When Rocks Off reached Gin Blossoms guitarist Jesse Valenzuela recently, he was a man on a mission. But it had nothing to do with either creating or playing music. "I'm taking a walk through my neighborhood and going to the store to get taco ingredients. I'm making them for my boy tonight," he says ... More >>
Free Radicals AvantGarden, March 25 Free Radicals is both Nick Cooper's revolving-door ensemble that at any given moment could be playing free jazz or Latin funk, and also Cooper's ongoing testimonial to how much he digs being a member of the Houston music community. He has so much experience at th ... More >>
Ariel Pink: Sun., June 16, 8 p.m., $15/$19. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Arum Rae: Fri., May 31, 8 p.m., $8/$11. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Avoxblue: With Andre Obin, Futility Closet, Stereo Telescope., Sun., March 17, 8 p.m., $3-$8. Notsuoh, 314 Main, Houston. Back in Black ... More >>
The Airborne Toxic Event: Mon., April 29, 8 p.m., $18/$25. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. The Black Angels: With Hanni El-Khatib, Wall of Death., Fri., May 24, 8 p.m., TBA. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Blowfly: Sun., Feb. 10, 8 p.m., $10. Walter's, 1120 Naylor St., Houston. Blu ... More >>
If you went to public school, you probably knew at least one student who screwed up long enough to get a begrudging promotion to the next grade or the real world despite a lack of any demonstrable merit. If you're reading this on your phone while you hang out in the Jiffy Lube bathroom on the clock, ... More >>
Doc revisits Houston's '90s music scene.
Photos by Jason WolterSoul Asylum House of Blues December 30, 2010 '90s alt-rock mainstays Soul Asylum took the House of Blues stage Thursday night, 18 years after their breakthrough release Grave Dancers Union. Front man Dave Pirner is conceivably regarded as one of the era's most colorful ... More >>
Rick OlivierIt's been a hot minute since we've heard from '90s hitmakers Better Than Ezra, but they've reconvened over the last year, releasing their seventh album Paper Empire and embarking on a "Road to Mardi Gras" tour which winds down New Years Eve in the band's hometown of New Orleans. ... More >>
American Fangs, CB Kings, Another Run, Legacy Fails, Born Again Virgins: Sun., Dec. 26. Fitzgerald's. Arlo Guthrie: Fri., March 25. House of Blues. Authority Zero, Flatfoot 56, Lionize: Sat., Jan. 22. Scout Bar Clear Lake. "New Year's Eve Ball 2011" With Benny Benassi: Fri., Dec. 31. Stere ... More >>
itscactus.comRocks Off doesn't mean to be morbid, but today is the Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday and festival honoring those who have gone before. So instead of waiting until the end of the year, the more traditional time for such things, we wanted to compile a list of the notable name ... More >>
Elise Blog OK, in your head, we want you to picture Soul Asylum. No, not "Runaway Train." We mean the energy, angsty effervescence of something like "Somebody to Shove." Wed that haunting voice and throbbing guitars to a mild prog-rock sensibility and you have Lotus Effect's EP, Rabbits and Royal ... More >>
"The Festival At The Mink" With White Rhino, Alkari, The Manichean, Flowers To Hide, The Sour Notes, Giant Battle Monster, Gretchen Schmaltz: Sat., Feb. 27, 6 p.m., $8. The Mink. Asleep At The Wheel: Fri., April 30. Dosey Doe Coffee Company. B L A C K I E, Rapeworm, Wife: Thu., March 4. Indie Ho ... More >>
Bavu Blakes/Dawn Jones-Garcia I got there just as a sample of R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” intro’d the Plairs’ funked up song of the same name. “Where’s Mayor Wynn?” Blakes asked, trying to get him on stage. It didn’t happen, but they gave a soulful cover o ... More >>
A new oral history of The Replacements
The Houston rock scene and the cultural cringe
A new boxed set excavates the '90s
Mary Cutrufello's leaving makes us wonder: Is your band a Krogers, Randalls or a Fiesta?
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Indigenous Americans blow blues-rock smoke
Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and the scourge of great art
Marilyn Manson's Long Hard Road Out of Hell is paved with one journalist's bad intentions
Okay, the name is stupid. But Soul Coughing is still a great band.