It hasn't been an easy ride to international stardom for vocalist and composer Bilal Sayeed Oliver, who performs simply as Bilal. The Philly native, who roomed for a while with jazz pianist and Houston native Robert Glasper, almost quit the business when his second album was rejected by Interscope a ... More >>
Ledisi Bayou Music Center, May 16 Though a true breakthough into the mainstream pop world has thus far eluded her, New Orleans native Ledisi (born Ledisi Young) has clandestinely become a star among fans who love little else than to dim the lights and turn up the grown-folks music. (She also has a ... More >>
Aerosmith: With Slash. Mon., August 25, 7:30 p.m., $39.50 TO $155.00. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., Spring, 281-363-3300. Andy Grammer: Sat., July 12, 7 p.m., $20 to $24. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. The Antlers: Mon., July 21, 8 p.m., $15 to $17. ... More >>
To paraphrase Hank Williams Jr., thank God for Texas women. Houston native Beyonce, whose surprise eponymous album was released after many writers had already turned in their 2013 best-of list, and Lindale's Kacey Musgraves -- whose Same Trailer Different Park was a thoughtful and tuneful counterpo ... More >>
Robert Glasper Experiment Arena Theatre, November 9 If the praise surrounding Robert Glasper were any more glowing, he would be visible from space. The 35-year-old Missouri City native and proud HSPVA grad is already a 2013 Grammy winner, Best R&B Album for last year's Black Radio, with the promise ... More >>
Anthony Green: With Dave Davison, Brick Mortar., Wed., November 27, 7 p.m., $15 to $21. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. Backspace On the Run: Benefitting Evelyn's Park Conservancy., Sat., December 7, 7 p.m., $25. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. Brian McK ... More >>
Robert Glasper Experiment Miller Outdoor Theatre, August 16 This should be a real pleasure: a free show under the stars featuring a hometown kid who has gone on to become a Grammy winner. Pianist, HSPVA alum and dedicated J. Dilla fan Robert Glasper was showered with hosannas with his 2012 album Bl ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, 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 entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? All of the greats start out in church ... More >>
This year music has been dominated by viral pop like "Call Me Maybe" and "Gangnam Style," songs that initially became "hits" from outside the music business' traditional delivery system, usually YouTube. Thursday, the Grammys recognized that by nominating "Maybe," by 17-year-old Justin Bieber proteg ... More >>
If you're looking for homegrown musical success stories of 2012, you could do a lot worse than Robert Glasper. True, technically he lives in New York, where he became such an in-demand session player he called his 2009 album Double Booked, but now the Missouri City native and HSPVA grad is on the ve ... More >>
Beyonce, the queen of all showbiz, is expected to officially be named the halftime headliner at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans sometime today after MTV broke the news Tuesday afternoon. The choice seems fairly sensible. There are precious few pop stars of her magnitude out there right now, although ... More >>
The most underground music in Houston right now isn't rap or indie rock...it's jazz.
The best Texas albums of 2009...or what we could squeeze in.
Rocks Off was pretty sure we missed a few Texas (or Texas-connected) artists in Thursday's writeup of the 2010 Grammy nominees, and it turns out we were right. We don't even remember scrolling past some of these categories over at Grammy.com, to be honest, but thanks to the Texas Music Office's C ... More >>
Beyonce leads all nominees for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, reaping the benefits of her smash double album I Am... Sasha Fierce and her prominent role on the soundtrack to last year's Chess Records docudrama Cadillac Records, in which she appeared as an R&B diva from an earlier age, Etta Jame ... More >>
Photos by Groovehouse Maxwell sure knows his audience. And not just all the single ladies - many of whom were up and dancing to Beyonce's ubiquitous hit the prince of neo-soul used as his intro music Tuesday at Toyota Center - but the men who love them, or at least want to get with them. "Fellas, ... More >>
[Ed. Note: Maxwell's pianist and bandleader, Missouri City native Robert Glasper, plays the official afterparty with his trio at Meridian, 1503 Chartres.] Maxwell is headlining Tuesday's R&B feature at the Toyota Center with support from Common and newcomer Chrisette Michele. But Rocks Off ... More >>
Equally gifted in jazz and R&B, area native Robert Glasper moonlights in Maxwell's touring band.