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  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Skatestock III, Grindfest 2014, Brand New, etc.

    Cheetah Chrome Fitzgerald's, October 17 Alongside fellow contenders like Johnny Ramone, Cheetah Chrome became one of the titanic guitarists of CBGB-era American punk. His origins, though, erupted a few years earlier in down-and-out Cleveland, where he helped propel two groundbreaking units there: R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Katy Perry, Motley Crue, Erasure, Untapped...

    Katy Perry Toyota Center, October 10 & 11 People can hate on pop concerts all they want, but they're probably viewing them all wrong. If they attend expecting a musical experience that rattles their very core, they will likely be disappointed. But approach it as a spectacle, and the experience is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Deep Undercover at the YMCA's Beyonce Fitness Class

    Nykema Brown has just seamlessly executed a dance move that looks like a cross between something from a Qing Gong flick and a Crossfit burpee -- and she's managed to make it look sexy. She then whips her head back to the beat. "...5, 6, 7, 8!" she shouts with a smile. It's a Wednesday night and I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Tim Ruiz, La Mafia's Master of Technics

    Who? Member of Grammy-winning Tejano band La Mafia, bassist Tim Ruiz has been creating music in this city for the better part of two decades. A top advocate for the local live-music scene with an emphasis on live jazz, Ruiz is the the creative mind behind the new Jazz Scene Houston page on Facebook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Chris Gore, Electronica Guru of BLSHS

    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? BLSHS (Pronounced "blushe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Toadies at House of Blues, 5/9/2014

    Toadies, Supersuckers House of Blues May 9, 2014 If playing their 1994 album Rubberneck front to back chafes the Toadies at all, they're being very good sports about it. The Fort Worth quartet has been on a nationwide tour all spring celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album, which bequeathed s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    The Six Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Manchester Orchestra, HAIM, Warpaint, etc.

    Manchester Orchestra House of Blues, April 21 Three weeks after the release of their fourth studio album, Atlanta's Manchester Orchestra will bring their unique blend of indie, alternative and heartfelt rock and roll back to Houston. The band's last record, 2011's Simple Math, was wide-ranging in i ... More >>

  • Music

    January 16, 2014

    Rip It Out

    The coming year in Houston recordings.

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Dylan Bryson Sings the Blues (Rock)

    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? Dylan Bryson is a native ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry: "We Have a 'No Complaining' Policy On Tour"

    "The past year has been quite a change for us," says Chvrches front woman Lauren Mayberry, during a recent phone interview. In the past year alone, the Glasgow-based trio have become key players on the electro-pop scene. They've toured with Depeche Mode, sold out headlining tours across the world, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Second Lovers at Fitzgeralds, 10/19/2013

    Second Lovers, Emily Wolfe, Matt Harlan, Yello Echo Fitzgerald's October 19, 2013 Word around town is that the Second Lovers are a band on the rise, and the buzz is starting to pile up in a hurry. Rocks Off bossman Chris Gray wrote last week that the local folk-rock/Americana act is the best group ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Top Six Songs For Your Fantasy Football Draft Party

    Now that every team is down to its 53-man roster and the first "real" game of the season is joyfully only days away, fantasy football players everywhere are holding their annual draft parties. If you are somehow unaware because you aren't one of 30 million Americans who play -- or one of the millio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Friday Night: Peter Murphy at Numbers

    Peter Murphy Numbers April 25, 2013 Maybe Peter Murphy should get arrested more often. That may be a horrible thing to say, but if you had seen him at Numbers, you'd understand. This tour had been previously announced, but whether his March arrest in California for DUI and alleged drug possession ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    SXSW's Class of 2008: Where Are They Now? (w/VIDEO)

    My first true SXSW with the Houston Press and Rocks Off was way back in March 2008, when I was given a wristband to explore/maraud Austin looking for trouble and new bands. This was a time when Justice and MSTRKRFT were what would be called EDM now, and Israel's Monotonix was flipping every wig in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Top 20 Things We Need to See at SXSW Next Week

    Next week the Rocks Off Action Team goes to Austin for Ess Ex Ess Dubya for another four days of fun, sun, eavesdropping, and live music. And swag, of the free kind, not the kind that Justin Bieber is still trying to make happen. This year at SXSW we're looking forward to many, many things, includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Top 10 Bands Your Girlfriend Cannot Stand

