Vicente Fernandez

  • Culture

    September 25, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Chingo Bling, H-Town's Own Versace Mariachi

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? His birth name is Pedro H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Making Magic on the Beach at Hangout Music Festival 2014

    "Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand. With an equal opportunity, for all to sing, dance and clap their hands." -- Stevie Wonder There is something absolutely incredible about music. The way it acts as a conduit of expression and celebration, attracting multitudes of pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2013

    Blue Christmas: A Love Story

    This is a love story. I'd like to think that its still being written, although the reality is that the last chapter may have already been recorded. First things first: I caused this. I hurt her. And now we are no longer united. It was a beautiful thing, our love. Still is. But not all love stories h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Alejandro Fernandez at Toyota Center, 11/30/2013

    Alejandro Fernandez Toyota Center November 30, 2013 Alejandro Fernandez has had a long and varied career, moving from singing rancheras like his famous dad to singing lush ballads to singing Spanish pop to singing -- gasp! -- in English to becoming a sort of Mexican music Everyman. It was that Ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Los Lonely Boys, Trombone Shorty, Buxton, etc.

    Hometown Hoedown Walters, November 29 There's no place like home for the holidays, and Walters offers up six bands for a wallet-friendly $7 to beat back those Black Friday blahs. Headlining is Black Market Syndicate, still pogoing from the bounce of 2012 LP ...And the Peasants Rejoiced!, but the wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Our 11 Favorite Drinking Songs. Cheers!

    Many drinkers have a dialogue in their heads that also plays out in great drinking songs throughout the ages. "Why do you drink?" asks the great prophet Bocephus. "It's five o'clock somewhere," reply the equally sage Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett. Rocks Off wanted to know our writers' favorite dri ... More >>

  • Music

    August 1, 2013

    San Antonio Roses

    Please welcome Girl In a Coma as our HPMA showcase's special guest.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    10 "Classic" Albums We Happen to Hate

    Through a variety of methods and processes, certain albums throughout the course of pop and rock history have come to be regarded as "classics," critically untouchable works that not only enriched the coffers of their creators but overall made the world a nicer, more beautiful place to be. Of cours ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 11, 2013

    Palms, Word Choices and Haggling

    Are you the Saddam in your family?

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses On the Northside

    The Greater Northside Management District classifies "The Northside" as the "24 square miles north of Downtown Houston" between Interstate-10/Katy Freeway on the south, Studewood/Yale on the West, Little York to the north, and Interstate-59 Eastex Freeway to the East (although for this article, we s ... More >>

  • Music

    May 9, 2013

    Distant Relatives

    Houston's Luisa Diaz is NYC rapper Nas's biggest fan, with the tattoos to prove it.

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Nas' Biggest Fan Lives In Houston, With the Tattoos to Prove It

    Think about your favorite musician for a minute. Do you remember the first time you heard his or her voice? Can you relate each album or song to a different stage or major occurrence in your life? How many times have you seen him or her (or them) in concert, let alone met and engaged them in conver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Saturday Night: 22nd Annual Mariachi Invitational at Arena Theatre

    HLS&R Go Tejano Committee 22nd Annual Mariachi Invitational Arena Theater March 9, 2013 In both numbers and influence, the Go Tejano Committee is one of the largest and strongest within the entire Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. It raises and awards millions of dollars worth of scholarships for hig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Last Night: Go Tejano Day 2013 at Reliant Stadium

    Go Tejano Day feat. Julion Alvarez, Los Invasores De Nuevo Leon, Mariachi Invitational Finalists Reliant Stadium March 10, 2013 I've said it once or twice, but I will say it again, and continue to do so until I am proven wrong. Tejano music is dead, at least at RodeoHouston. In its place is banda m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Saturday Night: Girl In a Coma at Fitzgerald's

    Girl In a Coma Fitzgerald's February 2, 2013 In the same way that Girl In a Coma's hometown of San Antonio is both beautiful and haunted, the band's aesthetic sound and presence lingers in your mind long after you push play. With rich tones and a confident demeanor, this attitude is amplified durin ... More >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2012

    Rest of the Best

    Houston's top 5 local music venues.

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    The 10 Most Overplayed Songs at Mexican Weddings, Texas Edition

    Earlier this month, Rocks Off contributor and all-around nice guy Jeff Balke enlightened us with this little list of songs that are standard operating procedure at weddings. But as much as I love "Twist & Shout" and "YMCA," in my very Mexican experience, those songs were not what I was used to heari ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 13, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Upcoming: Tomahawk, GWAR, 2 Chainz, Matt & Kim, OFF!, Yanni, T.S.O.L., Etc.

