Terry Allen, Bottom of the World You can yack on all day about Kevin Fowler, Josh Abbott or some other artless, vacant, party-popular, Texas good-ole-boy bands, but the old salts know that Terry Allen's music is that real Texas deal. On his first new material in 14 years, Allen touches all the bases ... More >>
Earlier this week Rocks Off asked our contributors to tell us one or two concerts coming to Houston this fall they considered a "can't-miss" show. They didn't disappoint us. Depeche Mode Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 18 Maybe this makes me a bit geeky, but I'm totally stoked for Depec ... More >>
DJ Sun The Flat, April 1 Now that some of the well-deserved publicity surrounding DJ Sun's first-ever full-length release, One Hundred, has subsided a little, his true accomplishment on the disc seems even more impressive. In the span of 70 minutes, he pours his 20-plus-year career as one of Houston ... More >>
Imagine Dragons House of Blues, February 12 You've seen the name all over, from Blog A to Blog B, and the haircuts should look mighty familiar. This Las Vegas act has a sound in the same vein as Passion Pit and AWOLNATION, two acts with a veritable stranglehold on the rock dollar these days. Their ... More >>
Aaron Watson: Sat., Nov. 24, 8 p.m., $10/$15. Mo's Place, 21940 Kingsland Blvd., Katy. Action Item, Hello Highway, Before You Exit, Paradise Fears: Sat., Jan. 19, 8 p.m., $15/$17. House of Blues-- Bronze Peacock Room, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Always Guilty, Molotov Compromise, Fuska, Gods Of Death ... More >>
The Gourds Discovery Green June 14, 2012 I have lost count of how many Gourds shows I have seen over the years. I doubt I have seen any other band live more times than this one. But I never realized how much children loved the Gourds until Thursday at Discovery Green. Man, these kids loved the Gou ... More >>
We all hate the trope "Houston, we have a problem," but we do have a problem in Houston with talkative, inattentive crowds at live shows. Scanning back over reviews from the past two years, at least 20 percent of them mention crowd noise. So what do the musicians think and, more importantly, what ... More >>
Fifteen years after the death of a legend, there are a few stories left untold.
Photos courtesy of Miler Outdoor Theatre Advisory BoardDoyle Bramhall Sr.The Gourds, Doyle Bramhall Sr. Miller Outdoor Theatre July 22, 2011 It was all Texas big beat Friday night as old-school Austin blues-rocker Doyle Bramhall Sr. and those funny, funny Gourds cut a groove in the Miller Ou ... More >>
Patrick McGown/thegourdsnews.blogspot.comThe Gourds' Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith at the Houston Continental Club, December 11, 2010Austin roots band the Gourds just announced via their Facebook fan page that they will play Miller Outdoor Theatre July 22. The band last played at Miller July ... More >>
The Gourds on FacebookWith their homespun, loosey-goosey style, The Gourds have often been compared to The Band and to Levon Helm over the course of the Austin roots band's 16-year career. Late Friday, the Gourds announced that Helm's guitarist Larry Campbell will produce their tenth studio a ... More >>
As per previous years, Lonesome Onry and Mean isn't going to bother with running down all this year's major-label releases. Ranking the relative merits of Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert is the Houston Chronicle's job, we suppose. Seeing major players like Robert Plant, Bruce Sp ... More >>
Jason WolterToots & the Maytals at House of Blues, May 2Along with the season of shopping madness and suicidal depression comes the season for Best-ofs. Live show-wise, 2010 was very benevolent to Lonesome Onry and Mean. Some of our favorites from 2010: 11. Jon Cleary, The Big Easy: Cleary ... More >>
A Gourd goes gospel
facebook.com/ArmadilloPalaceDon't look now, but subtle changes are occurring with the music lineup at Goode's Armadillo Palace. Long one of the bastions of the Texas music scene associated with the likes of Pat Green, Cory Morrow and Roger Creager, this week finds fresh blood - honky-tonker M ... More >>
Ray Wylie Hubbard's new album gets low-down with hookers, tornadoes and religion.
The Gourds didn't invent the idea of a ragtag roots-rock band spicing up its set with hip-hop and R&B covers, but thanks to their cover of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" (endorsed by the Doggfather himself), everybody probably thinks they did. But Gourds co-frontman Kevin Russell, playing&nb ... More >>
Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra with John Cale (third from left) As usually happens just after New Year's, bands and venues are scrambling to line up Houston gigs during South By Southwest. Under the Volcano (2349 Bissonnet) owner Pete Mitchell has scored an early coup, lining up Chicago powerhouse th ... More >>
[Note: This is the final installment of Lonesome Onry and Mean's interview with the Gourds' Kevin Russell. Don't miss Part 1 and Part 2.] John Carrico Lonesome Onry and Mean: To a lot of critics, "Steeple Full of Swallows" on Heavy Ornamentals was singled out as a new quieter, serious sound for th ... More >>
Andy Goodwin [Note: Part 1 of this interview is here.] Lonesome Onry and Mean: You guys have been on several labels, have probably heard all the too-good-to-be-true come-ons, been to the meetings with label radio gurus and all. How do you look at the label system and the way things are done in th ... More >>
LOM recently conducted a wide-ranging interview with Kevin Russell of the Gourds. The Austin roots-rockers - for lack of a better term - released their 9th studio album, Haymaker! (Yep Roc), today, and play a Cactus Music in-store January 9 and later that night at the ... More >>
Saturday, February 4, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9666.