Disclosure: The author of this piece volunteers for KTRU.
On Wednesday afternoon, Rice University president David Leebron pulled up a chair inside of the KTRU Rice Radio studio and played some of those rooty-tooty, groovin' oldies.
In other words, music that KTRU has made a point not to play since ... More >>
I'm not here to tell you how Valentine's Day is a corporate crock, nor am I here to tell you that the only refuge of a single person on V-Day is burning a box of your past lovers' memorabilia while sobbing into a pile of old mixtapes. Both of those ideas are gross, as are most of the Lonely Hearts-s ... More >>
Alicia Keys: With Miguel., Mon., March 18, 7 p.m., $49.50-$125.00. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, Houston.
Almost Kings: With Surrender the Fall, Shaving Suzie., Sun., Feb. 3, 8 p.m., $10. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston.
Balmorhea: With BE Godfrey, Idyl., Sat., Feb. 9, 8 p.m., $10/$12. Walte ... More >>
The Beatles' concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park 46 years ago today was the end of an era for the band. Except for a famously unannounced appearance on top the Apple building two and a half years later, it would be the final live performance that the Fab Four would ever play together.
It w ... More >>
Rumors swirled across the Web on Tuesday that Madonna's upcoming Super Bowl set list had leaked. It sent shivers down the spines of pop historians and shrugs across the shoulders of people who know which teams are actually playing in the Super Bowl. Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. have already confirmed th ... More >>
The quicker us pick Icarus to be a stinker of a pilot, but anyone that near the sun ain't no shrinking violet.
- Richard O'Brien, Ain't That to Die For
Lynyrd Skynyrd, "What's Your Name"
Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the plane crash that killed Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant ... More >>
Rocks Off has always been a fan of symbolism, hidden meanings and puzzles in general, so besides Raymond Chandler, Stephen King and Larry McMurtry, our favorite form of "lit-rah-chah" is allegorical stuff like George Orwell's Animal Farm, William Golding's Lord of the Flies and Edgar Allan Po ... More >>
Female Demand, American Sharks, Satin Hooks, Tow The Line: Sun., March 28, 8 p.m. Walter's on Washington.
Al Green: Sun., May 16. Arena Theatre.
Chuck Allen Floyd Band: Sat., June 12. Dosey Doe Coffee Company.
Casiotone For the Painfully Alone, Magical Beautiful: Sat., April 17. Khon's.
Clint Bl ... More >>
[Ed. Note: For the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be looking back at the many, many, many shows we reviewed this year. Trust us, we've long since lost count. We'll start with this past January, as ever a slow month on the live-music front, but things picked up soon enough... trust us. Enjoy.]
Chris ... More >>
Tuesday just happens to be the 59th birthday of Rocks Off's personal hero, role model and by all accounts someone who smokes even more weed than we do, Thomas Earl Petty. Speaking of, it's also Snoop Dogg's birthday, which means 10/20 deserves to be a NORML holiday even more than 4/20 does. But unt ... More >>
Two nights ago, while carelessly patrolling the back alleys of the internet, Rocks Off stumbled across Hilary Duff's execrable cover of The Who's "My Generation".
Well, what did you think, YouTube commenters?
You sure you're not being too harsh? Yeah... ours too. Someday, when we ... More >>
Fifty years ago today - February 3, 1959 - the world lost three of its early pioneering rock and rollers in a fiery plane crash over Clear Lake, Iowa. Texan Buddy Holly, Chicano rock godfather Ritchie Valens, and Sabine Pass-born disc jockey/songwriter J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson all lay ... More >>
Barnett Newman's "Broken Obelisk," dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., outside the Rothko Chapel/ Image by A D Forman
Note: Because Monday's performance was a religious service, no photography was allowed.
Thanks to Monday's MLK Day and Tuesday's inauguration, among other reasons, Afterma ... More >>
So now there's a karaoke booth at Intercontinental Airport. According to the Houston Chronicle, travelers can choose from "hundreds of titles."We got to wondering this morning about what's in their song selections there and more to the point -- what isn't.We imagine that the management of IAH's kara ... More >>