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? Jo Bird is a violist from ... More >>
The Eagles Toyota Center, February 21 Arguably the most successful American rock band of all time, the Eagles have lost little of their drawing power for only having released one all-original album since 1980. Of course that one, 2007's The Long Hard Road Out of Eden, sold some 7 million copies dom ... More >>
With a name like Mama Tried, you'd expect nothing less than the most quintessential sounds of Merle Haggard in his prime, but this South Houston five-piece is a scruffier, much faster version of the Hag. One look at Blake Plsek (banjo/harmonica) and Jason "J-Bone" White (dobro/guitar) and you'd ... More >>
It's crawfish season, as Rocks Off may have mentioned recently. All weekend - today through Sunday, in other words - the Houston Blues Society is sponsoring the stage at the Kemah Crawfish Festival, featuring dependable locals such as Mojofromopolis, the Paul Ramirez Band, Texas Johnny Brown, Don Ke ... More >>
Checkout the slideshows of the bands and the crowd at the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase. Photo by Marc BrubakerVivian PikklesI'd like to preface this by mentioning that I got a stern lecture from a part-time shuttle driver, full-time pastor on Saturday at the Houston Press Music Awards ... More >>
Your guide to the bands and venues.
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 >>
Natachee's on Main has finally come into its own.
Photos by Troy FieldsThe open-faced meatloaf sandwich comes with a fried egg on top, inside of an onion ring. It's overkill in the best, most spirited way.I'll be the first to admit when I'm wrong. (Life lesson: It's so much easier that way, kiddos.) And I was wrong about Natachee's Supper 'n ... More >>
Here's our guide to what's happening this Halloween.
Our guide to Houston's best Halloween haunts.
City is ready for another honky-tonk close-up.
Homey Heights cafe King Biscuit hosts a first-rate jazz jam.
Abacabb, Upon A Burning Body, Molotov Solution, Dr. Acula: Fri., Jan. 29. Meridian. Al Di Meola: Sat., Feb. 13. Dosey Doe Coffee Company. Alpha Rev, The Fox Derby, Tyagaraja, The Language Room: Fri., Jan. 8. Warehouse Live. The Appleseed Cast: Fri., Feb. 26. Rudyard's. The Bellamy Brothers: Fri. ... 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 >>
Another Friday afternoon and Rocks Off is itching to leave, so let's get to it. FridayPop duo Adam & Lena play a free Cactus Music in-store at 5:30 p.m. Free beer, etc. Hurry, but if you miss them they'll be at Robusto's Cigar Lounge in Katy tomorrow night. House of Blues hosts a triple bill ... 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 >>
Chris GrayBen Wesley is killing with a song that, according to his good buddy Cornbreadd, he wrote two days ago. It just keeps building and building on itself, spreading its wings rather than collapsing under its own weight. Wesley started out with a guitar and a bass strapped to him, hunched ove ... 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 >>
Chemist by day, guitarist by night. What bands are you checking out today?I came to play the gig or get my ass kicked. The Ton Tons. Flying Fish Sailors... (Uh. they aren't playing.) Who are your HPMA picks?Best Bassit I believe is not on here. It's our Best Bassist, Will Bloomingtrim. Jack Sch ... 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 >>
O Pioneers!!! turns growing up into unrelenting punk rock.
Noise breaks down the months of live music ahead
Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys, Boondocks, April 28: "Reefer and friends can be a benign ensemble whose greatest sin (and virtue) is defibrillating the shade of Hank Williams Sr. for an audience whose appetite for debauchery is more in line with grandson Hank III." Mike Ness and Jesse Day ... More >>
One Show, One Sentence
Photo by Rosa Guerrero Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys Boondocks April 28, 2008 Better Than: A double drive-in bill of Dazed and Confused and Reefer Madness, reenacted Rocky Horror-style. Download: The Velvet Underground's "Heroin," so nobody feels left out. If you go see Sean Reefer & the ... 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 >>
"I Don't Get Around Much Anymore." The Ellington tune is bouncing around my head as I take the train downtown (the A-Train?) for the 2007 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase. I just can't stay out ‘til two and work the next day like I used to. I was pretty sure this would never happen to me. Ya li ... More >>
A sampling of some of the most out-there freak-outs and calamitous train wrecks H-Town bands have experienced the last few years
Spain Colored Orange takes home four Press Music Awards
Looking back on the '05 and dreaming in the '06
A former king of the Texas metal world unites Houston's warring rock tribes and wins a passel of Music Awards
Saturday, July 30, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.
An open letter to the organizers and music bookers of the Houston International Festival
Looking back on the '04
A rundown of every act on this year's bill
Sean Reefer and the Resin Valley Boys spark up some primo Western swing and trad C&W
In your heart, you know the Yuppie Prick$ are right
Trains and the vintage sounds of the Swank Countrypolitans bring a time warp to the Continental Club