Free Press Summer Fest unveils its pricier 2014 lineup.
The 2014 music festival season is kicking into gear, with Free Press Summer Fest announcing its lineup last week. The rundown features at least a half-dozen acts coming right from Coachella, which announced last month, and probably at least a few who will be performing at Bonnaroo, which announces t ... More >>
A December 1968 edition of Rolling Stone featured Texas musicians who were at the time making inroads into the magazine's home city of San Francisco. Featuring a cover photo of cowboy-hatted Doug Sahm (balancing toddler son Shawn on his knee), it mentioned players and singers both known (Janis Jopli ... More >>
Marzi Montazeri is certainly no stranger in the Houston music scene. Since the '80s, the enigmatic guitar player has played all over town with a succession of heavy rock, blues and metal bands, rarely failing to turn heads with his astonishing, obsessive shredding skills. Tonight, those talents wi ... More >>
North Mississippi Allstars Last Concert Cafe, February 1 Sons of the late Jim Dickinson, the legendary Memphis producer and sometime Rolling Stones sideman, Luther and Cody Dickinson grew up on punk but couldn't help absorbing the abundant rootsy sounds around them. Logically, their band North Miss ... More >>
Wednesday, Lil Flip made the news. Not for releasing a comeback single to regain his footing as one of Houston's first breakout rap stars post-2000, but for being jailed. According to the Shreveport Times, the 31-year old rapper was arrested near Shreveport, La., Wednesday after deputies found a B ... More >>
First there was a real-life Walter White busted allegedly selling meth in Alabama...And now we have the case of William Duncan, 43-year-old junior high science teacher in Cass County, Texas. According to police in the town of Linden, Duncan sold meth to an undercover cop in the parking lot of his w ... More >>
I was asked on a Miami radio station on Thursday if I thought that the Dolphins had any chance of beating the Texans on Sunday. While firmly of the belief that the Texans will throttle the Dolphins by more than two touchdowns, I had to leave the door slightly ajar for a Dolphins upset, and I did so ... More >>
See our slideshow of the food at Summer Fest. Observations while standing near a classic-style mosh pit to see The Descendants, as my friend Jay swigged Beam from a flask in one hand and deflated beach balls with a pocket knife in the other hand: There is probably not a better drinks program for ... More >>
Mötley Crüe, those depraved kings of '80s sleaze, took a major step toward strip-club immortality 25 years ago this week when the band released its fourth album, Girls, Girls, Girls.. Glossy, debauched heavy metal ruled the charts in the summer of 1987 -- Whitesnake, Ozzy, Bon Jovi and Poison all ... More >>
Let me preface what I am about to say by noting that I love the State of Louisiana. I don't think I've ever had a bad trip to the state. It's one of my favorite places to visit, complete with otherworldly cuisine, ultra-accessible alcohol and gambling, and unintentional comedy galore. In short, I a ... More >>
A middle-aged Montgomery County couple is now behind bars after a brutal home invasion in The Woodlands followed by a horrific triple shooting in deep East Texas. Shelby County authorities believe that Bobby Dewayne Grubbs and Deedra Michelle Grubbs arrived there after Wednesday morning's assault ... More >>
There was a time not too long ago when the last-minute defection of wide receiver Deontay Greenberry from my alma mater Notre Dame to the University of Houston would have sent me into a mental funk that would have taken me a week from which to recover. After all, Greenberry is a dynamic "four star ... More >>
Police are still seeking a man they say burned the faces of two rural East Texans early Monday morning. Harrison County sheriffs say that 39-year-old Galen Granger Wallace hurled liquid drain cleaner at a man and a woman inside a home north of Marshall. The victims told police that Wallace had bee ... More >>
San Augustine County JailHeather Horn: Desperate terroristTwo young East Texas women -- 25-year-old Candice Harris and 29-year-old Heather Horn, both of Bronson, Texas -- are charged with felonies after authorities caught them earlier this week with what they are branding as dangerous incendi ... More >>
