Zomboy Stereo Live, July 11 One thing you learn seeing Zomboy is that he doesn't play around when it comes to trying to crush your body with waves of bass. The man born Joshua Jenkin starts things off intense and it pretty much stays that way the entire time; forget zombies and ordinary monsters, w ... More >>
American Gypsy: Fri., February 28, 10:30 p.m., Free. Monnalisa Bar, 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N., Houston, 713-973-1600. Betty Who: With Zak Waters, Cardiknox., Fri., March 28, 8 p.m., $10 to $14. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. Big Head Todd and the Monsters: Fri., April 11, 7 ... More >>
I have a slight obsession with Kanye West because I simultaneously recognize that he is really a genius while at the same time acknowledge that's a Hollywood fathead who isn't nearly as genius as he thinks he is. The result is a strange figure that elicits devotion, obsession, mockery, and honest ze ... More >>
Josh Groban Toyota Center, November 12 An all-American opera-singing pop star you can take home to Mom, Josh Groban almost doesn't seem human: he's smart, good-looking, self-deprecating, and his radiant baritone can thaw a glacier. It has no trouble filling sports arenas, that's for sure, a good th ... More >>
Happy Halloween, everyone. Who's ready for Christmas? Must be quite a few of you, because the music biz rolled out many of its major 2013 holiday LPs this week. Those that don't arrive next week, that is, or else got a head start like Mary J. Blige. Her A Mary Christmas arrived two weeks ago and n ... More >>
"Can't they just shut up?" That's the question many country music fans proffer when musicians publicly express opinions that dare venture outside of benign Q&A quicksand and into the murky waters of relevant social issues. Country consumers from both sides of the political aisle can get riled up i ... More >>
Come See My Dead Person Walters, December 8 The gypsy-punks in Come See My Dead Person have come out of hibernation to release an eponymous new 13-song set of songs. The manic pickin', the boisterous drinking anthems, and strange old-world stank are here in spades, with the proverbial fur really f ... More >>
A comic Dracula still kills.
Twenty-seven seconds into the song posted above, Canadian rocker Matthew Good says the phrase "first world problems." It is, as far as most Internet detectives can tell, the first time that phrase was used in a piece of art. Good wasn't setting out to create a punchline that would be beaten to death ... More >>
Andrew Bird: Fri., Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m., $32-$42. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. BettySoo: Thu., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m., $20/$22. McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, Houston. Black Congress, Buildings, Omotai: Fri., July 27, 9 p.m., $6. Mango's, 403 Westheimer Road, Houston. The Blaggards, T ... More >>
If you mention and explain the concept of MTV's Rock N' Jock to '90s babies, they will look at you glassy-eyed and slowly walk away. But it's true, in the late '80s and early '90s it was possible to gather the best and sexiest celebrities in TV, film and music for a carefree softball match, with pro ... More >>
Luke Bryan RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 3, 2012 Luke Bryan is the Ernest Hemingway of country music, in the same way that Hemingway is Subway's Cold Cut Trio of literature. Sure, it's a little simple - almost too simple, really - but it's got everything you need for a satisfying song, novel ... More >>
In some alternate universe, the streets of Houston are currently bathed in Miller Lite, Reliant Stadium and every bar in town is a watch party, with even the homeless folks are wearing soiled Texans jerseys. But alas, our Houston Texans only made it into the second round of the playoffs, and here we ... More >>
Photo by Allison WagonerIt's time to be honest with each other for a moment: some people out there don't care about the Super Bowl. They may not care about sports at all. In fact, they might hate sports completely. Listen close and you can hear them roll their eyes at yet another blog post a ... More >>
Photos by Michael LanierAlan JacksonHoly honky-tonk hell, Houston. When you put on your cowboy boots, cowboy hats and drinking pants, you sure can throw down with the best of them. Wednesday night at Verizon Wireless Theater, 100.3 KILT continued its annual Ten Man Jam, with quite a solid li ... More >>
Muppets reboot can't quite get its act together.
Stuart FolbA decade ago this month, Rocks Off Sr. drove down from Jasper to check out this new event in Zilker Park called the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Back then it was a far cry from what it would become - there were only a couple of stages, and one of them was just a platform in t ... More >>
Houston has been known as the home of some of R&B's top vocalists, and Coline Creuzot is determined to be the next one. With three mixtapes featuring some of Houston hip-hop's heavy hitters, she has already acquired the attention of the streets. Paul Wall, with whom she shares a manager, hos ... More >>
Hootie covered Zeppelin!? '90s U So Crazy!This year alone has seen a multitude of tribute albums, from two Buddy Holly lovefests to the upcoming ZZ Top tribute set from a very motley crew of artists, including Nickelback, Daughtry, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (yum), and Wyclef Jean. Let t ... More >>
Crashing a birthday party didn't work, but young rapper J. Cole eventually got Jay-Z's attention.
6:58: High-five to the Houston Press for flying us out to Los Angeles to cover the BET Awards. Cool move. Thus far, it's been extra fun. We ran into Kobe and, um, saw some people filming a movie, and... uh... there were some angels or something, and... there... there was... eh, shit. We're n ... More >>
Photos by Matthew KeeverSick Puppies Warehouse Live June 4, 2011 Aftermath is not going to lie: Leaving Summer Fest early to go see Sick Puppies at Warehouse Live wasn't a top priority for us, but a show's a show, and we thought we would do our best to keep our heads up, our ears open and ou ... More >>
Tonight at midnight, the folks at C3 Presents who book the Austin City Limits Music Festival are expected to drop the lineup in full onto the festival's official Web site. And like, duh, Rocks Off will of course be up and about to post it to the blog once it goes live. You are more than welco ... More >>
Trends in music can be as prevalent - and subsequently fleeting - as they are in fashion. Though the eagerness to join trendy-indie bandwagons can be puzzling, music's most recent instrumental trend, the ukulele, grabbed our attention, especially after SXSW. Among the dozens of SXSW-related ... More >>
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 >>
Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show & RodeoSugarland Reliant Stadium March 3, 2011 The shenanigans have begun, folks. The Rodeo is back in Houston, and if you haven't already, it's time to stop by Reliant Stadium, pet some adorable farm animals, gain a few pounds eating fried everything - may ... More >>
How a band with no CDs or record deal is changing the music industry
Brendan Benson relaxes after The Raconteurs.
Becoming Elektra: The True Story of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label By Mick Houghton Jawbone Press, 304 pp., $29.95 While most of today's major record companies are run by men in suits answering to a corporation rather than men of vision answering to their whims, there was a time in the ... More >>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Despite his goofy name, ... More >>