El Dorado Ballroom Dedication El Dorado Ballroom May 2 & 3 (dedication) It seems like Houston has remembered it even has a history only very recently, so it must be making up for lost time now. Less than five years since the Lightnin' Hopkins Texas Historical Marker was erected on the grounds of Pr ... More >>
When Rocks Off published our choices for "Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues" back in July, we knew all along there would be a Part 2. We just didn't know how many were left. Today, after excavating the memories of 25 more, we're still probably not done. Please let us know what else we missed, an ... More >>
In honor of the 25th Annual Houston Press Music Awards, we present the Houston Music Hall of Fame.
Blues artists -- like real, legitimate rhythm-and-blues players -- aren't in the headlines very often these days. But whenever they are, Rocks Off is both happy and proud to point out that unlike most other places, Houston still has quite a few of them, many of whom continue to do excellent work. T ... More >>
From holiday classics like the Easter bunny and roast leg of lamb to Mexican-style brunch buffets and live bands, here's where to eat this Easter:
Continuing with our year-end panorama, Rocks Off asked our contributors a simple question with a not-so-simple answer: What was your favorite local album of 2012? ALEXA CRENSHAW: Whatever I say here, I'm going to want to take back shortly because there's so much good stuff out there, y'all. Althoug ... More >>
Beyonce, the queen of all showbiz, is expected to officially be named the halftime headliner at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans sometime today after MTV broke the news Tuesday afternoon. The choice seems fairly sensible. There are precious few pop stars of her magnitude out there right now, although ... 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 >>
Victor Wooten San Jacinto College Central Victor Wooten is the kind of musician who leaves other musicians, especially bass players, in awe. One of his four older brothers taught Wooten the four-string arts at age three, and he's gone on to a distinguished career that includes stints with both jazz ... More >>
The true sounds of liberty since 1978, whether those sounds are Black Flag-ish hardcore or Danzig-like mook-rock, the decidedly gothic T.S.O.L. sprang from the surfer's paradise of Huntington Beach, Calif., and palled around with the Damned and Dead Kennedys before helping their younger SoCal siblin ... More >>
Rewind: RIP Leo Aston: Local Guitarist, Leo Trio Leader Passes Away There's an old saying about what happens when a doctor becomes a patient. Dr. Richard Patt, once a high-placed anaesthesiologist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, became a musician first. Patt, who musically goes by "Dr. Rick," left ... More >>
Third Ward singer Jewel Brown once worked for both Louis Armstrong and Jack Ruby.
Along with Lightnin' Hopkins's cousin Milton Hopkins, Houston jazz diva Jewel Brown heads north to Chicago this weekend, where she and Hopkins will entertain folks with their new album, Milton Hopkins and Jewel Brown. The festival is paying tribute to Lightnin' Hopkins since this would have been hi ... More >>
Houston International Festival Downtown Houston April 28, 2012 Check out our slideshows from this weekend: iFest bands and food and faces from iFest. Also, be sure to read our write-up of iFest's artistic and cultural offerings. It's hard to know what to experience first at iFest. Long before you ... More >>
Like our neighbors over at Eating Our Words, Rocks Off would like to tell you about some places that didn't quite make the cut in our few most recent Best of Houston issues (categories change every year, mostly), but that are worthy on their own merits; today we begin our weekly journey with blues c ... More >>
A well-timed NEA grant finally brings several local blues greats to the Jones Hall stage.
Viva the Houston Blues Scene.
Lightnin' Hopkins marker photo by Matthew KeeverIt was a real pleasure for Rocks Off and Lonesome Onry and Mean to bring you this week's Houston Press cover story, "Old School," but it was also bittersweet. Not to put too fine a point on it, but none of these people are getting any younger - ... More >>
Inside this week's cover photo shoot
Musicians in their 70s and 80s are keeping Houston's traditional blues scene real.
Lightnin' Hopkins finally gets his own historical marker.
Photos by Matthew KeeverL-R: R. Eric Davis, Texas Johnny Brown, Milton Hopkins. For more photos from Saturday, see our slideshow here.Lightnin' Hopkins is official. Saturday morning, a crowd that overflowed the tent erected due to the inclement weather (though it never actually rained) showe ... More >>
West VitaRight here, right now, and in print all damn week, you can read the Houston Press' interview with perhaps the hottest new band on the South 40, San Antonio's Hacienda (above). Whether or not they go on to become a South Texas Kings of Leon - Hacienda is also three brothers and a cous ... More >>
Mark BritainMilton Hopkins and Texas Johnny Boy at House of Blues' IHOBF fundraiser in MayBack in May, Dan Aykroyd was in town to grand marshal the Art Car Parade and emcee House of Blues' fundraiser for its educational/cultural outreach nonprofit arm, the International House of Blues Foundat ... More >>
Photos by Mark Britain For more pictures from Saturday night, see our slideshow here. Aftermath is still trying to get our heads around what we witnessed at Saturday night's benefit for the International House of Blues Foundation in House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room. In a way, it was one of tho ... More >>
America: Fri., June 25. Stafford Centre. American Sharks, Scorpion Child, Betaplayer: Thu., April 22. Boondocks. Cyndi Lauper: Thu., Aug. 12. House of Blues. Colbie Caillat: Fri., Aug. 27. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Delta Spirit, David Vandervelde, The Romany Rye: Wed., July 16. Mango's. "D ... More >>
Magnolia City Mixtape has already reported on actor/vodka mogul/sunglasses model/blues aficionado Dan Aykyroyd's impending visit to Houston, where he'll serve as grand marshal in the 2010 Art Car Parade and host a night of local blues at House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room Saturday, May 8, a coup ... More >>
If you think we're going to start anywhere but tonight's show at the Woodlands, you've, um, got another thing comin... Judas Priest, "Breaking the Law" ...and how could we forget good old Lemmy? Motorhead, "Ace of Spades" Sweet country-pop (and sweeter hair), lots more Rudyard's anniversary, r ... More >>
Shoot, we'll take this guy's blues any day of the week. Still stuck for what to do on Halloween? Well, here's our musical recommendation: the Mucky Duck's "How Blue Can You Get?" party with Texas Johnny Boy, Milton Hopkins and Earl Gilliam. Texas Johnny Boy calls himself an 'eclectic bluesicia ... More >>
Storage Containers, Not Ready for Prime Time, The Well Runs Dry
A concert for under-the-weather bluesmen
Grady Gaines helped Little Richard create rock and roll. And he's not finished yet
May 21 - 27, 1998