: Video and Pictures from ZZ Top's DVD Release Party

    Last night ZZ Top atoned somewhat for recording their new Live from Texas DVD in Dallas - hometown of Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, but it still stings, OK? - by donating the "poodle" guitars from their iconic "Legs" video to the Hard Rock Cafe's memorabilia collection. Billy Gibbons also told one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2008

    It’s 3:30 a.m., Do You Know Where Your Cock Sock Is?

    What were you doing at 3:30 this morning? Yeah, so anyway -- I was under the Lamar Street Bridge watching a guy in a cock sock play some kick ass punk rock. That’s right: Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout gave me the best answer to the standard SXSW question: “What all have you seen?” I wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2008

    SXSW: Spank Rock at Levi’s/Fader Fort

    I've seen so many conversion vans driving around Austin this week, I'm starting to wonder if there's a child molester convention going on. Things are getting pretty hectic around here and it's seriously starting to take its toll on me and everyone else. Maybe it's the fact that I've not used a fork ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2008

    SXSW: Lou Reed. Live. For One Song. Lou Freakin’ Reed.

    Every damn year, the people who put on SXSW play the same old game. For some reason, there always seems to be a certain amazing musician in town to give a lecture, screen a film or do something else all together that doesn’t involve them performing live. The game is finding out exactly where and w ... More >>

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    March 14, 2008

    SXSW: Tomorrow's It Band: the Virgins

    Everything moves so fast at SXSW. Last night's new "it" band is no longer "it" by today. That's why I went through every band without an album out, who was playing SXSW, and checked out their demos on Myspace ahead of time. It's my shameless attempt to be hipper than everyone else. So, I can name ... More >>

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    March 13, 2008

    SXSW: Mala Rodriguez at SESAC Day Stage Cafe

    Maybe it’s the steady diet of the Geto Boys I was raised on, or maybe it’s that my Spanish is pretty shabby these days, and I don’t speak any other languages. But I’ve never been able to digest hip-hop in other languages very well. Even the phonetically appeasing French lyricist MC Solar has ... More >>

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    March 13, 2008

    SXSW: Percee P at Habana Annex Backyard

    Attending hip hop shows can be a real drag, no matter if it’s SXSW or not. You got the over zealous DJ warming up the stage, playing the standards. You have the hype men, who come out and attempt to work up the crowd with the same old call and response routine. “When I say hip, you say hop!” T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2007

    Day of the Dead at the Graves of Southeast Texas Music Legends

    As some of you may remember, I wrote about visiting the graves of southeast Texas music legends on Day of the Dead. Last Friday, Press music listings editor Brett Koshkin and I did just that. Or tried to, at least. The plan was to head up to Navasota’s Oakland / Resthaven cemetery, where both Ma ... More >>

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    August 14, 2007

    Open Letter to Messrs. Van Halen, E., and Roth., D.L.

    Dear Sirs, My friend and colleague Brett Koshkin just informed me your new tour schedule not only does not stop in Houston, but shuns Texas altogether. Up front, I must say this doesn’t bother me in the least. I’ve never been more than a passive fan – except, of course, during the Sammy Haga ... More >>

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    April 30, 2007

    Re: In the Line of Fire

    So Dan Kramer and I were standing around, hanging out with the TV news cameramen, when the cops just pushed everyone back a block. Lucky us, we turned around and walked back in the building. Take that, Channel 2, with your fancy helicopter! We're reporting live from right across the street. On tha ... More >>

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    February 16, 2007

    Making Texas Proud

    What would you say if someone told you the Earth doesn't revolve around the sun or spin on its axis and that Copernicus was part of a Jewish conspiracy to undermine the Old Testament? We'd ask if we should wrap our heads in tinfoil to prevent the CIA from reading our thoughts too. Then we'd call tha ... More >>

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    February 13, 2007
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    February 9, 2007

    Oh!

    This little riff just came in from a friend of Brett Koshkin (in other words, he's not claiming it). This just in: Doctors have confirmed that Anna Nicole Smith died of food poisoning. Apparently she got a hold of an 80-year-old wiener.

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2007

    Scorpion on a Plane!

    Kid, you're gonna be a star! The Associated Press reports a man aboard a United Airlines flight bound for Vermont was stung twice by a stowaway scorpion. Yes, we said that correctly: a passenger on a commercial flight was stung twice when a scorpion declared arachnid jihad on his right leg. He did ... More >>

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    January 2, 2007

    What to do, what to do....

    www.i2.pbase.com Grave Digger The truck show Monster Jam, which stops at Reliant Stadium this Saturday, should be right at home here. After all, from F350s to Hummers, there's something carnally Houstonian about gargantuan trucks. And pent-up anger from sitting in Galleria traffic or breathing i ... More >>

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    January 12, 2006
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