Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, 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. Who Are You? "I'm Dwight Taylor Lee, singer/songwriter/producer," Lee introduces himse ... More >>
Ashbury Keys, three33, Wiretree: Sat., June 23, 8 p.m., $5. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Bass Drum Of Death, DZ Deathrays: Thu., July 12, 8 p.m., $8/$11. Fitzgerald's Beach House: Wed., Sept. 19, 8 p.m., $20-$25. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Billy Joe Shaver: Sat., Aug. 11, 9 ... More >>
Talking about Busby Marou, the Australian folk-pop duo that plays Cactus Music at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, owner Quinn Bishop sounds a familiar tune for this time of year. "Who knows when they'll ever play Houston again?" he says. Actually, Busby Marou also plays the Australian American Chamber of Comme ... More >>
Dr. Dog Fitzgerald's March 10, 2012 Houston weather was balmy and wet Saturday night, but that didn't stop Philadelphia harmonic rockers Dr. Dog from sporting their trademark wintry wool beanies and shades. Kicking off their set with the "That Old Black Hole" from this year's Be the Void, the ban ... More >>
Dr. Dog singer/guitarist Scott McMicken describes the band's newly released seventh album, Be the Void, as "rawer and more powerful" than its polished predecessors. We chatted with McMicken about the album, the band's recent lineup additions, and why he deems Texas crowds among the world's best.
After a preview last fall featuring Girl In a Coma, it gives Rocks Off great pleasure to announce that effective immediately, we will be sponsoring selected in-stores at Cactus Music, no fewer than two a month. Our first in-store is 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, with Texas mods the Freddy Steady Krc's ... More >>
Photo By Katharine ShilcuttParty. Hard. Andrew W.K.: Sun., March 18. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. The Boxer Rebellion, Canon Blue: Thu., April 12. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Brian Jonestown Massacre: Sat., April 28. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Cas Haley: Fr ... More >>
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janelle Monae: Thu., March 8. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, Houston. Agent Orange: Tue., Feb. 21. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. "Burned Out" With Chase Hamblin, The Literary Greats, The Sideshow Tramps: Sat., Jan. 21. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. C ... More >>
Still younger than springtime, the Wild Moccasins are getting to be old hands at this touring thing. (If you missed their set at BestFest - it was way early - you missed something special.) Lately it seems like the sunny Houston five-piece is either just getting off the road or about to go back on. ... More >>
Rocks Off is following our sister Houston Press blogs into the choppy waters of "Comment of the Day," choosing a comment or a handful of comments from the previous day we find especially enlightening, infuriating or just plain hilarious. We're glad our readers have opinions, whatever they are, about ... More >>
Brendan Benson relaxes after The Raconteurs.
Photos by Jim BrickerDr. Dog Warehouse Live November 13, 2010 Fans packed into Warehouse Live Saturday as Houston's temperatures dropped from balmy to brisk in what seemed like minutes. But the crowd had clearly braced themselves for such conditions, breaking out their seldom-used winter acc ... More >>
"Like, what is your problem?" Jason NocitoHell hath no fury like a spurned musician, but a critic's vengeance doesn't lag far behind. This week in the Houston Press, you can read an interview Noah Bailey at our sister paper the Dallas Observer did with Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken, who says he h ... More >>
Dr. Dog shrugs off faint praise.
A few choice adjectives come to mind when musing on bawdy Eastbound & Down character Kenny Powers. "Inspiring" is not one of them. However, as Rocks Off watched this week's season finale of the side-splitting HBO series, we were pleasantly surprised as we heard indie troubadour Kurt Vile's a ... More >>
Adolescents, Lower Class Brats: Sat., Jan. 1. Walter's On Washington. A.J. Croce: Thu., Feb. 10. McGonigel's Mucky Duck. Amos Lee: Sat., Feb. 12. House of Blues. Black Angels: Wed., Nov. 17. Cactus Music & Video. Cradle Of Filth, Nachtmystium, Turisas, Daniel Lioneye: Tue., Feb. 1. Wareh ... More >>
Black Congress, Omotai, Side Arms, The Formations: Sat., Sept. 4. Walter's on Washington. The Bloody Beetroots: Sat., Oct. 23. House of Blues. Chris Isaak: Sun., Oct. 17. House of Blues. Corinne Bailey Rae: Sun., Aug. 15. House of Blues. Cory Morrow: Wed., July 28. Pub Fiction. Deniz Te ... More >>
Alexandra Valenti/ myspace.com/thehappeninsThe Happen-Ins Rocks Off is always looking for a cheapo weekend filled with wine, song, art and, well, debauchery if possible. The cheaper the better. So in that spirit... Rockers the Happen-Ins have been getting considerable buzz in their hometown of Au ... More >>
Even if you've never pulled a trigger in your life, SXSW is, on some level, an exercise in hunting. Rocks Off had no idea how true this was until earlier this afternoon. As we were looking over the schedule at sxsw.com, we got the brilliant idea to note every band named after any kind of animal, ... More >>
Atreyu, Drive A, Otenki: Sun., Feb. 28. Meridian. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Grandfather Child: Fri., April 2. Walter's on Washington. Camera Obscura: Sun., April 11. Warehouse Live. Cold, Nonpoint, Day Of Fire, Chrome 44: Fri., March 19. Scout Bar Clear Lake. Deer Tick, Dr. Dog: Sun., ... More >>
Photo by Mark C. AustinThe Bright Light Social HourThe artist lineup on day one of ACL was massive to say the least. And we caught as many of the bands as our fleet feet allowed as to. As we wait for the reviews to roll in, enjoy some of our favorite concert shots from the day so far.
Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.
Strangeways, here they come: Rocks Off has learned that former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has requested passes for his ex-bandmate Morrissey's sold-out April 11 show at Jones Hall, leading to speculation that the two will perform onstage together for the first time since the influential Manch ... More >>
[Note: This is the final installment of Aftermath's survey of memorable 2008 concerts - the ones he attended and reviewed (mostly, but not always, by him) anyway; kudos to Valient Thorr, Ice Cube, Dr. Dog, Son Volt, Journey/Heart, Wilderness, the HPMA showcase and many other ... More >>
The Black Keys perform Sunday, December 10, at Numbers, 300 Westheimer, 713-629-3700. Dr. Dog also performs.
Sometimes awesome live bands also make magic in the studio
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