There were plenty of moments that you expect from an NRA Convention.
You expect to see fear-based rhetoric with the best of them -- you count on hearing the murmurs of confiscation and tyranny, of the misguided concept that the only way to keep a government at bay is the 9mm wedged into your wife's ... More >>
Tom Lytle sits at the end of the bar, lamenting his last night at his favorite hole in the wall.
"It's an atrocity, it's an institution and it shouldn't be messed with," says the loyal patron of Marfreless for more than 40 years. "I moved with them here and I will be there if they move again."
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Although dozens of EDM subgenres are brain candy to me, I haven't personally given in to the auditory assault that is dubstep (mostly... maybe). However, I'm here to say that there is actual science to appreciate behind the work of Skrillex and many others.
If you think about it, many people argue ... More >>
ZZ Top, Dennis Quaid, Heaven's Gate cult co-founder Marshall Applewhite -- Houston has exported its share of talented entertainers, and now we'd like to add one more to the list: a Houston Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care adoptee named Sunny who will perform on Broadway in "Annie."
The 2.5-yea ... More >>
Known for elaborate guitar work, referred to as "cathartic mini-symphonies," Explosions In the Sky put on emotional shows. Remaining completely devoid of vocals, three guitars and one drummer (a bass guitar is thrown in at times) Explosions combine to create a sound that seems to carry the crowd on ... More >>
April 4, 2012
The last time Maná visited Houston, they sold out Toyota Center two nights in a row. The world's premier rock en español band is on the second leg of the Drama Y Luz tour, in support of their latest album of the same name.
The group from the land of tequila y ma ... More >>
Our day job is as a clerk in a sheet music store, and in general it is a pretty sweet gig. We like being around music students, teachers, and people who just want to play. It truly is an invigorating thing to see.
Then again... there are things in the store that are as awkward to sell as ext ... More >>
When you're a band like the Beatles - who first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964, 47 years ago today - tall tales and urban legends spring up all around... mostly because when a band is a worldwide cultural phenomenon, anything can seem possible or even plausible.
Some of th ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyHouston's Girls Rock Camp 2010 alumni join together to close out Sunday's showcase with their self-penned anthem, "Don't Be Afraid to Be Weird."Girls Rock Camp Houston 2010 Showcase
Walter's on Washington
August 15, 2010
Sunday evening, Walter's on Washington was the ... More >>
rbcmusic.comReaders may be surprised to learn this, but searching for YouTube videos to mock and talking about Goth bands does not exactly pay for the finer things in life. So six days a week, Rocks Off - or at least the Rocks Off writer with only one "f" in his name - sells sheet music to th ... More >>
Have you heard of the Wilhelm Scream? Basically, it was a one-second sound bite from a bit character in a 1951 movie that somehow made its way into Warner Brothers Studios' collection of sound effects. It has since been used as a special effect in hundreds - maybe thousands - of films, from ... More >>
Wendy Watriss, artistic director for FotoFest, sums up the "International Discoveries II" exhibit nicely: "It forces our attention on the single image, an object or a single moment in life," she says. "Against the currents of instant replay and digital animations, "International Dis ... More >>
Someone once observed wryly that the only member of your family you'll ever actually choose is your spouse, and perhaps a whole lot of that observation is equally applicable to the music of our lives.
A couple of years back we were sitting at Prince's Hamburgers off the Southwest Freeway in the ... More >>
Photos by Eric Sauseda
Far, far away from the group once known for bubbly synth-pop anthems like "Just Can't Get Enough" and "Everything Counts," Depeche Mode circa 2009 has pressed its small army of keyboards and electronics into the service of primal urges and raw sexuality. Not terribly surpri ... More >>
Barnett Newman's "Broken Obelisk," dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., outside the Rothko Chapel/ Image by A D Forman
Note: Because Monday's performance was a religious service, no photography was allowed.
Thanks to Monday's MLK Day and Tuesday's inauguration, among other reasons, Afterma ... More >>
January in Houston is when Rodeo season really starts to kick in. One of the most popular events is the "Chili When It's Chilly" Chili Cook-off sponsored by the Baytown/Highlands Subcommittee of the Houston Metro Go Texan Committee. This year's event took place January 9 and 10 at San Jacinto Mall ... More >>
The gays haven't exactly been pleased by Barack Obama since he chose Christian conservative Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration. But Obama's inauguration parade will be the first to have an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group -- the Lesbian and Gay Band Association ... More >>