Nick Gaitan

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    July 23, 2014

    HPMA Bassist Nominees Pick Best Bassists Ever

    One nice thing about the Houston Press Music Awards is the opportunity it provides to root into the brains of Houston's more acclaimed musicians. Here's a ready-made list of folks with music-filled brains, ripe for the picking. But with so many nominees in so many categories, where to start and what ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Late Norma Zenteno "There In Spirit" at Second East End Street Fest

    What a difference a year makes. In May 2012, the first annual East End Street Fest was held on Cinco de Mayo along Harrisburg Boulevard, with the lovely and talented Norma Zenteno serving as the headlining musical act. For the second annual entry, the venue has shifted to the brand-new esplanade tha ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    The Five Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Hurricane Meals, Fun Run with Beer & More

    Houston Press Hoppy Hour @ MKT Bar Friday, 4-10 p.m. 1001 Austin It's time for another Houston Press Hoppy Hour at MKT Bar. Come over right after work to get your weekend started and enjoy the Sack 'Em Football Sundays food menu from MKT Bar, along with special craft beer pairings from Buffalo Bay ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: All Local Edition (No Foolin')

    DJ Sun The Flat, April 1 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 Housto ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: December 24-27

    Christmas at Fitzgerald's Fitzgerald's, December 25 We hardly ever get snow, so instead Fitzgerald's has instituted its own Yuletide tradition of talking '90s punk heroes 30footFALL into reuniting for a little "Oi! to the World," decking the halls with boughs of Converse and slipping a little MD 20 ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: December 10-13

    Sometimes when things look slowest, like this week, that's good reason to go out anyway. You never know what might be lurking out there - just not Rick Ross and friends, which remember is canceled. For example, this week's list is 100 percent local, or people rooted enough in Houston to make it part ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    5 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Umbrella Man, Robert Cray, Etc.

    A short one this week, for the long holiday weekend. But worthwhile. Outside-the-Loop gig of the weekend: The Mighty Orq at Main Street Crossing in Tomball tonight at 8 p.m.. Ask Orq about the band's European tour last month. Soulful Space City spokesman Nick Gaitan celebrates the release of his ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    Umbrella Man's Bridges and Bayous.

    Houston's swampiest musical savants return with new album.

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    January 4, 2012

    The 2nd Annual Main Street Block Party Announces Lineup

    The Main Street Block Party is returning on January 28 to the The Continental Club, The Big Top, and The Mink's front and backrooms, armed with another great lineup, this time featuring Austin's What Made Milwaukee Famous and Dallas' hardcore cataclysm, Power Trip. The day-long festival was highly ... More >>

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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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    November 22, 2011

    Where to See Some Live Music on Thanksgiving (and the Wednesday before)

    We all need a place to mellow out after a day of dealing with family. Don't get us wrong, we love our families. It's just that, getting together with the extended crew can take a toll and relaxing with some live, local music helps take the edge off. Holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving fit neatl ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011
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    November 10, 2011

    2011 Music Awards Showcase

    Your guide to the bands and venues.

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    November 8, 2011

    HPMA Preview: Seven Nominated Bands Perfect For Ear Fatigue

    Photo by Liana LopezNick Gaitan and Umbrella Man​Oh, yes, it is that time again, time for the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase You can almost smell it...well, hopefully not. This week we will be profiling the bands who will be performing at this Saturday's HPMA showcase at venues all over ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    BestFest Adds Los Skarnales, The Last Place You Look, Umbrella Man & Honky Tonk Blood Trio

    Half-price GA passes = today's "Deal of the Day" GroovehousePachuco Boogie: Los Skarnales' Nestor Serrano (left) and Felipe Galvan at the 2011 Houston International Festival​The first Best of Houston® BestFest is shaping up nicely. Today it gives Rocks Off great pleasure to announce four mo ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Discovery Green Lands Roots-Rock Royalty For Free Fall Concerts

    Jason WolterTexas Tornados at Discovery Green, September 2010​A return engagement from Tex-Mex supergroup the Texas Tornados, reunited (after a fashion) roots-rock polymaths NRBQ - now featuring a former Houstonian on drums - and the honky-tonk hero who told Tiger Airways a thing or two highli ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Five Houston Supergroups We'd Like To See

