Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Jeez, where to begin... ... More >>
Houston's Top 25 closed music venues.
Before we go any further, this isn't over. Houston fancies itself as forever moving forward, a "city of the future," but in a relatively short time span -- the past 40, maybe 50 years -- it's managed to rack up an impressive number of live-music stages that have come and gone, and left quite a lasti ... More >>
I suppose it was inevitable that Rush wrote a book. To move from long-form albums with intricate plot-lines and involved character development to a multi-hundred-page novel with the same isn't really much of a leap, after all, and prog has always been at least a bit about bombast. What could be more ... More >>
Researching what the Houston music scene was like 20 years ago has been an eye-opening experience, to put it mildly. In that benighted era, the world was very analog. Musicians could design a gig flyer or type up some lyrics on their computers, maybe fiddle around with some primitive MIDI-type softw ... More >>
A reunion for Pik N Pak, Houston's loudest icehouse ever
Photo by Jim ParsonsWith the exception of legendary one-eyed bookseller Jim Brown, nobody knows the soon-to-shutter Alabama Bookstop better than John Cramer. The curmudgeonly guitarist in local psych-rock bands the Mike Gunn and Project Grimm worked there - mostly as the receiving manager - ... More >>
Alternatives to the full-Length CD are back with a vengeance.
Artists choose the songs that rocked their 2008 worlds
This weekend's Texas Gone Garage festival turns up the volume
Rosa Guerrero Editor’s note: this is an expanded version of Nicholas L. Hall’s interview with the Linus Pauling Quartet that appears as this week’s Music feature. The band releases their LP All Things are Light tonight at Proletariat with Mathletes, the Jonx and Jenny Westbury. Houston Pre ... More >>
Linus Pauling Quartet: Crunchy on the outside, cheesy in the middle
Charalambides comes home
Enter the warped world of the Linus Pauling Quartet at your peril
A reclusive (and bitchy) local musician debuts on stage at the Texas Psych Fest
John Cramer shows no signs of fading, no matter what the indie visionaries say
Several Texans are trying to separate Ozzy the myth from Ozzy the man
The Alison Effect (Camera Obscura)
A guide to who's who in the Press Music Awards ballot. Plus, the where and when of the Press Music Awards Showcase!
Lists you've been waiting all year for, in no particular order
Ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones! (Yawn...)
Ames gets sued; the Juice -- Brutal and O.J.-- take to vinyl
One woman's mission, and a three-night stand, benefits AIDS organizations
Brad Tyer checks out of the Hotel California after five songs
KLOL to McKenzie: Donna, you ain't no rock and roll mama!
Police lawsuit over CD art blames it on da Rap-a-Lot
Pink Floyd spectacular storms through wind, rain and Tyerades