• Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    A Dozen Houston Highlights From Austin City Limits

    Austin City Limits wasn't always a cultural institution, nor a repository of some of the finest musical performances ever committed to videotape. In the show's earliest days it was an unusual experiment even for public television, and creator Bill Arhos and his staff did not have the benefit of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    A Young Person's Guide to Houston's Historic Blues Venues

    Houston is a sprawling metropolis of subdivisions and strip centers that retains a strong cultural hub. But this "cultural hub" has actually become more of a cultural sprawl. Especially music-wise, neighborhoods outside Loop 610 are often seen as culturally sterile, though some elements of Houston's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    What A Houston Blues "Walk Of Fame" Could Look Like

    Lightnin' Hopkins marker photo by Matthew Keever​It was a real pleasure for Rocks Off and Lonesome Onry and Mean to bring you this week's Houston Press cover story, "Old School," but it was also bittersweet. Not to put too fine a point on it, but none of these people are getting any younger - ... More >>

  • Music

    February 11, 2010

    Lightnin' Strikes

    The late legendary Houston bluseman finally gets an official historical marker.

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    The Nickel: A Musical History of the Fifth Ward, Part 1

    Back in its heyday, the corner of Jensen Drive and Lyons Avenue was known as "Pearl Harbor, the Times Square of the Bloody Fifth." You wouldn't know it today - the entire area is a vast wasteland of tired and abandoned lots and boarded-up shacks, but for much of the 20th Century this area was the ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2008

    Looks Like There's At Least One Houston Historical Marker For Music

    A couple of weeks ago, we groused in Racket about the complete lack of music-related state historical markers in Houston, and even cited Frenchtown as an appropriate spot to put one up. I am happy to report that since some time last year, the lack has not, in fact, been complete. Reader Tracey Rob ... More >>

  • Music

    February 28, 2008
  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Goodbye Joe, Me Gotta Go

    There are 25,000 Cajuns in Houston. Almost none of them play Cajun music. Why not?

  • Music

    September 21, 2006

    H-Town Zydeco

    Dr. Roger Wood and James Fraher serve up another heaping helping of Houston music lore

  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    Follow Your Nose

    Jasmine, weed, liberty and failure -- the smells of a Sunday night on the town

  • Music

    April 10, 2003
  • Calendar

    March 6, 2003

    Don't Try This Anywhere

    If Steve-O comes at you with a staple gun, run!

  • Music

    April 4, 2002
  • Music

    June 14, 2001

    Squeeze City

    Mark Halata hopes his Texavian strains can be heard in a town full of accordions

  • Music

    December 9, 1999

    Helping Hands

    Coming This Week

  • Music

    September 2, 1999

    Zydeco's Birthplace

    Hint: It's where you're standing

  • Music

    October 8, 1998


    Decades down the line, Sherman Robertson has finally made an album he likes

  • News

    September 8, 1994

    Zydeco Blues

    Are these the final days of the Continental, zydeco's original Houston home?