Hometown Hoedown Walters, November 29 There's no place like home for the holidays, and Walters offers up six bands for a wallet-friendly $7 to beat back those Black Friday blahs. Headlining is Black Market Syndicate, still pogoing from the bounce of 2012 LP ...And the Peasants Rejoiced!, but the wh ... More >>
Annual Watermelon Dance & Summer Social: With Flounders Without Eyes, Heart Byrne, Room For Three, Mark Burmea, Jimmy Lee Deen Band, Premium Blend, Charity Ann, Atomic Nightengales, Q And A, Hightailers, Potroast, Tribal Lillies Belly Dancers., Sat., July 27, 3 p.m., $20 to $30. Last Concert Cafe, 1 ... More >>
Bun B, Trae Tha Truth Baybrook Mall (1355 W. Bay Area Blvd.), June 14 These days Bun B is a multitasking pillar of the community, one of the area's most beloved public figures: to say nothing of his high social-media profile,. Lately he's been helping Houston Mayor Annise Parker battle texting whil ... More >>
Any and all crawfish-eating you've been doing so far this season has just been practice for the main event: the annual Texas Crawfish Festival in Old Town Spring, which is coming up on April 19 through 21 and April 26 through 28. The festival has to be two weekends to pack in all the food and entert ... More >>
SXSW is officially over, thank the sweet baby Jesus. Now music fans have already begun to fan out to the four winds, seeking sunshine, swimsuits, alcohol, easy hookups and all the tunes they can handle until it gets ridiculously hot. Texans: you have about three hours. It's already begun over in Mi ... More >>
Los Lonely Boys House of Blues December 22, 2012 In the very Texan tradition of "rocking the fuck out!", Los Lonely Boys spent their last show of 2012 at House of Blues this past Saturday. The trio of brothers brought with them the perfect mix of sweet love songs, intense rock jams, and Christmas c ... More >>
Dwight Yoakam, Mike Stinson Arena Theatre, December 21 Hard to believe it's been more than a quarter-century since Dwight Yoakam turned Nashville on its ear with the hard-charging Hillbilly Deluxe. You have to hand it to him: He's not one to rush things. It had been seven years since 2005's Blame t ... More >>
As I was reviewing the list of The Texas 30, in the back of my mind I kept thinking one thing... "Where my brown people at?!" Rewind: The Texas 30 (cover story) Slideshow: The Texas 30 album covers Listen To Our Texas 30 Picks On Rdio and Spotify Right Now Sure, Queen Selena rightfully made t ... More >>
The Abyss, PuraPharm, The Scars Heal In Time, Obscured by Echoes: Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m., $5/$8. Notsuoh, 314 Main, Houston. Amplified Heat: Fri., Oct. 19, 9 p.m., $10. Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston. Band of Horses: Wed., Oct. 24, 8 p.m., $25.00-$30.00. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston ... More >>
Houston International Festival Downtown Houston April 21, 2012 There's something beautifully eclectic about Houston's iFest. Only there can you drink a beer as you stuff your face with curry, shoulder to shoulder with a Buddhist, while listening to Hare Krishnas sing their hearts out. Ok, maybe it' ... More >>
Today is 4/20, and you know what that means. (Or do you? We always forget.) One thing it means is that Art Inst., Ese, Big Gerb & the Bearded Bandidos and Secret Society are playing a show tonight at Walter's. Come hungry. Houston House of Creeps is trying to raise enough money to buy a new PA, so ... More >>
The Houston International Festival officially announced its 2012 lineup this morning. The music is heavy on Latin-flavored rock, reggae and funk, with Texas well-represented as always and an exceedingly rare Houston appearance by Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat giant Fela, and his group Egypt 80. Among ... More >>
Photos by Piper Ferguson/Shore Fire MediaRocks Off suspects the last thing Los Lonely Boys guitarist and singer Henry Garza wanted to do on the day after arriving back in San Angelo from a European tour with Los Lobos was a phone interview. "We flew into Austin last night, then had a four-ho ... More >>
Happy San Jacinto Day, fellow Texans and people who wish they were; i.e. everyone else. If you don't know why today is special, shame on you. But since us Texans are a friendly sort, allow Rocks Off to fill you in. On April 21, 1836, Texian forces under Gen. Sam Houston (aka "Big Drunk") lau ... More >>
Apocalyptica: Wed., March 23. House of Blues. Blu, J*Davey, The Niceguys: Tue., March 15. Groundhall. Deep Dark Robot: Mon., April 4. Rudyard's. Erykah Badu: Sat., May 21. Arena Theatre. Frontline Assembly, Die Krupps: Sat., June 4. Numbers. George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic: Fri., ... More >>
Brendan Benson relaxes after The Raconteurs.
Sunday, the City of Houston will celebrate our fine country's independence from the Redcoats in the same way it does every single other year, with the self-proclaimed "Largest Land-Based Fireworks Show in the Nation," Freedom Over Texas. This year, the festival's blander-than-white-bread head ... More >>
Photos by Liana Lopez Los Lonely Boys sat on the House of Blues stage Sunday night for the first half of their two-hour set. With a bare-bones light show, two chairs and a drum set, it was all about the music and harmony only the Garza boys deliver so well. The steady stream of love ballads had t ... More >>
Towards the end of last week, Rocks Off got the latest issue of Texas Music magazine in the mail, which just happens to mark the quarterly periodical's tenth anniversary. Naturally, as just about every publication does when it reaches such an august milestone - no mean feat for a magazine in this ... More >>
Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.
Guy Clark, "L.A. Freeway," live in Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2006 In response to last week's feature on the Conroe/The Woodlands/Montgomery County Americana scene, we've just received word from the Sounds of Texas Music Series people regarding their 2009 season. Quote-unquote, "Season ticket ... More >>
Americana prospers in the northern suburbs
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ames Hunter appears Friday, May 26, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899
Alvin Community College's little radio station churns out young pros and the best rock in Houston
Thursday, November 3, at Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-225-8551.
If the Lost Boys can't get young Hispanic males to buckle up, nobody can!
Willie, Dylan, Kinky and the Ghost of Bob Willis descends on Fort Worth. Wack is there too.
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Southern rock comes in for another revival
A superbad shindig at Dean's
The International Fest casts light on one of the world's most underrated musical nations
Nashville was no place for Los Lonely Boys, the future of Texas roots rock