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Come See My Dead Person is one of those bands people have constantly tried to get me into over the years, but the time never seemed right. Well, the release of their new self-titled album should be a good enough place to begin, I thought, and I'm very glad I did. The sound is a mix of pretty much ... More >>
The HMS Bounty, the historic wooden ship that was supposed to winter in Galveston this year, has sunk off the North Carolina coast, it was reported today. According to a statement from the U. S. Coast Guard, two members of the crew were still missing, after 14 others were rescued by the U. S. Coas ... More >>
Marco TorresCarlos Hernandez and Los Skarnales' Felipe Galvan at Cactus Music's "Day of the Dead" opening last year.Today is Tax Day (boo), but it's also payday for a lot of people, which comes in handy because tomorrow is Record Store Day. In a few short years, RSD has become one of the bigg ... More >>
Houston's got them. You know them. Here are the worst. 5. Yia Yia Mary's Greek Kitchen Maybe it's for a lack of intelligence, but I'm always in a complete state of confusion when I pull into this parking lot. In a 20-yard radius, you can park at a bank, a restaurant, a garage, various bu ... More >>
Jermaine RogersFree Press Summer Fest has added four headliners to the two-day festival scheduled for June 4 and 5 in Eleanor Tinsley Park, organizers Free Press Houston and pegstar.net announced this morning. Atlanta rapper Big Boi (still one-half of OutKast, we think), Balkan-tinged indie- ... More >>
Photo by Troy FieldsThe Stag's Head Pub (2128 Portsmouth, 713-521-2333) is a warm, comfortable place to celebrate a friend's getting out of a cold, uncomfortable place with some inappropriately heavy Monday-night drinking. Mike (new nickname: Short Timer) had spent the weekend in county locku ... More >>
The makeup-clad rockers may be hilarious, but they're hardly metal.
Time was that Tuesdays used to be the best day of the week for your average recorded-music consumer. Since Rocks Off was just a wee music nerd, Tuesdays were his favorite days of the week because it was always the universal day for all new releases to hit the stores. It started with begging our p ... More >>
Sketchy Artists draw upon their experiences with music
Cactus Music 2110 Portsmouth, 713-526-9272 www.myspace.com/cactusmv1. Springfield Riots, Say When EP 2. Todd Snider, The Excitement Plan 3. Jubal Lee Young, Last Free Place in America 4. Sonic Youth, The Eternal 5. Steve Earle, Townes 6. Elvis Costel ... More >>
Cactus Music 2110 Portsmouth, 713-526-9272 www.myspace.com/cactusmv1. Ryan Bingham, Roadhouse Sun 2. Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey & the Groo-Grux King 3. Steve Earle, Townes 4. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest 5. Elvis Costello, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane 6. Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood, Live at Madiso ... More >>
Well, it looks like the weather gods are laughing at Houston again, and have decided to ring in iFest with a good round of drenching rain. So if you'd prefer to remain indoors, don't forget Saturday is Record Store Day - there's even a Web site. Be a good consumer and help out your neighborhood musi ... More >>
Gurf Morlix treks into town today for the official Houston release of his new LP Last Exit To Happyland. Whether the former Houstonian and Blaze Foley roommate is working on loping rockers or folksy Americana, Morlix is a master of tone and mood, squeezing maximum subtlety out of a few well-chos ... More >>
Honky-tonk blues youngun Justin Townes Earle, 26, hits McGonigel's Mucky Duck tonight. Rocks Off called him up last week to ask about last year's first round of tours behind debut release The Good Life, his early hip-hop influences, his new record and how he'll handle a venue with no room to dance ... More >>
If you haven't got Secret Machines (above) tickets yet, stop on by Cactus Music (2110 Portsmouth) today and pick up the proggy Dallas expats new self-titled CD; you'll get a free ticket to their show at Warehouse Live tonight with Perry Farrell and Electric Touch. (And a free poster!) If you're ther ... More >>
Artists choose the songs that rocked their 2008 worlds
See Bob Marley, Bo Diddley and others given the DOD treatment by artist Carlos Hernandez
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
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 >>
1-6 p.m. today at Cactus Music, 2110 Portsmouth, 713-526-9272. See www.miakatempire.com for more information. Free.
With a new CD release, this singer is strummin from his Texas soul.
Texas twang meets indie rock
Only four days until the day a lot of people consider the best day of the year for local music, the Press' annual showcase of artists nominated for Houston Press Music Awards. First of all, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the 60 performers (and five DJs, for you late-night types) in this ... More >>
Today is Record Store Day, a nationwide promotion where independent music retailers want you to forget that your house is in foreclosure and gasoline is more expensive than champagne and buy some tunes using something other than a mouse. If you've forgotten how, don't bother asking your kids. It's r ... More >>
Looking for something to do with your Day of the Dead evening tomorrow night? Come on out to new art gallery The Record Ranch – 2110 Portsmouth in Shepherd Plaza – and feast your eyes on portraits of dead rock stars by Flamin’ Hellcats drummer Carlos Hernandez. And while you’re there, enjoy ... More >>
Get a bang for your buck this Fourth of July
Stag's Head Pub
Scaring kids the old-fashioned way
The Stag's Head's Exploding Irish Car Bomb
Will two reincarnated institutions breathe new life into Shepherd Plaza?
Relocated and rechristened, the Hobbit Café's still has a way with healthy cuisine
The eccentric Al Diwan has a delightful Middle Eastern accent
Hobbit's New Hole
What can you expect from downtown's restaurant-of-the-moment? Crowds. Noise. And surprisingly good food.