James Caronna

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    The Top Five Houston Music Videos of 2013

    In 2012 Houston surprised the hell out of me by producing some truly incredible music videos by local artists. The Manichean took video of the year in our annual roundup, but several other artists made more than respectable showings. Truly, we're finally catching up in that regard. This almost-past ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Mike Terror Debuts First Video, "Snakes 'N' Fakes"

    I got to know Mike Terror when we served as judges during the annual Gothic Beauty Pageant, which is always a grand, if often unintentionally hilarious, spectacle. Over the years we've bumped into each other as Houston goths do, but I've never really gotten into him as an artist. Then one day he to ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    James Caronna Redeemed In "The Devil Made a Home"

    I'm going to rip this Band-Aid right off... back when I first was introduced to singer-songwriter James Caronna I didn't think very highly of him at all. I thought his work was unoriginal, uninspiring, and just in general not worth bothering with; "Brand X Daniel Powter" was my comparison. Still, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Upcoming: Yo La Tengo, Scott Weiland, Meek Mill, Shabazz Palaces, Transit, Etc.

    Alt-J: With Hundred Waters., Sun., March 10, 8 p.m., $15/$17. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Battery (Metallica Tribute): With Ozz (Ozzy/Sabbath Tribute)., Fri., March 8, 8 p.m., $10. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston. Billy Currington: Sat., March 9, 7 p.m., $35-$65. Nutty Jerry's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Lack Of Social Safety Net Tying Many Musicians To Day Jobs

    "I fantasize sometimes that my musical career would hit gold and help us escape these grim realities, but it's not something I really expect to happen." ​There are few issues in the current political climate more fraught with contention than whether or not the U.S. government will take a more ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Saturday's HPMA Showcase, Hour By Hour And Genre By Genre

    Monica Fuentes​One of the main ideas behind the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase - besides everyone having a good time, of course - is exposing local artists to thousands of potential new fans in one fell swoop. But those potential new fans have to be willing to take the bait, and with almo ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    Red Tree: A Modern-Day Motown Quietly Emerges In The Woodlands

    Photos by Jef With One FIn the Pines: Red Tree Studios from the street​Having been a recording artist, Rocks Off can tell you that we would rather peel potatoes than go into a recording studio. What you see as the acme of artistic self-expression is often painstakingly and painfully taken apar ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Next Month's Music Award Showcase Schedule

    ​Here we go, y'all. Rocks Off is proud to present this year's HPMA showcase lineup, featuring almost 50 2010 nominees, a few distinguished HPMA alumni and special guests Matt & Kim and Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights. We guess this means this thing is really happening. The showcase start ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    2010 Music Awards Nominees, Part 2

    ​Friday, Rocks Off announced the nominees for the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards in as many genres as we could think to put on the ballot this year. Here are the rest, covering recordings, individual achievement, personalities and peripheral categories (radio, retail, etc.). Voting begins Ju ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    You'll Fall In Love With James Caronna's Slacker-Pop

    ​ ​The latest release out of Red Tree Studios is a nine-song pop package by a slacker named James Caronna, Everybody Wants to Be in Love. If you were to put James Blunt and Jason Mraz in the telepod in David Cronenberg's The Fly, James Caronna is exactly what you would come out with. Alternating ... More >>