Don't let those thunderclouds fool you: That low rumbling you hear in the distance is the Lone Star Rally, the state's largest gathering of bikers, absolutely terrorizing the good people of Galveston. Until the last chopper rolls out on Sunday evening, the Island will be ground zero for bandanas and ... More >>
Ace Hood & Twista: Sun., April 7, 6 p.m., $45-$100. Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond, Houston. Air Supply: Thu., May 9, 8:30 p.m., $158-$218. Dosey Doe, 25911 I-45 N., Spring. All the Dead Pilots: With Fault, A Traitor at Heart., $10. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston. Allah-Las: With Infinite ... More >>
Not a lot of television shows win multiple Grammys. Then again, not a lot of television shows ever sounded (or looked) like Miami Vice. The cutting-edge series perfectly captured the pastel zeitgeist of its time when it debuted in 1984, influencing film, fashion, design and music in a way that few T ... More >>
Who? Cliff Dotterer is the co-owner and operating manager of Black Dog Records, which just moved to its new Bellaire location last week. The shop's inventory of records and collectibles includes a who's who of rock legends and current artists, as well as rarities, imports, T-shirts, record player ne ... More >>
This past Sunday, The New York Times ran a piece by Paul Greenberg where the author explained how important the Beatles were to music and pop culture to his five-year old son. The child didn't know that the band had albums, but only knew the Fab Four from iTunes playlists. "When the Beatles record ... More >>
Acid Baby Jesus, Night Beats, Paint Fumes: Thu., April 26. Walter's, 1120 Naylor St., Houston. "Praia Urbana" With ATFC, DJ Spen: Sat., March 10, 2 p.m. Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance St., Houston. Belanova: Tue., April 24. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Bowling For Soup, Patten Pending, ... More >>
So elusiveIt's safe to say I'm not the most tech-savvy guy around. A new iPhone coming out means as little to me as a new Keith Urban album. It's not a "get off my lawn" thing, it's just that tech stuff, to me, is too close to math. And I hate math. And if it's not too math-y, it's filled wi ... More >>
Closing out this week of celebration, and a little mourning, on the occasion of MTV's 30th anniversary , we reached back into the YouTube vaults to present to you the first 10 videos Music Television ever aired. On August 1, 1981, The Buggles' awfully prophetic "Video Killed the Radio Star" b ... More >>
UPDATE: 6 p.m.: The contest is over. Thanks for playing! Danny ClinchGrand Funk Railroad may have got there first, but Drive-By Truckers are an American band. If not for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, for whom the Truckers opened the Midwestern leg of their summer tour, the Georgia six-piece ... More >>
Meat Loaf says he's outdone Bat Out of Hell
Photos by Marco TorresThe Eagles Toyota Center June 27, 2010 For the past five years Aftermath has been told that we should hate the Eagles, but not why. Like a child, we would ask, and all we would hear from the pop-culture constabulary was "because they suck." It's like standing in a line ... More >>
Along Rocks Off's various Texas travels, we almost never listen to an iPod or compact discs anymore. Anything we could pop in wouldn't match the rhythm of the road; the Stooges or Metallica don't really jive with Highways 59, 71 or 77. In today's world of satellite radios, streaming tunes on your ... More >>
Courtesy of Sugar Hill StudiosLeft-right: Huey P. Meaux, Leo O'Neil and Mickey Moody Former Sugar Hill Studios engineer Mickey Moody, who - unlike his boss Huey P. Meaux - was a quiet, behind-the-scenes man, died in Fort Worth over the weekend. Moody, chief engineer and right-hand man during Meau ... More >>
Late Thursday, word came across the ticker that legendary comedian and TV star Soupy Sales had passed away at age 83. After a stint in the military and on radio, Sales went on to be one of the major pioneers of televised sketch and children's comedy. In 1965, he pulled a stunt where he asked his ... More >>
Hello People, The Handsome Devils (1974) Bricks (1975)Looking over the pics of last Wednesday's Insane Clown Posse show got Cutout Bin thinking about bands who wear clown-ish makeup. Of course there was KISS, and the whole death metal thing, but how many readers remember The Hello People? Hmm ... More >>
The New York Dolls aren't too long in the tooth to sing "Jet Boy."
Two Houston poets create a modern-day party line online.
Good news if you're into punk rock, whether you think it was invented by Iggy Pop or Kurt Cobain. Platform-heeled glamour boys the New York Dolls, a direct and deep influence on everyone from the Ramones to Motley Crue - and, lest we forget, former NYD fan-club president Morrissey - are co ... More >>
Even as our economy continued to go up in flames like the Toyota Center, the carnival of WTF kept trolling along this week. It seemed that every day we saw something so asinine and foolish that we couldn't keep up. Jackson Family slavery museums, rock and roll fantasy camps, Kid Rock's new beer, "As ... More >>
You figure a tranny would care more about politics. Oh, wait. Never mind. “I’m not that into voting.” Brooke Hogan said that the other week on her reality show (which makes Denise Richard’s show look like “Charlie Rose,” by the way.) Anyway, let me repeat Brooke’s words again, very s ... More >>
Eric says he's "married with dogs." HPMA Must-See's: The Mighty Orq, Miss Leslie, Espantapajaros Your Votes: Lady D for Best Zydeco -- never heard of her. Flamin' Hellcats for Best Roots Rock Earl Gilliam for Best Blues "Most Played" Tunes in Your iPod: Todd Rundgren, Matthew Sweet
Billy Bob Thornton (center), flanked by the Boxmasters' touring lineup. “Billy’s reaching for the phone.” With that, Boxmasters guitarist/bassist J.D. Andrew (see here) hands off to his drummer/lead singer Billy Bob Thornton, who won the hearts of miscreants everywhere as Willie, the booze-sw ... More >>
Todd Rundgren, who plays Warehouse Live's studio tonight (tickets still available), has had one of the more interesting careers in pop music history. Most people doubtless know him from this song... ...or this one... ...but like Jimi Hendrix said, it goes a little deeper than that. Here are fe ... More >>
Wack peruses some doozies in the groupie tell-all canon
Six dozen of Houston's finest bands for a mere $7
Music figures tell all abou their most shameful faves
A pop-star-turned-actress tries to move into her "mature phase"
When it comes to movies for Mandy, Moore isn't better
Lost Time (Self-released)
Michael Bruce gave voice to Alice Cooper - until the singer killed the band
New way to hear music is music to consumers' ears
Without question, enhanced CDs offer more but of what?
If you don't like his music, you can change it -- and pay for the privilege