My ongoing commitment to the young adults I parent is strong. Occasionally, it leads to weekends like one late last month, which included 30-plus hours of driving to and from Denver to help my daughter, who lives in nearby Boulder. Errands aside, my wife and I had about six waking hours in the Mile ... More >>
Jimmy Buffett Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 29, 2014 When I grow up, I want to be Jimmy Buffett. Dude has everything. At 67, he runs around in bermuda shorts and worn old T-shirts, singing about the lives of sailors and beach bums while his adoring fans known as "Parrotheads" flock to his co ... More >>
Zac Brown Band Reliant Stadium March 22, 2014 This being their fourth performance at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Zac Brown Band's prowess onstage shouldn't have surprised anyone Sunday night. But, of course, that didn't make it any less impressive. A fitting close to this year's Rodeo, ZBB ... More >>
Despite the strange weather we've been seeing, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo did pretty darn good this year. First, the overall attendance hit 2,485,721 visitors. Rodeo officials won't be able to look back on 2014 as the biggest attendance year ever -- that distinction belongs to 2013 when ... More >>
Easton Corbin Reliant Stadium, March 21 Making his RodeoHouston debut, Easton Corbin stands in stark contrast to the rest of the 2014 lineup because of how...country he is in a sea of hard-rock pretenders and lite-rock spring breakers. Corbin has put more than one critic in mind (favorably) of not ... More >>
Why Coachella and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are more alike than you think.
The past week or so, music news has been dominated by two big announcements: first the 2014 lineup of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in the California desert about three months from now, and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's entertainers for its 83rd season this coming March. On the ... More >>
Moments ago the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo released its scheduled entertainers for its three-week 2014 run March 4-23 at Reliant Stadium. Heading up the lineup are country A-listers Florida Georgia Line, Reba, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Eli Young Band, The Band Perry, ... More >>
This Sunday night at the stroke of 11:59 p.m., the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo will announce its 2014 lineup, this year's model of arguably the biggest three-week assortment of top-drawer entertainer talent anywhere in the nation -- or even the world. Each year it strives to engage its increasing ... More >>
J. Cole Reliant Arena, October 18 Perhaps it's the diversity of J. Cole's parental influences -- his mom raised him on folk and classic rock, while his dad added Tupac and Outkast -- that makes his style so diverse and insightful. Or perhaps it's the higher learning that Cole acquired while on full ... More >>
Zac Brown Band Reliant Stadium February 28, 2013 I knew I was going to be a fan of the Zac Brown Band back in May 2012, when just hours after the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch succumbed to cancer, the group came onstage at New Orleans' Jazz Fest to the strains of a Beasties song. It was that simple to ... More >>
Date: February 28 Name: Zac Brown Band AKA: "That guy with the beanie."
Tame Impala With The Growl Fitzgerald's, February 25, 8 p.m. Tame Impala's late-2012 effort Lonerism plays like the Beatles circa Abbey Road channeling T. Rex's The Slider, with a hefty helping of early '10s dream-fuzz. The Australian act has come along way from opening for MGMT in 2010, a tour in ... More >>
Go Texan with this guide.
Dear Stupid Grammys, I have a bone to pick with you. I sat through Taylor Swift's uninspired opening act while she half-sung/half-yodeled at a guy on a spinning bullseye. It was complete with an insulting and transparent Alice in Wonderland costume ripoff (which I'm not getting, by the way... is s ... More >>
Well, I never thought that I would have John Mayer and Patti Smith together in the same headline with Willie Nelson and Frank Ocean, but that's why I kinda love New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013, whose lineup was released earlier this morning. Rewind: A Texican in New Orleans: Lessons Learned from Jazz F ... More >>
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo wii do whatever it takes to keep its revolving stage from going dark.
This week's RodeoHouston lineup announcement officially kicked off 2013 for Houston's party people and rodeo fans. The lineup is dependable as always, with your standard country acts, classic-rockers, kiddie-pop acts, R&B, and norteño offerings making up the month of music. Sadly, once again this ... More >>
Pop stars of both the R&B and Latin persuasions, Bruno Mars and Pitbull, join new country favorites Brantley Gilbert, The Band Perry and the Zac Brown Band in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's 2013 entertainer lineup, the rodeo announced this morning. Rodeo veterans Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Dier ... More >>
Come See My Dead Person Walters, December 8 The gypsy-punks in Come See My Dead Person have come out of hibernation to release an eponymous new 13-song set of songs. The manic pickin', the boisterous drinking anthems, and strange old-world stank are here in spades, with the proverbial fur really f ... More >>
As we close the books on ACL's 2012 festivities, full of mud -- but not too much mud, Iggy Pop's elastic skin, Neil Young's reverb, and light shows aplenty, we look forward to the 2013 edition of the Austin megafest. Rewind: ACL Festival Expanding to 2 Weekends in 2013 Rocks Off's Complete ACL 2 ... More >>
Zac Brown Band's new album Uncaged hits shelves and the Interwebs next Tuesday, and ahead of that release the band collaborated with film director Mike Judge and animation crew Titmouse to make a clip for lead single "The Wind." Anyone who is a fan of the work Titmouse has done on Adult Swim's Met ... More >>
Sunday nights, I usually like to watch The Amazing Race after 60 Minutes. I don't usually watch much reality television at all, but something about the combination of total incompetence, vicious backstabbing and exotic locales as several, two-person teams race around the globe is completely intoxica ... More >>
Alan Jackson RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 18, 2012 Be sure to check out our slideshow of Alan Jackson and the final day of RodeoHouston. By the time Alan Jackson's 2012 RodeoHouston season-closing show was over, his missing moustache already had its own Twitter account. No, it was not I who ... More >>
Zac Brown Band RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 12, 2012 As the Zac Brown Band began to play through the last verse of "Highway 20 Ride," just as Brown finished singing, "And my whole world, it begins and ends with you" while lightly picking at his guitar strings, our dad reached over, placed hi ... More >>
Date: March 12 Name: Zac Brown Band AKA: "That band with that guy with that beard" Genre: Jam country
Eli Young Band RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 5, 2012 Texas country fans ain't your average, run-of-the-mill country fans. We're not referring to country lovers who live in Texas, either. When we speak of Texas country, we're talking about the strain of country music that's reared on the small ... More >>
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo brings a stellar 2012 lineup.
