Music-related films only make up about ten percent of the program of this year's Houston Cinema Arts Festival, or five out of almost 50 films in all. But those five -- about far-flung subjects ranging from Indonesian street musicians, graffiti-strewn subway trains (set to a killer soundtrack), a Hou ... More >>
Even in today's viral culture, this "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise money for ALS research has taken many by surprise. Instead of quickly blowing over like so many digital fads, this one continues to yield more famous (and not-so-famous) people getting doused on Facebook and YouTube every day. Appar ... More >>
In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>
On this day in 1821 was born the founder of the Christian Science movement, Mary Baker Eddy. She was a girl in poor health who began to see faults in the religious teachings of predestination and original sin. This led her to a worship more centered on God's love, which caused a rift in her extremel ... More >>
True story: once, we were entertaining some people at home and my rat terrier, Mingus, got loose and began mingling with the guests. Because he's an insufferable attention-seeker and since people are nice and tend not to be threatened by terriers, a woman petted him and asked what his name was. I t ... More >>
Friend of the Boss, reflects on his well-lived rock-and-roll life.
It's hard to find a band that reps Miles Davis in the same breath as much as they do Led Zeppelin, but Lionize are that band. Recording in Jamaica with Steel Pulse's Sidney Mills, supporting beardos like Kylesa, Clutch, and cKy? Yes, that's Lionize for you. Opening for Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster ... More >>
The most underground music in Houston right now isn't rap or indie rock...it's jazz.
Compared to Deadheads, Beatles fans and the KISS Army, fans of classic '50s and '60s jazz are, admittedly, a small but extremely dedicated bunch. Somewhere out there is a middle-aged man (possibly with a beard) creaming his corduroys to discover tape of Miles Davis sneezing into the mike during a lo ... More >>
Jolie Holland takes it to the river
Ailing Houston-area native David Schnaufer has taken the Appalachian dulcimer to the mountaintop
Ambient music lives on in the Bliss Out series
Jumpin' at Apollo (Delmark)
Our Lady of Eternal Sunny Delights (Rastaman Work Ethic)
Tierney Malone turns a few of his favorite things into dramatic graphic images
Carlos Garnett decides to chill down here after almost 40 years in New York City
Little Jimmy Scott: The Savoy Years and More...
Even without his commander, Marshall Allen orchestrates interplanetary space travel just fine, thank you
Ex-Stray Cat Lee Rocker brings rockabilly into the '90s
Masters Mingus and Gordon get their due in Rice documentaries