Ryan Chavez

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    July 23, 2014

    Walters Owner Pam Robinson Hangs Tough

    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 >>

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    January 9, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Dwayne Cathey, A Good Man to Scare People With

    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 >>

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    October 24, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Adam Bricks, NYC Expat

    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 >>

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    October 4, 2012

    2 Years After Ownership Change, Fitz Is Thriving

    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 >>

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    September 5, 2012

    The Prettiest Grandfather Child Footage You Will Ever See

    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 >>

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    September 3, 2012

    Friday Night: Grandfather Child, the Suffers, etc. at Fitzgerald's

    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 >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Grandfather Child Prepare for Debut

    Album recorded partially in drummer's parents' basement.

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    January 27, 2012

    Eric Dean Talks Main Street Block Party, Montrose Winter Social

    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 >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Dig This: Mantis, Pelviq Thrust, Super Robot Party, Mikey & The Drags, Trio Musette

    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 >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Saturday Night: Wild Men Of Rock At The Continental Club

    Photos by Marc BrubakerThree Mustangs & A Stallion (clockwise from top left): Andre Williams, Roy Head, Archie Bell, Little Joe Washington​Wild 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 >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Saturday Night: By The End Of Tonight Reunion At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​By 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 >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Saturday Night: Wild Moccasins Tour Kickoff At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Wild 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 >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Grandfather Child Finish Album, Resume Crushing Crowds

    Mark C. Austin​There 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 >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Blinded by the Light

    Sacred Steel gives Grandfather Child an epiphany.

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    September 29, 2010

    Last Night: CocoRosie At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jody Perry​CocoRosie 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 >>

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    August 5, 2010

    Died and Gone to Houston

    City is ready for another honky-tonk close-up.

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    April 20, 2010

    Frightened Rabbit Show Looking Unlikely Cancelled

    ​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 >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Listology: Lucas Gorham Of Grandfather Child's Favorite Voices

    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 >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Aftermath: Houston Radio Friendly Unit Shifters Bid Nirvana's Kurt Cobain Happy 43rd

    Photos by Jay Rascoe​This 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 >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Wednesdays are Honky-Tonk Heaven In Houston, and Thursdays are Hillbilly Hell

    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 >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Aftermath: More Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park

    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 >>

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    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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    February 26, 2009
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    October 10, 2008
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    September 17, 2008

    Silver Jews Moved to Walter's Tomorrow

    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 >>

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    July 24, 2008
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    July 10, 2008
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    June 5, 2008

    High Gas Prices Still Hurting Touring Bands

    Notes toward a post-cheap-gas touring economy

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    May 14, 2008

    This Just In: Cave Singers Cancel

    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 >>

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    July 26, 2007

    Teen Bands

    From Doo Doo Butter to The Dimes, kids leave cover songs and garages behind

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    July 6, 2006

    Houston Band Cartography

    The launch of our blog brings forth a quixotic attempt toward a local music atlas

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    May 18, 2006

    It's a Gas

    Pump pains constrain some musicians and inspire others

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    January 26, 2006


    Twisted G is most definitely not trapped in the closet

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    December 22, 2005

    Yule Fuel

    A discussion of non-Christmas Christmas music

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    June 2, 2005

    Color Me Impressed

    Houston's Spain Colored Orange drops the Charade and inks an indie record deal

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    November 25, 2004

    Super Unison Brothers

    Ryan Chavez and Andrew Morgan wave good-bye to Hands Up Houston

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    April 1, 2004

    Funeral Blues

    Three local music figures are cut down in one week

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    June 12, 2003

    Washington Avenue Rocks

    Jagi Katial cobbles together a local festival worth cheering about

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    November 1, 2001

    Reach for the Sky

    The selfishness of Hands Up Houston nourishes Space City's beleaguered indie scene