Quinn Bishop

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    October 10, 2014

    Cactus Crew Celebrates 39th Trip Around the Sun

    If the leaves on the trees are not turning brown and temperatures are still regularly topping out above 90, then it must be getting pretty close to Halloween. We think. But one way you can be sure we're getting close to both All Hallows Eve and its Latino companion, Dia de Los Muertos, is that anoth ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Record Store Day's Rising Tide Has No End In Sight

    Record Store Day returns to the nation's music retailers tomorrow, so if you're the sort of person who only buys a handful of LPs or CDs a year -- assuming you still buy physical music product at all -- you may want to hold off until sometime next week. In just six short years, this unofficial holid ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Our 11th Time Around, the Best HPMA Ceremony Yet

    Tuesday was my eleventh foray to the Houston Press Music Awards, and it was certainly my favorite ever -- excepting maybe the time Molly of Molly and Ringwalds called me out from the stage to insist that her band was "not lame." What made Tuesday night so special? Well, it started like this: I was ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Your 2013 Houston Record Store Day Rundown

    Your financial situation be damned, Record Store Day 2013 is coming this Saturday, April 20, to drain your wallet of life and those little green pieces of paper. This Saturday your dance card should be full with all the major indie record stores in Houston and the surrounding areas offering up giv ... More >>

  • Music

    March 21, 2013

    Not Just Vinyl

    Houston's Top 5 record stores.

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    March 8, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Record Stores

    Record Store Day ( is six weeks away, but a good Houstonian should never need an excuse to visit one of our city's many record stores. These fine brick-and-mortar shops have been doling out music for years and even decades in some instances. Run by some of the finest music lovers ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Vinyl Gets Another Spin

    Showing it has more lives than a cockroach, vinyl has been reborn, resulting in some beautiful music. But sometimes production values in records and turntables are lacking.

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    March 13, 2012

    Cactus Music Sees Record Number Of SXSW Spillover Shows

    Talking about Busby Marou, the Australian folk-pop duo that plays Cactus Music at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, owner Quinn Bishop sounds a familiar tune for this time of year. "Who knows when they'll ever play Houston again?" he says. Actually, Busby Marou also plays the Australian American Chamber of Comme ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Rocks Off Now Sponsoring Some Cactus Music In-Stores

    After a preview last fall featuring Girl In a Coma, it gives Rocks Off great pleasure to announce that effective immediately, we will be sponsoring selected in-stores at Cactus Music, no fewer than two a month. Our first in-store is 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, with Texas mods the Freddy Steady Krc's ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    "Dude, You're Getting Adele." Better Late Than Never...

    The best joke in the music business right now is, according to Cactus Music's Quinn Bishop, something frequently heard recently at his cash register: "Dude, you're getting Adele." Even I bought 21 yesterday, the swiping of a credit card that completed a cycle that began several months ago. One nigh ... More >>

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    December 10, 2010

    Why I Wrote A Book About The Bottom Of The Music Biz

    ​Let's drop the royal we for a second, okay? This is Jef, and I'm here to shamelessly plug my book signing at Cactus Music from 12-3 p.m. tomorrow (beverages provided by St. Arnolds; music by Giant Princess). I also want to explain why the book exists at all. I'm prone to hyperbole, I admit, ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Recordshop Tycoon: Like High Fidelity, But Online

    ​Being a journalist involves a lot of waiting around for people to get back to you and a lot of time spent at the computer, which is why when Rocks Off was whiling away the week waiting for our interview questions to be answered we got rather addicted to a game called Recordshop Tycoon over at ... More >>

  • Music

    April 15, 2010

    Before the Flood

    West Texan Ned Sublette reflects on pre-Katrina New Orleans in a new memoir.

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    January 14, 2010

    One to Grow On

    What we'd like to see happen in Houston music this year.

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    July 30, 2009

    HPMA: We Have Some Winners: Fat Tony, Cactus Music, Swishahouse, Nick Cooper, Kristine Mills

    Chris Gray​ Born Liars injected some scuzzy rawk n' roll to the festivities after we were dressed for not repping the zydeco scene. It's really amazing how fast yet how together the Borns really are live. Equal parts MC5 and The Clash.Here come some more awards, kids....Best Underground Hip-Hop- F ... More >>

  • Music

    July 23, 2009

    Progress Report

    Taking stock of the Houston music scene on the eve of the annual Houston Press Music Awards Showcase.

