Houston Music

State Of The Scene Part 2: Welcome To Middle Finger City

Welcome back. Before we proceed with our "State of the Scene" discussion, Rocks Off would like to say a couple of things we didn't get to in our print manifesto this week.

The first concerns our former city of residence. Rocks Off may mention something or someone we heard or saw in Austin from time to time, and we have some very good friends there. But as tempting as it can be sometimes, we make it a point to avoid comparing the two cities and their music scenes as much as possible. For one thing, we have really only been back to Austin for SXSW and the Austin City Limits Festival since we moved to Houston, and neither time is an especially good one to gauge what the music scene is like over there on an everyday basis.

Also, and more to the point: We like it here. Not once in our four-year tenure in Space City have we regretted moving to Houston, or wished we'd reconsidered our decision. The scene(s) here can be contentious, thin-skinned and too nice by turns, it's true, but it's awful hard not to love a place where so much of the city (and the scene) still feels undiscovered after four years, and where you see so many of the same people at B L A C K I E and Robert Ellis shows - not the least of whom are B L A C K I E and Robert Ellis themselves. Carrying on...

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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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