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    February 14, 2014

    Houston's Best Concerts This Weekend: Delbert McClinton, Manowar, Young the Giant, etc.

    Delbert McClinton & Leon Russell Nutty Jerry's (Winnie), February 15 Even into their seventies, both ends of this barrelhouse duo live up to the title of Delbert McClinton's 1992 album Never Been Rocked Enough, and should make superb Saturday-night fare at one of Southeast Texas' biggest dancehalls ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Wild Moccasins Pack Numbers For 88 92 Release Party

    Wild Moccasins, Young Mammals, Young Girls & DJ Bagheera Numbers February 8, 2014 "This is a really, really good song...kinda." Those were the words of singer/guitarist Pete Tijerina of Young Girls, the night's opening band. That statement would not only ring true for the openers, but also for ever ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Neko Case at House of Blues, 1/26/2014

    Neko Case, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down House of Blues January 26, 2014 Her fans from other parts of the country will have to have to ask Neko Case what a "Houston Grammy" is sometime. Hopefully she'll remember that one herself. According to the rangy singer, who is arguably as well-known for her ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    10 Perfect Cover Songs For 10 Houston Bands

    Every one of the acts listed here writes fine, original music. They're too busy creating Houston's sound to be bothered with cover songs. That's a good thing. Still, a man can dream, right? In fact, this whole exercise began when I fell asleep listening to a song and dreamed a local band performi ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    The Holiday Hangover Hell Yeah Show at Warehouse Live, 12/28/2013

    Holiday Hangover Hell Yeah Feat. Los Skarnales, Tontons, the Suffers, Quiet Company, Wild Child, Bagheera, Ishi & Featherface Warehouse Live December 28, 2013 One of the most insufferable things about being a Houstonian for the past year or so has been the never-ending parade of people telling us h ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    The 12 Bars of Christmas and Then Some

    "I'm too pretty to look like a devil!" -- the gentleman in the photo above Christmas is only two days away. Another year full of laughs and cries and cheers and tears. A year spent with family and friends is never a bad one. And when the time for visiting family is done, once the dishes are in the ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Exclusive: "Gwan" Listen to the Suffers' New Single

    "We all need a little fuel to get the engine going every now and then, and 'Gwan' is that fuel." -- Kam Franklin, lead singer of The Suffers From the very first notes of "Gwan," the newly recorded track by Houston Press Music Award winners the Suffers, the listener is hit with the "we mean business ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Paste Untapped Festival at Discovery Green, 11/16/2013

    Paste Untapped Festival Discovery Green November 16, 2016 It's hard to imagine an event like Untapped Houston happening a few short years ago. Still in its infancy, Discovery Green was reluctant to book large-scale events such as this combination music/craft-beer festival; these days it's a wonder ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    Pam Robinson Benefit at Walters, 9/6/2013

    Keep Calm // Fight Cancer Benefit for Pam Robinson Feat. The Tons, The Suffers, New York City Queens, Wild Moccasins, Featherface, Second Lovers and The Manichean Walters September 6, 2013 When push comes to shove, the music community does its best to stick together as much as possible. Whether a b ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Sofar Houston Feat. The Suffers, 8/23/2013

    Sofar Houston (Songs From A Room) The Suffers, The Caldwell, Arthur Yoria Secret Location August 23, 2013 The premise is intriguing and creative: hold an exclusive, invitation only concert in a non-traditional venue (like a living room), without charging a cover at the door, specify BYOB, and acce ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Super Bowl Shuffle

    Five Texans players who should make an album.

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    August 14, 2013

    Here's to You, Pam Robinson: Musicians Rally Around Beloved Walters Owner

    Texas has a lot of history, and for better or worse, we're damn proud of it. So it's no surprise that Houstonians grow attached to their places and things, and Walters is no exception. This past Saturday, August 10, news began to spread that Walters owner Pam Robinson had been diagnosed with Stage ... More >>

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    August 7, 2013

    Five Reasons the Houston Press Music Awards Ceremony Was Awesome

    You know, I think we may have missed a category during Tuesday's Houston Press Music Awards ceremony, because we really should have given ourselves the award for "best awards party throwers ever." I mean, where else are you going to find Willie D, The Hates and Justin Van Sant hanging out together n ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    The Best Acts We Saw at the HPMA Showcase, Part 2