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    June 22, 2009

    Aftermath: The Krayolas at Cactus Music

    Photos by Chris Gray The coolest band in Houston this weekend couldn't find a club or venue to play. Not at night, anyway - San Antonio's the Krayolas did manage to play Dan Electro's during Saturday afternoon's live broadcast of KPFT's Joe's Roadhouse, and Cactus Music an hour or two thereafter. If ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009

    This Just In: The Flatlanders Cancel Cactus In-Store Gig

    This morning word came from Cactus Music, via a quick MySpace bulletin, that the Flatlanders' in-store performance set for Saturday afternoon has been cancelled. No reason was given for the band backing out of the midday appearance. The roots-rock supergroup, made up of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmor ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    Steve Earle to Play Conroe's Crighton Theater, Cactus Music for Townes

    Steve Earle will play the Crighton Theater Thursday, June 18, as a last-minute addition to the Montgomery County seat's annual Sound of Texas Music Series. The show, says Conroe City Councilman Jay Ross Martin, is a "bonus that we got the chance to add." Earle's tribute disc to mentor Townes Van Zan ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    Don't Forget Record Store Day is Saturday

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 5

    King's X, Meridian, August 19: "[dUg] Pinnick's bass was very much the lead instrument, negotiating the distance between the complicated vocal harmonies and searing chainsaw riffs with a low-to-the-ground, almost nonchalant assurance." Masters of Metal, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, August 23: ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008
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    October 21, 2008

    Cactus Music Has Black Ice

    "Rock N Roll Train," the first single from Black Ice - and No. 2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart this week For those about to rock, don’t head over to Walmart just yet. AC/DC of course is the latest classic-rock band to sign an exclusive-release deal with the Arkansas-based retail behem ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    Finally, Some Live Music

    It's about damn time. Quinn Bishop and the Cactus Music gang report that today's free John Evans Band in-store scheduled for 6 p.m. will proceed as planned. With, lest we forget, complimentary refreshments from St. Arnold's. Who's ready for a beer? - Chris Gray

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    September 2, 2008

    Aftermath: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Steve Winwood at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Photos (except where indicated) by Mark C. Austin To be honest, since Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers walked off the Mitchell Pavilion stage shortly before 11 p.m. Friday night - or, more accurately, since the Arrow wrapped up its extended post-concert Petty block shortly before I got home around mid ... More >>

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    August 8, 2008

    Friday In-Stores: Hayes Carll and Paris Falls

    If you hurry - and aren't stuck out in Katy somewhere - you can still catch Hayes Carll's 5:30 p.m. in-store at Cactus Music - by the way, congrats to Cactus owner Quinn Bishop and wife Meg on the birth of son Graham yesterday - before his show with Ray Wylie Hubbard at Sam Houston Race Park tonight ... More >>

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    July 30, 2008

    Stageside Blogging the HPMAs

    Chris Gray and Brett Koshkin coming to you live from, well, Warehouse Live, where the Mighty Orq (above) is warming the slowly-arriving crowd with some bluesy guitar pyrotechnics. (Here's's Cactus Music's Quinn Bishop watching attentively.) We've got the mobile command center set up at stage righ ... More >>

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    June 24, 2008

    Billy Gibbons Tells an Awful Blonde Joke: Video and Pictures from ZZ Top's DVD Release Party

    Last night ZZ Top atoned somewhat for recording their new Live from Texas DVD in Dallas - hometown of Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, but it still stings, OK? - by donating the "poodle" guitars from their iconic "Legs" video to the Hard Rock Cafe's memorabilia collection. Billy Gibbons also told one of ... More >>

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    March 15, 2008
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    March 13, 2008
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    February 25, 2008
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    December 6, 2007

    Sayonara , Matt Sonzala

    Talking SXSW and rap's current malaise with a soon-to-be ex-Houstonian

  • Music

    November 8, 2007

    The Return of Cactus Music and Video

    A beloved local institution returns from the grave

  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    Merle the Pearl

    Is the Hag the greatest three-tool talent in country music history?

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    April 6, 2006

    Turn Out the Lights, the Party's Over

    Cactus Music & Video shutters with a melancholy beer bash

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    February 9, 2006

    A Crying Shame

    RIP, Cactus Music and Video

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    March 24, 2005
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    March 17, 2005

    Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza

    Here are a bunch of hilarious misheard lyrics. Now send us more.

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    August 5, 2004

    ¡Viva H-town!

    Latinos come to the fore in this year's music awards

  • Music

    July 29, 2004

    Pride of Place

    Scenes from the 15th annual Houston Press Music Awards Showcase

  • Music

    April 15, 2004

    Cobain in Clubland

    Recollections of Nirvana's three Houston shows

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    December 11, 2003

    Rallying Round Al

    Houston pitches in to help an ailing Austinite; also: Dennis Kucinich hits the hip-hop hustings

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Drastic Unilateral Action

    Universal hopes to JumpSTART flagging CD sales with aggressive price cuts. Who benefits the most?

  • Music

    June 19, 2003

    A Prickly Pair of Problems

    Cactus Music and Video battles to keep its marquee and to get the Eagles on its shelves

  • Music

    October 3, 2002

    A South By Southwest How-To

    Let's do like the Texans and punk Dallas

  • Music

    August 1, 2002

    Long, Hot Sunday

    The Sabbath simmers with sizzling sets, squealing tires and ersatz Stone Cold Steve Austins

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    July 26, 2001

    Mount Coy

    South Park Mexican carves out his place in history with the 2001 Music Awards

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    July 26, 2001


    An argument for human cloning

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    July 27, 2000

    Music Awards Winners

    The votes are in! See who you picked as winners in the HPMA 2000

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