Last month marked the end of one of the great musical feuds of the 1990s. Any Britpop fan knows you can either be a fan of Oasis or of Blur, but not a fan of both. The two bands hated each other's guts and were in constant competition throughout the decade. So all of us in the press were shocked wh ... More >>
Benefit concerts are great. The practice of bands playing to raise money for a cause can be as local as helping a fellow unsigned musician pay for their son's hospital bills to as international as world hunger. Though we may pinch our noses at the perceived sanctimoniousness of people like Bono and ... More >>
Rock stars: They're different from us. That's why we love them, and that's why sometimes they can fool themselves into thinking they're Hitler. That, as far as I can tell, is the message of Pink Floyd The Wall, Alan Parker's 1982 film based on the British rockers' 1979 album The Wall. Despite the g ... More >>
White House Photographic Office, Clinton AdministrationAs recognized by the United Nations, today is Mandela Day, honoring the birthday of the beloved South African president, humanitarian, and all-around badass Nelson Mandela, who turns 93. Mandela is a living legend, leader, hero and inspir ... More >>
The year isn't quite half over, but as of today, "summer" is officially here - even if the calendar needs a few weeks to catch up - and by the time summer is over, so will 2011. Or close enough. So Rocks Off asked our staff to give us their favorite two albums of the year so far, plus one out ... More >>
At SXSW 2011, almost everything that could go wrong did — except the music.
Photos by Chris GrayLeave it to Sir Bob Geldof to turn the SXSW keynote address into a 45-plus minute combination elaborate cultural history of the past 60 years with rock and roll at the center, personal narrative of how rock and roll ("pop with a hard-on") shook loose his inner social activ ... More >>
Today is Thursday, and Thursday is playing tonight at Warehouse Live. The few times Craig's Hlist has said this to co-workers and friends in passing, at least the ones who don't live with their heads shoved up a concert calendar's ass, they have looked at us like we are insane. The band Thu ... More >>
Tonight at Miller Outdoor Theatre, a group of musicians will play Pink Floyd's legendary album Dark Side of the Moon live, in its entirety, with each and every instrument that was used to record it back in 1972-'73. With 45 million copies sold, Dark Side is still the third best-selling album ... More >>
Time magazineAnnise Parker's official Time photo, looking stiff but proudly displaying comfortable shoesMayor Annise Parker is the 13th Most Influential or 13th Most Something, person in America, according to Time magazine.Time's 2010 list of "the people who most affect our world" is out, and fea ... More >>
Hanging out backstage with Ronan Harris of VNV Nation last Sunday, his synth-excellency imparted a tale that Rocks Off hoped to the gods was not true, and led us down the path of myth and rumor to bring you a list of five of the most horrifying legends in pop-music lore. The tale Ronan told is th ... More >>
Haven't heard of Junoon? They've sold 20 million albums, and they're at the Meridian this week.
Even the great Alan Parker can't save Angela's Ashes from sappy self-absorption