What do Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees, Norah Jones, the Rascals, Willie Nelson, Phil Collins, Dr. John, Barbra Streisand, Chaka Khan, the Average White Band, and Hall & Oates have in common? Not much, musically. But they all made records, and some of their most memorable, in the studio with Arif M ... More >>
As befitting a band who takes their status as metal band for working-class fans seriously, Rocks Off reached Saxon lead singer Biff Byford via cell phone on the band's tour bus, where he has just finished a no-frills meet-and greet with a group of fans. Now, said bus is currently parked outside a la ... More >>
Lost Austin legends the True Believers give it another go.
Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.
One-hit wonders, in some ways, are more innovative than their legendary counterparts. Sometimes -- such as is the case with the Buggles -- they are too innovative. People are not ready for them, and musical trends may not be in their favor, whether they are innovative or passe. Anyway, here are te ... More >>
Almost half a century ago this month, the Beatles released their first U.S. single, "Please Please Me." Though a fine example of the group's early pop sound, it wasn't an immediate smash in the States. After being issued in England on the EMI-owned Parlophone label on Jan. 12, 1963, Capitol ... More >>
Photo by Robert BejilWhere were we? Oh yeah, crystal ball and prophesies. You ready for this? OK. What follows is a list of events we expect to befall the music industry in 2012. Yes, these are etched in stone and should be regarded as gospel. Full prophetic titillation ahead.
XL/ColumbiaTheologians love saying things like "Man is created superior to animals" and "Animals can't be equal with humans." And then we go scouring philosophy books to see if animals have immortal spirits and if this means we'll someday meet our pets in heaven. That's a bunch of horse dung. ... More >>
techonzo.comGoogle is finally launching its own music service. Google Music is a full-scale music service/store designed to compete with Amazon and Apple. Android boss Andy Rubin says they're very close to launch. About a dozen independent labels are have already joined forces with Google and ... More >>
Houston has been known as the home of some of R&B's top vocalists, and Coline Creuzot is determined to be the next one. With three mixtapes featuring some of Houston hip-hop's heavy hitters, she has already acquired the attention of the streets. Paul Wall, with whom she shares a manager, hos ... More >>
Kathy Valentine unseals her lips about New Wave beauties the Go-Go's 30th anniversary tour.
When you're a band like the Beatles - who first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964, 47 years ago today - tall tales and urban legends spring up all around... mostly because when a band is a worldwide cultural phenomenon, anything can seem possible or even plausible. Some of th ... More >>
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 >>
Pink Floyd has finally settled its lengthy dispute with their longtime record label EMI. The band, which signed to the label over 40 years ago, first took EMI to court last spring in an effort to clarify their existing contract. Floyd sought to prevent EMI from "unbundling" their albums by se ... More >>
Hi there, 2009. Please have a seat. Are you comfortable? Would you like some coffee, or perhaps a cigarette? No? Okay, good. Let's just cut straight to the point, then. You suck, and frankly we're sick of your bullshit. You were an awful year, filled not just with economic collapse, scary right-wi ... More >>
Sales of CDs are falling faster than you can say iPod
Townes Van Zandt left behind great songs for people to fight over
Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1 (Astralwerks)
Sharon Osbourne put the local kids of Pure Rubbish in front of millions on MTV. Then things fell apart.
Or: How Mark Cuban would have--and could have?--saved the music biz
Among musicians, everyone wants to become an author
Clear Channel wants to cut the indies out of the deal
Tejano musicians aren't getting the same cut as their Anglo counterparts
The former Austin guitar-slinger wants people to know he has more than SRV licks at his disposal
Merge and Matador reach ten years of indie success
Opera in the Heights brings Italy to Houston with Puccini's Tosca
New way to hear music is music to consumers' ears
More options mean more choices mean more meetings
He had 78 hits over 50 years and revolutionized country music. Now, Hank Thompson gets a new green light.
That's what Mike Henderson says, but his fans disagree
That's what it's about with D Generation, man
The Borrowers take from anyone they can in order to find themselves
Radiohead wants to prove it's more than just a "Creep"
Adam Ant is still dressed up, and now has somewhere to go
Jason and the Scorchers reunite, and get hot in the process
Supermodel Milla Jovovich proves she's more than just another pretty face