Guitarist Johnny Winter, one of the true greats of Texas blues, passed away Wednesday night in Switzerland. His publicist sent the following message at 5 a.m. Thursday, and said a longer official statement would follow "at the appropriate time." "His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by t ... More >>
It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun due today and is in the midst of releasing e ... More >>
Free Press Summer Fest unveils its pricier 2014 lineup.
A December 1968 edition of Rolling Stone featured Texas musicians who were at the time making inroads into the magazine's home city of San Francisco. Featuring a cover photo of cowboy-hatted Doug Sahm (balancing toddler son Shawn on his knee), it mentioned players and singers both known (Janis Jopli ... More >>
The first thought that came to mind when word got out that Phil Everly had passed away Friday was just how long it's been since the Everly Brothers' harmonies topped the charts -- more than half a century now. The second was just how easy it is to spot their influence in a wealth of music right here ... More >>
When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. Massachusetts: Dropkick Murphys, "State of Massachuse ... More >>
Raymond Chandler was responsible for some of the greatest detective stories ever penned by an American writer. That image you have of a hard-boiled, hard-drinking gum shoe in a fedora surrounded my crime, mystery, beautiful women, and danger? That is all Chandler and his most famous creation Philip ... More >>
The Killers, The Virgins Bayou Music Center May 8, 2013 On a less than steamy May evening, a packed house at Bayou Music Center waited patiently in a temperature more commonly associated with Bonnaroo or Dengue Fever. About 30 minutes later than expected burst another hot entity, Brandon Flowers, a ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Take a little Thin Lizzy and a little ... 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 >>
Photos by Jason WolterEmmylou Harris & the Red Dirt Boys Verizon Wireless Theater June 22, 2011 The song about the Italian painter wasn't in the set, and at the end it seemed like it was the only song not in the set, but watching Emmylou Harris and her Red Dirt Boys paint the curtained-off V ... More >>
Robert HakinsLong acclaimed as one of the truly great singers of the modern era, at 66 Tracy Nelson still has the fire for performing great songs. Her latest project, Victim of the Blues, is a loving caress to her original passion: Old-school blues, particularly the Chicago variety. Nelson's ... More >>
Vince Gill centers himself through bluegrass and digs Miranda Lambert.
Steeldrivers on FacebookExpatriate Texas fiddler Tammy Rogers describes the formation of the Steeldrivers as a "dream come true." "I always wanted to be in a killer bluegrass band," says Rogers from her home in Nashville, where the band recently recorded their sophomore release Reckless. "S ... More >>
Photos by Dave Rosales Keith Urban is a peculiar superstar. Take away the rugged good looks, and you'd still be left with a talented guitarist who, Tuesday night, gave every impression he'd be just as content jamming in the studio as headlining the rodeo before almost 60,000 adoring, possibly hyp ... More >>
Photo by GroovehouseThe old Cactus Music signSick of corporate Christmas? Try shopping local. Hair Balls presents a 12-part series highlighting ideas for holiday gifts made and sold in Texas. Hair Balls is headed to Cactus Music tonight for another in-store, and it got us thinking -- Cactus ... More >>
Yes, we are older than MTV. Shut up.The thing that struck She Said most when researching this list of songs that came out the year we were born (May 1980) was just how much of this music we regularly listen to now. 1980 marked the end of disco, the middle of New Wave and punk, and a damn good tim ... More >>
All this week, Rocks Off is previewing Saturday and Sunday's Westheimer Block Party by asking WBP performers to fill out a list from Lisa Nola's Music Listography book we're so fond of. It's not too late for your band to be up here, either; just email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Thursday if ... More >>
San Antonio's the Krayolas steam into their second act.
Which guitarist do Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill and Erics Clapton and Johnson look up to? Louisiana's Sonny Landreth.
chemistryland.comRocks Off loves to put together musical slideshows, and if the response to a few of our recent ones is any indication (hi, Digg!), you like them too. Album covers are an almost inexhaustible resource that are always fun to look at and can be grouped together any number of ways. So l ... More >>
Weighing In Across the Board
Ailing Houston-area native David Schnaufer has taken the Appalachian dulcimer to the mountaintop
April 5 through 7
Ex-punkers of Starlings, TN space out with dulcimers and other American originals
England's Joan Armatrading comes to town with her fanciful folk music
The Chieftains may flirt with rock, but they always come home to Ireland
Plus: Less Donna McK., archiving Texas folk music, and Iggy's eats Jelly