This year Rocks Off and DC-9 at Night, the music blog at our sister paper Dallas Observer, teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. John Fogerty: Creedence Clearwater Revival survivor John Fogerty gets overlooked as a riff-happy rocker, with most people concen ... More >>
This year Rocks Off and DC-9 at Night, the music blog at our sister paper Dallas Observer, teamed up to bring you only the most unfortunate moments from last week's SXSW madness. Security and Cops Gettin' Wild: Look, I get it. Every drunken dickhead in town "knows someone" or thinks he has pull at ... More >>
Muse Toyota Center, March 12 The prospect of a new Muse album (The 2nd Law) was overshadowed by the band's dalliance with dubstep, which was a shame, but not surprising in the current musical climate. When one of the world's biggest stadium-rock bands' tinkering with electronics becomes a dealbreak ... More >>
Marina & the Diamonds, Icona Pop Warehouse Live, December 17 Somewhere between Katy Perry and Lana Del Rey on the 2012 girl-pop scale, the Welsh-bred Marina & the Diamonds make big-budget icy synth-pop that you can afford, without the candy-coated gimmickry. Perry comparisons will abound, but singe ... 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 >>
In a recent story meeting, I mentioned The Pass & Provisions to my fellow staff writers here at the Press. Assistant music editor and all-around pop culture buff Craig Hlavaty quickly threw out there: "That sounds like a screamo band." "In fact," he continued, "a lot of these new restaurants have n ... More >>
The return of terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad rain made Saturday a muddy but fun mess. Thankfully, the downpours didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd on day two of ACL, but it did seem to thin out the herds. Aside from remembering how to walk in inches-deep goop like we did back at the Dillo ... More >>
Even on a rainy Sunday afternoon, the Houston Press Music Awards showcase kept right on rockin'. More than 50 artists from about as many kinds of music, all of whom call Houston home and were nominated for HPMAs this year, performed at 10 downtown Houston venues, from Houston Pavilions over to Ware ... More >>
The eyes of a nation will be turned to the Giants v. Patriots Sunday. Your eyes, however, should set aside some time for our live-blogging of the epic event. Our Craig Hlavaty will be here at Hair Balls offering insight into what's going on both on and off the field, starting at about 5 p.m. Seei ... More >>
It seems like every year around this time, we start with the, "God, I need to lose weight" or "stop smoking" or "exercise more" or "stop murdering babies." It never seems to work and by March, we are back to our old, fat, smokey, lazy, baby murdering ways. It's a shame, really. This year, Rocks Off ... More >>
Photos By Craig HlavatyThe scene was bustling at Heights Vinyl on Saturday, as Houston's newest record store opened it's doors with complementary beer, DJs and bands, and crates of great vinyl to sift through. The store's location on White Oak, just yards from Fitzgerald's and all the new r ... More >>
Craig HlavatyHere's a picture from today on the Midtown "superblock" that will be home to the Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest. Now imagine it at about 9:30 tomorrow night, as the Toadies are bringing it with the Houston skyline behind them and a cooling breeze blowing around. You w ... More >>
Craig Hlavaty We found ourselves in front the Cave Singers on Friday afternoon with a few hundred folks, escaping the Sun and the cheerfulness and pomp of the other bands going at the same time (Big Boi, Foster The People) for some dark art at the Vista Equity Tent. About halfway through t ... More >>
Craig HlavatySmoking ban? What smoking ban? Ha Ha Tonka bassist Lucas Long don't care about the smoking ban at Zilker Park. Good times, y'all.
In honor of National Donut Day (yes, it's a thing), Craig Hlavaty took a break from his busy schedule of gripping knives with his teeth and writing about Internet memes to bring you a slightly NSFW post of sexy donut photos to whet your appetite. Hey, it's Friday afternoon. But Hlavaty's effo ... More >>
Craig HlavatyYesterday while filming segments for KIAH's "Newsfix" in the monument park at Minute Maid Park, my camera crew and I came across this sign, defaced for your pleasure. It looked as if the sign had been modified for some time, as there were no pieces of the departed "M" near the sc ... More >>
Craig HlavatyLunch-hour drivers in Downtown Houston got a dash of religion this Good Friday afternoon through Midtown with St. Basil Chapel's "Way Of The Cross" walk. Essentially a two-mile church crawl, the walk saw the members of the chapel visiting four religious stations through town, end ... More >>
UPDATE: According to Pitchfork Media via Twitter, Kanye West went onstage around 2:30 a.m. Craig HlavatySXSW's pattern of general mayhem - brawls, collapsing cranes, gate-crashing, performers jumping off of roofs and assaulting audience members - does not seem to be letting up as the festiva ... More >>
Craig HlavatyIt's a proud day when we can write a headline like that, especially for a band as fun as Hunx & His Punx, who played a cherry mid-evening set as Red 7 on Saturday night. During a SXSW so far which has seen us walk out of many venues after hearing way too many Vampire Weekend and ... More >>
Craig HlavatyDetroit fuzz-punk-psych rockers Human Eye caught our ears as we walked down 8th Street last night, leaving TV On The Radio at Stubb's. First the sound reeled us in, naturally, and then the live show had us planted in front of them for the rest of their 1AM set at Headhunters.
