Rocks Off is not going to lie. The prospect of getting into concerts for free is what leads many people to become music writers/reviewers in the first place. Though it's not true of everyone, we've generally found that with experience comes plenty of practice in the art of grading on a curve. But n ... More >>
Jeezy Arena Theatre, May 17 A self-proclaimed hustler on the mike, the Atlanta rapper known as Young Jeezy has grown up quite a bit since his 2001 debut album dropped under the name Lil J. Rising through the ranks via his several independently released Dirty South mixtapes, he's now sittin' pretty ... More >>
"Can't they just shut up?" That's the question many country music fans proffer when musicians publicly express opinions that dare venture outside of benign Q&A quicksand and into the murky waters of relevant social issues. Country consumers from both sides of the political aisle can get riled up i ... More >>
Photos By Craig HlavatyTomorrow, on Christmas Eve, Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister turns 66 years old. Is it a coincidence that Lemmy was born the day before we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ? If Lemmy is in fact God, it gives us all a chance to reflect on the father before we indulge in the ... More >>
Asleep At The Wheel: Sat., Aug. 20. The Firehouse Saloon. Blue October, Iamdynamite: Sun., Aug. 21, 8 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 22, 8 p.m. House of Blues. Bela Fleck & The Flecktones: Wed., Oct. 12. House of Blues. "Dharmageddon" With B L A C K I E, Roky Moon & BOLT, Fat Tony, Tyagaraja, ListenLis ... More >>
The great mullet smackdown of 1992, starring Travis Tritt and Billy Ray CyrusCountry music singers, Hank Williams Jr. once sang, are a real close family. And like most families, sometimes they don't get along. But unlike rap or British rock, where there are so many feuds it can be hard to ke ... More >>
Photos by Alan DownsIt's no secret that California has long since squandered away a stunning country-music heritage, but for those of us in Los Angeles who give a damn, Mike Stinson represented an almost mystic renewal of the Freddie Hart/Wynn Stewart transplanted-genius equation that damn n ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterPete Anderson Dan Electro's Guitar Bar May 2, 2011 Pete Anderson showed up a few minutes late Monday night. He'd gone to the address where he sent the posters for his show and discovered that was Dan Electro's owner Bob Edwards' home, not the club. But once the GPS was ... More >>
Anders Osbourne: Fri., March 11. Last Concert Cafe. Anthony David: Sun., March 6. Numbers. Axwell: Fri., Feb. 4. Stereo Live. Bobby Long: Sun., April 10. Fitzgerald's. Civil Twlight, Mother/Father: Fri., Feb. 25. Warehouse Live. cEvin Key: Sat., April 16. Numbers. Chrisette Michele: Th ... More >>
Crystal Harris: Not older than Iron EagleYou know what is messed up and completely awesome? Hugh Hefner was 60 years old when his current fiancee, Crystal Harris, was born. Hef was hatched on April 9, 1926, and six decades and 20 days later his soon-to-be bride was born in Lake Havasu, Arizon ... More >>
Metro chief Frank Wilson is our biggest gobbler.
Our copy must still be in the mail, but Rocks Off figures we have heard enough songs from Jamey Johnson's new album The Guitar Song on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country to know that we like it a whole lot. But none that we've heard so far are our favorite new Johnson song. It's close. No flies on G ... More >>
Gilberto Gil trims down his sound for an all-acoustic show.
Chuck Prophet's ¡Let Freedom Ring!: Political songs for nonpolitical people.
Photos courtesy of www.webbwilder.com Recalling the sessions for Webb Wilder's albums Hybrid Vigor and Doo Dad, former Wilder guitarist Donny Roberts (above left, with the REO Speedwagon hair) forwarded some demos of songs that that never made it to the studio due to time and money limitations. " ... More >>
2009 was definitely a year, we'll say that much.
Video by Craig Hlavaty Right now Rocks Off HQ looks more like a MASH unit as we slowly recover from this weekend's Westheimer Block Party. We won't be on the shelf for long - not with the Marleys, Dwight Yoakam, Neko Case and lots more coming up soon - but while we take a day or two to recover, we ... More >>
He Said Grandpa Songs He Said was lucky to have spent twenty-five years on Earth with his Grandpa Hlavaty, who passed away in the summer of 2008 of a brain hemorrhage. The man was arguably one of the biggest musical influences in He Said's life. The intrepid and stealthy Grandpa Gonzalez is kicking ... More >>
Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.
William Michael SmithLance Smith (left) and Mike Stinson LOM grew up in the oil patch, made a good living in it, saw the world because of it. So it made sense to want our son, Lance, to grow up to be a petroleum engineer. Alas, it was not to be. Now he's a guitar player. Two years into the petrol ... More >>
It was official at 1:45 a.m. this early morning: Mike Stinson, king of the L.A. honky-tonkers - author of Dwight Yoakam's "The Late Great Golden State," among many others - has arrived in Houston. And this is not just a visit. Stinson recently told LOM that after several trips to Houston in the las ... More >>
Back in the Near Dark Ages when LOM was in grad-school journalism, one of the things that stuck with me was a lecture on "the lunatic fringe." These are the people who call in to radio talk shows or send long, vitriolic letters to newspapers, magazines and blogs. Negative reviews always bring out th ... More >>
Note to lonesome L.A. cowboys (hangin' out and hangin' on): DO NOT put your too-trite, beat-up, scuffed-up, working-man's boots on the cover of your CD. Ditto your two-tone cowboy boots. LA tonky David Serby has the Dwight Yoakam look nailed on his second album, Honkytonk and Vine, right down t ... More >>
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