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? There are several truisms ... More >>
In a time before Houston was overly infested with sprawl, when portions of downtown were dripping with decay, mechanical bull-riding mesmerized crowds at Gilley's, and police violence regularly marred neighborhoods, bands like Vex, peppered with heavy duty politics, the "plague" of punk, and bruisin ... More >>
The Affordable Care Act could offer a path to health care for struggling artists.
Gary Numan Fitzgerald's March 12, 2014 Though he'll be forever best known for "Cars," his enduringly popular hit recorded all the way back in 1979, Gary Numan has always been a man drawn toward the future, not the past. When most of his early contemporaries are cashing in on the rock-nostalgia circ ... More >>
There's a moment unlike any other in the career of a local musician, and that's when someone takes it upon themselves to create a work of art centered on you or your music. It's a bizarre mixture of fear and amazement, when you briefly flirt with the line between man and god. Today I thought we'd lo ... More >>
Despite glitches, Houstonians flock to sign up to be covered by the new insurance plans.
Even as the United States government shut down over a deadlock in Congress regarding the continued funding of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the insurance exchanges created by the law that allow private citizens to shop for plans that will cover them despite pre-existing condition ... More >>
Houston mourns the passing of Numbers owner Robert Burtenshaw.
Great local bands, one awesome evening.
Monday morning the official Numbers Facebook page changed its profile and cover pic to flat black images as rumors of a tragedy began to swirl among the goth and club scenes in Houston. In the initial silence a sad story began to take form. Owner Robert Burtenshaw, better known as Robot to the folks ... More >>
They still talk 'bout West Fest all way to Katy Cruising down by Numbers weekends in the '80s I'm not talking 'bout New York, London, Paris or Rome The greatest city in the world is Houston home sweet home It's been a very productive year for Houston's own The Hates. Just months after receiving Peo ... More >>
UPDATE (Wednesday, 4 p.m.): According to Little Woodrow's owner Danny Evans, also former owner of Big Woodrow's on Chimney Rock, the man behind the Woodrow's Cypress Kickstarter campaign is not affiliated with the other Woodrow's at all, and he is pursuing legal action against him. Houston Kickstar ... More >>
Not to brag, but I've got a copy of the new Hates album, People's Temple, and it is (as usual) a fantastic little CD that every punk fan in Houston should own. We're still waiting on a confirmed release party at Cactus, but before that happens there's a song on the disc we want to talk about, "Do th ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, 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. It begins today. Who: Christian Kidd, who until his marriage last year was known as Ch ... More >>
Last week I told you about the Amphiletes and how they had released their new single "Where is the Light" as a basic video game. It wasn't anything groundbreaking, but lately I've been finding more and more people interested in using simple games to showcase their songs rather than music videos. Ja ... More >>
It's been a hard year thus far for Houston's pre-eminent punk-rock institution, the Hates. Former drummer and co-founder Glenn Sorvisto lost a long, hard battle with cancer last month, and if the Craigslist ads are any indication, the band is still searching for a full-time percussionist. Nonethele ... More >>
Police brutality is definitely a real thing. Cases range from synchronized actions by oppressive regimes to curtail the populace to isolated incidents of extremely poor decisions making by rage-based authorities. Distinguishing between and guarding against police brutality is as difficult as it is ... More >>
We were deeply saddened to hear that one of the founding members of Houston's most legendary punk act, the Hates, recently lost his battle with cancer last month. Glenn Sorvisto died in Washington D.C. on February 24. "I am sorry that he is gone from this world, because he has always been such a br ... More >>
Mary Sarah is Houston's fastest rising star. At 16 she's already a veteran of the road with big name gigs under her belt like performing the national anthem for the Astros and the Texans, and a recording project that we're not allowed to tell you about yet but can assure you is something that every ... More >>