When did World Cup soccer start mattering to U.S. fans? I know many of us have doled out orange slices and cursed at volunteer officials at youth league games, but interest in the pro soccer pitch is apparently now at fever pitch. The global football tournament begins this afternoon and won't end u ... More >>
Warpaint, James Supercave Fitzgerald's April 24, 2014 It's not every day that a touring band can grace the stage with familiarity of a local act, but Warpaint found a way to make themselves at home at Fitzgerald's on Thursday evening. Though they've already spent most of the year touring in suppor ... More >>
DEAFHAVEN Despite a popular withdrawal from black metal, Deafheaven's Sunbather was one of 2013's most beautiful albums, and even named Metacritic's "Top Album of 2013." Because its song structures dabble more in pop and rock, it's a noticeable step away from their debut EP Roads to Judah, but that' ... More >>
There's lots of alternatives to the same old same old this year.
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. At first glance, you may notice Love Domini ... More >>
Nothing earns an musician instant street cred quite like a night or two in the pokey. It's basically a rite of passage -- a guarantee that if you sign up for the public eye, you will, indeed, screw it up at least once in order to delight us with your antics. From the likes of good ol' boys like Mer ... More >>
Three resident artists put on a strong group show.
There's a reason why we lauded Alicia Keys when her debut album Songs In A Minor dropped a little more than a decade ago. The young piano prodigy had the look of a new age starlet, Billie Holiday with a fedora and braids and on her 31st birthday, revisiting her classic debut album is a necessity. K ... More >>
Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. There is an admission that I have to make having written all these Classic Christmas posts this year. When I think of Christmas, I don't think of carols or choirs or ... More >>
Music Box Theater brings big-city, high-style cabaret to Houston.
Mingling Cat Power and the Cure, Warpaint brings glee to even their darkest songs.
Today marks the 44th anniversary of Janis Joplin's first gig with Big Brother and the Holding Company. One of rock's most staggering vocalists, Joplin became another star who left us too soon on October 4, 1970, when she overdosed on heroin while recording Pearl. George Gershwin's "Summertime" wa ... More >>
This is a big week for all-everything Houston bassist Nick Gaitan. Not only have his Monday-night Continental Club gigs with atomic-powered rockabilly trio the Octanes been steadily been picking up steam, his other band The Umbrella Man - which just happens to play Tuesday nights at the very same p ... More >>
If you blink, you might miss Boheme. The coffee shop-by-day, cocktails-by-night hideaway is tucked away on Fairview between Morgan and Taft. On Thursday nights, Boheme gives you the perfect excuse to drink - Spacetaker's Cultured Cocktails Happy Hour. Each week from 5 to 10 p.m., a portion of ... More >>
Despite our collective knowledge of many arcane forms of music here at Rocks Off, we have noticed that we are remarkably deficient when it comes to lullabies. This deficiency which has been compounded by our complete and utter refusal to succumb to the twisted evil that is most children's music ... More >>
We've had our Aggie American Idol. Now we have one from Jasper.Michael Sarver, according to those who watch American Idol, has gotten himself into the finals, or the semi-finals, or whatever it is that's a step beyond the comic-relief idiot tryouts.As the Beaumont Enterprise reports, Sarver is ready ... More >>
A Fine Romance
Martin Ez A few weeks back, we all remember hearing about how Tontons guitarist (guitar god, really) Adam Martinez had his gear stolen out of the back of his car in Montrose. The quartet was in the middle of recording its first full-length, and this equipment was integral to Martinez's signature ... More >>
"Fool, it's hot! I told you again! Were you born on the sun? It's damn hot!" -- Adrian Cronauer "Summertime and the livin is easy." -- Billie Holiday Both true, as this past weekend would attest. 9:28 p.m. at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston On Friday, May 30, it was time for another Stee ... More >>
At 19 or 20, Asli Omar, vocalist for local psych-blues-rockers Tontons, might just be the finest young female vocalist in Houston, possessed of pipes that can shift gears between languid breathiness and heretofore undiscovered metal-melting alloys. You can hear elements of Bjork, Billie Holiday, the ... More >>
Special Clay Aiken Edition
Dianne Reeves's good luck story
Juniflip, Believe, 6th Ave. Romp, Heritage
Corinne Bailey Rae makes music -- and history
Tuesday, February 14, McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.
A fiery poet shares her Home Grown flow
Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 (Hidden Beach)
Stages (Blue Corn Music)
Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music (Columbia Legacy)
JacQuisine isn't exciting, creative or hip. But it is good.
A band reunion becomes gentle satire in Still Crazy
March 26-April 1, 1998
Stages digs into the joy, and the pain, of Billie Holiday's life