The Houston Livestock And Rodeo continues it's march it's non-country waters with today's musical announcement, with Houston's own ZZ Top (March 8), Train (March 16), Kid Rock (February 29), John Legend (March 2), and Enrique Iglesias (March 6) topping the pop and rock segment of this year's bill. ... More >>
Photo by Marco TorresZac Brown Band will be on the list of Rodeo Houston 2012 performers.Yeehaw. It's not even December, but it's apparently time to talk rodeo. This is Texas, after all, and boots are in season, even if in Houston you're more likely to see Prada than cowboy despite what north ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresAftermath has heard a decent amount of entertaining segues at concerts. Most concert segues are awkward and some are funny, but this one from Zac Brown's last night was the most country shit we've ever heard: "Sometimes you have to fight the chicken when you're a man." ... More >>
The Zac Brown Band takes a laid-back, well-fed path to country stardom.
As I settled in to watch The X Factor last night, my husband asked me, "Who is that British guy?" and I said, "Um, that's Simon Cowell, honey. From American Idol? A show we watched for like, five years?" And my husband said, "Um, no, the other British guy - the host." And then I was all, "The host!? ... More >>
Tiger Army's Nick 13 delivered his self-titled solo debut this year, and the lead singer of one of the past decade's biggest psychobilly bands has made one of the most enjoyable traditional country records of 2011 not called Photographs. Yes, this 10-song set from the man you first met on t ... More >>
Brent Nettles, Literary Greats, Poor Pilate: Sat., Sept. 24. Continental Club. Brown Bird, The Devil Makes Three: Fri., Dec. 2. Fitzgerald's. Buxton, By The End Of Tonight, Cosmic Sound: CHANGED Fri., Sept. 30. Mango's. "BuzzFest XXVII" With Bush, Staind, Chevelle, P.O.D., Everlast, 10 Ye ... More >>
Anthrax, Death Angel, Testament: Sun., Oct. 30. Warehouse Live. Billy Joe Shaver: Sat., Sept. 24. The Firehouse Saloon. Brent Nettles, Literary Greats, Poor Pilate: Sat., Sept. 24. Continental Club. Buxton, Larry Sepulvado: Fri., Oct. 7. Market Square Park. Indian Jewelry, // TENSE //, F ... More >>
Marc BrubakerArcade Fire in the glorious days of May, when temperatures only reached the low 90s.Is the heat getting to you yet? Rocks Off is not going to say this week or two of consecutive 100-plus-degree days is affecting our judgment, but earlier today we approved one of our writers' pitc ... More >>
Photos courtesy of the Houston Livestock Show & RodeoZac Brown Band Reliant Stadium March 17, 2011 Only the Zac Brown Band could write an upbeat song about falling in love with a woman as she's walking away from you. Sure, we've all been there - falling for someone of the opposite sex who ha ... More >>
The Marshall Tucker Band todayWhile they were often tagged strictly as "Southern Rockers" after starting out in the early '70s, the Marshall Tucker Band also freely incorporated blues, jazz, country, and other sounds into their music. They had a flute player, for chrissakes! Led by guitarist ... More >>
KISS, Janet Jackson and Kid Rock head the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's 2011 concert schedule, which the rodeo announced earlier Monday morning. Among the other 13 entertainers rounding out this year's lineup are recent rodeo stalwarts Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebe ... More >>
Nielsen SoundScan released its annual report on music sales Monday, and the results were less than surprising. Physical sales continued to decline, digital sales continued to rise, and crap pop continues to reign supreme both at the cash register and on the airwaves. During the period of Jan ... More >>
One righteous vintage vinyl party.
Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Hideout schedule also announced Miranda Lambert, the Lindale native currently nominated for five Grammys, including four for her album Revolution, will return to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo March 16 at Reliant Stadium, the rodeo announced this morning. ... More >>
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced the first four entertainers for its 2011 season, scheduled for March 1-20, 2011 in Reliant Stadium: Sugarland (March 3); Selena Gomez (March 6); Zac Brown Band (March 17); and Brad Paisley (March 19) You were expecting Arcade Fire, perhaps? Onc ... More >>
Among this week's Distant Early Warnings comes Jay Reatard, who is set to hit Walter's "Possibly Still" On Washington December 8. The art-damaged garage-rocker recently pissed on (and pissed off) his backing band at Goner Fest 6 in Memphis. It's hard to tell exactly why the things happened in the v ... More >>
Long Island hardcore quartet This Is Hell thrashes till the sun goes down.
O Pioneers!!! turns growing up into unrelenting punk rock.