Houston Music

State Of The Scene Part 1: Growth, Splintering & Change

Thursday is the fourth anniversary of the Live Earth concerts, which Rocks Off remembers today less for any of the music - Madonna and Gogol Bordello is the only thing that readily comes to mind - than because they were on TV in the background while we began packing up our Austin apartment in preparation to move to Houston.

When we got here, we found a music scene (or scenes) at low tide. Rap, Houston's calling card to the rest of the world for the past decade or so, was beginning to stall both creatively and commercially; the indie scene, for lack of a better word, was in turmoil. This week in print, Rocks Off attempts to sum up the past four years in about 1,200 words and it's our pleasure to report that, give or take a hiccup or two, in our eyes the scene is much better off.

Naturally it's a little hard to cram four years of anything into a single page, let alone everything that's gone on here. That's where the Internet comes in handy.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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