Dan Workman

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    June 24, 2014

    The 2014 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    You've been wondering, and asking us, and lately offering up a few social-media suggestions. But it's time. Apologies for the delay, but the 2014 Houston Press Music Award nominations are at hand. What took so long? To draw up the ballot this year, we consulted about two dozen individuals from all ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    17 Houston Acts to Watch Out For This Year

    BAGHEERA This slick, funky electro-duo has a huge year in store that only starts with a collaboration with Twin Shadow hooked up by Red Bull's Sound Select Program. Bagheera's Aidan Kennedy says he's still figuring out what to do with the songs he has stockpiled, but he knows he'd rather "get the ri ... More >>

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    December 24, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Steven Higginbotham, Hard-Working Wheel Worker

    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? Steven Higginbotham leads ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    Already? Indeed. It's only been seven months and change since the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards, but that was enough time for more than 7,000 local music fans to nominate their favorites in some 40 categories, a figure well north of 200 talented Houston artists. So let's get to it. Here are your ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    Dan Workman, Blues Bassist But Not SugarHill President, Passes Away

    Dan "Uncle Mojo" Workman, host of the Thursday-night blues jam at the 19th Hole bar in The Woodlands, passed away over the weekend. He had a stroke last Thursday and died Saturday morning, the Houston Blues Society said. According to reports, he had played his regular gig earlier Thursday night. "H ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    The Honey Drippers

    How much is too much? Glam-rock heroes Roky Moon & BOLT! haven't found out yet.

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    May 20, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Flying Elbow Drops

    We may have lost Macho Man Randy Savage this morning, but MCM is still alive and dropping that flying elbow full of local music news. Snap into the latest installment of our Magnolia City Mixtape. Ooooohhh Yeeaaahhh! ​Before we dive in, don't forget that the poster show for Free Press Summer ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Artist of the Week: Kaitlyn Knippers

    ​Three months ago, the precocious Mary Sarah became the first under 16 Artist of the Week in the history of the world. She sat alone in the teen division of our stables. Today, she gets a labelmate. Kaitlyn Knippers is another talented singer/song writer/multi instrumentalist/world beater wh ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Roky Moon & BOLT Record New Album In One Day

    Photos by Marc BrubakerRoky Moon is ready for his close-up (he better be).​Rocks Off has a short list of hotly anticipated local releases for the upcoming year. Among that list is certainly Buxton's next album, Nothing Here Seems Strange, as well as whatever cooks up in Robert Ellis' kitchen. ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Barfly Revisited

    A reunion for Pik N Pak, Houston's loudest icehouse ever

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    September 22, 2010

    The Houston Sound Maps Our "No Zoning" Music Scene

    Katya Horner/Downtown DistrictThe John Evans Band in Market Square Park​What is the Houston Sound? Until recently, it was a trick question. Although Houston has produced too many distinguished artists to name across a wide variety of genres from blues, country and jazz to psychedelic rock, noi ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    As Transition Begins, A Few Fitzgerald's Memories For The Road

    Photos courtesy of Kam FranklinFishbone's Angelo Moore at Fitzgerald's​As Fitzgerald's embarks on a new chapter in its epic history - Saturday's show with Caveman Electric, Peekaboo Theory and others is the last one before shutting down and reopening under new management September 23 - it seem ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Two Star Symphony Talks KTRU, Silent Films, Dr. Dre And Minor Threat

    Two Star Symphony on Facebook​This week Rocks Off got a hot tip from our pal Jason that the venerable Two Star Symphony would be playing an evening gig out in Houston's western territories. It had been a good while since we'd seen the local string quartet, and with our Spidey Sense tingling ab ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    KTRU Flap Inspires Downfall Parody, Uncle Charlie Poster

    Uncle Charlie/​As of Wednesday morning, the Save KTRU Facebook page is up to almost 1,500 members, another petition is circulating at and Rocks Off has heard that KTRU supporters have already received sizable financial support for a potential legal action again ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    Winter Wallace's Gorgeous New Album Was No Holiday​Rocks Off has known Houston singer-songwriter Winter Wallace since at least 2000. We know plenty about her, and she knows plenty of embarrassing things about us. We know that she is scared of the Loch Ness Monster, which isn't so weird. What's worse is that she knows ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    A Case of the Vapours

    Islands' Nick Thorburn tries to keep track of his bandmates and their aliases.

