Just about this time last year, I wound up reading the article "10 Classic Albums We Happen To Hate" right here on Rocks Off. Being a classic-rock enthusiast and having seen various lists like this before, I looked forward to what my now-colleagues would have to say about some legendary albums. I wa ... More >>
Hey there, Grammys -- remember when we broke up with you last year? Well, it seems we've made a mistake. We take it all back. We are back on professionally. So LL Cool J hosted again last night, same as last year, and it turns out he's still boring. But here's the thing: we can still forgive your i ... More >>
Well, it's time to gear up for another Austin City Limits Music Festival, which kicks off this Friday in Austin's Zilker Park and this year runs not only through Sunday the 6th, but next Friday through Sunday with the same lineup. As usual, the lineup is really decent: The Cure, Depeche Mode, Muse, ... More >>
Today would have been Joe Strummer's 60th birthday, but he passed away in December 2002 of a heart attack, days before Christmas. He left behind a wife and three daughters, plus thousands of years of music and memories. The loss was like a punch to the gut, made even more bitter because he and f ... More >>
Had he not died in April 1994 by his own hand -- or sinister forces working for Courtney Love (insert maniacal laugh) -- Kurt Cobain would have turned 45 years old today. The rock icon killed himself at the age of 27, leaving behind not only a daughter to fend for herself against the wiles of ... More >>
SPOILER ALERTThe best thing about the annual Grammy nominations and awards shows is the clamor of anger that rises up when the mere mention of the event even comes up. Immediately people begin calling it a travesty, trotting out all the people who have been snubbed -- Jethro Tull beats Metall ... More >>
Jessica Lea Mayfield goes from a bluegrass childhood to buzzworthy "goth-blues drama queen."
All photos by Mark C. AustinGwen Stefani of No Doubt in The Woodlands, May 2009This evening, local rock photographer Mark C. Austin unveils his first exhibit of his work since he began shooting bands almost five years ago. Austin's work has appeared in print and online for the Houston Press a ... More >>
Sorry, we couldn't resist...King of R&B. Ghostwriter supreme. Pop genius. Unabashed sex fiend. Bump 'n' grind horndog. Acquited pedophile. Ultimately, history will decide whether or not R. Kelly deserves some, all, or any of these labels, but here are two facts that aren't in dispute: 1) the ... More >>
Mark C. Austin During "Minority," the motorized 2000 Celtic-thrash mash-up that closed Green Day's main set Saturday night, Toyota Center's video screen became a collage of flyers from the group's early days, before the platinum albums, roadies, Grammys and extra live musicians (there were four S ... More >>
Native Houstonian creates Web site for boomer music fans
Meet the newest kind of bar band
Click here for a slideshow Whether for space or continuity considerations, music reviewers usually find that half of what they write down during a concert, or more, winds up on the newspaper equivalent of the cutting-room floor. Sometimes this is for the best, but thanks to the Internet such jotting ... More >>
Four musicians and one tape recorder
A fictional look at the future of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Tenacious D gets the band back together, and...and... and ?
DJ delight Miss Kittin spins purrfect grooves
Recollections of Nirvana's three Houston shows
Radio wild card Coldplay struts in from the UK with plenty of attitude
X was the West's great punk hope. But now they're finding more fun in their new worlds.