I know I'm not a cynic because the strange-but-true news stories involving our species still sometimes shock me. Even after all these years, I rarely ho-hum something like this. Or this. Or, especially this. So when I read the tale of Michael A. Brown I naturally had questions. You may know him be ... More >>
Red Warehouse Live, May 3 The latest Christian band to cross over into the "active rock" mainstream, Nashville quartet Red indeed takes its name from the blood of the Lamb, but not in an overly dogmatic way. In fact, their success among the heathens keeps right on growing, with fourth album Release ... More >>
Alicia Keys: With Miguel., Mon., March 18, 7 p.m., $49.50-$125.00. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, Houston. Almost Kings: With Surrender the Fall, Shaving Suzie., Sun., Feb. 3, 8 p.m., $10. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston. Balmorhea: With BE Godfrey, Idyl., Sat., Feb. 9, 8 p.m., $10/$12. Walte ... More >>
Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.
Allstar Weekend: With Cute Is What We Aim For, Tiffany Alvord, Beneath The Sun., Wed., Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m., $18.00-$68.00. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Augustana: With Lauren Shera., Tue., Jan. 29, 8 p.m., $14/$17. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. The Bandulus: With Los Gritos, El ... More >>
The music world truly lost one of the greats when songwriter Hal David passed away at age 91 following a stroke this past Saturday in Los Angeles. To borrow an old joke, the lyricist wasn't from the old school, he was from the school they tore down to build the old school: The artists who covered hi ... More >>
Bob Dorough is the kind of musician who when he's performing in the area, someone makes sure to call the local newspaper and tell them about it. In this case the man who made the phone call was Houston jazz producer Joe Peine. (Thanks, Joe.) Perhaps best-known for the insouciant jazz standard "Devi ... More >>
Hands up, everyone who is surprised.The Grammy Awards on CBS Sunday night could have easily turned into a wake - or worse, a funeral. After Whitney Houston's death Saturday, the mood was appropriately somber until a dance party broke out, or perhaps a coming-out party for dance music. Foreve ... More >>
Somebody hearing Diana Krall's interpretation of "Body and Soul" on KTSU may not associate the jazz standard, immortalized by Billie Holiday, with a "concentration camp." But according to a longtime Houston entertainer, that's exactly what's going on behind the scenes at the local radio stati ... More >>
pasoroblesfilmfestival.comDr. John, Clint Eastwood and producer/director Bruce Ricker in a publicity photo for "Piano Blues," Eastwood's installment of PBS' 2003 series The Blues.Today the one and only Clint Eastwood turns 81 years old, and he can still kick your ass. According to the Interne ... More >>
Rocks Off polled our staff for their favorite Christmas songs to create a playlist for you to enjoy while you open presents, drink egg nog, or however else you celebrate. Enjoy. Ahh, the gift that keeps on giving...Editor's Pick: U2, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)": Neph Basedow: Ped ... More >>
Above is the cover of the new Christmas single by once-popular barroom grunge act Buckcherry. We have to say, we like it a lot better than we like their music. It continues a tradition of sexy yuletide album covers, which Rocks Off is proud to document for your ogling pleasure. We'll try to ... More >>
Looking back, this past decade wasn't too kind to rock and roll as a whole. We lost plenty of people who weren't exactly disgustingly huge as Michael Jackson or as monolithic as Johnny Cash. This decade took its share of people who were massively influential and iconic, but not on the grand worl ... More >>
The Pogues are only one week away, so no time like the present to reflect on Irish music. For many Americans, no song epitomizes Irish music like "Danny Boy." Lonesome Onry and Mean was gently prodding my Irish and European friends at the boozer recently regarding their opinions about the top rec ... More >>
Spoon's musical tinker Britt Daniel avoids the cringe.
A Fine Romance
In the Name of Love
2009 is only a few days old, and Houston's radio climate is already improving. Not on the FM dial, which remains a wasteland north of 91.7 (same as it ever was), but starting at 4 p.m. today, commuters can immerse themselves in the swinging sounds of Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, B.B. King ... More >>
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