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    June 21, 2010

    SugarHill Studios Burglarized Over The Weekend

    6:08 p.m.: Updated to include list of stolen gear. Chris GraySugarHill Studios in 2008​ Legendary Houston recording complex SugarHill Studios, subject of the recent book House of Hits by local historian Dr. Roger Wood and studio co-owner/engineer Andy Bradley, was burglarized over the weeken ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    One to Grow On

    What we'd like to see happen in Houston music this year.

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    November 11, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Dear Local Musicians, Grammy Consideration Is Not the Same Thing As Grammy Nominations

    Ah, here we go again with local artists trumpeting "Grammy nominations." The latest is Atascocita-grown country singer Susan Hickman, who seems to fancy herself as a Miranda Lambert/Martina McBride type. We stumbled across Hickman accidentally through MySpace's "Status Updates," and our eye was imm ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Progress Report

    Taking stock of the Houston music scene on the eve of the annual Houston Press Music Awards Showcase.

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    July 23, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Is Houston the New Austin?

    But more importantly, do we want it to be? And, God help us, what if it already is? When Rocks Off polled a cross-section of Houston music insiders for his "dead-tree" column this week - thanks for the term, Jeremy at Space City Rock - he was forced to omit one question from the final version for sp ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009

    Rocks Off Goes Live from Sugar Hill Tonight

    Andrew Karnavas Rocks Off will be the special guest "audience of one" on tonight's Live from Sugar Hill, the monthly hour-long live-music Webcast broadcast from the historic Southeast Houston studios. Tonight's musical guests are bluesy singer-songwriter Andrew Karnavas and veteran Tex-Mex power-pop ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Winter Wallace

    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 After last week's Artist ... More >>

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    January 19, 2009

    Houston: Come for the Renovations, Stay for the Electric Cabs

    While trolling the nether regions of the UK press, we came upon this, touting the wonders of Houston as a luxury vacation spot. It's all enough to make Hair Balls wish it didn't live here already so it could start making travel plans now!We cannot help but imagine how impressed our luxury-seeking Li ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009

    Grammy Day at U of H Until 5

    Paul Wall: Also available for oral-hygeine advice. Today at the UH Main Campus on Cullen, The Recording Academy and the Grammys are putting on a Career Day for students in the college's music department. The Grammys hold these workshops around the country for students looking to take the leap into t ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008
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    October 16, 2008
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    September 22, 2008

    More Ike-Related Music News

    A few more (possibly) final bits of music-related Ike aftermath... Photos by Dan Workman * Sugar Hill Studios (above), emerged from Ike relatively unscathed, though the legendary Produce Row-area recording house sustained a little roof damage and, like everywhere else, was beset by fallen trees ... More >>

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    July 18, 2008
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    July 8, 2008

    SugarHill Studios Moves to Caroline Collective

    Temporarily, anyway. The long-running Houston recording studio, normally headquartered at 5626 Brock, is shifting all its operations except for previously scheduled recording sessions to the Caroline Collective, 4820 Caroline, between 2 and 6 p.m. this afternoon. SugarHill president Dan Workman will ... More >>

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    March 6, 2008
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    January 31, 2008
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    July 21, 2005

    Christmas in July

    Six dozen of Houston's finest bands for a mere $7

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    December 5, 2002

    Internal Distress

    To: Jeff Cohen, CC: The entire World Wide Web

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    May 9, 2002

    Moses Guest

    Moses Guest (Aufheben Records)

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    October 4, 2001


    Cedric Turner ventures into an abyss far deeper than ones traveled by most bluesmen

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    February 15, 2001


    The Fondue Monks may find their path to success paved with Lucky Strikes

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    August 17, 2000
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    June 1, 2000

    Local Rotation

    I-45 Lost Between the Lines

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    July 16, 1998

    The Lost Years

    Dead for almost a decade, Culturcide comes festering back to life

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    April 16, 1998
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    October 16, 1997
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    July 25, 1996
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