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  • Adam Lambert


    Adam Lambert

    Fans still feeling let down by the anemic, ho-hum ninth season of American Idol love to predict the show's demise, especially now that Simon Cowell is departing. But those people have short memories. You only have to look back to the previous season ...

    by Jason Heller on September 2, 2010
  • Eclipse - Brooding folk for the Twilight crowd.


    Eclipse - Brooding folk for the Twilight crowd.

    All of 24 years old, singer-songwriter Bobby Long owes his recent surge in popularity to about the most modern phenomenon there is. After striking up a friendship with actor and aspiring musician Robert Pattinson through various London open-mike nigh...

    by Chris Gray on September 2, 2010
  • Happened in a Honky-Tonk - Jon Wolfe returns from Nashville.


    Happened in a Honky-Tonk - Jon Wolfe returns from Nashville.

    Jon Wolfe calls his a "typical Nashville meat-grinder story." After having some success with his first album and hooking up with George Strait's nephew Trey Strait as his manager, he decided to leave Houston and go for it in Nashville. "Trey ha...

    by William Michael Smith on September 2, 2010
  • Fallen - Scott Gertner finds a new home.


    Fallen - Scott Gertner finds a new home.

    Nightclubs close. It's a natural part of the cycle, as sure as the sun rising in the morning or a member of a boy band trying to go to outer space or outing himself a few years after his fame has waned. (Note: That's a double-decker Lance Bass ref...

    by Shea Serrano on September 2, 2010
  • Article

    Reduxion: Talking Too Short With Fat Tony

    Fat Tony at last week's Houston Press Music Awards ceremony Tomorrow night at Walter's On Washington, Rocks Off introduces Reduxion to Houston. The monthly party will feature some of the city's best bands trotting out live sets of music from artis...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 18, 2010 @ 5:35 pm
  • Article

    The 11 Best Internet-Only Radio Stations

    Word is that the studio will continue it's existence as an Internet-only radio station, and honestly, we are pretty comfortable with that. The spotty signal has always made listening in at KTRU.org a more reliable method of sampling the station's war...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on August 18, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
  • Article

    The Ultimate Sandal-Rock Mixtape

    What is sandal-rock, you ask? Ah, that's just a term that Craig's Hlist made up as shorthand for bands and artists who spout an easy-breezy Cover Girl beach life that we never understood because we can't swim. The bands you can't listen to while wear...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 18, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
  • Article

    The Ballad Of Beans Barton, Captain Beefheart And Stomach Pump Ruland

    We recently interviewed Dale "Beans" Barton and, while you'll have to wait until next week's print edition to get the full force of this Houston artistic hurricane, here's a little teaser. Shortly after Captain Beefheart's legendary double album Tr...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on August 18, 2010 @ 2:05 pm
  • Article

    The Seven Worst Back To School Soundtracks

    Going back to school sucks, and Rocks Off feels the pain of students far and wide. We've got another two semesters left before we graduate from college and get to move out of our parents' house. Yay! In the meantime, there are a few songs/albums/art...

    @ Rocks Off by Matthew Keever on August 18, 2010 @ 12:45 pm
  • Article

    Jennifer Grassman Goes A-Haunting

    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 sheas...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 18, 2010 @ 11:30 am
  • Article

    Foodies Or Hipsters: Who's More Obnoxious?

    Okay, first up, a little clarification, since a bunch of you just got pissed off at the terms used in the headline and won't even read the article before leaving enraged spittle all over the comments section. When we say "hipster," and we hate to rep...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on August 18, 2010 @ 10:00 am
  • Article

    RJD2: A Day In The Life Of A Minotaur

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. Your daily VJ's favorite mythical creature is without...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on August 18, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • Article

    KTRU Staff, Supporters Vent, Discuss Plans To Fight Station's Sale

    The atmosphere before Monday's meeting resembled a study hall without the books. Still stunned, confused and exhausted from the news that Rice University had agreed to sell the terrestrial broadcast rights and capabilities of its largely student-s...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 18, 2010 @ 1:38 am
  • Article

    KTRU News Roils, Saddens Local Music Community

    UPDATED (5:35 p.m.) to include comments from Rice's B.J. Almond and a new Facebook count. The fate of KTRU's annual outdoor free concert in the spring is one of many things that has yet to be decided. News of the University of Houston's i...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 17, 2010 @ 5:35 pm
  • Article

    Sammus: The Femme Rapper/Producer's Top Five Remix Tracks

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wa...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 17, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
  • Article

    How Many Musicians Does It Take To Screw In A Light Bulb?

    SINGERS How many male lead singers does it take to screw in a light bulb? One. He holds it up and the world revolves around him. How many altos does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to change it, and another to remark, "Isn't that a ...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef Rouner on August 17, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
  • Article

    KTRU: U Of H Regents Approve Purchase Of Rice Station

    UPDATE (12:15 p.m.): Rocks Off will have more on the pending change of ownership at KTRU and its fallout this afternoon, with further comments from members of the Houston music scene including several current and former KTRU staffers. See yo...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 17, 2010 @ 12:08 pm
  • Article

    Hollywood F.L.O.S.S.'s Xperiment: Build Your Own Mixtape

    Recently, Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., or as we've unofficially taken to calling him, The 135-Pound Smile, set to work on promoting Xperiment 2, a hybrid mixtape/self-marketing ploy. Rather than simply sending out a completed mixtape to various media outl...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 17, 2010 @ 11:30 am
  • Article

    Upcoming: Dawes, GWAR, ICP, Paul Oakenfold, Talib Kweli, Etc.

    Fri., Jan. 28. House of Blues. The Bellamy Brothers, John Slaughter: Fri., Nov. 19. Cypress Saloon. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone: Tue., Sept. 28. Khon's. Dash Rip Rock: Fri., Nov. 12. The Bronze Peacock Room @ House Of Blues. Dawes, Pete Wol...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 17, 2010 @ 10:45 am
  • Article

    Would Juggalos Be So Quick To Throw Things At Ozzy?

    Ed. Note: Just so we're perfectly clear, despite the long-standing tradition of audiences expressing their disapproval - and indeed, in punk-rock circles, approval - by flinging projectiles at the stage, Rocks Off does not condone any concert behavio...

    @ Rocks Off by Nicholas L. Hall on August 17, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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