Alongside fellow contenders like Johnny Ramone, Cheetah Chrome became one of the titanic, blistering guitarists launching the first wave of CBGB-era punk into the stratosphere of American culture. Yet, his origins erupted a few years earlier in down-and-out Cleveland. As an authentic, no-bullshit ro ... More >>
Dick Dale Continental Club April 17, 2014 Walking into the Continental Club, I had the thought: "Can Dick Dale still do it at 76 years old?" I mean, I know folks younger that can't even send an email, let alone rip a guitar like it's going out of style. But I would soon find out that not only can h ... More >>
Anything with a copyright date of 1922 or earlier legally has no owner and is in the public domain. If you're a musician, cover that song. If you're a paid blogger, plaster that picture wherever you'd like in your work. For the most part, that is. This is something we bloggers have to work with here ... More >>
Kids, there's a reason Hiram "Hank' Williams, who would have been 90 years old September 17, is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dead of an overdose of pain killers in the back of his long white Cadillac at 29, Williams was, in his brief interval in Nashville, not only a hit-making country star bu ... More >>
It's a toss-up whether actors or musicians will go to greater lengths to make rent, but some musicians have even found themselves so hard up they've been forced to take an acting gig. Such is the case with the haystack-sized Sleepy LaBeef, who in 1968's The Exotic Ones appeared as the "Swamp Monster ... More >>
Blondie, Devo Arena Theatre September 19, 2012 What a week for New Wave around here. Psychedelic Furs and Go-Go's still to come, and Blondie and Devo teaming up for the "Whip It to Shreds" tour Wednesday night at the Arena Theatre. New Wave is as good a term as any to describe a style of music tha ... More >>
Photo By Marco TorresGuns N' Roses are Rock Hall bound, but which version of GNR will show up? This morning (well, it leaked last night) the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced their 2012 class of inductees. Included on the list are Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Bo ... More >>
Photo by Jeff BalkeA couple years ago, I was sitting on the back porch at the Continental Club talking music with a fairly well known music writer who seemed to believe that anything with a big hook or the slightest inkling of musicianship beyond the garage band aesthetic was utter garbage. I ... More >>
Oh, this will be a fun induction ceremony...This morning, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced the list of nominees for its Class of 2012: The Small Faces & The Faces, Freddie King, The Cure, Guns 'N Roses, Heart, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Spinners, War, Joan Jett and the Bl ... More >>
Cheetah Chrome and Sylvain Sylvain make rock and roll new again.
A band that started by accident, the Dead Weather is now here to stay.
Stevie Newman of the Domino Kings is one of the shredding-est guitarists Lonesome, Onry and Mean has ever seen. Newman plays and sings honky tonk like it's in his DNA, and he can rock with the best. When he covers Link Wray, Link Wray stays covered. Newman grew up in a musical family. His first mus ... More >>
Photos by Marc Brubaker / Click here for a slideshowLooking for all the world like a young ex-Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie (minus the lingerie) and sounding like Kathleen Hanna, Jemina Pearl didn't hesitate to scream her heart out in front of a small but energetic crowd at the Mink la ... More >>
The Pogues are only one week away, so no time like the present to reflect on Irish music. For many Americans, no song epitomizes Irish music like "Danny Boy." Lonesome Onry and Mean was gently prodding my Irish and European friends at the boozer recently regarding their opinions about the top rec ... More >>
Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.
Noise breaks down the months of live music ahead
Les KiffeursFrance is easily one of my favorite MySpace music destinations. I've stumbled on so much cool stuff I've had to start keeping a notebook. Here are a few of the most interesting artists I've tuned in to lately. Les Kiffeurs (Paris): Loosely translating as people who like to take pl ... More >>
The Dollyrockers Hellbound Hoedown www.myspace.com/dollyrockershouston Funny. The last thing Rocks Off wrote before this review was something about how little he cared about American Idol starting up again. Albums like this are precisely why. A confluence of '60s Link Wray biker rumble, '70s Deep P ... More >>
Photo by Barry Gray “This isn’t an Eagles concert,” my dad, no spring chicken himself, told me when I met him in front of Toyota Center Tuesday evening. “It’s an AARP convention.” As Gomer Pyle used to say, suh-prise, suh-prise, suh-prise. It’s not like I expected anything different, ... More >>
Our social-network scout sizes up some all-female Scandinavian bands
Tokyo Pudding: Like Devo, but Japanese I resisted MySpace like I resisted the World Wide Web, seat belts, unleaded gas, Barry Goldwater… but I digress. Since familiarizing myself with MySpace’s vast musical wilderness, I’ve become addicted to the surprises it reveals. Sometimes you discover a ... More >>
Friday, February 24, at Blanco's, 3406 West Alabama, 713-439-0072. Saturday, February 25, at 2 p.m., in-store performance at Sig's Lagoon, 3710 Main, 713-533-9525.
Gauging 2005's rock deaths with the Greil Marcus Death Meter
Monday, April 25, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.
No matter what you call 'em, they're headlining the Music Awards
Though he loves to salute them in songs, chickens aren't all that's on the Hasil Adkins diet
Saturday, October 26
Saturday, April 6
Forget the headgear. Los Straitjackets are having a seriously good time deconstructing instrumental pop.
Sink your teeth into the 1997 Houston Press Music Awards
From the Malibus to the Natives to on his own, Herschel Berry has haunted -- and been haunted by -- Houston music for three decades. So is he ready to give it up? You've gotta be kidding
Death Valley does its talking through its playing