The Tontons, Ume, Buckamore, -Us. Fitzgerald's October 24, 2014 The Tontons are no longer Houston's little secret, and haven't been for a minute. The local indie darlings have spent the last couple of years crisscrossing the country, playing to some of the hippest crowds in the hippest cities. This ... More >>
GWAR, Decapitated, American Sharks Warehouse Live October 26, 2014 GWAR is alive and well, folks. That was the most important takeaway from the band's performance at Warehouse Live on Sunday. It was something that didn't seem quite possible when Dave Brockie, the man who fronted the band for 30 yea ... More >>
Sad news this morning. Walters downtown owner Pam Robinson, a fan and champion of Houston musicians for decades, has apparently passed away following a long battle with cancer. Thus far the club's social-media accounts have been silent, but Willow Villarreal, the punk/hardcore promoter behind Hateta ... More >>
Heart Stafford Centre October 22, 2014 The tone of this review has already changed between Wednesday evening's Heart concert and today's news of Walters owner Pam Robinson's passing; in my case it was a matter of a simple drive into the office. It would have been a great show coming or going, but n ... More >>
Meet the five inductees of this year's class.
Pam Robinson is not going anywhere. The outspoken owner of Walters Downtown -- and now an inductee into the Houston Music Hall of Fame -- has felt better, true. Recently her doctors discovered that the experimental drug that had been attacking her cancer was going after her heart just as aggressive ... More >>
There's an old saying in the music industry that you have your whole life to make your first album but six months to a year for your second. This is almost the reverse. Last year, when we started the Houston Music Hall of Fame to salute the 25th anniversary of the Houston Press Music Awards, the who ... More >>
Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 original Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Recently, the Houston Press took a g ... More >>
The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Concert Venues.
As the Houston Press doffs our kudos cap to local institutions great and small in the Best of Houston® 2013 awards, all through October each of our four blogs will be looking beyond the winners of selected categories in a series we like to call "The Rest of the Best." Rocks Off happened to draw Fri ... More >>
The results are finally in from the "Keep Calm // Fight Cancer" benefit that was held last weekend for Walters' owner Pam Robinson. According to Kat Keeter, who works on the booking and management team at Walters, the three-day benefit held at the Northside Village venue brought in "between $15,000 ... More >>
Keep Calm // Fight Cancer Benefit for Pam Robinson Feat. The Tons, The Suffers, New York City Queens, Wild Moccasins, Featherface, Second Lovers and The Manichean Walters September 6, 2013 When push comes to shove, the music community does its best to stick together as much as possible. Whether a b ... More >>
Keep Calm, Fight Cancer Benefit Walters, September 6-8 Leave it up to Houstonians to stand up and join the cause. Not even 48 hours after Walters announced that longtime owner/den mother Pam Robinson was battling Stage 4 cancer, that single status update had already reached 15,000 people through sh ... More >>
Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck: With Al Jardine, David Marks., Tue., October 1, 8 p.m., $55 to $495. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas, Houston, 713-225-8551. Cristian Castri: Thu., October 17, 8 p.m., $39.50 to $$79.50. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas, Houston, 713-225-8551. DrFameus: With The Magic Beans., ... More >>
Five Texans players who should make an album.
Texas has a lot of history, and for better or worse, we're damn proud of it. So it's no surprise that Houstonians grow attached to their places and things, and Walters is no exception. This past Saturday, August 10, news began to spread that Walters owner Pam Robinson had been diagnosed with Stage ... More >>
Before we go any further, this isn't over. Houston fancies itself as forever moving forward, a "city of the future," but in a relatively short time span -- the past 40, maybe 50 years -- it's managed to rack up an impressive number of live-music stages that have come and gone, and left quite a lasti ... More >>
Will to Live, Band of Mercy, Black Coffee, Altered Minds Walters January 26, 2013 Anytime I find myself at a real, honest-to-God hardcore show, it's hard not to compare it to the anarchic, adrenaline-soaked matinees at New York's legendary CBGB. Long after the likes of the Ramones and Television ma ... More >>
Who? It's hard to argue that any local band is more on the way up than the Tontons, and a lot of that can be credited to the incredible sounds that come out of singer Asli Omar's mouth. Smooth as silk sheets, but with a pop-princess kind of power that enables her to stand firmly with one foot in ind ... More >>
5. NUMBERS Numbers fell off. Numbers ain't what it used to be. No one goes there anymore. Blah, blah, blah. Sure, the venue may be a far cry from what it was during its heyday, when the likes of Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins were stomping through town and nearly tearing its walls down. But Houston, as ... More >>
Year after year after year, Houston nurtures and cultivates its music scene. It has grown into substantial force, arguably as powerful and diverse as it's ever been, with legitimate talent in just about every branch or genre. Accordingly, the city is flush with venues to see said talent, be it wel ... More >>
An iconic Houston music venue settles into new digs amid a hint of controversy.
