Let's talk about genre-jumpers, shall we? A number of successful artists have made the leap from one genre to another at some point in their careers. but it doesn't always pay off. Take Darius Rucker, for example. The onetime Hootie and the Blowfish front man made the right choice by taking a leap ... More >>
Spotlight Karaoke is a popular Galleria-area destination that has been open for more than 15 years now. Located at Westheimer and Fountainview, it holds a large space with several rooms' worth of karaoke, and an adjacent store equipped with scads of karaoke music and machines. A man named Charlie ... More >>
Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth-largest city in the United States, with a population that is increasingly culturally diverse yet maintains a strong social identity. It's not especially well-known for its various music scenes (save rap, arguably) due to a combination of layout an ... More >>
When Rocks Off published our choices for "Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues" back in July, we knew all along there would be a Part 2. We just didn't know how many were left. Today, after excavating the memories of 25 more, we're still probably not done. Please let us know what else we missed, an ... More >>
Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation Fitzgerald's May 10, 2013 By the time the clock struck 9 p.m. at Fitzgerald's on Friday night, it didn't appear possible to cram another black T-shirt into the place. Longhairs were already stacked up past the rafters inside the old club on White Oak, even ... More >>
Phil Ochs was never Bob Dylan. Oh, he wanted to be Dylan, but ol' Zimmy booted that bastard right out of his limo. "You're not a folksinger, you're a journalist." If only Phil had accepted himself as "the singing journalist." After failing to find the commercial success he so desired, Ochs turned ... More >>
Glass the Sky Fitzgerald's, November 9 Glass the Sky has been around about a year, but consider Friday's show a coming-out party. According to bassist and vocalist Michael Mazzella, the five local musicians had been playing in other bands for years and gradually realized they were going through the ... More >>
Despite the dust of time that usually befalls venues and lore from punk's rambunctious past, The Island has remained a steady icon of Houston's underground movement that swept to the surface as classic arena rock and cosmic country choked the FM airwaves. Rewind: Houston's Island of Misfit Bands B ... More >>
Does the looming '90s revival presage a Nirvana-style breakthrough?
Note: It took us a little while to track down pictures from the show. Thanks again to Mr. Adler for letting us use his. -- Ed. When We Ruled H-Town reunion feat. deadhorse, Manhole, Tread, Wishbone Bush, Taste of Garlic, Fitzgerald's August 3-4, 2012 An interesting experiment happened in Houston ... More >>
Agent Orange, The American Heist Warehouse Live February 21, 2012 In retrospect, Mardi Gras might not have been the best night for venerable surf-punk outfit Agent Orange to kick of their 2012 tour. The crowd in the Warehouse Live studio was sparse, and Rocks Off would like to tell ourselves other, ... More >>
Bryan Williams"Hey man, is that Freedom Rock? Turn it up!"In news that surprised absolutely no one, Rick Perry - governor of the great state of Texas for 11 years running - announced his candidacy for Presidency of the United States last weekend. The news of Perry throwing his hat in the ring ... More >>
Forty-five years ago today, on July 18, 1966, rocker Bobby Fuller was found dead in the front seat of his car in Hollywood, covered in gasoline, with the liquid also found in his system. The cops said he died of gas inhalation, with the fumes doing him in, but couldn't conclude for sure if it ... More >>
For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>
Alejandro Escovedo puts strings on ice for the penetrating rock of his past two albums.
Photos by Jason WolterMojo Nixon & the Toadliquors Continental Club February 26, 2011 When Mojo Nixon "retired" from recording and touring following 2009's Whisky Rebellion, the music world breathed a sigh of relief (or sorrow) that one of its principal loose cannons had finally been silence ... More >>
A quick note before CHL starts this hlist. We define a concert movie as a flick that documents one or more shows on a tour. More narrative-oriented rock flicks like D.A. Pennebaker's Bob Dylan mash note Don't Look Back, Charles Peterson's grunge chronicle Hype!, and of course the lighthearted ... More >>
The American Heist at Walter's on WashingtonJim BrickerSaturday didn't start out very promising: Almost as soon as Rocks Off arrived at the intersection of Washington and Silver, where the Bud Light main stage was set up, the sky darkened, then drizzled, then began pouring rain. The downpour ... More >>
Spearhead leader Michael Franti's Middle Eastern trip inspires an unlikely Top 40 hit.
metal-archives.comA hometown D.R.I. gig, 1982â€‹Tonight at Wired Live, formerly the Meridian - or still the Meridian, just not for much longer; we don't even know at this point - you can watch part of punk and hardcore history duke it out with some of the new wave. Legendary crossover thrash band an ... More >>
Even as our economy continued to go up in flames like the Toyota Center, the carnival of WTF kept trolling along this week. It seemed that every day we saw something so asinine and foolish that we couldn't keep up. Jackson Family slavery museums, rock and roll fantasy camps, Kid Rock's new beer, "As ... More >>
Drinking and drugging with crazy bitches sounds like more fun than the law will allow, but playing in a red-hot rock band is not always an all-you-can eat orgy. "I think people realize there's a lot more to this band than just fucking and partying," says Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson. That r ... More >>
All Lit Up Again
Just in time for SXSW, the Pearland New Wavers brush off the mothballs
You wanted the best — you got the best: Guitar Hero III
Houston's old-school punks reunite to aid a stricken legend
A murder confession puts the Jonbenét in the news
Friday, April 7, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-629-3700
Wack's Very Special Holiday Music Guide
System of a Down is rock's least likely success story
A Rice grad stakes his claim as the inventor of the ironic "Freebird" request; also: there's a Lanky new kid on H-town's burgeoning pop-rock scene
Capitalism gives the leftists in the (International) Noise Conspiracy a raw deal
Looking for the true spirit of the Ramones? Try going to an underground hip-hop show.
Mike Haaga of dead-horse infamy leaves metal in the wake of a glorious new record
No matter what you call 'em, they're headlining the Music Awards
Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1 (Fat Wreck Chords)
Sweet J.A.P. is without a doubt the best Japanese punk band from Minneapolis
The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl is always between rock and a hard place
Former Houstonian Kev Russell talks about Snoop Dogg and Cow Fish Fowl or Pig
Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002
With the Experience, GWAR's Brockie examines the subtler nuances of bodily fluids
Houston rockers Dirty Rotten Imbeciles keep the faith with intimate venues
Kerouac-inspired, Austin-based Guy Forsyth trips out in Americana dream
Bryn Tustin was an electrician from New Jersey who became a punk-music DJ in Houston, opened a record store and remade himself into Chuck Roast.
Michael Franti and Spearhead are into change, if not the Internet
Bad boys Taste of Garlic are trying to clean up their act. Yeah. Sure.
The Toadies have two addresses -- one on wheels, the other on-stage
Chixdiggit make a mockery of everyone -- including themselves