    A shared taste in music can be a critical part of any couple's relationship, from going to a concert on their first date to narrowing down that one special song for their first wedding dance. But what if that's not the case? Just from a bit of casual Googling, it's not difficult to find divorce atto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Now Houston Baseball Fans Know What It's Like to Hate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Before I became enamored of rock stars, rock journalists, punk rockers, metal mavens, or DJs, the first idols in my life were Houston Astros players, namely Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and the late Ken Caminiti. So on Wednesday, when the Baseball Hall of Fame failed to induct Biggio or Bagwell, or ... More >>

  • Music

    November 8, 2012
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    November 8, 2012

    Jan Hammer and the Top 10 TV Theme Songs of the '80s

    Not a lot of television shows win multiple Grammys. Then again, not a lot of television shows ever sounded (or looked) like Miami Vice. The cutting-edge series perfectly captured the pastel zeitgeist of its time when it debuted in 1984, influencing film, fashion, design and music in a way that few T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Friday Night: Stars at Fitzgerald's

    Stars, Diamond Rings, California Wives Fitzgerald's October 12, 2012 When I spoke to the fine folks at Fitzgerald's a couple of weeks ago to commemorate the club's first two successful years under new ownership, I wanted to hear about the highlights. Of the hundreds of acts that have graced both Fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    UPDATED: Memorable Houston Concerts of 1992

    UPDATE (2:03 p.m.): Alice In Chains was advertised but dropped out, and was replaced with Australia's Baby Animals. The year 1992 was an important one for me as far as Houston concerts are concerned: It's the first time I went to a concert within the Houston city limits, the "Outside Broadcast" leg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    New Wave Crazy: Blondie & Devo Hit Arena Theatre September 19 (UPDATED)

    UPDATE: According to Press Here Publicity, the venue is Arena Theatre, not Bayou Music Center. Everything else is the same. This makes me happier than anything on a Monday morning should. I listen to music in cycles, and for the past several months have been stuck in the '80s, more specifically any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Gothic Council Presents the Best Goth Music Videos

    Gothtopia spent last weekend on a beach dressed in designer black looking sad at the waves... for a purpose, we swear. Despite having been a musician in Houston for quite a while, it was our first music-video shoot. Well, unless you count this one, which isn't so much a music video as a sign that th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    10 Songs For Pissed-Off Travelers

    This spring, Austin honky-tonker and Pasadena native Dale Watson had some dates in Australia and made the mistake of booking a flight from Sydney to Melbourne on Singapore-based budget carrier Tiger Airways. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, not only did the airline charge Watson a $500 exce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Who Are You? Songs Commonly Attributed To The Wrong Artists

    ​Last week, after the tragic, alcohol-fueled passing of Jackass hero Ryan Dunn, Rocks Off at Taco Cabana wearing a promotional shirt for The Hangover II that we stole borrowed from the office here at the Press. As we were loading our hands with condiment containers, a guy came up to us and sai ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 19, 2011

    Bootsie's Kicks Butt

    Tomball restaurant offering a culinary experience unlike any other.

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Gothic Council Debates Most Definitive Goth Album... Ever

    ​Gothtopia has a new, longer drive to the sheet-music mines every day, the upside of which is that we get to listen to a lot more music in the car. Since much of our dedicated listening time is taken up with official assignments, drive time is one of the few opportunities we have to really sit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    25 Famous Bands' Less Famous Previous Names

    ​As promised, here are the answers to Rocks Off's "Original Band Name" quiz from Tuesday. John St. Lee, if you'd care to email us, we'll see what we can do about getting you a prize. Do you like Devo? 1. Chicago: At about 25 or 6 to 4, the Windy City jazz-rockers realized The Big Thing sucked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    The Seven Ages Of Goth

    ​This is not meant as a complete history of goth, as that would be a huge book. Instead, we're aiming to give a simple overview of the musicians, songs and albums that have most defined the genre. Many deserving artists have been left out, and some that we're sure some people feel are not wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Friday Night: Nitzer Ebb At Numbers

