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    December 20, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Weekend: Dwight Yoakam, Max Bemis, Eightball & MJG, etc.

    Dwight Yoakam Arena Theatre, December 20 Throughout his career in the public eye, Dwight Yoakam has successully negotiated the perils of country stardom without ever once coming close to being labeled a sellout. The looming 30-year anniversary of his 1986 debut Hillbilly Deluxe is a big one -- alon ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    Buxton Celebrates the Past by Keeping Their Eyes on the Future

    Young Houston roots-rockers Buxton celebrate their tenth anniversary by looking ahead.

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    September 19, 2013

    Robert Ellis Sure Hopes He Can Sing at Discovery Green Homecoming Gig

    One of the damndest things Rocks Off has seen in our five-plus years in Houston is the way word of mouth spread like a brush fire among the local indie scene about "Whiskey Wednesdays." Starting in late, late 2009, scenesters both shaved and unkempt (more the latter) flocked to Mango's and then Fitz ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Depeche Mode, ZZ Ward, Robert Ellis, etc.

    DJ Sun The Flat, September 16 Now that some of the well-deserved publicity surrounding DJ Sun's first-ever full-length release, One Hundred, has subsided a little, his true accomplishment on the disc seems even more impressive. In the span of 70 minutes, he pours his 20-plus-year career as one of H ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Once Bitten, Twice Shy

    Members of local rockers American Fangs battle a self-proclaimed vampire on tour.

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    May 22, 2013

    Delbert McClinton Keeps Satisfying His Jones

    It's noon, and 72-year-old Delbert McClinton sounds like he's just woken up and maybe had the first cigarette of the day. But he's a pro and is ready to talk about his career, his forthcoming New West Records album with old running buddy Glen Clark, Blind, Crippled & Crazy, and his experiences in Ho ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Wild Moccasins Tapped to Open Of Montreal's Spring U.S. Tour

    Houston's Wild Moccasins have been hand-picked by Of Montreal to be the main support act on their Athens-based friends' three-week spring U.S. theater tour, New West Records announced Thursday. The two indie-pop bands have developed a similar sound -- drawing on elements of psychedelic '60s pop and ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Grandfather Child's Lucas Gorham On the Mend After Nasty Spill

    "Maaaaan, I'm doing OK," says Grandfather Child's Lucas Gorham over the phone. "A lot better than I was a couple of weeks ago, that's for sure." On Martin Luther King Day, the popular Houston roots/R&B band's vocalist/steel guitarist was riding his bicycle to his mom's house about ten miles away. A ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    20 Essential Texas Albums From 2012

    One of the quiet pleasures of (finally) putting 2012 to bed is mop-up duty. All year, I tried to keep a running list of albums released by Texas-based or Texas-related performers that I enjoyed listening to. Sunday night, I tallied them up. For some reason, besides that we've already handled the ye ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Rocks Off's 10(ish) Favorite Local Albums of 2012

    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 >>

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    September 4, 2012

    The First Alt-Country Record? Flatlanders Rediscover The Odessa Tapes

    A lot of stellar music came out of that flat land known as West Texas. Bob Wills, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Terry Allen, Guy Clark, and the Sparkles are just a few artists who found something in the wind, the dust, the heat, the cactus, the mesquite, the sandstorms, the blizzards, t ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Grandfather Child Prepare for Debut

    Album recorded partially in drummer's parents' basement.

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    May 3, 2012
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    April 26, 2012
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    April 19, 2012

    Vinyl Gets Another Spin

    Showing it has more lives than a cockroach, vinyl has been reborn, resulting in some beautiful music. But sometimes production values in records and turntables are lacking.

