Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.
This morning Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, the best music festival in Texas that isn't Free Press Summer Fest, announced their full 2012 lineup after months of teasing us and leaking a handful of names at a time -- and then hip-hop legends Run-D.M.C Tuesday morning. Scheduled for November 2-4 at Audit ... More >>
Marc BrubakerThe TontonsHouston has become a cornucopia of musical talent. With so much goodness going on, it would be selfish to wish for more. So here's us, being a selfish ass and daydreaming about what could be Houston's greatest supergroups. MR. X Surf/Spy The first group we imagine wo ... More >>
Its first time out, GhoulsFest had everything going for it...except people.
Marco TorresEveryday People: Macy Gray at GhoulsFest For lots more photos from Saturday's festival, see our slideshow here. GhoulsFest had everything going for it Saturday except one rather important detail: People. It felt... well, haunted. Normally, that would be an excellent thing to sa ... More >>
Daniel Johnston fuels up.For the record, Rocks Off is well aware there is more to GhoulsFest than Black Congress not playing the ten-hour festival at Tom Bass Park tomorrow. A lot more. We also wish BC nothing but the best opening for New Orleans Sabbathites Eyehategod at Walter's tonight and ... More >>
The American Heist, Hell City Kings, Blackmarket Syndicate, All At Sea: Sat., Sept. 4. Walter's on Washington. Atlanta Rhythm Section: Sun., Nov. 14. Dosey Doe Coffee Company. Best Coast: Sat., Nov. 6. Fitzgerald's. Blitzen Trapper: Tue., Oct. 12. House of Blues. Bring Me The Horizon, Au ... More >>
This weekend the first annual GhoulsFest was announced for October 30 out at Tom Bass Park in Pearland. Things like this usually get telegraphed in a big way from bands leaking things out on Facebook and the like, but not this time. The event is thankfully set for one of the cooler parts of ... More >>
Former management at NBC was smart enough to stick with Conan O'Brien's Late Night franchise despite an unsteady beginning, and were rewarded when Coco went on to build one of the most reliably solid shows in late-night history. He was afforded no such wisdom from Jeff "Soul Suckin' Jerk" Zucker, ... More >>
The decade with no name left behind plenty of memorable music.
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead , The Secret Machines, The Watermarks: Sat., Sept. 12. Warehouse Live. Back in Black (AC/DC Tribute), Tragedy (Metal Bee Gees Tribute): Sat., Aug. 15. House of Blues. Billy Joe Shaver: Sat., Aug. 15. The Firehouse Saloon & Eatery. Bleu Edmondson: Thu ... More >>
Gilbert Alfaro and Eric Jackson sound off.
We here at Rocks Off are only about a week away from chafed inner thighs, weird Japanese punk bands puking in hotel pools and sweating out our morning mojitos while walking to an art space off 4th Street. South By Southwest is now only a week away. It was all fun and games in December when we were ... More >>
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead is a new band. Sort of. The Austin prog-punks apprenticed on legendarily freaky Central Texas label Trance Syndicate (Pain Teens, Ed Hall, Crust) after founders Conrad Keely and Jason Reece to the Texas capital from Olympia, Wash., in 1994, then ... More >>
Cheech & Chong/Willie Nelson, Verizon Wireless Theater/House of Blues, October 31: "This morning Aftermath thought his notes had vanished entirely before realizing he had simply mistook the back cover of his notebook for the front. Halloween 2008 was high times indeed." Randy Weeks, Discover ... More >>
Photos by Chris Gray You gotta love a band as unapologetic about taking its sweet time as …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. We won’t even talk about how long it took the Austin five-piece to tune its guitars as the modest crowd in Warehouse Live’s studio visibly fidgeted, because th ... More >>
* Today's Drive-By Truckers (above) in-store at Cactus Music is at 4:30 p.m., not 6:30 p.m. as printed in Cactus' ad in this week's Press. Meridian's doors open for tonight's no-opener show at 8 p.m. The band will tape its first-ever episode of Austin City Limits Friday, stepping in for Erykah Badu, ... More >>
Austin roots-rockers the Black, whose frontman David Longoria is a satellite member of ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - he plays keyboards from time to time; ...ToD singer Conrad Keely sometimes returns the favor by sitting in on viola with the Black - and whose shows often feel like w ... More >>
Notes toward a post-cheap-gas touring economy
About a decade ago, Ed Hall staged sweaty, savage shows marked by the Austin trio performing in body paint, bizarro film projections second only to the Butthole Surfers and suffocating psych-punk that made the Black Angels sound like Donovan. Along with Crust and the Cherubs, Ed Hall was one of lege ... More >>
We swear, we're done now
...Trail of Dead 5:04 p.m. Time to kick everyone out. We'll have more photos over here in a bit. 4:45 p.m. Chris Gray sitting in for a bit. Trail of Dead just finished “Caterwaul,” which I always thought sounded like “Immigrant Song” plus When In Rome’s “The Promise” (which is a goo ... More >>
The Hero Factor performs Sunday, May 13, at the Mink, 3718 Main, 713-522-9985.
Like bombastic fellow Austinites . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Explosions in the Sky set out to make albums as big as Texas, but in their hands the goal seems somehow more modest. Though they fit their musical ideas into outsized settings, the core of these ideas is simplicity its ... More >>
The Houston rock scene and the cultural cringe
Wednesday, March 30, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846.
After hatching a new plan with The Egg, Shiner continues to scramble its sound