Rocks Off put it off as long as we could, because December has been a pretty rough month. It always is for music. (Hollywood, too.) But it's time to call the roll of people who played or sang their last note in 2012, plus a few who were just as instrumental offstage. Precious few corners of the mus ... More >>
Tonight at the Continental Club, Austin's Freddie Steady 5 will head up a tribute to the late Doug Sahm focusing on Sahm's 2000 album The Return of Wayne Douglas, which he recorded only a few months before dying of a heart attack in November 1999. La Porte native Freddie Krc, leader of the 5, has ju ... More >>
Johnny Perez, drummer for legendary '60s Texas garage-rockers the Sir Douglas Quintet, has died. Perez passed away in a hospital near Los Angeles due to complications of cirrhosis of the liver, according to the San Antonio Express-News. He was 69. Perez was a Golden Gloves-level amateur boxer and ... More >>
Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his yo ... More >>
For Rocks Off, one of the creepiest parts of our job is to report on deaths in the industry. Now matter how old or young the musician or mogul is, it's hard to try to quantify a person's life over the course of a few hundred words. How can you? Professional obit writers must be touched by the hand o ... 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 >>
Texas Tornado Augie Meyers, king of the Tex-Mex Vox organ, can tell some stories.
Photos by Marc BrubakerThree Mustangs & A Stallion (clockwise from top left): Andre Williams, Roy Head, Archie Bell, Little Joe WashingtonWild Men of Rock feat. Andre Williams, Archie Bell, Roy Head, Little Joe Washington, the Allen Oldies Band & special guest Sundance Head Continental Club S ... More >>
Craig HlavatyValerie June at SXSWWin some, lose some. Pete Mitchell, owner of Under the Volcano and the recently reopened Leon's Lounge, just called to bemoan the fact that rising star Valerie June had cancelled her July 26 solo date at Leon's. "She's doing a record with Dan Auerbach [Black ... More >>
Huey P. Meaux, the onetime studio and record-label owner and chart-topping producer who helped define the Gulf Coast sound through hits by the Sir Douglas Quintet, Freddy Fender and Barbara Lynn, died this morning at age 82. Known as the "Crazy Cajun," Meaux died at his home in Winnie, his n ... More >>
As you may have heard, there's a teeny-tiny little music festival going on in Austin later this week. Some of the early birds on team Rocks Off are either already there or well on their way, as a matter of fact. With more than 2,000 artists playing the official part of SXSW alone, trying to ... More >>
Any day we end with a picture of the Texas flag is a good day in our book.A while back, Rocks Off wrote about how, thanks to a combination of personal taste and certain technological twists of fate, our listening options at the office are somewhat limited. Quite limited, really: Basically The Arr ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyChris Isaak & Silvertone House of Blues October 17, 2010 Aftermath would like to get a look at Chris Isaak's business card sometime. We're assuming he has one. Mostly, we're wondering what it would say underneath his name: "Musician," "Entertainer" or perhaps both. B ... More >>
The road to Raul Malo's heart goes straight through Doug Sahm's hometown.
Photos by Jason WolterTexas Tornados Discovery Green September 23, 2010 Aftermath's favorite shows are the ones where we just have to write down the set list and not much else. The Texas Tornados are one of the bands that allow us to do that. We didn't know all the songs the reconstituted T ... More >>
Dan Klores CommunicationsTommy, can you hear me?Tonight House Of Blues welcomes the traveling underage rock revue School Of Rock as they re-create highlights from 1985's Live Aid concerts. SOR features three bands or teens and preteens rocking out and learning the ropes of touring and rock. ... More >>
A new book documents the shady past and solid-gold singles of Houston's SugarHill Studios.
Ed Note: All this week, to celebrate the release of Dr. Roger Wood and Andy Bradley's new book House of Hits: The Story of Houston's Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios and preview this weekend's related festivities at Sig's Lagoon and the Continental Club, Rocks Off and Lonesome Onry and Mean are ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseRoy Head (center) and the Allen Oldies Band's Allen Hill (left) and Jim Henkel Annise ParkerThe best-laid plans of mice, men and even mayors sometimes go awry. Annise Parker declined a big-ticket inaugural celebration in favor of a free concert on Discovery Green, a genuin ... More >>
Clint Broussard is a local boy who was born with the music of the Gulf Coast in his chromosomes. Broussard works as a bartender at Ginger Man, a clerk at Cactus Records and volunteer disc jockey with a great old-time R&B radio show on Rice University station KTRU. Rocks Off asked Broussard, ... More >>
"You just can't live in Texas if you don't have a lot of soul" - Doug Sahm, "At the Crossroads" If the Texas music scene ever had a soul, it belonged to Doug Sahm, the leader of the Sir Douglas Quintet who passed away ten years ago Wednesday. It didn't matter whether he was knee-deep in the blu ... More >>
San Antonio's the Krayolas steam into their second act.
In the third in our continuing series on the music of the five states of Texas, we examine the fictional state of New Texas, comprising Austin and the Hill Country. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here. New Texas Capital: Austin Patron Saint: Willie Nelson Lesser Icons: Roky Erickson/Thirteenth Floor ... More >>
[Note: This week Rocks Off is looking at the musical heritage, highs and lows, for each of the five possible states that might result should Texas secede from the U.S. like Gov. Rick Perry wants it to. Yesterday we began with the Panhandle/West Texas "Palo Duro" territory; today it's northeastern qu ... More >>
Cactus Music 2110 Portsmouth, 713-526-9272 www.myspace.com/cactusmv1. Springfield Riots, Say When EP 2. Todd Snider, The Excitement Plan 3. Jubal Lee Young, Last Free Place in America 4. Sonic Youth, The Eternal 5. Steve Earle, Townes 6. Elvis Costel ... More >>
Tejas Brothers, "She's About a Mover/Give Me Back My Wig" If you're looking for a poster band for the Texican thing, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better one than Fort Worth's Tejas Brothers. Currently gaining momentum due to heavy play on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country station, the B ... More >>
The Bueno, the Bad and the Muy Ugly
Saturday, February 4, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9666.
The Genuine Texas Groover (Rhino Handmade)
Smooth-jazz fans blast Racket
Exitos en Español: The Spanish Side of Freddy Fender (Music Club) /The Roots of Doug Sahm, Son of San Antonio (Music Club)
All People Considered
The Texas Tornado is gone, but not forgotten
Tranquil Canada flavors San Antonian Doug Sahm's rustic music
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