"It was all pretty much an experiment" says John Garcia, the third original member of Desorden, the band that later evolved into Los Skarnales. "We had to borrow instruments and learned to play them as we went along. But hey, were really good at making loud noises!" And so began the desmadre that w ... More >>
Rocks Off literally can't remember a time when we couldn't find 30footFall in the concert listings of Houston Press and before that Public News. Like the Hates, the Sinister Sirens, and deadhorse they were always a part of the background of everyday teenage life in Houston. Now, drummer Bria ... More >>
My Top Ten Local Albums of 2011
Checkout the slideshows of the bands and the crowd at the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase. Photo By Marco TorresRyan Scroggins onstage Saturday night at Warehouse Live. Saturday's Houston Press Music Awards Showcase was spread out over five areas and some eleven stages, which meant most ... More >>
Your guide to the bands and venues.
Photo by Liana LopezNick Gaitan and Umbrella ManOh, yes, it is that time again, time for the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase You can almost smell it...well, hopefully not. This week we will be profiling the bands who will be performing at this Saturday's HPMA showcase at venues all over ... More >>
Took us long enough, right? It's been so long since we've had the Houston Press Music Awards, which were last handed out the evening of August 11, 2010, that we almost forgot we were having them. Not really. How could we? If our numbers are correct, in the two weeks this year's nomination b ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterNick Gaitan & the Umbrella ManDay 2 of the Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest is underway. Nick Gaitain & the Umbrella Man opened with a set of countrified conjunto, steamy barrio ballads and one of our favorite Los Lobos songs, "I Got Loaded." The most prophetic l ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterWild MoccasinsWell, Houston's gradual transformation into Death Valley seemed to work in the Wild Moccasins' favor; although somewhat sparse this early in the day, the crowd nonetheless crowded forward, pressed up against the barriers in front of the stage. Sure, it pro ... More >>
Your guide to our very first Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest.
Marco TorresBun B: As trill as it gets.You asked for it, you got it. Like KISS. Now, right now, you can buy single-day passes for this weekend's Best of Houston® BestFest on the festival's Web site, bestfesthouston.com. If the virtual ticket window isn't quite ready, give it a minute or to ... More >>
As much as Rocks Off has been talking about it, planning it, and writing about it these past two months or so, it doesn't seem possible that our first-ever Best of Houston® BestFest is only 10 short days away. By the time we finish coughing up all the dust from our trip to the no-smoking Aus ... More >>
What would your Friday be without Magnolia City Mixtape? Pretty bleak, if you're trying to keep up on all the local music here in Houston. Thankfully, we're here to make that last day of the work week just a bit better. Propain launched his music video for the Departure track, "Say I Won't." Dire ... More >>
Here's our guide to what's happening this Halloween.
Photos by Marco TorresHenry Darragh Quintet, a smooth oasis on a hot day.How was your Saturday? We spent ours hopping from bar to bar, soaking in rays (inadvertently), and downing copious amounts of liquid refreshment. Oh yeah, and we managed to see eight bands in four hours. Dive in for our ... More >>
Here we go, y'all. Rocks Off is proud to present this year's HPMA showcase lineup, featuring almost 50 2010 nominees, a few distinguished HPMA alumni and special guests Matt & Kim and Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights. We guess this means this thing is really happening. The showcase start ... More >>
Texas Tech studies body ink and social deviance.
