Asleep at the Wheel Ray Benson's Wheel has been rolling for more than 40 years now, quietly becoming quite a finishing school for many of the state's top country and swing musicians. Meanwhile, their impossibly tall front man has developed into the leading ambassador of Lone Star culture around the ... More >>
While most of us are off sweating our taxes today, there is at least one cause for celebration. Today is Jackie Robinson Day, celebrating the anniversary of Robinson's first taking a major-league baseball field with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. As the first African-American MLB player, Robinson bla ... More >>
Twenty-five Houston music greats who have passed away.
Above: Walter Barnes and the Royal Creolians, the first kings of the Chitlin' Circuit Most music critics, writers, historians, and aficianados in Houston don't think this city has ever gotten enough credit for its contributions to blues, soul, and, the Holy Grail, the birth of rock and roll. Well, ... More >>
Houston sax lion has always been in the "hottest band around."
classiccool.comKicking off with a swanky media preview party this evening, the area surrounding the "superblock" at Main and McGowen should be a beehive of activity the next 48 hours. Tonight Lonesome Onry and Mean will be partying in the Mercedes Benz VIP area and getting a first look at t ... More >>
No photogaphy was permitted at Thursday's show.Tony Bennett Jones Hall April 26, 2011 Tuesday night was the 60th anniversary of Tony Bennett recording what would become first No. 1 single, a little tune called "Because of You." After hearing the 85-year-old singer perform with his quartet a ... More >>
Project Row Houses/ houstondeco.orgThe Eldorado Ballroom in the 1940sA year ago, Third Ward had no music-related official Texas historical markers. Soon, it will have two. Last month, the Texas Historical Commission approved a marker application filed by Project Row Houses for the Eldorado B ... More >>
As anyone with half a brain and persistent hacking cough knows, today is a very special day. Today Little, Brown and Company publishes Life, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards' autobiography as told to/pieced together by British journalist James Fox. Life has already received a fair amo ... More >>
Rocks Off hopes you enjoyed our musical nickname quiz earlier today. We have had a few nicknames ourselves over the years - our dad called us "Boog" after former Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell, and we were known for years around the Austin Chronicle offices as "Weezer," which we ... More >>
Naxos continues to release episodes from the Masters of American Music documentary series from the '90s, and here are two from the latest releases (the two others profiling Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie). Not a straight biographical doc or even a chronological one about his album releases, The Wo ... More >>
[Ed. Note: To help spread the word about next Friday's benefit for the Houston International Festival's education programs at Rockefeller Hall, featuring Texas Johnny Brown and Marcia Ball, Rocks Off asked iFest director of performing arts and former Houston Chronicle music critic Rick Mitchell to r ... More >>
The Eldorado Ballroom, the boxy Deco warehouse on the corner of Elgin and Dowling, will once again be filled with the sounds of soul thanks to Aurora PIcture Show and film curator Peter Lucas, who are presenting Soul Nite Saturday at 7 p.m. The ballroom, the epicenter of Houston's black musical ... More >>
The most underground music in Houston right now isn't rap or indie rock...it's jazz.
[Note: Part 1 of The Nickel is here, and Part 2 is here.] Almost as forgotten as Hersal Thomas, Goree Carter was a Fifth Ward guitarist who was credited by late New York Times pop critic Robert Palmer with being the creator of the very first rock and roll record. This was his obscure 1949 singl ... More >>
Photos by Mark C. Austin B.B. King deserves a break. If the genial Buddha of the blues, now 83, would rather spend the bulk of his two-hour set bantering with the sold-out crowd about Viagra (groan) and the wayward ways of womankind instead of, you know, singing and playing, he's earned ... More >>
The Bueno, the Bad and the Muy Ugly
(In which locals sound off on the ten records they would take to Matagorda Island, the nearest major unpopulated sandbar to Houston.)
...otherwise known as the H-Town 20
The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter
Juniflip, Believe, 6th Ave. Romp, Heritage
The North Mississippi Allstars and Houston DJ Jimmy D team up on a revolutionary EP
Get the blues at the Eldorado Ballroom's Juneteenth Bash
Scoring the grim reaper's 2004 harvest
The proposed Museum of American Music History could be the solution to our "image problem"
Our picks of the week
Landlords and bounced checks abort the Fabulous Satellite Lounge's ten-year mission to rock the Heights
Jumpin' at Apollo (Delmark)
Wilson takes a Jitney to the Alley
Thirty years later, Harry Belafonte finds closure in a once-lost project
Austin-based salsa orchestra marries ghetto funk with barrio spice
Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
The Groove Collective
The Texas Tornado is gone, but not forgotten
Top 10 reasons why Ray Charles is a genius
Even without his commander, Marshall Allen orchestrates interplanetary space travel just fine, thank you
Blues, soul, rock, country? Who cares? To Little Milton, it's just music.
Houston's Dave Catney releases the classy Reality Road
Trumpeter Hugh Masekela hears the beat of the music in the world