It hasn't been an easy ride to international stardom for vocalist and composer Bilal Sayeed Oliver, who performs simply as Bilal. The Philly native, who roomed for a while with jazz pianist and Houston native Robert Glasper, almost quit the business when his second album was rejected by Interscope a ... More >>
Numbers. The applications to which they are used in various fields can yield results ranging from the trivial to the catastrophic if not interpreted properly. If you are involved with numbers at NASA or the military, lives could hang in the balance if something is miscalculated or misrepresented. T ... More >>
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Reality Bites, Houston's cinematic "'90s moment" starring Ethan Hawke's grunge locks and Winona Ryder's doily dress. It's a flawed film, and rather unsatisfying at times, but it's hardly without its charms -- quite like Houston itself, one might ... More >>
High on Fire House of Blues, November 25 Wrenching Motorhead's classic speed-thrash into new dimensions of brutality and doom, High on Fire also packs its songs with nasty imagery like pestilence, plague, vermin and "Bastard Samurai" to go with the spectacular album art. Across five albums, the Oak ... More >>
The Butler finds urgency in the conventional.
Houston's top 5 local music venues.
Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle, celebrating that city's favorite musical genre: Mainstream country. BY MIKE SEELY With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close last week with a rousing reelection appeal from the nation's first bl ... More >>
There are few instruments more distinctive than the Flying V. It's odd that a guitar this funky looking has been commonly used by a wide range of guitar players from country and blues to rock, but it has. Over the years, particularly in the '80s when "the weirder the shape the better" and "splotched ... More >>
girlscantwhat.comLast week, we rounded up a list of our favorite female rock bassists. We'd like to continue the trend of honoring rock's finest females, by next recognizing 14 notable female rock drummers. As usual, we will focus on the live-performing, touring drummers over time, rather tha ... More >>
Jimi Hendrix & Band of Gypsys Live at Fillmore East (Experience Hendrix/Columbia Legacy) 140 minutes, $13.98. The latest release in a busy year for the Hendrix estate is this 1999 documentary, pumped up with extra footage, that explores Jimi's short-lived but influential Band of Gypsys lineu ... More >>
GroovehouseJimmie Vaughan (left) and his band gave the large iFest crowd some saxual healing Saturday.Lots more iFest in our slideshows: The bands, the performers, the crowds and even the food. For something that was still going on 24 hours ago, the first weekend of the Houston International ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseGrace Potter & the Nocturnals, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights House of Blues February 17, 2011 For more totally tasteful pictures from Thursday, see our slideshow here. Ooh la la. Aftermath is going to be real up front here. We did not know a whole lot about Grac ... More >>
Rocks Off is following our sister Houston Press blogs into the choppy waters of "Comment of the Day," choosing a comment or a handful of comments from the previous day we find especially enlightening, infuriating or just plain hilarious. We're glad our readers have opinions, whatever they are, about ... More >>
Hi there, 2009. Please have a seat. Are you comfortable? Would you like some coffee, or perhaps a cigarette? No? Okay, good. Let's just cut straight to the point, then. You suck, and frankly we're sick of your bullshit. You were an awful year, filled not just with economic collapse, scary right-wi ... More >>
Precious pushes the limits of taste, but locates the heart — and hell — of its heroine's struggle.
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark C. Austin To ... More >>
Melt-Banana Melt-Banana with Dizzy Pilot and Cop Warmth Walter's on Washington November 29, 2007 Better Than: Anything made in America. Download: "Chain Shot to Have Some Fun," available free from the Melt-Banana Web site Melt-Banana, a Japanese band prone to covering Devo and the Beach Boys and ... More >>
Six dozen of Houston's finest bands for a mere $7
Bo knows good rock when he sees it. Do Houston radio programmers?
Introducing the most hated men in rock (besides Sting)
Ziggy Marley ditches reggae and Rastafarianism. Or does he?
The Kinsey Report's findings: Blues, rock, funk and reggae can coexist in one band, but the blend won't make you famous
Raj Pickens hips Houston to his "acoustic Gap Band" sounds
Austin-based salsa orchestra marries ghetto funk with barrio spice
The Dallas soul man is as eclectic as the neighborhood that bears his name
Bring your money, but leave the soapbox at home when H.O.R.D.E. comes to town
1996 Summer Guide
Matthew Sweet mixes past and present into tunes with taste
Dead at 33, David Catney leaves Houston a special jazz legacy
Trish and Darin: The band you love to hate?