Well, the Justice Department has approved the Live Nation/Ticketmaster monopoly merger. What does this mean for you, the average concertgoer? Well, even more inflation on the already-ridiculous $6 Lone Stars at House of Blues. Free Press Houston had a well-written cover story last spring about the ... More >>
Texas Tech's school of sociology will soon publish a study claiming a link between the number of tattoos a college student has and their level of social deviance, which is defined in the study as proclivities for binge drinking, promiscuity, frequent marijuana use and occasional use of other drug ... More >>
"Cactus Music 2nd Anniversary Party" With The Flamin' Hellcats, DJ Joey McKeel: Fri., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Cactus Music and Video. Arthur Yoria, Colin Lake: Wed., Oct. 28. Warehouse Live. Delbert McClinton: Sat., Dec. 26. Verizon Wireless Theater. Dir En Grey: Mon., Nov. 2. Warehouse Live. "ArrowFest ... More >>
The Aggrolites: Wed., Oct. 14. Meridian. Asher Roth: Thu., Sept. 24. Rich's Houston. Aventura: Fri., Dec. 4. Toyota Center. Bastard Sons Of Johnny Cash: LOUNGE STAGE., Thu., Oct. 1. Fitzgerald's. Buxton: Thu., Oct. 1. Continental Club. Captured! By Robots: Wed., Nov. 18. Super Happy Fun Land. C ... 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 >>
Chris GrayScarface (right) and 2009 Best Punk winners Flamin' Hellcats Best Local CD/LP: Bun B, UGK for Life Best Local EP/7-inch: Wild Moccasins, Microscopic Metronomes Best Local Song: Mechanical Boy, "She Does" Best New Act: Roky Moon & BOLT Songwriter: B L A C K I E Local Musician of the ... More >>
Mark C. Austin Only a few more hours until this year's Houston Press Music Awards winners will be announced at Warehouse Live. There's still time for you to head over to Momentum Audi (2315 Richmond) to pick up tickets; doors open to the public at 7:30 p.m. Performing tonight are HPMA nominees Ka ... More >>
Chris GrayGroovy, groovy acoustic reggae from Ryan Scroggins & the Trenchtown Texans, featuring Sideshow Tramps' Geoffrey Muller, plus Pat Kelly banging on a couple of 4X4s. Singing about people watching "that old devil box." We guess if they're watching on Channel 39, it's OK. For tonight.So ... More >>
Chris GrayNo performer, but here's presenter Hailey Frances of Channel 39. She's pretty.Best Latin Contemporary: Los Skarnales. That trophy case has got to be getting pretty crowded at this point.Best Radio Station: KPFT. Another snippy acceptance speech. "We don't have a university backing us up ... More >>
Photos by Craig HlavatyThis member of Rocks Off has never felt so proud of his city, especially after last night's Houston Press Music Awards showcase. He was wont to call it "his" city just a few years back, commuting back and forth into the Inner-Loop breach to review show after show from the s ... More >>
We're here with Nick Gaitan from Umbrella Man. He's up first in the Hot Seat.Who are you going to see today?Ryan Scroggins. Want to watch Sean Reefer, but we're playing at the same time. And by buddy Jack, we're up against each other for Best Bassist. BUH BUH BUM! (Says in doomy singing voice).I ... More >>
Your guide to the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards showcase
As if Wednesday night's drunken, surly and bearded Clutch show wasn't enough for the House Of Blues staff, tonight they get to rassle with the musical stylings of one David Allan Coe, openers 1100 Springs and Sean Reefer & The Resin Valley Boys. Long a fixture on the Houston honky-tonk scene, Re ... More >>
Here they are, folks. You nominated 'em, we mulled 'em over and sorted out the stuffers, and now the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards ballot is set. Normally Rocks Off would say something cute like read 'em and weep, but since we've been listening to almost nothing but '80s hard rock and new bands th ... More >>
Here they are, folks. You nominated 'em, we mulled 'em over and sorted out the stuffers, and now the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards ballot is set. Normally Rocks Off would say something cute like read 'em and weep, but since we've been listening to almost nothing but '80s hard rock and new bands t ... More >>
A Sideshow Tramp goes solo and gives H-town some props
Fifteen years ago next month, shock-punk hero GG Allin's brief but eventful life came to an end when his wildly overtaxed body had all it could handle and finally gave out after one shot of heroin too many. Naturally, Allin's legend has only grown since then, aided by 1994 documentary Hated: GG Alli ... More >>
The Houston International Festival, also known as iFest, has announced the lineup for its 37th annual edition, set to take place April 19-20 and 26-27 on nine stages spread across downtown. Instead of spotlighting a specific country this year, its theme “Out of Africa: The Three Journeys,” encom ... More >>
As previously threatened, I have devised my list of the best albums of 2007. It wasn't easy. I had to ignore some sales calls at work to make this. Sorry, Weld Tooling out of Tulsa, Daddy has to make his list. Ah, day jobs. Can't live with them, can't buy shit on eBay you don't even need without the ... More >>
Talking ska with Ryan Scroggins
They came, they saw, they got a lot of votes. We’ve got the complete list of winners after the jump, but here’s a hint: You don’t have to say no to drugs to be local musician of the year.
Pachuco Boogie Sound System
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