Pete Mitchell

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Bars of 2013

    Houston has dozens of bars that are not also something else (restaurants, coffeehouses, etc.), just places designed for people to who want to shirk their responsibilities while someone else plots to take over the world at the next stool, and the couple at the table in the back is on their first date ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    David Grissom at Under the Volcano, 10/9/2013

    David Grissom Band Under the Volcano October 9, 2013 These days fans want their music to say something, preferably something stupid. From what I've heard recently it holds true across rock, pop, hip-hop, but here I'm going to pick on country because of this appalling timeline Entertainment Weekly p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Mumford & Sons Strum Into Woodlands Pavilion June 12

    This afternoon Live Nation announced that Mumford & Sons, the UK acoustic-rock quartet that has already, um, borrowed more than one page from U2's playbook -- the anthemic songs, Old Testament imagery, missionary zeal and sometimes overwhelming earnestness -- will make its Houston-area debut somewhe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Valerie June Out, Krayolas In At Leon's, Volcano

    Craig HlavatyValerie June at SXSW​Win some, lose some. Pete Mitchell, owner of Under the Volcano and the recently reopened Leon's Lounge, just called to bemoan the fact that rising star Valerie June had cancelled her July 26 solo date at Leon's. "She's doing a record with Dan Auerbach [Black ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Still one of my favorite photos. Welcome back, Leon's.​More great news for the Heights this week as it was announced that D'Amico's Italian Market has set its sights on White Oak Boulevard for its second location. The popular restaurant has been operating at 5510 Morningside in Rice Village si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Leon's Lounge Reopens Saturday

    Paul Knight​Rocks Off just got an email from Leon's owner Pete Mitchell, who also owns Under the Volcano, saying the historic Midtown bar will be back open at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Mitchell leased Leon's in January, and pretty much has been renovating it ever since. That should have given him plen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Wednesday Night Is The Loveliest Night Of The Week James​Don't look now, but Wednesday is one of the hotter musical nights these days, not that there isn't something for everyone almost every night if you've got your nose to the ground. Here's a brief report of what's catching Rocks Off's attention lately. 1. Puffa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Aussie Anne McCue Seeking Trumpet, Sax For Volcano Gig​Aussie guitarslinger Anne McCue, now a resident of Nashville, has hung around the edges of the U.S. alt-country and blues-rock scenes for years now. However, her third American release, Broken Promise Land, may finally put the slinky blonde firmly on the map. Beginning with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Leon's Opening Again Soon

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttLeon's by the light of the moon.​Been missing Midtown's favorite dive bar? Don't fret; Leon's will be open once again soon. The bar has been closed since January, when Scarlett Yarbrough -- daughter of the eponymous Leon Yarbrough -- sold it to Pete Mitchell, who a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Leon's Lounge Needs Some Soul. Brett "Dirty Honey" Koshkin Has The Platters.

    ​ Leon's Lounge, the venerable Midtown throwback dive, is currently closed for renovations as new owner Pete Mitchell (Under the Volcano) gives it a good scrubbing, but it should be back open before too much longer. Maybe as soon as next month. Earlier this week, Rocks Off heard some equally good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Last Call Comes to Midtown Favorite Leon's Lounge... For Now, Anyway

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​ Rocks Off got word late Friday afternoon that McGowen Street's long-standing bastion of cool, Leon's Lounge, would be closing over the weekend. Not for good, but at least for a few months while new ownership overhauls and renovates the establishment, long a barfly favorite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Tonight: Cordero At Under The Volcano

    Brooklyn-based indie rock en-espanol-ers Cordero will be torching Under the Volcano this evening. Owner Pete Mitchell has been working to get Cordero to the club ever since he saw them two years ago at South By Southwest. Mitchell, who is married to an Argentine and speaks fluent Spanish, says, " ... More >>

  • Music

    February 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Under the Volcano Calls Out the Rodeo

    Under the Volcano has announced new bookings for March. Owner Pete Mitchell is launching what he hopes to turn into an annual month-long series to run during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. "I haven't come up with a name for it yet - the Anti-Rodeo Series, the Real Country Series, somethi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra Coming to Volcano

    Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra with John Cale (third from left) As usually happens just after New Year's, bands and venues are scrambling to line up Houston gigs during South By Southwest. Under the Volcano (2349 Bissonnet) owner Pete Mitchell has scored an early coup, lining up Chicago powerhouse the ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 18, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Places That Are Open -- Constantly Updated

    We've heard these places are open for business. We'll update the list as info comes in. Note: We're posting these as we get them. Some places, like supermarkets, may run out of stuff after we post. So check by phone if you can (yeah, we know), and don't hold it against us if things have changed. F ... More >>

  • Music

    May 29, 2008
  • Music

    November 29, 2007

    The Smoking Ban

    Has it been good for Houston? A dozen local music figures sound off

  • Music

    September 20, 2007

    Under the Volcano

    Ducking Humberto at Under the Volcano

  • Music

    March 29, 2007

    Paradise by the Dashboard Light/Houston Music

    Racket again ventures downtown in search of musical serendipity

  • Music

    October 19, 2006

    Stealing the Show

    New Orleans musicians blew into Houston on Katrina's winds and everything was magic for a while

  • Music

    November 24, 2005

    Paranoia Self Destroyer

    A New Birth Brass Band set at the Volcano makes Racket long for a new and improved tinfoil hat

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Jukebox

    Under the Volcano