Texas Brass Band Bud Light World Music Stage, 1 p.m. April 27; Houston Press Rocks Off Texas Music Stage, 4:30 p.m. April 27 The Texas Brass Band combines trumpet flourishes and tuba-led bass lines with jazz, R&B, and hip-hop influences to create a unique, distinctively Southern sound. Last year, t ... More >>
Performers from New Orleans to Zimbabwe enliven this year's Brazilian-themed Houston International Festival.
Rocks Off asked our staff members who will be covering the Houston International Festival for us this weekend to give us one or two choices for artists they don't want to miss. Forro In the Dark Bud Light World Music Stage, 2:30 p.m. Saturday/Center Stage, 6:30 p.m. Saturday As one of the first ac ... More >>
Classic-rock station 93.7 The Arrow yanks controversial morning DJs Walton and Johnson off the air.
One of the greatest musicians of all-time has died. Ravi Shankar, sitar legend and easily one of India's most revered cultural ambassadors, passed away Tuesday afternoon at the age 92 in San Diego. According to ZeeNews, he had been having trouble breathing and was admitted into the hospital last w ... More >>
Free Radicals have won an amazing nine Houston Press Music Awards for Best Jazz, but jazz really doesn't even begin to cover the 16-year-old Houston group's sound. It's so all over the place that the only category that really fits is the oft-misunderstood "world music," especially on the Radicals' n ... More >>
The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra says olé!
Besides the (dead) weather, the surest sign around here that summer is almost upon us is that - as of right this very minute - the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards nomination ballot is online and waiting for your suggestions in as many of the 43 categories as you'd care to offer them before the ba ... More >>
New Orleans's Zydepunks embody the polyglot culture of their hometown...loudly.
All photos courtesy of www.ifest.orgOzomatli: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, Bud Light World Music Stage A couple of days ago, Houston International Festival Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell emailed Rocks Off and asked us if we'd mind reprinting something he wrote for the blog on iFest's Web ... More >>
6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25, Bud Light World Music Stage In what has become the worst-kept secret since either the end of The Crying Game or last Sunday's revelation that the Flaming Lips are this year's Summerfest headliners, the lineup of April's Houston International Festival has been leaking all ... More >>
[Ed. Note: Stay tuned for an interview Rocks Off's Ray Cummings did with Mr. Dionyso.] www.myspace.com/arringtondedionysoTo say that Arrington de Dionysio is not for everyone is probably a pretty hefty understatement. If you're not prepared, your first listen to his enigmatic music is quite likel ... More >>
Nigerian-born Fela Kuti's legacy lives on more than a decade after his untimely passing from AIDS in 1997. His unique fusion of jazz, funk, rock and his own native African sounds brought his continent's melodies to mainstream audiences in an unprecedented manner, thanks to his audacity and creat ... More >>
Each Wednesday Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.Caption TK D.R.U.M. is ar ... More >>
The classical/pop trio makes its debut in Houston
Theyre a novelty or are they?
The Divinas concert
Anoushka Shankar may soon be as famous as her dad -- but don't tell her that
DJ /rupture's bombastic genre pastiche is incredibly cerebral, not to mention surprisingly fun to dance to
Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13
Vindication comes a year after "Agent 307" prevented Mahotella Queens from performing at I-Fest
France takes center stage at the Houston International Festival
Putumayo and Rough Guide samplers offer up armchair adventures for jittery Americans
L. Shankar and Zakir Hussain
Blue Flame (Ark 21)
Chris Strachwitz's 40-year journey through ethnic music deserves an arhoolie of its own
The Irish take center stage at the 2001 Houston International Fest
The Klezmatics put a radical and progressive spin on traditional klezmer music
D.R.U.M. not only wants the right sound, it wants the right spirit
Jewish Worlds is back after two years. It should have waited a third.
The Austin Klezmorim's clamorous eclecticism
Trumpeter Hugh Masekela hears the beat of the music in the world