St. Vincent House of Blues, March 10 An adventurous, ambitious singer-songwriter who delights in smearing the lines between art and pop, St. Vincent is quickly becoming one of the biggest indie-rock stars around. Born and raised in Dallas and now splitting her time between Texas and New York, the 3 ... More >>
We introduced you to Songza -- the service that acts as a "music concierge" -- a few weeks back. Using curated playlists sorted not only by genre and theme, but also by activity, Songza helps you pick the best songs for the occasion. More importantly to me, the playlists are expertly curated, mean ... More >>
That's right folks, it's ACL Music Festival time again in Texas, and Rocks Off will be flying to Austin on the private Rocks Off jet this weekend to cover the fest from Friday until the last notes of "Give It Away" at the end of the Red Hot Chili Peppers set on Sunday night. That's my way of telli ... More >>
David Byrne & St. Vincent Sarofim Hall, Hobby Center October 6, 2012 Late, late into David Byrne and St. Vincent's appearance at Hobby Center Saturday, the duo arrived at a song whose title suited the evening to a T: "The Party." The tune itself, from St. Vincent's 2009's album Actor, was formal, s ... More >>
In the history of music, there have been many meetings of the mind between people with similar attitudes, styles, and ideas. Some of these just felt right from the very beginning and you knew they were destined to produce greatness. That's what happened when Brian Eno met David Bowie and later when ... More >>
The Tontons, Quiet Company, Featherface Warehouse Live Studio September 1, 2012 Rewind: The Tontons Are Deemed Buzzworthy By MTV, Playing PopMontreal It's hard to put my finger on why, but Saturday felt like the most important night for local music since at least Friday's Grandfather Child hoedown ... More >>
Have you ever had one of those moments when, you're listening to a song and hear something familiar, like maybe a familiar voice or wonder, "Okay, who is really playing this particular instrument?" Many times a band or an artist will guest star on a recording. Sometimes it's a well-known fact, such ... More >>
This week, I paid a visit to the Big Red Cock on Shepherd. It was happy hour, snacks were half off and they were knocking $2 off all drafts so a little happy hour-ing somehow morphed into a sort of dinner / me completely stuffing myself. I "tried" the charred brisket chile con queso, the mini beer ... More >>
One of the not-so-fun things in the world is to get insulted or, in the words of Kelso from That 70's Show, get "burned." Now, let's imagine what it would be like to be insulted by some musician on one of their albums -- that "burn" I can only imagine was magnified by a million. Nevertheless, som ... More >>
Ever since The Real World hit the MTV airwaves in the early '90s, reality television has been all the rage. However, since The Osbournes debuted in 2002, some of that reality programming has catered to music fans. Even such music artists as country artist Tanya Tucker, rapper/minister Reverend Run ... More >>
A few years ago, Van Halen front man David Lee Roth filled in for Howard Stern on his nationally syndicated radio show. Roth also served a stint as a deejay for New York's 92.3 Free FM. This is nothing new, because many artists have at some point served as DJs, such as Greg Kihn of the Greg Kihn ba ... More >>
The Material Girl. The King of Pop (and his sister). The Chili Peppers. Mr. West. Very few artists have become the musical equivalent of the two-sport athlete: Making memorable music and monumental videos. When those people had a new video to premiere, it wasn't a just a video, it was an event. I ... More >>
Lee E. Wright/Sweaty. Sultry. Sandy.Sand, surf, carnival - and the apocalypse. It sounds like a lead-in to "One of These Things is Not Like the Others" (although probably a little heavy for the Sesame Street crowd), but that was the theme of Sweaty. Sultry. Sandy., an art/fashion show held ov ... More >>
It's hard to fathom a time before music videos, and it's even sadder to remember when channels like MTV and VH1 were wall-to-wall music videos. In between there was a golden age, when with every clip that you watched could spark a revolution in you, or at least change your fashion sense. It's ... More >>
Hair Balls was glad to learn that one of our musical heroes, David Byrne, is taking on The Man; namely, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, for using the Talking Heads song "Road to Nowhere" in his U.S. Senate campaign without permission. (Crist is running as an independent, but historically has belonge ... More >>
Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray Got your taxes done? No? You poor dumb bastard. They won't let you just not do them, you know that, right? Unpleasant as it is, finding out you owe still more money after having paid a sales tax all year, it's nothing compared to what the government will d ... More >>
Craig HlavatyYesterday one of our readers (thanks, Mimi!) posted a comment with a link to David Byrne's blog about the white-haired world-pop eminence's thoughts and experiences while on tour. Apparently Byrne got to spend quite a bit of time in Houston, because the entry surrounding ... More >>
Photo by Craig HlavatyFormer Talking Head David Byrne (we're nor sure, but we're guessing he hates that description) was in town recently for a show at Jones Hall.Byrne has become a biking fanatic these days; he's also an occasional diarist about his tour.His piece on Houston has him complaining abo ... More >>
Photos by Craig Hlavaty David Byrne knows about living in the moment. The white-haired former Talking Heads frontman and unofficial U.S. ambassador for Third World pop, whose hair was as white as his (and his band's) wardrobe, was a genial host at Jones Hall Monday night. "It's nice to be in Mr. Jes ... More >>
Craig HlavatyRocks Off was hardly the only one who enjoyed David Byrne's show Monday night at Jones Hall. His eclectic, polyglot post-punk/funk presentation brought out all sorts of Twitterers, or those who wished they were there... @CodyScott: "Wilco tonight. Though I think I'd rather be at David B ... More >>
The ex-Talking Heads front man takes stock of his homeland on his second Brian Eno collaboration.
