Ask any NFL player about training camp, especially players whose teams toil in the sweltering, 9,000,000,000 percent humidity of Houston, and ultimately he will circle around to one word. You can set your watch to it. Grind. The NFL preseason is a grind. To be truthful, the preseason is actually ... More >>
Young Houston roots-rockers Buxton celebrate their tenth anniversary by looking ahead.
In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>
Great local bands, one awesome evening.
As the college football calendar goes, we are smack dab in the middle of that late spring "soft spot" in the schedule where spring practice is a solid month in the rear-view mirror, the school year is wrapping up and summer school (for most places) is still a few weeks away. If idle hands are the d ... More >>
Texas claims three of the top spots.
Jeff Mangum, Tall Firs Cullen Theater, Wortham Center January 21, 2013 The level of nervous anticipation throughout Wortham Center beforehand ran high, while in the lobby countless hushed conversations between excited faces were underway. Jeff Mangum had finally come to Houston, and to say that the ... More >>
Here's something you might not expect to find out, or Rocks Off certainly didn't anyway: The Indigo Girls have sold more than 12 million records. That's a more than respectable tally in the course of 25 years, when Amy Ray and Emily Saliers -- who met in elementary school -- released 1987 debut Stra ... More >>
The B-52's are the quintessential alternative/New Wave/jam band. They can be both metaphorical and fun at the same time. However, what makes them different from other New Wave bands is that lead singer Fred Schneider provides a unique sprechgesang style to the genre. The band met after having a few ... More >>
Lonesome, Onry and Mean was sad to learn via Chuck Prophet's Facebook page this morning that Reg Presley, lead singer of Sixties proto-punkers the Troggs, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The Troggs are known primarily for their 1966 hit "Wild Thing." LOM was a sophomore in high school ... More >>
Saucy rockers Cake and Houston's own alt-country insurgents Buxton are the first two acts confirmed for the inaugural Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest, or "BestFest," the two-day festival scheduled for September 24 and 25 at the Midtown "superblock" between McGowen, Main, Travis and A ... More >>
Our Spring/Summer concert preview, part deux
Dan Deacon seems to be everywhere these days, both in person and in the press. The electro-wizard from Charm City (Baltimore) is about as ebullient a musical figure as you're likely to find, and his particular brand of hyper-active "future shock" dance madness is just what the doctor ordered for an ... More >>
Alabama Ass Whuppin'
Next month, Houston gets to be a cool kid. But only for a week.
I answer a call for help and get pulled into a cesspool of doo-doo
Introducing the punk-infused Latin rock of Cordero
Four great songwriters join forces to ratchet up the emotional torque
The devout cult of Neutral Milk Hotel should perhaps prepare for a second coming
Summertime concerts that will leave you sweating
Nashville was no place for Los Lonely Boys, the future of Texas roots rock
Ex-punkers of Starlings, TN space out with dulcimers and other American originals
Greg Wood is back with a new band, a new album, and a couple of jokes
Black Crowes make rocking and rolling rock and roll
Fans still pine for Houston's dork-pop heroes
All Bottled Up
Matthew Sweet mixes past and present into tunes with taste