    Marc BrubakerThe Tontons​Houston has become a cornucopia of musical talent. With so much goodness going on, it would be selfish to wish for more. So here's us, being a selfish ass and daydreaming about what could be Houston's greatest supergroups. MR. X Surf/Spy The first group we imagine wo ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011
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    October 28, 2010

    BANGBANGBOOM: Houston's Brand-New Swingin' All-Star Band

    John Powers​Late Monday morning, Rocks Off got a press release announcing BANGBANGBOOM, the new jazz and swing covers project of local luminaries Andrew Karnavas and Nick Gaitan. Seeing as how Karnavas' Runaway Sun and, well, everything Gaitan's ever done comprise some of our favorite sounds i ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Like Hell Yeah

    Upsets and upstarts at the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards

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    August 12, 2010

    Last Night: The 2010 Houston Press Music Awards Ceremony

    Photos by Marco TorresNick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man began Wednesday's performances with a steamy zydeco polka.​Houston Press Music Awards Ceremony Warehouse Live August 11, 2010 Ed. Note: See here for slideshows of performers and the crowd, and here for the winners. Aftermath is not going t ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    HPMA Showcase Videos And A Brand-New Buxton Track

    Jim BrickerBuxton at Kobain during Saturday's HPMA showcase​Despite arriving late due to another job, photographer/videographer Austin Miller shot some great photos at Saturday's Houston Press Music Awards showcase - just like all the other lensmen of Team Rocks Off - and managed to capture so ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Top 5 WTF Music Award Acceptance Speeches

    Dana DonovanLittle Joe Washington and a pair of enthusiastic fans at the 2007 HPMA ceremony​As we may have mentioned once or twice, tonight Rocks Off and the Houston Press reveal the winners of this year's 2010 Houston Press Music Awards over at Warehouse Live. It's a free show, with performan ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Signing Off from the HPMA Awards Ceremony

    Photos by Marco TorresLee Alexander, Best Male Vocalist​Ed note: The full list of winners will be published on Rocks Off within the next half hour, so please be sure to check back Rocks Off had been using our Flip cam since before 6 p.m., so by the time Tax The Wolf took the stage at 10:10, t ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Rocks Off Invites You To The HPMA Showcase

    Monica Fuentes​Rocks Off and the Houston Press are having a little party on Washington Avenue tomorrow afternoon called the Houston Press Music Awards showcase. We may have mentioned it before. If you'd like to come, we'd love to have you. Click here to vote in this year's awards and showcase ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Friday Night: Andrew Karnavas At McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    Photos by Trish Badger​Andrew Karnavas McGonigel's Mucky Duck July 16, 2010 We did not plan on writing a review of Friday night's Andrew Karnavas show at the Mucky Duck, but after sitting in on near two hours of super-solid folksy Americana (and some blues, too) it seemed like it had to be do ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Nick Gaitan, Houston Music's Wolf-Like Problem Solver

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to Kurt Bertilson​Remember ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    2010 Music Awards Nominees, Part 2

    ​Friday, Rocks Off announced the nominees for the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards in as many genres as we could think to put on the ballot this year. Here are the rest, covering recordings, individual achievement, personalities and peripheral categories (radio, retail, etc.). Voting begins Ju ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Gimme Back My Bullet: An Eyewitness Account of Billy Joe Shaver's Trial

    Even by his own rather lofty standards (marrying the same woman three times, losing several fingers on his right hand... oh hell, just read this story here), Billy Joe Shaver's recently concluded trial has to rank pretty far up there on the legendary Waco singer-songwriter list of exploits. As you ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010
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    March 23, 2010

    A Few Possible Cures For Rocks Off's Acute "Can't Stay Home" Syndrome

    Lev Kuperman/​ Monday night, an obviously delirious Rocks Off found ourselves upstairs at the Mink's Backroom instead of where we should have been, home in bed asleep. We enjoyed high-energy/lo-fi trio Vivian Girls, but at this point we are starting to realize we may have a pr ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010

    Bayou Beat: HOB's "Blues Schoolhouse" Band Seeks Musicians, Discovery Green Announces Spring Lineup, etc.