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    March 16, 2012

    SXSW: Tom Morello, A Vigilant And Emphatic Nightwatchman

    Besides Music World Gospel, New West Records is probably the most locally connected sub-major record label, and owner/partial Houstonian George Fontaine has long worn his heart on his sleeve about local music in general and recent New West additions the Wild Moccasins, Robert Ellis, Buxton and Grand ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Houston Acts Stage Own SXSW Invasion

    Sixteen Houston acts will play an all-day free show during SXSW from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Gypsy Lounge, 1504 E. 6th St. The party is sponsored by The Convoy Group, the company run by Houston promoter and sometime Rocks Off photograher Mark C. Austin, who announced the party ear ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012
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    January 27, 2012

    Cactus Releasing Buxton's Strange Five Days Early At Tonight's In-Store

    Houston's own Buxton gets their moment in the sun in the next few weeks as their debut album for New West Records, Nothing Here Seems Strange, gets wide release. But the band's home store, Cactus Music, will be releasing it tonight five days early during the band's in-store, set for 7 p.m. In addit ... More >>

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    January 16, 2012

    Saturday: Chris Gray Day at the Continental Club

    Photo by Marco TorresChris with the officers that saved his life.​Click here for a slideshow of the bands and here for a slideshow of the crowd. "I didn't know Chris was a celebrity." Chris Gray's mother told a rapt audience from the stage on Saturday afternoon that she was "overwhelmed" by ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012
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    December 30, 2011

    Your Houston City Limits Music Preview For 2012

    For the past few weeks I have been asking local acts to tell us about their 2012 plans, be it touring, recording, breaking up, or just gigging around town. You would have thought more rappers would have chimed in sense they are veritable promotion machines, but I didn't get much back. OK, Twenty Ele ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Robert Ellis, Hayes Carll Honored by American Songwriter Magazine

    Photo by Marc Brubaker​If one understands the historical depth and context of the singer-songwriter tradition in Houston -- and it was flourishing here long before it migrated to Austin or before a few (mostly Texan) outlaws started up a movement in Nashville -- it shouldn't come as much of a ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Buxton: "Not Everyone Is Going To Love You"

    Photos by Marc BrubakerBuxton at Rudz in August​Lonesome Onry and Mean has been spinning local sensation Buxton's upcoming release Nothing Here Seems Strange for almost two weeks now. And we're sorry, but we still don't get it. Maybe we are old and jaded and out of it, but to us it sounds l ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Last Night: Robert Ellis & The Boys At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jim Bricker​Robert Ellis & the Boys (CD release), Jonny Corndawg Fitzgerald's July 6, 2011 See more Photographs from Ellis' homecoming in our slideshow. Robert Ellis' record release show last night wasn't short on thrills, from the openers to the closing moments from Ellis and his ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Top 5 Musician Novelists

    Ted Barron/New West RecordsSteve Earle: What's up, Doc?​Despite what our paychecks and sometimes even our diplomas say, the perception persists that music journalists are not "real" journalists. Similarly, no matter how literate their lyrics, some folks think musicians could not possibly put p ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Out Today: Bon Iver's Bandwagon Bait, Weird Al Goes Gaga

    Greetings From Bon Iver Land! Now, grab a rifle. It's almost dinner time.​In the next few weeks, you may be reading about the new Robert Ellis album, Photographs, so we are just giving you fair warning. It's a stunner through and through, and goes nicely with early morning traffic. Have you ev ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Ponderosa Gives House Of Blues A Mouthful

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Rocks Off is usually ambivalent, at best, about restaurant shows. One of the few times we're not interested in live music at all is when we're eating, and we imagine we're hardly the only person who feels that way. Strolling violinists and mariachi groups especially get ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Out Today: My Morning Jacket Back In Form, Vedder's Ukulele Slays

    ​This week brings a new My Morning Jacket album, an Eddie Vedder ukulele outing, the umpteenth Dave Matthews Band live collection, and Ozzy's past barks at the moon. We are just now hitting the busy summer release period, so these blogs in the next few weeks will be getting jam-packed. In th ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Saturday: New West Records Showcase At Cactus Music

    Photos by Jim BrickerRobert Ellis & the Boys​New West Records showcase feat. Buxton, Robert Ellis & the Boys, Wild Moccasins Cactus Music April 16, 2011 Although they had a myriad of opportunities Friday night to make themselves bleary-eyed and drag-tailed - Aftermath chose The Wagoneers, and ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Record Store Day: If You Take A Dump, Don't Tell The Staff