Photo by Marc BrubakerThis guy's crazy rant at Fun Fun Fun Fest made the list.All things considered, 2011 was a pretty bitchin' year for popular music. It wasn't all high-fives and Grammies for our musical heroes, however. More than few steaming flops, blown gigs and sour notes made the yea ... More >>
After 1,661 days (and counting) of immersion in the Houston music scene, a look back.
Matthew Keever...And then there were none.Nearly two years after the club first said it was planning to relocate from Washington Avenue, Walter's on Washington has finally shut down, owner Pam Robinson told Rocks Off this afternoon. After Robinson gave her landlord a 60-day notice on March 1 ... More >>
Photos by Matthew KeeverPam Robinson, owner of Walter's on Washington, has been keeping busy. "I've been working on this since the first week of February," Robinson said of her plans to move the longtime Washington Avenue music venue to a new location. "I signed all the contracts, I presente ... More >>
According to the above poster for the Saxton Fox/Art Institute/Satin Hooks show, which was posted on Hands Up Houston earlier this afternoon, Walter's on Washington appears to be moving before the end of the month. The new location, 1120 Naylor, is just north of I-10, in the same industrial ... More >>
Son Lam If Pearl Bar did have live music, where would the band fit?Last week, the Chronicle ran a story about the owners of Salt Bar, a newer drinking establishment on Washington Avenue, and their goal of building "a live music scene in Houston from the ground up." One of the partners ... More >>
The three-mile stretch of avenue is Houston's place to be if you're young, white, single and ready to party. At least for now.
Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.
Bill OliveSilver Jews at Walter's on Washington, September 2008Rocks Off learned this morning that Walter's on Washington, one of Houston's primary venues for local bands, indie-rock, hardcore and touring acts not yet on the radar of Warehouse Live and House of Blues, will close at the end of Oct ... More >>
John VanMelt Banana at Walter's on Washington, November 2007All of you who think last night/today's news that Walter's on Washington will close at the end of October is another nail in the coffin of Houston's indie scene can relax. Rocks Off reached owner Pam Robinson around 12:30 p.m., and she s ... More >>
A while back, we came across a local ghost story we hadn’t heard. Back in 1980, there was this rock cover band hear called Lic. This wasn’t just any cover band; supposedly bandleader Johnny Fixx was one of Houston’s pioneering punk rockers, and his band brought plenty of piss and vinegar to t ... More >>
Has it been good for Houston? A dozen local music figures sound off
Will "self-enforcement" be enough for Houston's expanded smoking ban to work?
From Doo Doo Butter to The Dimes, kids leave cover songs and garages behind
Could there be a fun, pro-music political action committee in Houston? Why the hell not?
Houston's ticky-tack noise ordinance and NIMBY neighbors are killing the scene
In which a routine noise complaint morphs into a small riot
To Galt, this ain't police brutality -- it's justice. Editor's note: John Galt, Houston's favorite right-wing hipster, contacted music editor John Nova Lomax demanding to be given equal time in the debate over the Walter's on Washington War. HouStoned, being a fair and balanced blog, has complied. ... More >>
The Arcade Fire burns Mary Jane's Fat Cat down to the ground; also: Scarface/Geto Boys news and the fate of Mary Jane's
A selection of some of the wildest, weirdest, and most dangerous bands and shows in Houston history
Country Legends 97.1 takes over as the number one C&W station in town
Racket confronts his hatas at a show in his dishonor
Mary Cutrufello's leaving makes us wonder: Is your band a Krogers, Randalls or a Fiesta?
Plus: No Foolin', HGO Curtain Call, Shooting Gallery
Pam Robinson is transforming Washington Avenue one bar at a time