Subject:

Ben Folds

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Nick Greer, a G Among G's

    Who? Nick Greer, the bespectacled, shaggy-haired front man of Nick Greer and the G's describes himself as a self-taught keyboard player who genuinely loves his instrument and is always ready and willing to learn more. As a kid, the brand-new multiple 2014 Houston Press Music Award nominee suffered w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Ben Folds & the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall, 6/14/2014

    Ben Folds feat. the Houston Symphony Jones Hall June 14, 2014 Ben Folds grew up playing in symphony orchestras. Specifically, and perhaps surprisingly given his prowess on the piano, his background was that of a percussionist. Saturday night, he returned to his roots with the Houston Symphony Orc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    The 10 Best Shows In Houston This Weekend: Uncle Kracker, MxPx, James Taylor, etc.

    Uncle Kracker Firehouse Saloon, June 13 For an artist who started his career as Kid Rock's DJ, Uncle Kracker has managed to find his country niche. That got going with the laid-back "Drift Away," the Dobie Gray tune Kracker turned into a throwback hit as a duet with the original artist back in 2003 ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 12, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Pleased to Meet You: Eight Song Characters I'd Like to Know

    A trademark of a well-written novel is a complex, engaging central character. It's the author's most important and difficult job to create someone readers will be interested in and have strong feelings about. Same thing with a captivating movie. Did you see Silver Linings Playbook? That was a gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Five Punk Goes... Songs That Don't Suck

    Last time in our "things that don't suck" series, we looked at some educational songs ( ) that our children could learn from without being bored to death. This week, we're looking at the Punk Goes... series, and some of the worthwhile tracks to grab from the series. Punk Goes... has long been the ... More >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Last Night: Ben Folds Five at Bayou Music Center

    Ben Folds Five Bayou Music Center September 25, 2012 In the recent rash of rock reunions this past year, it was perhaps the reuniting of Ben Folds, Robert Sledge and Darren Jessee that was the most warranted and most fully realized. After years as a solo act, piano man Folds and his Chapel Hill, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Shot In The Dark: Angels & A-Holes

    When you're in the photo pit taking pictures for a publication such as Rocks Off, you can become the unwanted center of attention from both the audience and especially the artists. Most of the time you are only a few feet away from the performer, and often in their direct line of sight. They can and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Ben Folds Five Returns: An Essential Playlist

    Photo By GroovehouseBen Folds solo in 2010 at the House Of Blues​The eight-year run of '90s indie act the Ben Folds Five was fruitful in many ways. We got the most catchy song about a Christmas abortion ever in 1997's "Brick", three excellent studio albums full of snarky, romantically-challeng ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Top 20 Throwback TV Theme Songs Part 2

    Only a big dummy wouldn't have this show on the list.​Yesterday, we hit you up with the best ten TV theme songs that didn't quite make the top of our list. We heard a few quibbles from fellow television aficionados, but their cries of frustration were muffled by the sounds of "The LOOOVVE BOA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Bill Shatner And Liz Taylor -- The Throwdown

    Two classic thespians at the top of their game.​This week saw two milestones in the entertainment world. The first was the 80th birthday, on Tuesday, of Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner. The second was the unsurprising yet still depressing death yesterday of one of Hollywood's last true ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    William Shatner's Greatest Hits: The Man Transformed

    ​Rocks Off would like to wish a very happy 80th birthday to the one and only Mr. William Shatner. He may not be the best actor out there, or the best singer, but he is without a doubt the best William Shatner there ever was or ever will be. The way he has totally erased the line between sincer ... More >>

  • Music

    October 14, 2010

    Capital Steps

    Dispatches from ACL 2010

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2010

    Live From The Austin City Limits Festival, Day 3

    Marco TorresTrombone Shorty​Craig Hlavaty: News coming out of the media tent: Don Henley of the Eagles had a stent put in his heart this past week. He will be singing and possibly playing guitar, but not exerting himself on drums. This could very well be the last Eagles show for a while - if e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Top 10 Rap Covers By Non-Rap Artists

    ​Artists have many ways of expressing admiration for their peers. Name-dropping those who inspire them in liner notes and offering them groupies on the tour bus are just a couple of ways of showing respect. Covering one of their popular songs? Now that's the ultimate tip of the hat. That's an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    FAIL: Nashville Weather, Liam Gallagher, Meat Loaf, Warrant's Jani Lane

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the Internet has decided that the word "failure" is too ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Ben Folds, Still Fighting His "Piano Man" Side

    Photos by Groovehouse​ For more pictures from Ben and Kate, see our slideshow here. It's been awhile since Aftermath came out of a show so ambivalent, so very "eh" that we almost feel bad about even attempting to review it. It didn't offend us in any way, nor did it blow any wind up our ripped jor ... More >>

  • Music

    May 6, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 20, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: Black Joe Lewis, Raphael Saadiq and Smokey Robinson

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttBlack Joe Lewis and the Honeybears​Joe Lewis alternated between sweating profusely into his harmonica and howling into the microphone, doubled over on the stage with the pain and joy of their fourth show of SXSW, as the white-shirted Honeybears -- minus keyboardist ... More >>

  • Music

    March 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Distant Early Warning: Ben Folds, Caribou, Lupe Fiasco, Randy Travis, Steve Martin, Etc.

