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 >>
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 >>
Craig HlavatyValerie June at SXSWWin 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 >>
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 >>
Paul KnightRocks 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 >>
myspace.com/davinjamesDavin JamesDon'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 >>
myspace.com/annemccueAussie 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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, so ... More >>
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 th ... More >>