The Black & White Years Fitzgerald's, January 31 The Black and White Years were blessed with good luck almost from the get-go. No less than Jerry Harrison, the former Talking Heads guitarist, took a shine to the Austin indie-rockers at their 2007 SXSW show and produced the eponymous album that foll ... More >>
Youth Code, Coming Mango's January 16, 2013 No doubt, Youth Code borrows quite heavily from Chicago's fabled Wax Trax! Records (Front 242, KMFDM, Revolting Cocks) roster, the epicenter of seething industrial music in the 1980s and 1990s, when the city rose from the frozen plains and became a beacon ... More >>
Houston's Top 25 closed music venues.
Before we go any further, this isn't over. Houston fancies itself as forever moving forward, a "city of the future," but in a relatively short time span -- the past 40, maybe 50 years -- it's managed to rack up an impressive number of live-music stages that have come and gone, and left quite a lasti ... More >>
Houston's SXSW Class of '10 is as diverse as the Bayou City.
Kunst Fascion: Alles Klar?Rocks Off is a big fan of the honky-tonk, Southern rock and all things bluesy and soulful (as you may have guessed), but our first love will always be the throb and grind of industrial music. Seriously. The first live performance we ever saw was Nitzer Ebb opening for De ... More >>
Tonight Canadian industrial legends Skinny Puppy take the stage at Warehouse Live, and Rocks Off will be there to cover every single corpse-paint and blood-spotted inch of the show. We snagged a few videos of bands that who paved the way for cEvin Key and Nivek Ogre to make Puppy's enigmatic and ch ... More >>
Last Friday, Rocks Off was hanging out with some friends at the West Alabama Ice House and ran into Ralph Ullrich, otherwise known as Ralph the Plumber, also otherwise known as one of Tuesday's mayoral candidates a little further down the ballot than the three (and a half) examined at length in the ... More >>
While trolling the nether regions of the UK press, we came upon this, touting the wonders of Houston as a luxury vacation spot. It's all enough to make Hair Balls wish it didn't live here already so it could start making travel plans now!We cannot help but imagine how impressed our luxury-seeking Li ... More >>
Remembering the Axiom, 20 years later
LCD Soundsystem's brain trust happily loses his edge
A Rice grad stakes his claim as the inventor of the ironic "Freebird" request; also: there's a Lanky new kid on H-town's burgeoning pop-rock scene
Original punk Richard Tomcala rejoins the nightlife fray; also, Greg Wood's new crib bowls us over
Think you know local music? Take the Bayou City Music Mindbender and find out.
Sound Exchange's David Wilcox hopes to plant a Montrosian colony in the Second Ward
Saturday, December 14
The Axiom can't seem to shake its past
Two weeks ago the FCC shut down Montrose Radio. Can the pirate station survive the bust? Can the pirate station survive itself?
Bryn Tustin was an electrician from New Jersey who became a punk-music DJ in Houston, opened a record store and remade himself into Chuck Roast.