Islands Walters, September 6 Given the recent excitement of the Unicorns' first shows in a decade, opening some recent Arcade Fire dates, the good news that their Canadian indie successors Islands are headed back to town for the first time in a while should make a few townies happy. The show should ... More >>
1st Annual Cajun Zydeco Fest: With Chubby Carrier, Jamie Bergeron, Bayou Roux, Step Rideau, Zydeco Dots. Sun., September 7, 12pm, $20. Cypress Saloon, 12710 Telge, Cypress, 281-304-7777. American Aquarium: With The O's. Sat., August 30, 9 p.m., $15 to $17. Firehouse Saloon, 5930 Southwest Fwy., Hou ... More >>
Aaron Einhouse: Fri., July 11, 7 p.m., $8. Cypress Saloon, 12710 Telge, Cypress, 281-304-7777. The Amity Affliction: With For the Fallen Dreams, Obey the Brave, Crossfaith. Wed., October 22, 6:30 p.m., $13.50. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston, 713-225-5483. Anberlin: Sat., October 25, 7 p. ... More >>
Dr. Dog aren't the same band they used to be. Gone are the days of the gritty, ramshackle group of Philadelphia drifters who firmly planted themselves in the world of indie rock. Now, for a band that has seen all the successes you could ask for after more than a decade, the six-piece is steadily doi ... More >>
Hey everyone, here's a thing I've noticed: lots of guys seem to "mature" and quit metal and punk to do other stuff. Yeah, yeah, I've pointed out many times that these are genres for youngsters, and once you reach a certain age maybe it is time to find a different career. On the other hand, what's s ... More >>
2 Chainz: Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., $25-$150. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Above & Beyond: Sat., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., $20-$50. Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond, Houston. Alien Ant Farm: Fri., Oct. 12, 8 p.m., $14/$18. Scout Bar Clear Lake, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston. Allen Stone, Sister Sparr ... More >>
Akron/Family: Fri., Sept. 7, 8 p.m., $12/$17. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Alanis Morissette: Sun., Oct. 28, 8 p.m., TBA. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave., Houston. Balmorhea: Mon., Oct. 1, 8 p.m., TBA. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Blaggards: Sat., Sept. 15, 10 p.m., $10. Co ... More >>
Gosh, it's almost a week away from Rocks Off's second Shot in the Dark photo show. Snuck up on us. Today we just wanted to show you a few pictures you'll be seeing at War'Hous Visual Studios (4715 Main) next Thursday, May 17, from 7 to 10 p.m., like Marco Torres's striking photo of DJ Jazzy Jeff fr ... More >>
Delta Spirit Fitzgerald's April 12, 2012 I am concerned that younger bands these days are not learning the proper value of restraint. It's not even a generational thing, really. I had very little appreciation for or understanding of restraint myself until fairly recently, but a heart attack at age ... More >>
The most telling, most poignant comment about SXSW 2012 came on Twitter. Texas Monthly music writer Jason Cohen tweeted something to the effect that watching the band with the current No. 1 song in the country -- in this case Brooklyn's fun., who plays Warehouse Live tomorrow and whose "We Are Young ... More >>
Emo. The word conjures so many images. For your average American, it will make them think of black eyeliner, wrist-cutting, and essentially hair metal for the '00s. For hardcore kids, they'll think of Jawbreaker. But either way you slice it, emo has had its ups and downs as a genre and has changed ... More >>
American Sharks: Sat., Feb. 25. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. The Black Belles, Black Tabs: Sun., March 18. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. Bobby Bare Jr.: Wed., Feb. 1. Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston. Buxton, Marmalakes, Featherface: Sat., Feb. 4, 8 p.m., $8.00. Fitzgera ... More >>
Photos By Marc BrubakerCheck out our slideshow of photos from the show. My Morning Jacket, at least to me, are a festival band. It's their natural habitat. Their records are built to be projected across city parks. Out of the half dozen times we have settled in front of Jim James and company ... More >>
The 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival in exactly 12 paragraphs.
Balaclavas, //TENSE//, Hospital: Fri., Oct. 7. Mango's. Boots Electric: Sun., Oct. 30. Fitzgerald's. Greg Ginn & The Taylor Texas Corrugators: Sun., Nov. 6. Super Happy Fun Land. Joe Pug: Thu., Oct. 13. McGonigel's Mucky Duck. Jonny Corndawg, Ancient Cat Society: Sun., Oct. 2. Big Star B ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresTrain a-Comin': The Secret Sisters3:30 p.m. Still they file in. Watching the crowds trudge along Barton Springs Road, their eyes fixed on the pavement about five yards in front of them (not their phones), always reminds Rocks Off of a pilgrimage. And each festival has i ... More >>
Craig HlavatyColdplay at The Woodlands, July 2009Summer is creeping in, which means the fall concert calendars are filling up fast, and we should know which Austin City Limits Music Festival artists will book side dates in our area sooner rather than later. The standard disclaimer: Rocks Off ... More >>
Marc BrubakerGoin' back to Zilker: Arcade Fire at The Woodlands, May 4Moments ago, the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its lineup for the 10th-anniversary weekend, scheduled for Sept. 16-18 in Zilker Park. Top names include Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Kanye West, and Bright Eyes. P ... More >>
Tonight at midnight, the folks at C3 Presents who book the Austin City Limits Music Festival are expected to drop the lineup in full onto the festival's official Web site. And like, duh, Rocks Off will of course be up and about to post it to the blog once it goes live. You are more than welco ... More >>
Plimsouls rocker Peter Case bounces back from heart surgery.
The Jungle Rockers are wound too tight for Vietnam...what about Texas?
America: Fri., June 25. Stafford Centre. American Sharks, Scorpion Child, Betaplayer: Thu., April 22. Boondocks. Cyndi Lauper: Thu., Aug. 12. House of Blues. Colbie Caillat: Fri., Aug. 27. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Delta Spirit, David Vandervelde, The Romany Rye: Wed., July 16. Mango's. "D ... More >>
[A dispatch from Tontons guitarist Tom Nguyen.]Justin and I arrived in Austin Wednesday evening. We came earlier then the Adam and Asli, so that we could do a bit more and take advantage of our wristbands. After we got our wristbands we wandered around trying to find some bands to see. O ... More >>
Local promoter Pegstar has just put tickets on sale for the following shows: Los Campesinos (with Titus Andronicus), January 29, Walter's on Washington Broken Social Scene (with the Lymbic System), February 2, Numbers
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...
M. Ward performs Friday/Mark C. Austin Be on the lookout in the coming hour or two for a slideshow compiling the best of our ACL photo team's work from the first couple days. For now, enjoy more work from festival photographer extraordinaire Mark C. Austin, after the jump.
It's one of God's little jokes that no matter how hard we try, we really can only do one thing at a time. Certain tasks always seem to get relegated to the back burner, and for Rocks Off, for some reason, it's the mail. I think it has something to do with believing that as long as you don't open a b ... More >>