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 >>
Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>
Music Box Theater brings big-city, high-style cabaret to Houston.
Julie EnsmingerPeter Case at Cactus Music last year"I was always sort of not interested in what my generation was doing," Peter Case told Rocks Off 10 years ago after flipping through Louvin Bros. compact discs at a now-defunct bookstore in Sugar Land, surrounded by car dealerships, business ... More >>
Cafe TH harkens back to East End Chinatown with a French vibe.
Here at Rocks Off, we loves us some French culture. French toast, French horns, French breakfast, The French Connection, French ticklers... wait, never mind. We even took a whole semester in college once. Seriously, though, we are big fans of Bizet, Berlioz, Debussy, Edith Piaf, Air, Justice ... More >>
Musicians tend to be a mouthy lot. It takes a certain kind of soul to want and express your own inner world to the outer world at large. So when the time comes for them to shuffle off this mortal coil, they often have some very interesting exit lines... 10. Ludwig Van Beethoven, "Friends a ... More >>
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Beat the Devil's Tattoo is the reverb-heavy rockers' most cohesive LP yet.
The past, present and future of the Texans breaking our hearts
This MFAH exhibit features live shots of popular music's greatest contributors
Sending up the biopic, this film sells cheap laughs, lame cameos and lifeless Cox
Marion Cotillard gives a star turn, but can't save Edith Piaf biopic
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Reissues of six classic Cuban CDs
Getting to know South Korea through music videos
At Anderson Fair (Moonhouse)
Avalanche (Compass Records)
France takes center stage at the Houston International Festival
Cigarette companies get crafty
Though 10,000 Maniacs is still around, its pop appeal has dwindled a bit.