"Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars." It's good advice that was delivered weekly for dozens of years by Casey Kasem. The radio personality, whose American Top 40 countdown was a pop-culture fixture for more than 40 years, passed away on Father's Day at the age of 82. You ... More >>
There's no telling the reasoning that caused Kings of Leon to call their sixth album, released late last month, Mechanical Bull. But to venture a wild guess, could be the Nashville-via-Oklahoma rockers are trying to put across a general image of toughness after a difficult few years, or perhaps sugg ... More >>
A few local bands keep it in the family.
Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.
Gene Thomas, the Texas singer and songwriter whose 1961 swamp-pop hit "Sometimes" was recorded at Houston's Gold Star Studios (later SugarHill), and was later covered by Doug Sahm, passed away Sunday morning. Houston musician Buzzy Smith announced Thomas' death on his Facebook page. The Palestine n ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Robb WalshArtist's rendering of El Real Tex-Mex Cafe."You have to give people what they're interested in eating," Robb Walsh laughed over the phone. "Fajitas will be very well represented on our menu." Wise words that should quell any concerns Houstonians may have had about ... More >>
The road to Raul Malo's heart goes straight through Doug Sahm's hometown.
Jenni Rivera flirts with pop crossovers but remains true to regional Mexican music.
Mark C. AustinJandek (right) and trio at Rudyard's... who says we're not hip? As we may have mentioned, Rocks Off was none too pleased when we read The New York Times' most recent article on Houston in this past Sunday's travel section and found exactly zero mentions of anything music-related. Th ... More >>
Rocks Off's predecessor John Nova Lomax, who normally reports on much more sordid goings-on in East Texas, tipped us off to a story in today's Beaumont Enterprise that reports late Texas R&B legend Ivory Joe Hunter will have an official Texas State Historical Marker erected at his gravesite n ... More >>
Carlos Hernandez turns Día de los Muertos into an homage to rockers
In the third in our continuing series on the music of the five states of Texas, we examine the fictional state of New Texas, comprising Austin and the Hill Country. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here. New Texas Capital: Austin Patron Saint: Willie Nelson Lesser Icons: Roky Erickson/Thirteenth Floor ... More >>
And here is the final installment of David Beebe and John Lomax's 20-plus mile hike from Intercontinental Airport to Spanish Flowers restaurant. Part one is here and part two is here.David Beebe's accounts of the same hike are here and here.Airline's furthest reaches are lined by sprawling and run-d ... More >>
The longest walk in the history of the Sole of Houston requires the longest piece. This being a blog and all, we have decided to break it up into three installments. Coming today, tomorrow and Thursday in this tale of 22-plus miles of concrete, mud, and fairly cold weather: The fending off a potent ... More >>
Racket and the new guy take the annual Houston Press Music Awards Showcase plunge
The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter
A discussion of non-Christmas Christmas music
Smooth-jazz fans blast Racket
Mary Cutrufello's leaving makes us wonder: Is your band a Krogers, Randalls or a Fiesta?
Memo Villarreal isn't afraid of the corporate bookstore or the Rio Grande
The Texas Tornado is gone, but not forgotten
Record producer Huey Meaux was a legend in the music business. Now he's an accused pedophile on the run.