"So how are these guys?" asked my security-guard friend at the House of Blues as I entered the photo pit Monday night. "I hear they are a reggaeton group, but that's all I know." "I guess that's technically true" I answered. "They are from Puerto Rico and have roots in the reggaeton movement, but t ... More >>
Abigail Williams: With Cardinal, Nephilim Terror, Irreconcilable Suffering, Sleep Labs., Fri., April 11, 7 p.m., $10. Walters, 1120 Naylor, Houston, 713-222-2679. All That Bleeds: With Gods of Death Screw, Tue., April 8, 7 p.m., $10. Walters, 1120 Naylor, Houston, 713-222-2679. Allvaret: With Keno ... More >>
Collie Buddz House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room), May 6 Just when the week is getting started, here comes the "Light It Up" tour to slow it down to a mellow Caribbean groove; you know what that means. Headlining over Cris Cab and New Kingston, Bermuda-raised Collie Buddz already has a solid Housto ... More >>
Aaron Carter: Sat., May 11, 8 p.m., $15/$20. Concert Pub (North), 2470 FM 1960, Houston. Adler: Wed., July 24, 8 p.m., $15/$17. House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room), 1204 Caroline, Houston. Alkaline Trio: With Bayside., Fri., May 3, 8 p.m., $18.50-$25.00. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. A ... More >>
Do you know what the last great consumer market is? It isn't iPad users. It's the opposite of your first instinct, people with disposable income. The last great consumer market, ladies and gentlemen, is the poor. And hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons knows this. He's launching a new pre-paid de ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. Judgmental as it might s ... More >>
It's been a year of surprises in Latin music. Reggaetón continues fading, albeit slowly, and the industry's mainstays aren't garnering the attention they used to. Case in point: Don Omar's summer release iDon (no relation to your phone), which remained quiet after its first single, "Virtual Diva ... More >>
Another week and yet another clash of the sorta-titans, wherein we pit some of Houston's best and brightest music luminaries against each other in brutal mortal combat. This week we will briefly take a step away from the burgeoning Bayou City indie scene to spotlight two of the town's radio perso ... More >>
Southern California prog-rockers Rx Bandits regroup on new album Mandala.
You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barriers in 2008 were demol ... More >>
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won’t rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to email@example.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week Mista Smashsational feat. Buk, "On Patron" Wire To Wire BET named Weezy F. Baby named Lyric ... More >>
Few musicians polarize critics like Neil Diamond, but, love him or hate him, you can’t deny his ability to write unforgettable pop numbers. Just consider how many of Diamond’s songs have become standards and then, as covers, became standards again. While trying to catalogue such a list, we disco ... More >>
This Puerto Rican makes hits on the charts instead of on the diamond
El Cartel: The Big Boss
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Sunday, September 25, at Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, 713-758-7200.
The American Idol finals inspire Beatlemania-like frenzies on the Richmond Strip
One man, one jambox and four walls. For 24 hours.