Robbie Fulks McGonigel's Mucky Duck July 26, 2014 Chicago songwriter and flatpicker extraordinaire Robbie Fulks made it look easy before an almost sold-out crowd at the Mucky Duck Saturday night. In spite of several quips about how hot Houston is in July, Fulks didn't even break a sweat as he rolle ... More >>
Southern Culture on the Skids Continental Club, March 28 & 29 Taking a 30th-anniversary victory lap this year, Southern Culture on the Skids has parlayed their image as overalled, chicken-flingin' hillbillies into a virtual empire of lowbrow kitsch and randy "toe-suckin' geek rock." On the Chapel H ... More >>
Superchunk Fitzgerald's February 7, 2014 As nations united in Sochi Friday to celebrate an age-old Olympic tradition, Houston Gen-Xers skipped the Opening Ceremonies and gathered at Fitzgerald's instead, to celebrate another timeless wonder: '90s rock powerhouse Superchunk. While the crowd at Fitz ... More >>
Superchunk Fitzgerald's, February 7 Among the handful of '80s/'90s college-rock acts who have found equal if not greater success on the reunion circuit -- Pixies and Sebadoh come to mind, both due here later this month -- Chapel Hill's Superchunk melded the melodic roar of Husker Du with the quirks ... More >>
As is the case in almost everything in 2013, the shelf life for enjoyment of the 2013 NCAA men's championship game (a thrilling 82-76 Louisville win over Michigan) was a total of about five minutes before we started looking ahead to 2013-2014. Almost immediately after the game was over, already odd ... More >>
Here go hell come, SXSW has just released the first batch of names for the 2013 festival. I know, only a week after Fun Fun Fun Fest and a month since ACL. Did you see the FPSF blog from earlier today? Yeah, time is moving too fast. The big names on the list so far include the Zombies, Alt-J, Akro ... More >>
Does the looming '90s revival presage a Nirvana-style breakthrough?
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 >>
Before we begin, Radiohead is in Europe for the duration of this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival. They will not fly 12 hours to play a field in Austin. Ah, it just wouldn't be May without ACL rumors running rampant. Rocks Off is guilty every year of stoking the fire, sometimes just one day ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterSouthern Culture on the Skids is back there somewhere.Southern Culture on the Skids Continental Club March 26, 2011 Finger lickin': It's not just for fried chicken anymore. This past weekend, Southern Culture on the Skids packed up the eight-piece box and headed down t ... More >>
Cops in New Chapel Hill believe 19-year-old Amanda Anderson was murdered by her brother. The story seems made for a Dateline special:Nate Anderson, 15, was home on a Wednesday evening in September with his 19-year-old sister -- parents were at work -- and decided to go for a quick jog around the ... More >>
Throw beer on Southern Culture on the Skids bassist Mary Huff at your own risk.
Village Voice Media, the Houston Press' daddy company, has announced the line-up for this year's SXSW day party at La Zona Rosa, set for March 19 at noon. The show hasn't disappointed since Rocks Off has been aboard, with 2008 bringing the Black Keys, HEALTH and ...Trail Of Dead and last year the C ... More >>
www.flickr.com/groups/thorriors/ Tonight at Rudyard's, we'll be a part of the lusty and bearded throng throwing themselves in front of Valient Thorr and Early Man, with local cats the Hell City Kings and Golden Axe acting as support. Those two Houston bands alone would be enough rock and roll fo ... More >>
Next month, Houston gets to be a cool kid. But only for a week.
Nashville lifer is nobody's dummy
Houston buries its Inner Loop past under bright new shiny Perry Homes town houses
Archery practice ends for Crooked Fingers' relieved and maturing Eric Bachmann
Former Squirrel Nut Zipper Jimbo Mathus gets back to basics
Billy Joe Shaver has known great blessings and great curses
Foreign students at the Glassell School of Art get a stipend, studio space and three years to make it really big. They've had a huge impact on Houston's art scene. But if the INS isn't impressed, they've got to go.
Deadwood Forest isn't your father's progressive rock band
An early GOP force could be savoring party triumphs -- from prison
Merge and Matador reach ten years of indie success
Carolina retronauts the Squirrel Nut Zippers swing clear of camp
Pavement has returned to the way they were -- whatever that was
Jolene strives to make sense of life's punches -- and make a living