"He was the greatest guitar player I ever heard" -- Bob Dylan "[He] is music on two legs" -- Eric Clapton "You could put [him] with James Brown, and he'd be a motherfucker." -- Miles Davis Wow. What other unknown axe-slinger could garner such praise from such music heavyweights? But this is only 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? Dan Castillo, Mr. Castillo to you, is ... 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? Nobody puts Baby into a corner, and no ... More >>
Tonight House of Blues will be graced by Zappa Plays Zappa, led by the late Papa Frank's oldest son Dweezil, who inherited some of his father's guitar skills. Zappa Plays Zappa is the preeminent traveling Zappa tribute show going, and Dweezil's love letter to his father's body of work, which has onl ... More >>
By the late '60s, despite a long and varied career that included the albums Devil May Care and Yardbird Suite, associations with Miles Davis and Allen Ginsberg, and perfecting the art of "vocalese" - assigning lyrics to the melodies of instrumental jazz solos - Bob Dorough could see the writing on t ... More >>
Progressive psychedelia is an acquired taste... acquired by being awesome that is. Austin's own Boxing Lesson may be one of the best modern practitioners around. If the Legendary Pink Dots teamed with the Cult you might get somewhere near the throbbing frontal lobe fuck of their work. Seriously, "He ... More >>
Being behind the scenes is what most musicians who don't write songs or sing expect of their lives once they start seriously playing. A career backing someone up can be extremely rewarding, particularly if you are part of a transcendent group of musicians that goes from simply backing up an artist i ... More >>
AC/DC: The Only Four-Letter Band That MattersThe other day while we were tooling around with a collection of music we had inherited from some family members that had passed away, we realized that of all the compact discs that we had in the box, the Miles Davis, the Ravi Shankar box set, the T ... More >>
Houston mom in a FB face-off.
Not all double albums should have been double albums, just as some albums had to be double albums in order for their point to be made. Each case is different with each band or artist. The Who's Tommy and Quadrophenia had to be double albums to tell their stories of teenage wastelands and po ... More >>
Upper Kirby's got a brand-new bag.
myspace.com/wearecreepLet's take a moment to think about labels and what they mean to us. Why do people feel the need to label things? The obvious answer is: It's the only way we know what stuff is. To anyone who automatically dismisses the very idea of labeling, just imagine what it would b ... More >>
Brittanie Shey: When you go to a festival lit this, you're always looking for the discovery. The one band that either blows you away or causes you to alter all your expectations. Today it was Dan Black, a performer we caught only because there was nothing else going on. As soon as we get home, we' ... More >>
From Agnostic Front's "Riot, Riot Upstart"Just like the Stones said, "Summer's here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy." Only the best social insurrections and riots happen in the heat of the summer. It makes us wonder why Houston hasn't had more angry, heat-stoked street ... More >>
Photo by Yuri Shkoda Want proof of the butterfly effect? Okay, a volcano in Iceland erupts and half-way around the world, Houston arts organizations have to scramble. Two highly anticipated concerts were forced to change their line-ups and one theatrical piece was rescheduled - tw ... More >>
The CAMH features a fascinating, talented and not easily categorized artist.
Who knew being cool would be so hot?
In addition to his long career as one of modern jazz's finest trumpet blowers and composers, Wynton Marsalis has waged a sort of one-man PR campaign for jazz education. He extols the virtues of the music as a current and lively art with a rich history - as opposed to a genre whose best days and p ... More >>
Rocks Off is having a little trouble looking his "2009 Year of the Rhino" wall calendar in the eye this morning. He trusted it implicitly until Tuesday, when a friend pointed out that in saluting Stevie Nicks, Miles Davis and Hank Williams Jr. on their birthday, he left out former Band drummer Levo ... More >>
Return to Forever Return to Forever Returns www.return2forever.comAh, jazz fusion, what a conundrum of musical styles. Too heavily instrumental and dexterous for rock fans, too spacey and electric guitar-based for jazzbos, it has a small but dedicated following all weaned on Miles Davis' Bitches Bre ... More >>
Miles Daviss co-autobiographer is also a renowned poet
The Houston Ebony Opera explains its controversial pick
Documentary film looks at the beginnings of L.A.s art scene
Houston pays homage to The Divine One
Once too hot to handle, Betty Davis's freaky funk is ripe for rediscovery
CDs that deserve another listen
Dianne Reeves's good luck story
The Complete Pacific Jazz Sessions
Saturday, February 25, Conroe High School, 3200 West Davis, 936-538-7613
Crime and Dissonance
Looking back on the '04
Irving Penn's iconic, never-before-seen photos of Africa make an exclusive stop at the MFAH
Guitarist Huey Long is from all the eras
A buffet of dance troupes comes to town
Saturday, December 15
Saturday, December 1
What does Herbie Hancock think of his own work? His take may surprise you.