    Electric Attitude When the set starts with the band's lead singer booty-bumping with the ladies in the front row, you know it's funny. When that same singer, Blake Shephard, stands on top of an amp, shot in hand, not one, but four times, you know it's fun. When he returns to the crowd not once but f ... More >>

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    August 2, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: The Suffers, "Houston's All-Star Soul and Reggae Supergroup"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Pat Kelly, The Godfather of the Suffers

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Pat Kelly is a lifelong Houston musician an ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    The Suffers and Chase Hamblin & the Roustabouts at Discovery Green, 6/20/13

    The Suffers, Chase Hamblin and the Roustabouts Discovery Green June 20, 2013 If there's a better spot to catch a concert in June than the grassy slope of Discovery Green, brother, that spot ain't in Houston. If you thought that braving the heat to check out some live music beneath the city's skylin ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Week: Robin Kirby, C.J. Chenier, The Suffers, etc.

    Robin Kirby Last Concert Cafe, June 18 Singer-songwriter Robin Kirby entered the Houston music scene in 2008 after leaving her band Robin & the Hurricanes behind in Dallas. Since then she's been constantly on the go, offering a stripped-down and honest style that sounds absolutely timeless. Kirby' ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: Our Staff Picks From Close to Home

    This weekend's Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park is officially (way) sold out, so our readers who don't have passes at this point are sadly now forced to test their skills at the "secondary market." For those of you who are already in, this week Rocks Off will be bringing you our staff ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Friday Night: Hayes Carll's Burlesque Circus & Sideshow Freakout at House of Blues

    Hayes Carll's Burlesque Circus & Sideshow Freakout Feat. Corb Lund House of Blues December 28, 2012 "For years our shows have been PG... 13," Hayes Carll said early in his long, long, long set Friday night at House of Blues, as he headlined his own "Burlesque Circus & Sideshow Freakout." "I wanted ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: The Vocal Force That Is Kam Franklin

    This Saturday night, Houston's The Suffers play the Continental Club with the Bandulus and Wilroy Black and The Boss on board as support. Widescreen ska/rocksteady act The Bandulus is also releasing a new album, The Times We Had, that night as well. You can give it a listen right here over on Band ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Instagram Man Daniel Jackson

    Daniel Jackson's concert photography on Instagram (at @listenyoungman) first caught my eye about a year or so ago, and became almost a daily part of my social-media life when I got the photo app myself earlier this year. You can always spy Mr. Jackson snapping pictures with his phone while lurkin ... More >>

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    September 3, 2012

    Friday Night: Grandfather Child, the Suffers, etc. at Fitzgerald's

    Grandfather Child, the Suffers, Brent Nettles, Don't Poke the Bear Fitzgerald's August 31, 2012 Rewind: Grandfather Child Prepare for Debut (print feature) "Lucas was always getting into things as a kid. Asking questions, touching things," says Lucas Gorham's aunt while Gorham and his band Grandfa ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012
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    August 9, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Winners

    As announced from the stage at Warehouse Live earlier Wednesday evening, here are the 2012 Houston Press Music Award winners. Congratulations to all. BEST LP/CD/EP Free Radicals, The Freedom Fence BEST MIXTAPE One Hunnidt, #keepit100

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    August 9, 2012

    HPMA Ceremony Heavy With Winners, Light on Drama

    The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Winners The Houston Press Music Awards ceremony is a little like a family reunion where you go just to see what your crazy cousin from Temple might do: Will he pass out on the playground teeter-totter, throw some punches at your uncle, or be a big hit on the dance ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012
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    August 7, 2012

    What Are the Seven Best Songs to Come Out in 2012?

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? E-mail sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    April 13, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend: Crawfish, Scott H. Biram, Blaggards, Etc.

