Toyota Center, April 15
Rihanna has combined her athletic stature, formidable vocals, down-for-whatever attitude and some alarming life choices to become a flashpoint pop star, a lightning rod for controversy that even Lady Gaga would have trouble rivaling these days. Musically, the Barbado ... More >>
Ace Hood & Twista: Sun., April 7, 6 p.m., $45-$100. Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond, Houston.
Air Supply: Thu., May 9, 8:30 p.m., $158-$218. Dosey Doe, 25911 I-45 N., Spring.
All the Dead Pilots: With Fault, A Traitor at Heart., $10. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston.
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So the world didn't end the way you all wanted it to a few weeks ago. What a tragedy. Life goes on, the road goes on forever, the party never ends, blah blah blah.
The good news is that we all have New Year's Eve to look forward to on Monday, when the party scene will alight with hope for 2013 and ... More >>
Houston folk-rockers listenlisten have been pumping out some of the best local records in Houston since the release of their self-titled 2007 EP. We here at Rocks Off are big fans, not just because they're from Houston, but because they bring a solid new angle to the indie-folk scene, a combination ... More >>
Old Crow Medicine Show
House of Blues, November 30
The Old Crow boys seem to be the cooler Americana gateway drug of choice for younger listeners. A sort of anti-Mumfords you can rep without looking like a radio-rock tool, the pickers don't bash you over the head with dear melodies, just gritty sto ... More >>
Rewind: The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Winners
Meet the Niceguys
Monday night in front of a small gathering of hand-picked compatriots and friends, The Niceguys allowed their recording home of Wire Road Studios to turn into an open house. The multi-million dollar recording palace rolled out it ... More >>
The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Winners
HPMA Ceremony Heavy With Winners, Light on Drama
Slideshow: Pics from the 2012 Houston Press Music Award Ceremony
You're about to see some very wide eyes on some very surprised people. We stuck a camera and microphone in front of the winners backstage an ... More >>
Even on a rainy Sunday afternoon, the Houston Press Music Awards showcase kept right on rockin'.
More than 50 artists from about as many kinds of music, all of whom call Houston home and were nominated for HPMAs this year, performed at 10 downtown Houston venues, from Houston Pavilions over to Ware ... More >>
Rocks Off asked the writers we had covering Sunday's HPMA showcase downtown to pick out one or two of their favorites among the 50 or so performers.
SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase - The Bands
SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase - The Crowds
Bang Bangz: Bang Bangz set up a mellowed dreamscape for their audience, c ... More >>
Besides all the music, Rocks Off asked our writers to keep an eye out for the unusual at Sunday's HPMA showcase -- because it's everywhere -- and let us know if they found anything especially offbeat or otherwise noteworthy.
HPMA Showcase: The 12 Best Artists of 2012
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Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back.
Complete HPMA showcase and awards coverage
Rocks Off: When and where was your first gig in Houston, and how did it go?
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It's here, the lineup for the 2012 Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 5.
We are still finalizing the roster of venues, but it is a triangle between House of Blues, Warehouse Live and Phul Court, the outdoor venue and food-truck gathering spot at 1311 Leeland, with a few more plac ... More >>
Photo by Marc BrubakerB L A C K I EAn appointment into the Houston Press Artist of the Week fraternity is perhaps the greatest achievement any musician can attain in his or her career. Here's a stat that will reflect exactly how amazing an accomplishment it is: No person and/or band that has ... More >>
Two months ago, we happened across a performance by Mantis, an eagerly funky and inwardly quirky indie-rock band we'd heard mentioned but never actively sought out. Their show, in short, was quite remarkable, an effort spearheaded by vocalist/keyboardist/bow-tie enthusiast Nick Greer.
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