Tomas Escalante

  • Music

    March 21, 2013

    Not Just Vinyl

    Houston's Top 5 record stores.

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Record Stores

    Record Store Day ( is six weeks away, but a good Houstonian should never need an excuse to visit one of our city's many record stores. These fine brick-and-mortar shops have been doling out music for years and even decades in some instances. Run by some of the finest music lovers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: JD McPherson, Drew Ireland Benefit, etc.

    JD McPherson Continental Club, March 1 Tickets are already getting scarce for one JD McPherson, who is rapidly rising out of obscurity via Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. McPherson came by his bopping R&B/rockabilly sound honestly, by studying vintage labels such as Vee-Jay and Specialty, and then working ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    50 Rad Things Now on the Sig's Lagoon Walls

    Within the past month, the walls of Sig's Lagoon have been transformed into a sprawling pop-culture collage of posters, photos, newspaper clippings, magazine covers, picture discs and cardboard cutouts courtesy of former Sundance Records owner Bobby Barnard. Since the longtime San Marcos music stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Sig's Lagoon Keeping Sundance, Beloved San Marcos Store, Alive

    A big part of Texas music history went dark this past weekend, when Sundance Records went out of buisness after 35 years. But thanks to the San Marcos record store's strong Houston connection, part of its legacy - in fact, a large part of its inventory - is coming here. Sig's Lagoon, the Midtown re ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 8, 2011

    Poster Boy

    Rock art legend Uncle Charlie will not be denied.

  • Music

    November 24, 2011

    Thanks, Houston

    What we appreciate most this year.

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    What We Are Thankful For This Year

    Like most years, 2011 has been...complicated. We've heard some great music, seen some killer shows and lost some amazing people. We also nearly lost one of our own. That's how it goes in this world and it's why the things we are thankful for take on added meaning as the year begins to wind down. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Record Store Day: If You Take A Dump, Don't Tell The Staff

    Marco TorresCarlos Hernandez and Los Skarnales' Felipe Galvan at Cactus Music's "Day of the Dead" opening last year.​Today is Tax Day (boo), but it's also payday for a lot of people, which comes in handy because tomorrow is Record Store Day. In a few short years, RSD has become one of the bigg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Confusion, Cancellations Alter Weekend Music Landscape

    ​There's been some confusion surrounding tomorrow's Rockers vs. Mods Hustle Town Rumble - "CafĂ© Bikes vs. Classic Scooters Meets Rock 'n' Roll" - at the Continental Club tomorrow. Rocks Off received a text message from Felipe Galvan of Los Skarnales early this afternoon informing us that Los ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Friday Night: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears And The Relatives At The Continental Club

    Photos by Jay LeeBlack Joe Lewis​Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, The Relatives Continental Club August 27, 2010 A few times a year, the Continental Club hosts shows that can be legitimately described as "soul happenings," usually featuring venerable Gulf Coast stars such as Archie Bell, Roy ... More >>

  • Music

    July 8, 2010

    Ten Years After

    The Continental Club's owners find you can't re-create Austin in Midtown...but you can survive.

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Let Sig's Lagoon Help You With Your Holiday Shopping Needs - Even Music

    Nothing says "holiday spirit" more than "...alleged child predator who was shot dead." Rocks Off has a special place in our heart for Sig's Lagoon - we do live upstairs from "Midtown's Only Record Store" - so we were pleasantly surprised to see Sig's owner Tomas Escalante post the above video on hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    I Walked With a Zombie: A Roky Erickson Primer

    Chris GrayOkkervil River's Will Sheff (left) and Roky Erickson at the 2008 Austin Music AwardsRocks Off is starting to get really excited about Roky Erickson's show at the Continental Club Wednesday night. As of around noon Tuesday, about 50 tickets were left, available at Sig's Lagoon. Sig's owner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Forever Changes Never Does

    Love's Forever Changes is a crucial element of the soundtrack of my coming of age. With its acoustic guitar base, smart orchestral arrangements (strings and mariachi horns), art-rock feel and poppy lyrics, it stands apart from the most of the music of the psychedelic era. The album is best known for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    The Specials and the Heyday of Houston Ska

    There was a time, but a decade ago, when there were roving groups of "rude boys" running the Houston streets. They wore things like creepers, wingtips, high-water slacks and pork-pie hats. They "skanked" in moshpits and drank Red Stripes. They co-existed with the punks and the non-racist skins in ... More >>

  • Music

    March 13, 2008

    The Judy's Come Back

    Just in time for SXSW, the Pearland New Wavers brush off the mothballs

  • Music

    October 25, 2007

    High Spirits

    The haunted (or is it?) history of 3700 Main

  • Music

    August 2, 2007

    Exile on Main Street

    Racket and the new guy take the annual Houston Press Music Awards Showcase plunge

  • Music

    July 27, 2006
  • Music

    July 21, 2005

    Christmas in July

    Six dozen of Houston's finest bands for a mere $7

  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    Music Awards Survey

    A rundown of every act on this year's bill

  • Music

    January 9, 2003

    Watching the Detectives

    Tiki spy eclectic lounge band Clouseaux is no bumbling stumblebum