    Marco TorresCarlos Hernandez and Los Skarnales' Felipe Galvan at Cactus Music's "Day of the Dead" opening last year.​Today is Tax Day (boo), but it's also payday for a lot of people, which comes in handy because tomorrow is Record Store Day. In a few short years, RSD has become one of the bigg ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Condition Critical

    "There are rules for policemen. I mean, critics."​While looking for ways to avoid writing about Charlie Sheen again researching topics for today's column, I found myself going through Roger Ebert's web site over at the Chicago Sun-Times. Christ, but that guy writes a lot. He was fairly prolif ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    SXSW: Local Band Makes Good, A Wild Flag, DJ Quik & A Witch

    Photos this page by Marc BrubakerBuxton​Marc Brubaker: For Rocks Off, sometimes SXSW isn't about seeing new bands or drinking until Sixth Street becomes a blurry swath of humanity. It's nice to check in with our hometown boys and see how they are received by the ears and arms of the masses in ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    SXSW With LOM: French Rockers, Free Tequila And MXMW

    Photos by Amy PrasadInspector Cluzo, aka The French Bastards​So we're checked in and we're on the way up to the room. Who's in the elevator with us? John Popper from Blues Traveler. In person, he looks like a cartoon character, something waxy and a bit spooky about his motel tan. He's all effu ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Houston At SXSW: Where & When The Bayou City Invades

    ​In the coming week, legions of Houstonians will trek northwest to descend upon the city of Austin, blessing it with our mere presence during the madhouse that is SXSW. Heck, some of Houston is already there. Our delegation is not limited to SXSW attendees, however. A host of Houston bands, r ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    2011 South By Southwest Supplement

    Buxton takes its bump to the roots-rock big leagues in stride.

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    February 14, 2011

    Saturday Night: Wild Moccasins Tour Kickoff At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Wild Moccasins, Young Mammals Fitzgerald's February 12, 2011 Houston has seen Wild Moccasins plenty of times before, but that doesn't stop the throngs of fans from packing out show after show to see the band's catchy brand of indie pop-rock. The story was no different ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011
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    February 2, 2011

    Has The Houston Music Scene Turned Things Around?

    ​It's hard, if not impossible, to argue that Lee Alexander is one of Houston's most celebrated musical sons. If his Houston Press Music Awards were stacked on top of each other they would be taller than he is. Like many of the solid veteran names in Houston, Alexander has occasionally felt the ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Instant Crunk: All The Local Music News You Can Handle

    ​It's that time again! We've slogged through Twitter streams and RSS feeds just to bring everyone up to speed on Houston's prolific music scene. So let's get down to the business of getting down, starting with our soundtrack for the week: a 49-minute mix from DJ Sun, performing at The Flat. I ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Cactus Music/New West Partner Investing In Local Musicians

    Jay Dryden/ Wild Moccasins on FacebookWild Moccasins on the Cactus Music in-store stage​Local businessman George Fontaine is another music-business player who is suddenly very high on the Houston music scene. And Fontaine is putting his money where his mouth is by investing in up-and-coming lo ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010
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    December 17, 2009

    Uprising

    2009 wasn't a great year for albums, but songs were a different story.

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    September 24, 2009
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    May 22, 2009

    Saturday: Tim Easton at Cactus Music

    I first encountered Tim Easton about five years ago at a New West Records South By Southwest party. It was a hot day at an outdoor stage. I felt the presence of someone moving up beside me and saw from his name tag that it was Michael Corcoran, longtime music critic for the Austin American-Statesma ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: R.I.P. Stephen Bruton

    Photos courtesy New West Records Stephen Bruton, one of Austin's great pickers, songwriters, and good citizens, died Saturday of throat cancer, which he had battled for years, according to a press release by his label, New West Records. The 60-year-old Bruton came out of the school of influential Fo ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    Return to Radartown

    "Credibility Scare" alumnus Mark Germino plugs in after seven years.

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    February 15, 2007
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    December 16, 2004
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    June 19, 2003

    Cheating the Reaper

    Vic Chesnutt died 20 years ago. Catch him live this week.

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