Recently Joe Steinhardt took a moment to ponder the year that had just passed, and didn't like what he saw. Steinhardt runs one of my favorite music labels, Don Giovanni Records. His New Jersey-based outfit was built, as he tells it, to promote the music his friends made. His label is now blessed ... More >>
Back in September Rocks Off brought you our choices for "10 Houston Acts You Should Be Listening To." But this is an action town. DEEP CUTS Texas bands have been mingling rock and Tex-Mex sounds for a couple of generations now with some pretty spiffy results, if the names Sir Douglas Quintet and Jo ... More >>
Rudyard's 35th Anniversary Rudyard's, September 13-September 15 For any business to last 35 years is an achievement, but for a bar with local music built into its business model to last three and a half decades is truly remarkable. But Rudyard's has done just that, weathering both the city's econom ... More >>
I love sad music. Sit me down with a bottle of something only someone that has given up on life would drink and an appropriate soundtrack and I am just as happy as I can be. That's just the way I roll. In general, Houston does not produce a lot of sad music. We're more of an upbeat bunch that puts ... More >>
The quickest way to ruin a music festival? Get actors to show up.
UPDATED (Thursday, 2:50 p.m.) to reflect the Houston-area roots of a few ACL performers this year, as pointed out by reader comments. We stand by our original point, though. As most of our readers no doubt know by now, the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its 2013 lineup at the stroke of ... More >>
Starting this coming weekend, a slew (yes, a slew) of Houston bands will be invading Austin to take part in SXSW's official and unofficial revelry. Grandfather Child, Electric Attitude, Something Fierce, Bagheera and many others will be playing free day parties, showcases and pop-up festivals. Rec ... More >>
To make a gross generalization that's still pretty much true, most of Houston's better-known musical acts (God bless them) aren't exactly known for their subtlety. Slim Thug, ZZ Top, Rusted Shut, Linus Pauling Quartet, Venomous Maximus, B L A C K I E, Indian Jewelry -- no matter the genre, broad str ... More >>
Scooter Brown Band Firehouse Saloon, January 4 Few bands on the Texas country circuit -- a scene largely made up of affable college dropouts -- can say that they have a true-blue U.S. Marine up front, but the Scooter Brown Band can. Lead singer-songwriter/Iraq war combat veteran Scott Brown chose ... More >>
Yeah, I should probably be beaten badly and left in an alley to think about what I did for making that pun, but trust me; The Escatones' "Out of Sight/East Beach Stomp" is indeed worth the price of the 45 record. The Escatones are usually described in conjunction with their jangling surf guitars an ... More >>
Kinky December 15, the Engine Room In the same class as Cafe Tacuba, Kinky is a Mexican alt-rock band no stranger to electronic music and hip-hop. The group formed in Monterrey in the late '90s and has seen its star steadily rise, headlining Central Park's SummerStage this past July during New York' ... More >>
Perusing the final ballots for the Texas 30 with a few highlighters this past week was a blessed odyssey into the past three decades of all things Texas music. For as many no-brainers as there were, there were plenty of head-scratchin' exclusions. Rewind: The 30 Best Texas Albums (cover story) Sl ... More >>
Rewind: Charalambides Guitarist Tom Carter On the Mend Some local musicians are rallying to help out one of their own this weekend, and it appears that some good, weird tunes will be a happy side effect for the rest of us. Tom Carter, guitarist for long-running H-town expatriate avant-gardists Cha ... More >>
Tom Carter, guitarist for Charalambides, the influential and prolific ex-Houston avant-garde/psychedelic duo, is out of intensive care and recovering at a rehabilitation hospital in Ahrenshoop, Germany after awakening from a medically induced coma last week. Carter's bandmate and ex-wife, Christina ... More >>
Two Star Symphony: Tue., May 22, 8 p.m., Free. Leon's Lounge, 1006 McGowen, Houston. Bad Romance (Lady Gaga Tribute): Fri., May 25, 8 p.m., $13-$20. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Black Breath, Martyrdod, Power Trip, Burning Love: Fri., June 29, 8 p.m., $10/$12. Walter's, 1120 Naylor St., ... More >>
North Houston's shrine to old-school hip-hop may be the only bar of its kind anywhere.
Showing it has more lives than a cockroach, vinyl has been reborn, resulting in some beautiful music. But sometimes production values in records and turntables are lacking.
Calle 13: Thu., May 10. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Carrie Rodriguez: Thu., March 29. Dosey Doe Coffee Company, 25911 I-45 N., Spring. Charlie Wilson: Fri., May 25. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, Houston. Collective Soul: Fri., June 1. House of Blues Dirty Ghosts: Fri., April 27. Wa ... More >>
"94.5 Buzzfestivus" With Chevelle: Tue., Dec. 6. Verizon Wireless Theater. Defending the Kingdom, The Linus Pauling Quartet, Dead Mineral: Sat., Dec. 3. Rudyard's. Designer Drugs: Fri., Dec. 16. Antique Bar. Emilie Autumn: Sat., Feb. 11. Warehouse Live. Hymn For Her: Fri., Nov. 25. Jet Lo ... More >>
The Birthday Massacre, Black Veil Brides, Dommin, Aural Vampire: Mon., Nov. 8. Warehouse Live. Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm: Sun., Nov. 7. Dan Electro's Guitar Bar. Christopher Cross: Sat., Nov. 13. Stafford Centre. Clint Black, Chris Webb: CHANGED Sun., Dec. 5. Arena Theatre. Cro ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerIn what perhaps can best be described as a rabid celebration of local music, the KTRU studio at Rice University was mobbed with a host of DJs, local musicians and assorted friends on Tuesday night. Already a confined space, the small studio and the hallway leading to it ... More >>
Great moments in HPMA history
â€‹50 Cent: Sat., June 12. Arena Theatre. Agent Orange: Wed., June 30. Rocbar. Asleep At The Wheel: Fri., May 28. Cypress Saloon. As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between The Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Cancer Bats: Tue., July 27. Verizon Wireless Theater. Aventura: Thu., July 1. Toyota Center. Barringt ... More >>
What we'd like to see happen in Houston music this year.
Taking stock of the Houston music scene on the eve of the annual Houston Press Music Awards Showcase.
The second in Rocks Off's series of self-penned updates from bands playing Saturday's Westheimer Block Party. If this also applies to you, please send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org. Elaine Greer: "I have been working on my first-ever EP, which is set to be released in May, and am playing ... More >>
The Montrose clubhouse is closing. What now?
2007's best Texas albums, from Houston, Austin and beyond
Linus Pauling Quartet: Crunchy on the outside, cheesy in the middle
Where are the bands and nominees today?
Ten of the Bayou City's best short music films
RIP, Cactus Music and Video
And we will follow as local music figures recall tales of U2
This year's South By Southwest makes room for plenty of local rap. Why can't our rockers get with the program?
...And other SXSW adventures
DJ Jester mixes and mashes up Willie Nelson, Ice-T, the Carpenters and LL Cool J
Trotting out the clichés for a year-ender piece
A reclusive (and bitchy) local musician debuts on stage at the Texas Psych Fest
Frozen, cloned or retooled, Miller Quarles plans to live forever. But time is running out.
Queen for a Day benefits a good cause and gives local bands a chance to rock you