I last saw Michael Condray five years ago at his home outside Porter. I was working on a story about his legendary Houston venue, Liberty Hall, where Bruce Springsteen found his first success in Texas and where a budding guitarist named Billy Gibbons would occasionally work out. Condray loaned us so ... More >>
In honor of the 25th Annual Houston Press Music Awards, we present the Houston Music Hall of Fame.
Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>
Another Austin music legend, Joe Gracey, passed away this morning of cancer complications. He was 61. When Lonesome, Onry and Mean arrived in Austin in June, 1973 after having worked in radio in West Texas, Gracey immediately became our hero. A disc jockey at the notorious KOKE-FM, Gracey an ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Miller Theatre Advisory BoardGlen David Andrews (left) and "Mardi Gras Indian" Terrence GasperSunday's Juneteenth extravaganza at Miller Outdoor Theatre proved to be another chapter in why, here at Rocks Off, we love our town. In spite of Hades-like mid-afternoon temperatur ... More >>
David Bush/ houstondeco.comThe Eldorado Ballroom in 2006Rocks Off was pleased as punch to report last week that, thanks to the efforts of the Texas Blues Project's R. Eric Davis and Project Row Houses, which has owned the historic Third Ward venue since 1999, the Eldorado Ballroom will receiv ... More >>
Photos by Jay LeeBlack Joe LewisBlack Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, The Relatives Continental Club August 27, 2010 A few times a year, the Continental Club hosts shows that can be legitimately described as "soul happenings," usually featuring venerable Gulf Coast stars such as Archie Bell, Roy ... More >>
Jason WolterZydepunks There was a moment as Aftermath was walking through the Caribbean Market section of iFest Saturday when we had the most visceral of flashbacks -- stepping off a Carnival cruise boat at the rip old age of 14 in Nassau, Bahamas, and being inundated by tourist-baiting marketeer ... More >>
The late legendary Houston bluseman finally gets an official historical marker.
Craig HlavatyMusician, author, animal-rights activist (and probably a couple of other titles we're leaving out) Kinky Friedman announced Monday he was withdrawing as a candidate for governor in next March's Democratic primary and instead seeking the office of Agriculture Commissioner, a post p ... More >>
Here they are, folks. You nominated 'em, we mulled 'em over and sorted out the stuffers, and now the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards ballot is set. Normally Rocks Off would say something cute like read 'em and weep, but since we've been listening to almost nothing but '80s hard rock and new bands th ... More >>
Here they are, folks. You nominated 'em, we mulled 'em over and sorted out the stuffers, and now the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards ballot is set. Normally Rocks Off would say something cute like read 'em and weep, but since we've been listening to almost nothing but '80s hard rock and new bands t ... More >>
The short but storied past of Houston's legendary live music venue.
A great American folklorist has spent a life squirreling away bits and pieces of Texas culture. Now time is running out on him and his inventory.
There are 25,000 Cajuns in Houston. Almost none of them play Cajun music. Why not?
What hath God wrought?
Houston's Spain Colored Orange drops the Charade and inks an indie record deal
Barry Manilow whites the songs. Is that so wrong?
Think you know local music? Take the Bayou City Music Mindbender and find out.
Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002
A preview of this year's show
Eugene Hawthorne ditches his bass and goes barefootin' with soul-jazz
Your guide to the Music Awards Showcase
Coming This Week
Decades down the line, Sherman Robertson has finally made an album he likes
May 7 - 13, 1998
Antone's celebrates 20 years of music with -- what else? -- more music
Record producer Huey Meaux was a legend in the music business. Now he's an accused pedophile on the run.
The 5th Annual Houston Press Music Awards