Dirty Bourbon River Show, The Bluebonnets Continental Club, July 13 As you might expect, Dirty Bourbon River Show describes themselves as " New Orleans Gypsy Brass Circus Rock," and the songs fit the description. And you might say, "Only in New Orleans," but the five-piece belongs squarely in the s ... More >>
All this week we're going to look back over albums from undeniable goth icons and talk about their failures. In 1999, Trent Reznor released The Fragile, which if not his greatest album... nah, you know what? It is his greatest album. Just huge and dark and there like the death waiting for us all. ... More >>
Punch Brothers Fitzgerald's, January 29 It's easy to call Punch Brothers a thinking-man's bluegrass band, but even that doesn't describe the kind of ambition and virtuosity we're dealing with here. After flirting with the mainstream on a few pop-tinged albums, Nickel Creek banjo prodigy Chris Thiel ... More >>
Reborn alt-rockers Garbage escape the major-label machinery.
In 2005, rappers put Houston on the map. Then the spotlight moved on. Some musicians are working hard to turn it back this way.
Matt Cooper/Kirtland RecordsSaturday's BestFest headliners the Toadies were in town fairly recently, and they should be back soon when they promote their next album. In the mean time, however, we'll have them here this weekend, and we're hoping that a lot of you will join us to bask in their ... More >>
So you've written the greatest song the world has never heard. You spent a good two-and-half hours on those brain-melting metaphors, and another three laying them on wax. Every bar requires repeated listening to fully digest. Your ad-libs are on point like Chris Paul. The beat knocks harder ... More >>
Albums are to artists what children are to parents: You never want your favorite kids to move out, but you can't wait to send the other ones off to college. (Rocks Off should know; we were one of those favorites.) Here, we salute five artists who were brave enough to distance themselves from ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresBun B at House of Blues, August 2010From coast to coast, Bun B is one of the hardest working man in hip-hop. In the course of his century-long career, he's managed to collaborate with nearly every artist in the universe, including some you've probably never heard of. Wal ... More >>
G-Unit soldiers Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo have signed on to headline Saturday's 4th Annual Hip-Hop For HIV Awareness concert at Reliant Center. Tickets are free, but only with an HIV test at one of the City of Houston Department of Health & Human Services' designated testing locations. A list ... More >>
Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to email@example.com. Jay-Z is in town Monday. This is huge. Jay is the most commercially, mainstr ... More >>
Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. After you interview somebody in preparation for writing something about th ... More >>
With his distinctive blonde mohawk, Jean Beauvoir struck not just a memorable visual presence in the '80s, as his hard-charging singing and playing shone first as a member of notorious punks the Plasmatics, then Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul and finally a solo effort, 1986's Drums Al ... More >>
Meet Rye Rye, Baltimore's latest rap sensation.
Nothing says back-to-school like a little corporate-sponsored rump shaking.
Fathers, sons and "Mustang Sally"
Fabricated pop groups are nothing new, but these Dolls are more than bad -- they're a threat
Kitchen-sink revolutionary M.I.A. has the beats to make you bang
Slim Thug has paid the cost to be the Dirty South boss
The Hollisters reunite to rock the East Texas pines
Two years ago, the Velvet Teen took the road less traveled, and that has made all the difference
Reconstructing Smash Mouth
What a bad feeling -- and taste -- Honey leaves behind
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs finally catch big air with their new record
The Supersuckers clean up their act offstage, but the songs remain the same
Getting politicked out of the Black Eyed Peas was a bitter pill for Kim Hill
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The departure of founding bassist Lisa Umbarger spells doom for the Metroplex band
The perpetually self-doubting Todd Lewis stands tall on the Toadies' long-overdue second album
Groceries doesn't plan to sell its produce to major distributors
Common and Black Eyed Peas dare to raise the artistic standards of hip-hop
Merge and Matador reach ten years of indie success
Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Jordan Knight, Juno
A new book chronicles the bloody rise and fall of Death Row Records
The Toadies have two addresses -- one on wheels, the other on-stage
Michael Haaga splits from Pasadena's premier practitioners of metal
Ames gets sued; the Juice -- Brutal and O.J.-- take to vinyl
Dead at 33, David Catney leaves Houston a special jazz legacy
Weeping at the Metropolis, hiding in the Abyss
South by Southwest disappoints -- again