    2 Chainz: Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., $25-$150. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown: Sun., Nov. 4, 8 p.m., $27.00. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave., Houston. All American Rejects, Boys Like Girls: Tue., Oct. 2, 6 p.m., $27.50. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Saturday Night: Vicente Fernández At Toyota Center

    Vicente Fernández, Edith Marquez Toyota Center October 1, 2011 If Aftermath were forced to assign Mexican equivalents to famous Anglo and/or American musicians, the list would go like this: Los Tigres del Norte = The Beatles Maná = The Rolling Stones Vicente Fernández = Elvis, Frank Sinatra & ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 8, 2011

    Why Do Mexicans Work as Day Laborers?

    And is it true that Vikki Carr and Eydie Gormé are Mexicans?

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Last Night: Go Tejano Day At RodeoHouston

    Photos by Marco TorresLa Leyenda​Go Tejano Day feat. La Leyenda, La Arrolladora Banda El Limon, Mariachi Invitational Finalists Reliant Stadium March 13, 2011 Tejano is dead, at least at RodeoHouston. Gone are the days of Selena, La Mafia, and David Lee Garza, who are now replaced with conju ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    New Dynamo Stadium May Not Change Concert Climate Much

    Marco TorresLady Gaga at Toyota Center, July 25​Conceivably, today's announcement that the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority has agreed to act as landlord for the proposed Houston Dynamo stadium in downtown's East End could present a serious challenge to the Houston area's reigning concer ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 11, 2010
  • Dining

    October 14, 2010

    Mucho Mediocre

    After new owners take over a Houston haunt, the engaging music is intact, but the food is not.

  • Music

    September 30, 2010

    San Antonio, Baby

    The road to Raul Malo's heart goes straight through Doug Sahm's hometown.

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Cinco De Mayo Tips and a Playlist For Gringos

    ​ All right, our non-native Mexican brothers. If you're going out tonight to have some Coronas, hit on drunk Latinas and take silly pictures while wearing a sombrero, at least try not to look like a total jerk. Rocks Off is going to help you, but we need to start by schooling you on the basics. ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 18, 2010
  • News

    October 15, 2009

    Dive Bars

    A handcrafted tour of the best, most obscure places to lean on a stool in Houston.

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    Distant Early Warning: Atmosphere, Chickenfoot, Weezy & Jeezy, the Pogues and More

    Andy Moor: Fri., July 17. Rich's Houston. Atmosphere, Eyedea & Abilities, Attracted to Gods: Tue., Aug. 4. Warehouse Live. Chickenfoot: Wed., Sept. 16. Verizon Wireless Theater. Cosmic Gate: Fri., July 3. Rich's Houston. David Allan Coe, Sean Reefer & The Resin Valley Boys: CHANGED Thu., Ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2009

    Sonidos Y Mas: Mariachi Real de San Diego's Mariachi Classics

    Mariachi Real de San Diego Mariachi Classics music has been present in American culture as long as I can remember - I recall watching old Hollywood films set in Mexico or Southern California, where the inevitable trio would come out for a song o ... More >>

  • Music

    April 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 26, 2008

    Tonight: Vicente Fernandez at Toyota Center

    Regarded by many as "The Sinatra of Rancheras," Vicente Fernandez is arguably the best-known singer of his genre, and is one of the first to reach international icon status without having to resort to any other musical style. The comparison to Sinatra is not difficult to understand: The former gave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2008
  • Music

    May 17, 2007

    SoundExchange Wants to Kill Internet Radio

    On "lost" artists, found money and the murder of free enterprise

  • Dining

    February 15, 2007

    Who Is Sylvia?

    A chef who loves Karl's on the Riverbend and Freddie Fender

  • Music

    April 13, 2006

    Pretty Girls Make Saves

    As video games go indie, Wack imagines a few likely pairings

  • Music

    December 1, 2005

    Reach for the Stars

    Astra Heights returns from L.A. with a major-label deal in hand

  • News

    August 5, 2004

    ¡Viva H-town!

    Latinos come to the fore in this year's music awards

  • Music

    April 10, 2003
  • Music

    March 21, 2002

    Memo Re: Borders

    Memo Villarreal isn't afraid of the corporate bookstore or the Rio Grande

  • Music

    June 28, 2001

    Crystal Frontier

    Calexico crosses borders in mind and body with its Sonoran sounds