NEEDTOBREATHE Bayou Music Center September 5, 2014 The divide between Christian and secular rock might be one of the most overblown distinctions within pop music there is. It's real, but sometimes it all seems so unnecessary. People of faith do just fine in many if not most professions (even journa ... More >>
NEEDTOBREATHE Bayou Music Center, September 5 Without a whole lot of fanfare, South Carolina's NEEDTOBREATHE is probably the first band since Switchfoot to fully cross over from contemporary Christian music into the mainstream; beyond even that, they've become one of the biggest rock groups of the ... More >>
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Fitzgerald's, March 7 Slack-rock innovator Stephen Malkmus -- best-known for his tenure in '90s figureheads Pavement -- is, in reality, quite insightful. But he's as always been an anomaly in many ways. He's a pioneering musician, smart-as-a-whip scholar, skilled sports ... More >>
Look, the '80s are back in style in every way, and that's totally cool with me. I love it, actually, because it means pop music is more bearable than it's been in a long time. For someone who grew up on 106.9 The Point, this is a wonderful gift that I cherish. But I'm noticing a disturbing trend in ... More >>
"My house in Texas is a really great thing," DUg Pinnick says, King's X bassist/singer. "So I don't want to get rid of it." Pinnick now lives in Los Angeles, he says, "to further my career." At 62 years old this year, he's got the energy and ambition of a man one-third his age. He's been in L.A. fo ... More >>
Have you ever bought an album of an artist you were familiar with and thought, "wow... that's different?" In fact, many artists try out other genres than the one where they originally became popular as a way for them to grow as artists. But a big question remains: Will the audience grow with them a ... More >>
So you are disgusted, angry, and outright righteously pissed that your beloved 103.7 is gone with the wind, replaced by 24 hours of Christian music. Gone are your usual playlists full of Wilco, Soundgarden, Sheryl Crow and Death Cab For Cutie, not to mention your favorite DJs and personalities. Th ... More >>
Update to story originally posted on May 25, 2012: Sounds like the switch became official at 5 p.m. today, and our friends on social media are pissed. Apparently the indie format went out with Semisonic's "Closing Time" and R.E.M.'s "It's The End Of The World As We Know It." Well played. KHJK 103.7 ... More >>
Stryper House of Blues May 18, 2012 A dedicated legion of Stryper fans cheered on Friday night to bang their heads to the bands greatest hits along with a few excellent covers. Stryper came out in full yellow-and-black attire while lead singer and guitarist Michael Sweet crooned a version of "Bat ... More >>
See more with Michael Sweet in this week's issue of the Houston Press. In the 1980s, contemporary Christian music was on the cusp of accepting a nice little jolt of electricity for headbangers everywhere. That jolt of electricity, my friends, was Stryper. They burst onto the scene and have since p ... More >>
Michael Sweet explains what Stryper learned from Judas Priest and Van Halen.
One of the most interesting things in the music business is how managers and record companies promote and market their artists. Sometimes they do a great job, and other times they fail. When they do fail, their like that hickey you got three weeks ago -- still there. But, like a hickey, people even ... More >>
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Winter Jam 2012 feat. Skillet, Sanctus Real, Peter Furler, Kari Jobe, Building 429, Dara Maclean and Group 1 Crew March 23, 2012 Toyota Center Hosted by NewSong and starring Skillet, Sanctus Real, Peter Furler (former lead singer of the Newsboys), Kari Jobe, Building 429, Dara Maclean, Group 1 Crew ... More >>
Saturday I got a text from a close friend saying that Whitney Houston had passed away. Needless to say, I was a bit shocked. I honestly thought she would be around for years to come so that she could could keep blessing us all with her terrific voice.. I grew up listening to Contemporary Christian ... More >>
Let's get something straight right off the bat: Mutemath is not a Christian band. Sure, the band members are all lifelong Christians, but the New Orleans-based act sued their label, Warner Music Group, in 2006 for breach of contract and negligent representation when their debut EP Reset was releas ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseStryper at House of Blues, December 2009Stryper, the world's coolest and heaviest '80s Christian heavy metal band of the '80s, comes to Scout Bar Monday night, touring behind last month's covers LP, The Covering. It's an appropriately shiny and heavy disc of covers from a ... More >>
Remember in the days before "Bi-winning," when Twitter was all up in arms about Justin Beiber's interview with Rolling Stone? Was it really a surprise that some of the pop star's opinions, as told to the magazine last month, would be half-baked and maybe even a bit ignorant? Put aside for a ... More >>
The 71's on FacebookThe 71's are a band that by all rights Rocks Off should be throwing rocks at instead of embracing warmly in our ear canals. Their rock is poppy, sincere, and inspired by faith in a God we want nothing to do with. So why do we love their new EP Rock and Roll Reaction Part 1 ... More >>
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The 71s are a Christian rock band, but don't let that distract you from the fact that they are completely awesome. Trust me, when a former Satanist is a Christian band's biggest cheerleader, then that band is a band to be reckoned with. And a stunt like the story behind the group's "Start Again" vi ... More >>
Photos by Groovehouse / Click here for a slideshowThis year, Aftermath has seen all strains of metal: From Slipknot and Mastodon's metallic beatdowns at Verizon Wireless Theater, to The Sword's kindly menacing sludge jams at the inaugural Summerfest, to the force of power that is Motorhead at ... More >>
Save for a few modern screamo bands like Underoath and the rap-rocking P.O.D., few Christian rock bands have had has as much an impact in mainstream secular music than the Bible-flinging Stryper. In the mid to late '80s the band was the premier Holy Ghost-filled metal band during a time when most ... More >>
Photos by Jef With One F It's accurate to say that I went to see The 71's on Monday night with some hesitancy; my knowledge of contemporary Christian music is limited to Jars of Clay's "Flood" and the Prom scene from the movie Saved!. Despite my affection for the band's LP, We Are Locomotive, I ju ... More >>
Man, the apocalypse is upon us. First there’s Prince giving his CD away with a concert ticket in England. Then there’s Radiohead going to the honor system for their new record. And now, there’s this, from Stryper frontman Michael Sweet: "I recently joined forces with a company that will soon ... More >>
Sweet! Those of you who think that the American Idol auditions are a little too mean, but still love to watch talent contests are in luck. Gifted begins tonight on TBN. From the show's Web site: "16,000 contestants. 8 finalists. 3 judges. 1 winner. GIFTED. On January 26, 2007, on prime-time telev ... More >>
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