Pardon the geographical pun, but besides Texas, our neighbor to the east may be the most musical state in these United States. And in terms of per capita, Louisiana, which ranks 25th in population to Texas' second, is probably second to none. Outside Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the program m ... More >>
Another gay student is allegedly bullied, this time at the hands of an East Texas softball coach. If two high school coaches lead a girl into an empty locker room and lock the door behind them, something bad can happen, and at Kilgore High School, according to a new lawsuit filed by the Texas Civ ... More >>
Shrimp toast.As a longtime subscriber to Bon Appetit magazine, I am generally disappointed year after year when Houston's illustrious restaurant scene is completely neglected in the magazine's annual restaurant issue. Sadly, this year was no different, but I was at least able to take a bit o ... More >>
Memorial Day Weekend is the start of the grand summer road-trip season -- long, sweaty drives to see family, attend weddings, visit a new city, or just get away. Heat is no deterrent; in fact, part of our distinctly American pleasure is that feeling of freedom which comes on a long stretch of ... More >>
In case you've been experiencing the typical Houstonian's self-doubt about whether or not we're really a sophisticated metropolis, you can relax.Houston is now one of only five American cities with direct flights to Branson, Missouri. On real planes, too!You didn't think he would do "Moon River," ... More >>
The two-thirds-of-a-pound hamburger at the Historic Hamburger Store in Jefferson turned out to be two one-third-pound patties on top of each other. The regular price was six bucks, but by the time I had added bacon, Swiss cheese and jalapeños, it came to almost ten dollars. The meat pattie ... More >>
5. Z-Ro Cocaine (Rap-A-Lot) With Z-Ro's long-awaited album Heroin delayed, Cocaine ended up as the appropriately named followup to 2008's Crack. Though Cocaine was originally intended to be a mixtape put out by little-known producer DJ Drama Queen, it more than holds its own as a proper album. Fu ... More >>
The best Texas albums of 2009...or what we could squeeze in.
[Ed. Note: For the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be looking back at the many, many, many shows we reviewed this year. Trust us, we've long since lost count. We'll start with this past January, as ever a slow month on the live-music front, but things picked up soon enough... trust us. Enjoy.] Chris ... More >>
Other than Buck Owens, no artist had a bigger effect on Dwight Yoakam than "The Singing Fisherman," Johnny Horton. This East Texas rockabilly cool cat grabbed Rocks Off's attention every time his name was mentioned or a song of his came on the radio. We suspect it was the same for Yoakam, who chann ... More >>
Break the summer monotony at one of these out-of-the-way destinations.
Poster by Uncle Charlie What's the secret of a good burlesque dance? Well, choreography, costumes, agility, flexibility and old-fashioned seductiveness all have their place, of course, but it would be a poor burlesque show indeed without the proper strip-worthy tunes. Perhaps you can pick up a ... More >>
The Gourds didn't invent the idea of a ragtag roots-rock band spicing up its set with hip-hop and R&B covers, but thanks to their cover of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" (endorsed by the Doggfather himself), everybody probably thinks they did. But Gourds co-frontman Kevin Russell, playing&nb ... More >>
A Long Way to Go
Jesus is a convenient guy
The legislative session is only a month away, and Rick Ferguson knows exactly what he wants out of it -- a plan to help Texas, and Houston especially, catch up to the movie-making boom going on in Louisiana.Texas has fallen behind states like Louisiana and Michigan when it comes to offering financia ... More >>
Okay, so Notre Dame somehow preferred the Hawaii Bowl to the Texas Bowl. Some people just prefer Honolulu to Houston, we guess.But ND's replacement, Western Michigan University, is pleased as punch to be coming here.That can happen when you live in Kalamazoo (Motto: No, We Are An Actual City).The an ... More >>
Paul Miles returned from Iraq needing help with the death in his head. He got prison.
Even Hurricane Katrina couldn't stop Suplecs
Austin's little music festival is all grown up
Just stuff 'em
Aurora Picture Show goes on tour in its hometown
Ex-punkers of Starlings, TN space out with dulcimers and other American originals
Railcar killing news overlooked Leafie. Her neighbors didn't.