Christian Kidd

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Michael Dauzat, Sr., a Rabbi and a Hate

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Can't Knock Me Down: Vex Singer Returns for One Last Howl

    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 >>

  • Music

    March 13, 2014

    How Will Obamacare Affect Musicians?

    The Affordable Care Act could offer a path to health care for struggling artists.

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Gary Numan at Fitzgerald's, 3/12/2014

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Houston Music Fans Show Their Artistic Sides

    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 >>

  • News

    October 10, 2013

    Loving Obamacare

    Despite glitches, Houstonians flock to sign up to be covered by the new insurance plans.

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Despite Glitches, Houstonians Are Flocking to the Obamacare Exchanges

    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 >>

  • Music

    August 8, 2013

    R.I.P. Robot

    Houston mourns the passing of Numbers owner Robert Burtenshaw.

  • Music

    August 1, 2013

    Your Guide to the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase

    Great local bands, one awesome evening.

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    R.I.P. Numbers Owner Robert Burtenshaw, aka DJ Robot

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    The Hates Pen a Uniquely Punk Ode to Houston

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    UPDATED: Woodrow's Alum Begs Kickstarter For Another Bar; Plus Three More Insulting Houston Campaigns

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    The Hates, the 1970s Gas Crisis, and "Do the Caryl Chessman"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Christian Kidd of the Hates

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    6 Houston Bands That Should Release Video Games

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Hates Front Man Turns DJ in New Radio Show

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    5 Songs For International Day Against Police Brutality

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Glenn Sorvisto, Co-Founder Of Local Punks The Hates, Dies Of Cancer

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Mary Sarah Sings With the Oak Ridge Boys

    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 >>

  • Music

    December 8, 2011