While there’s no shortage of local music sources to follow on Twitter, Houston’s music connoisseurs would be wise to keep an eye on these five Twitter accounts. Twitter has rapidly developed into a great information sources for the music scene, whether you are looking for a good concert this weekend or want to be entertained with a link to a funny music video. These sites provide their followers with frequent updates about concerts, interviews, contests and more.
House Of Blues Houston
House of Blues
1204 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77002
The House of Blues is not only one of the premiere venues in town to listen to live music; it’s also an informative source for music news and events. Following @HOBHouston will keep readers up-to-date on who is performing at the House of Blues and when tickets go sale for future shows. The venue also tweets out information on VIP packages, band meet-and-greets and merchandise links. Beyond its own shows, followers can find out when new albums are released by Houston musicians. And HOB Houston follows just about everyone who follows them, so it’s an even trade.
1621 Milam St., Suite 100
Houston, TX 77002
A frequent poster with a good mix of news, links and useful information, @hprocksoff has built a steady following of nearly 5,000 people from Houston and beyond. Rocks Off is the name of a blog from the Houston Press, a news and entertainment weekly that is a popular source for what’s happening in town. @hprocksoff Tweets often – as many as 25 times a day – and readers can keep up with music news from here and afar, along with links to songs, videos and interviews. There’s a full helping of re-tweets from radio stations and clubs. And if you just want options for a Saturday evening, the “cool and cheap weekend concert lineup” is one-stop shopping.
Hot 95-7 Houston
24 Greenway Plaza Suite 1900
Houston, TX 77046
Houston’s home for the hot hits on the radio dial is also burning up more than 16,000 people’s Twitter feeds. There’s no shortage of tweets about programming and links to shows. If you trying to win money or concert tickets from Hot 95-7, the company tweets all the contest information. There are also conversations from radio listeners and re-tweets about concert announcements. Beyond music, Hot 95-7 keeps readers up-to-date on breaking news, weather and sports and even gets an occasional shout out from the Texans cheerleaders.
Guerra’s day job as the music critic for the Houston Chronicle is a pretty sweet gig. Reviewing music all day? Sounds like a great way to pass the time. His followers get the latest concert news, interviews with musical acts and links to compelling stories. Beyond his reporting, Guerra is easily approachable in the Twitter world, fielding questions from readers about songs, musicians and happenings around town at @joeyguerra.
Free Press Houston
Free Press Houston
2111 Woodland Springs St.
Houston, TX 77077
This alternative newspapers written by musicians and artists does a great job keeping its 8,600-plus followers up-to-date on the latest concerts and music musings of the day. @Free_Press is worth following for the detailed weekly listings of performances – both small and large, alone. But there’s also no shortage of links to music videos or feature articles. @Free_Press also frequently re-tweets news from various music venues in town and its running commentary on well-known musicians is entertaining.
Jeremy Shapiro is a freelance writer in the Houston area. While his trombone rendition of “Black in Back” isn’t terrible, his 10 years in journalism have left him better equipped to write about music, nightlife and other entertainment outings. His work can be found on Examiner.com.