    ​Authority Zero, Voodoo Glow Skulls: Fri., April 9. Wired Live. "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live": Fri., April 16. House of Blues. "Bamboozle Road Show" With Hanson, Good Charlotte, Forever The Sickest Kids, Cartel, Boys Like Girls, All Time Low: Fri., May 28. Verizon Wireless Theater. Ben Folds: Sat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    This Week In TV: Joss Whedon Is A Free Man

    It's been nice knowing you, Dollhouse. Now how about that Serenity sequel, Whedon?​It's way too cold outside, I can't believe I'm back at work, and I've already braved one after-Christmas sale. This was the week in TV Land: • I watched the finale of The Sing-Off. That's how little there was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Stuck In a Moment You (Still) Can't Get Out Of: Remembering 9/11 In Music

    Just as none of us will ever forget where we were the morning of September 11, 2001, Rocks Off will never forget what he was listening to most of the day of the terrorist attacks. Sadly, he admits it was System of A Down's Toxicity, which had come out just the week before. For us the album conveyed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    He Said She Said: Breakup Songs to Help You Bawl

    We've all been there, in the throes of a breakup so bad you fear you'll end up dying alone or in jail: Crying so hard your eyes are chapped and red, throat sore and aching from sobbing, hair matted from days without a shower and nails chewed to the quick. Your friends are tired of hearing you rehas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    He Said She Said: Breakup Songs to Help You Bawl, Part 2

    Ever since men and women set eyes upon each other at the beginning of time, there have been break-ups, and painful dissolutions of romantic escapades have made the best art in the world. Hell, somewhere in the world there is a probably a cave painting of a pretty young Neanderthal girl with devil h ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 23, 2008

    Ben Folds

    Popular '90s man is back...with a keytar.

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Liz Dannemiller

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. For some reason, our wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    Highly Anticipated Albums of 2008

    Because lists aren’t just for Christmas, here are some of the most eagerly awaited albums scheduled for release in 2008. The anticipation is so high that this top ten list goes to 11. 11. Green Day How does a band follow their most commercially successful record, two Grammys, and a world tour? Wi ... More >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2007

    Been a Long Time

    But the Houston Symphony Wants to "Rock and Roll"

  • Music

    May 24, 2007

    A Guide to Being Cool

    Stuff you need to know this week to avoid musical ostracism

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2007
  • Music

    October 26, 2006

    Ben Folds

    Ben Folds performs Wednesday, November 1, at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. Call 713-224-7575 for more info.

  • Film

    May 18, 2006

    Shell Game

    Over the Hedge wants you to feel bad about what it's selling, which is everything

  • Music

    January 12, 2006

    Bunnyface Killahs

    A veteran Liverpudlian rock band and a kung-fu-obsessed Staten Island MC have more in common than you think

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    Ben Folds and His Band

    Friday, November 18, at Numbers, 300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551.

  • Music

    October 13, 2005

    Rockin' Renewal

    The imminent launch of new venue Warehouse Live makes it official: Downtown is now Houston's live music hot spot

  • Music

    July 28, 2005

    Downtown H-town Throwdown

    Tearing it up at the Music Awards Showcase

  • Music

    July 1, 2004

    Take This Love and Shove It

    The best X-rated breakup songs

  • Music

    June 24, 2004
  • Music

    March 25, 2004

    Slaid Cleaves

    Saturday, March 27

  • Music

    December 19, 2002

    Xmas Marks the Spot

    A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs

  • Music

    December 12, 2002

    November Pain

    Call 'em Guns N' Poseurs if you like, but Axl Rose can still incite riots with the best of them

  • Music

    July 25, 2002

    The Vines

    Saturday, July 27

  • Music

    March 14, 2002

    The b-sides

    Thursday, March 14

  • Music

    December 2, 1999

    Rotation

    New Releases Reviewed

  • Music

    February 12, 1998
  • Music

    April 10, 1997
  • Music

    February 8, 1996
  • More >>
Loading...