Today Rocks Off would like to salute 90.1 FM KPFT on its 44th anniversary, which it celebrates this Sunday under the "big top" behind McGonigel's Mucky Duck The lineup is a real hootenanny too, featuring Shinyribs, Del Castillo, Lisa Morales, Annika Chambers, Parker Millsap, recent Rocks Off 200 sub ... More >>
True story: once, we were entertaining some people at home and my rat terrier, Mingus, got loose and began mingling with the guests. Because he's an insufferable attention-seeker and since people are nice and tend not to be threatened by terriers, a woman petted him and asked what his name was. I t ... More >>
TSU restarts its jazz program, tapping into the talents of the fabled Joe Sample and kids looking for a place to play.
Veteran rockers Rush brought their steampunk-themed concept album to Toyota Center December 2.
Dave Brubeck, the professorial jazz pianist and composer whose No. 2 album Time Out was a standard of the Mad Men era, has died at age 91, the Associated Press reported Wednesday morning. Brubeck's manager, Russell Gloyd, told the AP that Brubeck died of heart failure on his way to a cardiologist ap ... More >>
Slayer's Dave Lombardo is destroying a couple of bass drums just out of frame.Forty-seven years ago today, drummer Dave Lombardo was born in Havana, Cuba. Never heard of Dave? That's okay. If you've listened to any heavy metal in the past 25 years, you've definitely heard his influence. Roun ... More >>
Julie EnsmingerPeter Case at Cactus Music last year"I was always sort of not interested in what my generation was doing," Peter Case told Rocks Off 10 years ago after flipping through Louvin Bros. compact discs at a now-defunct bookstore in Sugar Land, surrounded by car dealerships, business ... More >>
This is Tilman Fertitta's three-story yacht. How's your 2011 looking so far?Houston's Tilman Fertitta made a short list of restaurant executives to watch in 2011, in part because of his recent acquisition of a trio of new restaurant chains: The Oceanaire, Claim Jumper and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co ... 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 >>
myspace.com/nikkiyanofskyNikki Yanofsky has been "singing since I could talk, basically." And doing it well: When her dad asked the Montreal native to sing a few songs with his garage band at a charity event, it was a little different than practicing in the garage. In the audience was the fou ... More >>
The most underground music in Houston right now isn't rap or indie rock...it's jazz.
Though his stature as an icon of jazz is secure today, for much of his actual performing life, pianist/composer Thelonious Monk was not always so well-received by jazz critics or general fans. His personal eccentricities - the hats, the dancing, the attacking piano keys - and odd/unprofessional b ... More >>
Liberty Hall, by the 1970s, had somewhat survived its time as a church and an American Legion hall to become probably the hippest rock club in the city.Comfortably seedy, the Hall hosted legends like the Velvet Underground, Gram Parsons (with Neil Young and Linda Ronstadt sitting in), the Ramones ... More >>
Photo by rhaagaThe Balinese Room, several months before Chris Jagger apparently enjoyed a drink there.Has British tabloid the Daily Mail become the Daily Fail? It sure seemed like it when Hair Balls came across a Texas travelogue by Chris Jagger.Jagger, the brother of Mick, gathered little moss as h ... More >>
[Note: This is the first in a series of articles that constitute Village Voice Media's year-end music package. The others - pop, indie-rock, dance mixes, Latin, country, alt-country/Americana, metal, rap/hip-hop and special graphics breaking down the year in charts and 2008's worst lyrics - will be ... More >>
This notable jazz pianist is the musical third of The Blew Notes Trio
Juniflip, Believe, 6th Ave. Romp, Heritage
Hayes Carll continues H-town's hot streak with Little Rock
Guitarist Huey Long is from all the eras
How is a falling-apart Fifth Ward joint turning out the best burgers in town? Adrian's has history.
Spyro Gyra keeps making the best friendly jazz
Pianist Ahmad Jamal may have had a bigger impact on jazz than you think
Hollisters, Bo Patt, Hadden Sayers Band, and Tom Cummings Quartet
Coming This Week
Jazz pianist Danilo Perez mixes American and Latino traditions
Top 10 reasons why Ray Charles is a genius
Even without his commander, Marshall Allen orchestrates interplanetary space travel just fine, thank you
June 18 - 24, 1998