Craig HlavatyIt's almost 90 degrees here in Austin and kids of all ages are wearing these hats and models just like them all over town. These top out at around $150 according to the booth at the convention center selling them.
Craig HlavatySo we walked into a songwriting panel, and spied a full and tanned lady talking about her craft with younger strummers, in a high, breathy voice...
Craig HlavatyTuesday marked the first full day that Rocks Off was on the ground for this year's South By Southwest in Austin, and it was also the last day of the interactive and film portions of the ten-day festival. This made for some fun culture-clash, as the typically tech-driven and nerdier h ... More >>
Photo by Craig HlavatyThe Place: Little Woodrow's 2019 Walker 713-222-2224 www.littlewoodrows.com The Hours: 2 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The Deals: $.25 off domestics, plus much deeper discounts on daily specials. The Scene: "I wonder what Cradle of Filth is doing in there right n ... More >>
Craig HlavatyAgora: Not reopening for a while.Houston had quite a few bars close down in 2010. They were your favorite places to drink, mingle, talk to a conquest, bum a cigarette, and spend money you didn't have, and they all mostly left with whimper, or in one bar's case, about a dozen fire ... More >>
Photos by Craig HlavatyClick here to see a slideshow of last night's blaze and this morning's aftermath. Last night in the midst of Halloween drinking festivities and the Montrose Costume Crawl, Agora Cafe and Antique Warehaus burned down. The two businesses, at the corner of Westheimer and ... More >>
Marco TorresTrombone ShortyCraig Hlavaty: News coming out of the media tent: Don Henley of the Eagles had a stent put in his heart this past week. He will be singing and possibly playing guitar, but not exerting himself on drums. This could very well be the last Eagles show for a while - if e ... More >>
Brittanie Shey: When you go to a festival lit this, you're always looking for the discovery. The one band that either blows you away or causes you to alter all your expectations. Today it was Dan Black, a performer we caught only because there was nothing else going on. As soon as we get home, we' ... More >>
Craig HlavatyGrand Prize beckons...BEST BAR TO WATCH A CULTURE CLASH There is nothing like watching hipsters and preppie folk drinking next to each other at Grand Prize. Some of the latter still show expecting the same vibe as Ernie's On Banks only to find beards and chicks in leather legg ... More >>
Pull up a chair, start a tab and order a round of shots, because this is Rocks Off's weekly roundup of the goings-on in the Houston bar scene. Ups and downs, openings and closings, we will cover it all. Hit us up with any hot tips at firstname.lastname@example.org. Craig HlavatyUnder the Volcano ... More >>
Photos by Craig Hlavaty Wednesday, the Funwunce art collective filmed a video for LCD Soundsystem's upcoming single "Home" off new LP This Is Happening. The video shoot took them through various locations around Houston, including Dirt Bar off Yale, where Rocks Off caught up with the cast and ... More >>
Craig Hlavaty Why can't we ever stand up straight at this bar on Thursday nights? We usually hit it up to watch an improv group perform and drink dollar cups of Lone Star out of red cups. Hello, frat house. The cups get warm too quick, making you just want to double-fist all night.
