Note: this article was written by Houston-based writer Son-Christopher. This Friday Houston welcomes home Ledisi, a dynamic singer and daughter of the bayou area. But can you ever really go home again? A famous text says, "They asked us to sing songs, but how can we sing songs of Zion in a strange ... More >>
New Monsoon Last Concert Cafe May 10, 2014 Take them or leave them, jam bands have been a steady force on the touring circuit since the touring circuit has been the touring circuit. Thanks to the grandfathers of the genre, the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band, plus arena-filling predecess ... More >>
It might be hard to imagine now, but in 1981, very few people had home computers. Truth is, there wasn't much you could do with it unless you were a computer programmer. They were enormous boxes and the screens were tiny and looked like the encoded version of the Matrix, all black with green text. A ... More >>
People who knew Judy Rodgers called her a fighter and a force of nature, so much of the California Bay Area food scene was shocked and saddened to learn that the 57-year-old had succumbed to a rare form of cancer on Monday, December 2. Rodgers is often mentioned in the same breath as Alice Waters an ... More >>
Popular member of the Kracker Nuttz DJ team was only 27.
Sad news this Sunday: Elroy Boogie, a member of popular Houston DJ collective the Kracker Nuttz who had been battling cancer for the past few months, passed away earlier today, according to a statement on Kracker Nuttz co-founder DJ BabyJae's Facebook page. "I am truly at a loss for words," BabyJae ... More >>
I knew something cool was going on when bubbles started floating past my office window. Then Abe at the front desk gave me a call. "Is there a limo selling ice cream out front?" he asked. "I don't see one...should there be?" Indeed, there should be, and indeed there was a vehicle selling ice crea ... More >>
Who? Kurt Brecht is the iron-lunged front man of D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles), the ridiculously speedy hardcore punk band that got its start bashing out tunes inside his parents' house in Houston back in 1982. After shattering the sound barrier with the 18-minute, 22-song Dirty Rotten EP the same ... More >>
Anthrax, Exodus House of Blues April 10, 2013 I am going to come right out and say it: I never thought Anthrax should have been a part of The Big Four. When laying out the titans of thrash metal, the boys from New York -- a fact they never seem to want you to forget -- always seemed a bit out of p ... 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? Elroy Boogie of the Almighty Kracker N ... More >>
Veteran rockers Rush brought their steampunk-themed concept album to Toyota Center December 2.
A few days ago I asked Rocks Off fans on Facebook what the most they had ever spent on a concert tee was. Most people topped out at $50 for touring legacy acts, while some shelled out a lot more for hoodies and limited-edition tees. Now the world of concert posters is a whole other animal unto its ... More >>
Forty-six years ago today, rock and roll got a hell of a lot weirder in the state of Texas. On Nov. 30, 1966, Austin garage band The 13th Floor Elevators released their The Psychedelic Sounds Of album on Houston's International Artists label. Powered by the raw, fluttering classic "You're Gonna Miss ... More >>
Recently, I spent two blissful days in Napa Valley, which I chronicled here and here. It was hard to leave places like Bouchon Bakery, Bottega and about a million wineries behind, but I had another sunshiney (slash really foggy) day in San Francisco to look forward to before we headed to visit frien ... More >>
Years ago, when I was consulting in the Bay Area, I would drive to this street called Castro in Mountain View whenever I got the craving for traditional Hong Kong-style barbecue. I'm talking small diners with char-siu barbecue pork and roast duck hanging in the window. If you've ever been to a China ... More >>
New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker — and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide.
Still sportsmen after all these years, Huey Lewis & the News settle into some of their favorite Stax grooves.
It's halfway to St. Patrick's Day (truth), so we popped into The Dubliner earlier this week to...celebrate? Sure, why not? While sipping a Guinness, we started talking to Chelsea, a California native who's been living in Houston for three years. Her friends thought she was nuts for leaving th ... More >>
Boz Scaggs turns to jazz, knows his Lightnin' Hopkins.
These kids are obviously not from HoustonHouston is many things, but one thing it apparently isn't is one of those hippie, commune-type places where people dig the vibe of being generous with things they no longer want. In short, we are not Portland or Seattle. Or Detroit, for that matter. ... More >>
Nielsen SoundScan released its annual report on music sales Monday, and the results were less than surprising. Physical sales continued to decline, digital sales continued to rise, and crap pop continues to reign supreme both at the cash register and on the airwaves. During the period of Jan ... More >>
Over the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be previewing acts performing at this year's Houston International Festival Saturday and Sunday and April 24-25 broken down by genre (loosely, anyway) and with a guest pick from a true insider: iFest Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell. We begin with tha ... More >>
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Beat the Devil's Tattoo is the reverb-heavy rockers' most cohesive LP yet.
Craig HlavatyThe Phish of the Southwest and king of Houston's summer concert hill: George Straitâ€‹Online ticket broker StubHub.com released its annual list of America's Top 20 "Most Rockin' Cities" Friday, with Houston holding steady at No. 17 for the second year in a row. We probably would have be ... More >>
A Long, Strange Trip
After living in the U.S. for 25 years, Pól Brennan is now stuck on the Texas-Mexico border
The leading lady of abstract expressionism shows at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
New York rapper's hit single
David Levinthal records racist kitsch at the Menil
Meat Beat Manifesto knows how to hit you where it hurts
Confused by what all our hometown rappers are talking about? We’re here to help.
Greg Ashley resurrects the Mirrors for a summer tour; also: beware of Zipperneck
Tired of guitar-and-drums blues duos? You haven't heard Two Gallants yet.
House DJ Mark Farina finally has an album. And no, that's not a bad thing.
Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition (Def Jux)
Michael Franti and friends fight the hawks with hits
Exhuming and scoring last year's pop-music demises
Friday, November 21
Saturday, November 15
Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel enjoy a State of love and trust
Plus: Driving Them Crazy, Oyster Crabbing
Scott Kannberg shows the world how to win fans and lose friends
A new book detailing the "dark side of the all-American meal" could use a little more beef itself
Testament recruits heavy talent for new record
Tranquil Canada flavors San Antonian Doug Sahm's rustic music
March 25 - 31, 1999