    It's crawfish season, as Rocks Off may have mentioned recently. All weekend - today through Sunday, in other words - the Houston Blues Society is sponsoring the stage at the Kemah Crawfish Festival, featuring dependable locals such as Mojofromopolis, the Paul Ramirez Band, Texas Johnny Brown, Don Ke ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Rude: Your Essential First-Wave And 2-Tone Ska Playlist

    When you ask the younger dubstep generation what ska is, they will usually begin to wax poetic about bands like No Doubt, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake - the kind of stuff they heard on their older siblings' stereos in the '90s. Only a precious few will throw the Spec ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    How Rude!: The Most Annoying Little Sisters in Television History

    Today is actress Jodie Sweetin's birthday. The co-star of television's Full House turns 30 today, making us all who grew up with her immediately old. Considering that Jonathan Taylor Thomas turned 30 himself a few months back, I should be looking into getting my affairs in order. As Pink Floyd san ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Last Night: The Handshake, Caddywhompus and Sideshow Tramps at Fitzgerald's

    ​Thanksgiving ended up being kind of boring. Besides eating too many plates of knockoff Luby's mac and cheese, we were inundated with hours worth of "I'm thankful for..." Facebook statuses and Twitter feeds. Yes, we do spend entire days on the innerwebs. Anyway, by the time the sun went down ... More >>

  • Music

    November 17, 2011

    Showcase Showdown

    Fifty bands, 11 stages and three music writers talking HPMA highlights.

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    November 16, 2011

    Your 2011 Houston Press Music Awards Winners

    Photo By Marco TorresAll night, attendees to the awards show signed a special banner for Chris Gray.​Check out our slideshow of this year's Houston Press Music Awards winners. It was a dandy of an evening last night at Warehouse Live as we handed out those silver records to some of Houston's ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    2011 HPMA Showcase: Orq, Scroggins, And Roky Moon Shine Bright

    Checkout the slideshows of the bands and the crowd at the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase. Photo By Marco TorresRyan Scroggins onstage Saturday night at Warehouse Live. ​Saturday's Houston Press Music Awards Showcase was spread out over five areas and some eleven stages, which meant most ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Friday Night: Sideshow Tramps CD Release At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jason WolterHayes Carll (left) and Craig Kinsey go down the road.​Sideshow Tramps Fitzgerald's September 9, 2011 If Aftermath doesn't have to be at the office first thing in the morning, sometimes we let our personal hygiene slide a little. Some days stretch well into the afternoon ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    As Transition Begins, A Few Fitzgerald's Memories For The Road

    Photos courtesy of Kam FranklinFishbone's Angelo Moore at Fitzgerald's​As Fitzgerald's embarks on a new chapter in its epic history - Saturday's show with Caveman Electric, Peekaboo Theory and others is the last one before shutting down and reopening under new management September 23 - it seem ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    South Bayou: Where And When Houston Artists Are Playing In Austin This Week

    ​Monday afternoon, when Rocks Off was scouring our email, MySpace, Facebook and various other Web sites for the following information, this thought occurred to us more than once: "Why are we wasting our time telling Houstonians where to go see people during SXSW who they can see practically anytim ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Solid State: Houston's SXSW Class of '10

    Houston's SXSW Class of '10 is as diverse as the Bayou City.

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    November 26, 2009

    No Turkeys Allowed

    Our annual holiday shopping guide to recent local releases

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    November 25, 2009

    Aftermath: The Umbrella Man's CD Release at the Continental Club

    Photos by Liana Lopez​Want to hear some great rockabilly, ska, gospel, zydeco, retro-country and soul? Those are only some of the styles you'll hear on Nick Gaitan and The Umbrella Man's debut CD. When you experience the band live, expect even more. Gaitan and Umbrella Man's other five members pu ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Listology: Nick Gaitan of the Octanes and The Umbrella Man's Favorite Female Vocalists

    This is a big week for all-everything Houston bassist Nick Gaitan. Not only have his Monday-night Continental Club gigs with atomic-powered rockabilly trio the Octanes been steadily been picking up steam, his other band The Umbrella Man - which just happens to play Tuesday nights at the very same p ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: Umbrella Man

    John Powers​ For the cultish followers of JFK Assassination lore, the "Umbrella Man" was a shadowy figure along the parade route in Dallas. The character's story purports that he either was involved in the killing of President Kennedy by using his umbrella to signal the shooters to fire - or even ... More >>

  • Music

    July 23, 2009

    52 Pick-Up

    Your guide to the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards showcase

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    March 12, 2009

    Bam, It's Kam!

    Houston's genre-hopping indie darling eyes SXSW

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    February 19, 2009
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    January 22, 2009
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    July 28, 2008
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    July 24, 2008

    2008 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase

    A preview of the 60 bands and five DJs that are taking over downtown this weekend

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