Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, 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 the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link.
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David Byrne & St. Vincent
Sarofim Hall, Hobby Center
October 6, 2012
Late, late into David Byrne and St. Vincent's appearance at Hobby Center Saturday, the duo arrived at a song whose title suited the evening to a T: "The Party." The tune itself, from St. Vincent's 2009's album Actor, was formal, s ... More >>
Rocks Off was saddened to hear this morning that bluegrass great Earl Scruggs passed away Wednesday in a Nashville hospital at age 88. It's safe to say that the North Carolina native, best known for his fruitful partnership with guitarist Lester Flatt, was the most famous banjo player in the world.
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When The Simpsons completes its last (contracted) season in 2014, it will have set staggering new broadcast records for longest running sitcom (over 550 episodes) and longest running prime time scripted TV series (25 seasons). These are all American records, of course, because the Japanese co ... More >>
Photo by Devin DeHaven Latin jazz bandleader and congero Poncho Sanchez spent lots of time as a kid watching his older sisters dance the mambo and cha-cha-cha to their Cal Tjader, Tito Puente and Machito records. While they danced, Sanchez read the album covers and listened.
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Craig HlavatyWe're running this picture of My Morning Jacket's Jim James now because this will be the last we see of him all weekend.For weeks after we skipped last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival to man the controls in Houston, Rocks Off found ourselves thinking, "Man, I wish I woul ... More >>
Over the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be previewing acts performing at this year's Houston International Festival Saturday and Sunday and April 24-25 broken down by genre (loosely, anyway) and with a guest pick from a true insider: iFest Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell. Today, a look at ... More >>
Simone Cechetti/ cgtrio.comCreated in 1991 after taking part in Robert Fripp's League of Crafty Guitarists, the trio formed by Paul Richards, Bert Lams and Hideyo Moriya forms a rare musical partnership that reaches across various genres without any form of prejudice. During the trio's live se ... More >>
Coba Coba (Cumbancha)
If you hear similarities between Novalima's modern Afro-Peruvian music and the rhythms brought from Cuba by Celia Cruz and Tito Puente in the '50s, you're on the right track: Peruvians have borrowed a lot from the Africans taken to South America as ... More >>