Craig Hlavaty The night Rocks Off stumbled (yes, stumbled) into this bar, we got to sit on a couch by ourselves while four nerds in front of us were playing an RPG together on four laptops, and what looked like two foreign-exchange students made out by candlelight while sitting across from ea ... More >>
Graphic by Monica Fuentes; Text by Craig Hlavaty Today is the day the Chronicle's Ken Hoffman and the rest of Parrothead Nation's Southeast Texas chapter have been waiting for - Jimmy Buffett sails into the Houston area for the first time since April 2007. If you've never seen the son of a son of ... More >>
Craig HlavatyThis band? Needs strippers? No... OK, we all need strippers, but for tomorrow night's show at House of Blues, Steel Panther has put out a call to all of you dancing girls in the Houston-area to grace the stage during their set. It's a modest request, if you think about it. Most bands ... More >>
Photos by Craig Hlavaty WAWP has no regard for his health or well-being. We have no children, nor do we have a ball and chain cooking for us or telling us when to say when. The only creed we live by is "How much this will cost us? and "Will it hinder us making it to work on time the next day?" Th ... More >>
Craig Hlavaty Haggard Gentleman: "You ever saw that movie Righteous Kill with Robert De Niro?" Where Are We Peeing: "Yeah, I guess so. Why?" HG: "You wanna buy it?" WAWP: "Nah, I'm cool. Thanks though." HG: "You wanna get fucked up? I have Vicodin and some sherm. You wanna smoke? ... More >>
Photos by Craig Hlavaty As this morning has progressed, Aftermath is starting to slowly piece together exactly what Steel Panther did to us last night at the House Of Blues. Thank God we brought a camera. For one, we can't hear really well, which is a sign that the music was nice and loud. When w ... More >>
Craig Hlavaty Oh, look at us with our fancy old-timey bicycles on the wall! You would think a bar that looks like a 19th-century funeral home would at least make the restrooms look all old-school as well. We wouldn't mind pissing in an outhouse out back, or using a page from a vintage Sears & ... More >>
Photos by Craig HlavatyDios Saturday night was a frigid one for the last full night of SXSW, and Aftermath's musical choices seemed to fall directly in line with the torrid temperament of the weather gods. The night before we found ourselves dabbing sweat of our brows, and exactly 24 hours later ... More >>
Photos by Craig HlavatyRoky Erickson (right) and Okkervil River plowed through the Paste Party with Texas psych nuggets like "Two Headed Dog." Sleepy Sun's stoner blooze wafted over Emo's Annex.
Craig Hlavaty12:25 p.m.: Alex Chilton 1950-2010: Memphis misses its native son. Welcome back to Rocks Off's minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour breakdown of SXSW's afternoon parties and activites as they happen (almost). Today we've got human Energizer bunny Craig Hlavaty back for more abuse, and ... More >>
Craig Hlavaty1:06 p.m.: "You put the crack in the vodka and you drink it all up..." Adam P. Newton, 1:05 p.m.: "I just had a great chat with Hannes Hesse of popcuts.com." Craig Hlavaty, 1:09 p.m.: "Meeting Kim Fowley was awesome. He's godhead. History, man." Newton, 1:14 p.m.: "My inner class wa ... More >>
Craig Hlavaty2:01 p.m.: "Starting to think Surfer Blood may be this year's Vampire Weekend. Day show line." Dan Oko, 2:00 p.m.: As in Las Vegas, at SXSW day and night swirl together as the ever-strong throngs dive in and out of showcases all day and and all night. The gamble is whether you will h ... More >>
Brandon K. Hernsberger3:10 p.m.: "Beer line (French Legation)" Adam P. Newton, 3:04 p.m.: "I'm here at Red Fez, ready for No Age." Craig Hlavaty, 3:05 p.m.: "Huge ass line for Dillinger Escape Plan at Red 7 day party. I may just have to come home early to see them at Wired Live on Sunday night." ... More >>
Craig Hlavaty4:03 p.m.: Neon Indian at Levi's Fader Fort Craig Hlavaty, 4:05 p.m.: "Fader is hella packed for Neon Indian. These are Dallas' babies." Adam P. Newton, 4:09 p.m.: "I'm heading to Eastbound and Down to meet @clickwindrepeat and see Danielson." Newton, 4:14 p.m.: "So I decided to go ... More >>
Photos by Craig Hlavaty12:08 p.m.: "Apparently MGMT is playing in that white box tonight." While Rocks Off Sr. holds down the fort in Houston, we've dispatched Craig Hlavaty, the Riker to our Picard, as a one-man away team to SXSW, and he's already been a busy boy. Reinforcements will arrive in t ... More >>
Photos by Craig Hlavaty12:58 p.m.: "Yo Damn Right!" 1:17 p.m.: Rocks Off Sr. reached Hlavaty by phone, wondering why it had been more than 15 minutes since we'd heard anything from him. "I just met Sean Padilla from Cocker Spaniels and bought some of his cookies," he reported. "Snickerdoodles, fi ... More >>
Craig Hlavaty5:19 p.m.: "That's respect. Lording over Sixth Street." 5:08 p.m.: "This is how Roky should sound." 5:09 p.m. Rocks Off Sr.: "How's that?" 5:09 p.m.: "Starry Eyes. Man, when he's backed by true fans he is on fire. Will and the guys and lady do him more than justice."