Bayou Music Center, May 10
Known for his rich baritone vocals and an unabashed devotion to romantic ballads, Will Downing may be the quintessential ladies man, so keep a close eye on your woman as he croons a blend of contemporary jazz and R&B that would make even Luther blush.
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UPDATED (9:30 a.m.): Per @FitzLiveMusic, Rakim has canceled due to Sandy-related travel difficulties. :(
Walters, November 2
Houston is a better place for Indian Jewelry still being here. They could have moved somewhere hipper long ago and been welcomed with open arms, but Tex Kersc ... More >>
Reconsidering a lifetime of musical choices is a funny business. My first musical purchase? The Maxi Single for Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now). First proper album purchase? Amy Grant's 1991 classic, Heart In Motion. Before I lose any degree of credibility, let's move on.
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Some businesses are jerks for pimping a junk heap on wheels on Memorial Day. Others are silly for trying to sell sexual innuendo-heavy mattresses ("firm," "spread out," "not squishy") on a day that's supposed to be all about giving it up to American servicemen and women.
Then there are these super- ... More >>
The look on my face when I couldn't hear "Temporary Secretary" on Rdio.This past week, Paul McCartney's team pulled most of his catalog - including his works with Wings - off streaming music sites such as Rdio, Rhapsody, Spotify and MOG. Listeners are now deprived of Band On the Run, Back To ... More >>
It's hard to find a band that reps Miles Davis in the same breath as much as they do Led Zeppelin, but Lionize are that band. Recording in Jamaica with Steel Pulse's Sidney Mills, supporting beardos like Kylesa, Clutch, and cKy? Yes, that's Lionize for you. Opening for Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster ... More >>
Rocks Off interrogated Miles Zuniga, who just released his solo debut These Ghosts Have Bones, to see what we could find out about the Fastball singer/guitarist and Austin's own acolyte of the Church of John Coltrane 30 seconds.
Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world?
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Monica FuentesRocks Off would like to thank this year's music award nominees who sent us a couple of MP3s like we asked you to a couple of days ago. By our count, about 11 nominees have now sent us some music, which leaves... well, a lot. We're still a little afraid to count.
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Naxos continues to release episodes from the Masters of American Music documentary series from the '90s, and here are two from the latest releases (the two others profiling Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie).
Not a straight biographical doc or even a chronological one about his album releases, The Wo ... More >>
Houston's own Golden Cities headline the Mink tonight with Boston droners Great Hopes and St. Louis post-punk duo Spelling Bee. Rocks Off sat down with GC guitarist, Esotype Records staffer and fellow Pearland expat Marcus Gausepohl to talk about his band, his record label, and some of the groups t ... More >>
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Suffice to say, it's been a great year for live music festivals in Houston this year. Between the Spring and Fall editions of the Westheimer Block Party, the Free Press Summer Fest, the International Festival, our own Houston Press Music Awards and other ... More >>
According to a recent appreciation in Newsweek, if an American household has just one jazz record on the shelf, chances are it's Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. And we were thinking it was Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' Whipped Cream & Other Delights.
Kind of Blue contains only five trac ... More >>