    Photos by Groovehouse​Nitzer Ebb Numbers November 29, 2010 It was an odd feeling, watching Nitzer Ebb at Numbers Friday night. It was an odd feeling, because of the déjà vu. Nitzer Ebb was the first band Aftermath ever saw live - ever - opening Depeche Mode's Violator tour at the Woodlands ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Eight Delicious Goth Covers Of Mainstream Hit Songs

    ​The Halloween season is upon us, which means that the powers that be have let Gothtopia run amuck just a bit in bringing you music of a darker persuasion. Usually, Gothtopia and the Wife With One F would be at Numbers on Halloween vaccinating ourselves for snakebites with vodka and cranberr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Happy Anniversary, Nirvana's Nevermind

    ​This past Friday, a significant musical anniversary came and went with barely a peep. It was only 19 years to the day the last album to cause a legitimate sea change in popular music - both the industry and the art - was released. Rocks Off knows that was a few days ago, but hey, we had a bus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Music's Top 10 Biggest Post-Drug Comebacks

    ​The list of drug casualties in rock and roll is a long and sad one. All the suicides, car crashes and the stray gang-related murder are outweighed by the amount of people who just can't stop putting junk into their system, or at least moderate it to a point where they aren't lying cold on a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Taylor Swift: Goth Icon In The Making

    ​ As the summer and its hateful amount of sunlight begins to creep towards us like some kind of humid, rat-borne plague, Gothtopia has been a bit hard-pressed to find spooky news to bring Houston. But today we have an emerging Goth icon whose presence MUST be discussed before she blows through tow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Aftermath: VNV Nation Cry Victory, Not Vengeance, At Wired Live

    Sketches by Bret and Rachel Harmeyer (this one is Rachel)​When two skanks are grinding on each other in the front row, and the audience cares not at all because they can't take their eyes off the band on stage, that's a good show. VNV Nation is an act that has been fermenting a strange and heady v ... More >>

  • Music

    December 10, 2009

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    2009 was definitely a year, we'll say that much.

  • Music

    November 5, 2009

    Comrade Ambassadors

    Mumiy Troll, the biggest rock band in Russia, hopes for a belated U.S. breakthrough.

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day One: Aftermath

    Photo by Mark C. AustinSchool of Seven Bells​Before we start discussing the great music we heard yesterday, we would like to take time to thank the Gods Of Rock for blessing Day One of the Austin City Limits Festival (ACL) 2009 with an amazing afternoon and evening of weather. Anyone who has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Aftermath: Blue October and Its Mystifying Cult at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Chris Gray​ Friday's sold-out Blue October show at Verizon left Aftermath wondering one of the most vexing, troublesome things any reviewer can: "What is it about this band," the voice in our head kept asking over and over again like a car alarm, sometimes even threatening to drown out the band it ... More >>

  • Music

    April 2, 2009
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    September 2, 2008

    Aftermath: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Steve Winwood at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Photos (except where indicated) by Mark C. Austin To be honest, since Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers walked off the Mitchell Pavilion stage shortly before 11 p.m. Friday night - or, more accurately, since the Arrow wrapped up its extended post-concert Petty block shortly before I got home around mid ... More >>

  • Film

    May 15, 2008

    New Blood in Son of Rambow

    The joys of DIY filmmaking persist

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    Last Night: Gram Rabbit at Super Happy Fun Land

    Gram Rabbit Super Happy Fun Land Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 Better Than: Nostalgia Download: "American Hookers," for Gram Rabbit at their most direct, radio ready best It’s been three days since I became aware of the existence of Gram Rabbit. In the convoluted way things tend to happen, this show ... More >>

  • Music

    August 17, 2006

    Buzz Killer

    It's 1995 all over again...and again

  • Music

    April 27, 2006

    HouTube.com

    Ten of the Bayou City's best short music films

  • Music

    October 13, 2005

    Rockin' Renewal

    The imminent launch of new venue Warehouse Live makes it official: Downtown is now Houston's live music hot spot

  • Music

    July 7, 2005

    Nio A?

    No! Caf Tacuba is more than the Mexican Radiohead.

  • Music

    February 3, 2005
  • Music

    September 16, 2004

    Mystery Bopping

    Racket searches for the hoppingest grocery store in town

  • Music

    May 26, 1994
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