By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever HONORABLE MENTION: SUNNY SWEENEY Thus far mainstream success has eluded Sunny Sweeney, but not for lack of either talent or trying. According to her Facebook page, Sweeney (a former standup comic) has now played the Grand Ole Opry 41 times but continues to reside in ... More >>
Houston's music scene lost a unique voice over the Independence Day weekend. Chris Bauman, bassist, keyboardist and sound engineer for Cosmic Bug Loaf, was struck by a suspected drunk driver and killed outside of San Marcos. He was 26. Bauman came to the Houston area from Des Moines, Iowa, living i ... More >>
Last year was a busy year for Houston's Children of Pop. So busy, in fact, that the act never had time to host an official release party for its latest album, Fiesta/Drift, which was voted one of Rocks Off's top local albums of 2013. But that's all about to change when Children of Pop hosts the off ... More >>
A pleasant surprise imported from College Station.
Venomous Maximus Fitzgerald's, November 15 Houston's dark overlords of doom-metal should be coming into this Fitz show -- their first hometown gig since opening for Guns N' Roses in May -- on quite a high, having just shared a stage with the mighty Slayer at last weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Now pr ... More >>
This is the first part of a three-part Chef Chat series. Check back with us for parts two and three, which will run in this same space Thursday and Friday. Kris Jakob is frowning in concentration, looking a bit intimidating. He's concentrating ferociously on his plating, and I'm trying to snap a ca ... More >>
A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.
Gustavo Arellano isn't just any Mexican. Over the years, the writer has turned himself into almost the "official" Mexican of America thanks in large part to his syndicated column, "Ask a Mexican!" and books like Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. This is his most recent book and one in w ... More >>
The five ugliest beer labels in Texas.
Did Pat Green save country music? That is a contentious question no matter on which side of the Red River you're standing, but it's also a little beside the point. Nurtured by the storytelling culture of legendary Central Texas singer-songwriter rooms like New Braunfels' Gruene Hall and San Marcos' ... More >>
After 50 years as one of Texas's top powerhouse entertainers, Roy Head calls son Sundance the real star in the family.
Rocks Off thought we had written everything about Robert Ellis & the Boys' Whiskey Wednesday shows there was to say. After all, the weekly beer-soaked no-cover night of Texas-heavy vintage honky-tonk covers ended back in April. So we were a little intrigued when someone forwarded us this link earl ... More >>
credGene Kurtz (left) and Roy Head wrote "Treat Her Right" in 10 minutes on a roll of toilet paper."I guarantee you one thing, Gene Kurtz is playing bass in the best band in heaven tonight," says Roy Head. Head co-wrote "Treat Her Right," one of the truly legendary Texas hits, with Kurtz, the ... More >>
Photo by WinkerBassist Gene Kurtz, who co-wrote Roy Head's 1965 hit "Treat Her Right" and went on to play with a wide range of artists across rock, R&B, jazz and country, passed away Sunday night, according to a post on his Facebook page. Kurtz had just celebrated his 69th birthday last week. ... More >>
Tuesday, George Strait released Here For a Good Time, by our count his 39th album overall. Some may call that the Madness of King George, but Rocks Off the Elder and Younger have both heard Good Time; we both think it's one of his stronger sets, continuing the bout of second wind (Third? Four ... More >>
Is Simone on Sunset the best bar in West U...already?
Photos by Jason WolterLyle Lovett & John Hiatt The Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston June 27, 2011 Coming soon to an Improv near you: The comedic stylings of Lyle & Hiatt! Almost sounds like one of those old-time yukster duos, doesn't it? It certainly played out like that Monday night in Th ... More >>
The neo city on the hills is a far cry from its cheap pot, cold beer and low-rent former ways.
Guru Prakashanand Saraswati is accused of sexual indecency with a minor.Respected guru Prakashanand Saraswati is going to trial today in a San Marcos courtroom after being slapped with 20 counts of sexual indecency with a child. The 82-year-old guru, also known as Shree Swamiji, is the founde ... More >>
Monday afternoon, when Rocks Off was scouring our email, MySpace, Facebook and various other Web sites for the following information, this thought occurred to us more than once: "Why are we wasting our time telling Houstonians where to go see people during SXSW who they can see practically anytim ... More >>
The wild tropical seafood restaurant Yelapa Playa Mexicana was named for a beach on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
In a one-of-a-kind short list, HPD names the 30 most troubled mentally ill in the city.
Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. DJ Screw 3 N' Da Mornin, Part 2 (Big Tyme Records, 1995)While researc ... More >>
Saying he deserves a bigger piece of the pie, the former city councilman serves up cherry information to his current political opponent
Sammy's at 2016, now with less Sammie
We Got the Jazz: A Special Night of Texas Hip-Hop Beats and Rhymes Fitzgerald’s December 8, 2007 Better than: The end of The Last Dragon when Bruce Leroy realizes he is the master and then whoops Sho Nuff. Download: “BPM” (Heroes), “Quarters” (SuperROOT), “3 Story House” (H.I.S.D.) ... More >>
Talking SXSW and rap's current malaise with a soon-to-be ex-Houstonian
...otherwise known as the H-Town 20
Hell-raiser and one-man band Scott H. Biram lays the hammer down
David McGee's works riff on one another, like a certain musical genre
For New Mexico-bred singer-songwriter Eric Hisaw, the move to Austin is just starting to pay
Groceries spoil in the heat, while the rest of Houston's music community blossoms
The Hyde Park Miniature Museum has been dredged out of mothballs, but will it find a permanent home before time runs out?
Named after a beer, Honeybrowne strives to be more
In his first 24 years of life, Brad Turcotte has already become a music-business veteran
Austin-based salsa orchestra marries ghetto funk with barrio spice
After riding with the majors, born loner Darden Smith learns it's easier to drive yourself
Laser rock shows at the Museum of Natural Science go the way of the dinosaurs
Two weeks ago the FCC shut down Montrose Radio. Can the pirate station survive the bust? Can the pirate station survive itself?
Folk-rock space boy Todd Snider awakes to find a career on the upswing
After two decades of oddity, Beans Barton still has a lock on the inexplicable
Wayne Hancock is a new-fashioned guy with old-fashioned desires
Trish and Darin: The band you love to hate?