Houston's Top 5 record stores.
Record Store Day (recordstoreday.com) 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Rock art legend Uncle Charlie will not be denied.
What we appreciate most 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 >>
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 >>
There's been some confusion surrounding tomorrow's Rockers vs. Mods Hustle Town Rumble - "Café 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 >>
Photos by Jay LeeBlack Joe LewisBlack 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 >>
The Continental Club's owners find you can't re-create Austin in Midtown...but you can survive.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 ... More >>
Just in time for SXSW, the Pearland New Wavers brush off the mothballs
The haunted (or is it?) history of 3700 Main
Racket and the new guy take the annual Houston Press Music Awards Showcase plunge
Six dozen of Houston's finest bands for a mere $7
A rundown of every act on this year's bill
Tiki spy eclectic lounge band Clouseaux is no bumbling stumblebum