    [Ed. Note: We are not trying to encroach on Ms. Magnolia City Mixtape's territory, but once in a while the news piles up too fast to wait an entire week.] It's our party and we'll pimp if we want to: Perhaps you may have heard about this "Washington Shore" soiree Rocks Off is throwing at 8 p.m. t ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Looking for Trouble

    Jemina Pearl breaks free of Be Your Own Pet on Break It Up.

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    December 24, 2009

    Somewhere Trouble Don't Go

    The best Texas albums of 2009...or what we could squeeze in.

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    December 10, 2009

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    2009 was definitely a year, we'll say that much.

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    November 26, 2009

    No Turkeys Allowed

    Our annual holiday shopping guide to recent local releases

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    November 25, 2009

    Aftermath: The Umbrella Man's CD Release at the Continental Club

    Photos by Liana Lopez​Want to hear some great rockabilly, ska, gospel, zydeco, retro-country and soul? Those are only some of the styles you'll hear on Nick Gaitan and The Umbrella Man's debut CD. When you experience the band live, expect even more. Gaitan and Umbrella Man's other five members pu ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Listology: Nick Gaitan of the Octanes and The Umbrella Man's Favorite Female Vocalists

    This is a big week for all-everything Houston bassist Nick Gaitan. Not only have his Monday-night Continental Club gigs with atomic-powered rockabilly trio the Octanes been steadily been picking up steam, his other band The Umbrella Man - which just happens to play Tuesday nights at the very same p ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Houston Music Fight Club: Brett Koshkin vs. Ceeplus Bad Knives, Late Nite Pie vs. Mai's, Nick Gaitan vs. ???

    ​This week brings three new bouts and a special announcement to all past winners and losers of our imaginary brawls on Houston Music Fight Club. Next Tuesday, Rocks Off is presenting David Fincher's Fight Club at our (mostly) weekly Movie Nite at the Mink. We would like all past winners and losers ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: Umbrella Man

    John Powers​ For the cultish followers of JFK Assassination lore, the "Umbrella Man" was a shadowy figure along the parade route in Dallas. The character's story purports that he either was involved in the killing of President Kennedy by using his umbrella to signal the shooters to fire - or even ... More >>

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    July 26, 2009

    ReFried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Nick Gaitan

    ​We're here with Nick Gaitan from Umbrella Man. He's up first in the Hot Seat.Who are you going to see today?Ryan Scroggins. Want to watch Sean Reefer, but we're playing at the same time. And by buddy Jack, we're up against each other for Best Bassist. BUH BUH BUM! (Says in doomy singing voice).I ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    52 Pick-Up

    Your guide to the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards showcase

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    January 15, 2009
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    January 14, 2009

    Noise Extra: "I've Found My Weakness in You" and Billy Joe Shaver on Houston

    In this week's installment of Noise, Rocks Off's bass-playing friend and neighbor Nick Gaitan talks about how our building inspired his song "I've Found My Weakness in You," and how his boss Billy Joe Shaver liked it so much he decided to record it. Part of our conversation veered into Shaver's expe ... More >>

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    April 8, 2008
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    October 16, 2007

    From the Barrio to Billy Joe: A Former Skarnal Signs Up with the Ol’ Chunk o’ Coal

    Former Los Skarnales bassist (and multiple Houston Press Music Awards winner) Nick Gaitan has a new gig – thumping out the bottom for Billy Joe Shaver. Reached at a Dallas-area Cracker Barrel on tour, Gaitan reports that he will be out on the road with the Texas legend until the 27th of this mont ... More >>

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    November 9, 2006

    No Ms for the Vatos Rudos

    Los Skarnales go the way of all flesh

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    August 10, 2006

    The Orange Show

    Spain Colored Orange takes home four Press Music Awards

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    August 5, 2004

    ¡Viva H-town!

    Latinos come to the fore in this year's music awards

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