The infestation of classic-rock threatens the cultural legacy of an entire generation and must be stopped.
Motherland music hit a fever pitch with U.S. bands this year
Lauren Winchester Within about 20 seconds of "A Banner Year," the opener of Gentleman Auction House's new Christmas In Love EP, the St. Louis indie-pop hydra has managed to recall Belle & Sebastian, Arcade Fire and another dozen or so boy-girl bands that are equally earnest and invigorating. In ... More >>
Talking Heads concert film is a good reason to stay up late
We were up in Austin this weekend, so we apologize if this version of Over the Weekend is a little heavy on the ATX. But first things first... The Best of Houston Party Lucky's Pub was packed Thursday night for the launch party for this year's Best of Houston issue.
Last one. Here are a few songs that rocked Rocks Off's world this weekend. Sunny Sweeney, "Drink Myself Single" M. Ward, "Pieces of a Broken Heart" David Byrne, "Life During Wartime" Alejandro Escovedo, "Castanets (I Like Her Better When She Walks Away)"
Drive-By Truckers: Early voting suggests this is the set to beat. The afternoon's first layer of grime was damn near inviting on opener "That Man I Shot," from their most recent, Brighter Than Creation's Dark. But we weren't sure about Patterson Hood's preacher-man monologue on "18 Wheels of Love." ... More >>
Delta Spirit (Mark C. Austin) So far for me, ACL has been all about dilemmas. They’re the good kind of conflicts, though, like whether to see N.E.R.D. or David Byrne; Gnarls Barkley or Raconteurs; John Fogerty or blow my head off. Click here for more...
Paula Nelson / Photos by Chris Gray The hordes of shirtless (or soon-to-be shirtless) camp-chair toters are streaming into Zilker Park, and the Rocks Off team is up and running. Us media types got a nice surprise this afternoon; there's a separate entrance from the rest of the behind-the-scenes goi ... More >>
Bobby Bare Jr / Photo by Chris Gray Maybe it wasn't such a good idea for Austin City Limits to put acoustic singer-songwriter M. Ward a few hundred yards away from boisterous gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello in the WaMu tent. (On a side not, I guess this year is the WaMu tent's last ACL hurrah. Sponsorsh ... More >>
Check out our slideshow of Radiohead in the Woodlands... Radiohead May 17, 2008 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Better Than: Mindlessly spending the economic stimulus check Dubya so graciously decided to give back to us. Download: The original soundtrack for last years Daniel Day-Lewis jugger ... More >>
This morning C3 Entertainment unveiled the lineup for the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, scheduled for September 26-28 in Austin's Zilker Park, and it's looking more than ever like Coachella on the Colorado. The first name on the card is... Foo Fighters. Seriously. That means everyone hoping for ... More >>
Terry Allen performs Friday, December 29, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.
Wednesday, September 20, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483
Founding front man Dave Wakeling is the only original member left in the English Beat, but not for lack of trying
Get a heady dose of drum 'n' bass at Planet of the Drums
Tuesday, March 22, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717.
Introducing the most hated men in rock (besides Sting)
Wind bags a few charming laughs, but mostly meanders
Rosanne Cash is the friend who will say, or sing, what you can't
Stop Making Sense