Watsky House of Blues, October 21 Last year, the most badass statistical analyst you've ever heard of, Matt Daniels, released something called the Hip-Hop Flow Chart, which ranked several popular rap acts by vocabulary size. I pored over the results like a rap geek and wondered how could Daniels ha ... More >>
Islands Walters, September 6 Given the recent excitement of the Unicorns' first shows in a decade, opening some recent Arcade Fire dates, the good news that their Canadian indie successors Islands are headed back to town for the first time in a while should make a few townies happy. The show should ... More >>
Houston mourns the passing of Numbers owner Robert Burtenshaw.
Portugal. The Man are coming into town tonight, hot on the heels of their newest Danger-Mouse produced LP, Evil Friends. With positive reviews coming in from all over the interwebs, P.TM are enjoying bigger venues and larger crowds as a result. Just the other day, Rocks Off had the opportunity to ... More >>
This week and into next, the State of Texas and the rest of the world will join together in saluting American hero Willie Nelson on his 80th birthday. Rocks Off would certainly like to add our congratulations, but we woke up today -- well, yesterday -- looking to start an argument. The standard li ... More >>
In 2000, Poe released Haunted, an album that is simply one of the absolute greatest things ever recorded. It was a critical smash success on the pop charts despite that fact that it was more or less a surrealist counterpart to one of the most disturbing and difficult-to-read horror novels of all tim ... More >>
Tonight at the Continental Club, Austin's Freddie Steady 5 will head up a tribute to the late Doug Sahm focusing on Sahm's 2000 album The Return of Wayne Douglas, which he recorded only a few months before dying of a heart attack in November 1999. La Porte native Freddie Krc, leader of the 5, has ju ... More >>
While this is going to be their first appearance at Ziegfest, the Dallas-based Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights have brought their brand of southern-fried soul and debauchery to Houston several times before. One particular Houston night sticks in Tyler's mind. "We were playing at the Warehou ... More >>
Rewind: Squeezing the Lemon: Led Zeppelin & the 10 Most Shocking Rock and Roll Reunions This week we all saw the trailer to Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day, the concert film shot at Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show in honor of Atlantic Records impresario Ahmet Ertegun. The film will be playing in t ... More >>
Heights' Wire Road Studios Celebrates Grand Opening Trey Songz has good people. An hour before his scheduled arrival at Wire Road Studios -- quite a cutting-edge, modern music chamber, considering the humble neighborhood living around it -- to join about 20 hip-hop heads, hype men, helpers and hang ... More >>
As vapid as television has become, if you're a fan of great live music you might want to check The Late Show With David Letterman Friday night, when Dave welcomes the incomparable Garland Jeffreys. Unless you're a serious music nerd, you've probably never heard of Jeffreys, although you most surel ... More >>
How Lucky Luciano went from pimping strippers to stacking six figures.
Scott Miller, "Drunk All Around This Town" Long ago, Scott Miller had a brief essay on his website about playing writers-in-the-round gigs. In his eyes, such shows come down to you, the one good, talented, brilliant songwriter sitting there silently wishing these other hacks would finish t ... More >>
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
...otherwise known as the H-Town 20
Ruthie Foster on love and politics
A former king of the Texas metal world unites Houston's warring rock tribes and wins a passel of Music Awards
Beaumont's Barbara Lynn lucks out with a song that almost died
Victoria Williams, a native of swampy Louisiana, finds her muse in the dry beauty of Southern California
Tranquil Canada flavors San Antonian Doug Sahm's rustic music
After over a year of laying low, Juliana Hatfield is ready to reconnect
Four decades after his first record, Solomon Burke is still in the studio -- and still in God's arms
Jewel is a one-name folkie with a multifaceted spirit
Record producer Huey Meaux was a legend in the music business. Now he's an accused pedophile on the run.
Banana Blender Surprise calls it quits or do they?
Sherman Robertson left for success; now he's returning for a shot of the Houston blues
Austin's Kathy McCarty fleshes out the naked emotion of Daniel Johnston's songs