BAGHEERA This slick, funky electro-duo has a huge year in store that only starts with a collaboration with Twin Shadow hooked up by Red Bull's Sound Select Program. Bagheera's Aidan Kennedy says he's still figuring out what to do with the songs he has stockpiled, but he knows he'd rather "get the ri ... More >>
Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Steven Higginbotham leads ... More >>
Already? Indeed. It's only been seven months and change since the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards, but that was enough time for more than 7,000 local music fans to nominate their favorites in some 40 categories, a figure well north of 200 talented Houston artists. So let's get to it. Here are your ... More >>
Dan "Uncle Mojo" Workman, host of the Thursday-night blues jam at the 19th Hole bar in The Woodlands, passed away over the weekend. He had a stroke last Thursday and died Saturday morning, the Houston Blues Society said. According to reports, he had played his regular gig earlier Thursday night. "H ... More >>
How much is too much? Glam-rock heroes Roky Moon & BOLT! haven't found out yet.
We may have lost Macho Man Randy Savage this morning, but MCM is still alive and dropping that flying elbow full of local music news. Snap into the latest installment of our Magnolia City Mixtape. Ooooohhh Yeeaaahhh! Before we dive in, don't forget that the poster show for Free Press Summer ... More >>
Three months ago, the precocious Mary Sarah became the first under 16 Artist of the Week in the history of the world. She sat alone in the teen division of our stables. Today, she gets a labelmate. Kaitlyn Knippers is another talented singer/song writer/multi instrumentalist/world beater wh ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerRoky Moon is ready for his close-up (he better be).Rocks Off has a short list of hotly anticipated local releases for the upcoming year. Among that list is certainly Buxton's next album, Nothing Here Seems Strange, as well as whatever cooks up in Robert Ellis' kitchen. ... More >>
A reunion for Pik N Pak, Houston's loudest icehouse ever
Katya Horner/Downtown DistrictThe John Evans Band in Market Square ParkWhat is the Houston Sound? Until recently, it was a trick question. Although Houston has produced too many distinguished artists to name across a wide variety of genres from blues, country and jazz to psychedelic rock, noi ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Kam FranklinFishbone's Angelo Moore at Fitzgerald'sAs Fitzgerald's embarks on a new chapter in its epic history - Saturday's show with Caveman Electric, Peekaboo Theory and others is the last one before shutting down and reopening under new management September 23 - it seem ... More >>
Two Star Symphony on FacebookThis week Rocks Off got a hot tip from our pal Jason that the venerable Two Star Symphony would be playing an evening gig out in Houston's western territories. It had been a good while since we'd seen the local string quartet, and with our Spidey Sense tingling ab ... More >>
Uncle Charlie/ unclecharlieart.comAs of Wednesday morning, the Save KTRU Facebook page is up to almost 1,500 members, another petition is circulating at savektru.org and Rocks Off has heard that KTRU supporters have already received sizable financial support for a potential legal action again ... More >>
myspace.com/winterwallaceRocks Off has known Houston singer-songwriter Winter Wallace since at least 2000. We know plenty about her, and she knows plenty of embarrassing things about us. We know that she is scared of the Loch Ness Monster, which isn't so weird. What's worse is that she knows ... More >>
Islands' Nick Thorburn tries to keep track of his bandmates and their aliases.
6:08 p.m.: Updated to include list of stolen gear. Chris GraySugarHill Studios in 2008 Legendary Houston recording complex SugarHill Studios, subject of the recent book House of Hits by local historian Dr. Roger Wood and studio co-owner/engineer Andy Bradley, was burglarized over the weeken ... More >>
What we'd like to see happen in Houston music this year.
Ah, here we go again with local artists trumpeting "Grammy nominations." The latest is Atascocita-grown country singer Susan Hickman, who seems to fancy herself as a Miranda Lambert/Martina McBride type. We stumbled across Hickman accidentally through MySpace's "Status Updates," and our eye was imm ... More >>
Taking stock of the Houston music scene on the eve of the annual Houston Press Music Awards Showcase.
But more importantly, do we want it to be? And, God help us, what if it already is? When Rocks Off polled a cross-section of Houston music insiders for his "dead-tree" column this week - thanks for the term, Jeremy at Space City Rock - he was forced to omit one question from the final version for sp ... More >>
Andrew Karnavas Rocks Off will be the special guest "audience of one" on tonight's Live from Sugar Hill, the monthly hour-long live-music Webcast broadcast from the historic Southeast Houston studios. Tonight's musical guests are bluesy singer-songwriter Andrew Karnavas and veteran Tex-Mex power-pop ... 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. After last week's Artist ... More >>
While trolling the nether regions of the UK press, we came upon this, touting the wonders of Houston as a luxury vacation spot. It's all enough to make Hair Balls wish it didn't live here already so it could start making travel plans now!We cannot help but imagine how impressed our luxury-seeking Li ... More >>
Paul Wall: Also available for oral-hygeine advice. Today at the UH Main Campus on Cullen, The Recording Academy and the Grammys are putting on a Career Day for students in the college's music department. The Grammys hold these workshops around the country for students looking to take the leap into ... More >>
Six dozen of Houston's finest bands for a mere $7
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Moses Guest (Aufheben Records)
Cedric Turner ventures into an abyss far deeper than ones traveled by most bluesmen
The Fondue Monks may find their path to success paved with Lucky Strikes
I-45 Lost Between the Lines
Dead for almost a decade, Culturcide comes festering back to life