Pam Robinson is not going anywhere. The outspoken owner of Walters Downtown -- and now an inductee into the Houston Music Hall of Fame -- has felt better, true. Recently her doctors discovered that the experimental drug that had been attacking her cancer was going after her heart just as aggressive ... More >>
Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Dwayne Cathey doesn't exa ... More >>
Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? In a city with a signifi ... More >>
Has it really been two years already since Jagi Katial and Omar Afra became the new owner-operators of Fitzgerald's? Apparently so, because the Free Press Summer Fest partners celebrated their second anniversary at the rickety old live music club on White Oak a couple weeks back with a weekend's wor ... More >>
Rewind: Friday Night: Grandfather Child, the Suffers, etc. at Fitzgerald's Brett Whitcomb and Bradford Thomason, known together as Window Pictures, have made a performance clip with Houston favorites Grandfather Child to help promote the group's brand-new self-titled release. This past Friday the ... More >>
Grandfather Child, the Suffers, Brent Nettles, Don't Poke the Bear Fitzgerald's August 31, 2012 Rewind: Grandfather Child Prepare for Debut (print feature) "Lucas was always getting into things as a kid. Asking questions, touching things," says Lucas Gorham's aunt while Gorham and his band Grandfa ... More >>
Album recorded partially in drummer's parents' basement.
I recently spoke to local show promoter, Eric Dean, who you may remember from the much maligned Montrose Winter Social or may already know him as he has tackled multi-venue events such as Main Street Block Party, Prideapolooza, and his July 4th party at Numbers with success. He's gearing up for this ... More >>
The current volume of local music is staggering. New Houston bands are born daily, and all too often pass away just as quickly. Rocks Off wants to help you (and ourselves) keep up. It's a new year, one sure to be loaded with new Houston music, bursting at the seams like our jeans after all these h ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerThree Mustangs & A Stallion (clockwise from top left): Andre Williams, Roy Head, Archie Bell, Little Joe WashingtonWild Men of Rock feat. Andre Williams, Archie Bell, Roy Head, Little Joe Washington, the Allen Oldies Band & special guest Sundance Head Continental Club S ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerBy The End Of Tonight, Young Mammals, B L A C K I E, Art Füx, Caddywhompus Fitzgerald's March 5, 2011 By the end of the show on Saturday night, there was no longer any potential energy left in Fitzgerald's upstairs room; it had been entirely converted into kinetic fo ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerWild Moccasins, Young Mammals Fitzgerald's February 12, 2011 Houston has seen Wild Moccasins plenty of times before, but that doesn't stop the throngs of fans from packing out show after show to see the band's catchy brand of indie pop-rock. The story was no different ... More >>
Mark C. AustinThere are two things you need to know about Grandfather Child: They're a super group made up of the best pieces of other bands. The lineup is Lucas Gorham, Ryan Chavez, Robert Ellis and Geoffrey Muller. In case you're not terribly familiar with the Houston independent music s ... More >>
Sacred Steel gives Grandfather Child an epiphany.
Photos by Jody PerryCocoRosie Fitzgerald's September 28, 2010 A kaleidoscope of musical and visual colors filled up the second floor of Fitzgerald's Tuesday evening as Bianca and Sierra Cassady of CocoRosie performed a nearly two-hour set for an enthusiastic crowd. Still glowing from the new ... More >>
City is ready for another honky-tonk close-up.
According to Frightened Rabbit's Twitter page, the Scottish mope-pop buzz band has been marooned in a Travelodge near London's Heathrow airport for the past few days, putting its scheduled U.S. tour for new album The Winter of Mixed Drinks in serious jeopardy. Like much of Europe, Heathrow i ... More >>
Brittanie SheyGrandfather Child's Lucas Gorham at Walter's, opening for Black Joe Lewis last Friday Grandfather Child is ridiculous. Seriously, the band's lineup is like some sort of musical Fantastic Four, banding together to demolish all comers. They all have their own spin-off books too in for ... More >>
Photos by Jay RascoeThis past Saturday would have been Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's 43rd birthday, and to celebrate, a band of some of Houston's best indie and hardcore cats got together to throw down a set of covers at Big Star Bar in the Heights, billing themselves as Danneurysm. Opening wit ... More >>
Photos by Chris GrayRobert Ellis & the Boys, under the blue neon It's no secret Rocks Off is a big fan of the country music, which is why we're starting to get a little excited about the inner-loop honky-tonk scene that's taking root. Over the weekend, we caught Sean Reefer & the Resin Va ... More >>
Photos (except where indicated) by Craig HlavatyB L A C K I E and friends "How is this Houston?" "How the hell is this Houston?" Aftermath couldn't stop saying that phrase over and over again to whoever we found ourselves walking with the past two days all over Eleanor Tinsley Park at the inaugur ... More >>
Taking stock of the Houston music scene on the eve of the annual Houston Press Music Awards Showcase.
That's more like it. Tomorrow evening's scheduled show with indie-rock poet Silver Jews (above) has been moved from the Orange Show to Walter's on Washington. Doors will open at 6 p.m., reports Super Unison's Ryan Chavez, and the show will be over by 9. Tomorrow night's show with New England pop-pun ... More >>
They'd just as soon give us a miss.
Notes toward a post-cheap-gas touring economy
After Cat Power's doctor-ordered cancellation of her Warehouse Live show (now scheduled to be made up in October), Houston's run of bad luck with indie-folk performers continues. According to Ryan Chavez of Houston promoters Super Unison, Seattle-based the Cave Singers have canceled tonight's show a ... More >>
From Doo Doo Butter to The Dimes, kids leave cover songs and garages behind
The launch of our blog brings forth a quixotic attempt toward a local music atlas
Pump pains constrain some musicians and inspire others
Twisted G is most definitely not trapped in the closet
A discussion of non-Christmas Christmas music
Houston's Spain Colored Orange drops the Charade and inks an indie record deal
Ryan Chavez and Andrew Morgan wave good-bye to Hands Up Houston
Three local music figures are cut down in one week
Jagi Katial cobbles together a local festival worth cheering about
The selfishness of Hands Up Houston nourishes Space City's beleaguered indie scene